Hostels, Travel

Unique Holiday Experiences in South Africa

Although we believe Mazeppa Bay to be the most beautiful holiday location in South Africa, there are, believe it or not still a couple of other gems to be discovered. Travel to these wonderful South African locations and find unique accommodation you will never forget. For most of our guests inquiring about travelling to the Mother City, home of Table Mountain, we most often recommend Ashanti Lodge Cape Town backpackers due to it’s outstanding reputation and being one of the most trusted hostels in Cape Town with a history spanning more than 20 years.

Fairview Towers

It took eighteen months to renovate two old silos, that used to store cattle feed, into a four-storey holiday dwelling.  The Towers can accommodate up to eight people, consisting of two master bedrooms on the first floor with queen size beds and the children sleep in the two ground floor bedrooms. The third floor contains the open plan kitchen and the main living space. On the top floor you have the open Lapa area where you are free to braai and can enjoy the amazing farmland scenery. There is a wooden staircase which allows you access to all of the four floors. The furniture and interior decoration gives the rooms a country atmosphere. The Towers are located on the Fairview Estates Farm in Fouriesburg. Fairview Estates also offer alternative accommodation with their converted park home and beautiful cottage. If you are the energetic type you can explore the nearby Maluto Mountains.

Contact: 082 377 5222

Mashovhela Bush Lodge

This Lodge offers Venda-style chalets, but it is far more exciting to sleep outside in one of the exclusive hammocks attached to the trees. At this “Hammock Camp”, as it is referred, you are able to stargaze with a telescope, and the star-guide explains the heavenly bodies that you can see and also gives the guests a local story of their Venda culture. It is recommended that you visit the Mashovhela rock pool with its amazing waterfall. If you are a butterfly and bird lover this is the place to be as they boast of over 300 different species.

Located on the Morning Sun Reserve along the N1, Louis Trichardt

Contact: 079 427 6333

Forum Homini Hotel

Only a half an hour drive from Sandton, the Forum Homini Hotel offers a unique cave dwelling accommodation with a five star rating. The cave has 14 suites with grass covered rooms, double showers, a cosy fireplace and stalactite lighting in the ceiling. There are a further 2 deluxe suits which also boast an outside Jacuzzi. Although the hotel accommodation is amazing the food is the main attraction which includes a six course dinner and five course breakfast. The dinner is deliberately slowed down in order to enjoy the food properly and each course is accompanied with a different wine.

Located in Kromdraai Road in Krugersdorp

Contact: 011 668 7000

The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa

This hotel used to be a power station and has now been transformed into a five star hotel.  It is situated on the Thesen Island less than a kilometre from the town of Knysna. It is amazing to see how all the old equipment, generator turbines and boilers, have been refurbished and form part of the hotels interior décor. The hotel consists of 24 rooms and suites with some rooms having balconies, while all the ground floor rooms have their own garden. There is a restaurant that seats 90 people for most of your meals and also a Turbine Tapas Bar where light meals are served. There is also a pool deck available which has a view over the canal and light meals can also be enjoyed there.

Location: 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island in Knysna

Contact: 044 302 5746

The Oxwagon Lodge

This is ideal for someone who would want to experience accommodation like the old Voortrekkers did. These old original ox wagons have been restored with some modern comforts to allow the guests to feel what the Voortrekkers experienced on their long journeys.  It is an amazing experience as all the guests get together around the braai and socialise.  Apart from the ox-wagons there is also an old double decker bus that has been revamped with 4 single beds and 14 bunks.

The Lodge can be found at the Hartbeespoort Dam.

Contact: 078 075 0720

Kagga Kamma, Cederberg South

These are circular huts or cave rooms that have been built between huge sandstone rock formations. For the more courageous you can sleep in the open air on an outcrop of rock and have nature as your walls. This accommodation is situated in the Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve which offers ancient rock paintings, fauna and flora and beautiful starry night skies. Trips to Kagga Kamma can also be reserved via the travel centre at Ashanti backpackers Cape Town, who often have access to unique deals on specific tours and trips.

Contact: 021 872 4343

Tsala Treetop Lodge

These treetop suits are situated on the Garden Route between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. Access to your private treetop suit is via an elevated wooden walkway. This walkway also links all the treetop suits to the main lodge. Each suit has its own private pool and the scenery of the surrounding forests is breath-taking. Although it appears to be secluded it is very near to all the Garden Route amenities and attractions.

Contact: 044 501 1111