Your Expat's guide to Living and Working in Cape Town South Africa

Our Cape Town expat guide shall provide facts and helpful resources for everybody searching genuine information about real life in South Africa’s Mother City.

Eight years ago we moved from England to this sunny place at the tip of the African continent and still enjoy our life in 'Kaapstad' every day. We have seen a lot, experienced a lot and learnt a lot...and now we want to share our insights with you.

This guide covers the daily practicalities of living in Cape Town as well as highlights many aspects of daily life: The customs and culture of this amazing place, monthly events worth knowing about and where to find help when struggling with any of life's challenges. Here you can read all about the living standard and the daily cost of living and find many helpful guides for housing, shopping, schooling with lots of handy tips.

In ExpatCapeTown, we want to show you why this city is so attractive not only to tourists but also to the many expats who make this city their new home. Of course, popular tourist attractions will be included, but, hey, what is better than being a tourist? Experience and enjoy everyday life in Cape Town.





Expat Cape Town - Unique Guide with unique Perspective


This guide will show you more than the average travel guide as it includes many topics which people who move and live here need or want to know about. The collection of useful information in this expat guide stems from our own experiences from many years of living and working in South Africa and includes tips from many expatriates of various nationalities who share their insights in our forum.

Here we will tell you all you should know about the relocation and immigration process when moving to the Mother City, how to cope with culture shock when settling in the country and in general, how expatriates cope with daily life’s challenges when living here.

One of the most important issues regarding any relocation surely is to get real information about crime and safety. You might wonder where the safe and good housing areas are? Or where to shop for your cravings? Well, look no further, we have it covered.

Or maybe you plan to move here with your children, so you might look for advice on how and where to find the right school and what the new lifestyle can offer to your family. We can give you that advice because we moved here with our children and have been through all this and are getting more experienced by the day.

Finally, you will find lots of useful resources and helpful links mentioned on each page too, so our website should cover pretty much everything you need to know when moving or living here. ...And in case, you miss a thing, simply drop us a line or share some of your tips.

So now sit back and enjoy our guide!

