We love to include small, intimate owner-managed guesthouses in our itineraries especially where the request is for an off-the-beaten-track itinerary. Guesthouses are smaller, cheaper accommodation options that suit self-drivers and those wanting to meet people and experience local culture. Contrary to the image of guesthouses in Europe, the enthusiastic, friendly personal attention at guesthouses in South Africa in particular often get rave reviews.
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This beautifully restored Franschhoek property has six luxury en-suite bedrooms with private patio gardens. Here, after a day out exploring wine country, you can unwind with spectacular mountain views over the valley, or lounge around the solar heated swimming pool, or take advantage of the various spa treatments on offer. Read More
Overlooking the historical Isandlwana and Rorke's Drift (which includes the sight where Lieutenants Melville and Coghill lost their lives attempting to save the Queen's Colour of their regiment), the mesmerising Fugitives' Drift is a Natural Heritage Site. Offering accommodation in both a luxurious guesthouse and in the lodge, it is one of the most coveted destinations in the famous Battlefields area. Read More
More Quarters Apartment Hotel is designed to give guests the whole experience, that of visiting the city of Cape Town, feeling a part of the city and being a local in a foreign city. For those who spend a lot of their time in hotels, this will be a different experience – these apartments have the full service support of a luxury hotel, while combining the modern features and freedom of the self-catering apartment. Read More
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse is a well loved family-owned and managed establishment in the heart of Franschhoek. No wonder it gets rave reviews on TripAdvisor. is clearly a labour of love that offers a luxurious retreat for the Cape winelands traveller. Read More
With the dramatic backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains and with views of the sweeping and secluded Mfazimnyama Valley in the Spioenkop Game Reserve, the eco-friendly Three Tree Hill Lodge has been awarded a Green Leaf Environmental Award with good reason. It not only offers spectacular scenery, but also boasts locally grown farm-style country food, superb service, the most relaxing environment and Africa's warmest welcome. Read More
Tucked away in the lush valley of the Drakensberg in KwaZulu-Natal is the world-renowned Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse. This comfortable country house hotel, which has been running for 10 years, is a gastronomic delight offering only top quality gourmet meals along with luxurious accommodation in its 11 beautifully furnished rooms. Read More
Hog Hollow is a charming four-star lodge set on the edge of an indigenous forest in a lush private nature reserve with panoramic views of the Tsitsikamma Mountains in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Close to the Garden Route's beautiful beaches and eco-adventure activities, Hog Hollow Country Lodge is the perfect escape for the whole family. Read More
A luxury boutique guesthouse in the heart of the Cape's beautiful Garden Route, the five-star Kanonkop House offers relaxed comfort, magnificent views and superb service. Gloriously situated on the top of Kanonkop Hill above Knysna - South Africa's favourite coastal resort town - Kanonkop House has spectacular views across the Knysna Lagoon and all the way the Heads, where the lagoon meets the Indian Ocean. Read More
Located just metres from the white sands of beautiful Robberg Beach, Periwinkle Lodge offers luxury accommodation and stunning 180 degree ocean views of the Robberg Peninsula and Tsitsikamma Mountain Range. At this stylish lodge you can enjoy luxury and comfort while surrounded by the magical sights and sounds of nature that have earned the Garden Route worldwide fame. Read More
Two beautiful historic houses have been charmingly restored to create River Manor, a luxury hotel in the heart of the Cape Winelands town of Stellenbosch. On a leafy oak lined avenue beside the Eerste River, the intimate hotel provides peace, comfort and colonial style only two minutes walk from the centre of the historic university town. Read More