Digital Nomads in Africa

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The Best Digital Nomad Destinations in Africa

Find the best places to travel and work remotely across Africa. From bustling cities to beachfront retreats.
The Best Digital Nomad Destinations in Africa

Africa’s best destinations offer digital nomads an exciting mix of coastal escapes, diverse cities, and stunning natural scenery. 

However, traveling and working remotely in Africa is very different from popular regions like Southeast Asia and Latin America. It can be challenging, expensive, and stressful if you don’t have the right information and guides.

So, let me introduce you to the best places for digital nomads to live and travel across Africa. I’ve compiled this list from many years on the continent (I first came here in 2016!). For places I haven’t visited, I asked our community of 2,400+ digital nomads for their tips. 

Use this guide to plan your itinerary, and if you still have questions after reading everything, ask in the community. 🙂 

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From Cape Town or Casablanca, we’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable trip: 

1. Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is undoubtedly the most popular digital nomad destination in Africa. 

It’s easy to see why: Cape Town is built for leisure, with residents and businesses capitalizing on its temperate climate, beaches, surf, and stunning scenery to create a haven for tourists and locals alike. 

Life in Cape Town revolves around breakfast, brunch, the beach – and hikes. Evenings are spent eating out in the city’s world-renowned restaurants, followed by beers and cocktails in one of its many quirky bars. Weekends are for wine farms, markets, and road trips along the coast. 

Of course, we’re talking about the Summer. Winter is bleak and best avoided. But Summer lasts almost six months, perfectly coinciding with Winter in the northern hemisphere. You’ll be competing with every other European digital nomad and remote worker for accommodation. But you’ll also find a thriving community to connect with. 

Cape Town is also one of the most unequal cities in the world. Everything I’ve described above is available for the few who can afford it. Beyond Cape Town’s city edges, you’ll find sprawling poverty and unfathomable crime – the legacy of the city’s Apartheid-era design and segregation. 

Most people visiting Cape Town never reckon with or consider this side of life in the city. But it’s essential to understand the context when you visit, and doing so won’t spoil your experience. 

The opposite, in fact. Interacting with Cape Town’s complicated history and current challenges will enrich your time here. 

Read More >>> South Africa Digital Nomad Guide

2. Taghazout, Morocco

Taghazout might be the OG digital nomad destination in Africa. It’s been attracting remote workers since at least 2017 when Sundesk Coliving Space opened. 

Before becoming a nomad hub, Taghazout was long considered the best surf town in Morocco. As a result, a thriving travel infrastructure has built up around the beaches. 

Fortunately, Taghazout has retained its small seaside village charm. Coastal Berber culture is abundant, and you’ll find plenty of little eateries serving traditional food alongside bigger international restaurants. The people are friendly, accommodating, and proud of their heritage, happy to provide insights that will enrich your visit and ensure you don’t cause any offense. 

I haven’t been to Taghazout since 2017, when internet and accommodation were a challenge. However, I believe both have improved dramatically in the years since. If you’re unsure, ask in our free Facebook group for the latest advice. 

Read More >>> Morocco Digital Nomad Guide

3. Windhoek, Namibia

Windhoek may not be the first place that comes to mind for digital nomads, but it’s a hidden gem if you’re in Southern Africa. 

While Windhoek is full of quirky charm, thanks to its mix of local and European influences, its appeal lies in its position as a gateway to Namibia’s stunning natural landscapes. The towering dunes of Sossusvlei, the wildlife-rich Etosha National Park, the haunting beauty of the Skeleton Coast, and the world-class surf at Swakopmund are all within reach on weekend trips and weeklong excursions. 

While in Windhoek, you’ll have access to a growing remote work infrastructure. WildWifi Coliving space has everything you need to stay productive, join a community of travelers and locals, and plan trips throughout the country. Cafes and coworking spaces are also popping up around the city. And the cost of living is affordable – on par with South Africa. 

Namibia is also one of the safest countries in Africa, as voted for by our community. 

Read More >>> Namibia Digital Nomad Guide

4. Diani, Kenya

Kenya’s premier beach destination perfectly blends coastal charm and adventure with all the conveniences nomads need. 

While it’s becoming best known internationally as a kite surfing destination, Diani’s white sand beaches and crystal clear waters offer a plethora of activities: snorkeling, diving, kayak trips, island hopping, skydiving, and much more. Or you can just relax and soak up the sun. 

Diani is also home to Kenya’s only year-round coliving space: Skippers Coliving. They offer modern accommodation, community, and convenience (including scooter rental) in the middle of town but within walking distance of the beach. Pallet Cafe also offers dedicated beachfront coworking spaces. 

