Cape Town Tamboerskloof Guest House | Guest House Accommodation in Tamboerskloof Cape Town at An African Villa

WHO GOES?
cape town city centre attractions Young couples looking for something more exciting than the average Cape Town guest house experience; sociable adventurous travellers keen to make the villa their home from home; not really suitable for young families.

Children

Children from 12 years upwards are welcome. Larger superior rooms can accommodate three easily if desired. Two children may share a twin room at normal rate.

WHEN TO GO?
All year round! High summer is from late September until the end of February, and March is delightful. April to September is referred to as the Green Season in the Cape (it sounds better than the rainy season) but days can be as hot as British summertime, without the fierce sunshine. The best time to view wild the animals – Kruger Park, Eastern Cape, Botswana etc, is during the winter when there is less rain and the trees are less leafy. You should not miss the chance to visit this “fairest cape in all the world”.
FOR HOW LONG?
cape town city centre attractions You could make yourself at home here for at least a week. There's heaps to do in Cape Town and the surrounding region. Bear in mind that this is a winter rainfall area and the winter lasts from May to October. This means that rain and wind can blot out useful sight seeing (for example – Table Mountain and Robben Island shut down in high wind and the mountain can be completely hidden for days on end behind cloud. This means that you should definitely plan to have several days in the city during the winter to save yourself the disappointment of coming all that way and then not seeing the main attraction!
WHAT TO TAKE?
cape town city centre attractions Cape Town is rather trendy - but in a casual, 'beachy' way. You might want to pack a couple of smartish outfits for eating out at certain restaurants, and your best bikini/trunks for Clifton Beach!

A good pair of walking shoes for treks up Table Mountain, while suncream, shades and a hat are a must.

In winter, of course, you should come prepared with several layers of clothing. The rain is not torrential and the cold is never fierce (never lower than around 6°C) so it is a good idea to be able to add or subtract garments to get to a comfortable temperature.
TOP SIGHTS WITH DISTANCES FROM THE VILLA
• Table Mountain of course! (4km) (It does shut down for one month to
  allow for maintenance – this generally occurs between July and August   each year – see their official website for exact   dates:http://tablemountain.net/ )
• The V&A Waterfront (4km)
• Robben Island Ferry (4km)
• Atlantic Beaches – Clifton and Camps Bay – (5km)
• Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens (10km)
• The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (30km)
• The Cape Winelands (40km)
• Whale Watching in Hermanus (60km)
• West Coast Spring flowers (50km)

There are numerous golf courses within an easy drive of the Villa:

• Mowbray Golf Club (8km)
• Milnerton Golf Club (10km)
• Westlake Golf Club (15km)
• Clovelly Golf Club (18km)
• Erinvale Golf Club (30km)
OUR FAVOURITE RESTAURANTS
You are strongly advised to make advance reservations in the summer season (September to May). Here are a few of our favourites – all within easy reach of An African Villa:

TOP END (many of these must be booked WELL in advance)

·  The Test Kitchen
·  The Pot Luck Club
·  Aubergine
·  La Colombe
·  Haiku
·  Blakes
·  95 Keerom
·  La Mouette


BISTRO

·  Miller's Thumb
·  The Grand Café
·  Mano a Mano
·  Cork and Chalk
·  Emily's Bistro
·  Societi
·  Ricks Café
·  The Bombay Bicycle Club

SAFARI
Although the Western Cape was populated with many wild animals in days past and there are still baboons cheetah and other animals to be seen in these parts, the best animal viewing in the region is a short aeroplane flight away to one of the wonderful game parks of the Eastern Cape.

Jimmy undertook an exploratory trip to the Addo Elephant Park last year and was totally blown away by the wonderful job which wild life conservationists are doing in the region. We would be happy to offer guidance to our guests about a worthwhile 3-day trip up to Port Elizabeth and environs where they will be able to have an authentic Safari experience. One of the lasting memories left with him was a memorable elephant back safari in the hills outside Grahamstown when a thunderstorm broke. Stunning!

There are animal farms within a 3 hour drive of Cape Town and we often arrange trips to these at guest's request. They do offer a glimpse of 'The Big 5' but bear in mind that these farms are of a limited size and so although you are guaranteed of seeing the animals, it does tend to feel a little contrived.

With only a day to spare this is your only option and it is a good one, but if at all possible, you should try to make time for a three or 4 day excursion up the East Coast of our lovely land.

We have excellent contacts and will be happy to assist guests who are staying with us to arrange flights, accommodation and tours at reasonable rates.
THE GARDEN ROUTE
Along the eastern coast of the Cape, traveling straight up the N2 Motorway, lies a lovely stretch of countryside which offers a surprisingly wide range of terrain types. As always, keeping to the main road will not offer the best experience. You really need to go off the beaten track a little and sleep over one or 2 nights in a couple of the towns along the way. I will describe a 6 night round trip which will bring you back to Cape Town. About 1 hour’s drive from Cape Town along R44 you pass some holiday villages as you head towards Hermanus (R43) where the Whale Season in June-November is a must.

Take the R326 and head for the N2 again. You soon reach Swellendam, one of the country’s first settled towns. Soon after, take the turnoff towards Barrydale (R324). You pass through Calitzdorp (where some of an excellent port is produced). This is semi-desert country and ideal for ostrich farming. You soon come upon Oudtshoorn where a visit to an ostrich farm us a must – the Cango Caves are also a very special experience. You should stay a couple of nights at ‘De Denne’ Guesthouse (www.dedenne.com) in Ondtshoorn as there is a lot to keep you busy. Then head down the R62 towards the Wilderness National Park which is surrounded by glorious beaches and forests – definitely worth a two night stop. This is the heart of the Garden Route and we recommend that you try to you stay at the wonderfully atmospheric ‘Moontide’ Guesthouse (www.moontide.co.za ) – it’s situated on a peaceful lagoon just minutes from a gorgeous beach.

The bustling town of Knysna is a short drive away. After this break, set off towards Cape Town down the N2 once again, through some hilly wheatfields and then over Sir Lowry’s Pass and back to An African Villa (without stops, the trip from Wilderness should take about 6 hours).

WINELANDS
If you have a few days to spare and have not already taken a day trip to the wine regions from An African Villa, then, on your way back, you really should turn right at Elgen (on the R321/R43) to Franschhoek and Stellenbosh – two of our most beautiful wine growing regions. In Franschhoek we recommend a 2 nights stay at ‘Plumwood Inn’ guesthouse ( www.plumwoodinn.com ) – If time is short, then it is quite possible to take a day trip during your stop-over with us.

Cape Town Tamboerskloof Guest House | Guest House Accommodation in Tamboerskloof Cape Town at An African Villa