Accommodation for SA trip

Sep 26th, 2003, 04:06 AM
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You're right - rate is now 891 ZAR per room per night.
I'm going to write and ask for a better rate.
When are you going? Wondering if season has much to do with it...
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Sep 26th, 2003, 07:34 AM
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Wow, that's a big increase. We're going the first week in December but we reserved it months ago, sometime in the spring. I know we got a great rate but I do remember at the time we reserved they had another rate of 420 Rand per night available. Maybe ask about automobile association discounts & any other discounts that might be available...

Or my Frommer's also recommends "Fritz Hotel: "Situated off Kloof Street (the "restaurant strip") on the outskirts of town (a 5-minute walk to the center), and furnished with wacky Art Deco and '50s pieces, the Fritz Hotel is a real bargain. Ask for rooms 6, 7, 12, or 14; these all open onto the first floor veranda, with rooms 6 and 14 by far the biggest. The patio suites on the ground floor are also large, and each has its own small garden area. Room 11 is small but has a great view of Table Mountain from the bed and is a steal at only R350 ($43); not the choice for Imelda Marcos though--the cupboard is tiny."

Other places recommended to us around the same price range were Boulders Beach Guesthouse, Breakwater Lodge, City Lodge Waterfront, Lady Hamilton Hotel, Underberg Guest House, Townhouse Hotel ( -- check their specials), & Mijlof Manor Hotel.

Also, if you go to Selwyn's website & click on "links" & page down, he lists some accommodations there -- e.g. Jabez Guest House & others.

Good luck!

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Sep 26th, 2003, 08:19 AM
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Kavey, I'm already looking forward to your trip report! WOW!
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Oct 14th, 2003, 02:42 PM
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Pls forgive my topping for Selwyn's easy retreival.
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Oct 16th, 2003, 10:13 AM
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Hi Kavey,

Wow where to start with all the correspondence that has taken place since I last responded to you ?

Firstly I am going to assume that your journey starts in the beginning of April 2004. Hope I am correct.

Your idea of saving on hired transport and using public transport is not such a good one. Hiring a car gives you enormous freedom and freedom means more time. Thus if you use taxis (buses are not a good idea) your time will be crimped and you will still be forking out about 50% - 75% of what you would spend on a hired car for a day. This then becomes a case of penny wise pound foolish moreso that trying to fit into a budget.

Cape Town accommodation.
You have asked about the following listed guesthouses. Please note my comments next to each one that I know. Those I dont know I obviously cant help you with.

Bergzicht Guesthouse
Unknown to me

Boulders Beach Guesthouse
Miles to far from where it is all happening

Clovelly Lodge
Miles to far from where it is all happening

Enchanted Garden Guest Chalet
I dont want to go into why I am saying the following but right now I would not recommend this venue. Just please take my word for this.

Francis House
Miles to far from where it is all happening

Floreal Guest House
Not a bad choice. Position will definitely require transport.

Liberty Lodge
Even though I once had a fall out with the owner of this guesthouse I must admit the accommodation is reasonable. Position will definitely require transport.

Olaf's Guest
Great guesthouse; You could definitely get away with public transport. Wonderful host and fabulous breakfast. Amazed that it falls into your price range though.

Sloans Guest House
Unknown to me , Not the best location in Town

Braeside Bed and Breakfast
Unknown to me. Reasonably good location

Parker Cottage
Unknown to me. Reasonably good location

Well located and great little guesthouse

Atlantic Beach Villa
Have heard good reports about this guesthouse but is rather from the city centre and traffic congestion will be a problem in the early morning.

Villa Christina
Dont know this guesthouse. Position will definitely require transport

Lady Victoria Guest House
Dont know this guesthouse

Withycombe House
Dont know this guesthouse. Position will definitely require transport

African Sun
Dont know this guesthouse

Valley Heights
Dont know this guesthouse. Position will definitely require transport

Certainly not amongst the best in Cape Town

The Cape Colonial
Well positioned and lovely accommodation - Highly Recommended

Radium Hall Guest House
Nice guesthouse; Transport could be an important factor

Unknown to me

You also mentioned the following:

There are loads of options in Hout Bay and Constantia too, though I'm guessing those are a little too far out?

In this regard you would be correct in your assumption about distance.

In the list that you mention I would recommend Cape Colonial as the one you should follow. It would be perfect for your needs. Relatively well located. Well appointed rooms. Lovely breakfast room. Nice and central to city and well priced. You could quite easily walk into the city and would have to cab to Waterfront as well as to the major sights but then you would have to do this with all the places that you have mentioned. Kavey I can also arrange the special deal we have spoken about at this venue. Davids is also a good venue to stay at and if it is in your price range then Olafs would be first prize

With the above said I am not sure what you still need to know Kavey as I have already answered you in terms of where to stay in Stellenbosch. As far as Swellendam is concerned I dont know any other reasonable good place other than Sharon and Adins hideaway and also recognise that you might not want to stay there due to price consideration.

Maybe you should respond to this mail and tell me where you are still in need of some information.

Hope the above helps

Selwyn Davidowitz
Very proudly part of the wonderful nation of South Africa
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Oct 16th, 2003, 01:45 PM
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Hi Kavey

We had a nice balance between luxury and budget on our South African trip. Staying within your budget, I would suggest Village & Life in Camps Bay for R650/night with private covered parking. It was a very nice apartment that's close to restaurants, shops and located across from the beach. Their website actually allows you to view each individual apartment and chose the one you want- Also Buchu Bush Camp at De Hoop Nature Reserve was nice and inexpensive at R550 per night- This area was one of the surprising highlights of our trip.

You might want to revisit for more details. And look for about 15 of Scott's Namibia photos on the Transfrontier Parks map while in Namibia. They just mailed us a couple of copies last month.

We've been busy planning our December trip to New Zealand. Hope all is well.


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Oct 16th, 2003, 01:56 PM
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THANK YOU Selwyn and Nicci!!!
Just got back from late night out and am working early tomorrow and then out at a show tomorrow night so will digest and respond tomorrow to both your posts...
Selwyn we arrive 6th May. : o )
Can't WAIT!
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Oct 17th, 2003, 03:30 AM
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Butting in here and not sure if you still need advice, but I stayed in a lovely farm B&B in the winelands area, nr Boschendal (between Stellnbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek so well placed), run by friendly lady called Wendy:

I think it;s within your budget.

I also stayed in Oulap Country House nr Oudtshorn, an amzing guy runs it called Jens Reutenbach, very knowledgeable about S Africa, has been involved in local arts and politics for years, but kind of a dinner party atmosphere which may not be your thing. Also quite pricey.

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