Why you should choose a guesthouse for your vacation

Why you should choose a guesthouse for your vacation

When it comes to accommodation, no two travellers are quite the same. With so many different services and amenities on offer, choosing where to stay can be overwhelming. The different types of accommodation options often offer vastly different facilities.

Types of accommodation

For a more personal experience you may choose to avoid large chain hotels. These are some of the options available to you.

Boutique hotel

Boutique hotels are ideal for independent travellers, honeymooners, and businesspeople.

They are generally more affordable than chain hotels and the service can be more personalised. These establishments are a great base to explore the surrounding area from. There are no gyms, spas, or restaurants onsite.


Booking a self-catering space can be great if you have a family but might not be the right option if you just want to unwind.

You can spend evenings relaxing like you would while at home and you don’t need to change your routine if you have little kids. You have to still take care of entertainment, cooking, washing up, and housekeeping yourself. If you’re a social traveller, it might be tricky to make holiday friends as there is no communal restaurants and spaces to mingle.


Staying at a guesthouse during your vacation offers the best of all options. Rates are generally cheaper than a hotel, the service is personalised to each guest. The owners are often hands-on and knowledgeable about local activities.

You can expect homemade meals on the menu at a guesthouse, customised to specific dietary requirements you may have. Staying at a guesthouse also offers plenty of opportunities to mingle in communal living spaces and enough space to ensure privacy.

When you stay at African Elephant Guesthouse, you can expect the following amenities in each room:

  • Private entrance
  • Spa bath and separate shower
  • TV with selected DSTV
  • Fan
  • Heater
  • Electric blanket
  • Digital safe
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coffee/Tea facilities
  • Mini Fridge

Additional services include:

  • On site laundry
  • Shuttle service
  • Home cooked dinner and lunch packs by arrangement

What fits your budget

A quick way to narrow down your search is by budget and location in proximity to restaurants, local sights, and shopping centres.

Self-catering may be the cheapest option, but there is no one on-hand to tell you about the local hidden gems you should explore during your visit. A guesthouse offers an affordable option with more benefits if you want to really relax during your stay.

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Experience the best of Germiston, stress-free accommodation, and an affordable, personalised break when you book your holiday at African Elephant Guesthouse.

Discover the wonderful symbolism of elephants

Discover the wonderful symbolism of elephants

African Elephant Guesthouse offers a luxurious experience for all guests. Our earthy elephant themed decor throughout the living space embodies the spirit of good luck, wisdom, and protection that elephants are symbolic of. Elephants are earthly animal and is believed to have a connection to ancient knowledge. It is believed that using elephant symbolism in one’s household will invite good luck and fortune in while keeping any negativity out.

Attracting good fortune

Images of an elephant with its trunk raised is thought to attract good fortune, whether worn or placed in your home. It is said that the elephant is showering its positive energy out of the trunk and into all surrounding beings and spaces.

Positive energy

Elephants with their trunks down are said to be accumulating positive energy and pushing through obstacles. They are particularly powerful symbols for those seeking wisdom or strength. When you focus on the elephant in meditation, it could help you to access your inner wisdom, power, and overcome obstacles.

Power and friendship

A figurine or image of an elephant standing on its rear legs signifies power and protection. Two elephants crossing their trunks symbolise bonding and friendship, while two elephants, one of them without tusks implies a healthy relationship between men and women.

Wisdom and loyalty

As gentle giants, elephant symbolism can represent sensitivity, wisdom, stability, loyalty, intelligence, peace, reliability, and determination.


Elephant symbolism includes a virtue. Unless their herd or young are threatened, elephants are considered calm and having patience.

Elephants in feng shui

Elephants are considered to act as protectors and placing elephant statues at the front door is considered to be lucky.

Placed in your study, elephant statues, paintings, or symbols is said to bring career growth, knowledge, and success. A picture of an elephant on your desk is said to enhance your leadership qualities and enhance your performance under pressure. Placing brass elephants in meeting rooms is said to bring peace and prosperity at the workplace.

Elephant dreams

Dreaming of an elephant could suggest that you need to be more patience or that you’ve been holding onto the past for too long.

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Explore Germiston and Johannesburg

Explore Germiston and Johannesburg

African Elephant Guest House is an upmarket conveniently located in Lambton, Germiston. The location was carefully selected with the guest in mind so every visitor will have their needs met.

There is a world of wonder waiting for those who want to explore Germiston and surrounds, with something for everyone.

