Places Where You Can Hang in a Hammock in South Africa ~ There aren’t many problems a hammock can’t solve…
Booking accommodation in South Africa isn’t just about comparing locations and prices. There are so many more things to consider, and finding a place where you can refuel and refresh yourself is first prize…
Hammocks aren’t only irresistibly comfy; they’ve been proven to have a number of health benefits. That’s our story and we’re sticking with it; but research shows that lying in a hammock reduces your stress levels, improves blood circulation, helps you to sleep better, improves your focus, and can ease sore muscles.
If this sounds like what the doctor ordered, we’ve compiled a list of beautiful places that offer their guests hammocks in South Africa …
… Hang in a Hammock in the Western Cape
Hang around (in a hammock, get it?) on the doorstep of Paternoster’s gorgeous beach, while the sea spray fills the air and the warm sunshine bathes your toes. This self-catering holiday home can sleep up to eight guests and is perched on the sandy dunes, making your time in this West Coast fishing village really relaxing.
Snooze the afternoon away in a hammock at this gorgeous wine and guest farm in McGregor. Accommodation includes cottages, apartments and a loft studio; and the hand-crafted wines are the perfect way to end a laid-back day.
Relax as you sway back and forth gently in a hammock, with only the distant sound of the waves and the subtle smell of the ocean as your company. Pearl Bay is light and airy, with an inviting outdoor deck and a rim-flow pool, all in the idyllic West Coast setting of Yzerfontein.
Bungalow 52 in Clifton is where opulence and tranquillity meet. Although all of the amenities are modern and glam, the setting is one that is all about relaxing. Sip a cocktail or a cuppa in the hammock while you plan your tour of the Cape Winelands or your hike up Table Mountain.
This 5-star luxury villa in Hermanus is hard to beat in terms of breath-taking views and liberal lashings of romance. The hammock, which is conveniently ideal for two people, hangs between the trees in the little milkwood forest, where the strains of daily living feel like a faraway dream.
Rock away the city blues in a hammock at the foot of Chapman’s Peak at this Noordhoek beach house. Although it’s only 25 minutes from the centre of Cape Town, the rural setting makes this a very special retreat.
The hammock, day beds and Jacuzzi combine to make this self-catering house a great choice for groups of up to eight guests that just need some TLC. It’s flanked by the sea and the mountains, and is less than an hour from Cape Town.
Surrounded by fynbos, mountains, streams and dams, this private reserve in Robertson is ideal for stressed city-slickers that need a break. Two of the cottages have hammocks, as well as spa baths and outdoor showers for the ultimate in serenity and spoils.
If vast open spaces are your thing, head straight to the Karoo for the getaway of a lifetime. Aleandrii is a farm cottage in De Rust, and offers home comforts as well as a few special treats; including a hammock.
There’s nowhere quite like the Cederberg, and the Blomhuis Eco-Cottage at Hebron is a stunning place to immerse yourself in its stillness and magic; especially when catching a few z’s on the hammock.
For something a little quirky with a definite rustic element, Tolbos in Paternoster is a budget-friendly option. The hammock swings in an enclosed patio, and the house is just 25 metres from the picturesque beaches of the West Coast.
The wrap-around deck and breath-taking sea views are all part of the Gannet Beach House appeal. So, it’s great news that it is exactly here that the hammock is hung; inviting guests to climb in and let their worries be taken away on the cool sea breeze.
This self-catering home in Velddrif sleeps up to six guests and is focussed on celebrating the peaceful ambience of this fishing village on the Cape West Coast. It has a shaded patio (which is the perfect home of the hammock), and an outdoor braai area.
Get stuck into your book or drift off to la-la land on the hammock at this cottage, which overlooks the beautiful farm dam and the mountains of the Cederberg. When you’re all rested up, start a braai or go for a swim in the cool waters.
Located in the beautiful Cape Winelands, The Farmstead offers accommodation in six separate cottages. The Farmstead is perfect family holiday accommodation with places for children to explore, cows to moo at, and gardens to play in – all while you while away your time the hammock…
This guesthouse lies in Higgovale on the slopes of Table Mountain. Here it is all about gorgeous views and a laid-back ambience. The hammock is strung in the dappled shade of the native tree; an irresistible spot after a day exploring the Mother City. The rooms are luxurious and all of this comfort and beauty is only minutes away from many of Cape Town’s most popular attractions, including Table Mountain and its cable car.
This five-star luxury boutique hotel in Hout Bay oozes serenity, and its hammock is a very special (and effective) way of achieving this sense of peace. The suites are tastefully appointed, and the hotel offers spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the surrounding mountains, and the verdant vegetation of the Cape Peninsula.
… Hang in a Hammock in the Garden Route
Make the most of the mountains and forests of the Garden Route when you drink the views in from your very own hammock on the deck of these units. These rustic hideaways are well-appointed, and all focus is on utter serenity.
Laze around on hammocks and hanging chairs with friends in this quirky Plettenberg Bay hostel, just 15 minutes from the beach. Plett, on the Garden Route, is known for its gorgeous beaches and awesome surfing – the summer vacay that dreams are made of.
These two-bedroom cottages are perfect for anyone that needs some real time out from the city. Sway gently on your hammock while you smell the fresh earth and crisp forest air, or indulge in an outdoor shower for a Knysna experience with a difference.
Overlooking the Indian Ocean, this string hammock chair is irresistible to anyone on the Garden Route that is hankering after gorgeous views and unmatched tranquillity. This retreat is in Ballots Bay and can sleep six guests.