When not working or lazing on the beach, you can party til the sun comes up, explore the interior (national parks, rolling hills, camping trips), dine out in eclectic restaurants, or take a trip up Kenya’s coast to Kilifi, Watamu, and Lamu. 

Read More >>> Diani Digital Nomad Guide

5. Dahab, Egypt

Dahab is a sleepy seaside town in the middle of Egypt’s Red Sea coastline. 

It’s popular for similar reasons as Taghazout in Morocco: the coastal charm complimented with abundant water sports, world-class diving, desert adventures, and Egypt’s fascinating history. 

I spent one month in Dahab way back in 2015. I wasn’t working remotely back then, and I don’t think it was on any nomad’s radar. So, there wasn’t much infrastructure to support remote workers. In the years since, coworking cafes and communities have popped up. Businesses have invested in better internet. And long-term accommodation is much easier to find. 

If you’re trying to escape the European Winter, flights to nearby Sharm El-Sheikh are very affordable. Dahab is also a great base to explore the rest of Egypt. 

Read More >>> Egypt Digital Nomad Guide

6. Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech is the most captivating of Morocco’s four royal cities. 

For 1,000 years, its served as a trading post and political center for Northwest Africa and the Middle East. Many empires, dynasties, and visiting communities have left their mark on its winding streets, bustling markets, stunning palaces and riads, and many landscaped gardens. Including contemporary figures like French designer Yves Saint Laurent. 

I loved exploring Marrakech. I spent my days exploring the old city, discovering hidden boutiques, tasting the best Moroccan treats and dishes, escaping into spas and hammams, generally soaking up the electric atmosphere. Evenings started watching the sun set over the medinas, dotted with fragrant clouds of spice-infused smoke, to the sound of evening prayers. 

Marrakech is also convenient for longer stays. You’ll find plenty of affordable accommodation with reliable WiFi, and the city is very walkable. Everything you need is in or around the Old City. Travel throughout Morocco is easy, thanks to plentiful buses and trains to other cities. 

7. Zanzibar, Tanzania

Few destinations in Africa inspire as much wanderlust as Zaaaaanziiiiibaaaaar. 

You hear its name, and immediately, you’re transported to white sand beaches, lush green forests, ancient and labyrinthine coastal towns, and sleepy seaside villages with wooden boats bobbing in the water and fishermen selling their daily catch. 

So, you’re probably wondering if Zanzibar delights or disappoints. 

I’d say it’s a mixed bag. I spent two months on the island in 2023 and loved many aspects of my trip. The people are incredibly friendly, warm, and proud of the culture. The island is beautiful and easy to explore. And Stone Town is one of the most fascinating and charming places I’ve lived. 

But Zanzibar has a few issues – and not just the internet! It’s surprisingly expensive. Also, the recent tourism boom has led to over-development and tension between locals and visitors oblivious to local customs and traditions (such as modest dress). 

So, if you’re planning a trip, read my guide to Zanzibar to ensure you have the best experience. I’ve compiled all my tips for finding accommodation, the best coworking spaces, and everything else you need to know. 

8. Johannesburg, South Africa

Yeah, that’s right. Johannesburg. The scariest city in Africa is on this list. 


Because Joburg is one of the most fascinating, exciting cities in the world. Yes, it’s crumbling under the weight of post-Apartheid economic woes and political instability. But the “New York of Africa” is also a dynamic melting pot of African cultures, art, and music. 

I’ve spent four months in Joburg, and barely scratched the surface of everything going on in this city. Throughout the week, you can find live music, cutting-edge DJ nights, markets, art galleries, and meetups celebrating contemporary and traditional African cultures – often mixing them together. 

You can hang out in diverse neighborhoods like Maboneng, Parkhurst, Braamfontein, Rosebank, and Melville – each one infused with a unique character and charm. Or take a walking tour through Hillbrow, cycling tour through Soweto, or food tour in Yeoville. 

From a practical POV, Johannesburg’s coworking spaces provide reliable WiFi and backup power when you need to work. 

For more, I’ve compiled all my advice into a complete guide to Johannesburg for digital nomads. 

9. Kigali, Rwanda

Kigali is more than just the cleanest, safest city in Africa. 

Rwanda’s capital is a beautiful, calm oasis in an often chaotic region. Some people will tell you it’s boring, but I think it’s simply relaxing. And there’s plenty to see and do in the city. You can explore a vibrant art scene, enjoy expertly brewed coffee, stroll through colorful neighborhoods, and dine out on fantastic international and local dishes. 

But if you’re staying in Kigali, the highlight will be trips out of the city. Rwanda is a tiny country packed with stunning scenery. Drive 2-3 hours outside Kigali, and you’ll be treated to rolling mountains, lakeside retreats, forest getaways, volcanos, gorillas, savannahs, and so much more. 

