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Feel the African hospitality


by Michael Tambo
Tourism

 

They say there is no place like home but Shumba Guesthouse proves this adage wrong.
Located in Pionierspark at 14 Jordan Street, Windhoek, next to Puma Service Station and about 10 minutes drive from the city centre, Shumba Guesthouse and Conferences is truly a convenient place to be, whether you are on a business trip or vacation as it presents a hide-away from the rushed city and business life.
From the very second my colleague and I walked into the premises and received a warm welcome from the Van Wyk family - the owners of the place - I knew we had made a right choice.
Although we arrived a bit late, I was surprised to see the Van Wyks waiting for us so that they could take us through a joint-family dinner; a service not common for a Bed and Breakfast. This brought a homely atmosphere one can only expect from a true African homestead.
A lady, who introduced herself as Althea van Wyk, came and greeted us by our first names before giving me the keys to room number five of the Guesthouse, which is a carpeted family room furnished with three single beds, air conditioner, step-in shower and toilet, built-in cupboards, a kitchenette with a microwave, coffee pot and satellite television screening eight South African channels.
The whole guesthouse is decorated in an African style with images of wild animals sculptured and fitted on doors and walls.
The patio is eye-catching with a bar area paired with a swimming pool with two toilets giving guests a relaxing atmosphere.
Facilities include a cosy television lounge with DStv, a warm eating area leading to a conference room which can cater for around 70 people.
From here one gets a refreshing view into a huge clear blue pool in the courtyard which is normally used during big events.
The courtyard is surrounded by some strategically planted palm trees and a well maintained flower bed complemented with a green loan, which gives the place an African coastal feel to it. This makes it a conducive venue for events such as birthdays, intimate weddings, anniversaries and end of year functions.
The guesthouse courtyard can also be a perfect place for reading and arranging business meetings, whilst appreciating the beauty of nature as it is very quiet and peaceful.
Other facilities and services on offer include; laundry service, barbeque, breakfast, other meals on request as well as internet facilities.