20+ of the most unusually cool places to stay in southern Africa

2015-06-14 12:30
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Cape Town – Southern Africa offers some of the most unique travel and tourist opportunities on the globe. Not only are the sights here extraordinary – we have the Great Migration, the globe’s most beautiful islands, the Vic falls, Table Mountain, the Okavango Delta, the Wild Coast, the Namib desert… and the list goes on…

Therefore it’s only apt that southern Africa also have the most extraordinary accommodation options available to go with our wonderful natural scenery.

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So, if you’re looking to match your stay with your surroundings, here are Traveller24’s top usual accommodation options in southern Africa. 

Okahirongo Elephant Lodge – Purros, Namibia 
What: Okahirongo Elephant Lodge is located in the Purros Conservancy, 55km from the skeleton coast and around 200km south of the Kunene River in the north of Namibia. The Kaokoveld is home to the nomadic Himba tribe as well as uniquely desert adapted Elephant, lion, black rhino and giraffe.
Average Cost*: Around R10 000 

Home for the next two days. #OkahirongoElephantLodge, #Purros, #Namibia

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Pelican Point Lodge
– Walvis Bay, Namibia 
What: Pelican Point Lodge is situated on a unique stretch of land, the remote peninsula of Pelican Point at Walvis Bay.
Average Cost*: Around R4 000

Zambezi Queen
– Chobe River, Botswana 
What: Located along the banks of the great Chobe River, the Zambezi Queen offers world-class sophistication in one of the most remote locations on earth. The ZQ is as unique and adventurous as it is comfortable and elegant. 
Average Cost*: Around R6 000 (compulsory two night stay) 

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Naries Namakwa Retreat
– Northern Cape, South Africa 
What: Comfortable mountain suites beautifully built from thatch provide an inspiring and unusual romantic getaway in Namakwaland. 
Average Cost*: Around R3 150

A rondavel dream #Iwanttotakeyouhomewithme #nariesnamakwa #springbok #southafrica

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Rovos Rail
 - most of southern Africa 
What: The most luxurious train in the world runs right through the heart of South Africa. Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era as you step aboard their reconditioned wood-panelled coaches and enjoy fine cuisine in five-star luxury.
Average Cost: An average of R25 000 for a trip for two people sharing, depending on the route.  

!Xaus Lodge
– Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Cape, South Africa 
What: !Xaus Lodge provides luxury Kgalagadi accommodation in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for eco-tourists and visitors to the Kalahari.
Average Cost*: Around R3 900 

Retreated to this beautiful lodge amidst the Kalahari Desert.. #xauslodge #Kalahari #africa

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The Matusadona
 – along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe
What: Matusadona is certainly the most striking cruise boat on Lake Kariba. Harnessing the mighty Zambezi River  for hydroelectric power, the massive Kariba Dam's pristine waters and an abundance of wildlife is the home of “Matusadona”.
Average Cost: Around R35 000 for a cruise for 2 people sharing, for 3 days (minimum 3 day stay required) 

Beehive Huts
– Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary, Swaziland 
What: Stay in the quaintest thatched huts in this pioneer conservation wildlife sanctuary in Swaziland's Kingdom's Ezulwini Valley, 'Valley of Heavens'. 
Average Cost*: Around R780

READ: Swaziland for SA travellers: 8 things to do

#beehivehuts #swazi

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Grootbos Private Nature Reserve
- Gansbaai, Western Cape, South Africa 
What: Nestled between mountain and sea, the Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star eco-paradise showcasing the incredible Flora and Marine life of the Southern Tip of Africa. Home of the "Marine Big 5" - whales, sharks, dolphins, seals and penguins; and with unparalleled floral diversity, Grootbos offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury African experience.
Average Cost*: Around R3 500 

READ: 7 Secrets to uncover during a weekend at Grootbos

Torn between wanting to take a nap in this bed with a view and exploring @grootbos #VSCOcam #GrootbosMagic

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Old Mac Daddy - Elgin, Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa 
What: Have a nostalgic fifties inspired caravan holiday in an Airstream in the beautiful Elgin Valley.
Average Cost*: Around R1 400 

READ: The secret is out at Old Mac Daddy...

