Hotels

Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

Hout Bay Manor - 2

Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Birkenhead House - Cliff

Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

SuncoastTowers

Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

Cape View Clifton - Dining

Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Coastal accommodation in South Africa

The coastlines of South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. This week we’ve narrowed down the best South African coastal hotels where the beach is in reach!

You’ll find all types of accommodation along to the coast ranging from five-star luxury hotels and resorts to more humble seaside B&Bs which offer hearty breakfasts, personalised service and a warm family atmosphere.

Morgan’s Bay located in the Eastern Cape is a popular spot amongst locals and tourists. Morgan’s Bay is known for its sea cliffs, lagoon and long white beach. When visiting, The Morgan Bay Hotel, established in 1946 is a great place to stay. Located right on the beach and boasting views of the Indian Ocean, this boutique hotel is designed to make you feel at home.

Standard double rooms start from R1310 ($136 AUD) per night.

Morgan's Bay Hotel

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Morgan's Bay

Image source: The Morgan Bay Hotel

Hout Bay, located just outside of Cape Town is one of the busiest harbours in the Western Cape. A working fishing village, Hout Bay is popular with tourists because of its variety of fine restaurants, picturesque scenery and great shopping. In addition to this, Hout Bay is home to “Dungeons” – one of the sixteen recognised big wave spots around the globe and surfers travel from far and wide to challenge themselves.

The scenery, friendly people and the laid-back ambience will make visitors feel right at home in Hout Bay. The Hout Bay Manor is a 5 star hotel which originally opened in 1871 and which has had a recent 18 month refurbishment, reopening in 2007. There are 16 rooms at the Hout Bay Manor, all beautifully decorated starting from R3905 ($400 AUD) per night. The hotel is also home to Pure Restaurant and Inzolo Spa, so there is no reason to leave!

There are many B&Bs and self-catering accommodation options in the area as well. Makuti Lodge offers 5 charming, self-catering cottages with prices starting from R700 ($72 AUD). The Makuti Lodge offers all the comforts of home including a private garden, patio and fully-equipped kitchens in a cottage setting.

Hout Bay Manor - 2

Image source: Hout Bay Manor

Makuti Lodge

Makuti Lodge

Image source: Makuti Lodge

If you’re looking to splash some serious cash on your summer holiday – you can’t look past the Birkenhead House, which is also located in the Western Cape. Set on a cliff’s edge,with stunning views over the beach, Birkenhead House is a special place to watch the waves and surfers come in. Between June and November, the view includes whales, which swim right in front of the hotel. There are 11 luxury suites in the hotel with double rooms starting from R12,200 ($1,285 AUD) per night with rates including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Birkenhead House - Cliff

Birkenhead House

Image source: Mr & Mrs Smith; Birkenhead House

The Suncoast Towers in Durban is a stone’s throw away from Suncoast beach and is at the start of the Durban golden mile. Suncoast Towers offers exclusive, spacious, beautifully decorated rooms with attractions for every interest and standard rooms start from R1700 ($160 AUD) per night. The Suncoast Towers accommodation aims to provide a tranquil oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.

SuncoastTowers

Image source: The Suncoast Towers

Cape View Clifton perched high on a cliff above the trendy suburb of Clifton opened its doors in 2012. This is a truly spectacular, ultra-chic hotel located above Clifton’s 4 beaches, with spectacular views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. There are 7 suites in the hotel (2 self-catering). This is an ideal spot for beach lovers and a good base for exploring the region’s national parks. It’s a short hop to the famous Camps Bay and Cape Town central is a 20-minute drive. The Junior Suite (3 bedroom) from Dec-Feb starts from R4620 ($485 AUD) per night. The large, luxurious suites with uninterrupted sea views from private terraces, in our opinion offer priceless views!

Cape View Clifton - Dining

Cape View Clifton

Image source: i-escape; Cape View Clifton

For more summer inspiration and the latest news and tools to plan your perfect South African summer holiday, join the conversation on our Australian or New Zealand Facebook page.

Gone glamping: The best ways to camp in style in South Africa

Sleeping under the stars is one thing. But doing it in a king-size bed with gourmet meals and air conditioning sure beats a sleeping bag. More →

Gone glamping: The best ways to camp in style in South Africa

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Unusual Places to Stay Cape Town

via capetownmagazine.com
An Airstream trailer for Urban Ursula and a tree house for Rural Ronnie

As a child, you may have imagined yourself as an American Indian, living in a tipi; a wood nymph dusting the windows of her tree house; a cowboy steering his wagon train along the trail; and a fearsome lion lazing on his rocky outcrop. Who says being a grownup means you have to abandon these dreams? Cape Town and surrounds are full of unusual places to rest your head.

