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South Africans in Germany

August

For many, August is synonymous with holidays, especially in Europe, where it is the peak vacation season.
If you’re still looking to snag a last-minute getaway, you might try browsing holiday deal websites like Secret Escapes and Last Minute. These websites offer a wide range of options to suit any budget and preference. So why not take advantage of the remaining days of summer and book a spontaneous trip to create some unforgettable memories before the autumn leaves start to fall?
The meteorological autumn will officially begin on September 1st, marking the start of a new season.

If you’re looking for some inspiration and information for your upcoming holiday plans, we’ve compiled a list of some amazing pages that are sure to help you plan your holidays. 

Tourist accommodation types

The hotel descriptions in Germany are very different from those in South Africa. Here is a shortlist, of some of the most popular types, with a short description and

Travel ideas within Germany

Germany is a beautiful country with diverse landscapes and many regional specialties.To add your suggestions please submit it via this form Below are some travel inspiration for each German

Where can I travel with my SA passport

The general rule is that the entry requirements for a country are determined by your passport. Attention South African passport holders with a Schengen visa, temporary or permanent residence

Travel in the Schengen Area

Travel within the Schengen Area “The Schengen Area is a zone comprised of 29 European states which have officially abolished passports and other types of border control at their mutual

SeasonSummer
TimeCentral European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (29 October 2023).
Weather

The temperatures average between 13.9°C and 23°C. It could be warmer or colder, depending on the location. The average daily sunshine is 5.2 hours.

Plan your month

everything you need to know

Festivals

Germany is known for its vibrant and exciting summer concerts and festivals. Each year, people flock to Germany to experience the unique and festive atmosphere that the country is renowned for. Check out the list of events below and prepare to be dazzled!
Another great festival is the Pumpkin Festival in Ludwigsburg. With the festival running from 25 August until 05 November 2023, there is ample time to book your trip and immerse yourself in the colorful and magical world of pumpkins. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to taste incredible pumpkin dishes, witness stunning pumpkin sculptures, and create unforgettable memories with your family and friends. Plan your trip today and join in the fun at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival!

Events listed on our website

SH*T HOT FEST AMSTERDAM 24

21/07/2024 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm – We hope to create a lekker gathering of South Africans living abroad. Food, music, hot sauce, chilli eating competition, drinks, sunshine, good vibes only. Are you joining us? Tickets just went on sale. Early Bird Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/sht-hot-fest-amsterdam… All EB tickets include a 10% voucher that can be used on Runder.nl plus an iconic welcome drink […]

Annual South African Meetup 2024

15/06/2024 @ 1:00 pm – 11:45 pm – It’s that time of year again!The biggest South African jol of the year! Every year we get together at the Rheinpark Golzheim to share some South African treats, braai, have a dop too many and dance to the beats of our very special DJ, DJ Doritos. Time: 13:00 – LatePlace: Rheinpark Golzheim, Düsseldorf. As you […]

Lucy Kruger and The Lost Boys

17/05/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Lucy Kruger and The Lost Boys, an art-pop noise project, will do an intense show at the Orange Blossom Festival at Glitterhouse Garten, Beverungen, North- Rhine Westphalia (NRW) on 17 May 2024. With her calm voice South African-born and Berlin-based musician, Lucy Kruger fronts the band, whose music is melancholic and unreal thanks to its […]

Bongeziwe Mabandla in Berlin

23/05/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After his sold-out concert on 3 March, award-winning South African musician Bongeziwe Mabandla is back in Berlin on 23 May hours at the Kulturbrauerei. Mabandla is a South African award-winning singer, musician and songwriter from the rural town of Tsolo in the Eastern Cape. He has recorded four highly acclaimed albums and has performed on […]

Bok van Blerk & Riaan Benade

17/10/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Welcome, music lovers, to an evening dedicated to the unforgettable sounds of Riaan Benade and Bok van Blerk. From the vast plains of South Africa, these two extraordinary artists come together to enchant us with their unique voices and enchanting melodies. These artists enjoy world fame in their home country, so prepare yourself for an […]

