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Where to Stay in South Africa: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Hotels

Prepare your best tour in South Africa with this accommodation guide adapted to all budgets. We selected the best hotels in South Africa so that you can sleep in really nice places at each stage of our routes. Living in South Africa for many years, we have personally visited 80% of these establishments. The remaining 20% ​​are either renowned hotels or accommodation tested and approved by our friends or family during their stays in South Africa. Being aware that we do not all leave with the same budget, we recommend for each step establishments with the best value for money for accommodation, the best youth hostels, the best guest houses (or B & B / guest houses), the best hotels and even the best luxury hotels. Our main criteria for to stay in South Africa are the price, location and comfort / cleanliness of the rooms. In addition, in large cities such as Johannesburg or Cape Town, we recommend the area best suited to your desires for accommodation (close to bars, close to the beach, quiet with the family, etc.) Finally, for certain stages we also show you the unusual lodges that you will not find elsewhere, such as cabins perched in the trees or safari tents in the middle of a private reserve. These accommodations are ideal if you are on a honeymoon or if you just want to treat yourself for one or two nights during your vacation. We are convinced that by following our advice you will save a lot of time planning your tour and you will not be disappointed by our recommendations!

The best hotels in each region to stay in South Africa: from Cape Town to the Kruger

Our itineraries take you to sleep all over South Africa. Whether it be in Cape Town for a weekOn the garden route for 10 days or on a circuit including Kruger National Park for 2 or 3 weeks. We have therefore written, for each stage of each route, an article to help you choose better. where to stay in South Africa. You will find on our site articles with the best accommodation in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Hermanus, Saint Lucia, Graskop near the Blyde River Canyon, Muizenberg, Drakensberg, Underberg, from Margate in KwaZulu-Natal, from the wine route to Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, from Bloemfontein, from Port Elizabeth, from Swaziland, from Lesotho, or from the Garden Route with Plettenberg Bay, Addo Elephant Park and the Wilderness Park . Each of these articles tells you about the best hostel, the best value guest house, the best guest house, the best boutique hotel, the best 3-star hotel and the best luxury hotel in town or the relevant region of South Africa. Like this, you will find exactly at every step the best accommodation for your budget. We have also included for the articles of the itineraries passing on the garden route (called Garden Route in English) the best accommodation served by the Baz Bus. 

Check out all these articles here: The best hotels in each region to stay in South Africa

Where to stay in South Africa? The best hotels in each region to stay in South Africa

The best accommodations for every type of hotel in South Africa: from B&B to hotel

Each budget is different, so we wrote articles advising you the best accommodation for every type of hotel in South Africa. You will find on our site our selection of the best youth hostels, the best value for money accommodation, the best guesthouses, the best safari lodges, the best charming hotels, the best luxury hotels, the best accommodation for families, the best hotels with swimming pools or even those near a golf course in South Africa. We recommend that you prioritize accommodation in the accommodation included in our guide: accommodation at the best value for money in South Africa. Those are B & Bs or hotels that we loved at unbeatable prices and in a great location. Then we recommend that you treat yourself for a night or two during your itinerary and make your trip unforgettable. For us, the wine route between Stellenbosch and Franschhoek is the most beautiful place in the Cape region to book a magnificent boutique hotel. In the north of the country, you have to book without hesitation a night to sleep in a private reserve in Kruger National Park.  

Find all these articles here: The best accommodation for every type of hotel in South Africa.

the best accommodation for each type of hotel in South Africa: a private reserve in the Kruger National Park.

The best places to sleep in Cape Town: from Camps Bay beaches to Kloof Street bars

Cape Town is a city enclosed between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. It was therefore built lengthwise and offers a succession of districts with different styles. The best is to book a hotel or an Air BnB in the district that best suits your needs. So we wrote an article on the best places to sleep in Cape Town. He explains each district in detail so that you can choose where to stay according to your points of interest. You can rent an Air BnB apartment close to the beach in Camps Bay if you're more relaxed, a hostel close to Kloof Street if you're in Cape Town to party, or a guest house in the colorful district of Bo Kaap which is in the city center and close to all attractions from Cape Town. Whether you are traveling as a couple, a family with children or with friends, Cape Town has a neighborhood that is made for you.

We'll explaine everything here : The best areas to stay in Cape Town

The best areas of Cape Town to find accommodation in South Africa: the Camps Bay area

Our tips for a successful trip:

  • Book your flight in advance to take advantage of the best prices

Airline ticket prices are cheaper when booked 6 to 3 months in advance. To be sure of getting the best price, we recommend using a flight comparator such as Skyscanner.

  • Book your accommodation before departure to have access to the best offers

You will always find a room at the last minute, but the best located accommodations are necessarily those that are always full. That's why it's best to book your accommodations as soon as possible. We recommend going through Agoda which offers the best prices. In addition, this site allows you to be easily reimbursed in the event of cancellation.

  • Skip the line to visit the most popular attractions

By booking your excursions in advance on Civitatis, you do not queue on site to get your tickets. Less time waiting = more time enjoying your vacation! Plus, their guided tours ensure you have a knowledgeable guide who speaks your language.

  • Use a comparator to find a rental car at the lowest price

Save yourself hours of research with This comparator is the best way to find rental cars at the lowest prices.

  • Don't leave without travel insurance

For us, it is unimaginable to leave without travel insurance. We recommend the one proposed by AXIS. This is the best guaranteed way to leave with peace of mind. However, consider taking out additional specialized insurance for activities not covered (such as skiing or scuba diving).

  • Want more information about your destination?

Do not hesitate to complete the information present on this blog with a travel Guide. You can take it in your luggage and refer to it throughout your vacation.

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Itinéterre is a travel blog written by a team of expatriates and locals. They share their experiences so that you can enjoy the best tours in their countries. Their advice will help you plan your vacation easily as if a local is accompanying you!