Airstream Penthouses at the Grand Daddy Hotel 

Taking the ‘trash’ out of trailer park, seven vintage Airstream trailers have been hauled all the way from the USA, and hoisted onto the roof of an urban hotel.
The most unique thing about this establishment: individually designed trailers by local artists.
What you need to bring: “a trilby hat to watch live bands, who perform every Friday night. Some acts include, Hot Water and Little Kings,” says events and marketing manager, Christina Mac Echern.
The best time of year to stay: March.
Top tip: put on your party boots.
38 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7247

Healing Holidays: the tipi experience
“One of our tipis has a wooden platform and the other is based on lush grass,” explains owner, Deborah Hillairet. Onsite therapies include crystal healing and holistic massage.
The most unique thing about this establishment: living simply, in a vast open space, by the fire.
What you need to bring: turn up with food, they will provide the rest.
The best time of year to stay: winter.
Top tip: Leave your phone at home and just be.
R318 (12km after Avalon Hot Water Springs) | Montagu | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 614 2901

Aquila Private Game Reserve
Place your twinkle toes in A-list paw prints, at a romantic, Premier Chalet. ‘Wake up in nature’ rooms feature four poster beds, baths set into rock and outside showers. We enjoyed Aquila’s game lodge comfort.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “one of the Premier Chalets has an outdoor Jacuzzi, so you can bathe under the Karoo night sky,” says media manager, Mandi Jarman.
What you need to bring: bring a camera to capture Big Five memories.
The best time of year to stay: all year round: a swimming pool for summer and a fire for winter.
Top Tip: meet their baby rhino.
Touwsrivier | Ceres | +27 (0)21 431 8400

Teniqua Treetops
This tented tree house resort is high in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua mountain range. Swim in the cola-coloured water of the Karatara River, picnic on its beautiful banks, or relax on a wooden deck by the pool.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “our eight, eco-friendly tree houses are like artworks in the trees,” says owner, Robyn Patz, “They are fully contained and spaced far apart, for privacy.”
What you need to bring: walking boots, a swimming costume, a waterproof jacket and a torch. Don’t forget your camera.
The best time of year to stay: summer.
Top Tip: leave the iPod behind and instead, listen to the birds.
N2 | Garden Route | Western Cape | +27 (0)44 356 2868

Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812
Unpacking your coat into a genuine Jonkmanskas, or sleeping on an authentic, 19th century, four-poster Stinkwood bed is like taking a step back in time. South Africa’s only registered antique hotel dates back to 1812 and has been tastefully restored and redecorated.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “It’s a home-away-from-home, where you must feel free to nip down to our kitchen and brew yourself a cuppa,” says chef and assistant manager, Helouise Smit.
What you need to bring: you’ll find everything you need including laundry and concierge services.
The best time of year to stay: winter.
Top tip: order from your own personal chef.
158 Buitengracht | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4767

Cape Town Carriage Company
Guided by a qualified trail boss, drive scenic Napier in a re-created wagon train, used by early settlers. Reach the campsite, cook supper over a communal fire and sleep in your wagon.
The most unique thing about this establishment: drive your own wagon.
What you need to bring: a hat, hiking boots, a warm jacket, waterproofs, insect repellant, sun block, a flash light, a sleeping bag and a camera.
The best time of year to stay: “during summer, we swim in lagoons and in September you’ll see blue cranes foraging among Protea flowers,” says owner, John Foster.
Top tip: Pay a visit to Napier Brewery.
Indicator Lodge | Schaapkraal Road | Ottery | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 575 5669

Langebaan Houseboats
Accommodating a minimum of six guests in three cabins, the Larus houseboat consists of a well-equipped, open plan kitchen with a braai, as well as cabins featuring high quality linen and bath towels.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “Langebaan is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with pristine beaches and turquoise water,” says owner, Tony Drayton.
What you need to bring: food, a torch and a swimming costume.
The best time of year to stay: during summer and flower season (August- September).
Top tip: book early.
70 Alma Road | Rosebank | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 9718

Kagga Kamma
Many ancient cave paintings by the Bushmen are visible today. Climb into a bed on a remote and rocky outcrop, in the middle of beautiful and dramatic rock formations.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “guests can sleep under the stars and we also provide picnic baskets with a choice of braai ingredients or cold meat,” says Susan Sykes, from the reservations department.
What you need to bring: an overnight bag.
The best time of year to stay: October-March.
Top tip: sleep in a cave room, discover rock art and San paintings on a cultural tour, or meet the antelope on a quad biking safari.
Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343

By Lisa Nevitt

Unusual Places to Stay Cape Town

via capetownmagazine.com
An Airstream trailer for Urban Ursula and a tree house for Rural Ronnie

As a child, you may have imagined yourself as an American Indian, living in a tipi; a wood nymph dusting the windows of her tree house; a cowboy steering his wagon train along the trail; and a fearsome lion lazing on his rocky outcrop. Who says being a grownup means you have to abandon these dreams? Cape Town and surrounds are full of unusual places to rest your head.

