The Best Mobile App Development Companies in South Africa

Looking for a top mobile app development companies in South Africa?

Building a mobile app is expensive. In fact, it can cost $10,000 to $150,000, unless you want an out-of-the-box solution with a DIY app builder. So, choosing the right app developer is important because it can save you time and money and result in an app that makes your business stand out.

As you begin the process of hiring an app development company, remember to define the type of app you want before starting conversations with developers. How complex your app idea is will determine your budget and the skill level you need in an app developer. Then, once conversations begin, ask for portfolio items, reviews, and references. Be sure to bring up timeline, too, so you align on expectations.

Overall, with about 90% of time on mobile spent in apps, investing in a mobile app for your business may help attract customers and get your brand in front of more people.

To assist you in your search for a partner, we’ve compiled this list of the top mobile app developers in South Africa. Browse descriptions, feedback, and awards to find which can best suit your company’s needs.

List of the Best South Africa Mobile App Development Companies

  • 1

    App Developer Studio

    App Developer Studio is an app development compant based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2008, their team of 9 employees specializes in mobile app development and UI/UX design.

    Notable Project

    App Developer Studio developed multiple mobile apps for a publishing house. These interactive apps integrated videos, games, and recording capabilities. The apps have received positive reviews from customers. 

    “They have excellent customer service and make sure everyone is on the same page.” –Digital Product Manager, Publishing House

    Former clients
    Penguin Random House
    Huawei
    MTN
    Sasol
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.8
    4.8
    6 Clutch reviews
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    Bluegrass Digital

    Bluegrass Digital is a managed services company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 1996, their team of 21 employees provides web development, mobile app development, and UX/UI design services.

    Notable Project

    Bluegrass Digital developed an entirely new strategy for their PR client. They designed intelligent and market-ready products based on their client’s unique needs and specifications. This resulted in more contracts from their client and positive feedback.

    "Our clients are consistently pleased with Bluegrass Digital’s work. We showcase their websites as case studies and have won new business from new clients as a direct result." –Project Manager, Public Relations Company

    Former clients
    Petrofac
    Costain
    Aercap
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Claremont, Cape Town, South Africa
    4.5
    4.5
    13 Clutch reviews
  • 3

    2Base Technologies Pvt. Ltd

    Founded in 2010, 2Base Technologies Pvt. Ltd is an IT solutions provider in Palakkad, India. With a team of 51, they specialize in e-commerce development, mobile app development, and web design. 

    Notable Project

    2Base Technologies Pvt. Ltd partnered with a warehouse management portal on a site design and development project. They worked to drive traffic to the site and increase leads. The client was impressed with the quality of their service. 

    "It was easy to communicate with their project manager, and they frequently updated us." – Senior Marketing Manager, Warehouse Management Portal

    Former clients
    DIB
    SKoolBeep
    BlinkVisa
    GadgetBy
    FlowBot Bars
    WorkIt
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.9
    4.9
    5 Clutch reviews
  • 4

    Fluidity Software Solutions

    Fluidity Software Solutions is a software company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Run by more than 10 members, they have provided custom software, web, and mobile app development solutions to clients since their founding in 2013.

    Notable Project

    Fluidity Software Solutions developed custom software for a business evaluations platform. The goal was to develop a valuation SaaS. So far, the platform has been satisfied with the level of work done by Fluidity Software Solutions.

    “They’re very dependable, available, and committed to the project.” - Co-Founder & Director, Business Evaluations Platform

    Former clients
    Bravely
    PathCare
    Worth Busines
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Cape Town, South Africa
    4.6
    4.6
    4 Clutch reviews
  • 5

    Maxtra Technologies

    With 62 employees, both Maxtra Technologies' South Africa and India offices develop mobile apps and blockchain solutions. The small-business focused firm was founded in 2010 and works in a variety of industries including e-commerce, business services, and the arts. They also have experience with web and product design. 

    Former clients
    Macoco Cosmetics
    Lexap
    Veeray Kart
    Global Cruizers
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Cape Town, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 6

    Data Intellect

    Data Intellect Solutions is an application development company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company, founded in 2017, has a team of less than ten that provides mobile app development, web development, ERP consulting and SI, and enterprise app modernization services to midmarket and other-sized companies institutions in the business services, health care & medical, and other industries.

    Notable Project

    A development firm hired Data Intellect Solutions to provide e-commerce portal design, cart design, payment gateway configuration, and category specification services. Data Intellect Solutions met all expectations for all these projects.

    "Data Intellect has a detail-oriented team with a good problem-solving attitude and fine coding." - Former Business Head, Development Firm. 

    Former clients
    Pepsi
    Nokia
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 7

    Specno

    Specno is a tech company based in Cape Town, South Africa, with an office in Paarl, Soutf Africa. The company, founded in 2018, has a team of more than ten that provides, among others, mobile app development, UX/UI design, and custom software development to various small and midmarket companies. 

