Africa is not a popular destination for digital nomads. I think that’s a shame. The continent offers stunning natural beauty and a relatively low cost of living. The internet infrastructure is quickly improving. If you’re looking for a unique nomad destination, Africa is certainly worth considering. This guide outlines 23 of the best places to be a digital nomad in Africa including Nairobi, Cape Town, Kampala, Zanzibar, and many more.
In this guide, I’ll cover the cost of living, internet speeds and reliability, co-working spaces, safety, culture, quality of life, the visa situation, entertainment, cuisine, and more. I’ll also talk about the digital nomad community in each of these cities. I’ll also share a few benefits and drawbacks of each destination. I’ve spent a good amount of time living in Africa as a digital nomad. My favorite destinations are Kampala and Nairobi. In this guide, I’ll share my experience.
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1. Nairobi, Kenya
Region: East Africa
Population: 4.4 million
Monthly cost of living: $1000-$1400 per month
Internet speed: 20.70 Mbps
Nairobi, Kenya is one of Africa’s largest tech hubs. This alone makes it a great choice for digital nomads. The city offers great internet speeds. Expect download speeds of around 20 Mbps. Co-working spaces are widely available.
The city also offers a metropolitan feel, friendly people, good restaurants, great nightlife, and plenty of things to do. It’s great for those who love city life. You can also literally go for a safari in Nairobi city limits in Nairobi National Park. For these reasons, Nairobi is my favorite city in Africa.
The cost of living for a digital nomad in Nairobi is relatively low as well. Expect to spend around $1000-$1400 per month on food, accommodation, entertainment, transportation, and other expenses. You could live on less than $1000 per month here if you’re frugal. Renting a decent apartment in the city will cost you around $400-$700 a month. If you want to live a bit more luxurious digital nomad lifestyle, with a higher-end apartment, expect to spend closer to $2000 per month.
There are lots of things to do in Nairobi. Westlands is a great place to check out at night, especially if you’re looking for bars and clubs. There are also plenty of shopping options from malls to markets and souvenir shops throughout the city. Nairobi is also an excellent food city. You can find lots of great international cuisine. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to explore. For digital nomads in Africa looking for culture and history, Nairobi offers several interesting museums to explore.
If you’re looking for adventure then Nairobi National Park or Maasai Mara are both great places to go for safaris where you spot some of Africa’s amazing wildlife including elephants, rhinos, giraffes, zebra, hippos, and more.
Nairobi offers an extremely comfortable climate due to its high elevation and location near the equator. The night temperature usually ranges between 17°C (62°F) and 22°C (72°F). This is perfect for digital nomads who like warmer climates but don’t want it too hot during the summer months.
Public transportation in Nairobi consists of matatus (shared minibusses) and motorcycle taxis. Uber is also available and is affordable. You could get around the city for $40-$50 per month.
For most nationalities, Kenya is easy to visit. They offer an easy-to-use e-visa program. You can apply for your online and stay in Kenya for up to 90 days on a single entry visa, multi-entry visa, or an East Africa Tourist Visa. It is also possible to extend the visa.
It’s also easy to speak to locals and make friends. Kenyans are friendly people. Most people are fluent in English. The official language of Kenya is Kiswahili. It’s a fun language to learn.
One potential drawback of living in Nairobi as a digital nomad is that it’s not the safest city on this list. Crime is a serious issue. It’s not called ‘Nairobbery’ for nothing. Muggings are common in some neighborhoods. Generally, you shouldn’t walk around alone at night in Nairobi. Petty theft and pickpocketing are also issues. Particularly on matatus and in crowded parts of the CBD. You need to take some precautions when you’re out and about. Avoid carrying valuables. During the day it is relatively safe to go out and about.
2. Cape Town, South Africa
Region: Southern Africa
Population: 4.6 million
Cost of living: $1200-$1800 per month
Internet speed: 42.21 Mbps
Cape Town is often considered to be the best city in Africa for digital nomads. This coastal city is known for its stunning natural beauty, beaches, and adventure activities. It’s also got a nice city centre.
Cape Town offers excellent infrastructure for digital nomads. The city offers some of the fastest internet speeds on the continent. The median download speed in Cape Town is around 42.21 Mbps. The city also offers plenty of co-working spaces and coffee shops where can get some work done. According to coworker.com, there are 51 coworking spaces in Cape Town.
When it comes to the cost of living, Cape Town is a bit more expensive than other destinations on this list. The monthly cost of living in Cape Town runs at about $1200-$1800 per month depending on where you stay and your lifestyle. There are options for budget-friendly accommodations too if you want to save some money. If you want to rent an apartment, expect to spend around $600-$700 per month for a one-bedroom in a decent neighborhood of Cape Town.
The area around Cape Town is a paradise for adventure activities. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking, fishing, surfing, kayaking, swimming, rock climbing, paragliding, sailing, camping, and more. There are also several game reserves within a few hours of Cape Town where you can go on a safari. Beach lovers have their pick of the stunning white sands along the coast. More daring travelers can try cage diving with sharks in nearby Gansbaai. While living in Cape Town be sure to visit the beautiful Wander Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain National Park, V&A Waterfront, the Cape of Good Hope, and Chapman’s Peak Drive.
Cape Town also has a large expat community. This makes it easy to meet other digital nomads. It’s also easy to meet travelers as Cape Town is a major tourist destination. It’s easy to meet locals as well. Pretty much everyone speaks English.
When it comes to food, Cape Town does not disappoint. You can find everything from traditional South African cuisine to vegan dishes with international flavors. You’ll even find your favorite fast-food restaurants here. For wine lovers, there are also a number of excellent wineries in the nearby region of Stellenbosch.
South Africa is an easy place to visit. Most travelers can enter South Africa on a tourist visa and stay for up to 3 months. The visa is extendable for up to 6 months. If you want to stay longer, it may be possible to apply for temporary residency. South Africa is planning to introduce a digital nomad visa.
It’s important to note that Cape Town is one of the more dangerous cities on this list. Theft and robberies are common. You have to be cautious while out and about. Security is a pretty serious concern here.
While I was walking to a restaurant one night, a masked man ran up to me and started demanding money. I walked into the restaurant and he waited for me outside for a few minutes. Luckily, he had left by the time I was ready to go home. It was pretty sketchy. Cape Town is not a safe place to walk around at night. This is by far the biggest drawback of living here. Cape Town is a dangerous city.
3. Kampala, Uganda
Region: East Africa
Population: 3.8 million people in the metro area.
Cost of living: $900-$1200 per month
Internet speed: 26.07 Mbps
Kampala, Uganda is an exciting option for digital nomads looking to explore life in a vibrant, lively, and upcoming African city. It is a bit of a hidden gem.
One of the main benefits of living in Kampala as a digital nomad is the low cost of living. You can comfortably live in Kampala on less than $1000 per month. It’s possible to get by on as little as $600-$800 if you’re frugal and watch your spending. Kampala is a cheap destination.
