Relocating to South Africa from any country is easy due to the superb international connections the country has. However, this does not mean that there aren’t any factors that you need to consider before finalising your decision to make the move. That said, here are 5 things about South Africa that we think you will find useful to know:
Cost of Living
While South Africa may not be the least expensive country you could choose to move to, it still remains one of the more affordable developed countries that one can move to. The cost of living in South Africa is lower than living in France, Canada, Germany, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Spain.
On average, the consumer price index is at 78.08. The rent index is at 24 while the groceries index is at 62.79. The restaurants index is marked is at 56.20 while the local purchasing power is at 95.57. What do these indexes mean? Before anything else it is important to understand that the aforementioned indexes are relative to New York City. For instance, the rent index of South Africa is 24. This means that rent rates in South Africa are 76% less expensive than in NYC; while an imaginary index of 110 would mean that rent rates are 10% more expensive than in NYC.
Johannesburg is a city of contradictions. While notorious for having one of the highest murder and crime rates in the world, it can also become paradise if you know where to go and what places to avoid. There is no shortage of beautiful sights to see here such The Apartheid Museum, Nelson Mandela’s first ever house, and many other scenic areas. It is also a very green and sunny city.
Many would be hard-pressed to think of South Africa and not have Cape Town come to mind. Laden with beaches that are swarming with seals, sharks and other sea creatures, Cape Town offers many interesting sights to see. This includes the legendary Table Mountain which is a park where one can hike, climb, abseil and more.
Pretoria, while it may not be familiar to many, is the administrative capital of South Africa. It is a stunning city especially in October when the Jacaranda trees are in full bloom and turn a gorgeous shade of purple. There is a manifold of museums and attractions here and over 2 million people call Pretoria home.
Durban can be found in the KwaZulu-Natal province. It is bursting with restaurants, shopping centres, and beach activities that are sure to keep you busy during the weekends and then some. One area that particularly stands out in Durban is Morningside. The vibe here is very friendly and it is always relaxing to visit.
Customs and Traditions Unique to South Africa
Greetings can be carried out in various ways in South Africa. The greeting style will vary depending on the ethnic heritage of the person you are speaking with. As with Westerns, South Africans use handshakes while looking you in the eye and smiling. It is considered good etiquette to bring a token such as flowers, chocolates or wine when invited to a South African’s home.
5 Websites That Are Useful
1. British Embassy in South Africa. No matter where you go, it is always important to know how to get in touch with your embassy. The British Embassy is located in Pretoria.
2. South Africa Government Online. This websites provides a guide into the South African government, its leaders and laws.
3. TripAdvisor. There’s not a more reliable website out there for when it comes to travel advice. Whether you have a question about the least expensive method of transport to get from one town or city to another or you want to do your homework on hotels in South Africa for your holiday, this is the website to visit. It is sure to come in handy as you map out your South African travels.
4. Immigrating to South Africa. Provides insight and knowledge into moving to South Africa, obtaining visas, requirements, and other useful legal advice.
5. South Africa Expat Forum. If you are looking for an avenue to talk to others who are thinking about making the move to South Africa or those who have already made it, this is the place to be. This forum can help you answer any questions that you might have at the back of your mind.
5 Landmarks to Visit in Your First Year
1. Kruger National Park. Covering two million hectares of land, exploring this park is no walk in the park, pun intended. But one has the option to either drive through it or to take a guided tour. You can also take part in walking safaris and mountain bike trails if this is more your cup of tea. You also have the option to spend a few nights at the park, what with its numerous luxury lodges and private nature reserves to choose from.
2. Cape Winelands. Many have proposed for this landmark to be considered as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape, and for good reason. These vineyards are truly a sight to see with their purple mountains, gabled houses, and magical atmosphere. Not to mention, the wine is excellent. It is also possible to go on biking trips, wagon rides, and horse rides.
3. Eastern Cape. Eastern Cape boasts an amazing beach location where you can frolic, surf or relax all day. Eastern Cape has some of the best safari destinations in South Africa such as The Greater Addo Elephant National Park. The National Festival of the Arts is also a favourite of many tourists. It commences in July.
4. Table Mountain. You can’t live in South Africa and not visit this breathtaking mountain. It is possible to reach the top via cable car or by walking there. Either way, you are sure to thank yourself for it by the time you get there.
5. Garden Route. It is difficult to describe the beauty of Garden Route, what with its collection of towns, bays, beaches and cliffs. It is also the home of the Cango Caves, the Ostrich Farms, and the world’s lengthiest wine route.
So if you are planning on relocating to South Africa, be sure to keep all of this information in mind as you never know when it might come in handy. Bon voyage!