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Affordable accommodation in East London

January 17, 2017
affordable accommodation in East London

I’ve only been to East London a few times and haven’t really thought much of visiting the area even though I’ve never gone deep into the city before. A few days ago, I had an impromptu visit to East London and realised how big the city actually is. I was in awe at the size of the Buffalo river as we drove over it. There are also a number of buildings in the city with beautiful Victorian architecture. Due to a family member getting married in the city, I’ve had to search for affordable accommodation in East London. Everyone who travels knows that accommodation can easily be one of the most expensive parts of travelling, which is why it’s important to look for inexpensive options.

Tips on finding affordable accommodation in East London

Compare prices online

Check out AccommoDirect and take advantage of their different filters. The site allows you to narrow down your budget. The site also has a nifty “Must Have” feature, which allows you to only filter in facilities that have the services and add-ons that you want. This helps keep costs low, as you’ll only be paying for what you want and need.

AccommoDirect also allows users to filter which type of facility they’d like to stay in. From hostels to hotels, bed and breakfasts to self-catering, this site has it all. They have over 50 listings in East London, which can be seen here, and a number of them have been rated and reviewed by users. You’d be able to select a facility that meets your comfort standard and your budget.

Choose self-catering

Choosing a self-catering facility keeps costs low. You pay less for the accommodation and it’s much cheaper to make your own meals. If you don’t have the time or willpower to make your own meals, chat to some locals, they’ll be able to direct you to delicious and affordable eateries.

Choose your season carefully

In most cities, most if not all accommodation facilities rates are based on the seasons. East London is pretty busy during summer and the festive season, so expect to pay premium prices during these periods. Visit the city from mid-‘s February and March when the weather is generally still quite good as it’s before winter sets in. You’re sure to find some good deals and still be able to enjoy good weather but without high prices or the crowds.

More about AccommoDirect

AccomoDirect can help you find affordable accommodation in East London that will fit your budget and your comfort needs. They have over 50 listings in various areas in the city. The site is one of South Africa’s largest accommodation portals and has over 20 000 accommodation listings across 2 000 destinations and has 10 000 reviews on it. Browse through their easy to navigate the site to find accommodation for your next trip.

Click here to find out more about AccommoDirect’s listings in East London.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AccommoDirect. All of the views expressed in this post are my own.
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Fun activities and accommodation in Port Alfred

January 10, 2017
Accommodation in Port Alfred

Like many people, I really want to travel abroad. I’ve been toying with the idea of visiting Thailand for my birthday in March, but I’ve decided against it. For me, it’s not so much due to cost, but due to opportunity cost. So I’ve decided to keep my birthday travels local. I haven’t yet decided where I want to go, but I do know that I want it to be a road trip. As much as I love the ease and convenience of flying, there are a lot of small town gems that I’m missing out on. I’ve begun looking around at places and one of the places that I’m considering is Port Alfred. My brother lived in the town for a while, but I haven’t been there since he left. This is why I’m looking into fun activities and accommodation in Port Alfred for a trip away.

Port Alfred is a coastal town, which is about an hour and a half’s drive from Port Elizabeth. I like to think of it as a holiday town. It has great weather and a lot of activities for holidaymakers. Whether your idea of a fun holiday is action packed with water sports or lying on a beach with a good book, this town caters for individual and family getaways.

There is a wide range of options for accommodation in Port Alfred.  This town boasts accommodation in the form of guest houses, backpackers self-catering, guest farms and game lodges. All of these options and more can be found on the AccommoDirect website, which has over 20 listings in Port Alfred.

Looking for accommodation in Port Alfred

It is a small town, so distance is not a big issue when looking for accommodation in Port Alfred.  From my time in the town, I experienced that it never takes more than 10 minutes to get from one point to another. So there’s no need to stay in a central location. Staying nearby the beach or the river mouth would be the best bet for me.

AccommoDirect lists a number of options that suits every budget. If you’re looking for a luxurious getaway, a resort or hotel on the beach or river bank is a must. Waking up to the waves breaking is amazing. There are however, more affordable options for individuals on a budget. The site also makes it easy to book, due to the instant confirmation feature.

Port Alfred Canal

Activities in Port Alfred

As a holiday town, Port Alfred has many fun activities. The town has great weather for most of the year and idyllic beaches.

Canoeing on the river

The Kowie River runs through the centre of the town. There’s a canoe trail that can be done, but if you’re not keen on an adventure you can leisurely float on the river.

River Cruise

If canoeing seems like too much exercise, there’s always option of going on one of the river cruises. This seems a bit more like in my line, especially considering that I threw away every swimsuit I own (I need to get new ones).


I’ve never been sandboarding before and there are a number of beaches in Port Alfred where you can try it out.

AccommoDirect makes booking your accommodation in Port Alfred so easy, you’ll have more time to focus on having fun.

Click here to find out more about AccommoDirect.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AccommoDirect. All of the views expressed in this post are my own. Photographs are attributed to their respective owners.

Featured image: A3albOwn work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link; Port Alfred Canals by NJR ZAOwn work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link


Baby Bash – Suga Suga

March 28, 2016

As you may know from previous Tunesday posts, I love covers and remixes of songs and Baby Bash – Suga Suga is a popular choice for remixes. Unfortunately not all covers or remixes are better than the original or as good as the original. Sometimes they are bad or downright terrible.

Baby Bash – Suga Suga was remixed in 2015 by Robin Schulz (as Sugar) and to be honest I hate the remix. It does the original injustice. It lacks the smoothness and appeal of the original Suga Suga. Baby Bash’s version intends to seduce the listener and the now popular remix just does not do it. The guitar on the original is like a cherry on a sundae, without it the song is just not the same. Sorry Robin, but Baby Bash has my vote.

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Which version do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below.


What’s on my playlist – Fatima

February 25, 2016

In my Tunesday posts, I share with my readers music that I enjoy, sometimes with a little backstory, sometimes not. With ‘What’s on my playlist” fellow bloggers and readers of OSI now have a chance to share their favourite music and artists and their least liked music or musician as well. Each week I will have a different guest featured. If you would like to contribute to this series, pop me an email at hello(at)osoinspired(dot)com.

This week Fathima shares with us, what’s on her playlist.

Whats on my playlist

What style of music do you enjoy? Who are some of your favourite artists?
I have quite a varied taste in music, but I don’t like jazz. I’ve recently discovered classical music and it completely blew my mind. My all time favourites include Alanis Morisette, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. My new jam is Ed Shereen.

Do you sing in the shower? If yes, what are your favourite songs to sing?
Lol. No. I shower in 5 minutes flat, no time!

Who is your favourite local artist?

What was the best performance that you saw live
Lady Gaga

What was the first CD or cassette that you bought?
A mix CD in 1997

What artist’s music makes you want to pull your hair out?
Any Jazz musician

Thanks for sharing your picks Fathima!


Justin Bieber – Sorry

February 23, 2016

dog-601216_1280How can you say no to this face?

Are you a non-Belieber? Do you like Sorry by Justin Bieber? Don’t be afraid to publicly admit it, as liking this song doesn’t make you a Belieber. I’ve never been one, and I love this song. From the catchy tune to the amazing music video. Can we all agree than choosing to not feature Justin in this video was a stellar idea. I’m not being mean, these women are mesmerising and let’s be honest, nobody would have noticed Justin. Just press play and see for yourself.