Lions Head Closed Indefinitely.

If you haven’t heard already, the infrastructure on Lion’s Head has been damaged by a fire a couple weeks ago and this will delay the reopening of Lion’s Head. The reopening was originally scheduled for the 15th of February 2019. As yet the park is unable to determine a new date for the reopening of Lion’s Head. I’ve attached some pictures of a few other hiking trails/spots for you to enjoy when visiting Cape Town.

Picture 1: Platteklip Gorge
Picture 2: Woodstock Cove
Picture 3: Newlands Forest
Picture 4: Cecelia Forest
Picture 5: Silvermine (Elephant Ear)
Picture 6: India Venster

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WINTER SPECIAL: 6 June – 19 July 2019

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This year we have decided to spoil you a bit, with an amazing WINTER SPECIAL this year!

RATES: 6 June 2019 –  19 July 2019 – WINTER SPECIAL 2019
Rates include full breakfast – all rooms are air-conditioned / heated.

* PLATINUM CLASS:
Bedrooms with balcony, bath and separate shower en-suite.
RATE:  R2100  for 1 or 2 per night (i.e. R1050 pp) – 3rd person sharing, add R500 for additional bed, only possible in LARGE Platinum class rooms.

*  GOLD CLASS:
Downstairs Bedroom with shower over bath en-suite
Please note, this is a step-in over bath shower and it is not a low bath, it is a standard 60cm/24 inches high bath you need to step over in order to enter shower.
RATE: R1800 for 1 or 2 per night i.e. R900pp) – no single rate

*  SILVER CLASS:
Courtyard facing bedroom with shower en-suite.
RATE:  R1600 for 1 or 2 per night (i.e. R800 pp) – no single rate

CHILDREN – 12 years and older only.

CHILDREN UNDER 18 – BORDER REGULATIONS WHEN TRAVELLING WITH UNDERAGE CHILDREN.
The local Department of Home Affairs has introduced strict regulations aimed at prevention of child trafficking. Parents travelling with children under the age of 18 are required to produce, in addition to valid passports (with visa if necessary) AS WELL AS an original “Unabridged Birth Certificate”. If travelling with only ONE parent then a letter of consent from the absent parent is also required.
Please see: http://www.home-affairs.gov.za/index.php/civic-services/traveling-with-children for more information.
We have had a few cases recently where parents without these documents have been delayed in departure as a result of being denied flight boarding at the check-in desk, resulting in alternative arrangements having to be made once these documents have been obtained

AIRPORT TRANSFERS:
We can arrange airport transfers for your clients to and from the airport.

1 – 2 PAX         = R460
3 PAX               = R520
4 PAX               = R580
5 PAX               = R640
6 PAX               = R700
7 or more        = +R60 per person extra.

OUR SELF CATERING APARTMENT
Just recently, we have added a delightful, re-styled self-catering apartment to our accommodation offering. Called ‘MOUNTAIN VIEW CORNER’, the apartment is located on the bus route, a kilometre up the hill from the Villa and has lovely Views of Table Mountain across central Kloof Nek Rd.

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MOUNTAIN VIEW CORNER SELF-CATERING APARTMENT

Did you know that the Villa recently added a self-catering apartment to its accommodation offering? See http://www.anafricanvilla.co.za/apartment.php to get an idea of the flat and facilities.

mvaIts biggest plus is it’s position! Right in the heart of the city’s buzz! And, wonder or wonders, it has secure, off-street garaging (like hen’s teeth  for anyone familiar with Cape Town.)

Rates are reasonable at R1200 for 1 or 2 occupants (Christmas fortnight – R1700).
Should be popular with business clients!

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The Ozzie who makes biltong!

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Ned & Jenn Errington stayed with us recently and we were amazed that he knew what biltong hooks were. (I mean, a guy from Oz!) Turns out that his parents come from here (a block away from the Villa) and his Pop taught him to love biltong. Now he makes mountains of it for his friends back home! Wow! I don’t know of many of your actual South Africans besides me who go to the trouble of making it. Well done Nedd!

For those of you wondering, here’s how it’s done:
https://www.yuppiechef.com/spatula/how-to-make-biltong/

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DROUGHT WARNING – BREATHE A COLLECTIVE SIGH OF RELIEF!

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We are grateful to be able to report that the Cape Winter has brought good winter rains (and even some snow on Table Mountain) over the past few months and our dam water supply is in far better shape than at the same time last year and more rainfall is predicted for the next 2 months. Even with this good news, Cape Town’s citizens and visitors are being encouraged to continue to be water wise and save water, but the threat of a shutdown of our water supply is, thankfully a thing of the past at least for the next 12 months.

You might’ve heard of Day Zero (the day it was anticipated when the city of Cape Town could run dry) or you might’ve seen some news footage of people standing in line waiting to fill up bottles with water.