Airstream Penthouses at the Grand Daddy Hotel 

Taking the ‘trash’ out of trailer park, seven vintage Airstream trailers have been hauled all the way from the USA, and hoisted onto the roof of an urban hotel.
The most unique thing about this establishment: individually designed trailers by local artists.
What you need to bring: “a trilby hat to watch live bands, who perform every Friday night. Some acts include, Hot Water and Little Kings,” says events and marketing manager, Christina Mac Echern.
The best time of year to stay: March.
Top tip: put on your party boots.
38 Long Street | City Centre | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 7247

Healing Holidays: the tipi experience
“One of our tipis has a wooden platform and the other is based on lush grass,” explains owner, Deborah Hillairet. Onsite therapies include crystal healing and holistic massage.
The most unique thing about this establishment: living simply, in a vast open space, by the fire.
What you need to bring: turn up with food, they will provide the rest.
The best time of year to stay: winter.
Top tip: Leave your phone at home and just be.
R318 (12km after Avalon Hot Water Springs) | Montagu | Western Cape | +27 (0)23 614 2901

Aquila Private Game Reserve
Place your twinkle toes in A-list paw prints, at a romantic, Premier Chalet. ‘Wake up in nature’ rooms feature four poster beds, baths set into rock and outside showers. We enjoyed Aquila’s game lodge comfort.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “one of the Premier Chalets has an outdoor Jacuzzi, so you can bathe under the Karoo night sky,” says media manager, Mandi Jarman.
What you need to bring: bring a camera to capture Big Five memories.
The best time of year to stay: all year round: a swimming pool for summer and a fire for winter.
Top Tip: meet their baby rhino.
Touwsrivier | Ceres | +27 (0)21 431 8400

Teniqua Treetops
This tented tree house resort is high in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua mountain range. Swim in the cola-coloured water of the Karatara River, picnic on its beautiful banks, or relax on a wooden deck by the pool.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “our eight, eco-friendly tree houses are like artworks in the trees,” says owner, Robyn Patz, “They are fully contained and spaced far apart, for privacy.”
What you need to bring: walking boots, a swimming costume, a waterproof jacket and a torch. Don’t forget your camera.
The best time of year to stay: summer.
Top Tip: leave the iPod behind and instead, listen to the birds.
N2 | Garden Route | Western Cape | +27 (0)44 356 2868

Dutch Manor Antique Hotel 1812
Unpacking your coat into a genuine Jonkmanskas, or sleeping on an authentic, 19th century, four-poster Stinkwood bed is like taking a step back in time. South Africa’s only registered antique hotel dates back to 1812 and has been tastefully restored and redecorated.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “It’s a home-away-from-home, where you must feel free to nip down to our kitchen and brew yourself a cuppa,” says chef and assistant manager, Helouise Smit.
What you need to bring: you’ll find everything you need including laundry and concierge services.
The best time of year to stay: winter.
Top tip: order from your own personal chef.
158 Buitengracht | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4767

Cape Town Carriage Company
Guided by a qualified trail boss, drive scenic Napier in a re-created wagon train, used by early settlers. Reach the campsite, cook supper over a communal fire and sleep in your wagon.
The most unique thing about this establishment: drive your own wagon.
What you need to bring: a hat, hiking boots, a warm jacket, waterproofs, insect repellant, sun block, a flash light, a sleeping bag and a camera.
The best time of year to stay: “during summer, we swim in lagoons and in September you’ll see blue cranes foraging among Protea flowers,” says owner, John Foster.
Top tip: Pay a visit to Napier Brewery.
Indicator Lodge | Schaapkraal Road | Ottery | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 575 5669

Langebaan Houseboats
Accommodating a minimum of six guests in three cabins, the Larus houseboat consists of a well-equipped, open plan kitchen with a braai, as well as cabins featuring high quality linen and bath towels.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “Langebaan is one of the most beautiful places in the world, with pristine beaches and turquoise water,” says owner, Tony Drayton.
What you need to bring: food, a torch and a swimming costume.
The best time of year to stay: during summer and flower season (August- September).
Top tip: book early.
70 Alma Road | Rosebank | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 689 9718

Kagga Kamma
Many ancient cave paintings by the Bushmen are visible today. Climb into a bed on a remote and rocky outcrop, in the middle of beautiful and dramatic rock formations.
The most unique thing about this establishment: “guests can sleep under the stars and we also provide picnic baskets with a choice of braai ingredients or cold meat,” says Susan Sykes, from the reservations department.
What you need to bring: an overnight bag.
The best time of year to stay: October-March.
Top tip: sleep in a cave room, discover rock art and San paintings on a cultural tour, or meet the antelope on a quad biking safari.
Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343

By Lisa Nevitt

Township B&B’s Cape Town

via capetownmagazine.com

The best way to experience township life

“I was disappointed that tourists only saw Khayelitsha from behind glass, from their cars or from tour buses,” says owner of Kopanong B&B, Thope Lekau. Instead, Cape Town’s township B&B’s invite you into their homes. Experience real township buzz and interact with the community.

