The best ways to stay in SA

3 December 2016

When it comes to planning your perfect local holiday, choosing where to stay is just as important as deciding on your destination. Whether you like to rough it in the wilderness, keep it casual on the coast, spoil yourself with a swanky stay in the city or anything in between, you’ll never be short of the ideal holiday accommodation to suit your style and your pocket.

Camping and caravanning

If you like to keep your South African holidays low key, then camping and caravanning are your best bet. Lucky for you, there are plenty of campgrounds and caravan parks in almost every destination on the map. Hikers will love pitching their tents amid the dramatic Drakensberg Mountains. Nature lovers can also get off the beaten track and park their caravans nearly anywhere along the spectacular Garden Route spanning from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape all the way to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. There’s also the option to step it up a notch and go glamping instead. Take it easy at a tented safari camp complete with electricity for all your home comforts including TVs, microwaves and fridges, plus plenty of other luxurious touches.

 

Hostels, bungalows and chalets

If you’re not keen on camping, but still prefer more budget-friendly options, there’s plenty of affordable holiday accommodation to choose from. Avid backpackers can hop from hostel to hostel, staying in dorm rooms with shared facilities. Those looking for a little more privacy can choose to rent a private room. For excellent surfing, sun-drenched beaches and seaside fun, you can’t beat a bungalow on Durban’s famous Golden Mile or along the wild West Coast with stop overs in Tietiesbaai, Paternoster and Churchhaven to name just a few. Another option is to head out to the countryside for a tranquil stay in a quiet chalet in the specular Cederberg Mountains, Magaliesberg, KZN Midlands and many other local holiday spots.

 

B&B, hotels and lodges

Fancy something a little more luxurious? You won’t be disappointed with SA’s impressive array of B&Bs, hotels and lodges across the country. You’ll find cosy B&Bs in just about any town waiting to welcome you with a warm bed, personal service and a tasty breakfast in the morning. Hotels are also a great option with a choice of three-star to five-star holiday accommodation depending on your budget. Why not splash out with a luxury hotel in Cape Town, live it up in a stylish suite in Gauteng’s vibey Jo’burg or relax in a private game lodge in Kruger National Park? The options are endless!