Contact us at Explorer Guesthouse, Cape Town


132 Irene, Somerset West, Cape Town 7130, South Africa
Explorer Guesthouse


Phone: +27 61 404 7517

More insights about the area: Cape Town

Lying snug in the immense arms of Table Mountain, Cape Town’s city bowl is amazingly aptly named. The heart of Cape Town is enfolded neatly between the harbour and the mountain, virtually in the shape of a bowl. With nowhere else to move and stretch its boundaries, the city bowl is a self-contained entity, almost like a martini before it’s poured, all shook up and tingling with taste. The city bowl holds some of the most interesting and historically significant neighbourhoods and the likes of the Bo Kaap, Oranjeyicht, Tamboerskloof and Gardens provide hours of easy meanderings, restaurants and historical sights. The city centre lies encircled by these suburbs that, the closer one gets to the mountain, the steeper they become, so that Higgovale and Oranjezicht lie right up on the slopes of Table Mountain.

Other than soak up the vibe, which is typically Cape Town’s, there’s plenty to do in the heart of city bowl. Taking the obligatory ride up the cable car to Table Mountain’s top is well worth the effort, although waiting for a clear day with no sign of the tablecloth is a safer option. Lion’s Head, the conical shaped mountain next to the table top is another mountain worth scaling, particularly on nights of full moon. The 1.5 hour walk to the top is best timed so that the summit is reached as the moon takes to the sky.

Head over the gap known as Kloof Nek between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head and you descend into Camps Bay , just one of the popular Atlantic Seaboard beaches that continue to Llandudno and Hout Bay. Or venture round the western corner of the bowl to the popular suburbs of De Waterkant, Green Point and Sea Point.

About Us


Joane & Guy traveled the world for more than 20 years before settling in South Africa. Our Explorer Guesthouse is your home away from home. We’re down-to-earth, good-natured, hosts who will welcome you as friends into beautiful gardens and scrumptious food. We’ll show you the untouristy places, the dirt roads, the lived-in look, the unusual, the artistic, the eco-friendly, creative interior design, powerful showers, imaginative breakfasts, open fires, real coffee and freshly-squeezed orange juices. Dedicated to providing warm, friendly lodgings, we invite you to experience the beauty of South Africa. See you soon!


Our newest addition to the family, Little Chloe is our love and our joy. With her infectious energy, the Explorer Guesthouse is filled with the spark of creativity and curiosity.