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Successfully booked your cheap flights into Cape Town, Durban, or Johannesburg? Now the search for accommodation can begin. South Africa offers unique types of accommodation, including places where it’s common to see an elephant walking past your tent. Stay on a private reserve near Johannesburg, in a chic boutique hotel in Bo-kaap, or a backpackers on Ansteys beach in Durban.
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Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is the most visited destination in South Africa. The Kruger National Park is the most popular national park and is closely followed by the Table Mountain National Park. Durban’s host of outdoor activities and warm climate make it a popular destination in South Africa.
Booking accommodation options in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg can be a safe and simple process when done online. We share the best options in each city and some interesting day trips below.
Accommodation in Cape Town
There are some incredible accommodation options in Cape Town, many in close proximity to popular attractions. The Mount Nelson Hotel is known as an elegant ‘Pink Lady’ in the heart of the Mother City. Trendy restaurants line nearby Kloof Street which attracts an audience of locals and backpackers.
You can’t visit Cape Town without pushing yourself to the top of a mountain. Table Mountain National Park extends all the way to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. The route to the Cape Point lighthouse along Victoria Drive and Chapman’s Peak is highly recommended. Notable accommodation along the way is the 12 Apostles Hotel, Noordhoek Village Hotel, and Tintswalo at Boulders Beach penguin colony.
Day Trip from Cape Town to Franschhoek
The Franschhoek valley produces some of the Western Cape’s best sparkling wine and is home to some of the oldest wine estates in South Africa. The bubbly, when made in the traditional french method, earns the title Methodé Cap Classique.
If you can afford to, spend a night at the Mont Rochelle Hotel after exploring and experiencing wines from the vineyards of Franschhoek.
Accommodation in Durban
Durban accommodation is great and boasts warm weather all year round with a humid subtropical climate. KwaZulu-Natal offers a wide variety of outdoor activities and is a suitable location for a beach holiday in South Africa. The Suncoast Towers offer great access to Durban’s North Beach and the U’shaka Marine World.
If you enjoy surfing but didn’t bring your board, the friendly hosts of Ansteys Beach Backpackers will be happy to paddle out alongside you. Travel north of Durban to Umhlanga to stay at The Oyster Box, positioned with majestic sunrise views over the ocean.
Day Trip from Durban to Drakensberg Mountain Range
Leave the beach on a tour to learn about the wildlife, bush, and battlefields located in the Drakensberg mountain range on the border with Lesotho. Stay at the luxurious Cathedral Peak Hotel and travel in a 4×4 with a guide in search of wildlife in the Giants Castle Game Reserve.
Accommodation in Johannesburg
There is a wide variety of accommodation in Johannesburg. The city has an incredible youth culture that is best experienced in the suburbs of Braamfontein, Maboneng, Newton, and Rosebank. Live music, restaurants, and craft markets offer uniquely South African experiences. Live in luxury in Sandton’s Palazzo Hotel.
The area surrounding Johannesburg offers wildlife viewing at nature reserves, where you can experience the Big 5. The Mziki Private Game Reserve is located 2 hours from OR Tambo International Airport.
Day Trip from Johannesburg to Kruger National Park
The Kruger National Park is a great day tour from Johannesburg and offers safe accommodation in the presence of over 12000 elephants. Stay in safari tents, cottages, and luxury lodges after an enthralling game drive.
South Africa’s Budget Getaways
South Africa’s 2798km coastline offers incredible budget getaways. The Garden Route is a 300km highlight from Mosselbay to Storms River and is easily accessed with an internal flight to the George International Airport.
Have you booked cheap flights and want to find the budget getaway accommodation to match? Below are the best places in South Africa including ideas for affordable day trips to nearby destinations.
Accommodation in George
George is the ideal budget getaway, with farmers markets, outdoor activities and botanical gardens that are worth visiting. The nearby Victoria Bay and Wilderness offer a relaxed environment with beautiful beaches and fantastic restaurants.
Day Trip from George to Plettenberg Bay
Travel on the national highway through pine forests and lagoons from George to Plettenberg Bay. Spend the night at a B&B along beachhead drive before hiking in the Robberg Nature Reserve.
Accommodation in East London
East London is a port city located at the mouth of the Buffalo river. The accommodation and activities offered in the area make it suitable for a budget getaway. The warm waters of Nahoon beach are a favourite amongst swimmers during the holidays and is located 5 minutes from The Loerie Hide guest house. On a hot summer day, treat yourself to a famous Friesland milkshake.
Day Trip from East London to Transkei
Travellers to South Africa are fortunate to experience a cultural diversity unlike anywhere else on earth. Visit the Transkei to experience the welcoming culture of the amaXhosa people and soak in the dramatic Hole in the Wall.
Accommodation in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha)
Port Elizabeth is known as ‘the friendly province’ and is a great budget getaway. The suburb of Summerstrand is an ideal beachfront holiday location and offers a coastal boardwalk, restaurants, and a casino.
The Addo Elephant National Park, Amakahla game reserve, Pumba Private Game Reserve, and Shamwari Private Game Reserve are all located about an hour and 15 minutes drive from the Chief Dawid Stuurman International Airport.
Day Trip from Port Elizabeth to Jeffreys Bay
Only an hour drive from Port Elizabeth, Jeffreys Bay is South Africa’s surfing capital. Attracting the world’s best wave riders to the famous right hand point break known as Super Tubes. Relax at the appropriately named Zen guesthouse or bunk alongside your friends at a backpackers.
Where to Stay in South Africa
Choosing between South Africa’s most popular destinations is hard. Whether you have found a cheap flight and want to book accommodation that is affordable or you hope to spend the night in a luxurious hotel, Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg have amazing options.
Booking your hotel online is the safest and simplest way to ensure you get a good night’s rest.