Cape Town Holiday Home Rental Agents Listing Service

September 20, 2014

As Cape Town holiday home rental agents we can assist the self-catering homeowner who wants gain an income from the lucrative Cape Town tourism and travel industry. We can assist in more than one way: Passive Marketing: Listing your nice accommodation on our website for free. All that’s needed is your in-your-pocket rates for various season, your […]

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SA Visa Rules For Travelling With Minors Delayed

September 19, 2014

Great news if you are travelling with kids from or to South Africa. In a previous article we discussed the new rules. Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced on Tuesday that the new requirement of an unabridged birth certificate for all children travelling to and within South Africa’s borders has been postponed until June […]

How do you set rates for AirBnB and others to get reviews and a boost in rank?

September 10, 2014

I am not sure how you set rates but here’s an idea I want to discuss with you. Before I do let me refer you my other post on “How to improve Airbnb ranking: Is this what you’ll do?” Here you’ll see that, for example, the more reviews you get the higher your listing appears […]

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Setting Self Catering Rates: Margins Or Searching For A Mirage?

This post is all about setting self catering rates when self catering owners start out marketing and they want to maximise their income. Other rules may apply if you just would like some form of return. Depending on your optimization goals for your self catering accommodation setting rates are very important. Initially, when you start out, […]


Where Will CapeHolidays.Info Market Your Home?

After reading an article on if you should list your accommodation on multiple sites we decided to do research on the matter. With only 12% of potential clients only visiting 1 site we were leaving money on the table. Nearly 70% visit 2 to 5 sites. The short and sweet of it, is that have to list our […]

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How to improve Airbnb ranking: Is this what you’ll do?

How to improve Airbnb ranking when your are new to the game is not easy. If you read the 9 Tips to Boost Your Airbnb Host Search Ranking you’ll notice that you can improve your rankings on AirBnB. One of our homeowners (Tom) with a listing on our site is number one on AirBnB for Muizenberg. Tom started about a […]

Cape Town Self Catering Marketing Trends

August 29, 2014

Marketing of your self catering accommodation is pretty useless if you don’t have an idea how you compare. I started using Google Trends to see how our web stats compare to global trends. By the way: It’s critical that you start measuring: Number of people visiting your site per day. How many pages are viewed. […]

Are You Using The Shotgun Approach When You Advertise Your Self Catering Home In Cape Town?

How can we collectively learn more about marketing self catering accommodation in Cape Town: Getting more qualified bums on beds is important to many Cape Town self catering home owners. But where do you advertise? Do you use the shot-gun approach and hope for the best? How expensive is it to be a dummy? The big sites […]

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Have You Made These Checks Before Traveling To Cape Town?

August 25, 2014

Are you planning your trip to Cape Town? I hope you have asked us to find you a self catering home. It’s getting late. But this post is more on what you need to check before you arrive. Let’s try and make your Cape Town stay as pleasant as possible:  Are you a sneezer? Those […]


Whose Fault Is It When Your Cape Town Self Catering Rental Agent Ignore You?

August 7, 2014

We (the shorter rental agent and home owner) chose this relationship together. And we have to work at it. But as they say it takes two to tango. And we like the tango. It’s an effort initially but within the rhythm we start having fun. But sometimes our tango partners are ignore. Why are you […]

What Can Self Catering Owners Learn From The Launch Our New Site?

Our site’s was outdated. We wanted to make some changes to help us in getting more enquiries. We had to relaunch.  We are getting more than 20 000 views per month. That’s great but how do we get more enquiries? We needed to answer what stops people from making enquiries? Here’s a few ideas I want to […]

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Are You Traveling With Kids To Cape Town Or South Africa Under 18?

July 31, 2014

New Immigration rules impacting travel with children who are under the age of 18   Gail Farmer shared this great tip. Thanks Gail. From 01 October 2014 all children under the age of 18 will be required to produce an unabridged birth certificate in addition to their passport when entering, departing or transiting South Africa.Airlines will be forced […]

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Fair Or Not? These Cape Town Accommodation Agents Are In Spain & Germany While I Am In Cape Town

June 15, 2014

It’s winter in Cape Town. And some of us are in Spain:   And another team member is in Germany drinking beers: Is that fair? Let me tell you a little about us while I have your attention: is a family run business. But today I am left alone with the dogs while the women […]

Have You Seen Cape Town From The Top Of the Ritz?

