There are just thousands of incredible places to stay in South Africa. From five star hotels to plush cottages and luxurious bush lodges – it’s sometimes a little difficult to choose! But if opulence or the “same ole, same ole” is not what you’re after, there are a number of places to stay in South Africa that are a little different with a lot of charm. Here are six unique accommodation spots in SA that you’ll love!
!Xaus Lodge in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape
Why you should stay here: The ultimate accommodation for the eco-tourist, !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers unique accommodation for visitors. The !Xaus complex is made up of a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking an incredible, vast salt pan. Each unit sleeps four people and the lodge’s dining area also overlooks the pan with fantastic views.
How much does it cost: R2500 per adult sharing (South African & SADC Residents), with standard rates at R5 375 per adult sharing.
Santos Express Train Lodge, Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Why you should stay here: Just 30 metres from the Indian Ocean, The Santos Express Train Lodge is as unique as unique accommodation gets! The Lodge allows you to sleep in an actual train in rooms with mountain or sea views. Choose from either a basic compartment, honeymoon caboose or luxury suite. You’ll also get to enjoy a free light breakfast with any of your room options – bonus!
How much does it cost: Ranges from R230 for basic compartments to R1 600 for suites.
Gypsy Wagons at Gypsy Guest House, Free State
Why you should stay here: The Gypsy Guest House in Clarens, Free State, offers travellers the ultimate glamping experience in authentic wooden gypsy wagons. You will be able to experience a taste of magical gypsy life, without compromising on any of life’s luxuries. Each wagon contains modern necessities like electricity, ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette. It’s certainly a one-of-a kind holiday experience!
How much does it cost: R1 300 per night for two people.
Castle in Clarens, Free State
Why you should stay here: In the heart of the Maluti Mountains, adventurous travellers will find Rapunzel’s Tower – a self-catering guest house fit for royalty! The Castle is decorated with a medieval flair that won’t go unappreciated. The castle has two bedrooms – aptly named ‘Rapunzel’s Room’ and ‘The Princes Room’, a lounge, kitchen and braai area. Don’t miss it!
How much does it cost: Around R1 400 per night for four people.
Daddy Long Legs Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape
Why you should stay here: In the heart of the Cape Town city centre, the Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel is an art lover’s dream come true. With each of the hotel rooms decorated by a different artist with incredible artistic finesse, you’ll find yourself in a whirlwind of colour, dimension or layers of meaning – completely open to interpretation.
How much does it cost: Around R1 300 per night for two people.
Sycamore Avenue treehouse lodge, Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
Why you should stay here: If you’ve always loved the concept of treehouses, then this one’s for you! The Sycamore Avenue treehouse lodge in Mooi River has artistically designed treehouses that will inspire you and allow you to relive your childhood fantasies. Choose from a variety of treehouses and themes, with each house consisting of different levels with amenities on each one.
How much does it cost: R2 200 per night for two people.
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