South Africa

Having a Baby in South Africa - What You Need to Know 

Having a baby in South Africa

Having a baby in South Africa may seem daunting at first. You may be wondering how to find a good gynaecologist or a midwife, you could be trying to find information on how to conceive in the first place, or you may be wondering where to find information that adds genuine value, without further confusing you and your partner. In reality, thanks to the huge range of support options available to parents-to-be, planning your family as an expat does not need to be any less scary than it would back home. The secret to having a baby in South Africa comes down to finding the right specialists to help you plan for your baby. Whether you are trying to conceive, or you have recently discovered that you are having a baby, we have all the information you need to help you plan your pregnancy, safely and simply. 

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Trying to Conceive in South Africa 

Ready to think about having a baby in South Africa? There are a number of excellent fertility and conception specialists to be found across the country. Our recommended doctors and clinics to help you conceive include specialists in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Joburg Fertility Specialists

Medfem (Sandton)

VitaLab (Sandton)

Gynomed (Roodepoort)
 

Cape Town Fertility Specialists

Cape Fertility Clinic (Claremont)

Aevitas Fertility Clinic (Pinelands)

Hart Fertility Clinic (City Centre)

I Think I Am Pregnant - Now What?

If you are already pregnant or you think you may be expecting, the first step is to find a gynaecologist, followed by a midwife. Both of these specialists will help guide you through the process, so that you know exactly what to expect, from the very first trimesters, all the way to your baby's birth.

Johannesburg Gynaecologists & Midwives

Sandton Mediclinic - Dr Heather Derwent Allan-Gould (Sandton)

Genesis Maternity Clinic - midwife-led, active birthing facility (Saxonwold)

Netcare Park Lane Hospital - gynaecology, obstetric, neonatal and paediatric care (Parktown)

Life Fourways Hospital - wide range of doctors and services (Fourways)

For more advice and referrals on gynaecologists please get in touch and we can connect you to another expat who has recently given birth here. Alternatively join our Moving to South Africa Facebook group and ask for referrals in there. 

Cape Town Gynaecologists & Midwives

Mediclinic Cape Town - Dr Natalia Novikova (City Centre)

Kingsbury Hospital - wide range of doctors and services (Claremont)  

Birth Options - midwives and birthing support (Plumstead)

More Helpful Resources for Parents-to-Be

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If you're looking for additional resources to help guide you or your partner through the journey of conception, pregnancy and birth in a new country, we highly recommend the following websites. These sites offer plenty of guidance to parents-to-be, along with practical information, tips and other useful advice.

Get Pregnant - tips and advice for those battling to conceive

Huggies - plenty of tips and resources in the top menu

Nurture - egg donor programme in South Africa

Home Birth - resources for those planning a home birth

Parent24 - general tips and resources for expectant and new parents

Translating Me is here to assist you at every step of the way.

Get in touch with our team and let us help you, whether you are having a baby in South Africa or you hope to have one in the near future.

For more support on having a baby abroad, head over to Knocked Up Abroad,

Or contact Karen Wilmot, at the Virtual Midwife. https://www.thevirtualmidwife.com 

Johannesburg's Best Tours & Experiences

People often ask me if I feel safe to walk around and explore Johannesburg. Like any city there are no go area's. or places I would only go through with a local, or as part of a group. But there are lots of places that you just have to be aware (rather than paranoid). Plan your trip, know where you are going, where to park, and leave your Rolex at home.  

Here are my top experiences, the majority are individually or community run, with the larger more established tours at the end. 

Johannesburgs Best Tours

1. Day tour with Thami 

Thami provides the BEST tour in the whole of South Africa! Every guest who comes to stay with us, has to go out with him, at least for half a day. We have sent global CEO's, and my in laws out with him. Thami has grown up in Soweto, he know everyone and everything. There isn't anything he can't show you or explain to you. Thami will personalise your tour, and give you a day you will always remember! He really is outstanding. All the profits he makes go directly back into the people of Soweto. 

2. Micro Adventures Tour Guide 

https://www.facebook.com/KWTMicroadventurer/

Great variety of adventures to go on, from running up the stairs at Ponte Tower, to exploring Joburg's Heritage. Each event always has a great mix of people who create a welcoming environment. But be warned their adventures sell out quickly, so if you see something you would like to do, make sure you book it! 

