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Places to stay in Calizdorp Klein Karoo Western Cape

Calitzdorp seems to catch people, and keep them coming back for more. There are excellent options for self catering accommodation in Calitzdorp, a Klein Karroo Town located on Route 62 about 50 kilometres west of Oudshoorn. There is a lot more than meets the eye in this small village with a big soul.

The small stream running through the valley coupled with unique Klein Karroo soils and dry heat bring life to fruit farms, including the grapes that produce South Africa’s best Port. A successful annual port festival in June has captured the attention of visitors from distant places, who return annually to enjoy the local hospitality.

What is particularly interesting about Calitzdorp is the interesting people that have chosen to call this home. The cultural diversity is distinct because of the town's attraction. People moving away from cities to focus on their art or craft in a small town, many of whom have renovated, or built interesting and often unique properties. The creativity and time that has gone into the lodgings has an immediate impact on visitors. The first thing you will find once checked into your accommodation is that, in Calitzdorp, time slows down and allows you to enjoy the more important things in life.

Spek Boom Cottages | Self catering Accommodation | Calitzdorp


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A great example would be Spek Boom Cottages. The owner, bought every house on the street, a quiet cul de sac on the edge of town, and converted them into charming tasteful accommodation units with a central restaurant called the Naked Lady, which has become a popular local hangout. Each house is free standing and has its own small private garden and braai area. The charm of the cottages take from the rich colours of the Klein Karroo and are designed to welcome both the heat of summer and the cold of winter. Spek Boom cottages is a popular destination, so get your booking in early.

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With so many artists making Caltzdorp their home, you can be sure that the natural beauty of the valley is something to take in. Stop in Calitzdorp choose from the great accommodation options. Enjoy the dry heat of summer and take in the hospitality of the local characters and share some of their award winning port with them. The town has some great restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy that extra bit of time that you always seem to have when visting.

As the local bumper sticker says…. ‘New York, London, Paris, Calitzdorp’, you get the picture.

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Accommodation in Kimberley, I'm digging it!

Explore the streets of Kimberley from one of these magnificent accommodation establishments and walk in the footsteps of the prospectors and fortune seekers of a bygone era.

The town of Kimberley, capital of the Northern Cape Province is famous for its Big Hole, a huge hole dug almost entirely by hand and that yielded about 14,5million carats of diamonds in the period between 1871 and 1914. Kimberly is full of old world charm and beautiful architecture that has stood the test of time. Take a trip on a vintage tram and visit the many museums and places of interest in this historical town before returning to your holiday accommodation to enjoy old-fashioned hospitality, a treasure all on its own.

Carrington Lodge Guest House | Accommodation in Kimberley


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Carrington Lodge offers guests tranquil up-market accommodation with breakfast served daily. The rooms are air-conditioned, have a fully stocked bar fridge as well as satellite TV. They pride themselves on their attention to detail and making your stay in Kimberley a memorable one.

Hadida Guest House | Accommodation in Kimberley


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Hadida Guest House offers guests a choice between 1, 2 or 3 bedroom fully serviced self catering units in a relaxed atmosphere. They are situated only minutes from the Big Hole and the Kimberly Diamond mine museum making it the perfect place from which to explore the town’s many attractions.

Mattanu Private Game Reserve | Accommodation in Kimberley


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Stay at the Mattanu Private Game Reserve and enjoy the comfort of a stone built chalet or luxury tented accommodation with a private viewing deck over the waterhole. It is a luxury retreat for those who would like to spot some of Africa’s living treasures in the Diamond Field's region of the Northern Cape.
 

To book your South African holiday, view Holiday Homes SA's directory of guest house, self catering and b&B acommodation establishments. 

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Uniondale, So Much More Than a Ghost Town

Find accommodation in Uniondale, a small town famous for its beautiful scenery, abundance of unique flora, true South African hospitality and not to mention, a well known ghost or two!

