South African cities

If South Africa is the country of your expat dreams but you’re not sure where to settle then read all about the country’s top cities!


The largest city in South Africa and the nation’s wealthiest industrial centre and region Johannesburg is one of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the world.  The city is also home to large scale gold and diamond industries and boasts a population of over ten million. The city is located in the eastern plateau area of South Africa known as the high vale and enjoys dry sunny summers and warm winters.


It is the world’s largest city not situated on a river, lake or coastline.

The city claims to be the lightning capital of the world although this is disputed by other cities.

Only Cairo is more populated in Africa.

40% of the planets human ancestor fossils have been found in the outskirts of Johannesburg

It takes one-minute longer to boil an egg in Johannesburg than it does in Capetown due to being 2000m above sea level and the less dense air.

Main attractions

The city is the home of the Nelson Mandela National Museum located in the Soweto district. The museum is the former house of the leader and is filled with his personal artefacts. The top of the Africa Carlton Centre Observation deck provides spectacular panoramas of the sprawling city below, be aware that the district it’s located in is a bit dodgy.

Cape Town

The second most populated city in South Africa and the nation’s capital is located on the shore of Table Bay and is one of the most widely recognised places in the world. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with moderately wet winters and warm dry summers. Today, Cape Town is one of the most multicultural of cities and is a major destination for expats and immigrants.


3.5 million People live in Cape Town.

The cities motto is ‘Spes Bonna’ which is Latin for good hope.

The world’s first heart transplant was carried out in Cape Town.

Cape Town was one of the first African settlements built by the Dutch and English in the 17th century.

Main attractions

Cape Town is often regarded as one of the most beautiful cities in the world offering a blend of old school architecture, stunning scenery and a vibrant way of life. Climbing Table Mountain is a must as the view from the summit is breathtaking. Cape Town also provides ample shopping opportunities as well as a plethora of art galleries and museums.