South Africa’s Unusual Accommodation Hotspots


South Africa’s Unusual Accommodation Hotspots

It’s the second half of the year already, - time does go by fast when you are exploring. Since the year began, we’ve been on a quest to find some of the most uniquely South African experiences. From the architectural wonders, South Africa has to offer, to premium restobars and winter festivals not to miss. It has indeed been a fantastic journey. 

To our old Urban Explorer team; thank you for being part of the journey and, to the new Urban Explorers, welcome home. Grab a seat, and get ready to be a part of the journey as we continue to explore the length and breadth of Mzansi, seeking that which is only found on the journey of discovery. 

Being an Urban Explorer is precisely that living life to the fullest and enjoying every part of the ride. 

We continue with our quest taking a look at some of South Africa’s unusual accommodation hotspots. Unpacking each location individually to see what makes each one unique and most importantly, to see how it resonates to our Urban Explorer spirit.


Kagga Kamma

Our journey begins far away from the city lights, in a vast open space where rock formations frame the horizon, - a place where discovery and adventure are second to nature. Here is where you find Kagga Kamma, a beautiful nature reserve nestled in the scenic Cederberg Mountains only a 3-hour drive away from Cape Town.

Their much-loved Star Suite, which is a natural Open-Air Room, has an alluring charm to it as it sits between the most unusual rock formations overlooking the fynbos plains. At the new open-air room, travellers can fully immerse themselves in the glittering Milky Way as their ceiling and of course the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Kagga Kamma is genuinely a breath-taking African beauty that speaks to the Urban Explorer in all South African languages.



Gypsy Glamper Wagons

Hidden nearly 3 hours away from Bloemfontein in Clarens, a small town situated on the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the Free State and nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State" is our second destination, Gypsy Glamper Wagons, a star attraction to the small town.

The Gypsy Wagons draw many curious travellers who wonder what it would be like to spend a weekend in one of these quirky, eccentric wagons, which offer adventurous travellers the ultimate glamping experience, by staying in these authentic wooden gypsy wagons.

This experience is a taste of magical gypsy lifestyle, without having to travel far out of the city and without compromising on any of life’s luxuries. The Gypsy Wagons are hand-crafted, giving each a unique personality, colour scheme and finishing touches.

The Gypsy Wagons are situated under majestic oak trees, and appear to be merely traditional wooden wagons, featuring hand carved and hand painted detailing. Well, wait until you've seen the interior, it's a luxurious retreat prepared to cater to every need of a modern traveller. The star of the show is the Rosella, which is fully equipped with a comfortable raised queen bed, with fine linen, full-size bath, and traditional queenie stove to keep travellers warm. This unorthodox setup screams Urban Explorer from a distance, as it lives beyond being conventional.



Knysna Houseboat Myrtle

Imagine waking up to a floating bed in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the waterfront. Just by one's imagination, it sure sounds like the perfect holiday destination for a group of friends, living their best lives. Actually, you don't have to imagine it, you can experience it first hand at the Knysna Houseboat Myrtle. 

This self-contained cottage is anchored in the Knysna Lagoon and is just a two-minute dinghy ride away from the Knysna Waterfront. Boasting a lovely wood finish, both inside and out, the Myrtle is one of the original Knysna houseboats. It's two decks, are perfect for lazy days floating on the lagoon, while you have sundowners as you watch the sunset with a full view of the bay, the quays and the Knysna Heads.

Well, of course for those who love watching the sunrise, the beauty here is one for the books.


As we wrap up yet another edition of our Urban Explorer series, we invite you to share some of your experiences with us.

We look forward to hearing from you, after all, what's an Urban Explorer without friends to create beautiful memories with.