June 5, 2014

The Ritz has been part of Sea Point’s skyline for over 3 decades but it’s never been my answer to “Where shall we have dinner tonight? A friend, who is in between buying and selling a home, had to find alternative lodgings and ended up at The Ritz. Where else could you find accommodation with […]

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What’s Your Sunrise Like?

May 26, 2014

Every morning you wake up and what do you see? Smog, or your neighbours face? How long can you see nothing? The other day one of our Cape Town holiday maker’s said he wanted a house with a view. If not he can just as well get fogged over in Johannesburg. We are lucky enough […]

3 Top Best Restaurants in Cape Town Area – Have You Been?

May 12, 2014

These 3 Cape Town restaurants have made it to the top 100 fine dining restaurants in the world. The Elite Traveller compiled the list based on traveller votes. While trying to show how they compiled the list I also came across another link where they list top Cape Town restaurants. Have a look as list some […]

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Quick Cape Town Holiday Quiz

May 6, 2014

  Cape Town is such a huge area where you can find self catering accommodation. One of the problems most holiday makers have is that they don’t know Cape Town. Here are seven quick questions to check how well you know Cape Town’s self catering accommodation and other trivia. [slickquiz id=1]  

Short Term Rentals Pushing Up Housing Prices

April 29, 2014

Short term rental websites been blamed for pushing up housing prices because they remove rooms from the rental market. Chicago Tribune    I suppose anything is possible in the USA. Sometime ago I read that USA hotels are worried about the impact self catering accommodation has on their profitability (but I could not find it). […]

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Why Does Sean Penn Visit Cape Town?

April 14, 2014

The answer is obvious. Sean Penn is like everyone else. They love Cape Town. There’s something magical about Cape Town. Is it the mountain? The people? The Camps Bay beach?  Sitting at one of the street restaurants in Camps Bay, with Elmarie and Nandi on a perfect winter’s day, it was obvious why Camps Bay […]


Cape Town Suburbs Map – Plan Your Holiday

March 31, 2014

Why another Cape Town suburbs map? We have many clients who want to visit Cape Town but does not know that Cape Point is part of Cape Town and more than 60 mins away from Cape Town CBD. And the confusion continue… Holidaymakers tell me they want to stay anywhere in Cape Town but when […]

Are you giving your guests water?

If you are giving guests water then why not give them DSTV at R29 per day and ADSL at R98 per month + phone line costs? I know this is extreme but others take this ADSL Bandwidth (internet) idea even further: Talking to Cape Town accommodation owners I would expect that they are the Perrier […]

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Cape Town Self Catering Rates: How Long You Stay

March 17, 2014

You know Cape Town is popular. Very popular. And the most popular time is between Christmas and old Year’s Eve up to 15 January. The period after Christmas, including Old Year’s Eve by far the most popular. (Read this article with the article on Cape Town self catering rates). The next most popular time is […]

Cape Town Self Catering Accommodation Rates

March 3, 2014

What are Cape Town self catering accommodation rates? Today I will only discuss rates in general. Then in another post I would discuss rates per area, and then how length of stay affects your rate. You’ll agree that Cape Town self catering accommodation rates depend on where you want to stay, how long you want to […]

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Joburg Has Cash Cape Town Has Class As Long As We Don’t Get Blunt

January 20, 2014

Last week I told you how popular Cape Town is. And it never ends. Business Day now has a story saying Joburg has the cash but Cape Town has the class. Now we all know that. That’s why you come here for your holidays. And you spend mega bucks. Only R14.6 billion during 2012. But […]

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Cape Town The Best City in The World: The Consequences

January 13, 2014

I read everything on Cape Town. I have to because Cape Town is one of your chosen holiday destinations. But when I get regular newspaper listings saying Cape Town is the best then I get worried. And you may as well. The New York Times Listed Cape Town as the No 1 City. The Daily […]

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If You Are In Cape Town You Are Lucky Enough

December 23, 2013

Yes it’s the season. Everyone is in Cape Town. Let me qualify. Everyone who was lucky enough to find accommodation is in Cape Town. We had a very tough time trying to find accommodation for last minute Cape Town holidaymakers. We assisted many of you but lots we could only disappoint. Let’s try harder next […]

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How’s Your Cape Town Bumper Season?

