Planning to spend some time as a digital nomad in Africa?
We don’t blame you!
From the mind-blowing wildlife at Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve to Cape Town clustered charmingly around Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles, and Lalibela’s legendary rock-hewn churches, Africa sensationally stimulates all the senses.
But before you go booking your flights or buying that expensive backpack, take a look at these five tips for digital nomads in Africa – they could be a valuable stitch in time that makes for a smooth trip when you land in the Cradle of Humanity.
#1 Check official travel guidance
It’s always wise to check your government’s foreign travel advice – but especially so in these times of global pandemics.
So before you make any bookings or part with cash, check whether you require visas, vaccinations, and where it’s safe to stay. It also doesn’t do any harm to let the staff at your national consulate know your plans.
#2 Confirm internet coverage
Whether you’re working or studying online in Africa, you’ll now find decent internet coverage in many nations.
However, those highly rated for their internet speed include Kenya, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Ghana, South Africa, and Gabon.
However, don’t let limited internet coverage or low speed prevent you from visiting an African destination you would dearly love to – you can easily plan ahead so that contacts are aware that your availability will be intermittent.
#3 Pre-book accommodation
Don’t leave arranging your accommodation until the last minute – pre-book for peace of mind.
Even if you’re on a tight budget, sites like Hostelworld have ratings, reviews, and recommendations for economically-priced accommodation in practically every nation on Earth.
And whether you stay in a hostel, hotel, or Airbnb, grabbing an early bird bargain could save you cash.
Volunteering is one excellent way of enriching your experience as a long-term traveler in Africa. With organizations like African Impact, you can work on projects covering everything from marine conservation to education and healthcare to wildlife photography.
If you’re a Vlogger, you can also record your experiences – with the relevant permission, naturally. All in all, volunteering is deeply rewarding, helps others, and boosts your CV, which is good news all around.
#5 Learn on the road
Many long-term adventurers tie in an extended trip with plans for major life and career changes when they return home.
And one way to ensure a smooth career migration is by studying an online degree in a vocational subject from ARU Distance Learning or another reliable online educator.
You can study flexibly and have an impressive degree by the time you get home – what’s not to love?
These five tips for digital nomads in Africa should set you up for an awesome adventure. And also have fun when you get there and stay safe!
Featured Image: The Foundry Co-Working Space, Nairobi