Where to Stay - South Africa

Climb Lion’s Head

Well you do need to be a bit fit for this one but a hike up Lion’s Head when it is full moon is a truly rewarding experience. From the top you can see across Cape Town, Robben Island, the peninsula and of course the ocean. Take a drink and some a picnic and relax with like-minded folk as you watch another beautiful day in South Africa come to an end.

Dipping your toes in the Ocean
Relax on the beach in Camps Bay, Cape Town
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches around Cape Town. From Camps Bay to Bloubergstrand there are numerous endless sandy beaches just waiting for you. If you enjoy a spot of people watching then the beaches at Clifton are your best bet but if you want some heavy action then head to Bloubergstrand to marvel at the kite-surfers taking off in the waves. READ MORE

Historical monuments in Cape TownWay back in 1652 the Dutch East India Company started creating a vegetable garden for the benefit of the local community. Today the areas where the vegetable garden once stood is now known as Company’s Garden located at the top end of Alderley Street in Cape Town. The park and all its splendour still exists today and is a popular tourist attraction. Visitors have been able to walk around the public section of the gardens since 1848 and today you can take a tour by yourself with the assistance of a brochure that you can buy at the Visitor Centre. Using the guide and the strategically placed markers dotted around in the paving you can learn all about the history of the gardens.

The gardens are surrounded by a number of historically important buildings such as the current Houses of Parliament, the South Africa National Gallery, the Planetarium and the National Library of South Africa. READ MORE

Ramsgate Beach on the South Coast


The stretch of coastline to the south of Durban is commonly known as the South Coast or sometimes the Hibiscus Coast. No matter what the time of year tourists and locals flock here in their thousands to soak up the sunshine that lingers long into the winter months of June and July.

At the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast scene is Margate just 130km south of Durban. This is a real holiday town perfect for family holidays where the beach takes precedence. Its’ sandy beaches are filled with tanning bodies during the holidays along with the aroma of coconut sun-screen which seems to be everywhere. 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

Mossel Bay is a real seaside holiday destination with lots of outdoor activities to try your hand at and nearly 60km of sandy beaches to enjoy. It’s the sort of Garden Route stopover, exactly halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, that a family would really enjoy as while mum relaxes on the sand the younger ones can expel some of that excess energy.


Pop into the Shell Museum and learn all about the use of shells throughout the years or get the chance to touch live sea animals in their touch tank. The Shell Museum is located in the Dias Museum Complex. www.diasmuseum.co.za READ MORE