Top 10 Unusual Hideaways in South Africa

Looking to escape the rat race, but tired of the same old places? South Africa prides itself on its variety of landscapes ranging from deserts to beached to craggy mountains, where travellers may indulge in anything from spas to shark-cage diving.

The variety doesn’t stop there. If you're craving something different, step away from the usual guest houses and hotels and book into one of these unusual places.

  • Kagga Kamma Cave Suites

    1. Kagga Kamma Cave Suites, Western Cape

    Nestled in the wilderness of the southern Cederberg Mountains in the Western Cape, the Kagga Kamma is renowned for its scenic beauty and dramatic rock formations. The Cave Suites have been integrated with the natural sandstone rock formations, and are all equipped with a view, and furnished with comfort in mind.

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  • Santos Express

    2. The Santos Express Train Lodge, Western Cape

    Overlooking Santos Beach, Mossel Bay, the Santos Express Train Lodge offers accommodation with a difference. Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, guests can enjoy a unique experience of staying on a real train only 30m from the sea.

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  • Fairview Estates Twin Towers

    3. Twin Towers, Fairview Estates, Free State

    Situated on a working farm near the Lesotho border, Fairview Estates offer breath-taking scenery and the chance to escape from civilization. Converted from grain silos, the self-catering Twin Towers propose the perfect venue for a family or group getaway.

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  • Naries Namakwa Mountain Suites

    4. Naries Namakwa Mountain Suites, Northern Cape

    Naries Namakwa is a beautiful hideaway on the edge of the Spektakelberg between Springbok and Kleinzee in the Northern Cape. The domed luxury mountain suites, built from thatch, offer a unique experience amid spectacular scenery in the heart of Namaqualand.

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  • Airstream Trailer Park

    5. Airstream Trailer Rooftop Park, The Grand Daddy Hotel, Western Cape

    Situated in Cape Town’s city centre on one of the city’s most vibrant and busiest streets, the Airstream Trailer Rooftop Park on the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel offers a unique city experience all year round.

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  • Oxwagon Lodge

    6. Oxwagon Lodge, North West Province

    The Oxwagon Lodge at Hartbeespoort Dam is a unique hideaway for nature lovers. Guests can spend the night in an authentically-restored ox wagon and enjoy panoramic views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and the Witwatersberg Mountains.

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  • Flycatcher Castle

    7. Flycatcher Castle, Mpumalanga

    Situated on the outskirts of Graskop in Mpumalanga, Flycatcher Castle is a fairy-tale experience for all visitors. The castle was conceptualised as a sculpture and constructed using relics and art creating a masterpiece in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

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  • Mashovhela Hammock Camp

    8. Hammock Camp, Mashovhela Bush Lodge, Limpopo

    Sleep under the stars in the Morning Sun Nature Reserve. Set on a reserve in the Soutpansberg Mountains, within the UNESCO-listed Vhembe Biosphere Reserve, guests can relax on comfortable hammocks whilst taking in the beauty of the night sky and the sounds of the African bush.

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  • Houseboat Myrtle

    9. Knysna Houseboat Myrtle, Western Cape

    Just a two-minute dingy ride from the Knysna Waterfront, anchored in the lagoon, is an original Knysna houseboat. The Houseboat Myrtle is a self-contained cottage on the water. With authentic wood finishes and two decks, it’s the best spot to enjoy lazy days on the lagoon.

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  • Tsala Treetop Lodge

    10. Tsala Treetop Lodge, Western Cape

    Situated between the coastal towns of Plettenberg Bay and Knysna, this luxury five-star hotel is set amid the treetops of an indigenous forest. With breath-taking views, elevated hideaways, wraparound decking and private infinity pools, Tsala Treetop Lodge offers a magical getaway.

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