Vicky's Bed and BreakfastAddress: C-685A Kiyane Street, Site C, Khayelitsha, Cape Town view map
Vicky's Bed and Breakfast is like most houses in Khayelitsha, it is built of corrugated iron and wood. It took the owners about two months to finish it, because they built it with their own hands! As her guest house has grown in popularity, Vicky has been able to extend her property, and it is now a double storey.
It faces east and gets a lot of sunlight in the morning. There is enough room between the house and the street for cars to park and children to play. On hot Saturday afternoons, we like to put chairs outside and watch the busy world of the township pass by.
Vicky is a hard-working mother of three grown children who has absolutely adored her work as a Guesthouse operator these past 8 years. She has met wonderful people from all over the world and enjoys introducing visitors to her friends and family in her home neighborhood.
The kids throughout Vicky's neighborhood come to greet new visitors. In fact, they usually take over when it comes to keeping the guests entertained. They will teach guests easy words in Xhosa or their version of traditional dance moves.
When visitors bring candy or goodies to the children, Vicky will ensure it is dispersed equally as the children patiently line up outside Vicky's doorway waiting for their share of the treats.
Main area of focus in Caring for the Destination:
Vicky is an integral part of her community and a true organizer. She has helped many people in Khayelitsha understand their potential and understand that they do not have to be victims, or be passive. They can organize, they can do great things. She has helped people start businesses and has created a child care centre behind her B&B. She paid for this with money donated by the tourists who visit her B&B
Detailed description of the Caring for the Destination Initiative:
Let Vicky share the true township culture and way of life with you during a stay at Vicky's Bed and Breakfast. Or, have an even more profound experience by letting Vicky organize a short-term volunteer program. You'll feel good knowing that your holiday brings tangible benefits to the local neighborhood, and that such community developed enterprises can support the economic development of the area.