Unemployment in Southern Africa is high and finding work is difficult. There are few opportunities for getting work in the region and those that do exist must be arranged through a company well in advance of your visit to the country. In most cases, to work legally you will not be able to do so on a tourist visa and will instead have to obtain a work visa or permit.

Most opportunities are usually in the fields of aid, conservation and tourism (such as working in a lodge or hotel, as a tour guide, as a diving instructor...); the latter sector is the one most likely to be looking for skilled overseas workers at shorter notice.