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10 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

Long gone are the days when your holiday accommodation was merely a place to rest your weary head in between fun-filled activities.  Nowadays your lodging can be as much of an event as, say, a scenic hike or trip to a wine farm. And what better way to populate your social media feed with images that make you look ‘unique’, ‘different’ and ‘cool’ than by staying at an unusual, awesome or quirky getaway spot in or around Cape Town.

This is where we come in. We know that one of the most important travel decisions you will ever make is choosing a place to stay, which is why we have selected 10 of the coolest and downright awesome places to stay in Cape Town and surrounding areas. We’re talking caves, 18th-century style hotels and carriages, tree houses, tents and other interesting choices.

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10 AWESOME AND UNUSUAL PLACES TO STAY IN CAPE TOWN AND SURROUNDS

Dutch Manor House in Cape Town
Whoever said time travel is a figment of one’s imagination has clearly not been to the Dutch Manor Antique Hotel in the Cape Town CBD. Dating back to 1812, the establishment offers a traditional style of the hotel experience. We’re talking uniquely decorated rooms fitted with the finest antique furnishings and fittings: think yellowwood and stinkwood half moon tables, gilded mirrors, four poster beds and more. Guests are also in for a rather ‘royal’ treat as beds are luxuriously covered in 100% Egyptian percale cotton. To top it all off, due to its rustic and historic nature, the Dutch Manor has been dubbed the ideal spot for classical and romantic shoots by film and production companies – so who knows, one’s stay could lead to seeing, first hand, how film comes to life. What’s more, the hotel’s location lends itself to guests being able to explore just what the CBD has to offer – from bars and restaurants, a stay at the Dutch Manor is jam-packed with possibility.  .
158 Buitengracht | Bo-Kaap | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 422 4767

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve
Attaching the ‘one-of-a-kind’ tag to Kagga Kamma may well be a bit of an understatement. From sleeping under the stars or in a cave room to discovering rock art and Khoi San paintings on a cultural tour, Kagga Kamma offers more than just a roof over your head. Nestled in the Cederberg area (about 300km outside of Cape Town) where untouched Karoo-like wilderness and beautiful and rare flowers bloom, the lodge offers the chance for guests to sleep in truly unique surroundings For starters,  the Bushman Lodge boasts five spacious en-suite, thatched rondavels and ten unique cave suites that are built into the sandstone rock formations.  What’s more, beautiful rock art can be seen from these caves. The other winner is the Outcrop Open Air Room, which is pretty much what the name suggests: a luxury suite that allows visitors to sleep under the star-lit skies, which is  perfect for a truly unique romantic getaway.  Not to mention,Kamma Kagga offers spa treatment facilities as well as some outdoor activities (guided 4x4 and quad bike safaris, hiking trails and star gazing) making it perfect for a well-rounded weekend away.
Kagga Kamma | Ceres | Western Cape | +27 (0)21 872 4343

Band Wagon Cape Town Carriage Company Experience
Offering quite a timeless experience, the Cape Town Carriage Company specialises in giving travellers guided tours across different parts of the Western Cape. Led by qualified trail guides, one gets to travel through the scenic Overberg region in a replica band wagon pulled by two horses (don’t worry, the horses get regular water breaks) feeding into the ‘authentic’ style of how people used to travel. The two to four day trek begins in Stanford and makes its way to the final destination, Sandy’s Glen where adventurers get to cook under a fire and sleep either in the wagon (which sleeps two adults) or in a tent, or under the skies. The campsite is fully equipped and guests can swim in lagoons, spot birds, and do other exciting things before they make their way back to Stanford.The Cape Town Carriage Company recommends light luggage (as baggage is moved daily) in order for the trip to be as authentic as possible.
Indicator Lodge | Schaapkraal Road | Ottery | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 575 5669

Overseers Cottage on Table Mountain
Ever wondered what it would feel like to sleep on top of one of the  New7Wonders of Nature?  Well, look no further than the Overseers Cottage. Perched on the back of Table Mountain, the lodging affords guests spectacular views that go as far as Stellenbosch and False Bay! Sleeping up to 16 people, this hidden cottage is great for a weekend getaway with friends.The fully furnished stone cottage also comes with an outside braai area, a big fireplace, gas heated showers and comfy beds Worried about how to hike all the way up with your luggage? SanParks has got you sorted – you can arrange for a service that will take your luggage to the top so you don’t have to. If you need more convincing as to why sleeping atop the Table Mountain would be spectacular, have a look at some of the cool facts about the famous peak.
Cape Town | Table Mountain | +27(0)21 701 8692

