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If you’re looking for a fresh new start, South Africa is the perfect, vibrant destination for you and your family. Are you ready to learn more?

At Bishop’s Move, we have a dedicated European Removals team and a great deal of experience in relocations to South Africa. Whether you’re moving to Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or any other South African City, you will benefit from the expert advice that we can offer you.

Moving to South Africa?


Why Move to South Africa?

South Africa is one of the world's most beautiful countries and is well known for its diverse landscapes and rich cultural history. Anyone moving to South Africa will be looking forward to seeing the wildlife up close and personal, and the extensive range of flora and fauna in South Africa makes the country a great location for anyone who wants to get closer to nature. With elephants, zebras, giraffes, and much more roaming the rural parks, there is plenty to do in South Africa.

South Africa isn’t only famous for its breathtaking landscapes, but also offers residents a good lifestyle. Housing in South Africa is of a high standard, and the private education sector is excellent. What’s more, the country is a melting pot of cultures which can be tasted in the cuisine, observed in the architecture, and so on. South Africa is a great destination to relocate to, whether that be alone or with family.

Cape Town harbour in South Africa.

South African Culture

Throughout history, South African culture has been influenced by countless international populations. This means that culture, language, and traditions are colourful and can vary greatly, even from family to family. Learning the etiquette of one group of people might not help you everywhere you go, so it’s always best to ask if you are unsure. Always be curious, especially when you don’t know, as most people will gladly share their culture with you.

It’s also incredibly important to be aware that South Africa is a country still healing from its past. Apartheid was in place from 1948 until 1990, and the UK played a large part in this discriminatory system. Due to this, it’s critical to tread carefully on this topic and around controversial themes.


For Britons used to the convenience of the NHS, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the healthcare systems in place in South Africa before relocating. There are two systems in place here, one public and one private system. The large majority of the country’s population relies on the public health system, which is often overwhelmed and underfunded by the government. Expats will be asked to pay the highest billing category when it comes to using public facilities, so it might be worth paying for private healthcare if you can afford it.

On the other hand, the private system caters to the rest of the population and employs around ¾ of South Africa’s healthcare professionals. While the quality of care can be considerably better, this will be the most expensive medical care option for you and your family while living in South Africa.

Working in South Africa

There are a variety of sectors in South Africa that are in need of skilled workers, so of course it’s more than likely you’ll find a suitable position before you relocate. The fast-growing economy has diversified in recent years, providing a number of exciting opportunities for locals and hard-working expats alike. 

If you will be in South Africa longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for the correct visa for the purpose of your stay. There are a number of options for Brits hoping to work in the Rainbow Nation. 

  • Corporate visa
  • Work visa
  • Business visa
  • Critical skills visa
  • Study visa

For more detailed information and how to apply, visit the South Africa Government Services website.

Giraffe silhouettes at sunset in South Africa.

Setting Up a Bank Account in South Africa 

For your financial needs in South Africa, it’s best to set up a South African bank account upon arrival. For British expats emigrating to SA, you’ll be glad to know it’s a relatively seamless process, as long as you have the right documents. When you’re applying for a local bank account, you’ll need to provide:

  • Valid passport
  • Proof of local address
  • Temporary/permanent residence permit

Retiring to South Africa

If you’re looking for gorgeous sun, stunning natural beauty and English-speaking life, you might consider moving to South Africa upon retirement. With the relaxed way of life and plenty of unmissable experiences to enjoy, you won’t regret moving. You'll need to acquire a retirement visa, which requires certain financial criteria to be fulfilled to be permitted, to live out your days in the Rainbow Nation. 

Living in South Africa

If planning a move to South Africa, it can be difficult to choose the right location for you and your family. Living in larger cities might be a better choice for English speakers, as more rural areas are more likely to speak one of the other 11 South African state languages. Whether one of the three capitals or other exciting cities, you’re sure to find the ideal destination for you.

  • Cape Town: For nature lovers, Cape Town’s long hot summers allow the perfect setting for exploring the stunning outdoors on your doorstep.
  • Pretoria: Pretoria is known to be a more peaceful alternative to the bright lights of Johannesburg, which doesn’t lie far away. 
  • Johannesburg: With plenty to do, charming residential neighbourhoods, and more affordable prices compared to Cape Town, Johannesburg is a popular choice for expats.

Sunrise over the Savannah in a South African national park.

Moving to South Africa with Bishop’s Move

Upon acceptance of our removal quote, we will arrange and book a suitable moving date for your international relocation to South Africa. When it comes to the big day, our professional team of trained packers will pack and wrap the entire contents of your home, ensuring all valuables and delicate items are safe. Our team is well-experienced in the art of wrapping, and should you wish to transport any fine art or fragile items, we will ensure they are moved as safely as possible. 

Once everything is packed and ready to go, we’ll transport all of your effects to your new home in South Africa. Your belongings will get delivered directly to your door, and upon arrival, we will offer to unpack everything for you, should you wish for us to do so. Sometimes when people move they may require additional storage, whether that be on a long- or short-term basis. At Bishop’s Move we can offer a storage solution should you need more space.

Ready to get started? Get in touch today to start your removal to South Africa today.