Do you know what should be at the top of your list when planning your vacation? Well, the lodging, of course! Moreover, one suitable alternative to booking hotel rooms when traveling is to choose a Bed and Breakfast! Do you have any idea how many Bed and Breakfast in South Africa there is?
The number is quite staggering, over 4,600! Personally, I never thought that there were so many B&B out there!
The bed and breakfast accommodations are spread out throughout South Africa, and since there is an overwhelming number of B&B in South Africa.
I am not going to list them all! Instead, I will only mention a few B&B accommodations that are worthwhile.
However, before choosing your accommodations for your next vacation in South Africa, you might want to know your options.
How to Choose the Lodging that is Best Suited for You?
First off, if you are booking a safari package from a tour operator that is all-inclusive, you don’t have to worry about the accommodations since it is usually included in the tour package.
However, suppose you don’t want to book a tour package. In that case, you instead wish to customize your vacation by picking the activities and the destinations to visit during your stay in South Africa. You need to answer a few questions before choosing your lodging.
Here is a sample of questions to ask yourself:
- What is your budget?
- Are you traveling alone or with your spouse, or is it a family vacation?
- What type of traveler are you?
The first question about the budget is of the utmost importance. It would be best if you first decided how much you are willing to spend on your African vacation. This will determine what type of Bed & Breakfast you can afford. Like hotels, the B&Bs offer a vast selection, ranging from very affordable to luxurious, enabling you to find the one that fits your budget!
As for the second question, you have to keep in mind that there are different types of Bed and Breakfast. For instance, some are more suited for families, whereas others are designed to accommodate solo travelers or couples.
The third question is broad and what I mean when I am referring to the type of traveler is: are you an adventure seeker and traveling only with your backpack? If not, are you a “typical tourist” looking to visit landmarks and going on game drives to see the wildlife?
Because the chances are that if you are an adventure seeker, the type of lodging that you will be looking for will differ significantly from the one that the “typical tourist” is seeking!
So, figuring out the answers to these questions will help you select the best accommodations suited to your style and your budget!
Then the next question is:
Why Stay at a Bed & Breakfast?
The answer to this question can be divided into 4 points:
- Price: In general, B&Bs are less expensive than hotel rooms. However, bear in mind that Bed & Breakfast also use the star rating system, which ranges from 1 to 5 stars, just like hotels, and therefore, some of them might be more expensive than hotel rooms!
- Better Location: Because of the high number of B&Bs available throughout South Africa, the chances are that you can find one that is close to the main attractions you plan to visit, whereas a hotel might be further away and cost you more!
- Flexibility: With the Bed & Breakfast, even though you don’t have room service, many of them offer access to their kitchens to make yourself a snack!
- A Wealth of information: Your host has the local knowledge and can give you unique insight, such as the best places to eat or visit, and even help you book your activities. As a bonus, you get a cultural experience out of your vacation through your interactions with your host!
I have listed only a few of the B&B accommodations available throughout South Africa. Therefore, this is a very short list of the best Bed and Breakfast. I created this list to give you an idea of what is available!
Bed and Breakfast in Cape Town
There are more than 1,000 B&Bs in the Western Cape Province, including the ‘Mother City’ (Cape Town).
Here are two of the best B&B within Cape Town:
22 on Rose Bed & Breakfast
The 22 on Rose B&B is in Cape Town in the old Malay Quarter. It is close to Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and the Camp Bay beaches.
Also, private tours can be booked to see many different attractions, such as the vineyards in the Cape Town area, since it is part of the Cape Winelands region.
Parker Cottage B&B
Parker Cottage offers very luxurious rooms for an affordable price. It is close to the South African National Gallery Art Museum and the Fugard Theatre.
This is the perfect choice for travelers looking for a cultural experience in Cape Town.
Along the Garden Route
You will find more than 250 Beds and Breakfasts along the Garden Route. Among the best ones, you have the Panorama Lodge and the Storms River Guest Lodge.
Along the Garden Route, there is the Panorama Lodge in the town of Knysna, which offers breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon.
Some of the activities available in the proximity of this lodge include golf, forest walks, boat trip on the lagoon, and water sports to only name a few.
Storms River Guest Lodge
The Storms River Guest Lodge stands within the Tsitsikamma National Park and specifically, in the town of Storms River.
The Storms River accommodations are best suited for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Among the most popular attractions, if you are an adrenaline junkie, is the Tsitsikamma Adventure Falls Zipline near Storms River town.
Other activities available include mountain biking, black water tubing, treetop canopy tours, horse riding, and hiking only to mention a few.
The KwaZulu-Natal Province
The Province of KwaZulu-Natal is a coastline province along the Indian Ocean. More than 400 B&Bs can be found in the KwaZulu-Natal Province. One Bed & Breakfast that stands out is the Akidogo Guest House.
Akidogo Guest House
The Akidogo Guest House is in Warner Beach, and about 30 minutes drive south of Durban. It is a very luxurious Bed and Breakfast, still, it’s very affordable.
There are plenty of activities available in and around Warner Beach.
First off, there are up to 12 beaches in the area, perfect if you are looking for a beach holiday!
Furthermore, if you are a bird lover, you can visit the Amanzimtoti Bird Sanctuary also known as the Umdoni Bird Park.
If you are more into sightseeing, you can go for a day trip to the Valley of a Thousand Hills to observe the spectacular scenery.
However, if you are an adventure seeker, you should head out to the Oribi Gorge Nature Reserve to try out the “Wild Swing” and experience a free-fall of over 328 ft (100 m) over the Lehr’s Falls, but only if you are looking for an adrenaline rush!
The Mpumalanga Province
The Mpumalanga Province harbors the very popular Kruger National Park and the privately owned Sabi Sand Game Reserve. There are more than 200 B&Bs spread out throughout the Mpumalanga Province.
Utopia in Africa Guest Villa
The Utopia in Africa Guest Villa is on the hills of the Nelspruit Nature Reserve and overlooks the town of Nelspruit.
Many famous attractions can be easily reached from the Utopia in Africa Guest Villa. I only listed here a few possibilities:
- The Kruger National Park is a well-renowned destination for the big five game viewing drives.
- Blyde River Canyon / God’s Windows.
- Elephant sanctuary.
- Sudwala Caves.
As you can see, choosing a Bed and Breakfast will enable you to be within reach of many great attractions and for a better price than hotels!
Furthermore, you’ll get more personalized service by booking your lodging in a B&B. Your host will be able to help you book your different activities.
In fact, your host is an invaluable source of information that will enable you to get the most out of your South African vacation!
Since there is an overwhelming number of B&B lodging in South Africa, you’ll be able to find the one that fits both your budget and your traveling style.
If you have any questions about Bed and Breakfast accommodations or would like to offer your personal review on B&B, please leave a comment below. I am looking forward to hearing from you.