Where to Stay - South Africa

This weekend we took a 35km drive from Port Alfred to Boknes to see the Diaz Cross monument. Our route from Port Alfred took us through Kenton-on-Sea and Bushmans River. Just outside Bushmans River there is a left hand turn signposted to Boknes.  Follow this road all the way until you reach a car park where the Boknesrivier meets the Indian Ocean. There is plenty of parking and even braai spots.

view of boknes beach from car park

Start of the walk to Diaz Cross


We thought it was high time we shared our home town of Port Alfred with you so that you can get a flavour of the town through our personal photos. Living by the sea you sometimes forget how lucky you are. Every day brings new sights whether it is a beautiful sunset or watching a raging thunderstorm.

beaches of port alfred in the eastern cape

East Beach, Port Alfred


Umhlanga on the North Coast

Umhlanga Rocks

The North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal stretches from Umhlanga all the way up to the Tugela River Mouth. Commonly known as the Dolphin Coast due to the regular sightings of large dolphin pods seen in its warm Indian Ocean waters the coastline is interspersed with pretty small seaside towns such as Zinkwazi, Ballito, Salt Rock, Tinley Manor and Umdloti.

Originally a quite sleepy area of KwaZulu-Natal the Dolphin Coast is now a popular holiday destination with numerous holiday homes and a great selection of guest house and North Coast accommodation within easy reach of the beaches. What were once small towns like Umhlanga have grown to accommodate the busy December holiday season with large hotels along the beachfront and the excellent Gateway shopping mall to service the increasing demands of holidaymakers. Umhlanga is one of the most expensive places to stay along the North Coast but there are many other cheaper and more remote alternatives such as Zinkwazi, Salt Rock and Tinley Manor. READ MORE

Blue Flag beaches in South Africa
Here is a list of the Blue Flag status beaches in South Africa. The Western Cape has by far the most with 22 beaches, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 8, the Eastern Cape has 4 and the Northern Cape 1.

South Africa joined the Blue Flag programme 12 years ago and works hard to not only maintain the number of beaches with Blue Flag awards but also to increase the number year on year.

For the first time this year Blue Flags were also awarded to 4 Marinas across South Africa including; Royal Afred Marina in Port Alfred, Yachport in Saldanha, False Bay Yacht Club in Cape Town and Granger Bay Water Club in Cape Town.

Blue Flag beaches are an important aspect in promoting international tourism and many municipalities employ teams of people on a daily basis to clean the beaches of any rubbish or debris. Of course with so much coastline surrounding South Africa there are many beautiful beaches which don’t make the list but are no less worthy of visiting. Chatting to locals and guest house owners when you are on holiday is a great way to discover some of the best beaches to visit.

This weekend we took a trip along a section of the Garden Route from Port Elizabeth down to Victoria Bay. The drive down took us approximately 3 hours not including stops at Knysna and Sedgefield along the way. Driving along the N2 route out of Port Elizabeth it doesn’t take too long before you start to enjoy the scenery but it isn’t until you see the Tsitsikamma Mountain Range that you begin to really appreciate the attractiveness of the Garden Route.

Leading down to Victoria Bay beachWith the mountains looming up on your right hand side and the large forests either side the long straight roads seem to pass by quickly. Passing through Storms River READ MORE