An African Villa
Value-chic in the Mother City
An African Villa
Tamboerskloof: where locals walk their dogs through a tangled maze of pretty streets lined with Victorian & Edwardian houses, where there’s a different café around every corner and where the glorious mountain looms as an ever-present reminder of the beauty of the Mother City. And in one, or in fact 3, of these Victorian houses is An African Villa, a delightful converted guesthouse that packs a huge fun-filled punch of style, charm and individuality and all only a stone’s throw away from Kloof Street, where some of the city’s best restaurants jostle for space with trendy cafes, bars and boutiques.
At the lodge
From the outside, An African Villa looks rather traditional – think wrought-iron railings and pretty wooden balconies – but open the door and that’s where the fun begins! Warm colours and bright tribal reds mix in a sort of ‘Afro-Scando’ chic and eclectic African artefacts adorn the walls. There’s no shortage of space to relax either – outside, there’s a pretty tiled courtyard and mini plunge pool and inside, a cosy library and lounge to rest weary legs.
The 12 rooms all have amazingly high ceilings, good solid walls and are really quite spacious. Each is individually quirky and décor touches range from Zulu wedding hats to ostrich eggs. The rooms on the higher floors of the house are bigger and have balconies with views of Table Mountains or the quiet street. On the lower floors, the rooms are more compact but all have balconies still. We guarantee that wherever you end up you won’t be disappointed!
In one of the most beautiful cities in the world, there’s never a shortage of activities. Our hot tips would be to do as the locals do – saunter down Kloof Street and shop till you drop, watch the world go by with a cocktail on Long Street and catch a film at the old Labia cinema, where velvet curtains and plush seats still exist. And when the city gets too much, head out to one of the beautiful beaches for a healthy dose of vitamin-sea…