There is so much variety and choice available in South Africa from luxury safari lodges to mobile tented bush camps; boutique hotels to unique guesthouses & homestays, we have recommendations to suit all budgets and your 'appetite for adventure'.
At Outposts Travel Africa we continually seek out those special places where you will find a warm welcome, great hosts and guides, a friendly atmosphere, attention to detail, good food and set in stunning secluded locations and natural surroundings in keeping with the country.
Whether you're looking for a lodge or hotel steeped in history, oozing character from a bygone age, seeking relaxed, barefoot luxury on a palm-fringed beach, an authentic bush camp to experience 'the real Africa' or something suitable for all the family with an added 'twist' or 'surprise' then look no further!
We do not often recommend hotels as we prefer to suggest the more personal touch offered by owner run Guest Houses, but in somewhere like Cape Town they can be the best option. We tend to use a select handful such as the small boutique Derwent House, located in one of Cape Town's most vibrant districts where we know the owner Carol Judge who, with the help of her entire staff, is welcoming, tremendously helpful and will make everything run like clockwork.
In the winelands you will find delightful guest houses such as Lekkerwijn (literally delicious wine!) and a particular favourite, La Petite Ferme, which offers superb guest suites, cellar tours and a fine-dining restaurant using local produce in creative dishes with a global twist.
We would highly recommend a Farmhouse stay when visiting the Winelands. Babylonstoren, one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms, comes complete with its own fruit and vegetable garden offering fine food and a sense of wellbeing. Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse is an exclusive country lodge based on a large farm and nature reserve just over an hour's drive from Cape Town.
Fugitives Drift Lodge & Guest House - The spectacular Fugitives Drift property, a 5000 acre Natural Heritage Site, overlooks both Isandlwana and Rorkes Drift. Developed by our friends David and Nicky Rattray, Fugitives Drift embodies their deep love of South Africa, its people and its unique history. The Lodge & Guest House offer spacious, luxury en-suite cottages with private verandahs and broad views over the plains flanking the Buffalo River Gorge both with swimming pools, set in colourful well established gardens, home to innumerable bird species. Other activities include walks, horse rides through the reserve to view abundant wildlife and fishing on the 20km frontage on the Buffalo River.
Three Tree Hill Lodge at Spioenkop - Against the magnificent backdrop of the Drakensberg mountains, overlooking the secluded Mfazimnyama Valley of the Spioenkop Game Reserve, with its free-range rhinos and in the lee of the famous hill, Spioenkop, lies Three Tree Hill lodge - a great location for families. This Eco-friendly (Green Leaf Environmental Award) family-run lodge, is now run by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn, both highly experienced safari guides. Other activities include horse riding trails, birding, expertly guided bush walks to track white rhino, guided hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains, San rock art viewings, mountain biking or just relax by the pool.
Suited to families, honeymooners, couples and friends alike, you will find Safari Lodges intimate, ingenious, natural, camouflaged, yet comfortable and elegant. Take a charter and fly off the beaten track to find these lodges. Experience the astonishing views, sunsets, atmosphere, game experiences, and cultural exchanges.
Each one is different and exciting, offering a chance to get really close to nature and the wilderness. Listen to the haunting cry of the fish eagle and the veld grass whispering with the roaming of lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalo, cheetah, giraffe, zebra and numerous antelope.
If you feel that, with a busy itinerary, there is nothing like a few days at "your own place" why not consider taking a private home? They are usually situated somewhere beautiful, are VERY comfortable, often with private swimming pools and large gardens. A private guide and a vehicle (depending on the location) and most activities are included and the staff that run the house are there to look after you.
Stay somewhere like the newly offered Isighodlo, ("the Chief Residence") overlooking the meandering Mkuze River in the aptly named, Amakhosi, Zulu for The Place of the Kings, and perfectly positioned to catch every African sunset. South Africa is a great beach and seaside destination with miles and miles of beautiful white sandy beaches; rustic fishing villages and bays with penguins or as a launch for whale watching or watersports.
Rediscover nature in the style of the African safari of a bygone age in a tented camp, where the peaceful essence of the African bush can be heard, seen, sensed, and felt.
Tented and Mobile Camps & Safaris offer a real taste of African adventure ranging from luxurious, authentic tented safaris in the style of Hemingway with gourmet dining under a canopy of trees and ice with your sundowners (drinks watching the African sunset) to basic canvas shelters, bucket showers and falling asleep under the stars to the sounds of wild Africa all around.