The 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 GRANDunforgettable.


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

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.kagga_kamma_game_reserve

4. In a Swazi Beehive Village Hut

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.Swazi

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.Rovos-Rail-vic-falls-1993

6. In a 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.Chalkley Tree House

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

Locations: Pilanesberg National Park, St Lucia World Heritage Site, Cape West Coast – South Africa, Namib Desert – Namibia
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.Chiefs Tented Camp

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

9. In a Township – Vicky’s Bed & Breakfast

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.vicky's_b&b_585

10. In a ‘Kulala’ – Kulala Desert Lodge

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.Kulala