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These pages are designed to help make your travel planning process easier and more efficient. Whether you are a seasoned traveller or new to exploring the world, you will find valuable information on a range of topics including general travel tips, public transport in Germany, the different types of accommodations available, and customs information. There are also travel tip specific to Germany and also for South Africa.


General Travel tips – Flying

When it comes to travelling, especially by air, taking precautions and planning ahead is key to ensuring a smooth journey. Here are some general travel tips that can come in handy during your next flight! We also have some advice on booking your flights, travel insurance and your time at

Public transport in Germany

The German public transport system is extensive, reliable and very affordable. The Deutsche Bahn AG is the national railway company and is state-owned. The DB offers long distance, regional and local travel options.Here is a list of PDF Files with the route maps in German Long distance trains Long-distance trains offer fast and

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 where applicable, references to websites. It is important to note that these descriptions are not protected by law, and you can

Travel during a school Term

The school rules in Germany are very strict and every student is obliged to attend classes and other school events. You therefore cannot take your child out of school before the term ends. They must attend school for the whole term, with only certain exemptions like ill-health, participation in sports

Travel in the Schengen Area

Travel within the Schengen Area “The Schengen Area is a zone made up of 27 European states which have officially abolished passports and other types of border control at their mutual borders. For visitors to the EU, it effectively means that the Schengen Area acts as a singular country, i.e. once

Travel to Germany – Tips

If you’re planning a trip to Germany, we’ve got some travel tips that we think you’ll find incredibly helpful.  If you’ve got your own tips to share, we’d love to hear them!  Simply submit them to us and we’ll be happy to include them on the page.  Flights The major airports in

Travel to SA – Tips

For those wanting to travel back to South Africa for a holiday, here are some general tips. You are welcome to submit your own tips and we can include them on this page.  New SARS Traveller declaration The new SARS Traveller declaration form for those returning to South Africa is still in

Traveling to the UK

If you only have a South African passport, you need a visa to visit the UK, it does not matter if you have Permanent residence in Germany. Your German Residence allows you to travel inside the Schengen area. There are no special rules if you are married to a German

What can I bring into Germany

It is very tempting to bring some South African goodies with you when you travel to Germany, and while most items are allowed, there are Restrictions. There is also a limit on duty-free allowances.The German Customs Agency is called the Zollampt. The information on this page is mainly aimed at travellers

What can I bring into South Africa

It is very tempting to take some German goodies with you when you travel to South Africa, and while most items are allowed, please make sure you know restrictions apply and what items are forbidden. Here is a link to a pdf file from SARS with the customs requirements when entering and leaving South

Where can I travel with my SA passport

The general rule is that entry requirements are determined by your passport. Passport index website. A very handy tool to see for which countries you need a visa. Wikipedia has a page with information, it also lists the countries you can travel to with a Schengen Visa.  With a South African