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Events October 8th, 2015

With its fly fishing season drawing to a close, Eikendal Estate is casting a fresh spin on family entertainment in the Stellenbosch Winelands with its inaugural Fish Out Feast, which invites young and old to share in its last day of fishing on Sunday, 8 November.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

“This open day of fishing at Eikendal will see experienced anglers and amateurs joining us at the water’s edge to help us clear out our dam for the season. It is the perfect opportunity for enthusiasts to reel in that big whopper, or just to come and learn more about this ever-popular pastime,” explains Philip Meyer who runs the fly fishing operation at this esteemed wine estate and will be sharing some tips and techniques on the day.

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing


After an exhilarating morning at the dam, gleaming amidst prized vineyards on this beautiful wine farm, guests will be treated to a languid fish braai on the shaded lawn where foot-stomping vibes by Newton & Co will add to a relaxed atmosphere. READ MORE

By Neil Playdon

There are times when it’s just great to escape normal life and to leave behind the internet and DSTV (ok so you can get 3G here but lets face it you are here to relax!) and this was one of those times.

Over the Mother’s Day weekend we took a trip to Haga Haga which for this of you that don’t know is situated 60km east of East London on the famous Wild Coast. The small seaside village of Haga Haga lies midway between Chintsa East and Morgan’s Bay. To get there we took the N2 route out of East London towards Mthatha and then turned off right down to Haga Haga. The first part of the road down to Haga Haga is tarred but the last 10kms take you along a dirt road which is best done in a 4×4.

Haga Haga beach along the Wild Coast

Beach at Haga Haga, Wild Coast


The Eastern Cape seaside town of Port Alfred will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its first ever mayor over the weekend of October 24th to October 26th 2014. The celebrations will be tied in with the annual Kowie River Festival and the festivities kick off on Friday evening with a flotilla down the river itself and a seafood festival and Mardi Gras along Wharf Street.

Port Alfred celebrates 125 years

Throughout the weekend events will be taking place that the whole family can take part in. These include water-based fun for the young ones down at Kiddies Beach on the Saturday and Sunday, a fun-fair and entertainment area down at Guido’s on the beachfront, surfing lessons on East Beach, beach volleyball and football on West Beach (by Guido’s) and the infamous ‘Anything that Floats’ Race down the Kowie River on Sunday.


This weekend we took a road trip up the Wild Coast to stay at Umtendwe Beach Cottages located on the Eastern Cape coast between Haga Haga and Morgan’s Bay. The drive down to our self-catering accommodation on the Wild Coast took us along dirt-roads and through a private reserve before we arrived at our destination.

self-catering accommodation on the Wild Coast

Umtendwe Beach Cottages

Umtendwe Beach Cottages are two privately owned holiday cottages and we were staying in one of them – Milkwood Cottage. Aptly named with all the Milkwood trees nearby. The cottage was perfect with three good size bedrooms and three bathrooms. Inside was a fully-equipped kitchen plus a nice size scullery area. The thatched roof, outside deck with table and chairs for six people and braai were all we were looking for. The very large fridge and freezer in Milkwood Cottage is ideal and more than adequate for those thinking of a longer self-catering stay of 5 to 7 days. READ MORE

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