Langa (Xhosa for ‘sun’)

Established in 1927, Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and has produced prominent sports and entertainment figures including the late musician Brenda Fassie and boxer Nika Khumalo.

Ma Neo’s Township B&B
Many of the original features of this family home have been kept intact, with space for four people in two spacious rooms. “We serve a traditional African breakfast of mielie meal, tomato and onion stew and, of course, homemade bread,” says owner, Thandiwe.
Why you should stay here: to be part of a family, sharing supper, breakfast and conversation.
What’s close by: Langa train station, post office, police station, taxi rank and information centre.
What guests are offered: township tours (including a visit to a traditional healer) as well as a visit to the Langa Baptist Church.
Zone 7 No 30 | Langa | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 694 2504

Radebe’s Bed and Breakfast (with Coffee Shack)
Minah Radebe’s guesthouse and coffee shack offers three, themed bedrooms: respectively Equnu, Kwandebele and Kwamashu (names of South African homelands). The guesthouse serves continental or African breakfasts; lunch and dinner are also available.
Why you should stay here: “to come and meet the real people of Langa and walk our streets,” says Minah.
What’s close by: views of the University of Cape Town, Rhode’s Memorial and Lion’s Head.
What guests are offered: “on our walking tours, you can play soccer with local children or a vibrant, Sunday church service,” says Minah.
23 PW Mama Way | Settlers Place | Langa | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 695 0508 / +27 (0)82 393 3117

Gugulethu (Xhosa for ‘our pride’)

Gugulethu was established in the 1960s, due to the overcrowding of Langa. Go see the Amy Biehl memorial, a reminder of the tragic stabbing of the American Fullbright scholar in 1993, also worth a visit is the Gugulethu Seven memorial, which commemorates seven young black activists from the township who lost their lives fighting for freedom in 1986.

Nowdays, you’ll encounter new developments including Mzoli’s restaurant and the Gugulethu Sports Complex. Life is flourishing.

Mbalentle
The modern township home offers four beautiful rooms including Ekuphumleni, meaning ‘a place of resting’ and Entle, meaning ‘beautiful’ in Xhosa.
Why you should stay here: “our ethnic guesthouse, combined with traditional and healthy African food, is a place where African cultures may meet,” says owner, Florence Bhunu.
What’s close by: the Amy Biehl Memorial and the Gugulethu Seven Memorial.
What guests are offered: a choice between B&B and full board, catering and hosting of house and garden parties, as well as township tours (with accredited tour operators).
23 Pallotti Road | Montana | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 934 0040

Lizewe’s Bed and Breakfast
Large groups can rent out a self-catering cottage, with tasteful African décor, and reserve the restaurant for an authentic, South African feast.
Why you should stay there: “the most distinguishing aspect of our stay was the level of customer service. The staff was attentive, responsive and willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everything we needed was available to us,” says guest, Lou Bergholtz, from Boston, America.
What’s close by: Mzoli’s restaurant.
What guests are offered: Walking township tours include visits to Mzolis and a sangoma, as well as a ride in a local taxi.
NY111 – No 121 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 633 7406

Khayelitsha (Xhosa for ‘new home’)

Khayelitsha is the largest and the fastest growing township in South Africa. There have been many developments including brick houses, schools and a central business district, but around 70% of residents still live in shacks.

Kopanong Bed & Breakfast
As you enter from the gate, the pathway is clean, the kitchen is hygienic and the beds are comfortable.
Why you should stay there: you can enjoy a nutritious breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and hot porridge on the covered terrace, while discussing Africa’s history and hopes for the future with registered tour guides, Thope and Mpho Lekau.
What’s close by: Lookout Hill offers a bird’s-eye view of Khayelitsha.
What guests are offered: “we want people to understand why we offer township tours,” exclaims Mpho, “Townships aren’t just about poverty – many people have worked hard to improve their lives.”
C329 Velani Crescent | Khayelitsha | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 361 2084

Malebo’s Bed and Breakfast
Not only is Lydia Masoleng fluent in English, Xhosa, Sotho and Afrikaans, but she sure knows how to cook. “It’s a Xhosa tradition to learn to cook before you get married,” she says, “I recommend Umfino – spinach with maize meal and chakalaka – washed down with my homebrewed, ginger beer.” After a filling meal, snooze in one of five guest rooms.
Why you should stay there: a firsthand experience of township culture and Xhosa cooking.
What’s close by: Lookout Hill.
What guests are offered: “we offer walking tours, visiting local shebeens (pubs), and arts and craft centres,” says Lydia.
18 Mississippi Way | Khayelitsha | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 361 2391

By Lisa Nevitt

Township B&B’s Cape Town

via capetownmagazine.com

The best way to experience township life

“I was disappointed that tourists only saw Khayelitsha from behind glass, from their cars or from tour buses,” says owner of Kopanong B&B, Thope Lekau. Instead, Cape Town’s township B&B’s invite you into their homes. Experience real township buzz and interact with the community.