    Notable Project

    A parcel delivery service hired Specno to streamline the service's mobile app by building wireframes and improving the designs to decrease the pain points. The internal team tested the new designs and found them to be more intuitive than the service's old app. 

    "The team managed to wireframe and prototype the system within just a months work." - CEO, parcel delivery service

    Former clients
    BDO
    Overberg Agri
    Talisman
    Sawex
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Cape Town City Centre, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 8

    Raindrops Infotech

    Raindrops Infotech is a web and mobile application development company located in Ahmedabad, India. Since 2012, they have provided web, custom software, and mobile app development services. They have about 29 employees.

    Notable Project

    Raindrops Infotech developed features using Joomla for a fitness and wellbeing blog. They built functions to enable efficient content uploading and sharing. The intuitive features helped the client to expand their audience. 

    "I was really impressed by how fast they were able to deliver what I needed." — Owner, Fitness & Wellbeing Blog

    Former clients
    Racer
    Spin to Win
    Eliteholz
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Durban, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    14 Clutch reviews
  • 9

    Team4Solution

    Team4solution is a mobile and web application design and development agency, founded in 2017. They have between 10 and 49 employees across their offices in Wakad, India and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where they provide web, mobile and software solutions from small and mid-size businesses. Services include e-wallet and e-learning apps, cross-platform apps, and SalesForce.

    Notable Project

    Team4solution developed software to assist in the product lifecycle management of an automotive company. They upgraded existing systems and developed a new frontend for the content. Team4solution was highly engaged and professional throughout the project, impressing the client by delivering the project on time and in conformance with all stakeholder requirements.

    “They fulfilled the requirements, and we were extremely satisfied. We were very close to the product lifecycle management, software topics, and computer-aided design. I was really impressed with how fast and how well they implemented these different requirements of file handling.” – Product Engineer, Automotive Company

    Former clients
    Lines International
    Chonga Chu
    Damien Black
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $25,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.9
    4.9
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 10

    Asterism Infosoft Pvt Ltd

    Asterism Infosoft Pvt Ltd is a development company that was founded in 2015. The 5-person team is headquartered in Gandhinagar, India, with offices in Sydney; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Toronto. The team develops mobile apps, e-commerce solutions, and websites to small businesses in the transportation, GPS & navigation, and e-commerce industries.

    Notable Project

    Asterism Infosoft Pvt Ltd built a custom mobile app for a luxury car rental company. They created a demo to start with before building the full app. The solution launched and awaits feedback from users. 

    "They are a small team with vast knowledge." – Director, Luxury Car Rental Company

    Former clients
    OfficeEarth
    Alalijuice
    peepshowproduktions
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    6 Clutch reviews
  • 11

    Thought Inc.

    Thought Inc. is a technology and development company headquartered in Woodmead, South Africa. They were founded in 2008, and have a team of less than 50 people who specialize in mobile app development, web development, and custom software development. 
     

    Notable Project

    Thought Inc. is providing mobile app development services for a research company. The client needed an app for their learning solutions platform; Thought Inc. is currently using PhoneGap and Ionic to develop the app. They are adding features to the app, and they continuously work closely with the client. The client is happy with the company’s work so far, and they are looking forward to the final product. 
     

    “Although it's taking longer than we anticipated, they're moving things forward nicely and paying close attention to our needs. We expect the app to launch shortly.” — Director, Research Company
     

    Former clients
    FNB
    Lenovo
    CHAI
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Woodmead, South Africa
    4.5
    4.5
    1 Clutch review
  • 12

    PYCOGroup

    Founded in 2014, PYCOGroup is a development firm. Their team of around 370 employees is based in Brussels, with an additional office around the globe. They focus on custom software, web, and mobile app development.

    Notable Project

    PYCOGroup developed a mobile app for a travel services company. While the internal team was responsible for the database and API, the team handled the rest of the project. 

    "The team has been really efficient and helpful to build up and deliver the solution." – Program Director, Travel Services Company

    Former clients
    Microsoft
    American Express
    Volkswagen
    Coach
    Adobe
    Ansarada
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $100,000+
    group250 - 999 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 13

    Bitcube

    Bitcube is an app development company based in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Founded in 2009, their 26 employees provide custom software development, UI/UX design, and mobile app development services.

    Notable Project

    Bitcube developed an analytics platform for a cultural analytics company. This included SaaS development, frontend, platform as a service, SecOps, and application support. Traffic has increased while load times decreased. The quality of the code meets expectations.

    “They listen intently to my needs, and understand what I'm trying to achieve in the long-term. We also have a very good relationship. They treat us as partners, and we trust each other.” –CEO, Cultural Analytics Platform

    Former clients
    Bruce's Doggy Daycare
    MSTY
    MORI
    Temporall
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Bloemfontein, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 14

    SovTech

    SovTech is a custom software development company based in Johannesburg with offices in London and Nairobi. Founded in 2012, they work with enterprise and midmarket businesses with a focus on clients in the financial services industry. 

