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Moving to South Africa

Sirelo’s Guide for Moving to the Rainbow Nation

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Are you planning to move to South Africa, home of the oldest mountain range in the world? Then we’ve got you covered as here at Sirelo, we’re experts in moving. So, before you can enjoy your time in the southernmost African country and enjoy bottles of wine, read our guide for the cost of moving to the Rainbow Nation, an essential checklist, tips and even free quotes for removals to South Africa!

How Much Does It Cost to Move to South Africa?

If you’re like us, you’re likely wondering about the cost of international removals from the UK to South Africa. It’s a good thing to ponder as it can be a little tricky to determine. However, you don’t need to worry as we’ve done much of the work already.

Just remember, it’s hard to pin down an exact price, due to the existence of several factors that will affect the final quote. And if you’re curious, you can read more about international moving costs, you’ll be glad you did.

Finally, below you can see the estimated cost of an international removal from the UK to South Africa by Sea, for varying household sizes. Remember, the estimated prices and the actual cost of moving may differ:

Size of HouseholdShipping TimeCost
1 bed flat6-11 weeks£2,400 – £4,200
3 bed house4-8 weeks£5,400 – £8,900
5 bed house4-8 weeks£8,000 – £13,600

One thing you might have noticed is that a 1-bed flat takes longer to ship. This is due to smaller removals to South Africa being more likely to share a shipping container, so you’ll have to wait until it’s full before your belongings are moved.

International Removals UK to South Africa

Discover the best removals to South Africa on Sirelo! Give a look at our list of moving companies for a seamless relocation from the UK to South Africa.

1. Mercia Movers & Storers

2. PSS International Removals

3. Doree Bonner International

4. John Mason International Movers

5. Relo UK

Request Removal Comparison Quotes

International removals from the UK to South Africa don’t come cheap. So, if you want the best deal, fill in the form below to start comparing the UK to South Africa removal companies, today!

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Checklist for Moving to South Africa

Moving to South Africa is a big deal, as you’re practically moving pole to pole! So, if you’ve made the decision to move, you’ll find our moving abroad checklist to be very useful.

However, for details on how to move to South Africa from the UK specifically, we’ve put together a little checklist below. Check it out!

✔️ Visa

If are a South Africa Citizen moving back to South Africa from the UK, you won’t need a visa.

However, UK nationals and other non-South Africans will need to apply for a visa. To do this, you can visa the South African embassy’s website, where you will find all the relevant links and information.

✔️ Important Documents

To make your move to South Africa from the UK a cinch, you should ideally prepare the following documents in advance. You’ll need them when starting life in the Rainbow Nation, so keep them safe and consider making duplicates!

  • Passport
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Medical Documentation (including dental and immunizations)
  • University Degree(s) and qualification(s)
  • Police Background Check
  • Visa and Work Permits

✔️ Choosing a Removal Company

It’s a considerable distance to move, and we don’t advise trying to organise a removal to South Africa by yourself. So, consider looking at our list of top international removal companies in the UK to find the right removal company for you!

✔️ Packing

If you’re shipping furniture to South Africa, or anything for that matter, you’ll need to start packing. There’s some preparation to do in terms of collecting packing material, deciding what to pack, and actually packing before removals to South Africa. But, before you get too stressed, we have an expert packing guide to help you. It’ll spare you a headache or ten!

Moving to South Africa for the nature

✔️ Healthcare

Although there is public healthcare in South Africa, we advise using private healthcare, as the private system is fantastic! Due to its high standard, it does come at a steep price, so it is important to purchase health insurance before your move to South Africa.

✔️ Banking

You might be aware that South Africa has its own currency called the Rand (R or ZAR). While you will be able to open a bank account with a currency in ZAR, Euros or US Dollars. However, Sterling is not an option. And if you want to avoid conversion fees and remote banking, opening a local bank is highly recommended.