December 22, 2013

Yes. The season is upon us. And depending on your view it’s already over. We can now take a short break and then focus on 2014. At the end of the high-peak late bookings became frustrations. We could not help all the people all the time. Agents and homeowners scrambled. The only way to help […]

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Was Mandela A Racist? (An Open Letter To A Small Minority)

December 17, 2013

If Mandela forgave all, unconditionally, how can you still justify being a racist? Mandela’s life was stolen from him because racists were afraid of his skin colour. Was this not enough reason for him to hate whites? Why then can you tell me you don’t want people from Durban, from Johannesburg, or from Africa in […]

Select Luxury Accommodation Simon’s Town

December 16, 2013

Get spoiled for choice with all these luxury accommodation Simon’s Town options. Heat pools, on the water, designers paradise

Accommodation 1 Hour From Cape Town Luxury Romantic Or Affordable

December 15, 2013

Fun Accommodation 1 Hour From Cape Town! You are looking for accommodation 1 hour from Cape Town. You want to get away and have some real fun. And traveling one hour is more fun than travelling three hours. Going out of Cape Town for less than hour is even better. And when you get another […]

Let The Madiba Spirit Be With You During Your Festive Cape Town Holidays

December 8, 2013

You are on your way to Cape Town. Or let me say many of you are. It’s going to be great and you cannot wait. I know you have read a lot about Madiba. And have seen images like this one: Allow me to add a short story on Madiba. For the last few years […]

Solving The Frustration Of Accommodation Managers Worst Nightmare: Keys

December 7, 2013

Let’s solve one of the most time consuming headaches faced by accommodation managers: The cost of lost keys, rekeying locks, and guest lock outs, duplicate keys floating around – cupboards full. Tagged with colourful plastic. What about guests, vendors, cleaners or maintenance people wanting access to your accommodation at odd times? And you have to stop everything, […]

Top 10 Honeymoon Destinations in South Africa – Poll

December 3, 2013

What are the top honeymoon destinations in South Africa? Most websites tell you what they think are the top 10 honeymoon destinations in South Africa. Instead we want you to tell us what you think. On  Wednesday 4 December the weekly #TravelChatSA at 7pm, SAST(UTC+2) will be hosted by [travel opulent box], @UrbanWalkerCT @ExclusivGetaway @capeholidays @Connecting_SA @ToursDeMornay. And […]

Are You Going To Braai Fresh Fish In Cape Town?

November 29, 2013

If in Cape Town you can do many things. But if you don’t braai fresh fish then you are missing out big time. And I mean big time. No restaurant can give you such flavor as your own fresh fish on a braai. With friends in your own space. And with a view like this […]


Rosa: Pay Me Fairly And I Will Send You Lots Of Paying Guests

November 21, 2013

The Worth Of Cape Town Short Term Rental Agents This is an open letter to the Cape Town short-term rental owner who sent me this email after I mentioned her less than par 10% commission. (Don’t read it if you are sensitive 😉 Re the commission, we really try to stay as affordable as possible […]

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5 Short Term Rental Ideas: Book More Guest And Ensure They Return

November 18, 2013

5 Short Term Rental Ideas To Retain Your Guests Getting more guests to your accommodation is not as easy as it seems. Your opposition is grabbing your guests. Hotels are doing a great job doing the same. And you have bed nights you can fill. But what can you do that’s free and effective? For some […]

Setting Holiday Rental Rates: Does One Swallow Make A Summer?

November 8, 2013

Let’s Look At Setting Holiday Rental Rates We come across many homeowners who want to market their Cape Town accommodation. And all they care about is what rate they can get per night. They want the most. That makes sense. Or does it? I believe that before you can start counting money people need to […]

Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You The Naive Cape Town Holiday Maker?