Langa (Xhosa for ‘sun’)

Established in 1927, Langa is the oldest township in Cape Town and has produced prominent sports and entertainment figures including the late musician Brenda Fassie and boxer Nika Khumalo.

Ma Neo’s Township B&B
Many of the original features of this family home have been kept intact, with space for four people in two spacious rooms. “We serve a traditional African breakfast of mielie meal, tomato and onion stew and, of course, homemade bread,” says owner, Thandiwe.
Why you should stay here: to be part of a family, sharing supper, breakfast and conversation.
What’s close by: Langa train station, post office, police station, taxi rank and information centre.
What guests are offered: township tours (including a visit to a traditional healer) as well as a visit to the Langa Baptist Church.
Zone 7 No 30 | Langa | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 694 2504

Radebe’s Bed and Breakfast (with Coffee Shack)
Minah Radebe’s guesthouse and coffee shack offers three, themed bedrooms: respectively Equnu, Kwandebele and Kwamashu (names of South African homelands). The guesthouse serves continental or African breakfasts; lunch and dinner are also available.
Why you should stay here: “to come and meet the real people of Langa and walk our streets,” says Minah.
What’s close by: views of the University of Cape Town, Rhode’s Memorial and Lion’s Head.
What guests are offered: “on our walking tours, you can play soccer with local children or a vibrant, Sunday church service,” says Minah.
23 PW Mama Way | Settlers Place | Langa | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 695 0508 / +27 (0)82 393 3117

Gugulethu (Xhosa for ‘our pride’)

Gugulethu was established in the 1960s, due to the overcrowding of Langa. Go see the Amy Biehl memorial, a reminder of the tragic stabbing of the American Fullbright scholar in 1993, also worth a visit is the Gugulethu Seven memorial, which commemorates seven young black activists from the township who lost their lives fighting for freedom in 1986.

Nowdays, you’ll encounter new developments including Mzoli’s restaurant and the Gugulethu Sports Complex. Life is flourishing.

Mbalentle
The modern township home offers four beautiful rooms including Ekuphumleni, meaning ‘a place of resting’ and Entle, meaning ‘beautiful’ in Xhosa.
Why you should stay here: “our ethnic guesthouse, combined with traditional and healthy African food, is a place where African cultures may meet,” says owner, Florence Bhunu.
What’s close by: the Amy Biehl Memorial and the Gugulethu Seven Memorial.
What guests are offered: a choice between B&B and full board, catering and hosting of house and garden parties, as well as township tours (with accredited tour operators).
23 Pallotti Road | Montana | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 934 0040

Lizewe’s Bed and Breakfast
Large groups can rent out a self-catering cottage, with tasteful African décor, and reserve the restaurant for an authentic, South African feast.
Why you should stay there: “the most distinguishing aspect of our stay was the level of customer service. The staff was attentive, responsive and willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everything we needed was available to us,” says guest, Lou Bergholtz, from Boston, America.
What’s close by: Mzoli’s restaurant.
What guests are offered: Walking township tours include visits to Mzolis and a sangoma, as well as a ride in a local taxi.
NY111 – No 121 | Gugulethu | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 633 7406

Khayelitsha (Xhosa for ‘new home’)

Khayelitsha is the largest and the fastest growing township in South Africa. There have been many developments including brick houses, schools and a central business district, but around 70% of residents still live in shacks.

Kopanong Bed & Breakfast
As you enter from the gate, the pathway is clean, the kitchen is hygienic and the beds are comfortable.
Why you should stay there: you can enjoy a nutritious breakfast of fruit, yoghurt and hot porridge on the covered terrace, while discussing Africa’s history and hopes for the future with registered tour guides, Thope and Mpho Lekau.
What’s close by: Lookout Hill offers a bird’s-eye view of Khayelitsha.
What guests are offered: “we want people to understand why we offer township tours,” exclaims Mpho, “Townships aren’t just about poverty – many people have worked hard to improve their lives.”
C329 Velani Crescent | Khayelitsha | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 361 2084

Malebo’s Bed and Breakfast
Not only is Lydia Masoleng fluent in English, Xhosa, Sotho and Afrikaans, but she sure knows how to cook. “It’s a Xhosa tradition to learn to cook before you get married,” she says, “I recommend Umfino – spinach with maize meal and chakalaka – washed down with my homebrewed, ginger beer.” After a filling meal, snooze in one of five guest rooms.
Why you should stay there: a firsthand experience of township culture and Xhosa cooking.
What’s close by: Lookout Hill.
What guests are offered: “we offer walking tours, visiting local shebeens (pubs), and arts and craft centres,” says Lydia.
18 Mississippi Way | Khayelitsha | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 361 2391

By Lisa Nevitt

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa World Renowned Executive Chef

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is proud to announce their newly appointed and esteemed Executive Chef Henrico Grobbelaar will Captain the South Africa Team competing in the Culinary World Cup 2010 at the 11th ‘Salon International du vin de la Gastronomie’ (International Gastronomy Show) – EXPOGAST 2010 in Luxembourg from 20th to 24th November. Joined by the Hotel’s legendary Pastry Chef, Peter Gyorgyicsek, their selection in the Culinary Team South Africa affirms the Hotels reputation as gourmet par excellence as the only establishment to have two Chef’s represented in the team.