It’s possible to rent a comfortable one bedroom apartment for $400-$500 per month. If you’re willing to live outside of the city center, you could rent a decent place for $150-$300 per month. Food is also incredibly affordable if you shop at the local markets. Eating out can get kind of pricey.
Additionally, there are plenty of outdoor activities available. Uganda is a relatively compact country. You can travel pretty much anywhere in the country in less than a day by bus. This makes it easy to go sightseeing.
You could take a weekend trip to the nearby town of Jinja to view the source of the Nile and enjoy some adventure activities such as rafting or riding ATVs. There are several beautiful lakes to visit including Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Victoria where you can go boating, fishing, or simply relax on the beach. The beautiful Sipi Falls and Murchison Falls are also worth a visit. If you have room in your budget, consider mountain gorilla trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There are also several game parks where you can take a safari including Queen Victoria National Park. Check out my list of things to do in Uganda for more ideas.
Apart from having the chance to explore Uganda’s beautiful sights, there are plenty of excellent restaurants, bars, cafes, and shops located throughout the city where you can enjoy yourself after work hours.
You’ll find great nightlife options. Ugandans love to party. There are plenty of clubs and bars to explore. Check out the neighborhoods of Lugogo and Kololo for some of Kampala’s best nightlife. It’s easy to mingle and make friends when going out.
Kampala is also considered a safe city by African standards. During the day, you can safely wander around the city and explore. You have to keep an eye out for pickpockets and petty thieves but violent crime against tourists is rare. At night, it’s best to take transport rather than walking as robberies and muggings can happen.
Another major benefit of living in Kampala is that English is widely spoken. Almost everyone speaks at least basic English. Most people are fluent. Communication is never a problem. Most locals speak Luganda. Some people also speak Swahili or another local language.
Uganda has an easy-to-use e-visa program. Most visitors can stay for up to 90 days on a single-entry, multi-entry, or East Africa tourist visa. The visa can be extended for an additional 60 days. This allows you to stay for up to 150 days.
One potential issue for digital nomads is that internet speeds can be quite slow. The average download speed is around 8.5 Mbps. Faster connections up to around 26 Mbps are available.
Also, Wifi is not available everywhere. If you plan on working remotely then it’s best to invest in a MiFi 4G Hotspot for data. MTN and Airtel are the two main telecom companies.
There are a few coworking spaces in Kampala. A couple of popular ones include Design Hub Kampala and Hive Colab. If you need a fast and reliable connection, a coworking is your best bet.
Data is fairly expensive here. If you’re using 4G, you’ll pay around $0.50 per gigabyte. Unlimited Wifi is available at co-working spaces as well as some hotels, Airbnbs, and restaurants. If it’s available, an unlimited home internet connection costs around $40-$50 per month.
I have been living in Kampala as a digital nomad for the past 5 months and have really enjoyed my time here. The people are extremely friendly. It’s a cheap place to live. The weather is great. It’s also a lot of fun. Kampala has some great nightlife. The country also offers plenty of outdoor activities for adventurous digital nomads. Best of all, it feels safe.
For more info, check out my guide to living in Kampala as an expat.
4. Cairo, Egypt
Region: North Africa
Population: Over 10 million
Cost of living: $800-$1000
Internet speed: 22.71 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Cairo, Egypt is an experience. From its ancient history to its modern-day vibrancy, this historic city is a truly unique destination. This Ancient Egyptian city is certainly not for everyone but it has a lot to offer.
Cairo offers decent internet speeds. Expect average download speeds of around 22.71 Mbps. Co-working spaces are also becoming increasingly common. Cairo has a growing tech scene.
As far as budget goes, the cost of living in Cairo is extremely affordable. It’s probably one of the most affordable digital nomad destinations. It’s possible to live comfortably in Cairo on $800-$1000 per month without sacrificing too much in terms of lifestyle. If you’re on a tight budget, you could live in Cairo for as little as $500-$600 per month. If you want to live a little more luxurious lifestyle, expect to spend closer to $1500 per month. On this budget, you could afford a luxurious apartment in a good part of town.
History lovers will especially appreciate all that Cairo has to offer, from the many historic sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphynx. There are museums, monuments, and ruins that provide an insight into ancient Egyptian culture.
Cairo is also home to a growing digital nomad scene that makes it easy for remote workers from all walks of life to connect with one another. There are various meetups that allow digital nomads to socialize with other like-minded individuals. Many cafés and restaurants have free Wi-Fi so you can stay connected with your team or clients while out exploring the city.
Most visitors can enter Egypt with a visa on arrival and stay for 30-90 days depending on their nationality. The visa is extendable.
Cairo is also a relatively safe city. There is rule of law here. Violent crime against tourists is rare. You do have to keep an eye out for pickpockets and petty thieves. You’ll also encounter many aggressive salespeople, con men, and hustlers while you’re out walking around. This gets extremely annoying. I have had guys follow me around begging me to just take a look inside their shop. Solo female travelers sometimes get harassed by locals.
One potential drawback is that the internet in Cairo is heavily censored by the government. You may need to use a VPN to get your work done. Some websites are blocked. Cairo is also a very loud city.
5. Dahab, Egypt
Region: North Africa
Cost of living: $800-$1000 per month
Internet speed: 4-10 Mbps
Located on the Southeast coast of the Saini Peninsula on the Red Sea, this small town of 15,000 has plenty to offer. Dahab, Egypt is a great place for digital nomads to enjoy a laid-back lifestyle by the sea with plenty of sunshine. This is probably the most thriving digital nomad destination in all of Africa.
Possibly the biggest benefit of living in Dahab is the low cost of living. You could live in Dahab comfortably on less than $800 per month including accommodation, transportation, food, and entertainment. A frugal person could get by on less than $500 per month. For a little more comfort, expect to spend $1200-$1500.
In recent years, Dahab has become increasingly attractive to digital nomads. There are plenty of cafes and co-working spaces where you can stay productive. Internet speeds are good. Many digital nomads rely on a MiFi hotspot.
The biggest attraction of Dahab is the outdoor activities that the town has to offer. Dahab is a popular destination for divers and snorkelers, with its stunning coral reefs and spectacular Blue Hole. Fishing is also a popular activity. Kitesurfing and windsurfing are amazing ways to take advantage of the strong winds that blow off the Red Sea. Dahab is a great place to learn these sports. Moreover, due to its rocky terrain and relatively flat roads running along its sandy beaches, cycling is also a popular activity here. There are also some great hiking opportunities. I climbed Mt. Sinai while staying in Dahab. Of course, you can always lay out on the beach and soak up some sun.
Most visitors can enter Egypt for 90 days with a visa on arrival. This visa costs $25 and is extendable. There is a special visa for the Sinai Peninsula only or you can get the regular visa that covers all of Egypt.
Dahab is a small town with a laid-back atmosphere. The culture is completely different from the larger cities in Egypt. People dress casually. You can walk or cycle anywhere. It’s a great place for digital nomads who want to work and relax. You don’t have to worry as much about scammers and hustlers as you do in Cairo. Nobody will bother you here.