If you’re feeling really adventurous, drive next door to Burundi. 

When it comes to connectivity, Rwanda has much work to do. The Internet is spotty, but Kigali’s excellent coworking spaces provide reliable, fast connections in comfortable settings. Outside the city, don’t expect working 4G or WiFi. So, switch off and enjoy the nature. 

Read More >>> Rwanda Digital Nomad Guide

10. Port Louis, Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and its seafront capital is the perfect home base to explore the island. 

Port Louis is small, safe, easy to get around, and diverse – thanks to Mauritius’s status as a international business hub. The government has also invested heavily in connectivity and convenience, so you’ll have no issue staying online while here. 

You probably think Mauritius is outside your budget, but fear not! While it’s a luxury destination, there are plenty of mid-range and budget accommodation, and local restaurants are priced for Mauritian residents rather than tourists. 

Also, many of the island’s best activities and most spectacular scenery are free or cheap. And as you’ll probably spend a few weeks here, you’ll find the most affordable options. Check out our guide to Mauritius for digital nomads to learn more about visiting (including all the practical tips you need). 

Read More >>> Mauritius Digital Nomad Guide

11. Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

I don’t suggest moving to Victoria Falls. But if you’re in South Africa, add it to your itinerary and thank me later!

Victoria Falls shouldn’t need an introduction. The natural wonder – a 1 km wide waterfall flowing through a giant 150m crack in the Earth’s surface – is one of the most famous places on the planet. And you’ve probably had it on your bucket list for years. 

Good news – Vic Falls lives up to the hype!

I spent two weeks here in 2023, and never got bored. Staying on the Zambia side, I spent my days taking sunset river cruises, safari drives, rhino spotting, hanging out with elephants, bungee jumping, popping over to Zimbabwe, and enjoying the easy-going pace of life. 

And, of course, walking through the Falls, marveling at the scale and beauty over and over again.

However, Victoria Falls is not the easiest place to work from, given its remote location. So read my quick guide for tips on best accommodation, 4G, restaurants, and more. 

12. Nairobi, Kenya

Kenya’s capital is the economic, cultural, and political hub of East Africa. 

Nairobi is the most interesting city in the region, with the most famous nightlife and the best restaurants. There’s always something happening, with nightly live music, clubbing, theater, and other activities. 

You can also use Nairobi as a base to explore the rest of Kenya, from the coast to the mountains to 40+ national parks. 

However, Nairobi is expensive. The cost of living for digital nomads is equivalent to Western Europe, due to overpriced rent and imported food costs. Also, Kenya is increasing national park fees for international travelers in 2024, making safaris extortionately expensive and not worth the price. 

But if you want to experience city life in East Africa and find Kenya’s coastal towns too slow or small, Nairobi has lots to keep you busy and entertained. 

Read More >>> Kenya Digital Nomad Guide

Honorable Mentions

  • Accra, Ghana – A vibrant city buzzing with culture and history, Accra offers digital nomads a warm welcome with its bustling markets, lively music scene, and growing coworking spaces.
  • Dakar, Senegal – Known for its artistic spirit and French influence, Dakar is a coastal city where nomads can enjoy rich cultural experiences, beautiful beaches, and a friendly entrepreneurial community.
  • Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt – A paradise for divers and beach lovers, Sharm El-Sheikh offers stunning Red Sea vistas, a relaxed lifestyle, and modern amenities, making it a unique spot for remote work.
  • Cairo, Egypt – Cairo combines ancient history with a lively modern culture. Digital nomads here can explore iconic historical sites while enjoying a burgeoning café culture and vibrant city life.
  • Agadir, Morocco – A laid-back beach town with a beautiful coastline, Agadir is perfect for nomads seeking a slower pace of life, fresh seafood, and opportunities for surfing and relaxation.
  • Kampala, Uganda – Uganda’s capital is a city of contrasts, offering lush green spaces, a dynamic cultural scene, and a welcoming atmosphere for digital workers looking for an authentic African experience.
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – As the diplomatic capital of Africa, Addis Ababa offers a mix of rich history, diverse cultures, and a rapidly growing tech scene, ideal for nomads seeking an urban experience in East Africa.
  • Arusha, Tanzania – Nestled at the foot of Mount Meru, Arusha is the gateway to some of Tanzania’s greatest wildlife reserves. It’s a serene town perfect for nature lovers and those interested in humanitarian work.
  • Praia, Cabo Verde – The capital of Cabo Verde, Praia, is a small but lively city known for its Creole Portuguese-African culture, music, and stunning seaside views, offering a peaceful yet culturally rich environment for digital nomads.

What’s your favorite destination in Africa? 

If you think we missed somewhere that deserves a place on this list, let us know in our free Facebook community, and we’ll add it to the next version. 

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