Did You Ask The Bull What Happens When You Negotiate Cape Town Self Catering Rates?

Cape Town self catering rates negotiations:

If you understand the bull fight then you’ll understand how negotiable Cape Town self catering rates are.

Let me tell you a joke to explain it:

A big Freesate farmer and his friends visit Spain. While sipping his Ron de Motril, he noticed a sizzling, scrumptious looking platter being served at the next table. Not only did it look good, but the smell was wonderful..

He asked the waiter, “What is that you just served?” The waiter replied, “Ah Senor, you have excellent taste! Those are bull’s testicles from the bullfight this morning. A delicacy!”

The Freestate farmer, undaunted, said, “What the heck, I’m on holiday, I’ll have some!” The waiter replied, “I am so sorry Senor. There is only one serving per day because there is only one bullfight each morning. If you place your order now, we will be sure to save you this delicacy for tomorrow”

He placed the order and the next evening he was served the one and only special delicacy of the day. After a few bites, and inspecting the contents of his platter, he called to the waiter and said, “These are delicious, but they are much smaller than the ones I saw you serve yesterday”

The waiter shrugged his shoulders and replied, “Si, Senor … sometimes the bull wins.”

Just imagine you are the matador (looking for accommodation) and the homeowner is the bull.

During winter you can negotiate all the time; the matador wins every time.

During summer there’s no real winner between the matador and the bulls. It’s a fair fight and they both go home relatively happy.

But during high peak – 15 December to 15 January – the bull wins all the time. The matador lies on his back with a bull horn sticking through his neck. Negotiations? No. It’s time for the bulls.  and the delicacies are served in small portions at high rates.

Let me summarise:

  1. If you want to negotiate Cape Town self catering rates come and stay during Cape Town’s winter. And if you can stay for long. There’s an over supply of self catering homes and owners cut rates.
  2. During summer you should get a fair rate but negotiations would be tough as owners don’t really have a hard time filling their homes with happy paying guests.
  3. During high peak holiday makers are fighting for space. There are not enough homes to cater for all the self catering needs. And owners smile; they have no incentive to discount. If you cannot pay, then they’ll wait a day, a week but it will go. And it will go at full rate. There is no negotiation during peak.

August 6, 2015


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