I orchestrate my mornings to the tune of coffee, and select my hotel rooms to the roar of quirkiness. 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.
The TOP 10 Quirky Hotels/B&B’s/Rooms in South Africa:
1 | THE GRAND DADDY HOTEL, Cape Town, South Africa****
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 it 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.
QUIRKY TIP: Book the DOROTHY trailer if you hate squares.
2 | KAGGA KAMMA NATURE RESERVE, Ceres, South Africa ****
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 is even better than your freaky Fred Flinstone fantasy… because it’s real.
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, South Africa*****
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 guesthouse with fairytale fantasy decor from around the world.
QUIRKY TIP: Book RAPUNZEL’S TOWER to feel high.
4 | TSALA TREETOP LODGE, Harkerville, South Africa *****
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.
QUIRKY TIP: Wake up to the sound of monkeys.
5 | DADDY LONG LEGS ART HOTEL, Cape Town, South Africa ***
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 who 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.
QUIRKY TIP: Stalk their website before booking your favourite quirky room.
6 | TANDA TULA FIELD CAMP, Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa ****
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.
QUIRKY TIP: Don’t pack your Crocs… or do. Whatever.
7 | PROTEA HOTEL FIRE & ICE!, Cape Town, South Africa****
This innovative design hotel’s iconic gourmet milkshakes brings 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 smoker’s grave-inspired coughinroom and naughty bathrooms. Should I mention the perfect view of Table Mountain?
QUIRKY TIP: Try a HOT HICKY - the hotel’s iconic chili chocolate milkshake.
8 | NARIES NAMAKWA RETREAT, Springbok, South Africa
If complete silence, 4000 wild flower species and world-class South African cuisine and 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.
QUIRKY TIP: Do a riel dance.
9 | SANTOS EXPRESS, Mossel Bay, South Africa
Just 30 meters 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 caboose with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The (absence of a) journey becomes the destination!
QUIRKY TIP: Book THE ROYAL LADIES for comfort and a wow.
10 | THE PHANTOM FOREST ECO-RESERVE, Knysna, South Africa
It seems that there are not enough green awards that this unique eco-friendly reserve can’t win. Here you can (try to) skinny dip in the open-air bubble barrel and sleep between the treetops of the Phantom Forest – a mystical place where the Ghost Moth is the celebrated creature.
QUIRKY TIP: Experience the North in the South by booking the luxurious MOROCCAN TREE SUITE.
So THIS is where I want to (lose some) sleep.
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