With both business and travel trends taking a massive shift, people have realised that it’s possible to take your work anywhere and enjoy a bit of wanderlust beyond your four walls. Provided your destination has access to your required amenities and a stable internet connection, why not combine business and leisure and embark on the ultimate working holiday? These African cities are best places to kick back with your laptop on a workation.
Cape Town, South Africa
South Africa’s infrastructure is among the best in Africa, and it is a great option if you want to live and work in the same timezone as Europe. Cape Town is known as Silicon Cape because of all the startups and developers in the city. The Mother City is being touted as a new digital nomad hub. Ranked 42 in the world on Big 7 Travel’s 50 Best Places for Remote Working in 2021, and 16 on Nestpick’s index ranking the best cities for digital nomads to live and work, Cape Town has a lot to offer. From beaches to mountains to Winelands, there is plenty to do in your downtime, and there are some great spots to work from too.
Port Louis, Mauritius
Mauritius’s capital and economic center are in Port Louis, located in the Indian Ocean and at the top of one of the best places to live in Africa. Mauritius is becoming increasingly popular as a site for location-independent professionals, not only because it is home to some successful African businesses, making the country one of the best countries to live in Africa. Other remote worker hubs such as Bali and Malta can readily compete with Mauritius. It has everything that location-independent workers require, including reliable internet connectivity, a low cost of living, and a moderate tropical temperature all year.
Cairo offers cheap rent and nomad-friendly visa policies (you get a 30-day visa on arrival into the country, which can be extended to three months easily). As for weather, Cairo is always warm and the nights cool. Cairo is also home to a thriving tech startup scene, though it isn’t as publicized as those in the other regions on the continent. So you know what to expect — great internet services, cafes and coworking spaces, and networking opportunities.
For digital nomads, the iHub, Kenya’s number one tech hub (which is fast approaching intercontinental celebrity status) is the first major draw in the country. Consider it the nerve centre for all things tech in the country. As such, nomads will find all their most pressing needs met — broadband internet, coworking spaces, networking, and a few digital nomads also. As for attractions, nomads will experience nature and wildlife at its best. There’s so much to do while you’re away from the laptop. To crown it all, the people of Kenya are friendly and the food is amazing.
Remote employment gives you more flexibility in terms of time management, resource allocation, and how you make a living. It opens up the global economy, allowing people to work across borders and globally, allowing many more people to support themselves and their families. If you’re looking for an exciting career opportunity in South Africa, make sure you click through to our job section.