Cape Town Blog
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Why Cape Town is one of the Best Cities for Travel and Expat Living
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Your Expat Cape Town Information Guide: Basic Facts
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Cape Town Attractions: Top 10 Attractions and Activities in Cape Town
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South Africa Weather: Climate, Extreme Weather and Best Weather Sites for SA
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Cape Town Events Calendar 2014: The Best Events in Cape Town South Africa
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Free Cape Town Map: Insiders Guide to the best Cape Town city maps
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Immigration Rules in South Africa: New Immigration Regulations 2014
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South Africa Culture Shock Guide: Symptoms, Stages, Coping Tips
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Flights to South Africa: How to find the best and cheapest South Africa flights
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Cost of Living in Cape Town: Living Expenses for Expats in South Africa
Enjoy your expat lifestyle with low cost of living in Cape Town. Read about prices and costs in South Africa regarding your expatriate lifestyle and general living expenses
Crime in South Africa: How safe in Cape Town in 2014? - Crime Statistics
Newly updated information about safety and crime in South Africa and read about the real situation for tourists and expats living in Cape Town South Africa
South Africa Housing: Tips and Advice when looking for a new Home
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Cape Town Schools: Private Schools, International Schools, Special Needs Schools
Find here a listing of recommended private and independent Cape Town schools, international schools, schools for kids with special needs and much more info on Education in South Africa
Driving in South Africa: ExpatCapeTownGuide with advice and driving tips
All you need to know about Driving in South Africa, Driving Tips, Traffic Fines, Safety Tips and much more
Cape Town Emergency Numbers and Emergency Information
Expat's Guide to the Cape Town Emergency Numbers and Emergency Help Lines
Jobs in South Africa: Your Expat Guide to Finding Work in Cape Town
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South Africa Economy 2014: Your Expat Guide to Doing Business with South Africa
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South Africa Banking: Expat Banking and Banks in South Africa
In our South Africa Banking Guide find answers to the most common FAQ regarding Banks and Banking in South Africa
Expat Insurance: ExpatCapeTown Insurance Tips
When moving abroad you should definitely take out expat insurance. Read about the types of insurance which are important to keep your family protected abroad.
Cape Town Expats: Listing of Expat Clubs and Expat Associations in Cape Town
In my Cape Town Expats Section you will find information and links to Meet-ups for Expats and Expat Clubs in Cape Town
Expatriate Life: Expat Interviews in Cape Town
Expatriate Life in foreign lands is not only interesting but also often challenging. Read about the positive and negative sides of living abroad in these expat interviews with expatriates living in Ca
Expat Forum: Cape Town South Africa Insider Tips and Secrets
Are you looking for a friendly Cape Town Expat Forum? Get in contact with Cape Town expats and locals, ask questions and read the comments, then this is the place to go to.
Expat Sites and Resources for the Expatriate Community
These Expat sites and resources are the best way to learn more about the destination of your new expat assignment. In ExpatCapeTown you will find links to the best expat guides worldwide.
Expat Resources: Recommended Expat Websites and Books for Expatriates
These Expat Resources are the best way to learn more about the destination of your new expat assignment. In ExpatCapeTown you will find the best expat guides worldwide.
Cape Town Shopping: ExpatCapeTown Guide to Shopping in the Mother City
Cape Town Shopping Guide with insiders information on shopping in Cape Town for expats and tourists, where to find the biggest shopping centers, do your daily shopping, find the best markets and shops
The best Cape Town Beaches
The Cape Town beaches are among the most scenic beaches in the world. Read here which beaches are my expat family's favorites
South African Food: ExpatCapeTown Food Guide
South African food is not only braais, boerewors, biltong and bobotie. There is much more to it. Read about what makes the food of South Africa so special
Cape Town Theatres: Your Guide to Theatres in Cape Town
Listing of Cape Town Theatres with information and links. The various theatres in Cape Town offer a variety of performances to the culturally interested locals, visitors and expats in Cape Town.
Cape Town Museums: The best museums to visit not only when it rains!
Discover the best Cape Town museums and learn about Nature, Cape Town History and South African Art in a fun way.
South Africa People: The Rainbow Nation - South African Population Facts 2014
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Learning Languages in Cape Town and South Africa: Cape Town Language Schools
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Travel in South Africa: South Africa Attractions and TravelTips
Ever wanted to travel in South Africa. Read about great places and get great insider tips for your travels around South Africa.
Cape Town Safari Tips: Going on Safari in South Africa
Cape Town Safari Tips: What you should know when going on safari in South Africa
South Africa Flag and other National Symbols of South Africa
Read all about the South Africa Flag and the other South African National Symbols: National Flower, Animal, Tree, Bird and Fish and learn where you can find them in and around Cape Town.
South Africa Information: The guide to the best Travel Resources on South Africa
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Amazing Pictures of South Africa and Pictures of Cape Town
The best pictures of South Africa, pictures of Cape Town, safari photos and other photographs taken by expats in Cape Town
Cape Town Video: Your ExpatCapeTown Guide to great videos about Cape Town
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Cape Town Newspapers
List of Cape Town Newspapers
Expat Articles: ExpatCapeTown Readers Articles
Expat Articles: Find some interesting articles written by ExpatCapeTown Readers
Useful Links: Great resources for expats and business travellers
Useful links for expatriates: Expat Sites and Travel Sites
SiteSearch on ExpatCapeTown: Find answers to your questions
Get your Search Results form Google SiteSearch on ExpatCapeTown
Sitemap - You will find it!
Find it all on my sitemap: for cape town expats, tourists to the Mother City and anybody interested in South Africa really. All my pages at one glance.
Contact Page
Questions regarding expat life in Cape Town South Africa? - Feel free to submit your question with this contact form and get it answered by an expat
Cape Town Charities: How to help? Who to help? Cape Town NGOs Listing
Are you looking for trustworthy Cape Town Charities and NGO where your donation will go a long way? Read some good causes here.











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