Vhavenda Hills Bed and Breakfast


Rooms: 4: 1 king/ twin with en/s bath & shower, 1 king/ twin with en/s shower over bath and separate loo, 1 twin double beds with en/s bath and shower, 1 queen with en/s shower.

Prices: R450 - R500 pp sharing. R500 singles.
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Meals: Cooked breakfast, plus yoghurt and cereal included. Dinner on request at R150 - R180 pp.

Directions: Arrange a pick-up from Johannesburg, though directions are available on website.

Kate Luthaga
11749 Mampuru St, Orlando West, Soweto, Gauteng

Tel: (0)11-936-4275
Cell: (0)82-213-1630
Fax: (0)86-503-0469
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Soweto born and bred, Kate lives just down the road from Nelson Mandela’s old house in the Vilakazi precinct of Orlando West – one of Soweto’s numerous suburbs, better known as "The Wild West" during the apartheid years. The great man himself popped round for tea after his release from Robben Island. Clean, white art deco lines make Vhavenda one of the standout properties in the neighbourhood. It is very much a family home with pictures of Kate’s children around the TV and friends of various offspring popping in and out. Kate’s husband David grew up in the property which they converted into a B&B over 10 years ago. He runs the burgeoning Vhupo Tours from his office in one of the back rooms. The bedrooms are comfortable with magnolia walls, baby-blue hues and multi-coloured coverlets. From 2010 they also have new beds and dazzling custom-made checkered headboards to compliment Kate's dashing decor. Ask for the palatial double room with its bath on a plinth and pair of double beds where I fell asleep to the sound of cicadas and the buzz of Johannesburg traffic in the far distance, before waking to the smell of sizzling bacon. An easy stroll to the Hector Pieterson museum, Mandela House and the superb Sakhumzi and Nambitha restaurants.

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Vhavenda Hills Bed and Breakfast