The town could get boring if you’re not into water activities or if you prefer large cities. There isn’t much of a nightlife scene. Everything is pretty laid-back and casual. There are a couple of nice bars to explore. It’s a small town.
6. Zanzibar, Tanzania
Region: East Africa
Population: 1.3 million on the island. The largest city, Stone Town, has a population of around 200,000
Cost of living: $1000-$1500 per month
Internet speed: 17.63 Mbps
Located just off the coast of East Africa, Zanzibar is an archipelago of islands with beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. There are also some beautiful beach resorts. It’s a great choice for digital nomads who are looking for a tropical island paradise.
Zanzibar offers surprisingly decent internet speeds. The internet isn’t as fast as on the mainland but it is fast enough to get most jobs done. Expect download speeds of around 16.63 Mbps. You may have to look around for a reliable connection. Most bars, restaurants, and cafes offer free wifi. There are also a few good co-working spaces in Stonetown that offer fast and reliable internet. It’s a decent place to work remotely.
Living in Zanzibar can also be quite affordable. You could live comfortably here for $1200-$1500 per month. You can rent a comfortable one bedroom apartment for $500-$600 per month. If you want to live a more luxurious lifestyle with a beach apartment, expect to spend closer to $2000. It would be possible to live on less than $1000 per month here if you’re willing to live in more basic accommodation.
Food options are abundant on the island, with seafood, Indian food, Middle Eastern cuisine, and African dishes to choose from. You can also buy some excellent fresh fruits and veggies here. You’ll never be short of delicious meals while living in Zanzibar! Food is affordable as well.
Zanzibar offers stunning natural beauty. The island is home to some of the world’s best beaches including Nungwi, Bwejuu, and Paje. The island is also incredibly diverse. Zanzibar is home to a mix of Arabians, Persians, Indians, and Africans. The majority of people are Muslim.
The nightlife in Zanzibar is vibrant. The locals and tourists love to party. From beach bars to late-night clubs, there’s something for everyone here.
Most visitors can visit on arrival for Tanzania for 30-90 days. The visa is extendable for an additional 90 days. The visa costs $50-$100 depending on your nationality.
Zanzibar is considered a safe destination. Violent crime against visitors is rare. You do need to be careful with your belongings. Petty theft and pickpocketing are common. You may also encounter scammers and hustlers so you have to be careful about who you talk to. On the beaches, you’ll meet beach boys trying to sell tours and other things.
One potential drawback is that Zanzibar is an island. To travel to the mainland, you’ll have to take a ferry or fly. This can make it more difficult to explore other parts of Tanzania. It’s fairly remote. Flights here are expensive.
7. Kigali, Rwanda
Region: East Africa
Population: 1.25 million
Cost of living: $1300-$1800 per month
Internet speed: 16.55 Mbps
Kigali, Rwanda is a great option for digital nomads who are new to travel in Africa. The city is safe and relatively compact. The infrastructure is also very good. It feels a lot more modern than many other destinations on the continent.
Kigali offers decent internet speeds. Expect an average download speed of around 16.55 Mbps. There are a number of co-working spaces and cafes with reliable Wi-Fi where you can get your work done.
It’s important to note that wifi isn’t available everywhere in Kigali. You can stay connected by purchasing a Mifi device which will provide quality internet access wherever you go.
Kigali is considered to be the safest city in Africa, according to Statista.com. You will see police and security everywhere while you’re out and about. There is rule of law here. You can safely walk around and explore the city.
The cost of living in Kigali is a bit higher than other locations on this list. Expect to spend about $1300-$1800 per month while living in Kigali. You could get by on $1000 if you’re frugal and live outside the city center. A decent apartment will cost around $500-$600 per month.
The infrastructure in Kigali is much better than most African cities. The roads are well-maintained. There is a decent public bus network. The city is also incredibly clean.
Kigali feels much more developed than many other cities in the region. Kigali is an up-and-coming city. The nation has plans to turn Kigali into a major world city. Rwanda’s goal is to become the Singapore of Africa.
Rwanda is also a small country. You can travel pretty much anywhere in the country in less than a day by bus. This makes sightseeing easy. You can visit the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park. You can go relax by one of Rwanda’s beautiful lakes. Lake Kivu is an excellent place to visit. You can go boating, fishing, or just relax on the beach.
Visas are also easy for most travelers. A visa on arrival is valid for 30 days. Single-entry and multiple-entry visa options are available. If you want to stay longer, the East Africa visa is valid for 90 days.
In conclusion, Kigali is an excellent destination for digital nomads in Africa due to its high standards of safety, good internet connection, and affordability. Particularly when compared to other cities in the region.
8. Mombasa, Kenya
Region: East Africa
Population: 1.4 million
Cost of living: $1200-$1500 per month
Internet speed: 17.13 Mbps
Mombasa, Kenya is an excellent choice for digital nomads who are looking for a beach destination. The city has decent infrastructure, friendly locals, and affordable prices.
The cost of living in Mombasa is extremely affordable for nomads. Expect to spend around $1200-$1500 per month. If you rent long-term from a local, furnish your own place, or live outside of the city center, you could easily get by on less than $1000 per month. If you prefer a bit more luxury, you can live in a higher-end apartment by the beach and go out to eat every day on a budget of $2000 per month.
Mombasa offers decent internet speeds. Expect an average download speed of 17.13 Mbps. There are also a number of co-working places available if you need a more professional work environment. You could also work at one of the many beach bars along the coast. Most offer free Wifi.
For most nationalities, Kenya is easy to visit. They offer an easy-to-use e-visa program. You can apply for your online and stay in Kenya for up to 90 days on a single entry visa, multi-entry visa, or an East Africa Tourist Visa. It is also possible to extend the visa or make a visa run.
The biggest draw of Mombasa is the beaches. There are plenty of beautiful beaches in the area to enjoy, such as Nyali Beach, Bamburi Beach, Diani Beach, Shanzu Beach, and Tiwi Beach. These beaches offer stunning views of the Indian Ocean with white sand beaches perfect for relaxing or enjoying water sports. You can swim, snorkel, surf, kayak, or just enjoy the sun.
When it comes to things to do in Mombasa there are so many options! You can visit Fort Jesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or take a day trip to Wasini Island. If you’re looking for a bit more adventure, explore Shimba Hills National Reserve and witness elephants in their natural habitat. You could go deep-sea fishing around the coast of Mombasa or go snorkeling and get up close with some exotic marine life. Shopping fans should also check out Moi Avenue, one of the oldest shopping streets in Kenya, where you’ll find everything from traditional handicrafts to souvenirs made by local artisans.
Digital nomads can also enjoy the nightlife in Mombasa with numerous bars and clubs throughout the city. There are plenty of restaurants offering delicious Kenyan cuisine. Some are accompanied by lively music and dancing. There’s something for everyone here, whether it’s catching live bands performing reggae music at Forty Thieves Bar & Grill or partying late into the night at Club Hypnotica located on Nyali beachfront road.
