6 very unique Airbnbs in South Africa

Posted by Anita Froneman on 19 July 2021

By Lynn Cupido 

Despite the many challenges of having to live through a pandemic, there have been a few upsides. South Africans are once again excited about exploring our beautiful country and are craving unique experiences that will ease the sting of not being able to travel internationally.

Airbnb has become one of the most popular options for finding accommodation when travelling. From seriously luxurious to something completely different, this booking platform has some remarkable properties that will have enthusiastic travellers packing their bags for a trip around South Africa soon.

The Silo – Malmesbury, Western Cape

If you’re looking for a unique and contemporary accommodation, The Silo, situated in the farming town of Malmesbury, will leave you mesmerised. Set against the slopes of the Paardeberg mountain, guests get to enjoy spectacular views and a tranquil atmosphere that’s perfect for a solo retreat or romantic getaway. Originally a farm silo, this accommodation offers a large open plan master bedroom with a luxurious interior design. Spend your days exploring the vineyards, taking a refreshing dip in the dam, or having a meet-and-greet with the adorable farm animals.

Castle in Clarens – Clarens, Free State

If you’ve ever wanted to live in a castle, now’s your chance. Nestled in the stunning Maluti Mountains in the Free State, you can rent the entire castle for R5000 per night. A small price to pay for gorgeous views and a fairytale interior. The property comes with two bedrooms and all the amenities that will ensure you have a comfortable stay.

Woud Blokhuis – Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

Woud Blokhuis is a secluded luxury timber cabin that offers a contemporary style and comfort in the heart of the Dullstroom forest in Mpumalanga. Perfect for a romantic getaway or a few days away from the bustle of the city, the accommodation is a few steps away from a variety of hiking trails and fly fishing spots.

Buff and Fellow – George, Western Cape

Situated in George, this cosy accommodation offers a unique design that you will not find anywhere else in South Africa. The Eco Coconut provides a peek into what life would be like if you decided to live inside a designer egg, and it’s fantastic! Spend your mornings cooking in the fully equipped kitchen while enjoying the tranquillity of the interior decor. Cosy up next to the fireplace or relax in the wood-fired hot tub while enjoying breathtaking views of the Outeniqua Mountains.

The Greenhouse – Swellendam, Western Cape

This gorgeous space is definitely enjoying a moment in the spotlight, and you may have seen its glass exterior pop up on your Instagram feed, courtesy of your favourite influencer. The Greenhouse is situated in the historic town of Swellendam and is hidden within a secluded forest – a perfect escape from the city. Curl up next to a wood-burning fire, or take a dip in the outdoor plunge pool before exploring the indigenous fauna and flora around this charming accommodation.

Treehouse – Port Elizabeth

Allow your inner child to run free as you spend your days in the treetops admiring the incredible views of the valley and sea in the distance. Unwind to the sweet calls of nature thanks to the abundant wildlife in this area – any birdwatcher’s dream. The space itself is magical, offering a simple architectural design and interior that does not detract from the natural beauty outside. Easily one of South Africa’s most unique accommodation spots, this should definitely be on your bucket list.

Pictures: Airbnb




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