If you require removals to South Africa, Greens removals can help.
Here at Greens removals, we know how stressful a move abroad can be for our clients. However, we aim to make it all run smoothly as we have more than 40 years experience in international removals including removals to South Africa and shipping to Cape Town. You know your move to South Africa is in the best possible hands as we are British Association Removals (BAR) registered.
UK based Greens removals has experience in removals to South Africa and shipping to Cape Town, the capital. We also assist companies and households relocate from the UK to other parts of South Africa including some of the other popular areas for expats to relocate to such as Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Durban.
Our removals to South Africa service is tailored to your individual needs and can include all or some of the following: shipping to Cape Town in 20 ft and 40 ft part or full load containers and/or air freight, short or long term storage, packing and unpacking at your destination and the removals of specialist items such as bulky goods, cars, pets and other items. To make sure that your move goes smoothly, we help with all the Customs related paperwork and other legal requirements in relation to removals to South Africa.
For removals to South Africa, we offer a competitively priced, reliable service, with high standards of customer service, so you know you can count on us.
For removals to South Africa, shipping to Cape Town, or if you are relocating to any other parts of the country, our friendly team of professionals are only a phone call away and are happy to answer any questions you may have. Just contact us on 01449-613053 and we will be delighted to discuss your requirements for international removals.
Removals to Cape Town, South Africa: Living in the Capital
Cape Town was once the country's largest city and is a popular destination for expats in South Africa. It is also a very young city with a population of around 3.5 million people, half of which are under the age of 24 years, so it enjoys a lively nightlife.
It is one of three cities which serve as the capital of South Africa. Cape Town is the largest of the three and is the legislative capital (where the Parliament is based). Pretoria is the administrative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital.
The city is also South Africa's second major economic centre after Johannesburg. Among the companies with headquarters based here are: insurance companies, IT industries, fashion designers, retail groups and publishers. It is also dubbed the most entrepreneurial city in South Africa and recently enjoyed a boom in the construction industry and the property market.
It is easy to see why expats relocate here. Cape Town is the biggest tourist destination, not only in South Africa, but the entire continent. The region has a stunning coastline and enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters (maximum 18C) and warm summers and enjoys an average of 3,100 hours of sunshine a year.
In addition, the back drop of the city is dominated by the beautiful Table Mountain National Park, an adventure playground where you can enjoy abseiling, hiking, or just stop and enjoy spectacular scenic views over the city.
Another fact about Cape Town is that, with the exception of Sundays, a canon is sounded from Signal Hill each day at noon. The sounding of the cannon has been a tradition for more than 200 years, and it used to signal the start and end of the day. The locals call it the Noon Day Gun.
If you are thinking of settling here, it is always worth learning the language of the country you are going to, although in Cape Town this is not essential. Around 40 per cent of the people in the city speak Afrikaans (the Northern suburbs are mainly Afrikaans speaking) and the remainder of the population speak either English (28 per cent) or Xhosa (29 per cent).
Removals to Cape Town, South Africa: Places to Visit
Cape Town is the southern-most city in South Africa and is also known as the country's Mother City. There are numerous places to visit in and around the city, including the Table Mountain National Park, the beaches, and it is also within easy reach of the country's most famous vineyards. If you want to taste the wine, most of the vineyards charge a fee for this but this is refunded when you buy.
One of the most important destinations is the Table Mountain where you can either put on your walking shoes and climb to the top or take the easy route and go via cable car. Along with the flora and fauna, it is home to the rock rabbit which is closest in DNA to the elephant!
If you are moving here, Cape Town is a great destination for sporty, outdoorsy types. The beaches are fantastic here and it is one of the best places to surf. It is also a great kite surfing destination. Other beach related activities you can do here include kayaking, sailing, whale watching, deep sea fishing and - for adrenaline junkies - shark cage diving!
If you enjoy nature and wildlife but like your feet firmly on land, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are among the most beautiful in the world. There are also a number of safari game reserves just a two hour drive from the city.
For something different, it is possible to have guided tours of the townships where you can find out about the conditions many people still live in. It is not advised to visit the townships alone but the tours are safe.
Removals to Cape Town, South Africa: Accommodation for Expats
If you are moving to Cape Town, the prime city areas for expats to live are: Camps Bay, City Bowl area and Atlantic seaboard. Mainly young couples or singles decide to live in these areas because it is so close to all the major facilities.
More family friendly areas are Cape Town Suburbia, which is 20 minutes from the city centre, and the Southern Suburbs, which is known for its good schools. Hout Bay is popular with expats who want to live outside the city.
Moving to Cape Town: Out and About in Cape Town
Most people get out and about by car and the good news is that Cape Town drivers are said to be more courteous than anywhere else in South Africa! Just as in England, you drive on the left.
If you are planning on using public transport, there are buses available for getting out and about in the city centre, but make sure you check with the driver where the bus is heading first before boarding.