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


Abm University College, Accra Polytechnic, Africa Institutional Management Services (AIMS), Akilah Institute for Women, Anistemi College and Training Centre, Boland TVET College, Botho University, Botswana Accountancy College, Capricorn TVET College, Central Johannesburg TVET College, Centre for Training and Projects Development (CTPD), Centurion Academy, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , Damelin, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Durban Computer College, Durbanville College, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni East TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Esayidi TVET College, False Bay College, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, Gideon Roberts University, Great Zimbabwe University, Gretsa University, ICESA City Campus, IHT Hotel School, Imperial School Of Business and Science, Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (East), International Hotel School, International University of Management, Karatina University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Koforidua Polytechnic, Kumasi Polytechnic, Kyambogo University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Machakos University College, Majuba TVET College, Maluti TVET College, Marian University College, Mega Size College, Mnambithi TVET College, Moi University, Monitronic Success College, Mopani South East TVET College, Motheo TVET College, Mount Kenya University, Muhabura Integrated Polytechnic College, Murang'a University of Technology, Mzuzu University, Namibia University of Science and Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, New Era College, Northlink College, Okakarara Vocational Training Centre, Open University of Tanzania, Orbit TVET College, Oval International Computer Education, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Private Hotel School, Rosebank College, Scott Christian University, South Cape TVET College, South West Gauteng TVET College, St. Augustine University of Tanzania, Stefano Moshi Memorial University College, Stenden South Africa, Strathmore University, Swaziland College of Technology, Sylvia University, Technical University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, Texila American University, The Eastern University, Thekwini TVET College, Tshwane North TVET College, Tshwane South TVET College, Turaco Hospitality, Uganda Catholic Management and Training Institute, United States International University, University of Africa, University of Botswana, University of Cape Coast, University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Education Winneba, University of Eldoret, University of Energy and Natural Resources, University of Johannesburg, University of Kabianga, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Technology Mauritius, University of Tourism, Technology and Business Studies, Vaal University of Technology, Varsity College, Victoria University, Vuselela TVET College, Western TVET College, YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Zenith University College, Zetech University

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