Overall, living as a digital nomad in Mombasa offers plenty of opportunities for work, leisure, and exploration all at an affordable price point making it an appealing destination for anyone looking to experience a new culture while continuing their career remotely.
Mombasa isn’t the safest city. Theft and robberies occur. It’s not safe to wander around after sunset. You should avoid carrying valuables while out and about. You also have to look out for scams and police corruption here. There are some risks.
9. Marrakesh, Morocco
Region: North Africa
Population: 1.03 million
Cost of living: $1200-$1800 per month
Internet speed: 44.32 Mbps
Marrakesh is an ancient Berber city located at the foothills of the Atlas mountains. It is a bustling city, full of life and culture as well as history. The city is surrounded by stunning desert landscapes.
Marrakesh offers good infrastructure for digital nomads. The city has reliable internet with decent speeds. The average download speed is 44.32 Mbps. There are plenty of co-working spaces and cafes where you can get your work done.
The cost of living is reasonable as well. In Marrakesh, expect to spend around $1200-$1800 per month depending on your standards. If you’re staying long-term, you can get by on less. It would be possible to live on less than $1000 per month here if you’re on a budget. For a more luxurious lifestyle, expect to spend around $2000-$2500.
Morocco also has an easy visa process. Most foreign visitors can stay for up to 90 days on a tourist visa, which is available on arrival. It is possible to extend the tourist visa without leaving the country.
The city itself has something to offer everyone. There are vibrant open air markets where you can barter with locals for goods from artful jewelry to various spices. If shopping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of cafes where you can grab a coffee or traditional Moroccan tea and enjoy the atmosphere. There are beautiful gardens for relaxing or exploring which have been around since medieval times. There are palaces that showcase architecture from different time periods and mosques that will take your breath away with their intricate detailing and craftsmanship. A few attractions worth visiting include Bahia Palace, the Manara Garden, Toubkal National Park, and the market of Jemaa el-Fnaa.
Living as a digital nomad in Marrakesh, Morocco is an excellent option for European digital nomads due to its close proximity to Europe. You can easily fly home to visit friends and family. There are frequent and affordable flights between Marakesh and many major European cities.
One drawback of living in Marrakesh is that you always need to be aware of scammers who prey on unsuspecting foreigners. While walking around, you’ll encounter hustlers and con men who will harass you and try to separate you from your hard-earned money. You need to be vigilant while talking to anyone on the streets. Petty theft and pickpocketing are also common in the city’s touristy areas such as the Medina. You have to keep an eye on your belongings at all times. Violent crime against visitors is rare. It is a safe city to walk around and explore.
10. Arusha, Tanzania
Region: East Africa
Cost of living: $1000-$1500
Internet speed: 12.65 Mbps
Arusha is one of the best destinations for digital nomads in East Africa. The city is relatively small. It offers good infrastructure and plenty of activities to keep you busy. There are also plenty of other foreigners around because it is the jumping-off point for safaris to the Serengeti and Mount Kilimanjaro climbs. It’s a very popular destination for tourists.
The cost of living in Arusha is relatively low compared to other countries and cities. You can expect to spend around $1100-$1400 per month for basic expenses like rent and food, depending on where you choose to live. If you furnish your own apartment, you could live on less than $1000 per month.
Arusha has decent internet speeds. Download speeds average around 12.65 Mbps, which is more than enough for most activities like streaming video, downloading files, and uploading content online. This makes it easy to stay connected when working remotely or freelancing from the city. There are also a number of co-working spaces available in the city where you can rent office space on a monthly or hourly basis.
Getting a visa to enter Tanzania is usually very straightforward. Tanzania offers a visa on arrival for most nationalities. You can stay for up to 90 days. The visa is extendable. The visa costs $50-$100 depending on your nationality.
Nature lovers will especially appreciate Arusha. It’s near two of the biggest attractions in East Africa. You can go on safari in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks or climb Mount Kilimanjaro. There are also some beautiful nature areas and waterfalls nearby to visit.
The Serengeti and Mt. Kilimanjaro draw hundreds of thousands of tourists per year. You’ll meet plenty of other foreigners while living in Arusha. It’s one of Africa’s most touristy cities.
Arusha has a diverse array of activities available for visitors and locals alike. There are markets, festivals, and cozy bars and restaurants that cater to tourists from all over the world.
Other things to do include exploring nearby game reserves like Lake Manyara National Park, learning more about local cultures by visiting traditional Maasai villages, strolling through the colorful streets of Usa River, tasting delicious Tanzanian street food, or visiting cultural sites such as Olduvai Gorge where some of humanity’s oldest human remains were found by archaeologists.
Arusha is also a safe city. During the day, you can wander around and explore. At night, it’s best to take transport. Theft can be an issue so keep a close eye on your belongings at all times.
It’s easy to get by in Arusha with English. Most people are fluent. Particularly those who work in tourism.
11. Dakar, Senegal
Region: West Africa
Population: 1.03 million in the city proper
Cost of living: $1200-$1800 per month
Internet speed: Slow. 6 Mbps download speed on average
Living as a digital nomad in Dakar, Senegal can be a unique experience. Located on the westernmost point in Africa, Senegal is known for its French-speaking culture and varied landscape.
The cost of living in Dakar is relatively affordable. Expect to spend between $1200-$1800 per month living in Dakar. You could get by on less if you rent long-term and furnish your own apartment. If you want to live a more luxurious lifestyle, Dakar could get expensive.
Internet speeds in Dakar are pretty slow. Expect an average download speed of around 6 Mbps. Internet services can be unreliable as well. This can be frustrating if you need to make video calls. If you need a fast and reliable internet connection for work, Dakar may not be the best choice for you. Fortunately, there are some places where digital nomads can work comfortably and efficiently. Co-working spaces are popping up around the city.
Crime rates in Dakar remain relatively low compared to other cities in the region. Even then, it is always best to practice caution when traveling through unfamiliar areas. Robberies aren’t particularly common but they do happen. Petty crime can be an issue in some areas.
Dakar offers an exciting blend of urban life and natural beauty that make it an ideal destination for digital nomads to explore. You can sample delicious Senegalese cuisine. The city has a vibrant art scene. There are also some spectacular beaches nearby. The surf is great. Some popular sites in Dakar include the Monument de la Renaissance Africaine and IFAN Museum of African Arts. Dakar also offers some great nightlife. There are also plenty of outdoor adventures to explore, such as visiting île de Gorée (a Unesco World Heritage site)or observing wildlife at SICAP Liberte nature reserve.
Obtaining a visa for Senegal is also relatively easy. Many nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival that is valid for 90 days. The visa can be extended.
One major drawback to Dakar is that English is not widely spoken. French is the official language of Senegal. Some people speak basic English but don’t expect to encounter many fluent speakers. If you don’t speak basic French, it can be difficult to get around or connect with locals.
