The Orchards Executive Accommodation is four-star guest house and conference venue in Midrand with an added cultural experience – each room is dedicated to a South African tribe and is suitably decorated. The hosts, Cliff and Salome Tshungu, look forward to welcoming you as their guest.
21 rooms with fridges, kettles, fans, heaters & televisions
Sleeps up to 42 guests
2 meeting rooms for up to 110 guests
Wedding / conference facilities
Held outdoors or in meeting rooms
Caters for up to 100 guests
10 staff members
Done by the business on the premises
History of the business
Orchards – named for the remaining fruit orchards that are located at the bottom of the property – is a family-owned business that has been in operation since 2008. It is the second hospitality business started by the owners, whose interest in the industry was sparked by their own experience of struggling to find welcoming accommodation options for black travellers and business people in an immediate post-Apartheid travel sector.
Gogo Salome, as she’s fondly knowns, and her husband, Cliff, pride themselves on offering an excellent standard with a more personal stay than one would find at a hotel, offering a gracious and warm welcome to all of their guests.
The hosts talk to us
Their role in the community
The property has extremely unique features, including offering accommodation in the Vanishing Cultures Village where the smaller, lesser-known cultures of South Africa are profiled in the rooms’ décor as well as in the life-size sculpture at the entrance to each rondavel. This preservation of cultures and sharing of their history is an unexpected surprise in this 4-star property, which combines African elegance with the country’s cultural diversity seamlessly.
There is also a fig tree that has been standing on this site for more than a hundred years. It is an integral part of the property and people are encouraged to visit its mystical canopy that forms a massive ‘cave’ of foliage.
Their hopes from the project
Gogo is hopeful that participation in this project is going to reflect in cost savings. But she also understands that for this project to have any positive results she has to be willing to learn as much about efficient resource management during the project, and then continue learning through experience.