18 Amazing South African Venues for Girls Getaways
If you and your girlfriends can’t quite agree on what kind of adventure you’re after, South Africa’s the answer. Choose from tree-houses on the river, luxury retreats in the bushveld, or party palaces in the big city, this country is game for epic exploration and lavish lounging. It’s totally your call, and you have a good number of fun getaways to choose from.
By: Jake Kilroy of The Venue Report
1. Singita Sweni Lodge | Limpopo, South Africa
On the tree-lined edges of the Sweni River, this intimate hideaway allows guests to sneak up on animals as well as birds for killer pictures. Walled by floor-to-ceiling windows and open spaces, this tranquil collection of suites and decks hovering in the canopy branches is incredible. Live well in a treehouse with elevated wooden walkways, outdoor showers, as well as star beds.
2. Cape View Clifton | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
It’s all about location, location, location. This Cape View guesthouse seamlessly blends nature with the luxurious main house that feels like the home you’ve always wanted to walk into. With no detail left untended to, you’re seemingly effortless getaway has been thoughtfully planned just for you. If understated luxury and one-in-a-million views are your thing, then welcome home.
3. Babylonstoren | Simondium, South Africa
One of Cape Dutch’s oldest and most well-preserved gems is this farmland collection of suites and cottages. Guests can melt into the garden spa, outdoor restaurant, or celebrated wine list with endless skies of fluffy white clouds swaying above them. This historical gem of five-star accommodations is classic meets modern through and through.
4. Singita Lebombo Lodge | South Africa
If you really want to nail an outdoorsy experience with the comfort of luxury, you’d be hard-pressed to beat this family-owned land in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve. At this environmentally conscious and sustainable lodge, the views are unbeatable and the grand design of nature also seems endless before you. But at such a bold and contemporary retreat, you also have access to a library, a multimedia room, a wine studio, an espresso bar, a help-yourself deli, and a 25-metre lap pool.
5. AtholPlace Hotel & Villa | Johannesburg, South Africa
Contemporary and classic glamour perfectly suit this home away from home. Whether it’s lounging by the candlelit pool in the expansive backyard or residing by the furnished library’s romantic fireplace, this place offers the life. In fact, how this slick collection of stylish suites keeps its secret escape nature in the vibrant heart of Johannesburg is one heck of a wonder.
6. La Clé des Montagnes | Western Cape, South Africa
Vineyard villas sparkle alongside their historic manor house in the lush Franschhoek Valley. A working wine farm as well as plum orchard, this intimate and sophisticated getaway features private pools, glittering chandeliers, and huge fireplaces. Plus, the surrounding views are pretty dang spectacular.
7. Singita Boulders Lodge | Hazyview, Mpumalanga, South Africa
At a privately owned reserve, on the gorgeous banks of the Sand River, there lies a lodge perfect for lounging as well as animal viewing. A sharp, comfortable design of open space, natural light, and a modern-meets-natural aesthetic offers everything you need for both relaxation and adventure.
8. Kalmoesfontein | Western Cape, South Africa
A bohemian soiree melds into the vibe of this vibrant venue like it’s no big deal. This family-run wine farm digs on fresh ingredients as well as sweet attitudes. Most importantly, your only neighbours are curious peacocks, so your picnic of sipping wine beneath the stars has no curfew at all.
9. Ellerman House | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Once the stately home of the particularly elegant, this estate now offers up one of the most remarkable views in all of South Africa. You can live like a jet settin’ tycoon here, with the grounds’ whiskey lounges, grand libraries, dining rooms, verandas, as well as villas. Such an iconic hotel has roused up quite the reputation and it delivers the experience you hope for between the art collections and award-winning wine list.
10. Bosduifklip Open Air Restaurant | Lambert’s Bay, South Africa
A totally open-air restaurant just outside Lambert’s Bay on the west coast of South Africa rests against ancient rock formations. From there, overlooking the nearby seasonal river as well as natural fields, it’s a world unto itself. Few venues are as timeless and one of a kind as this escape.
11. The Grand Daddy Boutique Hotel | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Kick up your spirit at this chic boutique hotel that bounces to life in the middle of Cape Town itself. With suites that are as subtle as they are are stylish and shimmering, this radical inn has a rooftop cinema, a killer eatery, as well as a sky bar. The place is legendary.
12. Morukuru Owner’s House | Madikwe, South Africa
Live ultra-luxuriously while tucked beneath the leafy canopy of an ancient Morukuru tree. At this grand and contemporary estate, located on a sprawling game reserve, you can explore epic nature as well as a wine cellar, library, and infinity pool. It’s pretty darn hard to beat life at this magnificent escape.
13. Zambezi Queen | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Right on the water, among the white sand beach and curious elephants, sits your five-star suite at this floating vessel venue. Tucked away on the Chobe River, world-class sophistication makes it to one of the most remote locations on Earth. It’s quite the escape when you can watch African wildlife against a sparkling sunlit waters and then disappear to spa-sida cocktails and a candlelit massage.
14. Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse | Hermon, Western Cape, South Africa
A working wheat and sheep farm that doubles as a charming hotel, this Victorian farmhouse makes for quite the hideaway. Perched on 17,000 acres of nature reserve, this historically rich spot is close enough to explore Cape Town as well as the nearby famous winelands. So lay by the pool, mountain bike the natural backdrop, eat lavish brunches, or stroll the beautiful gardens. It’s a good life to at least try.
15. Leobo Private Reserve | Vaalwater, South Africa
This 20,000-acre private estate in the bushveld of South Africa is as chic as it is immersed in nature. Although the sub-tropical woodland expanse stretches forever, guests have all the luxurious comfort in the world. We’re talking an infinity plunge pool, Michelin-starred chef, as well as a helicopter at your disposal.
16. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Get everything you want at this five-star boutique hotel inside a national park. It’s an award-winning getaway and holistic spa that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. There are few opportunities for a more dazzling vacation than this spot on Cape Town’s most scenic route.
17. Cape Grace Hotel | Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Escape to Cape Town in style at this seaside luxury hotel. Natural light and panoramic views of Signal Hill and the international yacht basin ensure that life on this private quay is cozy and glorious. Don’t forget to hit the renovated pool and celebrated restaurant for a keen afternoon and evening of eating, drinking, and lounging.
18. Morukuru River House | Madikwe, South Africa
The Marico River murmurs below this multi-level luxury retreat. An immaculate blend of indoor and outdoor flow, this divine hideaway welcomes nature as much as it does style. Rooms with vaulted ceilings and lodge design lead to candlelit tree-shaded private decks and the animal-filled world beyond. Get exactly the vacation you want, which can include everything from fine dining to outdoor showering.