South Africa

Hotels & Lodges - South Africa

Hotels & lodges in South Africa form a popular part of accommodation. However tourists visiting South Africa for a safari or a African tour, will have a choice of accommodation varying between guest houses, game lodges, safari camps, hotels, boutique hotels and even youth hostels. The type of accommodation tends to vary on the area you are visiting and the activity you wish to do.

For example when on safari a safari camp or a game lodge will be the type of accommodation on offer. In a city like Cape Town or Johannesburg, one has a choice of hotels, guest houses, boutique hotels and even serviced apartments. When visiting the coastal areas for a beach experience, accommodation options tend to be hotels, guest houses or beach lodges.

Below we have divided South Africa’s accommodation options into 8 regions defined by areas of interest, and not necessarily province. Under each area we list the various accommodation options available. We add to this regularly as the options change quite frequently.

God's Window

Mpumalanga Highlands & Escarpment

This region known for its spectacular scenery and historical interest. It is the area E and NE of Johannesburg enroute to the Kruger National Park. The terrain varies from the highland grasslands of the Dullstroom area - famous for trout fishing to the spectacular mountains of the escarpment that includes the Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes. The scenery in the area is synonomous with forests, waterfalls, craggy mountains, rivers and breathtaking views across the Lowveld. Pilgrims Rest is a small historical village also located in the area that dates back to the gold rush of the 1900s.

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Addo National Park

Addo & The Eastern Cape

Home territory of the Xhosa Nation (from whose family Nelson Mandela is the most famous descendant). The area is home to Port Elizabeth and East London, both well developed small cities with warm water beaches. Jeffery’s Bay a small coastal village is one of the world’s great surfing spots, and Grahamstown hosts the National Arts Festival. The malaria free Addo Elephant National Park and the surrounding private game reserves, are great assets to the area. Over the last 15years a number of very good game lodges and safari camps have been developed and now offer a good alternative safari destination to visitors. The Eastern Cape ties in nicely either before or after travelling the Garden Route.

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The Garden Route

The Garden Route is the stretch of land and coast that runs between Mossel Bay and Storms River, although is more commonly referred to the area between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This long stretch of coast includes a range of natural areas including mountains, beaches, cliffs, indigenous forests, the Klein Karoo. There are many small and quaint towns & villages including Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay, Mossel Bay, George and others that host a variety of accommodation options including guest houses, boutique hotels, lodges and B&Bs. The area easily warrants 3 - 5 days of an itinerary due to the varying and interesting activities that can be done ie: beaches, ostrich farms, wine tasting, walking, adventure activities, safaris and much more.

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Johannesburg & Pretoria Areas

Johannesburg & Pretoria are the two cities that make up the smallest province that is Gauteng - the financial hub of South Africa and economic engine of the Southern African region. Most of the world’s leading airlines fly into the OR Thambo International Airport. The Gauteng area offers visitors an insight into South Africa’s sometimes dark past including Soweto, gold mining and apartheid. The region is host to many very good hotels and although not as scenic as Cape Town, it makes up for that as a place offering a very broad choice in culinary tastes in its many restaurants, as well as very extensive shopping centres.

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Sun City

The Sun City & Madikwe Area

Just over 1.5 hrs drive from Johannesburg, the Sun City Resort & Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers visitors with limited time a Big 5 game reserve and great holiday resort. The area is malaria free. The Sun City Resort, has luxury accommodation and lots of entertainment and is host to the Million Dollar Golf Challenge. The Madikwe Game Reserve is about 4 hrs from Jo’burg close to border with Botswana. It is a large game reserve at 75000 hectares, with terrain that is open grasslands and bushveld plains, interspersed with rocky outcrops. Also malaria free, it is home to a number of fine game lodges and and safari camps. The game in the area includes lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, both white and black rhino, along with most antelope species.

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Cape Town

Cape Town and its Surrounds

Cape Town is the oldest city in South Africa, with Table Mountain as a dramatic backdrop, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Over thye last 350yrs the greater Cape Town area has grown into a modern city with green suburbs, busy harbours, fishing villages, winefarms, beautiful coastal drives, beaches,  nature reserves, a botanical garden and a number of shopping districs. With its Mediterranean climate, cosmopolitan feel and spectacular scenery, it is a must on your itinerary for at least a couple of days.

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Kwa Zulu Natal

The Kwa Zulu Natal Area

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) is the greenest area of the country and the second most populous province. Lying in a broad strip with the Indian Ocean as its western border, it borders on Swaziland and Mozambique to the north. Its western border is marked by the dramatic Drakensberg mountain range, with several peaks over 3000m absl. The topography includes mountains, rugged green hills and valleys, as well as savannah grassland and indigenous forest. The home to the famous Zulu nation, KZN hosts a number of cultural villages as well as famous game reserves and protected areas such as Hluhluwe, Umfolozi, Phinda and Lake St Lucia.

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Impala at Kruger Park

Greater Kruger Park Area

The first national game park in South Africa, the Kruger National Park covers an area of over 12000 sq miles of Lowveld bushveld. It is home to a wide range of African wildlife, including the “big 5”. A number of private game reserves join Kruger on its western boundry including Sabie Sands, Timbavati, Manyeleti and Klaserie. These reserves are home to many fine private game lodges & safari camps, and are widely considered as South Africa’s premier safari area, and is certainly the largest area of African savanna.

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