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Bed & Breakfast

Staying at a B&B in South Africa

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Bed and Breakfasts in South Africa gives you a unique, personalised travel experience with a touch of local hospitality. There are a lot of advantages staying in a B&B:

  • BETTER PRICES: Given the same quality / standard of accommodation (room size, fittings, facilities available), the Bed & Breakfast would be less expensive than the hotel.
  • BETTER LOCATION: You probably enjoy a better location when staying at a B&B compared with a hotel charging the same price.
  • MORE FLEXIBILITY: B&Bs often allow guests more flexibility e.g. extra bedding, access to the kitchen, etc.
  • KOWLEDGEABLE HOSTS: Hosts at a South Africa B&B have lived in the area for years and can provide better local knowledge e.g. best local deli.
  • SUMMARY: Staying at a South African Bed and Breakfast gives you the opportunity to live as a local while enjoying a better price, location, quality, flexibility and local knowledge.

Not only for tourists there are significent advantages but also if you stay in South Africa for business. Almost all B&B’s have excellent internet connections and a place you can invite your business partners for a chat.

Starting a B&B in South Africa

A Bed & Breakfast establishment (B&B) is an informal, periodic accommodation operation undertaken from a private dwelling. The maximum number of guest bedrooms in a B&B is 3. Any application received by the Authorities for a B&B establishment with more than 3 bedrooms is automatically treated as a Guesthouse.

A Guesthouse is a commercial accommodation establishment offering between 4-16 bedrooms, which has as its primary source of business the supply of tourist accommodation. Breakfast and dinner are made available to guests, particularly where the latter is not readily available in the vicinity of the establishment.

Legal considerations

Before you start a bed and breakfast venture, your plans must be approved by the Town Planning Department of your local council. If approval is granted, you will need to register the venture and obtain a trading licence from the Licensing Department. You must also register with the regional Services Board and with Inland Revenue as a business ­ sole proprietor, close corporation (cc) or private company (Pty).

A number of local government departments have the authority to check on B&B establishments, such as Health, Fire and Traffic. Other aspects that the owner needs to be clear on are correct signposting, taxation, VAT and possibly a licence to play music for your guests in communal areas.

THETA is the relevant body for the Bed and Breakfast industry sector. A skills levy is paid to the Receiver of Revenue and a grant claimed back through THETA.

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