Budget Getaways is not affiliated to any tourism organisation, political party, religious sect or other interest group. While our featured getaways pay a listing fee, we pride ourselves as being independent.
How so? For starters, strict inclusion criteria are used to assess whether an establishment cuts the grade. To give you some idea: we reject about one in three new getaway applications for failing to meet our criteria. Secondly, we write all the getaway reviews - simply put, the getaways provide the facts and we provide the opinions. What’s more, establishments that attempt to meddle with the independence of the reviews are shown the door.
Most of the getaways on this site have been personally visited and assessed by Captain Getaway and his motley research crew. In scientific terms, our research tools are admittedly subjective, a blend of intuition, experience, word of mouth, consensus and personal prejudice. The only way to be sure something is true is to go there yourself and compare your experience with ours. But whatever the failings, shortcomings and omissions, our aim is to help you narrow the gap between glossy brochure fantasy and warts-and-all reality.
Of course, there are getaways we haven't yet managed to visit; in this case we place heavy emphasis on your valued feedback - not the frilly feedback you see in vinylbound visitors' books, but sober and honest opinions that give credit where credit is due, criticism where criticism is due. All feedback, both good and bad, is forwarded to the establishment concerned. This same feedback is posted on Budget Getaways.
Adding all the above and giving the stew a good stir, Budget Getaways hopefully represents the cream of the Western Cape self-catering crop – that is, handpicked establishments offering a brilliant combination of setting, value for money, attention to detail and good old-fashioned hospitality. Happy weekending!