1. Layer up

Although you might think that big winter jumpers are the way to go, wearing layers of thin clothes will keep you warmer as they trap body heat.

2. Eat well and drink warm

While having a hot tea or coffee may make you feel warmer, it’s more to do with the caffeine. That is because caffeine increases blood flow to the skin. You may feel warmer as a result, but your body is actually losing heat. Alcohol has the same affect. Try sticking to decaffeinated or herbal hot drinks instead. Eating regular meals will also help keep you warm. Healthy hearty foods such as soup and stews are great for warming you up. Try to include carbohydrates in your dishes too. Porridge and soup are great winter-warmers.

3. Get moving

“When we are hot we increase the blood flow to the skin. That is why people get red when they exercise – because we are trying to release heat – so the blood flow to the skin increases and your skin feels warmer,” (Professor Taylor)

 4. Stay social

Try to keep an active social life this winter to help keep the cold at bay and boost your mood.

 5. Snuggle up

Save on your electricity bills this winter and get cozy with warm blankets instead. Maybe even dig out your hot water bottle, although you should never use it in bed when using an electric blanket too.

“As winter brushes her blue cheeks across Capetonian skies, come and discover how people have weaved their lives through the tip of Africa, as you encounter both the uncommon and marvellous, from flames of restaurant fireplaces to dancing leaves in the Winelands, from the intricate tastes of coffee in art galleries to the smells of the great Atlantic crashing against Cape Point.”

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Here are our top 100 things to do in Winter in Cape Town and surrounds:


Information and picture source: Cape Town Official Tourism Website

Visit Mariner Guesthouse for your accommodation needs:


The name “Mariner” comes from the maritime background of co-owner, Liesel Coetzer’s husband being a navigational Master Mariner at sea, as well as the rich maritime history of Simon’s Town. The town was named after Simon van der Stel, the Dutch governor of the Cape Colony between 1677 and 1699, who surveyed the bay east of Cape Town and earmarked it as a safe winter harbour. Today Simon’s Town is home to the South African Navy and the False Bay Yacht Club, conveniently situated adjacent to the Simon’s Town Waterfront Centre in the town. Boat charters and sea kayaking are some of the many activities offered from the centre and professionally managed deep sea fishing, shark diving and whale watching charters are available here.


Owners of Mariner Guesthouse, Lorenda and Gerdie Landman, are farmers in the Eastern Cape, with daughter, Liesel, performing the function of General Manager of the business, which offers the flexibility she needs to be a mom to 3 young daughters!  The dynamic “Mariner Team” further consists of Manager, Daleen Theron, and Assistants, Nandi Radebe and Mandy Bungu. Together they ensure that guests are always treated to style, comfort and friendly hospitality!


From the beginning, it was important to the owners that the guest house had to be centrally located and walking distance to restaurants and beaches, while still offering panoramic sea views across False Bay.  In the end, an old house on the mountainside was demolished to purpose build the architecturally designed Mariner Guesthouse in 2009, with the aim of being eco-friendly and offering high quality facilities to receive a 4-Star grading. The 8 bedroom guest house now offers value, luxury accommodation to leisure and business travelers.  Guests staying in Simon’s Town, normally seek to experience nature and adventure activities, while still being within easy driving distance of the city of Cape Town.


Today, the owners of Mariner Guesthouse are proud of what the business has become.  Its involvement in various Social Responsibility projects, a focus on Staff Development and having received awards such as Top Accommodation in the South Peninsula by Travel Ground and a Certificate of Excellence and Winner on Trip Advisor – as rated by its satisfied guests, are all aspects that contribute to the success of the business.


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“We believe that our owner-involvement in the day-to-day operations, along with our competent and passionate staff members, make a big difference in ensuring that our guests are happy and have an unforgettable stay at Mariner Guesthouse every time!”, says Liesel Coetzer.  Make sure to book your accommodation at Mariner Guesthouse next time you visit the Cape Peninsula, and enjoy everything the beautiful Simon’s Town has to offer.


+27 (0)21 786 4528 | info@marinerguesthouse.co.za  | www.marinerguesthouse.co.za

We would like to share this lovely post from “What’s The Point”

“We were out and about at the Cape Point section of SANParks – Table Mountain National Park just after 7am.

It was a magnificent sunrise on the bay, but just round the corner the Point was fogbound, and these Baboons were looking mighty disgruntled about the cold start to the day!”

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Information source: What’s the Point Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CapePointTrails

Picture source: WTP


Mariner Guesthouse, (1 of the 10 chosen small businesses in Africa), had the opportunity this year to take part in

The World Trade Market’s “Speed Marketing Sessions”.

Take a look at our presentation presented by Liesel Coetser (owner):