Where to Stay - South Africa

Click here for a short video of our Cape Town Road Trip

Living in Port Alfred in the Eastern Cape and planning a road trip to Cape Town always requires a little bit of planning especially when you want to take in new sights and travel down routes you haven’t been before. We had been wanting to visit Paternoster on the West Coast for quite some time now so as it wasn’t that far from Cape Town we decided that this would be a first port of call. Now first of lets understand that it is just over 1000kms from Port Alfred to Paternoster which is at least 11 hours driving. Given that we do like to have a few stops along the way to eat and refresh plus we always advise against driving at night this meant planning a stopover both on the way down and on the way home.

Our route from Port Alfred took us initially along the R72, then onto the N2 through Port Elizabeth and then we turned left onto the Route 62 signposted to Joubertina and Kareedouw. This route is very pretty and takes you through an area called Apple Valley which is not hard to understand why. Either side of the road the fields are full of Apple trees and other fruit trees. The Route 62 took us all the way to Oudtshoorn and through the other side onto the R328 where just 7kms outside of Oudtshoorn was our stopover – Buffelsdrift Game Lodge.


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 Dalene Ingham-Brown

If you’ve never been to Boulders Beach Penguin Colony – you’re going to love it! It’s the magical bay where you’ll find crushed-shell sand, sheltering rocks and one of the last places to observe the waddle of our endangered African Penguin in one of Africa’s best cities – Cape Town. A true sign of a gem-of-an-attraction is if a healthy dose of locals are found among the tourists. At Boulders, that’s exactly what you’ll find.

Visit the penguins at Boulders Beach

Penguins up for viewing along Willis Walk


Whether you call it Street Art or Graffiti it will always spark debate and discussion. All over the world art gems pop up in the most unexpected places displaying the talents of local artists. All the photos below are of Street Art and Graffiti in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg and Soweto. Street Art in South Africa is still relatively new having really come to the fore in the early 1980’s. Cape Town was the main catalyst for the growth in graffiti on the streets but the craze quickly spread to Johannesburg (in particular the Newtown district) and Durban.


South African street art

Photo Credit: sinsistema_ (Instagram)



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