Living in South Africa
Housing and supply
House entrance in Cape Town
Houses in Cape Town
Block of flats in Cape Town
You can find out more about moving to South Africa from the International Transport Organization. Various rental apartment and real estate portals have offers ready. Depending on the location, real estate prices are high, for example for individual districts of Cape Town. Accommodation for travelers can be found on some websites, but not all accommodation is registered for remote areas.
Buying a used car takes time and comparing offers. At Drive Africa you can find out more about buying a car. There are various rental car providers in larger cities, and they often have offices at airports.
The voltage in South Africa is 220 volts at 50 Hertz. When using your own devices, make sure that the plugs and sockets on site are three-pole and that an adapter is required. These are available in department stores or electronics stores. Most hotels have 110 volt connections for electric razors and small electrical appliances.
Shops that offer a similar variety of products as in Europe are usually open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., on Saturdays until 2 p.m. or 4 p.m. longer opening times apply to supermarkets.
Public holidays are: March 21 (Human Rights Day, commemoration of the Sharpeville Massacre), April 27 (Freedom Day, commemoration of the first democratic elections in 1994), May 1 (International Labor Day), June 16 (Youth Day, Commemoration of the 1976 Soweto Uprising), August 9, (National Women’s Day, commemoration of the 1956 women’s anti-passport protest), September 24 (National Heritage Day, commemoration of the natural, cultural and historical heritage of South Africa), December 16 (National Day of Atonement, memory of historical violent events), December 25th and 26th (Christmas), Easter – flexible holiday.
During the holidays, there are political commemorations, religious festivities and meetings with family or friends on the program. It is often grilled the South African way. So who Heritage Day, the National Day of Atonement, and the friendly nickname Braai Day received. Enthusiasm for braai unites South Africans.
Barbecue in Johannesburg
The country portrait of South Africa is suitable for getting in the mood for everyday life. South Africans love their braai: grilling in the open air with lots of meat – and often with alcohol. Braii is also often important for building business relationships. A specialty as a snack is biltong, dried salted meat from antelope, ostrich or beef. The national drink is beer, there is first-class and inexpensive wine. The best-known dish of the black population is Mielie Pap, a solid corn porridge. A culinary overview helps to orientate oneself in the diverse South African cuisine and then to discover special restaurants and to cook some recipes. German sweets are welcome as gifts.
Beverage shop in Cape Town
Beers in Johannesburg
Staying healthy – vaccinations and doctors
Groote Schuur Hospital Cape Town
Due to current events, please note the travel warnings and information about COVID-19 and the prevention of corona virus infections as well as the medical information from the Federal Foreign Office and the crisis prevention list of the German Embassy in South Africa and the South African Ministry of Health.
The travel medical information service and other commercial / tourist websites offer medical travel advice for South Africa with information on vaccination recommendations and regulations, malaria areas, special health risks and a climate table. You can also find out site-specific information about the weather in South Africa, as a major country in African continent according to allunitconverters.
No vaccinations are generally required for South Africa, but hepathitis A prophylaxis and a check of your own vaccination protection are recommended, i.e. whether your vaccinations are up to date in your vaccination record. A vaccination against yellow fever is expressly required for travelers from yellow fever areas. The Transvaal, including Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga and the eastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, is at risk of malaria year round. Drug prophylaxis is recommended, as well as preventive measures such as body-covering clothing, mosquito repellants and mosquito nets over the bed.
The medical care in South Africa corresponds to European standards in terms of private clinics and doctors, the equipment of public health facilities varies. Doctors can be found under “Medical Practitioners”, hospitals under “Hospital” and pharmacies under “Pharmacy”, “Chemist” or “Apteek”. A referral to the hospital is usually made by a doctor, but in an emergency you can also go directly to a general hospital or, in smaller locations, to another medical facility. Since there is no social security agreement between South Africa and Germany, the statutory health insurance companies do not pay for treatment or medication. A private foreign health insurance is therefore highly recommended, you can take out it for the travel period.