There’s something thrilling about listening to someone else’s tales of eerie moans and white apparitions in the company of friends, knowing these aren’t happening to you.
And since it’s Halloween 2017, I thought I’d recall some eerie hotel experiences.
|The Kimberley Club in Northern Cape, South Africa
is known for its haunted rooms
It’s fun to read about haunted hotels, but the fear factor certainly takes on an entirely different, more spine-chilling dimension when you’re in a strange and ancient land and the ghost is literally sharing your hotel room.
My most recent encounter with a hotel ghost — or rather, with a haunted hotel — was on my first visit to the lovely Northern Cape in South Africa, when I stayes at the Kimberley Club in Northern Cape, South Africa.
The city of Kimberley, by the way, is well-known for its haunted buildings, and a ghost tour is actually on offer for the brave.
On my last trip to South Africa, I even offered to take our group of readers and friends on a Travelife to South Africa on a ghost tour after dinner, but there were no takers.
A MINI GHOST TOUR.
So we did a mini-ghost tour instead by driving by some of Kimberley’s most haunted buildings.
Boy, even that was scary. One of Kimberley’s most haunted buildings, a lovely sprawling home from the 19th century, really gave us all the creepers as we drove by. It is supposed to be among the most haunted buildings in the world.
But Kimberley’s haunted hotel story vis-a-vis the Kimberely Club is well-known, and thank goodness I’d stayed there before I actually heard the full-fledged haunted hotel story.
I’d booked this hotel because it’s Kimbereley’s most prestigious hotel and also it’s most historical institution.
At that time, thankfully, I hadn’t heard the definite ghost stories yet.
Although it wasn’t hard to imagine that something eerie would be lurking around a dark 200-year-old building so obviously full of history and atmosphere, especially as it was the venue for so much drama during the great diamond rush in a city fraught by trials and tragedies.
When I checked in, I was shown first to a room at the end of the corridor on the 1st floor. For some reason, this room didn’t sit well with me, especially as it was very dark with no windows.
This was an old building that had not at all been renovated, so all the rooms were dark, almost exactly as they were over 100 years ago or more — but this first room I was shown was the darkest of all.
It was great from a historical and cultural standpoint, though.
Thank goodness I changed my room to one diagonally across it, as this first room turned out to be the most haunted room in the Kimberley Club — which I only learned much later, of course.
PRETTY CLOSE TO
The room I ended up staying in wasn’t Haunted Hotel Central, although I did hear strange noises and experience some things I can’t really explain.
But thankfully, I was still literally in the dark then, so I’d chalked up all these things to jet lag. I was able to get a decent night’s sleep. In fact, I think I had three nights’ sleep here.
Of course, I booked our Travelife group in a different hotel, even if we did visit the Kimberley Club for an after-dinner drink. Some of us were even brave enough to walk up the stairs all the way to the front of the hotel’s most haunted room, but not without quite a bit of teasing.
By the way, many tourists see ghosts in hotels as novelties, and even go out of their way to stay in a haunted hotel — which is why the Kimberley Club remains the best and most prestigious accommodations in the Northern Cape.
As for me, I was happy to see the Kimberley Club and my old hotel room again — and then to return to my way newer hotel at the edge of town.
Yes, there’s definitely no room for ghosts of the past in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife. And I mean this in more ways than one….up to you to figure this one out.