We booked this B&B well before our trip and asked the host Sylvia if she also could arrange a tour around Soweto and Johannesburg in general. Making sure we would be back well on time because we had to get our flight the same evening.
A couple of days before we arrived Sylvia mailed me to insure everything was arranged and she was waiting on our arrival.
On our arrival we had a bit of looking around to see if we were at the right address. They have a big gate and the B&B sign is behind it. But when turning to call at the gate you will see it. We called and Sylvia just greeted us as she had known us for a long time. The hospitality of Sylvia goes beyond imagination. And the best part is that you don't feel like she is pushing herself to do it. We directly got our room shown, a place to sit in the lovely and spacious garden and a nice fruit juice and some fresh fruit to relax.
While we went for dinner, she prepared our room for the night and started the aircon so we could arrive after dinner in a cool room ready to go to sleep.
Because it was the last day of our trip we arranged with Sylvia that she got our car washed while we did our tour. Also she made certain that Graham picked us up an hour earlier than normal for the tour. Because our room wasn't booked for that day we could leave our stuff in it and take another shower before heading to the airport.
If we ever return to South Africa and Johannesburg in particular we definitely will rearrange a stay at Zoo Lake B&B. If we ever know somebody going to Johannesburg we would recommend this place without hesitation. This really is a hidden gem near the center of Johannesburg, there is no doubt about it. Everything is just right about it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Zoo Lake B&B - your accommodation solution in Johannesburg. Whether you are in town for business or pleasure, we offer a full service accommodation solution. We are a stylish Bed & Breakfast in Parkview; walking distance to the Zoo Lake, 35 minutes from the airport and very close to the lively outdoor cafes in Parkhurst, and 2km from the bustling Rosebank Rooftop Market. To help make your stay more comfortable, we speak English, German and Afrikaans. ... more less