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Our procedures have been strengthened and we have put in place all the necessary measures to welcome you with complete peace of mind.

We present here our Covid-19 health and safety measures:

1. Increased cleaning of common areas and disinfection of surfaces frequently touched by clients and team members.

2. Addition of bottles of hand sanitizer gel for everyone.

3. Wearing masks and appropriate uniforms by all members of our team.

4. Updated instructions and procedures for all team members: general hygiene standards and instructions on hand disinfection, not touching one’s face, coughing in one’s elbow and social distancing.

5. Rooms are cleaned one by one, completely, without coming and going.

6. Once a client’s stay is over, we leave the room unoccupied for 48 hours. For any stay of 2 nights or more, you will let us know if you want our team to access your room to clean it or not.

7. Breakfast (and any other meals) will be, for now, exclusively offered in your room.

8. Strict safety and hygiene measures in place in our laundry.

9. Register of everyone entering the premises.

10. Temperatures taken of everyone entering the premises.

What we ask you to do, for everyone’s safety :

1. Wash your hands frequently or use our hand sanitizer dispensers.

2. Maintain physical distancing.

3. Avoid handshakes and hugs.

4. Sneeze into your elbow.

5. Avoid touching your face: eyes, nose and mouth.

We look forward to seeing you again!

021 786 4528
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Cape Town is a city with unrivalled culture and diversity, boasting a heady mix of old and new. Nothing speaks to this more than the iconic Big Six attractions. The Big Six is made up of Cape Point, Groot Constantia, Kirstenbosch, Robben Island Museum, Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and the V&A Waterfront. These six spectacular Cape Town attractions are the city’s backbone. They represent the beautiful natural surrounds, rich history, diverse culture, and incredible cuisine and wine that make Cape Town a top destination for travellers the world over. Your trip will not be complete with a visit to each iconic location.

 

V&A WATERFRONT

The V&A Waterfront is South Africa’s most-visited destination, and it attracts roughly 24 million visitors a year. There are five shopping districts where you’ll find everything from local designs to international brands, but there’s more to this destination than shopping. There are many coffee shops, restaurants, and bars, most with spectacular harbour views. Kids will love the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Scratch Patch, and the chance to ride the Cape Wheel, along with many other events and attractions to keep the little ones busy for days. There’s also the new Canal District, with its gorgeous city, harbour and mountain views. Here. you’ll find a range of water activities, from standup paddling to kayaking and swimming. There’s also Battery Park, where you can revel in the sunshine on a summer’s day. There are expansive lawns and landscaped indigenous gardens, interwoven with footpaths and benches.

 

Waterfront summer

TABLE MOUNTAIN

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Table Mountain is Cape Town’s centrepiece. If you are relatively fit and are feeling energetic, there are some amazing hikes to try. For those pressed for time, the Aerial Cableway offers a quick and convenient ascent. Cable cars depart from the cable station every 10 to 15 minutes and the journey up the mountain takes about five minutes. The cars rotate through 360 degrees during the trip, affording you spectacular views of the mountain below.

Top 0f Table Mountain Cableway Craig Howes

ROBBEN ISLAND

Robben Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and has come to symbolise the oppression of the Apartheid government. It was here that Nelson Mandela, alongside many other political prisoners, spent 18 years of his 27 years in prison.  However, the island’s history predates the Apartheid regime. Over the centuries, it has acted as a prison, a military base, and a leper colony. Ferries depart for the island daily from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront, and the tours (including the ferry trips) usually last about three-and-a-half hours.

 

Inside a Cell in Robben Island

KIRSTENBOSCH NATIONAL BOTANICAL GARDEN

Situated on the slopes of Table Mountain, a mere 13km from the city centre, Kirstenbosch is regarded as one of the great botanical gardens of the world. The 528-hectare estate contains over 7,000 species of plants from southern Africa. Spend the day picnicking on the lawns, strolling through the Protea garden, or discovering interesting plant species in the Botanical Society Conservatory. While you are there, be sure to check out the 130m Centenary Tree Canopy – affectionately known as the Boomslang – that snakes its way through the trees of the Arboretum.

 

 

GROOT CONSTANTIA

The oldest wine farm in South Africa offers up more than just fine wine and delicious food; at Groot Constantia, you can also brush up on your Cape Town history at the museum housed in the old Manor House. While you are there, be sure to sample some of the estate’s dessert wine – Grand Constance. It was so famous in the nineteenth century (then known as Constantia Wyn) that it even found its way into the works of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens.

 

Groot Constantia Manor House

CAPE POINT

The Cape Point Nature Reserve is all about natural splendour. You will be treated to some pretty spectacular views of the Atlantic and False Bay coastlines. While you are there, be sure to spend some time in the nature reserve where you are likely to encounter baboons, Cape Mountain Zebras, buck, and at least some of the 250 species of bird that call this reserve home. Don’t miss a ride up to the lighthouse on the Flying Dutchman Funicular for some truly spectacular panoramic views!

 

Cape Point Steps

 

Source credit: capetown.travel

1. Stick to a routine

Plan out a routine and stick to it. Having structure in your day gives you a sense of stability and peace of mind. For example, get up and go to bed at the same time you usually would and have your meals at the usual time. Make sure you get your normal amount of sleep. Plan different things for your weekend or day off so you can get a break from your routine, just as you normally would.

2. Get a daily dose of fresh air

Go outside for a walk or run – it’s good for your physical and mental health. Again, plan it into your schedule so you are doing it every day. Getting out of the house will make you feel better and reduce cabin fever.

3. Eat healthy food

Make sure you’re getting your 5 plus a day of fruit and vegetables to stay healthy. Avoid unnecessary snacking which is easy to do when you’re at home. Keep your eating habits as close as possible to what you would usually do. An excess of alcohol is especially risky at this time, so keep to standard drinking advice and find other ways to relieve stress.

