Qui sommes-nous?

IMG_3639Marc Bakker and Marjolijn Botje have been the proud owners of African Queen Guesthouse in Noordhoek since February 2014. Together with our daughters Floor and Kiki, we are operating the guesthouse in a similar way as our predecessors, Bram and Margaux.

We are living on the premises and our guests can expect a high level of hands-on service and hospitality. Our aim is to offer our guests the most enjoyable stay that make them want to come back to our guesthouse time and time again.

Marc has a long history with South Africa where he first came to the country in 1983 as a Rotary Exchange Student. He spent a year at Dale College in King William’s Town. In 2002 we bought a house in Kommetjie where we spent many happy holidays. We have been living in the Southern Peninsula since 2006 and have an excellent knowledge of Cape Town and the surrounding areas.

Marjolijn has lived an international life as a daughter of ‘Shell expats’. She has real African roots as she was born in Nigeria and as such our daughters are, interestingly, eligible for Nigerian citizenship. She has a degree from Amsterdam University in European studies and has had a previous career in telecommunications. Marc has a law degree from Leiden University but went on to work in sports – and lifestyle management.

Through Marc’s brother, Dave Bakker, we got to know the hospitality industry as he and his wife Anouk are managers/owners of Wedgeview Country House & Spa in Stellenbosch and WhaleRock Luxury Lodge in Hermanus. Both Marc and Dave have been active cricket players and played representative cricket for The Netherlands. Although a double knee operation has ‘slowed’ down Marc considerably he still enjoys playing golf (hc. 4) and he and Marjolijn are members at the Clovelly Golf Club.

We have a passion for good food & wine and we love the outdoors; we feel privileged we live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Also we are strong on sustainability; we recycle & reuse and we don’t use pesticides in our organic vegetable garden. Our 2 pools and showers are heated through solar power and eggs for breakfast come mostly from our own chickens.

In the last year we added a new salt water solar heated swimming pool (10 x 3,5m), 2 new rooms (Ocean and Sunset), a deck for the Honeymoon Suite and a sunset lapa. Also a sauna is now in operation; the little ‘shack’ where the sauna is housed in has been built with mainly recycled materials.

Notre équipe dévouée:

 gloriaGloria fait partie de l’équipe depuis le tout début. Elle vit avec son mari Wellington à Masimphumele. Ils ont trois enfants Lindile, Sandile et Odwa qui habitent avec de la famille dans l’ ‘Oostkaap’ où ils vont à l’école. Elle est toujours très occupée et a le visage perpétuellement éclairé d’ un sourire radieux . Nous avons beaucoup de chance de l’avoir parmi nous. siphokaziAprès l’ouverture du Guesthouse en septembre 2008, nous nous sommes vite rendu compte que nous allions avoir besoin d’aide supplémentaire. Siphokazi est venue rejoindre notre équipe. Elle vit à Masimphumele avec son mari Thomas et leur fils Banele. Son autre fils Anovuyo habite avec de la famille dans l’ ‘Oostkaap’. Elle est un peu timide, mais très gentille et toujours prête à aider quand nous avons besoin d’elle. lameckLameck, lui, fait des miracles dans notre jardin. Il est originaire du Malawi, et est venu au Cap en 2003 à la recherche d’une vie meilleure. Il vit à Masimphumele avec son fils Goli, son épouse Eunice est restée au Malawi dans sa famille. C’est un véritable mille-pattes qui construit tout ce qu’on lui demande, d’une étable pour l’âne à la cage pour le hibou.


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