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Our Favorite Hotels and Lodges in South Africa

In South Africa, you can not only experience and see very unique things, you can also stay in very unique accommodations. During our trip through South Africa, we have stayed in many different hotels and lodges. In this blog post, we have listed all our favorites across South Africa. From budget hotels to luxurious lodges, there's something for everyone in this list.​



Fly with Air Belgium

Did you know you can fly directly from Brussels to Johannesburg or Cape Town with Air Belgium? Not only did we enjoy the fact that we had a direct flight, we were also super satisfied with the service on board: super friendly staff, very tasty food and great comfort during the flight! We highly recommend Air Belgium if you fly from Brussels.

Outside of South Africa, they offer many other great destinations in Africa. So be sure to check out their website!


The prices we mention are just an indication. Prices may vary depending on season, room types, number of persons staying...

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POD Camps Bay

POD Camps Bay is a stunning hotel in the Camps Bay region in Cape Town. It is perfectly located, close by the beach and all the restaurants. It also offers a stunning view over the ocean from their pool with sundeck. Did we already mention how helpful and friendly the staff is? 

They offer 6 different room types in different price ranges. 
Double room: from €265 per night


Wildlife retreat remhoogte

In Stellenbosch you really should spend a night on a vineyard. And the most beautiful stay is surely at the wine farm of Remhoogte. From your room, you have a beautiful view of the wildlife, such as zebras and springboks, with a beautiful landscape in the background. On top of that you can also enjoy a free wine tasting of the delicious wines of Remhoogte. And all this for only a very small and fair price!

Double room: from €51 per night


Kwetu Guest Farm

At Kwetu Guest Farm, you get the unique chance to meet their giraffes from really close by. The giraffes walk around in their huge backyard, where you can walk up to them. You also have a view of the giraffes and other wildlife that they have, from the various cottages and rooms they offer with your own bathroom and fully equipped kitchen. A very unique opportunity if you ask us.

Double room: from €40 per night

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Knysna Elephant Park lodge

Have you ever wondered whether an elephant sleeps lying down or standing up? Well, you can discover it for yourself, because in Knysna Elephant Park Lodge you have the chance to sleep with the elephants. Your room is located next to the sleeping quarters of the elephants. You can see them and even hear them sleeping! It probably doesn’t get any more unique than this.

Double room: from €72 per night

Port Elizabeth

Once upon a dome

In Port Elizabeth, you get the chance to sleep under the billions of stars of South Africa. From your bed in this large translucent Star Dome of Thunzi Bush Lodge, you can look at the stars and the Milky Way from your bed. In addition, you also have a hot tub, a chill net, an outdoor shower, a barbecue, a bath with a view… in short, everything you need for a unique overnight stay.

Double room: from €221 per night

St Lucia

Luxury Tented Village @ Urban Glamping

In St Lucia you can enjoy an amazing glamping experience at the Luxury Tented Village of Urban Glamping. You literally feel in the middle of nature in the middle of the town. You sleep in a beautiful luxurious tent in a laid-back surrounding with two pools and a shared kitchen.

Double room: from €58 per night

African Dreamz Guest House

We loved our stay at African Dreams Guest House because of the super hospitable owners. The guest house has air-conditioned rooms with an African decor. On top of that, they serve a delicious breakfast. 

Double room: from €71 per night


Mantenga Lodge

The Mantenga Lodge is the perfect place to stay in the middle of nature of Eswatini. It is located close to the Mantenga falls and the Mantenga culture village. In this culture village you can learn more about the Swazi culture and witness a vibrant and energetic performance of traditional Swazi dances and music. Not only the location is ideal, they also serve a delicious food!

Double room: from €65 per night

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Kruger national park

Pezulu treehouse lodge

Have you always wanted to sleep in a treehouse? Then the Pezulu Tree House Lodge is the perfect opportunity to do this! These huge tree houses are located in a private reserve of the Kruger National Park. From your treehouse you get the chance to spot wildlife like warthogs and giraffes, and if you’re lucky, the giraffes come and say hi in your outdoor shower. Besides accommodation, they also offer different game experiences

Double room: from €198 per night

Rukiya Safari Camp

Rukiya Safari Camp is a luxury tented camp in the Wild Rivers Nature Reserve, next to the Great Kruger National Park. You stay in a luxurious safari tent in the middle of nature. They offer different game drives, both big 5 and non big 5. It’s the perfect opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay and spot wildlife in a relaxed way without the hustle in the Great Kruger. It is also the place where we have eaten the most of our whole trip, because they serve exceptionally tasty food.

Double room: from €187 per night

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