4. Stay in touch

A lack of face to face contact with others is tough. However, there are lots of other ways to stay in touch. Pick up the phone, video call friends or family and stay in touch online. Start an online neighbourhood group to keep an eye on each other. You could also throw a virtual party where a group gets together online and connects that way. There are also lots of resources and ideas on the internet to keep you occupied and connected.

5. Exercise inside regularly

Set aside time each day or week to exercise inside, in the garage or in the garden. It could be yoga, weights, dancing or other forms of exercise. There are many websites offering free virtual exercise classes. It’s also a great time to get stuck into the garden, mow the lawns, clean the house and trim the hedge. See also exercising while staying at home.

6. Have fun

If you’ve suddenly find yourself with time on your hands, remember to do something you enjoy. Watch a movie, do some puzzles, play some board games, write that novel, read, redecorate, play charades, start to learn language or do anything else that will put a smile on your face.

7. Have a digital break

While it’s important to stay connected digitally, make sure you do have a break from it and balance your use. Plan times to be digitally connected and times when you switch to ‘do not disturb’ and become fully present to life in your bubble.

8. Healthy balance of news

It’s tempting to keep checking all the latest updates about COVID-19 but don’t let it rule your life. Keep informed but also a have a break from the constant flow of information. Have set times where you check the news, maybe morning and night to keep a healthy balance.

9. Meditate

Meditation is proven to have many mental and physical benefits. As does practising mindfulness. They are both free to do and will improve your health and help you stay calm and centred.

10. Seek medical attention if needed

If you feel unwell and need to see a doctor or you suspect you have COVID-19, then phone your GP to make an appointment. Medical facilities, pharmacies, vets, supermarkets and other essential services are still open.

 

SourceCredit: www.healthnavigator.org.nz

 

Due to the Corona Virus and resulting travel bans, we are sadly not able to receive BnB guests at the moment.

HOWEVER, our seperate self-catering Garden Apartment is available for a long term tenant.

This 1.5 bedroom furnished apartment is suitable for a single person or a couple (with young children).

The rent is R5000pm, excluding services with a R2500 refundable breakage deposit (direct bookings, no commission). DSTV & WIFI is available as an added extra.

Contact us for more information on info@marinerguesthouse.co.za.

South Africa has officially moved to Level Four lockdown restrictions, put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 infections in South Africa continue to rise and the virus poses a significant threat to our country. Government has thus taken a careful approach, consisting of five lockdown levels, to fully reopen the economy.

Level Four explained

South Africa moved from Level Five to Level Four on 1 May.

Government’s regulations for Level Four include:

  • In addition to essential services, some other businesses may open, including those that sell baby clothes, bedding, winter clothing and stationery. Hardware suppliers and vehicle maintenance businesses can open, and factories that support these businesses can start manufacturing.
  • Restaurants can sell food, but deliveries only.
  • A curfew has been put in place. You may not leave your home between 8pm and 5am, unless you have an essential worker permit or need urgent medical attention.
  • You may leave your home to exercise, but only between 6am and 9am. However, you must stay within 5km of your home and cannot exercise in groups.
  • Fabric face masks are now mandatory. You have to wear one when leaving your home.
  • Tobacco products and alcohol are still not allowed to be sold.
  • Domestic workers and childminders who live at private households can return to work.
  • Businesses that open must have strict social distancing and hygiene measures in place.
  • You may only travel between provinces for funerals or to return to work or home.
  • You may still not visit family or friends.
  • You can use public transport, such as trains and buses, under strict conditions.

The relaxed lockdown will allow around 1.5 million workers to return to work, as shops and industries such as mining and agriculture start expanding their operations.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma reminded South Africans that Level Four does not mean that the lockdown is over. As infections around the country continue to increase, it is important for all citizens to continue to follow regulations so that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed, she says.

“Let me say again, briefly, that Level Four does not mean the lockdown has ended. Stay in your home. Wear a mask. Wash your hands. Keep your distance from other people,” the minister says.

Level Three

Government will base a decision to move down to Level Three on various factors, such as the rate of new COVID-19 infections. When the virus spread is less and the healthcare system can cope with the spread, the lockdown will move to Level Three.

The regulations under Level Three include:

  • All workers will be allowed to return to work at factories. All workplaces must have COVID-19 prevention measures in place.
  • Alcohol sales will be permitted from Monday to Wednesday, between 8am and 12pm. You will only be allowed to buy alcohol to drink at home. Bars and shebeens will remain closed.
  • Restaurants will only be able to deliver orders.
  • More businesses will be allowed to open, allowing more workers to get back to work. These include employees in sectors such as vehicle manufacturing, construction, clothing, real estate and gardening.
  • Limited travel, including travel between provinces, will be allowed in some circumstances.
  • Laundry and dry-cleaning services will be permitted.

Level Two

A move down to Level Two will see more regulations eased, as the virus spreads at a low level and our healthcare system is fully prepared.

Level Two regulations include:

  • Manufacturing to be scaled up to 100 percent employment.
  • All retail will be permitted.
  • Business travel will be allowed.
  • Accommodation will be opened for business travellers.
  • Restaurants can open for takeaways and delivery.
  • Travel between provinces will be allowed.

Level One

Level One is the scenario that government is aiming for. This will only happen when there is minimal spread of the virus and if South Africans adhere to regulations in the higher lockdown levels.

Under Level One, most activities and businesses will be permitted, but COVID-19 prevention guidelines, such as social distancing and proper hygiene, will still have to be followed.

It is important for all South Africans to work together to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that we can all return to work and see our country returning to normal.

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