You can write about Cape Town every day, and still feel as though you’re only scratching the surface. It’s such a dynamic city, with something new to discover around every corner....
Cape Town recently flaunted its style as the World Design Capital in 2014 – putting us in the best spot to enjoy local fashion. South Africa’s eclectic culture is visible in our bold textiles, innovative designs, and classic cuts paired with quirky jewellery and accessories....
Public transport makes all the difference. Aside from easy access to urban spaces, public transport reduces air pollution and road traffic. For tourists, it’s a great way to explore a city – you can sit back and take in the sights without trying to navigate a car in a foreign country....
South Africa, and its founding city, Cape Town, have such a splendid array of people from so many corners of the world that sometimes, visitors here get more than a little confused about people’s ethnicity and the tricky problem of what to call people (for example, is ‘coloured’ offensive and what does ‘black’ actually mean?) At Parker Cottage, we have a very interesting mix of faces from all the racial backgrounds of South Africa.
It appears that the rate at which the world spins has accelerated over the years; everything has become fast paced and frenetic and the little things get dismissed. Savouring the taste of fresh fruit or revelling in the joys of waking up at a bed and breakfast in Cape Town has become clamoured with a surplus of fast food, fast cars and fast conversations. Without relieving it, this rapid pace of living can severely stunt your quality of life and it is essential to slow down occasionally.
Table Mountain is synonymous with the Mother City – an icon which is now one of the New7Wonders of Nature; the remarkable, flat-topped formation is the heart and soul of one of the world’s most beautiful metropolises. No visit to Cape Town is complete unless you’ve ascended the steep slopes of the mountain from the comfort of the cableway and walked across the cloud-covered top for yourself, enjoying the fragrant fynbos and wealth of animals that adorn its surface....
Extending up the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, the expansive gardens start as exquisitely manicured lawns, adorned with diverse vegetation and later extend into an untamed wilderness, with fragrant fynbos decorating the steep banks of the mountain. The gardens were established in 1913 with the intent of showcasing Southern Africa’s rich floral kingdom and today, they remain dedicated to indigenous flora.
The garden itself spans 36 hectares, but is part of a larger 528 hectare estate that encompasses the mountainside, bordering the Table Mountain National Park. The area has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making is the first botanic garden in the world to be incorporated into a natural World Heritage Site.
Kirstenbosch is committed to conservation and education and there are a variety of different gardens that each demonstrate differing species of plants and their functions. Make sure that you wander through the spacious grounds, incorporating as many of these displays as possible. There are currently in excess of 7000 species of plants in the area, making it every botanist and nature lover’s dream.
Start your stroll with a visit to the Conservatory to admire a variety of special plants that require unique conditions to survive. Admire vivid aloes, an ancient baobab tree, fern garden and desert display. The Peninsula Garden showcases 2500 plant species that originate from all over the Western Cape, while the water-wise garden teaches one tricks for creating a garden which needs reduced amounts of water to survive.
Breathe in the delightful aromas of the Fragrance Garden, enjoying the pleasant fragrances from the pretty Pelagonium and dainty buchu, amongst other plants. Discover which plants to ingest to cure stomach ache or to apply to cuts and sores, in the informative Medicinal Garden, which draws on the San people’s phenomenal knowledge of South African vegetation.
Tiptoe along the stepping stones leading to the famous Colonel Bird’s Bath in the Dell region of the garden, which features a gorgeous array of shade-loving plants. You should also look out for Van Riebeek’s hedge which was planted in 1660 in order to protect and contain the Cape colonist’s cattle.
Next time you’re staying in a bed and breakfast in Cape Town, ensure that you go for an enjoyable stroll in one of South Africa’s most beautiful gardens.
