My 2012 blog post Ordering from Amazon in South Africa is one of the most read stories on Joburg Expat. Because so many people seem to rely on it, and because it's already four years old, it needs a makeover to reflect changes since then. The thing that's not changed, just to get that out of the way: There is still no Amazon in South Africa as in Amazon.co.za.
My previous post, 19 Things to Put on your Shopping List for South Africa, proved quite popular. Everyone jumped in and had another item they wanted to add to my list, particularly in the food department. Every nationality feels quite strongly about their particular foods. So I thought I'd give you Part Two featuring all those essential reader additions.
You've gotten the job offer in South Africa. You've gotten scared by and then gotten over the crime statistics. You've researched schools and neighborhoods. Your visa is in the works, and you've scheduled to have your household goods packed and shipped. The container arrives a month from now. This means it's high time you went (online) shopping to load up on a few items!
*** Update August 2017: This promotion has ended, and Joburg Expat is no longer associated with Stackry. For information about the best way to purchase products in the United States and ship them to South Africa, may I suggest the following links to more information about shipping to South Africa from overseas.
As an expat in South Africa, your Kindle may very well be your most prized possession. Books are expensive, shipping from overseas is not very reliable, and libraries are more or less non-existent. (I’ve written about public libraries in Johannesburg here, but don’t hold your breath.)
the big problem about living in South Africa is that there is no Amazon.co.za. There are other companies that claim to deliver the same services, like Kalahari.com, but that one is a far cry from the real deal. I've given up looking for stuff there. How do you best order from Amazon in South Africa? I've put together a guide with some tips.
I've written about making your Kindle work in South Africa before, but today I want to share with you some more specific details about owning a Kindle while living in South Africa. I will explain what to do if you already own a Kindle and are travelling or moving to South Africa, and I will go over the steps involved in purchasing a Kindle from South Africa if you don't already own one.
Find yourself going on your first Safari and wondering whether you can use a Kindle in South Africa? Or are you permanently moving there?
Don’t worry, your Kindle will work in South Africa. And trust me, you’ll want to have one if you’re planning to spend more than a mere vacation there, ...