Cape Town Safety For Tourists: Are You Responsible? You have packed your bags. You have bought the plane ticket. You have booked your Cape Town accommodation. You downloaded the free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. You cannot wait. Only a few more nights. Image credit Cape Town safety for tourists is hidden […]

Accommodation Advertising Network – How You Can Also Benefit

October 29, 2013

How Can You Benefit From This Accommodation Advertising Network? You want to more bums on beds. But where do you start or what can you do to get more? You can use free classifieds like Gumtree, or Safarinow, and the rest. But there must be a better way. A simple way. And an effective way. […]

A Must Visit: Cape Town’s Luck Of The Pot – Pot Luck Club Cape Town

October 28, 2013

Have you been to Pot Luck Club Cape Town? One of the restaurants not to be missed out – during your next visit. Living in Cape Town we can go there throughout the year but you may not get a seat if you don’t book today for your visit. Let’s have a look at what Potluck […]

Learn How You Can Stay Connected This Holiday – Mobile WiFi

October 21, 2013

It’s holiday time in Cape Town. Everyone has booked holiday accommodation long time ago. And very disappointed are the later sleepers. Sorry. But for those who are lucky enough let’s discuss being: Connected cheaply and effectively all the time this holiday. Who do not want to be connected? Facebook. Twitter. Email. Whatsapp. Phone a friend. […]

Cycling from Simon’s Town to Cape of Good Hope

October 18, 2013

It’s summer in Cape Town. But who cares. As they say if you are in Cape Town you are lucky enough. Don’t you agree? Everyone wants to be in Cape Town! You have booked your Cape Town accommodation and you have downloaded your free ebook on things to do in Cape Town. Now you are ready […]

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Fun Things To Do In Cape Town | FREE eBook Download

September 27, 2013

It’s this time of the year. The time before the influx of Cape Town visitors. Many of these visitors are new to Cape Town. They have no clue what are some of the fun things to do in Cape Town. Over the last few years we have written many articles on lots of fun things […]

All You Want To Know About Simonstown

September 20, 2013

Cape Town: Where would I rather be? This post is all about Simonstown and is intended for those new to Simonstown and who wants to know more about Simonstown. Where to go and what to expect. Above Simonstown is a road to Scarborough with the following view onto Simonstown’s harbour. The road is called Red Hill […]

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8 Tips On How To Market Your Holiday Home

September 10, 2013

Marketing your Cape Town holiday home is not as easy as it may seem. There are many frustrating options and you have to find the best. But which is best? And how long do you have to invest before you can continuously increase your occupancy – even during winter? Talking about winter; Cape Town holiday […]

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Top 10 Things To Do In Cape Town As Suggested By Others

September 2, 2013

A list of Top 10 Things To Do In Cape Town as suggested by Cape Town Authorities This is a post lists ten of the top blog posts by others whom I see as authorities on Cape Town. Things to Do in Cape Town | Things to do Western Cape Cape Town Magazine 20+ items – A broad selection of things to […]

What To Do In Cape Town – When On Holiday

August 30, 2013

When on holiday in Cape Town you have a lot of time. Relatively. And you can do a lot. In general Cape Town is safe: This does not mean you should look naïve and leave all your gold and diamonds hanging around your neck. I am not suggesting there’s a problem but tourists leave their expensive […]

Are You Tapping Into Cape Town Romantic Travel Market?

August 22, 2013

What is romantic travel? For most people this means honeymoons, but today we are getting minimoons as well. You can define a minimoon as pre-honeymoon short stays, post marriage celebration of milestones and other romantic breaks. It’s all about the emotion and trying to kindle or rekindle a memory, a feeling……. We all know emotion […]

Why “The Surprisingly Spectacular Clifton Cape Town Beach”?

August 20, 2013

Yes! Why Surprisingly? Clifton Cape Town Beach Has Been Compared To St Tropez! If USA TODAY, which I take as an authority, includes Clifton in a list of 12 surprisingly spectacular city beaches and they exclude St Tropez then Clifton’s beaches must superior to St Tropez. But I think the crux is in the qualification: Surprisingly.  I […]

The Inquisitive Striped Mice And Your Cape Town Holiday

August 16, 2013

Let me tell you a story about myself. I grew up on a farm. My mother had a pet shop. And we had pet chicks and chickens for the pot. Piglets to play with and crispy bacon for breakfast. We knew where things came from. Rabbits, white rats and mice were boringly ordinary. Moving to […]

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