South Africa – Places to stay
!Xaus Lodge (pronounced as “Kaus” or with a palatal “click” and meaning “heart” in Nama) is a community-owned lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park that offers guests a full-service, experience including all meals and four-star accommodation, wilderness walks with trackers, game drives and opportunities to meet local San artists while they create their traditional crafts.
One of the first guesthouses to become Fair Trade Tourism certified, Antrim Villa in Cape Town’s Three Anchor Bay is a wonderful old Victorian house built in the late 1800s where guests enjoy a fusion of old and new while making a demonstrable difference to people’s lives through a number of innovative social projects.
Far from the madding crowd of Cape Town, yet situated in the heart of the Cape, Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse offers a great alternative to exploring this beautiful region of South Africa. Located lies in the beautiful Riebeek Valley near Wellington - a 75 minute-drive from the Mother City - Bartholomeus Klip is a lovingly restored Victorian homestead where responsible tourism takes on new meaning.
Situated on a beautiful, unspoilt beach in the heart of a traditional Xhosa village, the eco-friendly Bulungula Lodge is 100% owned by the local community of Nqileni, offering a rich, off-the-beaten-track cultural experience. With 10 traditionally styled huts positioned to take advantage of the amazing views of both the ocean and the surrounding coastal forest, Bulungula is a visual and ecological delight and the perfect destination for backpackers and discerning travellers.
Coffee Shack Backpackers is located in the scenic Coffee Bay region of South Africa’s spectacularly beautiful Eastern Cape Wild Coast and is 30% owned by the local Tshezi community. It strives to create an unforgettable travel experience for visitors, enhanced by the natural surroundings and the chance to interact meaningfully with local Xhosa people.
De Zeekoe Guest Farm is situated outside Oudtshoorn, in South Africa’s Klein Karoo region. Surrounded by the Swartberg and Outeniqua mountains, this beautiful owner-managed farm boasts diverse vegetation, from renosterveld to mountain fynbos, which is home to more than 162 bird species and the farm’s most popular drawcard - meerkats.
Only 20km outside of the Garden Route town of Plettenberg Bay in South Africa, Hog Hollow Country Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the magnificent Tsitsikamma mountains and forest. Set in its own private nature reserve, Hog Hollow overlooks the impressive Matjies River Gorge with views of the river’s lush valley filled with indigenous trees and packed with a variety of endemic bird species.
Jan Harmsgat Country House is an exclusive country house on a working wine, fruit and game farm, situated between the towns of Swellendam and Ashton in South Africa’s Western Cape. Languishing at the foot of the magnificent Langeberg mountains, this 680ha farm and its historic buildings offer the perfect opportunity to explore the Robertson wine route and the rich heritage of the region.
Kololo Game Reserve is located in the heart of the Waterberg biosphere in Limpopo, South Africa. Bordering the renowned Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this is a fascinating destination with a rich cultural legacy, unique natural biodiversity and breathtaking scenery. Kololo offers “Big Five” safaris in the Welgevonden as well as guided game walks and drives on its own property, which is home to a variety of indigenous wildlife.
Kungwini Guesthouse and Conference Centre is a reflection of the entrepreneurial spirit of the local co-operative which owns and manages this emerging Bronkhorstspruit establishment. The small farming community of Bronkhorstspruit is located between Pretoria and Witbank, on the main N4 highway which leads to South Africa’s lowveld and the Kruger National Park.