The international culinary contest organised by Villery & Boch every 4 years, is rated as the second biggest culinary competition in the world. This four day event includes some 2,300 competing chefs from 51 nations presenting a global view of culinary art to the public. There are 25 National Teams, 10 National Military Teams, 10 National Junior Teams, 10 Collective Catering Teams as well as individual chefs and confectioners that compete in this outstanding culinary event. An international jury, comprising professional chefs from all over the world, will judge the various works and will award the bronze, silver and gold medals. The best teams and individuals in each category will be awarded with the Culinary World Cup.

Comments Grobbelaar, “It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of this team and to expose South Africa as a culinary destination. An exceptional food and wine experience is something we pride ourselves on throughout the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, including our three South African five star hotels – Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat and The Oyster Box. Valuable training such as this while gaining insight and tips on international culinary trends and nutrition helps us to bring that knowledge back to all our Chefs, which in turn raises standards at all our Hotels.”

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary which stands in a class of its own, showcasing splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and exceptional value. Nestled at the edge of the world, amongst indigenous flora and mountain trails, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this five star hotel in Cape Town is recognised and awarded as the No. 1 Hotel in Cape Town (Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best hotels 2010) and voted No. 1 Hotel in South Africa (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Hotels Awards 2010). Only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and Waterfront, guests can experience the best of both world – vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea and mountain facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite, one sea and one mountain facing pool, the award-winning Spa; Azure restaurant, The Café Grill, the Leopard Bar, a 16-seater private cinema, helipad, complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront, and is an exceptional setting for special occasions, corporate events and spectacular weddings. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a part of Red Carnation, one of the most celebrated family-run boutique hotel collections for service excellence in the world, and a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa World Renowned Executive Chef

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is proud to announce their newly appointed and esteemed Executive Chef Henrico Grobbelaar will Captain the South Africa Team competing in the Culinary World Cup 2010 at the 11th ‘Salon International du vin de la Gastronomie’ (International Gastronomy Show) – EXPOGAST 2010 in Luxembourg from 20th to 24th November. Joined by the Hotel’s legendary Pastry Chef, Peter Gyorgyicsek, their selection in the Culinary Team South Africa affirms the Hotels reputation as gourmet par excellence as the only establishment to have two Chef’s represented in the team.

The international culinary contest organised by Villery & Boch every 4 years, is rated as the second biggest culinary competition in the world. This four day event includes some 2,300 competing chefs from 51 nations presenting a global view of culinary art to the public. There are 25 National Teams, 10 National Military Teams, 10 National Junior Teams, 10 Collective Catering Teams as well as individual chefs and confectioners that compete in this outstanding culinary event. An international jury, comprising professional chefs from all over the world, will judge the various works and will award the bronze, silver and gold medals. The best teams and individuals in each category will be awarded with the Culinary World Cup.

Comments Grobbelaar, “It’s an incredible opportunity to be part of this team and to expose South Africa as a culinary destination. An exceptional food and wine experience is something we pride ourselves on throughout the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, including our three South African five star hotels – Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat and The Oyster Box. Valuable training such as this while gaining insight and tips on international culinary trends and nutrition helps us to bring that knowledge back to all our Chefs, which in turn raises standards at all our Hotels.”

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a peaceful sanctuary which stands in a class of its own, showcasing splendid luxury, passionate service, generous hospitality and exceptional value. Nestled at the edge of the world, amongst indigenous flora and mountain trails, with staggering views of the majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range and the Atlantic Ocean, this five star hotel in Cape Town is recognised and awarded as the No. 1 Hotel in Cape Town (Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best hotels 2010) and voted No. 1 Hotel in South Africa (Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Family Hotels Awards 2010). Only five minutes from Camps Bay and 15 minutes from the City Centre and Waterfront, guests can experience the best of both world – vibrant Cape Town, and a haven of natural beauty. Facilities include 70 sea and mountain facing bedrooms and suites including the Presidential Suite, one sea and one mountain facing pool, the award-winning Spa; Azure restaurant, The Café Grill, the Leopard Bar, a 16-seater private cinema, helipad, complimentary shuttle transfers to and from the V&A Waterfront, and is an exceptional setting for special occasions, corporate events and spectacular weddings. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa is a part of Red Carnation, one of the most celebrated family-run boutique hotel collections for service excellence in the world, and a member of Leading Small Hotels of the World.

12 Decades Hotel Johannesburg

The 12 decades of Johannesburg’s existence are reflected in the 12 rooms making up a new boutique hotel at Main Street Life, one of Joburg’s newest places to be seen, and the brainchild of the same developer who brought the successful Arts on Main to the inner city.

