Moving to Africa


Choose your destination

Angola: Luanda
Democratic Republic of Congo
Kenya: Nairobi, Mombasa
Nigeria: Lagos, Abuja
South Africa: Cape Town, Johannesburg

Moving to Africa is not always the easiest relocation, but many expats find that they fall victim to unfair preconceptions of the continent, based on skewed media coverage, long before they arrive. 
Sure, expat life in Africa is certainly subject to a certain degree of hardship and frustration, depending where you move to, but nonetheless, the continent that claims the cradle of humankind and the Great Rift Valley is also one that’s credited with the kind of colour and vibrancy that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. 
The people are warm-hearted and welcoming, the land is dramatic and mystical and the spirit for living determined and unbridled. Unfortunately though, Africa has been the proverbial stomping ground of the developed world. As a resource-rich continent, European powers colonised much of Africa in the early 19th century. Although all 54 nations have since reclaimed their independence, the vestiges of imperialism remained in the forms of instability, corruption, violence and authoritarianism. 
As a result, many countries suffer from the shortcomings of insufficient infrastructure and the corrupt practices of government and bureaucratic leaders. 
The good news for foreigners is that this fact means that African nations are often lacking skilled workers in certain industries, and thus expats have lots of potential opportunities to move to Africa and earn lucrative salaries – as long as they are willing to stomach the lack of public transportation and the often disproportionately high costs of living.

Do keep in mind that no two African countries are the same, no matter how tempting it may be to group them together (a typical Western idea), so do embark on some serious research into the particular culture, cost of living and safety (among other things) of your chosen destination before you set off.

Articles about Africa

Graffiti is a popular art form in Johannesburg

Offbeat and Arty Things to Do in Johannesburg

Moving to Johannesburg definitely does not mean is having to give up a spirit of adventure, a love of the outdoors and the arts. It’s not without reason that Joburg is touted by some as the cultural capital of South Africa...
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National Tree in Angola - to represent expat interview with an American in Angola

Interview with an American Expat Living in Luanda, Angola

Linda, an American expat living in Luanda, makes MacGyver look mainstream. She wages war with Malaria, boldly combats the constant potential of power outage and generally makes the best of anything and everything in Angola...
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Health Insurance in Kenya

The state of healthcare in Kenya has deteriorated dramatically over the course of the last few decades, and it’s recommended expats take out private international health insurance...
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Money to signify Cost of Living in Nairobi

Cost of Living in Nairobi

Don’t be misled into thinking that expat life in Nairobi is cheap. While it certainly is possible to live sparingly and levy minimal expenses, most westerners demand...
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Okada driver in Nigeria - a huge culture shock

Culture Shock in Nigeria

Just tell friends and family that you are off to Nigeria to work and you can expect to be met with a sea of concerned faces; indeed, some will even plead with you to change your mind...
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Empty wallet - the result of not negotiating the right salary in Nigeria

Expat Salary Guide to Nigeria

Expats looking to gauge their salary expectations before relocating to Nigeria should bear in mind a few vital considerations...
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A funky car in South Africa

Buying a Car in South Africa

Buying a car in South Africa will not be the easiest item to check off your moving list, but it will be the most appreciated...
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A businessman opening a business in South Africa

Opening a Business in South Africa

It follows that a number of expats migrate to this economic hub in order to "set-up shop"...
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A student at a school in South Africa

Johannesburg: Finding the Right School for Your Child

Johannesburg has a great number of quality, independent private schools and international schools...
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