Pokémon GO is finally available in South Africa

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Pokémon GO was first unleashed way back in July, but only to a handful of countries. Since then, Niantic Labs have been slowly rolling out the addictive AR title across the rest of the world.

We’ve long been excluded, but now, after nearly three months  of waiting (holy hell, has the game been out that long?), Pokemon GO has finally made its way to South African shores! WHAT YEAR IS IT?

Trainers in Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Chad, Gabon, Sao Tome and Principe, Egypt, Morocco, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Niger, Sierra Leone, Togo, fill your backpack and get ready for a hike! Pokémon GO is available to download from Google Play and iTunes!

This news will of course mean nothing to you if you already downloaded the game from another territory way back when. For those who’ve been holding out for an official release however (all five of you), welcome to the Pokémon club. Expect lots of Zubats, and a mountain of grinding ahead once you hit level 20.

Oh, and expect to never hold/take a gym, at least not for a long time. Seeing as other trainers have had a head start of, I don’t know, around a dozen weeks, you’re going to have a real tough time toppling their Pokémon. If you plan on attempting a takeover, I’d strongly recommend bringing a couple of friends along for the ride, and a ton of revives and healing potions too.

Also, remember to choose Instinct when you’re prompted (that happens at level 5 if I recall). We’re yellow, and the best team ever*!

Not that I care anymore to be honest – I’ve not touched Pokémon Go for weeks now. I’ll probably be back though, whenever Niantic decides to release the next significant update. Hopefully that won’t be too long from now.

*Actually it feels like nobody plays for Instinct. When I played, I was always surrounded by Valor and Mystic gyms.

Last Updated: October 5, 2016

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