Jambo: One of the 20 Top B&Bs in Cape Town
Touted as South Africa’s leading online travel agency, when Travelstart talks accommodation, sight-seeing tips and travel, it’s usually worth taking note. Last month, a post appeared on the Travelstart blog documenting the 20 top B&Bs in Cape Town. From Bo Kaap to Khayelitsha and beyond, this list contains only the best the Mother City has to offer, so it’s no wonder that our very own Jambo Guest House made the cut. For those not in the know though, here’s why they took notice.
The charming Jambo Guest House, owned and operated by Barry and Mina since 1995, is nestled at the foot of Signal Hill in a quiet, cobble-stoned cul-de-sac. Even though it’s situated just off the Main Road in buzzing Green Point, it’s surprisingly noiseless, barring the pleasant chirping of the abundant bird life that call the lush, green garden at Jambo home. This magical space is one that has been tendered to with care over many years and is the result of much hard work by the owners themselves. Brightly-coloured, lively Koi fish can be found swimming in the ponds whilst a variety of trees, plants and flowers provide never-ending shade and beauty. It’s really not hard to find a tranquil spot where one can relax and take in the wonders of this magnificent garden. A solar-heated Jacuzzi is also located here and can be enjoyed by guests after a long, hard day of exploring the majestic Mother City.
Moving inside to the beautiful, Victorian-style home, one has the choice of five individually decorated double rooms, each of which are complete with an en-suite bathroom. Even though the rooms are styled differently, they are each equipped with all the comforts of home, including a bar fridge, Wi Fi, hairdryer, safe and complimentary tea and coffee. Two of the rooms also boast fully functioning fireplaces. The African Room will make you feel as if you’re on a luxurious African safari, whilst the gorgeous Garden Suite provides direct access to the garden and is furnished with stunning antique furniture. The spa bath facilitates the ultimate relaxation and this, together with the inviting four-poster bed, makes it the perfect honeymooners’ hideaway. The hallway between the rooms is adorned with an eclectic art collection, some paintings of which have been done by Mina herself. Many of the pieces are in fact for sale, transforming the space from a mere artistic display to a mini gallery.
Guests are treated to an extensive and delicious buffet breakfast each morning which is served in the Breakfast Room. On warmer days, the table outside in the delightful courtyard can be set so that guests can enjoy their meal in the fresh air, surrounded by the sweet tunes of the morning birds. In the evenings, visitors can unwind in the lounge and bar upstairs. With its distinct mix of an English pub theme and African flavour, it’s a unique and special place where people are able to mingle while enjoying a nightcap and playing a game or too, all while soaking up the warm atmosphere that has become synonymous with Jambo.
Barry and Mina are committed to making each and every guest feel comfortable and well looked after so it’s no wonder that this amazing guest house has become many visitor’s home away from home. “Jambo” actually means “hello” in Swahili and this is rather fitting since everyone who comes through the doors is welcomed warmly. Barry and Mina are undeniably dedicated to delivering affordable luxury to every guest and their friendly hospitality ensures that one’s stay is enjoyable and hassle-free. More than happy to lend a hand when it comes to arranging car hire and tours of the city, Barry and Mina will help make your visit a dream.
From its serene surrounds to its convenient positioning, lively atmosphere and friendly service, it’s easy to see why a leader in the travel industry such as Travelstart would include Jambo Guest House on its exclusive Cape Town B&B list. So the next time you’re planning a trip to the mother of all cities, why not consider staying with us? We promise we’ll make it a trip to remember.
All images courtesy of www.jambo.co.za