Over ons

Marc Bakker and Marjolijn Botje are since February 2014 the proud new owners of African Queen Guesthouse in Noordhoek. Together with our daughters Floor and Kiki, we are operating the guesthouse in the same way as our predecessors, Bram and Margaux. They have done a fantastic job in managing and marketing the guesthouse in the past few years.

We live on the premises and we continue to deliver the same level of service and hospitality as our guests have been used to.

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 permanently in the Southern Peninsula since five years now 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.

Although running African Queen is a full-time affair Marc is also self-employed and runs BetterWorld, a consultancy that ‘bridges the gap between corporates and causes’ and Marjolijn used to be Office Manager at the Dutch Consulate-General in Cape Town.

Our daughters Floor and Kiki go to Kommetjie Primary School and are keen on their tennis, hockey, cricket, netball and dancing. Marc’s oldest daughter, Kinge, lives in The Netherlands with her mom and comes to Cape Town as much as possible. She plays in the Dutch under-15 cricket team and also is an active hockey player.

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. 5) 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 pool and showers are heated through solar power and eggs for breakfast come mostly from our own chickens.

In the last year we’ve been busy adding a second solar heated pool with=lapa area, 2 extra units and the latest new thing is a Sauna for those cold Cape Town winter days.

Ons toegewijd team:

 

gloriaGloria is al bij ons sinds het prille begin. Ze woont met haar man Wellington in Masimphumele. Hun drie kinderen Lindile, Sandile en Odwa verblijven bij de familie in de Oostkaap waar ze ook naar school gaan. Ze is altijd druk in de weer met een eeuwige glimlach op het gezicht. We hebben echt geluk haar als deel van ons team te hebben. siphokaziNa de opening van de guesthouse in september 2008, beseften we al vlug dat we extra hulp zouden nodig hebben. Siphokazi kwam het team versterken. Zij woont ook in Masimphumele met haar man Thomas en zoon Banele. Haar andere zoon Anovuyo blijft bij de familie in de Oostkaap. Ze is een klein beetje verlegen, maar heel lief en altijd paraat wanneer we haar nodig hebben. lameckLameck verricht wonderen in onze tuin. Oorspronkelijk van Malawi, kwam hij in 2003 naar Kaapstad op zoek naar een beter leven. Hij woont nu net buiten Masi samen met zijn zoon Goli, terwijl zijn vrouw Eunice in Malawi bij de familie blijft. Aangezien hij een ware duizendpoot is, kunnen we hem alles vragen gaande van het bouwen van een stal tot het maken van een uilbox.

 


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