The following are the biggest banks in South Africa:

✔️ Shipping Costs for Your Car

Good news! In South Africa, just like in the UK, cars drive on the left-hand side of the road. However, speed limits are set in kilometres (km) per hour. Furthermore, A UK Driver’s license is only valid for up to 12 months, after which you’ll need an International Driver’s Permit, so organise yours before you go!

The estimated cost of shipping a car from the UK to South Africa is between £675 – £950 depending on the vehicle type and where you are moving to. Furthermore, you may only transport a used car, no new ones!

So, if you decide to import your car to South Africa, it is very important to follow complete the following steps:

Wait for the application process to be completed. Customs duty will need to be paid to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

✔️ Taking your Pets?

We wouldn’t want you to leave your furry friends behind! There is no problem moving to South Africa with pets so long as you follow all the requirements. Some of the specifics include:

  • Making sure your pet has a microchip
  • You receive a veterinary certification stating your pet is healthy and fit to travel
  • Proof of a rabies vaccination

Small dog walking on a lease on a beach in South Africa

✔️ Extra Moving Tips from Sirelo

Before closing the checklist, we’d just like to add some advice to make the moving process a little bit less stressful:

Planning is Everything!

When you plan, you avoid unnecessary costs that you didn’t account for. Starting early can help you reduce stress and ensure your move is smooth and successful.

Looking to Move on a Budget?

There are several different things that you can do in order to save money on your move, which is why we’ve created our cheap removals page. Take a look to see how you can reduce the costs of moving to South Africa!

Storage for Your Belongings

As it may take a few days or weeks for your items to be shipped from the UK to South Africa, you may need to consider renting a storage facility. Look at our page for advice on moving your house into storage!

Do You Want Even More Advice?

Getting advice from experts makes any experience easier on you. Check out these 21 tips to make your relocation to South Africa easier!

Fun Fact: South Africa is home to four of the five fastest land animals in the world: cheetah, wildebeest, lion and Thomson’s gazelle! I guess you won’t be going on Safari by foot then…

Life in South Africa as a UK Expat

South Africa offers many natural riches throughout the country. From its beautiful coastline to its great national parks, South Africa is to be enjoyed and explored by expats. You can enjoy a good cost of living, as well as a vibrant outdoor lifestyle and should soak up the atmosphere of their popular national sports such as rugby, football or cricket.

Fun Fact: South Africa is the only country in the world where two Nobel Prize winners lived on the same street – Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu! I know where I’ll be moving… 😊

Cost of Living

While the cost of living in South Africa is on the rise, it’s quite a bit cheaper than in the UK. So, you’ll find that your pounds will stretch a little further, as long as you can find a good job to support your living costs! Look at the table below to compare the UK and South Africa:

MetricUKSouth Africa
3-bed appartement City Centre£1,200£725
Price/m2 in the city centre£4,200£820
Monthly utilities for 85m2 apartment£150£80
Milk 1L£0.92£0.80
0.5L of draught beer£3.75£1.73
12 eggs£1.95£1.52

Jobs in South Africa for UK Citizens

Finding a job in South Africa can be difficult sometimes, however it’s not impossible! There is currently a demand for skilled expats so our advice would be to have a job offer first before relocating to South Africa. Check out these websites for job opportunities suited for your skills:

Work Culture

Most employees work 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday with national firms employing a hierarchical organisational structure. However, the tone is slightly less informal than in the UK, but this does depend on the sector and size of the company. Furthermore, work-life balance is very important, and relaxation is a must once you’re finished for the day!

Ready to Move to South Africa?

Huzzah, you’ve made it to the end! We’re sure that you found it a fun and informative read. And now that you’re full of knowledge, you should be ready to pull off a stellar international removals from the UK to South Africa, we believe in you!

Of course, before you head off, we’d just like to quickly recommend that you check out some of the links below, as you can never be too prepared. Good luck with your move and life in South Africa! 😊