Traveling to South Africa just got better with these 12 roaming plans

7 elephants walking beside water during daytime

Who doesn’t love a little nature-filled break, in the middle of beaches, mountains, and savannas? Now that winters are on their way out and spring is setting in, we might have the right place for you, deep down on the peripheries of the African continent, none other than the Republic of South Africa.

From lagoons to mountains, cliffs to beaches and not to forget the spectacular safaris, what better way to return to mother nature than vacaying in a country with several distinct ecosystems. And it doesn’t end here, despite the scenic beauty and rich wildlife, South Africa offers equally amazing city life with the likes of Cape Town and Johannesburg, so you’re not missing out on the bustling environment at least.

Best network providers in South Africa

South Africa has some of the top-most network providers and more importantly, the tourist-friendly ones including Vodacom, Cell C, MTN, and Telkom. Though each of them is worth a try, Vodacom seems to be the most popular network. These networks may have a day or week-long plans but we recommend you to stick with a more extended plan, at least a month due to the high data limits. It’s better safe to be sorry when you’re enjoying a wildlife safari or bathing at one of the sun-soaked coasts and it turns out that you can’t connect with your friends and family anymore.

Price Comparison of Data Plans

CarrierSmall PlanMedium PlanLarge Plan
Vodacom3 GB – R2295 GB – R34910 GB – R469
Cell C3 GB – R2495 GB – R2997 GB – R399
MTN3 GB – R2996 GB – R39910 GB – R499
Telkom3 GB – R2015 GB – R30110 GB – R505


These are some of your best options for monthly data bundles. But before you go ahead with your breathtaking journey across the country, don’t forget to get a sim card installed either from the airport or one of the city centers downtown. It would be ideal to begin your adventures from Durban, Cape Town, or Johannesburg so that you’re all equipped for what may come next.

How do I get these local plans?

There seem to be two options to get a local sim card, either from an international airport, where you can easily come across a Vodacom or MTN kiosks they are many across commercial city centers and convenience stores so getting a sim card won’t be an issue.

In a country like South Africa, you won’t be around city centers and convenience stores all the time unless you’re willing to give up on Safaris or National Parks just for a stable internet connection.

Now, in that case, we will advise getting an eSim instead.

Benefits of using an eSIM/devices that support eSIMs

With an eSim, you get an instant data connection as soon as you land in the country. An eSIM takes just a minute to activate, so you don’t need to be concerned about the time spent setting it up at all. You can even set it up before baggage claim!

As easy as it gets 

Adding an eSim for South Africa on US Mobile dashboard

All it takes to get an eSIM with US Mobile is:

1.   Check if your device is eSIM compatible.

2.   Sign up and sign in to your dashboard.

3.   “Add a line” and choose your plan.

4.   Install your digital eSIM and you’re good to go!

US Mobile Plans

We at US Mobile are always on the lookout for the best cell phone plan possible. Therefore, if you do have an eSim compatible phone, you’ll have the ability to connect to the most robust network in a given area through our eSims. You can check our international roaming plans out in more detail here.

Here are the plans available in South Africa:

1 GB – $8

5 GB – $25

If you are traveling, look no further!

To travel is to live and explore but what if all that goes down to vain, with petty problems such as no internet. Would you want that? Walking down the Western Cape without internet, unable to connect to your friends and family just because you couldn’t afford a local network or it was too much of a  hassle to get one. And you really can’t expect free wifi in some of the world’s largest national parks, so look no further and get on board with our eSim plans and we’ll have you covered with an easy-to-use and highly affordable plan!

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