Nthateng's B&B

Gauteng

Rooms: 5: 2 queens, 1 king and 2 twins. All en/s.

Prices: R400 - R450 pp sharing. R485 for singles.
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Meals: Full cooked breakfast is included. Evening meals available on request for R150 - R200.

Directions: Arrange a pick-up from Johannesburg. Nthateng can also arrange airport transfers for R550.

Nthateng Motaung
6991 Inhlwathi St, Orlando West, Soweto, Gauteng

Tel: (0)11-051-9362; or 011-936-2676
Cell: (0)82-335-7956
Fax: (0)86-600-5141
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Snappily dressed in tight jeans and gold jewellery, the glamorous Nthateng happily took the time to talk to me about the history of Soweto before insisting that I accompany her to the wedding down the road between a Zulu man and a Swazi woman. "Everyone's invited," she said. Between the tribal colours and shaking dancers, Nthateng sat me down with some fried chicken and samp, washed down with a glass of sparkling ginger (apparently it wouldn't be a proper wedding without it!). Then it was back for a tour of her own place. Optical lighting illuminates the up-to-the-minute sandy-coloured rooms that boast carved wooden bedheads inlaid with red and gold mosaics. One double room also houses a vast Louis XIV-style dressing table; it’s not hard to imagine Marie Antoinette perched on the ornate seat, powdering her wig and applying beauty spots. See Soweto in style – not only is Nthateng’s close to the museums and restaurants, but insist that she takes you backstage on Soweto TV. It's a hub of creativity, the crew are really friendly and their studios are located just a couple of blocks up adjacent to a talented seamstress and an inspiring art school for children. With the Hector Pieterson Memorial, Nelson Mandela's house and Soccer City also within easy striking distance Nthateng attests 'people must stay in Soweto for two or three nights to get the full experience'. Later on, after revelling in an evening of live music and high-energy dancing at the Soweto Beer Festival I'd gladly move in for a week.

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