The 1960s was the decade the miniskirt hit the world; a man stepped on the moon; Sharpeville happened and Nelson Mandela was jailed. In Joburg, smoking in cinemas was banned, while bikinis were forbidden at swimming pools. And the Carlton Centre was opened.

That spectacular building is the theme of one of the 12 specially decorated rooms in the 12 Decades Art Hotel at Main Street Life in Johannesburg’s CBD. The room is referred to as 50 Storeys, and was put together by clothing designer Colleen Alborough.

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Rachel’s adventures in South Africa – day 1

Friday 27th August 2010
I have just walked into luxury heaven. It’s called ‘The Westcliffe’ and is one of the Orient Express hotels. It is just gorgeous. My room has blue and cream French wall paper, the most comfy looking bed, and a bathroom big enough to hold a party in. I was not expecting this.

It’s built on the side of a cliff so I was shuttled to my room. I am sitting on my balcony as twilight falls, over looking trees and the zoo, with the city to my right and I am reminded how much I love Africa.

Westcliff

http://www.stay-westcliff.co.za/?gclid=CMzm3IWD2qMCFZcz3godJBKP8Q

I lived in Cape Town for a total of 12 months spread over a couple of years. So far Africa is my favourite continent. I have visited Namibia, Botswana (3 times), a little of Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Egypt and Morocco. I just love the way the light falls here, the sky is vast, and the wind blows like it is talking. Sure South Africa has had a difficult past but the country is trying to put that behind them and find a way forward together, in unity. Saturday 28th August 2010 I met most of the team last night. Ben L’s flight was delayed but we ended up having a lovely dinner and a good laugh. This morning we are meeting the rest of the team and flying to Port Elizabeth. We are staying at Shamwari Game Reserve which is supposed to be absolutely awesome. I will get back to you once we arrive

Create your own South Africa adventure at www.southafrica.net

Rachel’s adventures in South Africa – day 1

Friday 27th August 2010
I have just walked into luxury heaven. It’s called ‘The Westcliffe’ and is one of the Orient Express hotels. It is just gorgeous. My room has blue and cream French wall paper, the most comfy looking bed, and a bathroom big enough to hold a party in. I was not expecting this.

It’s built on the side of a cliff so I was shuttled to my room. I am sitting on my balcony as twilight falls, over looking trees and the zoo, with the city to my right and I am reminded how much I love Africa.

Westcliff

http://www.stay-westcliff.co.za/?gclid=CMzm3IWD2qMCFZcz3godJBKP8Q

I lived in Cape Town for a total of 12 months spread over a couple of years. So far Africa is my favourite continent. I have visited Namibia, Botswana (3 times), a little of Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Egypt and Morocco. I just love the way the light falls here, the sky is vast, and the wind blows like it is talking. Sure South Africa has had a difficult past but the country is trying to put that behind them and find a way forward together, in unity. Saturday 28th August 2010 I met most of the team last night. Ben L’s flight was delayed but we ended up having a lovely dinner and a good laugh. This morning we are meeting the rest of the team and flying to Port Elizabeth. We are staying at Shamwari Game Reserve which is supposed to be absolutely awesome. I will get back to you once we arrive

Create your own South Africa adventure at www.southafrica.net

Red Carnation scoops even more awards in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Hotels’ 2010

A small collection making a big impact – Red Carnation scoops even more awards in Travel and Leisure’s ‘Worlds Best Hotels’ 2010

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa, part of Red Carnation, the award-winning luxury collection of thirteen five and four star family-run boutique hotels, was recognised by readers of prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine’s 15th annual reader survey of the absolute best hotels in the world.

The ‘World’s Best Hotels’ provides readers the opportunity to rate the world’s top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies. This year there was a record response, making these awards more credible than ever before.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, with a near perfect score of 93.62, was rated 34th in the list of the world’s top 100 hotels, and 8th in the list of the best lodges and resorts in Africa and the Middle East – the highest rating for any hotel in Cape Town. This newly refurbished luxury five star hotel in Cape Town is described in the awards supplement as “a sanctuary where mountain views, sea breezes, and heady indigenous plant life converge” and enthuses about the “lush landscape fragrant with fynbos (wild shrubbery), hammock-swagged picnic spots, and private mountain trails bordered with pelargonium blossoms.” 

Jonathan Ragget, Managing Director of Red Carnation Hotels, commented, “”Every member of our team is passionately committed to creating exceptionally pleasurable experiences for our guests so we’re delighted to have these efforts recognised in such a prestigious magazine. As a family run business every member of staff feels personally responsible for treating guests more like treasured friends, and this genuinely caring attitude inspires our guests to return again and again. It’s remarkable for such a small boutique collection to win so many top accolades – we’ve been awarded over 50 in the last year alone. We don’t have the same sales and marketing resources as the bigger players, so we just have to work harder. This starts with a true appreciation of people, those that work with us and those that stay with us.”

