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Best value stays for 2015

Updated Monday, 22 May 2023

Staying somewhere amazing is not just for the well-heeled. There are plenty of places filled with character around South Africa that offer comfort and charm in equal dollops – all of them for under R300 per person per night.

We’ve trawled our listings to uncover those venues where character and low-cost meet to find 15 wallet-friendly, quality guest houses, cottages and camp sites for 2015.

SA-Venues.com’s top best value stays for 2015…

BAYNESFIELD ESTATE, NATAL MIDLANDS

 

GARIEP N1 CHALETS, FREE STATE

Very basic, but pleasingly furnished characterful chalets and a farmhouse just north of the Gariep Dam (perfect for stopovers).

The farm offers horse riding, fly fishing, canoe safaris and hiking.

Cost: from R250 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at Gariep N1 Chalets

Gariep N1 Chalets

 

ISINKWE BACKPACKERS BUSHCAMP, ZULULAND

Isinkwe is a budget accommodation venue; a rustic bush lodge just outside Hluhluwe only 25 minutes’ from the Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Park (bonus!).

Budget it may be, but the décor is still tasteful and pretty, whilst the tranquillity of the setting makes for a gentle time away.

Cost: from R125 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at Isinkwe Backpackers Bushcamp

Isinkwe Backpackers Bushcamp

JAGERSKRAAL GUEST FARM, LAINGSBURG, KAROO

We love the combination of old farm worker’s cottage, chalets and wooden cabins on this farm in the heart of the Karoo.

The wooden cottages particularly offer a more rustic, informal stay (each cabin sleeps two, so ideal for a family or two couples), complete with lapa. The working farm has identified 27 plant species and also grows proteas to sell to the public.

Cost: from R200 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at Jagerskraal Guest Farm

Jagerskraal Guest Farm

NAGENOEG, NIEU-BETHESDA, EASTERN CAPE

This beautifully furnished, carefully presented guest house with its wooden parquet floors and period pieces, lies in the heart of the little village of Nieu Bethesda, only three metres from Die Waenhuis (a popular wedding venue).

The three bedroom cottage is equipped for self-catering and includes a fireplace.

Cost: from R250 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at Nagenoeg

Nagenoeg

 

SUNTOUCHED INN, NAPIER, OVERBERG

The Suntouched Inn in Napier is attentively and artistically put together, its colours and furnishings a happy collection in which to easily feel at home.

Twin and family room as well as an old converted barn provide sleeping facilities, whilst the restaurant makes the best pizza in the Overberg.

Cost: from R150 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at Suntouched Inn

The Suntouched Inn

THE GROWCERY, VIOOLSDRIFT, NAMAKWA

You’re going to LOVE this rustic camp on the banks of the Orange River, 22 km from Vioolsdrift; it gives new meaning to ‘chic shack’. Think: shabby chic crossed with a dose of vibrant colour, a flair for the original, and an eye for making the ordinary extraordinary. The Growcery’s Chick Shack – a two-bed recycled shack- is the star of the show.

Whilst the camp comes with only the bare necessities, we think, at this price, that you’re going to enjoy yourselves silly.

Cost: from R100 pppn
To Book:  Find out more at The Growcery

The Growcery

ZWAKALA RIVER RETREAT, HAENERTSBURG, LIMPOPO

You head here for the sheer bliss of the destination in the Magoebaskloof on the banks of the Broederstroom River. Log cabins, an earthy cottage and a private camp site to choose from.

Cost: R300 for the campsite (1-3 people) or Zwakala Cabin is reasonable at R650 per night
To Book:  Find out more at Zwakala River Retreat

Zwakala River Retreat

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