12. Tunis, Tunisia
Region: North Africa
Cost of living: $1000-$1400 per month
Internet speed: 24.08 Mbps
Tunis is an ancient city on the Mediterranean that offers a unique mix of European and African cultures. Living as a digital nomad in Tunis, Tunisia offers an exciting blend of culture, affordability, and ease of access to Europe.
Additionally, local internet speeds in Tunisia are surprisingly decent. Expect download speeds of around 24.08 Mbps. The internet in Tunis can easily support basic productivity tasks, web browsing, and video calls. There are also over 30 coworking spaces available where you can find fast and reliable internet. There are also plenty of nice cafes where you can work. Most offer free wifi.
The cost of living in Tunis is also quite affordable, with most digital nomads spending around $1000-$1200 per month for accommodation and essentials. If you want to live a more luxurious lifestyle, you might spend closer to $2000.
Exploring Tunis itself is a great cultural experience. The city boasts many historic sites such as the ancient Carthage ruins, Bourguiba Avenue (the cultural heart of Tunis), The Great Mosque of Kairouan, the Baths of Antoninus, and Sidi Bou Said (a picturesque traditional village full of cobbled streets). There are also plenty of interesting museums dedicated to everything from Islamic art to ancient artifacts. You won’t be short of things to do.
Tunisia is a great option for European digital nomads due to its location just across the Mediterranean. The city is serviced by numerous flights from nearby European countries. There are also ferries that cross the Mediterranean to France and Italy. This makes Tunis an ideal location for digital nomads who want to stay connected with their home countries while exploring new destinations on their travels.
Tunisia offers a visa on arrival for many foreign visitors. The visa is valid for up to 90 days. If you wish to stay for longer than 90 days, you’ll have to apply for a temporary residency visa.
Tunis is a relatively safe city to visit. Petty theft is common. Be sure to keep a close eye on your belongings. There is a risk of terrorism in the city. It’s best to avoid large crowds and protests. Violent crime against tourists is rare.
13. Taghazout, Morocco
Region: North Africa
Cost of living: $900-$1200 per month
Internet speed: 100 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Taghazout, Morocco is an attractive choice for digital nomads who are looking to escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some sun and waves. This charming fishing village on the Atlantic coast is located just north of Agadir.
Taghazout offers a low cost of living with an estimated budget of around $900-$1200 per month. The Internet connection in the area is great. Fiber internet with speeds of up to 100 Mbps is available. There are also 4 co-working spaces available.
Morocco also has an easy visa process. Most foreign visitors can stay for up to 90 days on a tourist visa. It is also pretty straightforward to extend the tourist visa.
This area has become a popular destination among surfers due to its excellent point break. There are plenty of other things to do here too, such as exploring Paradise Valley. Here, you’ll find a stunning gorge with pools and waterfalls. You can also visit La Source where fresh water bubbles up from the rocks.
Taghazout’s main street is lined with cafes and restaurants serving up delicious Moroccan specialties. There are also several markets selling local produce like fresh fruits and vegetables at incredibly cheap prices.
Taghazout is also a good base for exploring the rest of Morocco. You can easily travel to Marrakesh, Agadir, or Esaouaria by bus. It’s conveniently located.
Taghazout has a low crime rate. It’s a relaxed beach town. You do need to keep an eye on your belongings, just to be safe.
14. Pretoria, South Africa
Region: Southern Africa
Population: 2.7 million
Cost of living: $1200-$1500 per month
Internet speed: 40.61 Mbps
Located only 60 km north of Johannesburg, Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital. The city is an ideal location for digital nomads looking to stay connected and explore the country.
The cost of living in Pretoria is more affordable than Cape Town or Johannesburg, with rents ranging between $400-$500 per month for a one bedroom apartment. It would be possible to live comfortably here on just $1200-$1500 per month.
There are numerous co-working spaces available throughout the city. The internet speeds are also quite good, making it easy to stay connected with clients or employers abroad. Expect download speeds of around 40.61 Mbps.
Pretoria is a beautiful city. You’ll find gracious old architecture. Many of the city’s wide streets are lined with beautiful jacarandas, which blossom purple in the spring. Pretoria also offers great infrastructure. The streets are smooth. There is a decent public bus network.
Another great benefit of living in Pretoria is its proximity to nearby game reserves, where you can go on a safari and spot some of South Africa’s incredible wildlife up close. You can also explore nearby cities like Johannesburg, which offers a variety of cultural attractions and restaurants. It takes just 75 minutes to travel from Pretoria to Johannesburg.
In addition to all these perks, Pretoria offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and leisure activities. There are several parks located throughout the city that offer scenic views and paths for walks or runs. There are some great music venues that provide entertainment on weekends if you’re looking for something more lively.
South Africa is easy for most travelers to visit. Most visitors can enter South Africa on a tourist visa and stay for up to 90 days. The visa is extendable for a total of up to 180 months. If you want to stay longer, it may be possible to apply for temporary residency. South Africa is planning to introduce a digital nomad visa in the near future.
One potential drawback of living in Pretoria is safety. It’s not the safest city on this list. Crimes such as theft, robberies, and vandalism, are common. Pretoria is safer than Cape Town or Johannesburg but it is not a safe city. You will want to exercise caution while out and about.
15. Port Louis, Mauritius
Region: Island in the Indian Ocean
Cost of living: $1500-$2000 per month
Internet speed: 24.12 Mbps
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean that sits off the coast of Madagascar. In recent years, this small island has become a destination for digital nomads and tech startups.
Port Louis, the capital and largest city, offers many advantages for digital nomads. The city offers decent internet speeds. Especially for a small city in a remote island nation. Expect download speeds of around 24.12 Mbps.
There are 6 co-working spaces located across town. You’ll also find plenty of cafes and bars where you can plug in your laptop and work.
In addition, Mauritius has recently introduced a digital nomad visa designed to make it easier for remote workers to stay on the island for longer term. This visa is called the Premium Travel Visa.
This is an easy visa to apply for. You simply fill out an online application. You must prove that you have an income of at least $1500 per month. This visa allows you to stay in Mauritius for up to 1 year. For more info, check out this helpful guide to the Mauritius digital nomad visa.
If you don’t want to stay that long, most nationalities can visit Mauritius with a visa on arrival. This visa allows you to stay in the country for up to 60 days.
The cost of living in Port Louis is higher than some other popular destinations on this list. With some careful budgeting, you can still get by on a relatively low budget. Expect to spend around $1500-$2000 per month. If you live outside of the city, you could get by on under $1500 per month. Expect to spend around $500-$800 on rent.
With its rich history and diverse population, Mauritius is also a great destination for digital nomads who are interested in exploring new cultures and meeting new people. French and English are widely spoken here, so communication shouldn’t be an issue. People here are diverse in ethnicity. Hinduism is the most practiced religion.
Mauritius is also a highly developed country. The country has a very high human development index. It is considered to be the only African country with a full democracy. Mauritius is a high-income country with one of the most developed economies in Africa.
