YOU SLEPT WHERE…..??? 10 Unusual Places to sleep in Southern Africa

1. On a Luxury House Boat – Zambezi Queen Zambezi-queen-exterior

Location: Chobe National Park, Botswana
Capacity: 14 Cabins / 28 Pax

Experience the thrill and raw wilderness of the Chobe River from your own private suite aboard a luxury 45 meter boat. Two and three night itineraries available.

2. In an Airstream Rooftop Trailer – The Grand Daddy Hotel

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Capacity: 7 Airstream Trailers / 14 Pax

Moved from America to the rooftop of the Grand Daddy Hotel, Airstream Trailers are incredible works of craftsmanship and their classic shape is unforgettable. Each trailer has been uniquely designed by top local creative spirits to be over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek and always surprising capsules of glee. Accommodation also available at Old Mac Daddy in the Apple Farming Elgin Valley, Western Cape, South Africa.

3. In a Cave at Kagga Kamma Private Game Reserve kagga_kamma_game_reserve

Location: Cederberg Mountains, Western Cape, South Africa
Capacity: 10 Cave Suites at Bushman Lodge / 20 Pax

Built against the sandstone rock formations, the suites have a private terrace, en suite bathrooms and twin or double beds. The buildings blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape, to the point of almost being invisible.

4. In a Swazi Beehive Village Hut Swazi

Location: Swaziland
Capacity: 43 Huts (3 Villages) / 86 Pax

Experience a traditional Swazi homestead. The grass dome-shaped huts are arranged in semi- circles, all semi-enclosed by traditional Swazi reed fencing. Simple yet comfortable, they are all en-suite, contain beds, a small table, bedside light and fan. Perfect for those wanting a flavour of traditional Swazi culture.

5. On board a Luxury Train – Rovos Rail 


Location: Journeys between Pretoria – Cape Town, Pretoria – Victoria Falls, Pretoria – Durban, Golf Safaris, Namibia, Cape to Cairo

Capacity: 36 Suites / 72 Pax

Recapture the romance and atmosphere of a bygone era when privileged travellers experienced the magic and mystery of Africa in a relaxed and elegant fashion.

6. In a Tree House – Chalkley Tree House 

Chalkley Tree House

Location: Lion Sands, Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Mpumalanga, South Africa
Capacity: 2 Pax

The tree house is a secure and lavish platform under the African stars, with all the comforts that a guest can experience at a five star safari lodge. Guests are taken to the tree house at sunset, where drinks and a scrumptious picnic dinner await them. The hours of  African dusk can be enjoyed relaxing and absorbing the vastness of the bushveld as it transforms from day to night, before turning in for slumber beneath the incredible night sky.

7. In a Mobile Tent – Chief’s Tented Camp Chiefs Tented Camp

Locations: Pilanesberg National Park, St Lucia World Heritage Site, Cape West Coast – South Africa, Namib Desert – Nambia
Capacity: up to 300 pax

Providing a unique opportunity to accommodate conference / incentive / leisure groups of up to 300 guests in spectacular locations around southern Africa. This luxury mobile safari camp enables short and long term solutions exactly where the accommodation is required. Nights under canvas, a warm log fire and the sounds of the African bush create memorable evenings.

8. At the base of Chapman’s Peak – Tintswalo Atlantic 

Tintswalo Atlantic

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Capacity: 11 Suites / 22 Pax

The air-conditioned suites provide accommodation quite literally on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean at Hout Bay at the base of Chapmans Peak near Cape Town. Each suite has its own unique view of the ocean and the majestic Sentinel across the bay. The suites promise supreme accommodation, comfort and privacy, and whale watching is an effortless activity at certain times of the year.

9. In a Township – Vicky’s Bed & Breakfast vicky's_b&b_585

Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Capacity: 3 Rooms / 5 Pax

Vicky’s B&B was the first Bed and Breakfast to be established in the township of Khayelitsha , about 40km outside of Cape Town. In her humble shack made out of tree trunks, corrugated iron and hardboard Vicky invites people from all over to spend the night at her B&B.

10. In a ‘Kulala’ – Kulala Desert Lodge Kulala

Location: Sossusvlei, Namib Desert, Namibia
Capacity: 23 Kulalas / 46 pax

Accommodation at Kulala Desert Lodge comprises 23 thatched and canvas “kulalas” (“to sleep” in Oshiwambo) with en-suite bathrooms and verandas. This includes three family tents which can accommodate two adults and two children.

Each unit is built on a wooden platform to catch the cooling breezes and has a deck on the flat rooftop where bedrolls are placed for guests to sleep under the myriad stars that Namibia’s clear skies portray.

About SW Africa Destination Management

SW Africa is a tour-operator and Destination Management Company for Southern and Eastern Africa, based in Johannesburg since 1997. No matter what the brief is from you or your client, our professional consultants will tailor something unique to suit your needs. At SW Africa our mission is to provide every client with prompt, accurate, creative and relevant travel advice in a personalised and unique manner. In so doing, we strive to ensure that our clients return home having had the ultimate, unforgettable journey in spectacular surroundings, and all this at a price that they felt comfortable with. If you are looking for a local expert for Southern Africa and Eastern Africa, who provides a personalised and flexible service, we dare claim that SW Africa is the perfect choice! Equipping us in our efforts, we are able to draw on many years of experience in the travel industry, longstanding relationships with all suppliers, extensive destination knowledge and a burning passion for Africa, its people, animals and landscapes. SW Africa is a proud member of Travel Smart Crew, IAGTO, SAGTA, and SITE, as well as an affiliate of Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa. SW Africa are proud donors to the Love Trust Foundation and invite you to become a donor too!
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