While the ornamental marble and cast iron fireplaces, stately oak dressers and wardrobes, grandiose light fixtures and delicately furnished rooms may pervade the air with luxury and elegance, Parker Cottage is very much a harmonious blend of simplicity, environmentally friendly accommodation and down to earth hospitality. Tucked away in quiet Carstens Street in the historical residential neighbourhood of Tamboerskloof, this Cape Town bed and breakfast is an exclusive 4-star establishment offering all the grace and opulence of a world class guest house, while still maintaining its reputation as an environmentally friendly and socially aware bed and breakfast....
Environmental sustainability is, we are so often told, everybody’s responsibility. One can’t help but feel however that those with the biggest carbon footprint have the biggest responsibility to make major adjustments to the way they do business. It is also not unreasonable to expect that those on holiday or away from home will not pay as much attention to their effect on the surrounding environment. If you accept these two logics as truths then it stands to reason that tourist related industries have the biggest responsibility to ensure that they carry out their business in an environmentally friendly way. Hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts, especially those within congested city centres should be sensitive to the amount of energy they and their guests consume and the amount of waste they and their guests produce.
There are however several B&B within the Cape Town City Centre that are striving to make themselves more environmentally friendly through waste reduction and renewable energy consumption. This provides both environmental and financial benefits, for the Bed & Breakfast owner, especially in the Cape Town city centre where, waste disposal can be both expensive and inconvenient. With the amount of media space that global warming has been given over the last decade it is not surprising that people are more aware than ever about their global footprints.
This has become particularly prominent in the travel industry where aeroplane flight has come under fire from the green brigade, people that do choose to take long haul flights for their holidays are constantly reminded of the cost to the environment that these holidays come with. It would therefore be beneficial to accommodation owners to be able to ensure their guests that they are partly offsetting the carbon footprint from their flight by staying in environmentally conscious accommodation.
Think of the benefit to your business by being able to advertise yourself as not only environmentally friendly but environmentally beneficial. European travellers are usually very aware of the environmental impact that their travels will have on the environment, if you, as a city centre bed and breakfast are able to offer environmentally friendly and sustainable accommodation then you have an advantage over your competitors.
The Cape Town B&B market is very competitive and overseas visitors are often spoiled for choice so it is essential if you are running a bed and breakfast in the Cape Town City Bowl that you create something competitive and memorable.
Choosing a Cape Town Bed & Breakfast
Cape Town attracts thousands of visitors every year predominantly over the high season, accommodation is often fully booked months in advance and prices can vary from family friendly to celebrity friendly depending on style and location. Choosing the best bed and breakfast in the Cape Town city bowl can be a quagmire of advice and guide books, many of which don’t have your best interests at heart. There are several factors that need to be considered when one is choosing holiday accommodation in Cape Town city centre and there are several things you need to ask yourself before you choose where you want to stay, what type of accommodation you want and more importantly how much you should spend on your Cape Town bed and breakfast.
The city bowl itself is not as large as many other international destinations and not as large as some of the bigger cities within South Africa. This means that the city bowl itself is easily traversable by foot or affordably by taxi and if one chooses a bed and breakfast within the Cape Town city bowl it means you are well located close to all the major tourist attractions. The CBD itself is home to several areas of interest for those chasing an active night life it would not however be recommended as a place to stay. Luckily as well as the outlying suburbs there are many historic and beautiful suburbs that fall within the city bowl. Tamboersklook, Oranjezicht and Vredehoek to name but a few are conveniently located, charming and beautiful suburbs which offer world class bed and breakfast in quaint historic houses.
While the Southern Suburbs on the outskirts of the city offer plenty of accommodation and are becoming increasingly popular with visitors to the Mother City, to get the true Cape Town experience it is recommended that you choose a bed and breakfast in the city centre. From the suburbs on the slopes of Lion’s Head and Table Mountain the vibrant nightlife and world class eateries are within short walking distance or a cheap taxi ride away.
Not only do the city centre suburbs provide the quaint peace and quiet of the suburbs, with leafy gardens and quiet streets they provide the history of Cape Town as built by the early settlers. Some of the building that make up the city centre bed and breakfasts in Cape Town have historical significance beyond that of some of the most popular attractions in Cape Town.