45C1E4DD-D9CB-4865-94A2-485BCA244799It makes sense to book for the following activities in advance during the high season. For Robben Island try to reserve a ferry seat a day or two before your departure date in case bad weather causes changes in departure arrangements.


These can all be reserved on  the following website:

When asked for a telephone number in case of cancellations or updates, give th guesthouse mobile number: 082 579 3987.




  • VERY IMPORTANT IF TRAVELLING WITH UNDERAGE CHILDREN: please read very carefully the following website


As things stand, parents travelling with children under the age of 18 years must produce an original, unabridged birth certificate and if adopted, an adoption certificate. If travelling without the other parent, concent in the form an affidavit from the other parent to travel to South Africa. Please familiarise yourself with these regulations as we have had clients turned away at passport control on attempting to enter the country.

  • To enter South Africa, a passport valid for at least 30 days after the intended date of departure is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. Passports must have at least two blank pages for entry stamps.


SA AdaptorAdaptors: we can lend you an adaptor plug which will allow you to connect plugs of non-South African appliances (we do NOT have Transformers which convert appliances from 220 Volts (SA) to 110 Volts ( USA) for example.



Hairdryers: there are hair dryers in all of our rooms.

  • Curling Tongs: USA curling tongs will not work on our 220 Volt energy output – you will blow up your appliance!

Curling Tongs







Computers and mobile phones have built in transformers which will allow them to be charged using our wall plug outputs.

Once upon a time before An African Villa…

A huge thank you to our past guests,  Brian & Ann-Elisabeth Pearce for sharing such wonderful information with us about one of the houses that make up An African Villa. It was such a pleasure to sit down with her, and hear the story of her Grandparents who lived in ‘Villa house A’ back in 1904! Read their story below. :)











A family picture, the youngest boy, David Scott Outerson, grandfather of Ann-Elisabeth Pearce.



We hope to see you in Cape Town again Brian & Ann-Elisabeth Pearce. :)

Best wishes from AAV & Staff

Reunited and it feels so good!

A lovely photograph sent through by Shannon Liebenberg, who stayed with us last year. Shannon reunited with her good friend after 23 years, right here at the Villa. :) May you continue to share wonderful memories and adventures together. Best wishes to Shannon & Emilia!

An African Villa looks forward to your return.


Arts & Culture

Image result for CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM cape townA New Contemporary Art Museum for Cape Town

A new contemporary art museum is opening in Cape Town in 2017, in the historic Grain Silo at the V&A Waterfront. The museum is expected to cost over R500 million for the development, but from the pictures released so far, it looks like it will be worth every cent! The Grain Silo is a fascinating structure that was built in the early 1920s. Standing at an impressive 57m tall, it is an integral part of the Cape Town skyline. Transforming this structure into a world-class art museum is sure to breathe new life into the beautiful old building.



A wine tasting safari with magnificent views from the lower slopes of this iconic Mountain? Yes, you read right! Henri Bruce, of the Durbanville Hills Wine Estate is available for taking our guests on a three hour rugged drive on this Safari vehicle around the front face of Table Mountain.

The Vehicle Can Accommodate Six Guests/ Minimum Two Summer schedule 1st October 2017 till 1st May 2018 Starting time 11.00 till 3.00 Cost R500.00 per adult Children under 10 no charge The trip includes snacks and several glasses of some of this award-winning winery’s best vintages and a free bottle of bubbly! There are also snacks on offer to compliment the wines. It’s a most unusual experience and fits well with a visit in conjunction with your obligatory Table Mountain top visit (whether hiking or by cable car.)

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The safari starts at the parking lot just off the Kloof Nek access road to the Cable Station (Tafelberg Rd). It is recommended that you book your Cableway Tickets online before the time as these are not included in the wine excursion fee. Henri will drop you off at the lower cable station (or at Platteklip Gorge if hiking) on the way back from your

Be prepared for superb views, possibly some chilly winds and sightings of resident raptors. Dress warmly,  though cosy blankets are provided. Minimum of 2 passengers, maximum 6. Ask the reception staff at An African Villa to reserve your places!