It is the starting point of the stunning Karoo-to-Coast mountain bike race (Sunday 21 September) and is home to an amazing seven national monuments. The town is full of charm and interesting characters, happy to share their stories and the stories of those who used to be. Whether or not you are curious about ghost stories, Uniondale has a wide variety of activities like hiking, cycling, golf and fishing available to those who would like to experience the quieter side of life.

Book your holiday B&B, guesthouse or self catering accommodation in one of these fabulous establishments and enjoy a beautiful Karoo getaway.

Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat | Uniondale

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Enjoy the dramatic landscape from one of the historical cottages on this 300 hectare farm. A third of the property is unexplored mountain terrain, a backdrop any artist would love to capture on canvas. With four gorgeous self catering cottages to choose from, Bo Kouga Mountain Retreat has something for everyone.

Bon Accord Guest House | Uniondale

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Bon Accord Guest House is situated in the main street opposite the historical Bon Accord Hall, an old movie theatre now housing a coffee shop, art gallery and interior design shop. The guest house has three luxury rooms and rates include breakfast daily.

The Friendly Ghost Cottage | Uniondale

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This sweet one bedroom cottage is ideal for a couple or a small family wanting to explore the area. It has one double bed and a double bunk and is decorated in an African style.

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Wellington Attractions and Accommodation

Visit Wellington, a wine-lover's haven. Stay in luxury accommodation surrounded by tranquil vistas and enjoy the many attractions on offer in the area.

Wellington is a wine-lover’s delight, situated in a picturesque valley in the heart of the winelands only 10kms from Paarl and nearby Stellenbosch, Franschoek and the Swartland. There are plenty of wine events throughout the year, where you can meet the winemaker and sip outstanding meritorious wines in pristine surroundings. Visit a wine estate or olive farm and learn about the history and culture of Wellington and meet its fascinating exemplary people.

Sample the brandy, the table grapes as well as the many deciduous fruits. Wellington’s Berry farm has strawberries, rasberries, youngberries and Cape gooseberries to enjoy.

There are plenty of scenic areas to explore by car, or do it on foot. Hike through the vineyands, olive orchards and buchu pastures through fynbos rich terrain on the foothills of the Hawequa Mountains.

Then retire to the comforts of your home away from home. Holiday Homes SA has a slection of guesthouse, self catering and B&B accommodation so you’ll be spoilt for choice.

5 Mountains Lodge and Spa | Self Catering Units | Wellington

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Ideal for families or small groups, the 5 Mountains Lodge has four elegant cottages each with their own private veranda overlooking Wellington.

 

Bovlei Valley Retreat | Guesthouse | Wellington

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Treat yourself to an exclusive experience. This four-star guesthouse offers five well-appointed guest suites. The setting breath taking.

Haaskraal Winelands Escape | Bed and Breakfast Country Lodge | Wellington

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Enjoy the peace and tranquility of this established Boland Country Lodge, a welcoming retreat year round. There’s also a lot to do close by including hiking, horse riding, fishing, cycling, golf and gym.

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Lovely Affordable Holiday Accommodation in KZN’s Ballito

Golden beaches, warm ocean waters, an agreeable climate and lovely affordable accommodation make Ballito, Salt Rock and Chaka’s Rock a favourite KZN holiday destination among South African and international holiday makers.

The thriving coastal town of Ballito, Kwa Zulu Natal offers fabulous swimming and surfing beaches protected by shark nets and attended by professional Life Savers. Ballito has three shopping malls, a host of restaurants and features a beachfront prominade stretching about 2,5kms, lovely for magical seaside walks within a lush subtropical ecosystem. There are activities to suit all tastes and budgets, from swimming and water sports, to golf and game reserves. This coastal area is also known as the Dolphin Coast due to it’s prolific dolphin pods. Whales are also often spotted breaching and wallowing in the sea.

Zuider Zee Guest House | Salt Rock | Ballito

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Zuider Zee offers guests the options of private en-suite rooms (B&B or self catering), or two self catering log cabins with impressive views stretching across the valley to Salt Rock Beach and the ocean beyond. Expect a warm welcome and a peaceful atmosphere.