Best of all, it’s safe. From low crime rates to friendly locals, you’re sure to feel at home here quickly. Petty crimes such as pickpocketing and bag snatchings occur but they are rare. Violent crime is also rare. Foreigners are not targeted for crimes.
Of course, one of the biggest draws of living as a digital nomad is being able to take a break from work every now and then when you need it most. With beautiful white sand beaches and clean air everywhere you go, this is the perfect place for beach lovers. There are also plenty of opportunities for water sports if that’s your thing. You can go swimming fishing snorkeling diving kayaking parasailing windsurfing, and more.
Mauritius also offers plenty for nature-lovers too. Plenty of hiking trails run through lush tropical forests. There are deep gorges that are ideal for canyoning. You’ll find mountains with stunning views from their peaks. Exploring these landscapes will give you peace of mind during your stay.
16. Lagos, Nigeria
Region: West Africa
Population: 17-22 million
Cost of living: $1200-$2000 per month
Internet speed: 20.69 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Lagos, Nigeria is a unique experience. Lagos is the most populated city in Africa, with a population of over 17 million people. The population is also extremely dense. The city is crowded, lively, and surprisingly metropolitan. This makes Lagos a great choice for city-loving digital nomads.
The internet speeds in Lagos are decent. You can expect a download speed of around 20.69 Mbps. There are also plenty of co-working spaces located throughout the city where you can access higher-speed connections.
The cost of living in Lagos is relatively high if you want to maintain a Western standard of living. Expect to spend $1400-$2000 per month. On this budget, you can afford a nice apartment in a safe area. You could get by on a lower budget if you’re willing to give up some comforts and live a simpler lifestyle. It’s possible to live comfortably in Lagos for less than $1200 per month.
One major benefit of Lagos is that English is widely spoken. English is one of the official languages of Nigeria. Almost everyone speaks some English. Communicating with locals is never an issue.
Getting into Lagos may require some effort though. Nigerian visas are notoriously difficult to get. Most foreigners need to apply for visas through the Nigerian embassy or consulate in their home country. Usually in person. If you try to apply at a foreign embassy, you will likely be denied a visa.
Nigeria does not offer a digital nomad visa. There is a visa-on-arrival program for some nationalities that makes the process easier. If you have business in Nigeria, you can also apply for a business visa. These may be easier to obtain.
When it comes to relaxation and sightseeing, Lagos has plenty to offer regardless of your interests or tastes. The beaches nearby are beautiful. There are several luxury resorts available for digital nomads looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
In addition, Lagos offers excellent nightlife. Music venues and bars cater to all tastes while friendly locals ensure visitors have a great time. Visit Victoria Island for some of the best nightlife in Lagos. Nigerians know how to party and have a good time.
One major drawback of living in Lagos as a digital nomad is security. It’s not the safest city. Violent crime, including terrorism, is a concern. Tourists generally aren’t targeted but innocent bystanders can be harmed.
Robbery and theft are also common in Lagos. You shouldn’t go wandering around the city at night. It’s best to avoid areas you aren’t familiar with.
While out and about, you also have to be careful with your belongings. Petty theft and pickpocketing are common.
Of course, you also have to be cautious of scammers. Nigeria is known around the world for its scams. If you take some basic precautions, it is possible to live a safe and modern lifestyle here.
17. Accra, Ghana
Region: West Africa
Population: 2.6 million in the metro area
Cost of living: $1400-$1800 per month
Internet speed: 27.14 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Accra, Ghana is an interesting prospect. This bustling city has become one of the fastest-growing tech hubs in West Africa.
Accra offers great internet speed. Expect download speeds up to 27.14 Mbps. There are also 28 co-working spaces located throughout the city.
The official language of Ghana is English. This makes it easy to get around. Most people are fluent. Almost everyone speaks at least basic English.
The cost of living in Accra is relatively high if you want to maintain a Western standard of living. Expect to spend around $1400-$1800 per month. The cost of living is high due to the high cost of rent for modern apartments. If you’re comfortable living a more local lifestyle, you could get by on much less. If you want to live a luxurious lifestyle you’ll spend closer to $2500 per month.
Ghana is a relatively safe country. You can move around without having to worry too much about robbery or violent crime. Most crimes that occur are non-violent. Tourists also aren’t targeted for crimes.
Most crimes that occur are crimes of opportunity such as petty theft. That said, there are some dangerous areas that should be avoided. It’s best not to move around on foot alone at night. Take a taxi instead.
One major drawback is that the visa process for Ghana can be difficult. It often requires applying at the embassy in your home country. Many embassies abroad don’t offer visas for foreigners There are single-entry and multi-entry visas available that are valid for either 90 or 180 days. Ghana currently does not offer an e-visa or digital nomad visa.
Once settled into Accra, there are many great places to explore. Kokrobite Beach, located just outside of Accra, is a beautiful spot for swimming and sunbathing. The Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum is another must-see destination. it commemorates the life and legacy of Ghana’s first president and is one of the most iconic sites in the country. Other sites to visit include the Legon Botanical Gardens, Jamestown Cafe, Jamestown Lighthouse, and many more.
Accra also offers a vibrant nightlife with plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants to explore. For digital nomads wanting to escape from their work routine during weekends, there are numerous festivals throughout the year. It’s a big city with lots going on.
Foodies will find plenty of options when they arrive in Accra as well. Traditional Ghanaian dishes such as jollof rice or red red (bean stew over fried plantains) as well as international cuisines.
For people looking to get their shopping fix while living in Accra, there are local markets where anything from fabric to jewelry can be found at unbeatable prices.
18. Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire
Region: West Africa
Population: 5.6 million
Cost of living: $1400-$2000 per month
Internet speed: 19.20 Mbps
Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire can be a great digital nomad destination. The city offers surprisingly good infrastructure. Abidjan is very urban and industrialized. It’s also fairly diverse and metropolitan compared to other cities in the region. Around 3% of the population is non-African.
The cost of living in Abidjan can be on the high side. Most expats will spend $1400-$2000 per month to maintain a Western lifestyle. Rent prices are fairly high. However, there are ways to save money if you live outside of the city center. If you want to live a more luxurious lifestyle, expect to spend closer to $3000 per month.
Abidjan offers decent internet speeds. Expect download speeds of around 19.2 Mbps. There are 10 co-working spaces that offer affordable rates for digital nomads looking to get some work done in a professional environment.
The power supply in Abidjan is stable and reliable. This is a major benefit. Other cities in the region have frequent power outages. This isn’t an issue in Abidjan. You don’t have to worry as much about unexpected outages that can disrupt your workflow.
In terms of visas, Côte d’Ivoire offers an e-visa system that allows travelers to stay in the country for 30 days at a time. The visa is extendable for a fee. If you plan on staying longer than 90 days you can apply for a long-term visa with immigration authorities.
Abidjan is also full of interesting places to explore and enjoy during your stay. From relaxing at the beach of Assinie-Mafia or admiring the architecture at The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace to enjoying nature hikes at Banco National Park or experiencing cultural festivities at L’ile Flottante, there are plenty of activities available for digital nomads looking for both relaxation and adventure during their stay in Abidjan.
