Last year, we helped more than 200 families move to South Africa

From breath-taking wildlife to thriving city nightclubs, South Africa’s diverse environment makes it an exciting place to live.  Regardless, shifting your life over there can be tricky. South Africa is positioned on the most southern point of the world’s 2nd largest continent – we understand the challenges of such a long journey.  At Robinsons, we’ll use our vast experience to make the move hassle-free.

Throughout 120 years in the business, we’ve developed several ways to make your move run smoothly.  Our team of experts in international removals is on hand to advise you on everything you need to sign, pack, fill in and more.

There are a few different ways of exporting household items to South Africa, which vary in price and speed. Robinsons offer an international removals service that will meet you budget, whether it be via:

  • Groupage (sharing the cost of a shipping container)
  • Full container load (your own container)
  • Air freight (for those moves that are more urgent)

Whether you’re planning on moving to Cape Town, Durban or Johannesburg, just contact our International Removals expert team who will walk you through the whole process and explain your options. We will allocate your own Move Manager, who will work with you to come up with the best solution for you.

Your international move in 6 steps

  • STEP 1

    We quote your move

  • STEP 2

    We schedule your move

  • STEP 3

    We pack and load

  • STEP 4

    We deal with customs

  • STEP 5

    We keep you informed

  • STEP 6

    We deliver at destination

  • Dedicated Move Managers

    Take care of all move paperwork, including customs forms.

  • Specialist International Division

    You’re in safe hands – your move is assigned to our experts international division.

  • Customer-First Approach

    We know moving is stressful, that’s why we put you first.

  • Flexible Service

    We make the move fit you to take the stress away.

  • International Quality Standards

    We’re members of international trade associations FIDI and OMNI – ensuring high standards in the UK and in Canada

  • 100+ Years Experience

    Robinsons have been moving families and businesses since 1895.

  • “Excellent” Truspilot Rating

    Our customers love us – see what they say!

  • Regular Shipping Worldwide

    Weekly shipments all over the world means your possessions arrive faster.

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Our recommended Top 4 priorities to tackle when moving to South Africa

  1. Immigration

Time frames for South African visa applications can vary from a few weeks up to several months, so it is paramount to start as soon as possible!  To get some guidance and help about the various types of visa available including their eligibility criteria, visit the South African Home Affairs website.

  1. Home

Whether you are planning on renting or buying a property, our suggestion is to visit websites such as and in order to check the types of property available and their costs.

  1. Schools

The education system in South Africa has recently come under the spotlight.  Until the deeply rooted crisis gets resolved, choosing the right school for your children will be more critical than ever, so start by visiting the parents and guardians section of the Department of Education for generic information. has a comprehensive directory of private schools by province

  1. Healthcare

Although national public healthcare is available, it is recommended to take out comprehensive private medical insurance. With more than 100 insurers to choose from, you will need to compare the various packages offered by local providers such as DiscoveryBonitas and Momentum or international insurers such as BUPA InternationalAxa PPP and William Russell.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Moving to South Africa

What Can I Do With The Things I Can’t Take To South Africa?

As a result of South Africa’s regulations, there are certain things that you may have to leave behind.  For a comprehensive summary of the South African Border Services Agency requirements, please read the FIDI Customs Guide for South Africa.

And if you can’t find a home for the items that you can’t take with you to South Africa, Robinsons offers first-class, secure storage facilities.

How Long Will It Take To Ship My Possessions?

For a Full Container Load, we allow a door-to-door transit time of 6-8 weeks.

A Shared Container Shipment (Groupage) will be cheaper, but take longer. They usually take 10-12 weeks door-to-door.

All moves to South Africa are overseen by our expert International Removals team.

Call 0800 521541 and get your quote today!


Why choose Robinsons?

  • Market leading

    We provide a fast, convenient, reliable and professional service that makes use of the latest materials and technologies. This makes us stand out from the crowd.

  • Years of experience

    We’ve been helping people move and store their personal belongings for more than a century. This has equipped us for any eventuality on moving day.

  • Putting you first

    Our customer-focused approach is what sets us apart in the removals industry. Excellent customer service is at the heart of everything we do.

  • Flexible service

    Our staff want to make moving house as simple for you as possible, whatever your requirements. Speak to one of our team today and they'll talk you through the Robinsons process.