Teniqua Treetops in Sedgefield
What better way to take a break from the fast- paced city life than by arranging a weekend away with nature? Delicately located in the foothills of the ancient Outeniqua Mountains in Sedgefield, Teniqua Treetops comprises eight beautifully handcrafted, self-catering treetop cabins that are placed high up in the canopy of the forest.. This, of course, means that guests get to sleep, eat and shower high up in the gorgeous forest trees.  What’s more, tree houses are connected to the Karatara gorge, which is perfect for those wanting to take a dip, and if you’re not too keen on swimming in an actual river, Teniqua has converted farm dams into swimming pools – creating something quite fun for the whole family.
Ruigtevlei turn-off | Sedgefield | Western Cape | +27 (0) 44 356 2868

The Old Mac Daddy in the Elgin Valley
Befitting a vintage-lovers bucket list item, the Old Mac Daddy is all kinds of cool. Twelve one-of-a-kind, American-style trailers creatively placed along the Elgin Valley offer guests a really cool experience. Each trailer and villa has its own quirky theme going; take the “Secret Life of Plants” trailer for instance, which is decked out with all kinds of paraphernalia that inspires the inner botanist. “Daddy’s Villa”, an exquisitely minimalistic villa, is one that inspires Zen-like tranquillity and is perfect for a group of friends or family wanting a weekend escape. Moreover, The Old Mac Daddy caters to all ages; kids have their very own jungle gym and parents and other visitors have access to a dam, a garden, a communal area and restaurant which are all part of the overall theme that plays out as a small old school town. If you don’t yet think this is special, you’ll be pleased to know that the trailers were actually flown in from the States to give an all-round ‘authentic’ feel to the entire stay.
Elgin Valley | Cape Town | +27 (0) 21 844 0241

The Mountain House in Clovelly
In an increasingly enviro-conscious world, getting to stay at a gorgeous house that also doubles up as an eco-warrior is something quite special. Located in Clovelly, a small way away from Kalk Bay, The Mountain House is a contemporary styled venue that features clerestory windows, sliding folding doors that make moving around the house quite a breeze, as well as a rainwater collection and solar heating system that contributes the house’ minimal carbon footprint. Guests also have direct access to Trappieskop  (which is practically at the front door) and also great views of Simon’s Town and False Bay. The house itself is beautifully furnished and designed and arranged in a way that encourages seamless movement around the house, as well as exposure of the surroundings. Within close proximity of the Clovelly golf course, Fish Hoek shops, beach as well as the Kalk Bay harbour and market, your itinerary won’t be short of items.
7 Mountain Road | Clovelly | Cape Town | +27 (0)82 850 5038 |

‘The Stables’ at Fisaasbos
‘The Stables’, a name given to what was once an actual stable and coach house, has now been refurbished into a stunning overnight hideaway in Tulbagh. The interior hides behind a beautiful wooden barn door, and offers just one cosy double bed, making it a perfect evening stop for a pair of travellers. The kitchen opens up to a beautiful backyard garden,which is perfect for picnics- and also houses all sorts of amenities. The location is great for eager explorers who are keen to get into with Tulbagh history, as many monuments of the town rest on Church Street. The dorpie is famous for annual events Christmas in Winter and the Tulbagh Spring Arts Festival so it would be great to pop by then as well. If you want a cute, cosy, beautiful and picturesque accommodation spot, this makes the list. You probably won’t even need any Instagram filters.
Remhoogte | Church Street | Tulbagh | +27 (0) 84 777 8487

Once in Cape Town
Once in Cape Town is one of those cool, hipster- type places that will not only leave you with great memories, but new friends as well. Combining the hotel, backpackers and hostel experience into one, visitors get to choose what vibe they want to go for. Since the Mother City is generally a place with too much to do, Once provides a great way of making it easier for guests by offering free walking tours (to get familiar with surroundings), trips to Signal Hill as well as Sunday outings to one of Cape Town’s coveted braai and chill spot, Mzoli’s. Moreover, Once’s location is quite lovely as Hudson’s burger joint and Long Street are close by. Once also aims to make things extremely easy and fun for guests- think private Skype booths, chill room with movies available and a daily ‘Things to Do’ list and a helpful weather forecast. How’s that for efficiency?
73 Kloof Street | Cape Town | +27 (0)21 424 6169

The Tipi Experience at the Circle T Ranch
The Circle T Ranch could very well be South Africa’s very own version of the ‘Wild Wild West’. If you’re a fan of intensely themed accommodation styles – then this is it. The Tipi Experience makes it possible for visitors to sleep in Native American- style tipis! Located in Philidelphia, a tranquil and beautiful town just 30km north of Cape Town, each tipi is equipped with a fire-pit, a single gas burner, oil, candle, lamp and wood and the site also features eco-friendly ablutions in order to give guests the ultimate authentic experience. Furthermore, the Native American atmosphere is taken to a whole new level as themed beadwork and clothing is available for purchase. Wake up to the sound of roosters crowing, horses neighing, or sleep with the top of tipi open for a unique version of ‘sleeping under the stars’. Do note: It is essential to bring your own towels, food and drinks.
Cape Road | Philidelphia | +27 (0) 82 659 9143

by Dudu Luthuli

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