One drawback to Abidjan is security. It’s not the safest city. Petty theft, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching are common. More violent crimes such as mugging, carjackings, and armed robbery also occur. You will want to exercise caution while moving around at night.
Another potential drawback is that this is a French-speaking city. It’s the second largest French-speaking city in Africa, after Kinshasa. English is not widely spoken here. There can be a pretty strong language barrier.
19. Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt
Region: North Africa
Population: 262,000 in Hurghada and 54,000 in Sharm El Sheikh
Cost of living: $600-$1000 per month
Internet speed: 30.55 Mbps
Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh, are both increasingly popular digital nomad destinations in Egypt. These two cities offer a great combination of sun, sand, and surf. They are also some of the most affordable places to be a digital nomad.
Hurghada is located on the Red Sea coast and is known as one of the top dive locations in Africa. It offers crystal-clear waters and pristine coral reefs making it an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving. The city also has many modern amenities like co-working spaces, high-speed internet access, plenty of restaurants and cafes, and more.
Sharm El Sheikh is located on the southern end of the Sinai Peninsula in the South Sinai Governorate. It is well known for its beaches, resorts, nightlife, marine life attractions, and activities. Its resorts are well-known among tourists from around the world. The city also offers a great number of co-working spaces with fast internet speeds (around 30 Mbps download speed), which makes it easy to stay productive while working remotely.
The cost of living in both Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh can vary significantly depending on your lifestyle but you can rent an apartment for $400-$500 per month. You can live comfortably on a budget of around $600-$1000 per month. This makes these two cities some of the most affordable places in the world to live as a digital nomad.
Additionally, visas are relatively easy to obtain with visa on arrival being available for most nationalities at only $25. The visa allows you to stay for 30-90 days depending on your nationality. The visa is also extendable.
Both Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh are relatively small cities. There are plenty of nearby attractions within reach such as Naama Bay, Sharks Bay, Mount Sinai, or various protected areas like Ras Mohamed National Park that offer fantastic hikes and camping experiences surrounded by breathtaking views!
Living as a digital nomad in Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh allows you to experience all that Egypt has to offer while still having all the modern luxuries necessary for successful remote work such as good internet speeds, low cost of living along with laid back atmosphere make these two cities an ideal destination whether you’re looking for short term stay or longterm residency.
20. Banjul, The Gambia
Region: West Africa
Population: The city proper has only 35,000 people. The metro area has around 480,000 people.
Cost of living: $1000-$1500 per month
Internet speed: 7.56 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Banjul, Gambia can be an interesting experience. With its stunning beaches and vibrant culture, it is a great place to set up and explore the region of West Africa.
The internet speeds in Banjul are fairly low, with a download speed of around 7.56 Mbps. There are a number of co-working places where you can get a reliable internet connection.
The cost of living in Banjul is quite low compared to other cities in the region. Around $1000-$1500 per month should cover your basic needs such as accommodation, food, and transport. If you don’t mind living outside the city and exploring the country’s rural areas, you could get by on much less. If you want to live a Western lifestyle near the beach, you’ll probably spend closer to $2000 per month.
The visa process for the Gambia is pretty straightforward. There is a 30-90 day visa on arrival available depending on your nationality. If you want to stay longer, it’s possible to make a visa run to Senegal.
Most people in Banjul speak some English so it won’t be hard to get around. There is also a decent expat population near beaches. This makes it easy to meet other foreigners to interact with.
Banjul is one of the most beautiful beach destinations in Africa. The country offers stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean along its short coastline. There are plenty of activities to do here from sunbathing on the beach or taking boat trips out at sea. Snorkeling, fishing trips, or sightseeing boat rides along the riverbanks are also available. You can also visit local sites like the Kachikaly Crocodile Pool and Makasutu Culture Forest. Shopping options vary from traditional markets selling everything from fruit to fabric, all the way up to modern malls with international brands. There are many restaurants offering traditional Gambian dishes as well as Western-style food around town.
21. Windhoek, Namibia
Region: Southern Africa
Population: Around 430,000
Cost of living: $1800-$2200 per month
Internet speed: 19.32 Mbps
Windhoek is becoming an increasingly popular destination for digital nomads due to Namibia’s recent introduction of a digital nomad visa. The city offers excellent infrastructure and a variety of adventurous experiences. Whether you’re looking for an urban or rural environment, Namibia is a destination that’s worth considering.
Windhoek also offers decent internet speeds. Expect download speeds of around 19.32. There are a number of co-working spaces available across the city. You can get real get work done here.
The cost of living in Windhoek is higher than many destinations on this list. Expect to spend $1800-$2200 per month living in Windhoek. You could get by on less if you lived outside of the city or furnished your own apartment. Rental prices are kind of high for the quality you get.
Namibia recently introduced a digital nomad visa that allows visitors to stay in the country for six months at a time. To be eligible for this visa, you must be able to prove that you earn a minimum of $2000 per month. There are a number of forms to fill out including a medical form. For more info on the Namibia digital nomad visa, check out this article. International travelers also benefit from Visa on Arrival which permits stays up to 90 days with no need for prior application.
Windhoek offers plenty of activities that suit all kinds of interests. The city has modern malls, cafes, bars, shops, and restaurants to explore. For nature lovers, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping in one of Namibia’s many stunning landscapes. You can go hiking along desert trails and visit nearby national parks nearby. While living in Windhoek, it’s worth your time to take a trip into the Namib Desert to visit Sossusvlei and Dead Vlei.
You can also enjoy a desert safari with views of wildlife roaming freely in their natural habitat. You can also take in the beauty of night skies full of stars while enjoying dinner outdoors under the open sky. While camping in Namibia, I enjoyed the most spectacular view of the Milkey Way. I’ve never seen so many stars.
You can also take advantage of Windhoek’s proximity to the Atlantic Ocean by visiting some beautiful beaches and coastal towns, such as Swakopmund. Here, you can relax and soak up the sun after a day of work.
English is widely spoken in Windhoek. This means communication won’t be a problem when interacting with locals or other digital nomads residing there temporarily.
One potential drawback is that Windhoek is not the safest city. In the past, Namibia was considered one of the safest countries in Africa. Things have changed. Muggings, robberies, and carjackings are becoming more common. In some cases, muggers target foreign tourists. Read Canada’s travel advisory for Namibia for more info.
22. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Region: Horn of Africa
Population: 5.4 million
Cost of living: $900-$1200 per month
Internet speed: 18.39 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a unique experience. The city offers an exotic culture, excellent food, and a low cost of living.
It is easy to obtain a visa for Ethiopia. Visas are available through an e-visa program. Visa-on-arrival is also available if you fly into Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. A 90 day tourist visa costs around $52.
The cost of living in Addis Ababa is low. Expect to spend $900-$1200 per month. You could easily get by on less if you practice frugality. If you want to live a more luxurious lifestyle, expect to spend closer to $2000.
