7 exciting and unusual Airbnb stays in South Africa

Posted by Anita Froneman on 1 October 2021

From seasoned road trippers to those who rarely leave their homes, everyone loves an exciting accommodation spot. If you’re planning a vacation, make sure it’s an unforgettable one and stay in a not-so-average Airbnb. How does a tented yurt in the Overberg sound? Or a shipping container turned mountain cabin on the Garden Route? Read on.

1. A sunset dome in Tulbagh

Overlooking a crystal clear lake and nestled against the Witzenburg mountain range in the Western Cape, this geodome is ideal for adventurers with fishing, mountain biking and hiking right on the doorstep. The inviting outdoor bath and incredible starry night skies are also ideal for anyone who just wants to soak up the view.

Price: R2,086 per night, sleeps two

2.A private home in the Mjejane Game Reserve

Passing elephants are your neighbours at this luxurious private lodge in the Mjejane Game Reserve. With a swimming pool and gym, game drives available (additional cost) and a huge terrace, this stay is perfect for adventure, tranquility, as well as the perfect sundowner.

Price: From R1,800 per person per night, sleeps seven

3.A Yurt in Botrivier

Credit: Chris Joubert

Embracing the ‘glamping trend’ this unique yurt stay offers luxury camping on Porcupine Hills Guest Farm and the Diepklowe Nature Conservancy. Built on a slope and north-facing, it’s perfectly positioned for taking in the sunrise and sunset and for admiring the raw beauty of the landscape.

Price: R1,386 per night, sleeps two

4.Wooden cottage in Pretoria

This contemporary cottage on Rosemary Hill Farm is a feast for the eyes. Using stone, wood and large windows to make the most of the natural light, it’s ideal for design and nature lovers alike.

Price: R2,400 per night, sleeps two

5. A tiny lake house in Joubertina

In the Eastern Cape, this quaint stay is part micro-house and part cabin and has been lovingly handcrafted by the hosts. Perched on the Tweerivier Creek, with its own private jetty, it has stunning views across the water.

Price: R960 per night, sleeps two

6. Shipping container in Hoekwil 

How novel is this? Overlooking the vast valley of Hoekwil below, these two converted containers are joined by a deck sporting a hammock, bathtub and braai. It is also pet-friendly!

Price: R695 per night, additional cleaning fees apply, sleeps four 

7. Houseboat in Knysna 

This peaceful wooden boathouse is permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon and has two decks on which to lounge, suntan or fish. If you ever wanted to just get away from it all, this is it.

Price: R1,150 per night, minimum stay of two nights, sleeps two

For more unique Airbnbs, read

6 very unique Airbnbs in South Africa



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