Aviation Museum of South Africa

The museum is based at Rand Airport in Germiston and houses a fascinating collection of aircraft like two Boeing 747s, ‘Lebombo’ which flew over Ellis Park at the 1995 Rugby World Cup and a rare Boeing 747SP. Other aircraft include a B737-200, Douglas DC-4 and DC-6, Lockheed Lodestar and a de Havilland Dove.

Discover the museum’s extensive collection of airline artefacts and memorabilia. The museum also boasts a fleet of operational classic propeller-driven aircraft that are used for safari charters to Southern Africa’s exotic tourist destinations.

Classique Aviation

Experience the adventure flight of a lifetime with Classique Aviation and explore Germiston from a different angle. They offer aviation enthusiasts a chance to take to the skies in a range of vintage and aerobatic aircraft in Johannesburg. While their operation hours are generally on Saturday and Sunday, midweek flights can be arranged. Bookings a week in advance are essential.

Rondebult Bird Sanctuary

The Rondebult Bird Sanctuary is located close to Germiston and spans 95 hectares. It comprises wetlands and grasslands that were established to salvage an old sewerage site. It has become a natural habitat of choice for a number of bird species. Step inside the eight separate and secure hides scattered around the dams to enjoy the avian antics around you. It is an essential stop on your Explore Germiston List.

Korsman Bird Sanctuary

Korsman Bird Sanctuary is a small 100-hectare location that is home to at least 250 bird, including the goliath heron and glossy ibis, black egret, and African spoonbill.

History shows that the San used Benoni as a hunting ground.

Rare birds include the white pelican, yellow billed stork, orange-throated longclaw, pygmy goose, African harrier-hawk, long-crested eagle, and lesser black-backed gull. Other animals include the water mongoose, slender mongoose, vlei rat, striped mouse, bats, 25 species of butterfly and 45 different spiders, one of which is endemic to the sanctuary.

Klipriviersberg hikes

Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve lies only 10 km from the city centre, close to the suburb of Mondeor. At over 700 hectares it features a diverse terrain and game including zebra, red hartebeest, and black wildebeest.

With 20 km worth of trails throughout the reserve there is a hike for everyone – from really easy, flat trails, to strenuous trails that will give you a good workout to experience clear views over the Johannesburg skyline.

They encourage self-guide exploration between sunrise and sunset. Guided walks are led on the second and fourth Sunday of each month, as well as the first and third Wednesday every month. You can also enjoy bird walks on the third Saturday morning of every month.

Make sure you’re wearing a good pair of boots and bring plenty of water.

ArtMatters Paint in the Park

Every weekend, ArtMatters in Johannesburg hosts a relaxing and fun paint in the park initiative. Set in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve, professional art instructor Humbu Nsenga will guide you through the creative process. If you want to tick of therapeutic and creative escape from the city on your Explore Germiston List, this is the activity for you. All painting material will be provided.

The Landing coffee shop

Next on the Explore Germiston List you will travel to Edenvale and stop for a cup of freshly brewed coffee at The Landing. Their baristas all boast top-notch training by the champion barista of South Africa. The Landing offers fast and free Wi-Fi and a delicious menu. There is seating inside or outside in the scenic garden or under covering.

Glendower Golf Club

For golfing enthusiasts, the Glendower Golf Club in Edenvale is one of the top golfing courses in Gauteng. Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley said it could be a real potential venue for a U.S. Open if it were located in America.

The golf club was established in 1939, and is a beautiful, challenging course. Play is open to the public, but it is highly recommended that you book your tee-off times ahead to avoid disappointment.

Gillooly’s Farm

Gillooly’s Farm covers only 44 hectares, but its walking trails are popular with locals and visitors alike for spotting a number of bird species while enjoying the fresh air and warm South African sun. Gillooly’s manmade lake is home to sharp tooth catfish, blue kurper and the common carp.

Let African Elephant Guesthouse prepare a basket for you to enjoy the picnic facilities scattered around the scenic dam.

Hunyani Snake City

The Hunyani Reptile Educational Breeding Centre provides an informative outing for young and old to learn about the conservation of South African reptiles. View eyeball cobras, mambas, king snakes, anacondas, rattle snakes, pythons, and crocodiles and enjoy the live snake show that takes place three times a day, Monday to Saturday.

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Book your holiday at African Elephant Guesthouse as your home base when exploring Germiston and its remarkable natural and cultural gems.

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