Sunday, July 7, 2002

A little magic in the Eastern Cape, South Africa

For anyone travelling to South Africa, try not to miss out on a little town in the Eastern Cape called Port Alfred which is set on the warm Indian Ocean, with kilometres of sand dunes in both directions; Port Alfred is a magical little town which offers a taste of everything. For all you water enthusiasts out there, Port Alfred has a wide range of activities from fishing, surfing, scuba diving and canoeing.

The friendly village atmosphere and beautiful climate make it the perfect place to visit. The unique arched bridge which crosses the Kowie River in Port Alfred provides a landmark for all those visiting or passing through. Each evening, the bridge is lit up with a wonderful display of multicoloured lights for all to enjoy. This is especially a delight watching from the banks of the Kowie or on a boat with a glass of wine in your hand.

If flying is your thing, then Port Alfred doesn’t disappoint. The world class No 43 Flying School founded on a WW1 airstrip in Port Alfred has the finest flying school teaching facilities in the Southern hemisphere.

There are also some marvellous hikes available including beach hikes. You could always enjoy a fabulous horseback ride along the pristine beaches via the Milkwood dune forests. For golfers there are two excellent 18 hole golf courses – the Fish River Sun course designed by Gary Player and the Royal Port Alfred set against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean.

We stayed at this fantastic guest house called Dockside. It overlooked the marina so there was always something going on. It was really peaceful and beautiful with very attentive hosts.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2002

Will there be enough accommodation for fans in 2003?

There seems to be a lot of debate as to whether there will be sufficient accommodation for fans travelling to South Africa for the World Cup in 2003. Is this exaggerated? This is a country that had over 9.5million foreign tourist visitors in 2008. We are told that cities like Nelspruit require another 20,000 beds to cope with anticipated demand! Perhaps it is worth pointing out that these headlines are being put out by MATCH (the organisation handling ticket sales) who are encouraging all Hotel and Guesthouse owners in South Africa to register with them – is this just to generate traffic to their website? It seems ridiculous to ask all these venue owners to register with MATCH when the vast majority of these will already be registered with accommodation sites such as where2stay-southafrica. Most football/soccer fans are pretty savvy and know that with the internet at their fingertips it isn’t difficult to book flights and accommodation through established websites. If you have never visited South Africa before then you should know that the quality of B&B, Guesthouses, Lodges, self catering apartments is actually better than you will find in Europe and are definitely better value for money – even with the uplift that these owners will no doubt make during this period. You can’t blame them - wouldn’t you do the same thing if you were in their shoes! My advice to fans is to take a look at the websites offering accommodation and to book through these – the choice of accommodation is excellent. Of course anyone travelling to South Africa for the World Cup should really take advantage of the country and take in some of the fantastic things on offer to do – not just game reserves by the way although if you have never done this before you should! I will be monitoring the situation with interest and will report further along the line. Am interested to gain peoples feedback.

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Monday, July 1, 2002

Never underestimate the underdog….

With the growing need for accommodation for the World Cup 2003 and the spectacular range of year-round national and local events hosted in South Africa; Where2Stay-SouthAfrica makes it easier for people searching for accommodation to find exactly what they are looking for in the shortest possible time than ever before. Not only does the site promote a wide spectrum of accommodation in South Africa including Guesthouses, Hotels, Game Reserves, Bed & Breakfasts and Self Catering accommodation; but also focuses on promoting and advertising events across the country; activities and suggested itineraries for those wanting to take in more of South Africa during their stay. For first time visitors to South Africa, there are those all important Travel Tips to ensure you don't forget anything and that your trip is a safe one. There’s something for everyone.

South Africa is blessed with an abundance of accommodation throughout the country, ensuring that there is something to suit all budgets. The site is visually appealing and has been designed to show off South Africa at its best – as they say “a picture speaks a thousand words”. South Africa is one of the most beautiful, if not the most beautiful and outstanding country in the world – we want to use our site to promote what South Africa has to offer both visually, and by providing useful information which people can use to further plan their trip.

South Africa has fast become a top destination not only for locals but globally with over 9 million Google searches a month on the internet. South Africa has so much to offer visitors including great golf courses, wonderful deep sea fishing, amazing scuba diving sites, hunting and much more; not forgetting the fantastic climate which caters for everyone’s needs.

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