Such success simply inspires the whole team to even greater efforts. Founder Bea Tollman has always been committed to achieving the highest standards of personal service, an ethos expressed in her guiding principle, ‘No request is too large, no detail too small’. Bea and the management team are constantly refurbishing the properties, and investing in staff development, to provide guests with the finest service, facilities and hospitality in the industry.

Web Site: www.12apostleshotel.com

Red Carnation scoops even more awards in Travel + Leisure’s ‘World’s Best Hotels’ 2010

A small collection making a big impact – Red Carnation scoops even more awards in Travel and Leisure’s ‘Worlds Best Hotels’ 2010

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in South Africa, part of Red Carnation, the award-winning luxury collection of thirteen five and four star family-run boutique hotels, was recognised by readers of prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine’s 15th annual reader survey of the absolute best hotels in the world.

The ‘World’s Best Hotels’ provides readers the opportunity to rate the world’s top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, outfitters and transportation companies. This year there was a record response, making these awards more credible than ever before.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, with a near perfect score of 93.62, was rated 34th in the list of the world’s top 100 hotels, and 8th in the list of the best lodges and resorts in Africa and the Middle East – the highest rating for any hotel in Cape Town. This newly refurbished luxury five star hotel in Cape Town is described in the awards supplement as “a sanctuary where mountain views, sea breezes, and heady indigenous plant life converge” and enthuses about the “lush landscape fragrant with fynbos (wild shrubbery), hammock-swagged picnic spots, and private mountain trails bordered with pelargonium blossoms.” 

Jonathan Ragget, Managing Director of Red Carnation Hotels, commented, “”Every member of our team is passionately committed to creating exceptionally pleasurable experiences for our guests so we’re delighted to have these efforts recognised in such a prestigious magazine. As a family run business every member of staff feels personally responsible for treating guests more like treasured friends, and this genuinely caring attitude inspires our guests to return again and again. It’s remarkable for such a small boutique collection to win so many top accolades – we’ve been awarded over 50 in the last year alone. We don’t have the same sales and marketing resources as the bigger players, so we just have to work harder. This starts with a true appreciation of people, those that work with us and those that stay with us.”

Such success simply inspires the whole team to even greater efforts. Founder Bea Tollman has always been committed to achieving the highest standards of personal service, an ethos expressed in her guiding principle, ‘No request is too large, no detail too small’. Bea and the management team are constantly refurbishing the properties, and investing in staff development, to provide guests with the finest service, facilities and hospitality in the industry.

Web Site: www.12apostleshotel.com

SABI SABI Earth Lodge

On a recent trip to the Sabi Sands game reserve in  Mpumalanga I enjoyed the luxury of SABI SABI Earth Lodge. Earth Lodge has been described as the ‘the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa’ and it blends in so well with the bushveld that you wouldn’t know it was there. Sabi Sands game reserve is home to the Big 5 – Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo – as well Cheetah, Wild Dog plus hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, insects and plants.

A great thing you can do while at SABI SABI is learn wildlife photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Site: http://www.sabisabi.com

For rates and packages to SABI SABI contact Bench International http://www.benchinternational.com.au or 1800 221 451

SABI SABI Earth Lodge

On a recent trip to the Sabi Sands game reserve in  Mpumalanga I enjoyed the luxury of SABI SABI Earth Lodge. Earth Lodge has been described as the ‘the most environmentally sensitive lodge in Africa’ and it blends in so well with the bushveld that you wouldn’t know it was there. Sabi Sands game reserve is home to the Big 5 – Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo – as well Cheetah, Wild Dog plus hundreds of species of birds, reptiles, insects and plants.

A great thing you can do while at SABI SABI is learn wildlife photography.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Web Site: http://www.sabisabi.com

For rates and packages to SABI SABI contact Bench International http://www.benchinternational.com.au or 1800 221 451

Resort: Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa
On the May 2010 trip we stayed at the luxurious Pezula Resort Hotel which sits atop 1,000 hectares of the Knysna headlands along the Garden Route.

where were greeted with a wonderfully relaxing spa treatment

 

 

 

 

That evening we dined at Zachary’s restaurant (named after a labrador) on some exquisite food, all locally grown. The few remnants that we didn’t devour, were to be fed to the local pigs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was so much to this property that we’ll be following up with additional posts.

Web: Pezula Resort Hotel
Style: Luxury
Region: Western Cape (Garden Route)

Resort: Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa

On the May 2010 trip we stayed at the luxurious Pezula Resort Hotel which sits atop 1,000 hectares of the Knysna headlands along the Garden Route.

where were greeted with a wonderfully relaxing spa treatment

 

 

 

 

That evening we dined at Zachary’s restaurant (named after a labrador) on some exquisite food, all locally grown. The few remnants that we didn’t devour, were to be fed to the local pigs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was so much to this property that we’ll be following up with additional posts.

Web: Pezula Resort Hotel
Style: Luxury
Region: Western Cape (Garden Route)