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Are normal hotels too “vanilla” for you? Do you want an experience that you can brag to all your friends about? Then check out these unique places to stay on your trip to South Africa.

A Tree House


Branch out during your vacation! There are a couple of fantastic treehouse options in SA but the ‘Chalkey Treehouse’ stands out the most. Located on the Lion Sands Game Reserve in Kruger National Park this “hotel” is an adventure in itself. Roofless, lightless, and wifi-less this stand alone structure would be perfect for a romantic stress free getaway. You’ll be able to stare into a star painted sky and while the laughs of hyenas and roars of lions mull you to sleep.

A Historic Setting

mandela house

If you’re a history buff then staying here is sure to be a treat. Nelson Mandela’s private residence opened as a holiday retreat  earlier this year. The house sleeps twelve so it would be a great place to share all that knowledge with all your family and friends. located a little more than 150 miles north of Johannesburg on the Shambala Private Game Reserve.

A Romantic Adventure


The Naries Namakwa Retreat in Northern Cape is great when you want to get away from it all. Rich with history of the Nama people, this scenic location is a perfect romantic hideaway. This retreat is in full bloom in the wild flower season. During the rest of the year explore the greater Namakwa region from Richtersveld to the shipwrecks.

A Hotel On The Go


For a truly unique experience ride the Rovos rails through the heart of South Africa. The most luxurious train in the world, features 5 star luxury and quality dining. Observe scenic views, wildlife and cities without leaving the comfort of Rovos.

A Retro Retreat


If you’re  feeling nostalgic, you can stay in an airstream while on holiday. Old Mac Daddy is parked in Elgin valley in the Western Cape. It is a fantastic way to submerge yourself in the wilderness and settle in on some quality time.

Different places to stay in South Africa


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