About Us

yvette & victoriaYvette Katz, owner of Oceans Echo, personally manages the day-to-day running of the villa. She’s passionate about hospitality and will ensure that your visit is comfortable and relaxing.

A born-and-bred Cape Townian, Yvette is happy to assist you with any itinerary planning and holiday advice that you may require – both prior to and during your stay. She has her ear to the ground regarding what’s happening in and around the city and has extensive personal experience of the Cape Town and what it has to offer.

A skilled and enthusiastic cook, Yvette is available for catering and as a personal chef. You don’t need to let her know prior to your arrival what you require in terms of cuisine (but it’s nice if you do!) as she’s happy to let eating plans unfold after you have checked in.

Oceans Echo is literally a 2-minute walk from Fish Hoek Beach, which is one of Cape Town’s safest and most beautiful swimming beaches.

Ideally positioned, Oceans Echo’s position is remote enough to ensure peace and tranquillity, but conveniently close enough to tourist attractions, shops and restaurants.

Oceans Echo is a fantastic venue for book-club weekends, art-group weekends, touring sports groups and corporate break-aways. Send us an email to find out about our preferential rates and what we can arrange for you.

Our clean lines, natural light and spacious interiors are also ideal for film/stills shoots. Send us an email to find out how we can make this happen for you.

South African Slang

South Africa is a multi-cultural nation, with flavours from each of its distinct ethnic languages mixing together into a wonderful collection of slang that can be confusing for tourists. Here is a list of common slang terms you might run into on a daily basis.

yebo: Yes. Used to show agreement or approval. From isiZulu.

lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

just now: Expresses an intention to act soon, but not necessarily immediately, or expresses something that happened in the near past.

eish!: Wow! What? Expression of surprise. Of Bantu origin.

biltong: [bill-tong] This South African favourite is dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu or any other red meat.

boerewors: [boor-uh-vors] Literally, “farmer’s sausage”. A savoury sausage developed by the Boers – today’s Afrikaners – some 200 years ago, boerewors is South African food at its most traditional.

bunny chow: Delicious and cheap food on the go, bunny chow is curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, generally sold in greasy-spoon cafés.

cooldrink, colddrink: This is the common term for a soda, such as Coca-Cola. Ask for “a soda” in South Africa, and you will receive a club soda.

howzit: A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as “How are you?”, “How are things?”, or simply “Hello”.

is it: [as one word: izit] An expression frequently used in conversation and equivalent to, “Is that so?”

robots: Traffic lights.