Top places to move to in South Africa

01 Oct 2018

Cape townSouth Africa is an attractive choice of location to move to for a plethora of reasons. However, the diverse lifestyle offered is mainly why. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the exciting city life, dining at top restaurants and acquiring a stunning view of the skyline from the top of a skyscraper, or explore the wildlife and all nature has to offer – South Africa has it all. Thankfully, all within easy reach! The country has long been a favoured choice among Europeans – namely Brits – to retire in. Therefore, whether you’re just looking for a change of scenery or a relaxed retirement destination, South Africa has it all. Here are the top places to move to in SA:

Cape Town
Cape Town is an exciting city to live in. With a list of entertainment options on offer, it will be hard to ever find yourself bored. You are guaranteed to enjoy dining, shopping and exploring the nightlife in this city. Even if those do not sound like your cup of tea, day trips to the nearby countryside and wine regions are always an option. Additionally, despite South Africa’s crime scene having developed a somewhat notorious reputation, Cape Town is known to be one of the safest cities in the country.

Durban is an attractive choice for expats, mainly due to its warm, sunny climate and pretty beaches. The lifestyle is known to be a more relaxed one when compared to busy cities like Cape Town or Johannesburg, which could improve your overall quality of life. It is worth noting, however, that for those who prioritise an eventful Friday night out, Durban might not be the ideal choice. Although the nightlife is growing, Durbanites are accustomed to waking up early and sleeping early too – due to the city being located on Africa’s east coast and enjoying the sun early in the day.

Known as the economic and financial centre of South Africa, Johannesburg is constantly attracting those who seek professional opportunities – thanks to a large number of local and international businesses having their headquarters located in this city. The entertainment options are also fantastic – From boasting the reputation of the greatest shopping destination on the continent, to being home to some lovely natural attractions and interesting museums, Johannesburg offers a variety of things to do.  

The cosmopolitan city of Pretoria attracts expats with its warm climate and relatively low cost of living. Neighbourhoods like Waterkloof or Brooklyn are especially suitable for those looking to move from their home country. For history lovers or those appreciative of greenery, this city is a wise choice. Additionally, Pretoria has one of the best qualification rates for teenagers in the country – which is a thing to consider for expatriates!