Where to Stay - South Africa

Band playing at the Open Streets Cape Town 2013Open Streets latest event in South Africa took place on the 25th May 2013. The ethos behind Open Streets is to promote local community pride transforming streets into areas that people can walk, cycle or even dance freely through. Open Street events now take place all over the world in over 100 cities with the latest one in South Africa held on Lower Main Road, Cape Town.

Along Lower Main Road from Main Road in Observatory to Malta Road in Salt River a diverse group of people of all age groups took part in this predominantly pedestrian event. From 13h00 to 17h00 the road was closed off to motorised traffic allowing people to stroll about, play giant chess, skateboard, walk about on stilts, play street football, do yoga or to get artistically creative on the pavements and tarmac. READ MORE

Chimpanzee Eden Nelspruit South Africa


The Jane Goodall Institute has just launched a Volunteer Programme in April 2013 at their chimpanzee sanctuary close to Nelspruit, South Africa. The sanctuary rescues chimpanzees from circuses, zoos, the bush meat trade and also takes in orphaned chimps from all over the world. The dedicated team at Chimp Eden provide a safe and loving environment where chimps are given the best treatment possible.

Early beginnings

Jane Goodhall is an extraordinary woman having dedicated nearly her whole life to learning more about chimpanzees and working tirelessly to spread her message. Her fascinating life really took off when she was 22. Having saved very hard as a waitress she bought a round-trip ticket to Africa leaving England in 1957. She went to stay with her friend’s family who lived on a farm in Kenya and within a few weeks had met and become friends with the famous archaeologist and palaeontologist Louis Leakey. He hired Jane to work for him as an assistant and asked her to set about studying a group of chimps that lived on the lake shore in Tanzania. At the time not much was known about chimpanzees and Luis Leakey was keen to understand if they could help him with his work on evolution. READ MORE

Young concert-goers around South Africa will be excited to hear that Justin Bieber has announced he will be playing two dates here in 2013 as part of his World Tour. Still only 18 years old Justin Bieber has taken the pop world and social media world by storm. His YouTube videos have been viewed over 3 billion times, he has over 23 million Twitter followers and 44 million Facebook fans.

He shot to fame after appearing in a local talent show at the age of just 12 and then going viral on YouTube. Bizarely he finished second in the talent competition but after both he and his mum started posting videos of his performances on YouTube he became an internet sensation. A chance meeting with Usher a few months later led to him landing a recording contract and the rest as they say is history. He became the first solo-artist to have 4 songs reach the Top 40 before even his debut album was released. READ MORE

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