Guesthouse Manager

Tourism is currently the fastest growing industry in South Africa. Overseas tourists find South Africa sunny, interesting and affordable, which makes it a very appealing holiday destination. Guesthouse accommodation, also referred to as bed and breakfast (B & B), is in high demand due to the general availability, as well as the more personal and informal atmosphere compared to hotels.

Guesthouse managers are in most cases, also the owners of their guesthouses, running their own small business. This therefore requires them to fulfil different roles and perform a variety of duties such as:

Administration: Making of bookings, managing of finances, ordering of supplies etc.

Maintenance: Upkeep of the interior and exterior of the guesthouse, the managing of domestic workers and gardeners

Planning of meals: Developing and compiling of menus, estimating food quantities and costs, purchasing of food supplies, preparation of food and supervision of kitchen helpers

Providing of information: on tourist attractions in the vicinity as well as on personal safety precautions.

Guesthouse managers work with tourists of different cultures and traditions, from all over the world and must, therefore, keep their different needs and requirements in mind.


  • game farms and lodges

  • guesthouses

  • lodges and motels

  • safari lodges

  • SA Tourism Board

  • self-employment, with own guesthouse

Getting Started

  • learn how to cook and practise at home

  • find vacation or part-time work as a kitchen assistant or cook

  • speak to chefs about this type of career and ask to observe them at work


Boland TVET College, Botho University, Botswana Accountancy College, Capricorn TVET College, Central Johannesburg TVET College, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni East TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Esayidi TVET College, False Bay College, International University of Management, Majuba TVET College, Maluti TVET College, Marian University College, Mnambithi TVET College, Mopani South East TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Mzuzu University, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Northlink College, Open University of Tanzania, Orbit TVET College, South Cape TVET College, South West Gauteng TVET College, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Stefano Moshi Memorial University College, Swaziland College of Technology, Thekwini TVET College, Tshwane North TVET College, Tshwane South TVET College, University of Botswana, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria, University of Technology Mauritius, Vaal University of Technology, Vuselela TVET College, Western TVET College

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