    Notable Project

    SovTech built a financial risk-assessment platform that provides applicants with quotes and recommendations. Their work increased the number of quality leaders the client could provide to their partners. 

    "They were accommodating and executed well." – CEO, IT Company

    Former clients
    Standard Bank
    Deloitte
    Canon
    ADT
    vodacom
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.3
    4.3
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 15

    Codeswop

    Codeswop is a development firm based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2014, this team of five offers a range of services, including web app development, website creation, mobile app development, and interactive prototype design. 

    Notable Project

    Codeswop completed a web development project for a data management firm. Building off of a pre-existing set of wireframes, the team offered a variety of design options before building out a site using WordPress. The team maintained open lines of communication throughout the project, which, coupled with their flexible approach, made for a fruitful engagement.

    "It's rare for a developer to be willing to create such a bespoke web solution for a business. They've also been very responsive and accessible throughout the project." – CMO, Offsite Data Backup Firm

    Former clients
    Biblo
    34 Agency
    Old Mutual
    Pienaar and Son Distilling Co.
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Cape Town, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 16

    Codener

    Codener is a software company based in London that was founded in 2016 and currently has more than 50 employees. They provide custom software, web, and e-commerce development solutions to clients ranging from startups to large companies in the fields of e-commerce, advertising, and business services.

    Notable Project

    Codener developed a website for an accounting agency. The client had an existing website, but it was outdated. Codener developed a new website that generated significantly more traffic.

    “They provide a full admin panel where we can manage our site by own.” - CEO, Accounting Agency

    Former clients
    JP Associates
    Ghazee Offal
    Olie
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group50 - 249 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    4.8
    4.8
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 17

    Lightstack

    Founded in 2012, Lightstack is a software development company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Their team of 2 employees specializes in mobile app development, web development, and custom software development for clients. 

    Notable Project

    Lightstack developed an iOS, Android, and Windows application for a legal verification company. Their team created a process map, outlining the design, coding, and testing of the apps. Registered users and usability have increased.

    “They were keen to not only execute on my designs but also to suggest more efficient or better alternatives for reaching our goal. I like to work with people whose expertise can come through. The skillsets of Lightstack's team were clearly there.” –CEO, Legal Verification Company

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Cape Town, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 18

    RevolveAI

    RevolveAI is an AI developer founded in 2020 and headquartered in Islamabad, Pakistan. Their team of 9 employees serves both small and midmarket clients, particularly in the business services and medical sectors. Their AI specialties are machine learning and cognitive computing.

    Notable Project

    RevolveAI developed an AI-enhanced mobile app for a photography-focused SaaS startup. They worked to integrate an automated download functionality that leverages facial recognition technologies. Their work successfully generated profits, even in the product's earlier stages, exceeding the client's expectations.

    "The project manager has been extremely helpful. I go to one single person for all my Pixsle related tasks. I also have contact with every developer on the staff if I'd like to have conversations with each individual." — Founder, Photography SaaS Company

    Former clients
    Pixsle
    Uplara
    WTN Australia
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 19

    Helios Design

    Helios Design is a digital solutions company based in Johannesburg, South Africa. The company, founded in 2005, has a team of more than ten that provides web design, web development, and mobile app development services to companies and organizations in the business services, legal, and nonprofit industries.

    Notable Project

    A legal firm initially hired Helios Design to develop audience-specific microsites like a careers site for graduates. Helios Design so impressed the firm that they were contracted to develop mobile apps and more technically complex, interactive bespoke client tools. They used OpenCMS and provided end-to-end services on all projects.

    "Helios deliver outstanding work, which is why so many stakeholders in the firm requested sites and why Helios were commissioned to build so many projects." - Former Online Communication Manager, Legal Firm

    Former clients
    Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Law Firm
    Privacy Scorebox
    Michael Kyprianou & Co LLC
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 20

    Cocopine

    Cocopine is a web design firm based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2013, their team of 5 serves clients in the healthcare sector. Services include design, Joomla, WordPress, and mobile app development.

    Notable Project

     

    Cocopine created a logo for a health services company. They based the work off of a student's design and translated it into a professional format. The new logo has pleased internal and external stakeholders.

    “It is crisp, clean, simple and conveys the exact message we wanted.” – Project Manager, Healthcare Company

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer

    Undisclosed

    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
  • 21

    Codenatics

    Codenatics is a software development agency with a team of around 10 employees based in Cape Town, South Africa. They provide custom software development, e-commerce development, and mobile app development services to small businesses in a variety of industries including education, financial services, and telecommunications. 