Fokofpolisiekar / Die Heuwels Fantasties

12/07/2024 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm – After a sold-out show in 2023, Fokofpolisiekar is back. This time they bring their friends from Cape Town, Die Heuwels Fantasties, as support. There is no better live combo showcasing the best of African rock and African alternative music than these two acts. It will be energetic, melodic and full of nostalgia as these two […]

Voting Abroad – 2024 – Berlin

18/05/2024 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm – Casting of votes at a foreign mission A person who wants to cast a special vote at a foreign mission in terms of section 33(3) or (4), may do so on 17 May 2024 and 18 May 2024, between 07:00 and 19:00, depending on the host country’s dominant religious and cultural practices. In practice, this […]

Voting Abroad 2024 – Munich

18/05/2024 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm – Casting of votes at a foreign mission A person who wants to cast a special vote at a foreign mission in terms of section 33(3) or (4), may do so on 17 May 2024 and 18 May 2024, between 07:00 and 19:00, depending on the host country’s dominant religious and cultural practices. In practice, this […]

Trevor Noah Tour – Berlin

01/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

Trevor Noah Tour – Stuttgart

03/08/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm – Trevor Noah Off the Record Tour. The actual time is not published yet, estimated it will be in the evening We are not the organisers of this event it is shared for information purposes only Tickets via the Trevor Noah website – this will take you to the Eventim Website  

The African Picnic Festival at the Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall

31/05/2024 – 02/06/2024 @ All Day – The African Picnic Festival at Goethe Institute in Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg, is the brainchild of Mthunzi Fesi, a young South African, who is also a promoter for South African artists touring Europe. The festival was first hosted on 16 June 2014. This year, the ninth edition of the festival will take place from 31 May […]

Schalk Bezuidenhout keeping up – Berlin

25/09/2024 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm – Newly married, Schalk feels older, wiser and much more mature (possibly), but all he wants is to stay “hip with the youth”. Can he do it? Can he Keep Up? As seen on Netflix and Comedy Central and fresh from supporting Trevor Noah on his arena tour. This is an external event,  we are not […]

Some foods and drinks to try

01.

Berries

Make your own Rote Grütze and serve it with Ice cream, Milchreis or pudding. You can find some more recipes here.

02.

Ice Cream

Do you know the difference between Ice Cream and Gelato?  Taste Atlas has a great infographic.  One of my favourite treats is Spaghettieis

 

03.

Aperol Spritz

Summer drinks

Some of the best summer drinks are: 

04.

Zwetschgen

Another seasonal fruit is the Damask Plum ( Zwetschgen). It is not to be confused with normal plums (Pflaumen). Most bakeries will sell Zwetschgenkuchen or Zwetschgendatschi. Eat it with a big dollop of cream or ice cream. You can also substitute the Zwetschgen for Mirabellen

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Pumpkins

Pumpkin season is in full swing

Fruit and Veggies in Season

Vocabulary

August
Holiday / Vacation der Urlaub
Holiday home das Ferienhaus
Accommodation die Unterkunft
Lake der See
Ocean das Meer
Beach der Strand / der Badestrand
All inclusive price die Pauschale

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Pumpkins

Pumpkin season in Germany is from July to January. In Germany, it is called Kürbiszeit Some facts about pumpkins Pumpkins belong to the Squash (Cucurbita)

Swimming in Germany

Swimming options Private swimming pools are not so popular in Germany, but there are good public swimming options available. Public swimming pools / Öffentliche Schimmbäder

Cycling

The entire cycling scene in Germany took some getting used to when I arrived here. In South Africa its sort of all kitted out serious

Outdoors

Most South Africans love being outside the house. This can sometimes feel like a challenge in Germany, but I have learned very quickly that you

Braai Season

Summer is finally here and it is time to invite friends to kuier around the braai.  But before you light your charcoal, check out the