Marike, Immo and Emma

Marike, Immo and Emma run their guest house together after saying good-bye to city and corporate life in Pretoria in 2013. Marike has a B.A. degree in English Literature, French and Classical Culture and consulted in human resources, training and coaching, while Immo is a qualified Hydrogeologist and Business man. Marike prefers to teach students at the beginner and intermediary level. They like music, cooking, reading, travelling and hiking. Emma enjoys playing water polo, hockey and surfing, and attends an English school close-by. Immo and Marike also speak German, Afrikaans, Dutch and some Portuguese.

What She Offers

Marike and her family offer a wonderful “alternative” lifestyle. They enjoy conservation and sustainability and so you will learn all about this whilst improving your English. She lives close to a Cheetah Sanctuary; the beaches of Somerset West & Strand as well as the vineyards of Stellenbosch

They live just 10 minutes from the historic towns of Hout Bay and Simons Town, and 40 minutes from Cape Town. Both speak German, Afrikaans, Dutch and some Portuguese. ” We have a big garden with lots of birds and trees. We have a small swimming pool for when it gets hot, but mostly, we just go to the beach! ”

Marike has BA degree in English Literature, French and Classical Culture and consulted in human resources, training and coaching, while Immo is a qualified Hydro-geologist and Business man. 

Marike prefers to teach students at the beginner and intermediary level. They like music, cooking, reading, travelling and hiking. Emma enjoys playing water polo, hockey and surfing, and attends an English school close-by. Immo and Marike also speak German, Afrikaans, Dutch and some Portuguese.

  • English Language Expertise 100%
  • Local Activities 80%
  • Visitor Satisfaction 97%

Local Attractions

Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

CapeNature nature reserve located approximately 10 km south-east of the town of Stellenbosch.

Giraffe House Wildlife Awareness Centre

It is a relatively new centre providing easy access to some of our South African wildlife and bird species.

Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve

It is a Cape nature reserve situated in the Jonkershoek Valley near Stellenbosch in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions

When you are traveling to any new country you may have many questions. We at South African Homestays are here to help. Our job involves finding the customised accommodation the student needs, also arranging the airport transfers and dealing with any sepcial needs the student might have. We have dedicated staff working around the clock to make sure you will have the best time in South Africa. All host tutors have been regularly vetted and inspected, and all of them have high level educational qualifications and years of experience.

Do you have the time to help a student explore South Africa?

I work my schedule around students needs, showing them around and teaching the history

How will your family react to having a new person in the house?

We love entertaining new people in the house, it is a two-way learning experience for us

Do you have the resources to welcome someone into your home?

You will have your own bedroom but we hope you will join us in the living room

My host family was great, they live in a new and brilliant house, they made me feel very welcome and everything was and there is always a wonderful home-cooked meal every night. Their food was great, especially they accommodated my vegan diet.

Loyce Schor

I am really happy that I chose to live with a host family. It is an experience that I will always remember.They are a very nice couple and they also respected my vegetarian eating habits. They are great hosts!

Robena Spicher

My host family was so good to me. Now I feel like I have another family here. I am so fortunate that I could meet such a lovely family, and I want to keep in touch with them always. I want to show my gratitude to them from the bottom of my heart.

Gema Solan

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