25 April 2014 by The TRAVEL Liz

Top 10 quirky hotels in South Africa

Why not try some of these off-the-beaten-path hotels for a memorable stay in South Africa?

Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park at the Grand Daddy Hotel. Image Cape Town Tourism

The blog below is from the site, The TRAVEL Liz:

From wild to whimsical, here are the top 10 quirky hotels in South Africa, a collection handpicked by The TRAVEL Liz – a South African travel blogger, quirky adventurer and visual addict.

1. The Grand Daddy Hotel, Cape Town

Someone thought it would be quirky to get 7 American vintage Airstream trailers on the rooftop of an urban hotel and then invite local artists to design them according to cool themes. Someone was right! The Grand Daddy’s Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park is on top, over-the-top, and as quirky as the dream you didn’t have last night.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Grand Daddy Hotel

TWITTER: @granddaddyhotel

QUIRKY TIP: Book the DOROTHY trailer if you hate squares.

2. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve, Ceres

In the heart of the wilderness, near the Cederberg mountains, is South Africa’s most unique cave resort. The luxury cave rooms are nestled between sandstone formations and are even better than your freaky Fred Flinstone fantasy… because they're real.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Traveling Myself

TWITTER: @kaggakamma

QUIRKY TIP: The OUTCROP OPEN-AIR ROOM gives a whole new meaning to 'wild in the bedroom'. Try it and prove me right.

3. Castle in Clarens, Clarens

Kate took William, and Harry is a ginger, so I guess it’s finally time to make peace with the fact that we won’t become princesses after all. Softening the fall (of our broken hearts) is the Castle in Clarens, Africa’s own Rapunzel castle – a luxuriously quirky guest house with fairytale fantasy decor from around the world.

Image courtesy <a href= Image courtesy charnejade.co.za/

TWITTER: (none)


4. Tsala Treetop Lodge, Harkerville

The Tsala Treetop Lodge is not just another tree-house hotel. This unique boutique resort offers luxurious, high-design, stone-and-glass stilted treetop suites – with wraparound decking and private infinity pools overlooking South Africa’s indigenous forest canopy. It’s a (glamorous) jungle out there! This is Africa.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Gallivant


QUIRKY TIP: Wake up to the sound of monkeys.

5. Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel, Cape Town

Staying here is like being part of an interactive art exhibition. Various artists, poets, photographers and even musicians were part of the interior design team that made the Daddy Long Legs Boutique Hotel one of Cape Town’s coolest backpacker hotels. Each room has a different quirky theme and is as unique as the person staying in it.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Daddy Long Legs Art Hotel

TWITTER: @art_hotel

QUIRKY TIP: Stalk their website before booking your favourite quirky room.

6. Tanda Tula Field Camp, Timbavati Game Reserve

South Africa’s first tented, luxury, non-permanent, eco-friendly, exclusive-use, walking safari camp! Tanda Tula Field Camp consists of 4 custom-designed tents, with en-suite open-air bush bathrooms, and a communal lounge tent – drawing on the traditions of the classic East African-style safari. It’s a hotel room in a tent that puts luxury into the wild.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Africa Geographic

TWITTER: @TandaTula

QUIRKY TIP: Don’t pack your Crocs ... or do. Whatever.

7. Protea Hotel Fire and Ice!, Cape Town

This innovative design hotel’s iconic gourmet milkshakes bring all the boys (and girls) to the yard of quirkiness, the playground of cool in the city of Cape Town. Every inch of this hotel showcases a quirky adventure – from the shark cage-themed lifts, to the smokers' grave-inspired coughinroom and naughty bathrooms. Should I mention the perfect view of Table Mountain? 

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of mycitybynight.co.za

TWITTER: @FireandIceCT

QUIRKY TIP: Try a HOT HICKY – the hotel’s iconic chili chocolate milkshake.

8. Naries Namakwa Retreat, Springbok

If complete silence, 4 000 wild-flower species and world-class South African cuisine are not enough to convince you to relax in this countryside retreat in Africa, maybe this will: a luxury domed mountain suite – almost in the middle of nowhere.

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of naries.co.za

TWITTER: @nariesretreat

QUIRKY TIP: Do a riel dance.

9. Santos Express, Mossel Bay

Just 30 metres from the beach of Mossel Bay, you can sleep in a real train that doesn’t move. The Santos Express offers backpacker-style compartments rooms and private self-contained cabooses with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The (absence of a) journey becomes the destination!

Image courtesy of <a href= Image courtesy of Santos Express

TWITTER: @SantosExpress

QUIRKY TIP: Book THE ROYAL LADIES for comfort and a wow.

10. The Phantom Forest Eco Reserve, Knysna

It seems that there are not enough green awards that this unique eco-friendly reserve can win. Here you can (try to) skinny dip in the open-air bubble barrel and sleep between the tree tops of the Phantom Forest – a mystical place where the Ghost Moth is the celebrated creature.

Image courtesy of the <a href= Image courtesy of the Phantom Forest Eco Reserve

TWITTER: @PhantomEco

QUIRKY TIP: Experience the North in the South by booking the luxurious MOROCCAN TREE SUITE.

Want to see more? Follow The Travel Liz on Pinterest for more quirky hotel room craziness.

DISCLAIMER: The Travel Liz does not own any of the photos used in this blog post. Click on the photo number to visit the original photo sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Category: Attractions

comments powered by Disqus