Where to Stay - South Africa

Longing for an escape from the rat race? We take a look at some wonderful places to stay in South Africa where you can just kick back and relax.

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa

As locations go this is definitely going to inspire you whether you are staying in the Winter or Summer months. This luxurious lodge with both suites in the mian lodge and lovely self-catering cottages close by is situated in a gorge at one end of the Drakensberg Mountain Range. If you need pampering then treat yourself to an hour or two in their Forest Spa. Read more……

drakensberg accommodation

Forest Creek Lodge & Spa



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.


Looking to combine a beach holiday in South Africa with a trip to see the Big 5? Well this isn’t as complicated as it might sound and doesn’t have to involve internal flights from one end of the country to the other. The Sunshine Coast along the shores of the Eastern Cape in South Africa is an excellent way to combine both and means you don’t have to worry about any malaria tablets.

The Sunshine Coast stretches all the way from Tsitsikamma up to East London a distance of some 460km by road with some of the best game reserves in South Africa to visit plus endless wide sandy beaches to explore. It’s an ideal trip to tag on to a trip to Cape Town or the Cape Winelands offering a host of things to do for all the family. Another option is to fly to Port Elizabeth or East London which both have good connections with OR Tambo International and Cape Town International Airports.

Map of the Sunshine Coast in South Africa

Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape


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