    Notable Project

    In partnership with an e-learning company, Codenatics developed an e-learning platform using a variety of front- and backend technologies. They collaborated on a product plan and then developed the platform according to agreed-on specifications. 

    "The dynamic of the technologies they used is quite unique, and setting it up was a complicated process. Codenatics is very skilled in modern technologies." – CEO, E-Learning Platform 

    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $250,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Somerset West, South Africa
    4.5
    4.5
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 22

    Nerx Digital Agency

    Getweb is a digital agency founded in 2016 with a team of fewer than 10 people. Based in Norton, Zimbabwe, the company provides various solutions, including web design, digital strategy, and UX/UI design. They work with small and mid-market firms in the fields of advertising and e-commerce.

    Notable Project

    Getweb offered web development assistance for a business service company. The company needed a partner to facilitate their web dev operations and enlisted Getweb for help. The company is able to deliver their services on time thanks to Getweb.

    “Over the years, Getweb has improved in the quality of the websites that they produce. That is mainly from feedback from our customers. Their designs are really unique and very unlike other web designers’. Getweb's work is very customer-focused.” - Managing Director, Business Service Company
     

    Former clients
    Chris and Geo
    Queen of Peace
    Gateway Autodealers
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Benoni, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 23

    Appstrax Technology

    Appstrax Technology is a development agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa with more than 10 members. Since 2016, they have offered custom software, web, and mobile app development services for small and mid-market firms in various fields.

    Notable Project

    Appstrax Technology developed a website for a web portal. The site was built to allow schools to sign up and choose speakers to contact for a seminar. The website has been marked as a major achievement for the portal.

    “This platform gives us the credentials and capability to reach a mass number of schools and speakers at once.” - COO & Co-Founder, Web Portal

    Former clients
    Blocklab
    Converlens
    Vinex
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Johannesburg, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 24

    Sand Dollar Design

    Sand Dollar Design is a design agency based in Pretoria, South Africa, and founded in 2016. With over 10 members, they provide UX/UI design, product design, and digital strategy solutions for clients in the fields of health care, business services, and consumer products.

    Notable Project

    Sand Dollar Design developed a custom software solution for an ICT services firm. The firm needed to deliver an OTT platform for one of their US clients. The client was satisfied with the results.

    “I was blown away by the psychology that goes with understanding and anticipating user behavior.” - Senior Business Consultant, ICT Services Firm

    Former clients
    Heineken
    Life Healthcare
    My Blood Test
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $10,000+
    group10 - 49 Employees
    place Pretoria, South Africa
    4.6
    4.6
    7 Clutch reviews
  • 25

    Intellinov Digital

    Intellinov Digital is a full-service digital agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Founded in 2018, their small team of five specializes in digital strategy, IT strategy consulting, and mobile app development.

    Notable Project

    Intellinov Digital created a website and digital marketing campaign for a construction company. They assisted with social media, SEO, and website maintenance. The construction company’s social media following increased, potentially leading to more clients.

    “We’ve also been able to improve our social media presence and our Instagram following has increased from zero to 500 people.”– Managing Director, Construction Company

    Former clients
    Sagehill Business Solutions
    Carol Kondon
    Smart Instinct
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $5,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place gauteng, South Africa
    4.3
    4.3
    3 Clutch reviews
  • 26

    ZonkeTech

    ZonkeTech is a software company based in Umhlanga, South Africa, and founded in 2016. With no more than 10 members, they are experts in custom software, web, and mobile app development solutions for clients in the fields of gaming, business services, and IT solutions.

    Notable Project

    ZonkeTech provided database and web dev solutions for a software dev house. ZonkeTech created APIs and provided fixes throughout the project. The work (which was for the dev house’s client) was met with positive feedback from the client.

    “Internal PM, comms with ZT were good.” - Director, Software Dev House

    Former clients
    Derivco
    DVT
    UCBRacing
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Umhlanga, South Africa
    4.8
    4.8
    2 Clutch reviews
  • 27

    ElmMac Media Pty Ltd

    ElmMac Media is software development & digital marketing company based in Durban, South Africa, with an office in North London, Canada. The company, founded in 2012, has a team of more than ten that provides e-commerce development, SEO, web development, mobile app development, IT managed services, and custom software development services. ElmMac Media serves small companies in various industries that include IT, telecommunications, and advertising & marketing.

    Notable Project

    A network marketing organization hired ElmMac Media for an ongoing engagement to provide marketing services. ElmMac Media has been meeting the organization's expectations during this engagement.

    "Acording to my experience with them everything is great." - CEO, Network Marketing Organization

    Former clients
    Fresh Foods LLC
    DebtNett
    Coca-Cola RSA
    MTN UG
    $ $ $ $ $
    equalizer $1,000+
    group2 - 9 Employees
    place Durban, South Africa
    5.0
    5.0
    1 Clutch review
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