Where to Stay - South Africa

Free WiFi spots in Cape Town

Tips December 18th, 2014

In Cape Town and looking for a great spot to relax in and hook up with some friends on the internet? Here are a few ideas of places in Cape Town that offer free WiFi while you enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat. We all appreciate a bit of free WiFi access so that we can catch up with emails and share some of our South African holiday trip photos with family members.

Cascades on the Promenade

Break from your stroll around the Sea Point Promenade to stop at Cascades. Excellent Italian coffee and free unlimited Wifi. A popular ocean view spot for joggers and folks walking their dogs plus their breakfast is excellent.

Where is Cascades? 11 Arthurs Road, Sea Point, Cape Town

When are they open? Monday to Sunday between 07h30 until 23h00

Contact details? Tel: +27 (0)21 434 5979


Cascades on the Promenade, Cape Town


By Neil Playdon

There are foodie markets and there are food markets and then there is the Cape Point Vineyard Market located off Silvermine Road in Noordhoek. The location of this market is something else, set on the side of the Noordhoek Mountains with stunning views across the vineyards, beach and ocean.  The market is held every Thursday evening from 16h30 to 20h30 in the Summer and on Sundays in Winter and despite not allowing dogs is real family friendly event. READ MORE

Tips on driving in South AfricaAfter listening to numerous car hire stories from guests that have stayed at my ‘in-laws’ guest house in Port Alfred I decided it was time to write a few tips for international visitors to South Africa.

Do some research before you arrive

Many people book their car-hire online at the same time as they book their flights without having done the relevant research into the areas they are going to be driving in. A great way of doing some research is to check blog articles on the places you intend to travel to or to interact with people on social websites that cover South Africa. Both of these ideas will inform you and give you very honest and up-to-date report and advice on things to be aware of.

Cheapest is not safest

I am constantly surprised by the number of people that arrive at our guest house in the smallest car you can imagine and they have just travelled hundreds of miles often along roads requiring more than a little TLC. Car-hire can be expensive but your own personal safety should come before cost. If you are intending to visit places like the Wild Coast, Sani Pass or the Wetlands in St Lucia you should be hiring a 4×4 vehicle that is capable of handling the roads. READ MORE

One of the first challenges for any tourist arriving in a new city is orientating yourself, understanding where all the major attractions are and the distances between them. The advent of hop on hop off buses globally has proved very popular with tourists and provides an inexpensive alternative to other forms of public transport.

Sightseeing in Cape Town

Hop on Hop Off bus at Table Mountain Cableway


After South Africa successfully hosted the FIFA World Cup in 2010 the country now turns its attentions to hosting the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. The finals kick-off on the 19th January 2013 and end on the 10th February 2013. There are five cities across South Africa that have been chosen to host games.

In the Group Games:

  • Durban – Moses Mabhida Stadium
  • Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
  • Nelspruit – Mbombela Stadium
  • Rustenburg – Royal Bafokeng Stadium

At the Opening and Closing Games:

  • Johannesburg – FNB Stadium

As hosts, South Africa automatically qualifies for the Africa Cup of Nations finals. Thirty other teams will be playing the second leg of their qualifying matches, between the 12th and 14th October 2012, to see who will be joining them. READ MORE