Sadly, the international news footage that was aired failed to mention that those people were queuing for FREE spring water, not because there was no water in Cape Town.  That footage made tourists panic and as a result, loads of guests cancelled their upcoming trips to Cape Town as they anticipated there would be no water in Cape Town.  Nonetheless, it is a scenario that could become reality for some water scarce cities around the world if the current global weather patterns continue.

SWIMMING POOL
The filing of swimming pools with city CLEAN DRINKING water is still against regulations and all pools must be covered at all times to avoid water evaporation, or, pools must be drained completely.

This means that our swimming pool might be out of commission from time to time and will remain covered at times whilst we are looking at alternative water supply to keep it filled up.   The city is also looking at alternative augmented water sources such as desalination plants and tapping into underground aquifers, but as things stand, we are forced to adhere to the city regulations to avoid heavy fines. 

FAREWELL KEITH & CINDY WHITFIELD

We would like to express our appreciation to two very remarkable and exceptionally wonderful individuals, Keith and Cindy Whitfield. They have been with the Villa for 11 years and have been the greatest addition to this place we like to call – home away from home. So we extend a heartfelt thank you for their hard work and dedication to making the Villa what it is today. We send our best wishes to them as they step into their retirement and wish them nothing but the best as they travel, pick up new hobbies and enjoy the simple life. :) Thanks for all you’ve done for the Villa, and our lovely guests too!

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WHALE WATCHING IN HERMANUS, CAPE TOWN.

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Please be reminded that 1 June was the start of WHALE WATCHING SEASON.
The Southern Right Whales arrive in Hermanus around June and stick around until mid-December. During this time, Hermanus Whale Watchers run daily whale watching trips from New Harbour.

Hermanus Whale Watchers Futures:

  • All Ages Welcome, we are child-friendly
  • Choose from various daily departures
  • Wheel Chair Friendly
  • Included – Light Refreshments included (soft drink or still water and packet of crisps).
  • Guiding: You will be accompanied by one of our SATOUR qualified guides for the duration of the trip.
    Our guides have first-hand knowledge about the marine wildlife of this area.

An exhilarating two-hour voyage to discover Walkerbay’s wonderful wildlife, stunning coastline and famous whales.  Depending on conditions and recent sightings, you could find yourself exploring the coast towards De Plaat or the sandy beaches of Hawston, in search of the stars of the whale watching trip – Southern Right Whales. On the way to our whale watching area we regularly encounter two different whale species inhabiting these waters, Humpback and Bryde’s whales.   Each trip is different, which makes the experience even more exciting! !  When we set out from the harbour we never know exactly what kind of whales wait for us out at sea on that particular day. While you enjoy your whale watching we will serve you crisps and cold drinks.

For more info: http://www.hermanuswhalewatchers.co.za/

Knysna Oyster Festival


The annual Knysna Oyster Festival presents 10 days of food, fun and adventure in a sport-and-lifestyle festival that aims to offer something for everyone.

Activities include a variety of concerts, comedy, fashion shows and an adventure-filled kids’ programme.

This year’s sporting events include mountain bike events on Saturday 30 June (with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes); the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July (with a 115km & 50km route); and on Saturday 7 July two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races: the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon.

Venue: various around Knysna, see website for more info
Times: see website for more info
Cost: see website for more info

Website: http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

City-sightseeing Bus: Classic 3 for 1 Kids’ Special

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With their annual 3-for-1 Kids’ Special, two kids (under 18) can hop on for free with each adult Classic red bus ticket.
The special runs from 1 May to 8 October 2018 and will be valid on weekends, school holidays and public holidays.

Highlights

  • FREE tickets for two kids under 18 with every paying adult
  • 27 exciting stops at main attractions, hop on and off as many times as you like
  • On-board commentary in 15 languages (English, Afrikaans, Arabic, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Zulu)
  • A special audio channel for kids to enjoy
  • See discounts on the back of your ticket

Excludes

  • Entry fees to attractions

For more info: https://www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town/products/cape-town-open-top-bus-tours/classic-3-for-1-kids-special

The dogs of the Villa.

Here we have our lovely 3 Dachshund, who spend their free time at the Villa,
when they’re not out soaking up the sun or chasing squirrels in the park.

Monty, Black.
He loves to step out to welcoming you at the entrance. He expects a bit of fussing over as a reward. :)

Berty, Tanned brown.
Our rescue. A bit nervous at first, but loves a good head massage.

Taylor, Chocolate brown.
Our queen – as in Elizabeth Taylor we like to say, and the leader of the pack too.

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We also had the lovely Brandy, the Golden Retriever for many years.
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to her in Feb – we miss her dearly.If she wasn’t out the front entrance, catching some sun, she waited patiently in the office for some belly rubs too.

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