Dolphin Rock Guest House and Wellness Centre | Sheffield Beach | Ballito

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Start your day at Dolphin Rock Guest House with a full hearty breakfast whilst watching dolphins and whales in the Indian Ocean. Stroll down to the beach for the morning, treat yourself to one of the many in-house Spa treatments or simply soak up the fresh sea air and sound of the waves from the pool terrace.

The Guesthouse | Ballito

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This beautifully decorated colonial style home is set in a lush tranquil garden. It offers warm hospitality, elegant accommodation and is situated in the heart of Ballito.

Make your holiday a memorable one! View Holiday Homes SA’s portfolio of guesthouse, B&B, or self catering accommodation and book your next holiday in Kwa Zulu Natal in beautiful South Africa.

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Pack your trunk and head for Addo

Holiday Homes South Africa has some fantastic accommodation establishments in Addo, nearby the Addo Elephant National Park. They say elephants never forget but you will never forget your trip to Addo.

The town of Addo forms part of the Cacadu District Municipality, 72km from the city of Port Elizabeth, just east of the Sundays River in the Eastern Cape. The heartbeat of this citrus growing area is without a doubt the Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. Home to over 600 elephant, buffalo, black rhino, lion, leopard and a large variety of zebra and antelope species, to mention only a few, guaranteeing a totally wild experience for both foreign and local visitors alike.

Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm | Addo

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A mere 4km from the main gate of The Addo Elephant National Park is the magnificent Addo Dung Beetle Guest Farm. The farm is a working citrus farm with beautiful chalets overlooking the Zuurberg Mountain ranges. The chalets are comfortably furnished and beautifully decorated in a modern African style.

Avaco River Cabins | Addo

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Avaco River Cabins are situated roughly 25 minutes drive from the Addo Elephant National Park and is a great option for bird watchers who didn’t get their fill in the park. They have a variety of self catering and bed and breakfast options for you to choose from, all with their own unique charm.

Aloe Cabins Self Catering | Addo

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Aloe Cabins offers three star self catering facilities perfect for the whole family and easy on the budget too. It is situated on a working citrus and dairy farm only 20km from the main gate of the National Park.

Holiday Homes South Africa has plenty of accommodation options for you both in and around Addo with something to suit every taste and budget. Visit our website and view more self catering acommodation, guest houses, cabins, guest farms, B&B 's, and Lodges.

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Prince Albert the Jewel of the Karoo

Spend your Karoo getaway in one of Prince Albert ’s lovely accommodation facilities and enjoy the spectacular hospitality the Karoo is so famous for. Visit the local wine cellars or indulge in the locally produced, international award-winning cheeses and plump olives. Explore the fossils of a bygone era or look to the skies for some of the most spectacular star gazing around. During the month of August, Prince Albert hosts its annual Winter School with everything from exquisite cooking courses to jewellery making and even a blacksmith's course for those who would like to learn a new skill or two. Spend a few days in the Jewel of the Karoo and wallow in the splendour of true country living.

Karoo Lodge, Prince Albert

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This gorgeous four star establishment has three beautifully furnished double en-suite rooms and a family unit to choose from. Enjoy a walk through the two acres of tranquil gardens before sitting down to a delicious Karoo breakfast. If you can’t get enough of the food, dinner is also available as an optional extra.

Onse Rus Guest House, Prince Albert, Karoo

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This charming thatched guest house has occupied its place in the historical town of Prince Albert since 1852. It offers a relaxing atmosphere, character filled rooms and delectable meals that will soothe your mind into the slow pace of country life.

Self Catering Accommodation in the charming town of Prince Albert

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Holiday Homes SA also has an array of self catering holiday homes and cottages available to rent in Prince Albert. Visit our website for more information.

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Accommodation for The Witness Hilton Arts Festival

View our selection of self-catering, bed & breakfast or guesthouse accommodation in Hilton, on the doorstep of The Witness Hilton Arts Festival (18 – 21 Sept), KZN's largest theatrical arts festival.

