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City Bowl accommodation – little gems

My last post bemoaned the fact that I don’t like fancy hotels much; but boutique hotels and warm Victorian guesthouses are something else and I recently had the opportunity to overnight in a couple of City Bowl gems.

A few weeks ago, a group of us hiked up to an  unknown CRAG in the Table Mountain National Park to see if we could spot the fledgling Black Eagle chick that had hatched in August this year. But the mist was so thick – we couldn’t spot our sarmies at two paces never mind an elusive baby raptor hanging out with the folks.

So no luck spotting Black Eagles on the mountain so I was surprised that afternoon when after booking into Kensington Place in Tamboerskloof

I spotted a large raptor like bird sitting in a tree about 150m away, I was convinced it was a Black Eagle but thought it a little coincidental to see one there,

Melanistic Black Sparrowhawk

Melanistic Black Sparrowhawk

especially after our morning’s efforts – not impossible but unlikely. After a ceremonious fly past the large raptor revealed itself and allowed me to snap some quick pics for identification purposes – the bird turned out to be a melanistic Black Sparrowhawk (confirmed by an expert)) – no Black Eagle but a pretty cool bird nevertheless.

KP is a lovely boutique hotel high up on the slopes of the Cape Town city bowl and back dropped by the city’s famed Three Peaks.

The room was great, spacious and light with great views and the welcome drinks on the house very welcome. Their emergency box is a great idea, and with Candice not feeling so well, the strepsils and Panados came in handy.

Breakfast next morning out side next to the pool – was great and the staff were friendly although less so when we asked if we could breakfast outside – minor blot but annoying.

A couple of weeks later we found ourselves at Welgelegen Guest House in Gardens. Friendly and welcoming the old Victorian house is comfy and warm but does lack a bit of maintenance. Being my birthday we headed off to Beefcakes in Green Point where we enjoyed  a fun filled evening being entertained by three drag artists – including a certain “Mary f*cking scary” who really was f*cking scary” but fun…in a scary kind of way. For those homophobes – the food is good, the vibe great and plenty of lesbian eye candy to keep the homophobia at bay.

The next morning at breakfast – the staff surprised me with a chocolate cake and a happy birthday song – ending off a cool stay in another of the City Bowl’s  small and  personal accommodation establishments. Both KP and W offered free wifi in the rooms – KP even had a laptop for guest’s use if required.