You may know that our region of the country is experiencing extreme drought conditions.
We are told that by March 2018 we will likely run out of water altogether! A VERY SCARY THOUGHT.
The city fathers are looking into desalination and underground water sourcing are being explored to help avoid a complete disaster.
You will find at all responsible hotels that you will be asked to participate in our water saving measures. Taking a bath is no longer permitted by the regulations and we must be a lot more careful of water wastage when taking a shower.
- Close the tap whilst brushing your teeth.
- Toilet Flushing – if it is YELLOW, let it MELLOW, if it is BROWN, flush it DOWN.
THE MIGHTY 2 MINUTE POWER SHOWER
1 – Tap On and rinse.
2 – Tap Off.
3 – Lather (with tap off).
4 – Tap On to rinse off .
How do we save water?
In your en suite bathroom at the Villa you will find a small container in which to collect the cold water which would normally be wasted before the warm water arrives. This is used to top up our swimming pool.
Did you know that we offer a travel planning service for the whole of South Africa? If you’re travelling elsewhere in the country, run your itinerary or wish list by us. Not only can we recommend excellent and unusual places to stay but we nearly always get better rates than you would going direct. Put us to the test!
- GETTING TO THE VILLA FROM THE AIRPORT
We can arrange a bespoke transfer for you from the airport. Ask us about our safe and efficient pickup service. We would need your flight number. Just in case there is a last minute change to your itinerary (a change of flight for example) it would be your responsibility to let the pickup company know the new number by email or SMS – we will give you the mobile number of the relevant company. (If the driver ends up waiting for you at the airport and you have not notified him you will be responsible for paying for the transfer as contracted.
- You could also take a taxi (this will be little cheaper but you take the chance that the driver cannot find the Villa).
- An Uber is the cheaper. They pickup on the ground floor of the free pickup parking to the right of the airport entrance.
- There are Airport Shuttles which fill up with passengers for various hotels (it can be a long ride – Google: citishuttles.)
- The Municipal Myciti Bus service is good, but you need to buy a bus card for each passenger at their kiosk and load it with sufficient funds to travel to the city terminus. You then heed to take a cab (there is a taxi rank across the road to the right of the terminus exit) – we do need t recommend this at night.
TAXI OR UBER? Taxis are generally less efficient than the Uber service which is quick, cheap and reliable. We recommend that you download the UberApp onto your Smartphone. It will make your life much easier in Cape Town.
CAR RENTAL? You can walk most places from the Villa so we don’t suggest you hire a car for your full stay. You need a car to drive to the Cape Point Reserve and penguins etc and also to The Wineland region, both very well worth a visit. We recommend that you hire a car for the last two days of your trip. Take look at our Rates page for the CAR RENTAL icon.
PARKING is free in the street outside the Villa. A guard patrols the street but there is no guarantee your car will not be pilfered IF YOU LEAVE ANYTHING VISIBLE INSIDE.
It 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.
- ROBBEN ISLAND BOOKINGS
- TABLE MOUNTAIN BOOKINGS
- KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDENS CONCERT BOOKINGS
These can all be reserved on the following website: http://www.webtickets.co.za/
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 http://www.dha.gov.za/files/Brochures/Immigrationleaflet.pdf
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.
Adaptors: 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!
Computers and mobile phones have built in transformers which will allow them to be charged using our wall plug outputs.
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
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.
A 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.
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