I'm going to South Africa in a month's time, flying to Johannesburg and then going South to Kwazulu Natal. Here I'm staying at a large camp as part of a conservation project. There are no phones or internet available at the camp.
I've spoken to the organizers who recommend a variety of ways to keep in contact with home but my head is now spinning so if anyone who knows what they're talking about could help me out here I'd really appreciate it!
1. Normal sim card. I'm on orange, does anyone know what the coverage for orange would be like? The nearest town to where I am is Hluhluwe but I won't actually have the chance to go into the town.
2. MTN sim card. What exactly is this and how would it make calls easier/cheaper? I am there for a month and would like to be able to call people back in the UK at least a few times but I don't think I could afford orange's rates, which are £1.45 p/m to call and 95p to receive...
3. Web dongle. Ideally, as I am planning to bring my laptop, I will have use of the internet. I have been told that the only way to get internet where I am going is via the use of a web dongle which can only be purchased from Johannesburg airport. Is this true? Roughly how much are they for a month's use? I've seen some people talking about 1Gb of internet, but how much exactly is this? As you can see the web dongle is the option I would prefer but the one I am most clueless on! Also, with the web dongle would I get decent internet connection, good enough to use Skype?
Sorry for the massively long question and I'd really appreciate any advice whatsoever! I basically just want the cheapest option. Thanks again :)