Short-term rental agents across the Cape are expecting a busy summer season, according to Seeff’s SHORTSTAY teams in Cape Town and Hermanus…
The season usually starts from around September/October and lasts all the way to April when the last foreign visitors leave. Bookings for seaside mansions with spectacular views are already in full swing.
Airbnb has really opened Cape Town to the world. Everybody wants to come to the city over the summer. Jason Da Costa from Seeff Atlantic Seaboard says that Airbnb has also boosted the short-term rental sector in recent years, and although rates are under pressure due to the dip in visitors this year, agents are looking forward to a busy summer.
Despite the lower visitor numbers during the early part of the year, bear in mind that Cape Town is still the busiest tourist city on the continent.
So where do the rich, famous, and fabulous like to stay and play?
Atlantic Seaboard tops the list, especially Clifton and Camps Bay
The fabulous thing about Cape Town, is that there is something for everyone and Da Costa says you can enjoy a laid-back trip and cater for yourself from as little as R2 500/night on the Atlantic Seaboard, or you can live like a king in Clifton at R250 000/night.
There are always a few celebrities to spot in summer at hotspots such as Café Caprice, Grande Africa Café and Beach, the Shimmy Beach Club or at the Waterfront. Aside from the scenic location, you can enjoy a Mediterranean climate, sandy white beaches – many with Blue-Flag status – world-class surfing beaches, aquatic- to land-based pursuits, nature and adventure, the wine farms and now also Africa’s first modern art museum, the Zeitz MOCAA.
Camps Bay and Clifton top the list of most sought-after areas, but there is demand across the city including Hout Bay and Llandudno, the Southern Suburbs and as far as Hermanus.
The Atlantic Seaboard tends to attract the big spenders looking for a 5-star home-away-from-home experience. While the high season rates for apartments range from R2,500-R10,000/night, luxury villas for R20,000-R30,000/night and the most opulent homes, upwards of R50,000-R250,000/night.
Hout Bay, Llandudno and even Southern Suburbs in demand
Hout Bay and Llandudno are also coastal hotspots over the summer. Views are always a top choice, or as close to the beach as possible. Most holiday and short-let visitors require Wi-Fi and they often request a swimming pool in the summer months. These three areas also have easy access to the Constantia Wine Valley, another big draw-card.
The village is popular for its fabulous scenery, famous harbour and beautiful coastal drives – Chapman’s Peak on the one side leading to Noordhoek and on the Atlantic Seaboard side, Victoria Road which runs all the way past Camps Bay, Clifton and on to Bantry Bay.
Janine van Heerden, Seeff’s Rental Manager for the areas says that it is usually families, couples or groups of friends who book in the self-catering sector of the market. It is also a hotspot for foreigners from the UK, Germany, America and Australia.
Peak season rates are around R2,400/night for a flat and for a house/villa R5,000-R13,500. Southern Suburbs rates range from R1,800-R2,500 for a flat and R3,300-R28,000 for a house/villa. Low season rates are about 30%-40% lower, depending on the time of year. Rates depend on the location and what is on offer.
Hermanus also popular for its close proximity to Cape Town
Cisca De Vries from Seeff Hermanus says that the town benefits from its close proximity to Cape Town and the international airport. That means that up to 40% of our visitors are foreigners, mostly from the UK and USA.
A popular weekend getaway for people from the Cape and inland provinces and over the summer season, the town is packed with visitors. As the whale capital of the country, it is also busy over the schools holidays, even during winter when you can spot the magnificent Southern Right Whales in Walker Bay. Festivals are another big attraction which brings more visitors to the town. While our beautiful beaches and water-based adventures are a big attraction, we also have the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Wine Valley, fabulous waterfront cafés and now also a regional mall, the Whale Coast Mall.
High season rates are around R1,650/night for a flat and R5,500/night for a house/villa. The closer to the beach you are, the more expensive, but it depends on the area and property, she says. Low season rates are about 30%-50% cheaper.
The busier the tourist season, the better the rates that visitors will pay.