3. Johannesburg Heritage Foundation

https://www.facebook.com/groups/112707830122/

My good friend Heather Mason from 2Summers told me about these guys, and wow what a great find! They provide a vast amount of knowledge and history delivered in a variety of formats, from bus trips to neighbourhood walking tours. They always run a special offer on tours throughout September to celebrate Heritage Day.  

 

4. Joburg Photowalkers & InstaWalks 

For those who want to explore off the beaten path, join the Photo walkers facebook group, or keep a look out for the next Instawalk. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/710081799017014/

5. Dlala Nje - Hillbrow 

Most Joburger's consider Hillbrow a no-go area. Thankfully Micro Adventures and Dlala Nje are changing that, by encouraging people to return, by running Hillbrow and Ponte tours and have also just opened a bar and yoga classes inside Ponte Tower.  Dlala Nje operate a youth club based out off Ponte, all proceeds from their tours go directly to the running costs.. 

6. City Stake Tours

https://www.facebook.com/cityskatetours/

The tour lasts three hours and skateboards are provided (tours are for persons aged over 18 only). The first hour is usually spent teaching you how to skate, before heading into town to tell you more about the history, and point out some up and coming urban developments, graffiti and street sculptures.   To book contact Mnyandu on +27 79 839 8833, email cityskatetours@gmail.com. Tours from R300 per person (including skateboard rental). Tours on Sat, Sun, start at 10:00 and 14:00.

General Tours - You need to do at least once

Red Bus Tour

Lebo's Bicycle Tour - Soweto

Past Experiences

Joburg Places  

SUPER 6 Road Tripping Essentials

Planning a successful road trip takes effort. No matter how hard you plan, having the right gear along for the ride makes all the difference.

These road trip essentials will make adventuring feel effortless!

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Audio Book

Our Favourites are The Harry Potter series and Anne of Green Gables and  Bill Bill Bryson's books.

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Playlist

A whopping playlist will make the time fly!

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Games

Uno, Boggle and I Spy are great car games!

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Healthy snacks

Healthy snacks will keep you focused on the road!

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Wet wipes

To cool your face or wipe your sticky hands.

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Road assistance

Just in case something happens. 

Happy road tripping, everyone!!

Are you heading away on a road trip? Come share your research, and advice, and pick up a few hints and tips from others who are taking to the road this December at our Online Webinar on 5th December. 

Making your House a Home, wherever you are in the world

Moving house is part of expat life, whether its to move abroad, or because your landlord decides to sell. No matter how many times we do it, the chances are there will be some tears, and a lot of stress. But once you are all in - here's our top tips on creating your home. 

Creating your Home, moving to South Africa

 

1.    Memories are important, the physical objects not so much. 

There are a few items we will always pack with us where ever we move. Our dinning room table is the most important. This is where we have had our most precious family time, when we are sat around together, thats home for us.   

Maybe you love your gardening tools, or your kids boots and umbrellas, make a feature of them, by adding a beautiful coat rack or hat stand in your entrance, so the whole family see them whenever they come in.  

- What objects do you have that bring this same sense of home? Maybe is a cuckoo clock, particular children’s books?  

    2.    Display your Memories, asap

You will be amazed how quickly a building becomes yours once your artwork, and photo’s are on the walls. Get them up asap, you can always move them around later.   

    3.    Re-create your routines / habits 

If you have your medicine’s in the same cupboard as your linen, and lightbulbs then recreate that in your new home. Try to keep similar things together, if you don’t have a shoe cupboard now, then make a similar cupboard in another room, containing the same items that used to be in your hallway.  

If you are always loosing your keys and wallet, create a space for them as soon as you come through the door, a tray or small box works perfectly.  

    4.    Get Inspired, search on Instagram, Pinterest, magazines, hotels, lodges.......

Get inspired by the local design and architecture. There are so many beautiful images online now, you can see how to make the best of your new home. For example in South Africa, you will spend most of your time outside and entertaining, so you will want to have nice patio furniture, whereas if you are living in Tokyo, you will want clever storage solutions.  