Most locals in Addis Ababa speak at least basic English. This makes it easy to navigate through the city and connect with others.
One of the great attractions of Addis Ababa is its cuisine and coffee culture. Ethiopia has some of the most exotic flavors. You do have to be careful with what you eat as travelers’ diarrhea can be an issue.
Coffee is considered a national treasure here, with locals often using it for social gatherings or for religious ceremonies. Visiting a cafe is a great way to immerse oneself in the local culture You’ll find plenty of excellent cafes and roadside coffee stands to explore.
Addis Ababa offers good internet speeds. Expect an average download speed of 18.39 Mbps. There are 5 co-working spaces located throughout the city. This makes it easy for digital nomads to stay connected while traveling. Ethiopia’s tech scene is quickly growing.
One potential drawback is internet reliability. While I was traveling in Ethiopia, the internet for the entire country was shut off for 5 days while students were taking their exams. The government shut the internet off in an attempt to prevent cheating. If you absolutely need to be online at all times, this could be a deal breaker. I don’t know if this happens all the time or if it was a one-time thing.
There are plenty of things to do and see within the city limits. You can go shopping at Merkato, the largest open-air market in Africa. You can see Lucy at the National Museum of Ethiopia. For a cultural experience, you can enjoy traditional music performances at one of the many clubs and bars located around town.
For digital nomads looking for activities outside of Addis Ababa, there are also several interesting day trips available nearby. You can visit historical sites such as Lalibela’s ancient churches, trek through Simien Mountains National Park, or explore Lake Tana islands which are home to numerous monasteries rich with ancient Ethiopian artworks and artifacts.
Addis Ababa is a relatively safe city, compared to other African capitals. You do have to keep an eye out for pickpockets and thieves. Scammers also prey on tourists. Robbery is an issue so it’s best not to wander around at night. Violent crime against tourists is rare.
Overall, living as a digital nomad in Addis Ababa provides an incredibly diverse cultural experience coupled with all the necessary amenities needed for remote work. It’s an ideal destination for any digital nomad looking for an exciting adventure and a new culture.
Ethiopia is one of the most exotic feeling places I’ve ever visited. It’s an experience. The people are also extremely friendly. Almost too friendly sometimes.
23. Antananarivo and Nosy Be, Madagascar
Region: Island off of southeastern Africa
Population: 1.4 million
Cost of living: $900-$1200 per month
Internet speed: 18.39 Mbps
Living as a digital nomad in Madagascar can be a unique experience. This island off the coast of southeast Africa has stunning natural beauty, friendly people, and exotic culture.
Madagascar offers surprisingly fast internet speeds. Expect download speeds of around 42.27 Mbps. Madagascar actually has the fastest broadband speed in Africa. The internet isn’t very reliable in most areas. You will have to put up with some outages. If you can’t deal with unreliable internet, Madagascar may not be an ideal destination for you.
The cost of living is relatively low. You could live comfortably on $1200-$1500 per month. You could get by on less if you live outside of the capital or resort areas or if you’re willing to live a more local lifestyle. One drawback is that you will have to pay for an expensive flight to get to Madagascar. It is a remote location and demand for flights is pretty low.
It’s easy to visit Madagascar. A visa on arrival is available for most nationalities. The visa is valid for up to 60 days. It can be extended for an additional 30 days. After that, you’ll have to leave Madagascar. Longer-term visas are available for those looking to make a more permanent move.
One of the best places to live as a digital nomad in Madagascar is the island of Nosy Be. This idyllic destination is known for its pristine beaches and gorgeous sunsets. It’s Madagascar’s main resort destination.
Another great place to stay as a digital nomad in Madagascar is Antananarivo, the capital city which is located in the central highlands. Home to both vibrant nightlife and traditional culture, Antananarivo offers a wide variety of activities. From exploring local markets to visiting historical landmarks and shrines, there’s something for everyone here. It’s also a beautiful city. The city sits on a hill and offers some interesting architecture
As far as things to do go in Madagascar, there are heaps. From swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Nosy Be or spotting lemurs in Ranomafana National Park to hitting up some of the country’s unique beaches such as Anakao or Ifat, there’s something new around every corner. For digital nomads looking for a bit more adventure, you can take part in a multi-day hiking excursion through one of Madagascar’s numerous national parks. It’s a great destination for digital nomads who enjoy outdoor activities and adventure travel.
One drawback to living in Madagascar as a digital nomad is that English isn’t widely spoken. You would do well to acquaint yourself with some basic French before arriving. For French speakers, this is a bonus.
Getting around Madagascar is also a hassle. The road network is poor. Roads are rough. Most people travel by bush taxi. This is slow and uncomfortable. If you have the budget, you can travel by domestic flights.
My Experience Living as a Digital Nomad in Africa
Currently, I am living in Kampala, Uganda as a digital nomad. I’ve been living in the city for about 5 months so far. I love it.
Overall, Kampala is an excellent digital nomad destination. It’s affordable, the people are friendly, and there are lots of interesting places to explore nearby. It’s also relatively safe. I feel comfortable walking around and exploring the city.
On average, I spend about $1100 per month. I could easily cut that down to around $800 per month if I went out less and cooked more of my own food. It would be possible to get by on as little as $600 per month here if I rented an apartment and furnished it myself.
Currently, I’m renting a comfortable one bedroom apartment for around $410 per month. This includes unlimited wifi, electricity, and water. The apartment is fully furnished with a bed, fridge, oven, kitchen utensils, etc. The apartment has an instant hot water heater for hot showers. The neighborhood is safe and walkable. It’s comfortable.
One major drawback I have experienced is how unreliable utilities are. The power goes out almost daily. Sometimes it goes out for 15-20 minutes. Sometimes it goes out for a couple of hours. Once in a while, it goes out all day. This gets incredibly annoying if I’m trying to work. When the power goes out, I can work on my laptop’s battery and my Mifi. Sitting around in the dark gets old. The water also goes out occasionally. Usually, it’s restored within a few hours.
Overall, Kampala is a great digital nomad destination. There are some annoyances that you don’t have to deal with in other popular digital nomad destinations such as Mexico City, Bangkok, or Bali.
I have also spent some time living in Nairobi and Cape Town as a digital nomad.
Most digital nomads skip Africa entirely. They may believe the continent is underdeveloped for digital nomad life. Some also believe that Africa is too dangerous. This really isn’t the case. There are plenty of great digital nomad destinations in Africa.
The truth is that Africa is a continent full of opportunities. From bustling cities to picturesque coastal towns to charming villages, Africa offers great potential for digital nomads.
African cities can offer affordable living costs, friendly locals, and interesting cultures to explore. If you’re looking to make a life-changing move or just try something a bit different, consider one of these amazing African cities.
There are many African cities that offer a great quality of life for digital nomads. The best place to live really depends on what you’re looking for and what your budget is. If you want to live an adventurous life while still being able to work online and make a good living, then these are some of the best places in Africa to do it.
Have you lived in Africa as a digital nomad? Share your tips and experience in the comments!
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