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Top Ten Blogs about Moving to South Africa

South Africa’s beautiful climate and vibrant culture have established the country as a popular expat destination with plenty to offer anyone thinking of living and working abroad. If you’re considering making this spectacular country your new home, have a look at some of our top ten blogs about moving to South Africa to help give you a flavour of this diverse, welcoming nation.


1. 2Summers

Heather moved to Johannesburg in 2010 and has used her blog to chart her love affair with South Africa. The author has a passion for the city’s quirkier side and enjoys sharing new discoveries and hidden gems.

2. Chickenruby

An engaging and insightful blog, it follows Suzanne’s journey from central England to South Africa. While she has now moved to Dubai, there is plenty of information about expat life in Pretoria and relocating with teenagers.

3. Peace, Love and Giraffes

Like many expats, Nicole moved from the US for love in 2013 when she married a South African golfer. Her blog is a great introduction to South African culture, particularly food, nature and travel.

4. Joburg Expat

Joburg Expat, Sine, is a mum of four who lived in South Africa for 3 years and truly threw herself into life in her temporary home, culminating in climbing Kilimanjaro shortly before returning to the US in 2013. Her posts are well written and full of information about Johannesburg and family life in South Africa.

5. Expat-ish

Expat-ish follows the adventures of Yvonne, a Polish-born serial expat now living in beautiful Cape Town. Weather, culture shock and family all feature heavily in this amusing, honest blog.

6. A Girl in Africa

This particular girl in Africa is Diana, a South American twenty-something now loving life in Cape Town. She indulges her passion for fashion and food and drink as well her new home in her eye catching blog packed with great photography.

7. Johnny Africa

Bored of the daily grind of New York City, Johnny upped sticks to South Africa in 2012 and hasn’t looked back. His useful, well laid-out blog is packed with information about Johannesburg and expat life, as well as tales of travels across the rest of the continent.

8. Under an African Sun

Under an African Sun follows American expat Kelly as she settles into life in Johannesburg with her partner Yannick. Kelly’s blog has lots of tips about great places to visit around the city as well as plenty of posts about local restaurants, wineries and wildlife.

9. Expat Cape Town

Set up by a German couple who have lived in South Africa since 2005, this blog and guide has all the information any new arrival to Cape Town could need. As well as practical information about immigration, finding homes, schools and much more, the regular posts have details of upcoming local events.

10. Gabi on 12th

Gabi is a mum of two, originally from Sweden, who now lives in Johannesburg with her husband and young boys. Gabi on 12th is full of insights into life in South Africa, particularly having and raising children in a different country.

If our top ten blogs about moving to South Africa have whetted your appetite, have a look our South Africa guide to find out more.

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