If the thought of rocking lazily in a hammock to the sound of crashing waves and the salty smell of the Indian Ocean appeals to you, Dolphin Villa in Wilderness is a must for your Garden Route accommodation. It is a short walk from the Garden Route National Park and every suite has sea views.
These self-catering cottages in Plettenberg Bay have placed their hammocks perfectly, inviting guests to read a book against the backdrop of the verdant valley and vegetation. It is right on the doorstep of the Robberg Peninsula and the town of Plett, but feels miles away from the real world.
The Garden Route’s Sedgefield is also known as Slow Town, which might sound just about perfect for anyone that needs a retreat from city life. Bleshoener has elegant rooms and a hammock on the patio, inviting guests to slow down and power up.
… Hang in a Hammock in the Eastern Cape
If you can tear yourself away from the luxurious suites and chic hotel, there are hammocks around the pool of Kwantu, where the sunshine of the Eastern Cape kisses your skin, and the to-do lists of the real world disappear.
Nestled in Addo, the area known for its massive population of elephants, Hitgeheim offers incredible views over the Sundays River Valley, open-top safaris through the national park and, after all of the excitement, a cosy hammock in which to swap stories of awesome wildlife sightings.
Sibuya is a gorgeous retreat right on the Kariega River and, to ensure that guests get to enjoy the unspoilt loveliness of the Eastern Cape, hammocks have been strung between the trees. Sway gently in the shade while you breathe in the fresh air of the coastal forests, just minutes away from the ocean.
… Hang in a Hammock in Limpopo
There is a whole hammock camp at this eco estate in Morning Sun Nature Reserve, where you can spend a warm summer’s evening sleeping under the stars in a comfy hammock. What a magic way to experience Limpopo.
Savour the spectacular views of the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve from the comfort of a hammock when you stay in this elegant lodge in Valley of the Olifants. There is also a swimming pool and gym equipment, for when you’re feeling more energetic.
Garonga offers guests the choice – indulge in the many (many) activities on offer, or get some serious R & R while languishing in the comfort of a hammock. Or, you can try a bit of both – watch the grazing impala from the hammock. Win-win.
On the doorstep of the opulent accommodation, the hammock at Tintswalo is all about drinking in the fresh air and tranquillity of the African bushveld. The tented camps are ideal for families that love the outdoors but don’t want to compromise on some really big spoils. There is awesome game to spot in their natural habitat and cosy spots throughout the lodge for guests that are after some laid-back relaxation.
Swing lazily in the hammock on your private deck to let the worries of everyday life melt into the sounds and smells of the bush. Little Garonga is all about celebrating the Phalaborwa bush with liberal doses of luxury.
Immerse yourself in the serenity of the African bush at this lodge in Hoedspruit. Here, the sun is your time-keeper, and the swaying of the trees your weather forecaster. And, it is from these trees that the hammock is hung, lying in wait for tired travellers that need to refuel.
… Hang in a Hammock in Mpumalanga
This award-winning country lodge in Hazyview (near Kruger National Park) offers their guests hammocks on some of the suites’ private verandas. This is a very special way to regroup after a day spent on safari or braving the local adrenalin sports.
… Hang in a Hammock in KwaZulu Natal
Book the honeymoon suite and be prepared for some serious pampering that includes a private bubble bath on the deck and a hammock that demands an afternoon nap. Amakhosi is in Zululand, surrounded by parks and reserves for the ultimate game drives.
Catch a snooze in the hammock that hangs from the trees and overlooks the extraordinary beauty of the Natal Midlands. Curry’s Post is near the Karkloof Nature Reserve, so the elegant rooms have stunning views and splashes of luxury. When you can tear yourself away from the hammock, the area is great for golf, canopy tours, hikes and cycles.
Elephant Rock in Ladysmith is all about celebrating the pristine, raw beauty of the African bushveld. The chic suites have private decks overlooking the watering hole or the indigenous vegetation. Guests with a hankering for all things tranquil can swing lazily in the hanging chairs on their patios.
The hammocks and a swing are idyllically strung over the pristine pool, with endless views of the Indian Ocean ahead. This is paradise in Umkomaas on the South Coast, and it’s only about 40 minutes from Durban.
It’s no wonder that Leopard Mountain has won a number of awards. This 4-star lodge offers the Big 5 game viewing, spectacular countryside, a private plunge pool and, of course, a hammock. Immerse yourself in the loveliness of the Elephant Coast at this pretty spot.
For romantic accommodation in KwaZulu Natal with an eccentric twist, these treehouses are just right. Unwind in the Jacuzzi, watch the sun set on your private patio, and then drift into a deep sleep on the hammock. Bliss.
Luxurious thatched suites, open-air bathrooms, and decks overlooking the lake set the idyllic scene of this KZN gem. And, it is between the trees on these decks that the hammock is perfectly strung; irresistibly alluring to anyone in need of a comfy retreat from the crowds.
At Antbear Lodge in the Drakensberg guests are encouraged to go for walks, and picnic baskets can be arranged for a light lunch on the hill. Of course there is plenty to do in the area but if you want to lie back and chill in the hammock, thats’s a great option too.
… Hang in a Hammock in Gauteng
The outdoor hammocks are a stunning place for couples to cuddle (under the trees or over the Crocodile River), or to relax on your own and revitalise body and mind. Although this estate feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, it is actually conveniently close to Johannesburg and Pretoria.