Thanks for taking me to the trailer park for my birthday @tamara_jayd ??

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Flamingo Bay – Mozambique 
What: The magical Flamingo Bay Water Lodge is located in a beautiful tropical tidal estuary along the Inhambane coast. 
Average Cost*: Around R2 000 

#Place2Go #FlamingoBay #Mozambique #VisaOnArrival4Nigerians #LetsTalk

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Stuurmansfontein Corbelled House – Carnarvon, Northern Cape, South Africa 
What: A cluster of historic Karoo buildings amongst the dolerite hills. This corbelled guest house was once home to the Great Grandparents of the present owners, Piet & Charmaine Botha.
Average Cost*: Around R1 000 

First stay in 200 year old #corbelledhouse on Stuurmansfontein

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Pig and Whistle Inn – Bathurst, Eastern Cape, South Africa  
What: The inn has been providing hospitality to locals and travellers alike for over 180 years. The Pig is a family run inn, and the warm, welcoming atmosphere permeates the pub, accommodation and restaurant, as does the rich history and quaint charm. The Inn is also home to the oldest continuously licensed pub in the country.
Average Cost*: Around R500 

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge – NamibRand, Namibia 
What: The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way. The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. 
Average Cost*: Around R5 200 

Wolwedans #dream#lodge#privacy#desert#namibia#wolwedans

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Shanty Town,  Emoya Estate – Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa 

What: Now you can experience staying in a Shanty within the safe environment of a private game reserve. This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access!  
Average Cost*: Around R650 

#VRLkamp#Shantytown#shack #EmoyaEstate

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Serenity Forest Eco Reserve, Malelane, Mpumalanga , South Africa 
What: This eco reserve is a sanctuary for birdlife, butterflies and a growing population of wildlife. It’s well off the beaten track, and paradise for anyone who is truly a nature lover. 
Average Cost*: Around R1 350 

Travel goals! #serenityforestlodge looks like heaven on earth

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Malori at Tswalu in the Kalahari, South Africa 
What: Imagine sleeping in a luxury king-size bed on a raised deck in the middle of a game reserve, surrounded by the calls of nocturnal animals, with nothing between you and the brilliant stars of the Kalahari night sky…
Average Cost*: Around R21 200 

San Camp – Botswana 
What: San Camp is situated on the edge of the vast and mysterious Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, the remnant of an extinct super lake that once covered most of Botswana. Turn 360° and nothing crosses the eye but the bowl of the sky. 
Average Cost*: Around R15 000 

NGEPI Camp in the Caprivi Strip, Namibia 
What: Rustic, thatched Bush Huts with open air bathrooms and lovely private gardens. The private tree house bush huts are located with stunning views of the river and on-suite, al-fresco bathrooms.
Average Cost*: Around R690 

Fin utsikt fra senga ???? #ngepi #ngepicamp #namibia

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Manta Resort on Pemba Island in Zanzibar 
What: A private floating island with your bedroom four meters below the surface. It is yours to enjoy while sunbathing and stargazing on the top deck, lounging and dining on the water deck and sleeping surrounded by a tropical marine environment.
Average Cost*: Around R19 000 

READ: PICS: Africa's first underwater hotel room opens in Zanzibar

Kagga Kamma Cave Suites, Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, Cederberg, South Africa 
What: Book your stay in one of 10 unique cave suites that are built into the sandstone rock formations.
Average Cost*: Around R3 500 

#Africa #SouthAfrica #KaggaKamma

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*Average cost is calculated as per the accommodations’ official websites in June 2015. The cost is all inclusive for two people sharing, for one night. 

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