Staged over three days on the majestic campus of Hilton College near the serene picturesque town of Hilton, the festival offers a wide range of the theatre, dance and music productions. The craft markets, buskers, art exhibitions and workshops all add to the lively atmosphere which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Elbow's Rest Self Catering Units | Hilton

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Situated in the heart of the Hilton Village, this charming Cotswold-inspired home offers 3 fully furnished, family friendly, spacious and comfortable 4 star TGCSA units.

One unit suits a family of four, while the other two units are double and en-suite. Each has it's own entrance and small patio with braai facility. Each are spacious, well furnished with small but well equipped kitchens and secure parking, allowing for a comfortable stay amidst the beautiful Winterskloof valley.

Elbow's Rest also has a separate thatched two bedroomed unit, with a full kitchen, lounge, patio and fenced garden.

Hilton B&B | Hilton

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Hilton B&B offers upmarket accommodation in four well-equipped double en-suite bedrooms. This modern residence is set among lovely gardens with panoramic views over the valley and is situated only 1km from Hilton village. Hilton B&B serves a delicious breakfast of locally-sourced produce - you're sure to enjoy a comfortable stay!

For more holiday accommodation across South Africa, please visit our website.

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Beach holiday accommodation in Ramsgate and Southbroom

Braes Lodge Accommodation in Ramsgate
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Considered the 'beach holiday mecca' of KZN, the holiday towns of Ramsgate, Southbroom, Margate and Port Edward offer a celebrated year-round getaway. Accommodation along the Kwa-zulu Natal South Coast is affordable and if you want to reconnect with the outdoors and nature, there may be few better places in which to do so – Lush flora, blue lagoons, sandy beaches, wild rocky coves, the warm Indian Ocean and sunny sub-tropical climate all await you!

Choose a guesthouse, B&B, or self catering accommodation establishment from our website for your next memorable holiday experience.

Self-catering units | Braes Lodge | Ramsgate

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This family run lodge is located high on a hillside and has beautiful views of the KZN coastline. Choose a fully equipped family unit for four or six, or invite some friends to join you, as the Lodge can cater for up to sixteen. Take a dip in the large pool, play rounders on the expansive lawn or venture to the beach for a splash in the surf.

Guesthouse | White Shores | Southbroom

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The elegant White Shores Guesthouse overlooks the ocean and offers luxurious accommodation for quality rest and rejuvenation.

B&B / Guesthouse | Dubell's Beach | Ramsgate

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Dubell's Beach House is nestled in a lush tropical setting, overlooking the ocean. You'll be spoilt for choice whether to spend your day on the Imbazani River with a picnic and a paddle ski, looking out for a fish eagle, or on the beach exploring the tidal pools. Accommodation is luxurious and modern.

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Accommodation in the Nature Lovers Paradise of Waterval Boven

If hiking, fishing or rock climbing is your game, then a visit to the awe inspiring magnificence of Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga should be right at the top of your list. Waterval Boven literally means ‘above the falls’ and is situated just east of Machadadorp (10km), above the Elands River falls. The area is rich in South African Anglo-Boer history and has something to offer the entire family. Take a trip on a steam train, abseil down a rock face or catch a trout in the beautiful river then relax and unwind in one of these beautiful accommodation establishments.

Acra Retreat – Mountain View Lodge, Waterval Boven

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Magnificent views of the Elands Valley and bordering nature reserve welcomes you to this relaxing retreat. Family friendly facilities will keep the kids occupied when you are relaxing and nutritious home-made meals can be provided on request.

The Shamrock Arms Guest Lodge, Waterval Boven

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This beautiful guest lodge is in close proximity to a multitude of exciting activities and guarantees a good night's sleep after a hard day exploring the magnificent surrounding area. The main building was constructed in 1894 and is an attraction all on its own.

Kloppenheim Country Estate, Machadadorp


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This magnificent four star establishment is perfect for those accustomed to a more luxurious lifestyle. Relax and unwind in the health spa before enjoying a delectable meal in the on-site restaurant or tell tales about the days adventures in the pub. There is also a wine cellar where you could sample some of the best local and international wines and ports.

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