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Best South Africa Sim Card For Tourist Compared And How To Buy A Prepaid Sim Card in South Africa (Updated 2023)

Last updated on December 27th, 2022 at 08:41 pm

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Best South Africa Sim Card For Tourist Compared – Vodacom South Africa sim card is our favorite for coverage and data packages and we will tell you how to buy a sim card in South Africa. Click here to book online Cape Town activities and day trips

What’s the Cheapest Sim Card in South Africa?

You can buy the cheapest sim card in South Africa with Vodacom South Africa prepaid sim card for 650 ZAR=$38 USD with 100 GB data valid for 30 days. Read here best South Africa eSim

You can find the cheapest South African eSim with Airalo South Africa eSim prepaid for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). For $13 USD with 3 GB data. For $17 USD with 5 GB data and for $33 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

Holafly South Africa eSim for $44 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days. MTX Connect eSim South Africa for €24 with 4 GB data valid for 14 days. Ubigi South Africa eSim for $9 USD with 1 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

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WHERE TO STAY IN SOUTH AFRICA

For accommodation in South Africa you can find deals starting from $25 USD per room. If you prefer mid-budget accommodation will cost $40-60 USD and for $80 USD you will find luxury accommodation in South Africa.

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SOUTH AFRICA SIM CARD FOR TOURIST COMPARED AND PREPAID SIM CARD IN SOUTH AFRICA BACKGROUND

First thing we have to say about South Africa prepaid sim card, internet and data connection in South Africa is great in the big cities. Unless you go to the desert or any place far from the cities. There are 4 phone operators in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is buying a prepaid sim card in South Africa. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your South Africa tourist sim card outside the airport because prices and packages are better in the official stores.

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WHERE TO BUY SOUTH AFRICA SIM CARD FOR TOURIST (SIM CARD CAPE TOWN AIRPORT)

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You can buy a South Africa sim card in Cape Town airport and phone shops. Just make sure you bring your passport. And make sure that you inform their prices and packages. It’s better to avoid buying your South African prepaid sim card in the airport and look for an official store.

It depends on how long you will be in South Africa and how much data you will need. There are affordable sim card for tourists in South Africa valid for 30 days. Keep reading below!

BEST PREPAID SIM CARD SOUTH AFRICA COMPARISON

There are 4 phone operators in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom. Vodacom and MTN have similar packages and coverage. Let’s compare prices and packages below:

Vodacom South Africa Sim Card

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Vodacom sim card South Africa is the largest phone operator in the country and with the best coverage. You can get a Vodacom South African sim card for tourist in the airport or official shops. Check here prices and packages in Vodacom website!

If you want to get data packages for 20 ZAR=$1 USD with 2 GB data valid for 7 days. For 230 ZAR=$15 USD with 3 GB data. For 350 ZAR=$23 USD with 5 GB data, for 470 ZAR=$31 USD with 10 GB data and for 650 ZAR=$38 USD with 100 GB data. All of them valid for 30 days.

MTN SOUTH AFRICA SIM CARD

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MTN sim card South Africa is the second largest phone operator in the country and the coverage is good but not so good as Vodacom. Check here prices and packages in MTN website!

If you want to get data packages for 100 ZAR=$6 USD with 2 GB data valid for 7 days. For 300 ZAR=$18 USD with 3 GB data. For 400 ZAR=$24 USD with 15 GB data. All of them valid for 30 days.

There is MTN prepaid sim card for tourist in South Africa for 450 ZAR=$30 USD with 10 GB data and 800 ZAR=$53 USD with 20 GB data. And both of them valid for 30 days.

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CELL C SIM CARD

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Cell C sim card South Africa is the third phone operator in the country. Check here prices and packages in Cell C website!

If you want to get data packages for 250 ZAR=$15 USD with 3 GB data. For 300 ZAR=$20 USD with 5 GB data and for 600 ZAR=$40 USD with 10 GB data. All of them valid for 30 days.

Telkom South Africa Sim Card

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Telkom sim card South Africa is the smallest phone operator in the country. The coverage is good only in the cities with a Telkom South Africa prepaid sim card. Check here prices and packages in Telkom website!

If you want to get data packages for 200 ZAR=$12 USD with 3 GB data. For 300 ZAR=$20 USD with 5 GB data and for 600 ZAR=$40 USD with 20 GB data. All of them valid for 30 days.

HOLAFLY SOUTH AFRICA ESIM DISCOUNT CODE

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Holafly South Africa eSim for $44 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days and you can activate with QR Code.

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AIRALO SOUTH AFRICA ESIM DISCOUNT CODE

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Airalo South Africa eSim prepaid for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). For $13 USD with 3 GB data. For $17 USD with 5 GB data and for $33 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

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MTX Connect eSim South Africa is a small provider offering data plans in South Africa. MTX Connect eSim South Africa for €24 with 4 GB data valid for 14 days.

UBIGI SOUTH AFRICA ESIM

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Ubigi South Africa eSim for $9 USD with 1 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

GIGSKY SOUTH AFRICA ESIM

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GigSky South Africa eSim for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days. For $20 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days.

BEST SOUTH AFRICA SIM CARD CONCLUSION (CHEAPEST SIM CARD SOUTH AFRICA)

My best South African Sim Card Conclusion is buying the cheapest sim card in South Africa with Vodacom South Africa prepaid sim card for 650 ZAR=$38 USD with 100 GB data valid for 30 days.

Vodacom South Africa prepaid sim card and MTN South Africa prepaid sim card have similar packages and coverage good enough for traveling in off the beaten path in South Africa.

You can find the cheapest South African eSim with Airalo South Africa eSim prepaid for $5 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). For $13 USD with 3 GB data. For $17 USD with 5 GB data and for $33 USD with 10 GB data valid for 30 days.

Holafly South Africa eSim for $44 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days. MTX Connect eSim South Africa for €24 with 4 GB data valid for 14 days. Ubigi South Africa eSim for $9 USD with 1 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

BEST TIME TO VISIT SOUTH AFRICA

In South Africa summer months from December to February is so hot the weather and the high season. During the winter months from June to August the temperature is cold and it’s the low season.

We believe the best time to visit South Africa is during the spring months from September to November when the days are fresh and sunny. The fall season from March to May can be a great time for visiting South Africa.

Click here to know more about the weather in South Africa!

ATMS AND CURRENCY IN SOUTH AFRICA

There are ATMs in South Africa and exchange offices in the main touristic points. The main currencies are accepted and the local currency is the South African Rand around $1= 14 ZAR.

Click here to know the exact rate.

DAILY BUDGET TRAVEL IN SOUTH AFRICA

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For transportation around South Africa by taxi will cost you $2-3 USD and even cheaper if you get public transportation. Food travel budget in South Africa you can find juices for one dollar and a whole meal in local places starting from $5-6 USD.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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