    5.    Go "local" 

Whilst I am a big fan of decluttering, buying a local piece of art, or homeware is such a lovely way to remind you of your previous homes and experiences.  I still spend hours wondering through antique shops and interior design outlets, learning about particular features of african design.   


    6.    Buy flowers

A bunch of fresh flowers, whether picked from the garden or brought from the florist just brings a smile to my face every time.    

 

For more inspiration and to be connected to our team of Interior Designers to come give you advice at your home. Hire your own Personal Assistant who can arrange a recommended Interior Designer to come to your home and access our discounts with a range of local suppliers.

  
 

Best Places to View Jacarandas

Its that time of year when Joburg and Pretoria turn purple. There is a saying amongst students that if you haven't started revising for your exams by the time the streets turn purple it's too late. 

The Jacaranda's dont last all that long, the best time is usually the second or third weekend in October, just after the first rains have come at the start of summer. 

Moving to South Africa,

Half day trips: 

Rosebank  

Park in Rosebank Mall, and then head out towards Tyrwhitt Avenue, and across Oxford Road into Melrose. Take a stroll around the avenue's before heading back along Jellicoe. Finish up with a drink or meal at the Keys Mile. If you are looking for viewswe recommend Marble or Mesh Club (which is open to the public after 4pm), or the Milk Bar for great vibe.  

Picnic in Emmarentia Park 

Park in Emmarentia car park, just off Orange Road, and then stroll up Troon Road, up and over Barry Herzog, and into the beautiful Clovelly Road. You can stroll all around Greenside, before heading back into Emmerentia to pick up your picnic and head into the park. (If you have kids there is a great play area right by the entrance on Olifants Road.  

Take a Heritage Stroll

Bes places to view Jacaranda

Drive around the streets in parkview, before parking at the bottom of Westcliff Steps on Crescent Drive or the intersection of Wicklow Avenue and Westcliff Drive. The 210 steps are well worth the climb to take in a view across the whole of Johannesburg.

Westcliff is home to all the old "Randlords", its one of the oldest parts of the city. With its large properties with incredible views. It is also home to two outstanding (and over subscribed) schools; The Ridge (boys) and St Catherine’s (girls). The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation run wonderful guided walks. 

Where to see Jacaranda's

Lunch @ Four Seasons Hotel - Westcliff 

This is a must do at least once during your stay here. You can not beat the views from the terrace at this luxury hotel. But make sure you book, it is incredibly popular at this time of year. You may even want to go for a walk around the zoo in the morning, since its right opposite.  

 

Pretoria 

 Image - fellow blogger 2summers 

Image - fellow blogger 2summers 

Pretoria is usually 3 degrees warmer than Joburg, as a result the Jacarandas bloom a few weeks earlier than they do in Joburg. 

A great viewing spot is the Union Buildings, which you can get to via the Gautrain, take the Hatfield stop and then the H3 bus. 

If driving, head to the Brooklyn Area, and drive along Pienaar Street and Murray Street, amongst others. For the White Jacaranda's drive along Herbert Baker Street, and then up into the Klapperkop Nature Reserve to get an ariel view. 

For more info on 2Summers hunt for the White Jacaranda's Click here to read her post and see more beautiful photos.  

YOUR favourite spots in Jozi

Our August monthly question was: What is your favourite spot in Johannesburg? Thank you to everyone who participated! These are YOUR favourite spots in Jozi!

Pack a picnic basket with tasty goodies and some good wine and head to Lucky Avenue in Northcliff. The view at sunset will

On the 9th floor of the Holiday Inn Sandton, the Skye Bar is one of the best spots in Sandton for unforgettable panoramic views of Johannesburg.

Prawns at Parreirinher

 

In South Joburg, ties hanging from the ceiling give added character to this old family favourite institution. Try the prawn cakes - they are out of this world!  

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Monroe Drive, Houghton

Taking a drive long this road during Spring is exquisite! Definitely a must!

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Rosebank Road

A beautifully tranquil tree tunnel road to drive along. 

A lovely family experience, with large jungle gyms and lots of space to kick a ball!

Want to discover more of Johannesburg - come join us on our next Hidden Joburg Experience - Click the image below for more information.