Take the road to South Africa and the short road to English fluency.

Professional English Teacher | Native Speaker | From South Africa | Living in South Africa

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The fastest and most natural

way to learn English is

to live it and to be

immersed in it!

Be locals and stay with us in the seaside city of Port Elizabeth.

Learn English

Course on offer

We offer a boutique immersion homestay experience to anybody who wants to learn English in a natural way. We are native English speakers and we love sharing knowledge and learning new things. Live with us in our home and enjoy great English conversations while taking part in our everyday lives. 

Your 10 days with us will be an English learning experience from the moment we meet you at the airport. (The airport is a 5 minute drive from our home which overlooks the beach.)

We come from different parts of South Africa which makes us interesting. We have slightly different accents. Our roots are English and I can trace my family history back to 1820, when the first English Settlers from Britain sailed into Algoa Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa.  South Africa is a diverse country and you will hear lots of different accents and languages. Our official business and communication language is English. We speak British English. South Africa has 11 official languages.

Active Learning

As part of your learning experience each activity will include a lesson. Booking a restaurant table, writing a review or making a purchase. In English of course! This will help you to build your confidence. If you are feeling shy please don’t worry. We will guide you and support you. It will be fun. I am a qualified TEFL teacher and I currently teach English to English Second Language learners online.

Welcome to our city

What you can expect

We are located in Port Elizabeth on the East Coast of South Africa between Cape Town and Durban. Our area is known as the Sunshine Coast as we enjoy the most sunshine hours in South Africa per year. The sun provides opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as quad biking, surfing, deep sea fishing, kite surfing, sky diving and hiking. You can take a boat trip exploring beautiful islands. Rich coral reefs offer magnificent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Horse riding along our golden beaches is perfect for those wanting to get in touch with the African bush. 

Climate

We have a sub-tropical climate and in winter our temperatures seldom reach less than 8 degrees celsius and in summer they can reach more than 30 degrees celsius. Extreme heat and cold are rare in Port Elizabeth. Chris says that all the months ending in “er” are the windiest months in our city. September, October, November and December. February is the hottest month of the year. 

Transport in and around Port Elizabeth

Uber (taxi service) is available in Port Elizabeth. If you have not booked an activity for the morning we have plenty of amenities on our doorstep. All the most popular beaches are within easy walking distance from our home. Our beachfront has modern facilities with modern shops and restaurants as well as the Boardwalk Entertainment Complex

Orientation and availability

Depending on when you arrive but as soon as possible after your arrival we will take you for an orientation drive along our beachfront. We will point out places of interest and make sure that you are aware of your surroundings. 

I will be available to help you, or spend time with you, from 7am to 8am and from 1pm to 5pm. Chris and I work in the mornings and most mornings you will have free time to explore. The afternoon is the best time for us to enjoy some activities together. It’s a great learning experience for all of us. From 5pm to 7pm we will be preparing dinner and your participation will be welcome. Both Chris and I will be available to spend time with you in the evenings  from 7pm to 9pm. 

Once you have made your booking and paid your deposit I will provide you with your very own google calendar. This will allow us to make changes to your itinerary as and when we need to. You can also share your calendar with your family and friends so that they know what you are doing and where you are going.

Experiences

Weekend English Experiences on offer

Addo Elephant National Park – Wildlife Game Reserve (Big 7)

Discover, experience and explore a world of diversity in one Park. Addo Elephant National Park is now the third largest national park in South Africa. The Big 7 comprise of Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Buffalo, Elephant, Southern right Whales and the Great White Shark.

Depending on which package you choose we will either enjoy a day trip through the park or an overnight stay in the park leaving Port Elizabeth on Saturday afternoon and returning on Sunday afternoon. 

Addo Elephant National Park is a true African Experience. 

Cape St Francis – Small fishing village on the East Coast

Cape St Francis is located 120km west of Port Elizabeth and we will leave on Friday afternoon and return on Sunday afternoon. Cape St Francis is well known for it’s clean beaches and excellent surfing and water activities. Our accommodation borders the beach and is a unique paradise for learning English. There are plenty of amenities on our doorstep, including a spa, restaurant and coffee shop. On top of all of this, Cape St Francis has 5 nature reserves with native plant and wildlife. We would love to show you the nearby Port St Francis, St Francis Bay and Jeffery’s Bay. Enjoy a meal cooked on open fires, on a white sandy beach, 50 meters from the shore.

We guarantee a relaxed atmosphere where the opportunity to learn English is fun and you can build your confidence in a non judgmental environment. Weekend experiences are flexible in terms of your arrival and departure dates and in terms of how you might feel after a long flight.

Chris and Brends

Your Hosts

English Weekday Activities

Accompanied by one or both of us and depending on the weather the following activities can be spontaneous English learning activities. They can be arranged when you arrive. These activities are also available on weekends.

Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve

A 35km drive from Port Elizabeth, Van Stadens Wild Flower Reserve is ideal for beginner, intermediate and advanced hikers and English learners. With a number of walks to choose from this activity can be done on both sunny, hot days and cloudy, cool days. Our unique flora is grown and protected in the reserve. It’s a floral wonderland of natural Fynbos, succulent plants and other native flora.

Donkin Heritage Trail

The Donkin Heritage Trail is a self-guided walking tour linking 51 places of historical interest in the centre of our city. Explore the 1820 Settler history and architectural delights of this 5km slow walk. Route 67 takes you back to earlier times when our famous president Nelson Mandela fought for democracy. 

Shopping

An afternoon activity suitable for shopaholics. I will take you to a mall of your choice. You are also welcome and encouraged to join me for any grocery shopping trips. I’m looking forward to helping you make a purchase in English. Any personal items purchased are for your own expense.

