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5 Unique Hotels in South Africa Your Heart Can’t Thank Enough

Kagga Kamma
Written by Abraham Odhiambo

From high-end luxury to bring-your-own-everything camping, unique hotels in South Africa offer visitors every kind of accommodation they need. 

South Africa is a country worth visiting at least once in a lifetime. The dream vacation is home to warm climate and some of the most breathtaking vistas in the world. 

Well, someone won’t be wrong to say the rainbow nation is like a small piece of Europe with beautiful beaches and a diversity of African animals.

There is plenty to do down south, and on your trip, ensure you spend a night in one of these unique hotels in South Africa. 

1. Kagga Kamma 

Kagga Kamma, one of the unique hotels in South Africa, is a world of wonder and comfort where you experience true communion with nature. 

At Kagga Kamma, you can live in a luxurious and eco-friendly cave. The ten cave suites are by no means pre-historic in their interior design, as they appear from the outside.

Kagga Kamma

Kagga Kamma Natural Reserve in Cederberg, South Africa. Photo/

The Open Air Suites, situated far from the main lodge, are carved out of rocks and offer couples peace as they spend quality time together. 

Kagga Kamma has an open-air room on a remote rocky outcrop where you can spend your night watching stars in the sky. 

Kagga Kamma is in the Swartruggens area of the Cederberg, just 250 km from Cape Town. 

2. Swell Eco Lodge 

Swell Eco Lodge lets you experience the Transkei Wild Coast in eco-friendly huts styled on traditional Transkei Rondavels. 

The lodge is ideal for couples, families and even group travellers. At Swell Eco Lodge, you enjoy the view of jumping whales, rural life as well as spectacular sea views.

Swell Eco Lodge

Hotel Swell Eco Lodge. Photo/

The lodge, which is set within the rolling hills of Mngcibe, boasts beautiful surroundings as well as modern and artistic interiors. 

Swell Eco Lodge is a perfect place to unwind as you stay away from city life for several days. It is one of the unique hotels in South Africa you should visit while on vacation in the rainbow nation. 

3. Grand Daddy 

Grand Daddy is a legendary, luxurious hotel in South Africa which has been operating for more than 120 years. 

The hotel is famous for having the only designer Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park in the world. The seven authentic Airstream trailers are incredible works of craftsmanship with their own individual decor theme. 

The hotel rooms are authentically South African, peppered with clever quality touches and refurnished decor. 

Grand Hotel also offers an incredible range of exciting activities, such as rooftop movie night, urban safari and city sightseeing. 

4. Teniqua Treetops 

Teniqua Treetops, one of the unique hotels in South Africa, is on a 36-ha piece of land in the Garden Route, 16 km from the N2.

Teniqua Treetops

A Suite at Teniqua Treetops. Photo/ SA-Africa

All the suites at Teniqua are nestled within the Knysna Forest and built two to six metres above the ground. They are built with a combination of glass, wood, canvas and tent. 

Teniqua Treetops is a place full of beauty, endless adventure and charm, offering breathtaking views of the Knysna Forest. It is best suited to nature lovers who want some piece of mind while in their own comfort. 

5. Naries Namakwa 

On the edge of the Spektakelberg is Naries Namakwa, a beautiful and romantic hideaway well-positioned for exploring the Namakwa region. 

The Hideaway is one of the unique hotels in South Africa, offering a total getaway from daily city life. 

The range of accommodations at Naries caters for every need, from family-friendly Self-Contained Cottages to luxurious Mountain Suites. Each suite is equipped with a Tea & Coffee Station and a small Bar Fridge. 

Naries do not accommodate children below 12 years.

Naries Namakwa

Naries Namakwa. Photo/ Medium.

What Makes a Hotel Unique? 

A hotel is classified as unique depending on the experiences it offers guests regarding food, services and general accommodation. 

Which Unique Hotels in South Africa Are Romantic? 

  1. Akademie Street Boutique Hotel 
  2. Schoone Oordt Country House 
  3. Blackheath Lodge 
  4. POD Camps Bay Boutique Hotel 
  5. Hotel Verde Cape Town Airport 

Does South Africa Have Motels? 

Yes, South Africa has motels with great rates and no reservation costs. The Karoo Moon Motel, located in Barrydale, has a garden, restaurant, free WiFi and barbecue facilities, among other services. 

About the author

Abraham Odhiambo

Abraham Odhiambo is a writer with interests in nature, travel, African safari and sports. I'm pursuing a bachelor's degree in Media and Communication at Egerton University.

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