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Awesome and Unusual Places to Stay in Cape Town and Surrounds
A selection of quirky and cool accommodation spots in and around the Mother City
Last Update: 09 October 2017
You don’t have to drift too far off the beaten track to marvel in the magnificence that is Mother Nature. There's innovative and imaginative accommodation that affords you the luxury of sleeping under the stars on a clear night, and still, have access to Wi-Fi. Spend a night atop Table Mountain or seal yourself inside a pod, in the middle of the city.
This list is to prove that your lodging can be as much of an event as, say, a scenic hike or trip to a wine farm. Have a look at our choice of awesome and unusual places to stay in the area.
Novelty Rooms and Lodging
The Parkhouse Hotel in Gardens, Cape Town
Does the idea of sleeping in a pod excite you? If so then treat yourself to a stayover at The Parkhouse Hotel.Tucked away in a cosy cul de sac in Gardens, this elegant boutique hotel offers guests a lodging experience like no other. Think clean polished lines and minimalist multifunctional spaces with a sophisticated flair. Large luxurious beds, central heating, flat screen TV’s, power showers and complimentary Wi-Fi make a stay at this conveniently located boutique hotel comfortable yet environmentally-economical too.
3 Kohling Street | Gardens | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 424 6913
The Tipi Experience at the Circle T Ranch
The Circle T Ranch is South Africa’s very own version of the ‘Wild Wild West’. If you’re a fan of intensely themed accommodation – then this is it. The Tipi Experience makes it possible for visitors to sleep in Native American-style tents! Each tipi is equipped with a fire-pit, wood, a gas burner, oil, candles and lamps. The site also features eco-friendly ablutions. Wake up to the sound of roosters crowing, horses neighing, or sleep with the top of the tipi open for a unique experience of sleeping under the stars.
Cape Road | Philidelphia | +27 (0)82 659 9143
African Relish in Tulbagh
If you want breakfast in bed, you’ll have to sleep in the kitchen – kidding! Amatuer chefs, aspiring foodies and avid diners, this one is especially for you. How does a trip to the tiny town of Prince Albert sound? This cooking school offers a culinary experience like no other. Dedicate a weekend to learning how to grow your own spices and herbs, as well as how to prepare and plate a meal. What sets this African Relish apart is that students can stay in self-catering cottages found on the school grounds.
34 Church Street | Prince Alfred | Klein Karoo | +27 (0)23 541 1381/ +27 (0)72 582 8749
‘The Stables’ at Fisaasbos
Although it may not be a manger, and three men carrying gold, frankincense and myrrh certainly won’t be dropping by unannounced, staying at The Stables is a once in a lifetime experience. Converted from a coach house to a short stay accommodation, this quaint outbuilding will afford you cosy lodging for a night or two. It seems fitting that the local dorpie is famous for annual events like Christmas in Winter. This Tulbagh based accommodation is perfect for travellers wanting to take in the history of the area.
Remhoogte | Church Street | Tulbagh | +27 (0)84 777 8487
The Old Mac Daddy in the Elgin Valley
Now this is what caravan parks should look like! Twelve one-of-a-kind, American-style trailers creatively placed along the Elgin Valley, offer guests a retro alternative to vacationing in mobile homes. Each trailer has its own quirky theme going, and the Old Mac Daddy staff offer exciting activities to keep you and the little ones entertained all day long. Kids have their own jungle gym while parents and other visitors have access to a dam, a garden, a communal area and restaurant.
FYI: the vintage caravans were flown in from the USA to give guests an authentic outback experience.
Elgin Valley Road | Elgin Valley | +27 (0)21 844 0241
Making the Most of Mother Nature
Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
To say that spending a night in Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve is magnificent would be a gross understatement. Wonders like these can rarely be put into words as they are better understood through experience. Imagine, if you can, sliding into crisp white linen of a double bed, placing your reading glasses on the night stand and not have to turn off a light switch, but rather stare out into the starry night. Wake up to an unfiltered view of the untouched Karoo-like wilderness and explore caves covered in Khoisan paintings. There are roofed accommodation options available for those not wanting to sleep out in nature.
Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343
Teniqua Treetops in Sedgefield
You will want to swing through the forest, slinging from one vine to the next, belting your most enthusiastic Tarzan roar, but make sure you okay it with the staff at Teniqua Treetops first – though, we don’t think they’ll mind you being enthusiastic about this creative accommodation. Located in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in Sedgefield, Teniqua Treetops comprises eight beautifully handcrafted, self-catering treetop cabins that afford guests the opportunity to see our region from a different perspective.
Ruigtevlei turn-off | Sedgefield | Western Cape | +27 (0) 44 356 2868
Quaint Cottages and Lodgings
Zula Self-Catering Beach House and Cottage in Paternoster
Trying to find accommodation along or near the coast is a nightmare. If you’re not being swindled by inflated prices, you and your 4-membered family are being squeezed into a studio apartment and expected to share a twin bed. Zula Beach House and Cottage in Paternoster invites friends, families and loved-ones for a relaxing retreat away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life. The spacious and comfortable, pet-friendly, lodging is 15 metres from the shore. Book Zula’s Beach House (sleeps 10) and Cottage (sleeps two) separately or collectively.
FYI: A R200 fee per dog must be paid on arrival.
9 Langstrand Close | Mosselbank | Paternoster | +27 (0) 83 449 8144
Akademie Street Boutique Hotel and Guesthouse
Who wouldn’t want to stay at a guesthouse that has won TripAdvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards, for categories such as Top Small Hotel in the World, Top Luxury Hotel in the World, Top 25 Hotels in the World for Romance, and Number One Hotel in Franschhoek from 2011 all the way through to 2016? No one should have to pass up the opportunity to stay at this picturesque boutique hotel where every vacation need is met by the hands-on staff. Discover the nooks and crannies of the Cape Winelands on Akademie Street branded bicycles, and make the most of private pools, hot tubs and fireplaces.
5 Akademie Street | Franschhoek | +27 (0)82 517 0405
Overseers Cottage on Table Mountain
Ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep on top of the world? Though they can’t help you with that, Overseers Cottage offers a comfortable stay atop one of the New7Wonders of Nature. Perched on top of Table Mountain, the 16 sleeper lodging affords guests spectacular views that go as far as Stellenbosch and False Bay! Fitted with an outside braai area, a big fireplace, gas heated showers and comfy beds, this is the perfect getaway for friends and family. You needn’t worry about your luggage either as SanParks can arrange for a service that will take your suitcases to the top so you don’t have to.
Table Mountain National Park | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 701 8692
Once in Cape Town
To keep your finger on the pulse of what’s happening in and around the Mother City, consider staying at this popular backpackers. Once will make sure you’re entertained from the moment you set foot in Cape Town until the minute Table Mountain’s silhouette disappears from view. Expect free walking tours (to get familiar with surroundings), trips to Signal Hill, as well as Sunday outings to one of Cape Town’s favorite tshisa nyama, Mzoli’s. A daily weather forecast and ‘Things to Do’ list makes this conveniently located backpackers a sought after option.
73 Kloof Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6169
AfriCamps Boutique Camping
Glamping is the answer to making the most of the outdoors without having to sacrifice comfort. AfriCamps Boutique Camping caters for this growing trend. They have five spacious, privately situated luxury tents at five different locations in the Western Cape. They recently added new tents in Stanford and Plettenberg Bay. The other three are in the Klein Karoo, Swellendam and Robertson. Each glamp tent sleeps five people in two private bedrooms furnished with queen-sized beds and one with an extra bunk bed. In the tent, too, is a private bathroom, a spacious living room, fully equipped kitchen and outdoor deck. Say goodbye to wrestling with tent poles and rerolling stubborn sleeping bags, and say hello to camping in comfort and style.
… And Accommodation on the go
Cape Town Carriage Company Experience
No, this horse-drawn carriage won’t be turning into a pumpkin at midnight. Instead, it will add some magic and romance to your getaway. The Cape Town Carriage Company specialises in giving travellers guided tours across different parts of the Western Cape in a whimsical horse-drawn carriage. The two to four day trip begins in Stanford and traverses the Overberg region to makes its way to the final destination, Sandy’s Glen. Adventurers cook on a fire and sleep either in the wagon (which sleeps two adults) or in a tent under the stars.
FYI: Pack light as baggage is moved daily.
Indicator Lodge | Schaapkraal Road | Ottery | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 575 5669
Words by Inga Sibiya and Dudu Luthuli
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