Beach Walks at Kings Beach

I’m an early riser and an early morning walk on the beach is the best way to start the day. Enjoy a stroll or a brisk walk while enjoying the beautiful scenery our beachfront has to offer. What an awesome opportunity for an English conversation. At low tide we can take you Oyster catching. 

A variety of white sandy beaches on our doorstep!

Besides having Kings Beach across the road from our home you can access Humewood Beach, Denville Beach, Hobie Beach and Pollock (Pipe) Beach all within an hours walk of our home. Our promenade is excellent for cycling and running. Our beaches are all blue flag beaches.

Penguin feeding

SANCCOB (Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds) SANCCOB is a registered non-profit organisation (NPO 003-134) whose primary objective is to reverse the decline of seabird populations through the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill, injured, abandoned and oiled seabirds – especially endangered species like the African penquin. Read more…

Kings Beach Promenade African market – daily

Buy authentic African crafts from all over Africa and have an ice-cream while enjoying a sunny walk along the promenade. 

Art in the Park

Art in the Park has various stalls that sell arts and crafts as well as a variety of other products. Art in the Park takes place on the last Sunday of every month. 

South End Museum

See how the city used to look before the Group Areas Act (Apartheid) destroyed South End. Visit the South End Museum and learn more about how this lively suburb used to be.

Restaurants

At our and your discretion we would love to share some of our favourite restaurants with you. Here are few that Chris and I really like. 

La Kouzina

Greek, Light meals, Mediterranean, Pizzas, Sushi and Tapas are served from La Kouzina’s menu. Chris and I have a special place in our hearts for the barman, Keith, and we would love to introduce you to him. 

Ground Floor

Chris loves their eggs Benedict breakfast and I have to agree it is delicious! Ground Floor has a cafe vibe and we generally sit outside on the sidewalk. Much like in Europe. This restaurant is located in Richmond Hill, a very trendy area. 

Something Good Roadhouse

They serve the best milkshakes in town. When we drive you down the “wildside” we will stop for a milkshake along the way. My treat.

Indulge

Indulge is the best location for a coffee break with a view while spending time on our beachfront. You can enjoy a stimulating English conversation while drinking a delicious coffee and eating a huge slice of cake while watching the waves break on the shore.

Another sunny day in Africa learning English

Speciality tours

The following activities will incur an extra cost to guests and will be included in your package if you decide to do one of these specialty tours/activities.  These tours need to be planned in advance wherever possible. Should Chris and/or I not join you for your activity we will ensure that we get you to your activity and that we fetch you from your activity.

If you choose to enjoy a day out at sea while you are here my lovely friend Karen and her son Jake (the skipper of the boat) will take care of all your needs. 

 

Scuba Diving

Reef Snorkeling

Shark cage diving

Whale/Dolphin/Penguin island cruise

Sailing

Bungee Jumping

Surfing

Beach Horse Rides

Whale watching

Quad biking

Mountain biking

Cycling

Canoeing

Kayaking

Kite surfing

City Tour

Helicopter Flip

Route 67 Tour

Township Tours

Golf with Chris – Links course

River Cruises

Research proves that immersion is the best way to learn English.

Accommodation

Accommodation with meals in our home

You will have the privacy of your own room. The room is large and cozy at the same time. Luxurious wooden floors throughout and high ceilings create a feeling of space. The room has a double bed, fitted with beautiful percale cotton linen, and is beautifully decorated with eclectic furniture and interesting pieces from a bygone era. The room features high speed fiber WiFi, a hairdryer and a fan. 

Bath and beach towels are provided. The room has some English books for your reading pleasure. A small desk provides a place for you to recap on your day, by writing your memoirs in English. There is also a laptop available should you not want to bring your own. The bathroom has a shower and is shared with us. We do have a 2nd toilet.

Spaces & services

Relax on our spacious balcony where, when on occasions, you can see dolphins and whales as well as kite surfers and wind surfers on windy days. Our home is a place to relax, where you can enjoy the coast of sunny South Africa.

Lounge area

While we do spend most of our time on the balcony, the lounge provides a cozy space to seek refuge from the easterly wind. Join us for a word game or two. A great place to enjoy hot chocolate before bed, along with a stimulating conversation. 

Meals

Meals are included in your English immersion experience and are served at the dining room table where you can enjoy the view while eating your meal. 

We are easy going, and are always interested in trying new or different kinds of foods. We would love to learn about food from your country and hope to impress you with South African cuisine. We will chat about your dietary requirements before you arrive. 

Facilities

Our home is unique in that it was originally built as a block of seaside holiday flats in the early 1900’s and has seen it’s fair share of travellers. Our balcony, lounge, bathroom and kitchen are available for your use. If you need anything you are welcome to help yourself. We want you to feel at home. 

Port Elizabeth is surrounded by sandy beaches with beautiful warm water. We are known as the sporting capital of South Africa. International surfing competitions as well as Ironman are held on our doorstep. Literally!

All corners of the beachfront are easily accessed by walking or Uber/taxi. We are located 800m from the beach and 900m from the nearest shops and restaurants.

Using our home as your base, you can easily explore world famous heritage sites, visit game reserves as well as explore the traditional cultures of the area. Stay with us in our character home and experience the authentic and inspiring side of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. 

Both Chris and I have travelled extensively and we would love to share some South African hospitality with you.

Travel South and detour to sunny South Africa and be immersed in the English language and culture.

Book/Request a quote

The South African Rand (ZAR) is our official currency and 100 cents is equal to R1.00. 

As with most African currencies the Rand is much weaker than the currencies of Western countries. 

www.ex.com will help you calculate the exchange rate from your own currency. 

While the cost of living is very high for 90% of the population, the cost of travel, to South Africa, for visitors from across the globe is inexpensive. 

Base Price

These prices exclude speciality tours.

All accommodation and meals are included.

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