Vicky's B&B: A loss for tourism

Cape Town - The tourism community is in a state of shock and is deeply saddened by the tragic death of Vicky Ntozini of Vicky’s B&B – a pioneer of township tourism who became well-known both locally and internationally.

Ntozini was stabbed to death in her bedroom by someone who was apparently well known to her.

”This charismatic woman was a true pioneer for township stays and community tourism and was so loved and respected by the industry and visitors who came her way. She has, by her example, inspired many young people to make tourism a career, always maintaining the highest standards in hospitality and service. Cape Town has lost a wonderful ambassador. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends, our thoughts are with you,” said Mariette Du Toit-Helmbold, Cape Town Tourism CEO.

Vickey Ntozini started her B&B back in 1999 by opening her home in Site C Khayelitsha to visitors – mostly foreigners looking to experience a slice of real South African life. Guests were treated to home-cooked meals as well as township life in the form of shebeen entertainment like pool, drinking local beer, dancing or being shown around by the children of the area.

Vickey's five children were said to be devastated and struggling to cope with her death.

Following are excerpts of reviews posted on traveller review website Tripadvisor.

"Vicky goes out of her way to make a memorable experience"
I stayed at Vicky's for a "cultural anthropology" assignment in which I wanted to learn firsthand about the Xhosa culture. Before I even arrived, Vicky contacted me to ask if I would like to join her at a traditional ceremony. She arranged for my husband and I to participate in the ceremony and answered all my questions (and there were many) to help me understand the culture. She then cooked a wonderful dinner for us. Our room was also amazing considering its in the middle of Khayelitsha. It had an ensuite, television and beautiful linen.
Room Tip: I'm not sure all the rooms have ensuite bathrooms, so it may be a good idea to request one that. - WilsonCapeTown

“Incredible Experience”
During a month long study abroad trip to South Africa, my group stayed a Vicky's and visited the township for a night. The hospitality that we were treated with was incredible, Vicky happily welcomed 20+ students into her home with open arms. She had a tour arranged for us so we could get a more in depth and personalized view of life in the township, which was probably one of the most eye opening experiences of not only my trip, but of my life. She treated us to a delicious and filling homemade dinner when we returned Before bed we stayed up with Vicky's children and niece and learned a bit of Afrikaans, about how their school is, their way of life, and a few of the games that they like to play. Our bedrooms has 2 beds, each with plenty of blankets to keep us warm in the cool South African winter. The night was calm, quiet, and comfortable. In the morning we had a breakfast of muffins, tea and coffee. Vicky was so nice to even provide a giant fruit salad to a fellow student that had a gluten allergy. My night and Vicky's will be something I remember for the rest of my life. I absolutely plan on visiting again and staying for another night or two. Incredible experience, I recommend staying here if you want to see the true South Africa. - Amie M Providence, Rhode Island, United States

“Absolutely fascinating!"
We were in South Africa for the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2010 and decided to spend time a Vicky's Bed and Breakfast in the middle of the Khayelista Township. The experience was absolutely wonderful for our entire family. Our three adult children enjoyed not only the experience of staying in the Township and enjoyed listening to the music coming from the shebang just across from Vicky's. The meals she provided were very authentic and delicious. Vicky's family was also very helpful in showing us around the township and the rest of Cape Town. Highly recommended if you want to experience the life in the Townships and fully experience South Africa. - angladep Seoul, South Korea

“A great experience we will never forget”
We wanted to experience South Africa, the local lifestyle and interact with the population and learn about the diversity of this country. One of adventure was staying at Vicki’s B&B in the township of Khayelitsha, the fastest growing township in Cape Town. Vicki, her husband’s and daughter were fantastic, we felt welcomed in their home and they cooked great food. We enjoyed the sunset walk in the township meeting their neighbors. We learned a lot talking to them and appreciate all South Africans. An experience we will cherish! - Bruce & Flo -USA

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