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2 Oct 2013 : StatsSA Tourism Accommodation survey First the bad news : the total number of accommodation units available in South Africa was unchanged over the year to June 2013.  Some light at the end of the tunnel is the fact that the income from each accommodation unit is up 11% - this is from the average fare being 7% higher and 4% more accommodation unit nights being sold. Hotels have had an increase in income of 10.5%, which is far better than the measly 5% increase in income for guest houses.  Caravan parks and camping sites are really struggling with a fall of 8% in income.  

Accommodation in South Africa

South Africa has a wide range of accommodation options - thousands of bed and breakfasts, youth hostels and hotel standards varying up to five star luxury. Use the accommodation booking engine below to compare establishments.

Top rated establishments are:

Liberty Lodge B&B, Tamboerskloof (Cape Town). Room tips - Ghandi & Madiba have good views and lead onto the terrace.

On the Spot B&B at St Francis Bay, for its solitude, close proximity to walks along an uncrowded beach, and friendly owners.

Christiana Lodge, in Plettenberg Bay, with its views over the marshy wetlands from the balconies, from which you can hear the frogs croaking at night. Upstairs rooms have better views.

Cliff Lodge in Gansbaai for the views over Walker Bay. Choose the Ocean Suite on the top floor for privacy & views. Best during whale season. Ask owners to arrange a massage.

Berg & Zee Guest house in Gordon's Bay for views over False Bay (top floor rooms are best). Leave your sliding doors open at night & listen to the ocean.

Safety tip - try book your hotel room between the 2nd and 6th floors of the hotel, as being on at least the second floor creates a gap between yourself and dangers near reception (e.g. robberies, car-bombs, shootouts, etc...). Don't go above the 6th floor as ladders don't reach above that in the case of fire.

Old News

9 Jul 2013

We've had our first review of RCI Holiday Resorts.

29 May 2013

Get 50% off Protea Hotels in Namibia by flying with Air Namibia - present your boarding pass stub and ID at check in. Max 3 nights, ends 31 Dec 2013.

24 May 2013

Tsogo Sun reports a 24% increase in adjusted earnings per share, and Gooderson Leisure says it expects a 25% increase in earnings per share.

Apr 2013

After struggling to fill its rooms on a stand-alone marketing budget, the Zebula Golf Estate & Spa has joined the Protea Hotel group, and is now called the Protea Zebula Lodge.

30 Apr 2013

Tsogo Sun says its adjusted headline earnings per share will be 23% to 25% higher than the previous year.

24 Apr 2013

Tsogo Sun announces it'll be purchasing 75% of Southern Sun Ikoyi in Lagos and spending USD30m on expanding Southern Sun Maputo.

11 Apr 2013

Check out this cheap Mauritius holiday

11 Apr 2013

Chek out this cheap Mauritius holiday

9 Apr 2013

Construction has begun on the Nkanya Lodge on the Wild Coast in Elliotdale, which will be 100% powered by wind and solar.

7 Apr 2013

Introduction to CouchSurfing

6 Apr 2013

Looking for a spot to stay near Victoria Falls? Try the new Pioneers Camp tents on the upper Zambezi.

5 Apr 2013

Keystone Hospitality is now responsible for the management of the Life Hotel in Ballito.

4 Apr 2013

You can now complete a booking for an Avis vehicle on the Three Cities website.

28 Mar 2013

"In a curious twist South Africa's slow economy and resultant pull back in building activity that has limited new hospitality development has impacted positively on our business.

Demand for conference facilities at the Zimbali Lodge and Zimbali Resort has been brisk throughout the year, while the weakening rand has seen holiday makers swop overseas for local holidays and opt for upmarket vacation resorts such as Zimbali.

The renewed energy for the Zimbali Lakes project has been reinforced by the continued demand for property within the Zimbali Coastal Resort.

The last quarter of 2012 has seen a subtle change to the market providing a sense of optimism for 2013 and beyond. There is a sense that we have turned the corner although the road ahead is steep with many challenges."

IFA Hotels & Resorts in their annual results.

25 Mar 2013

We recommend staying at the Clarendon in Bantry Bay - breathtaking ocean views.

13 Mar 2013

Check out the view of Plettenberg Bay Lagoon from La Vista Lodge

6 Mar 2013

The Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town has revamped its Oasis Wing.

17 Feb 2013

How to go about planning a Serengeti safari

31 Jan 2013

Repost - the magic of Simbavati River Lodge

18 Feb 2013

Review of Tulbagh

30 Jan 2013

We have added the Palace of the Lost City to our coverage of the Sun City Resort.

18 Jan 2013

We added Vetho House to our list of Ballito hotels, guest houses and apartments.

15 Jan 2013

We are now covering accommodation in Harrismith.

7 Jan 2013

Review of the Cape Grace Hotel.

6 Jan 2013

Congratulations to those establishments which made the Conde Nast Gold list for South Africa 2013: Singita Sabi Sand, Cape Grace, Mount Nelson Hotel, Steenberg hotel, Table Bay Hotel, Twelve Apostles Hotel, Victoria & Alfred Hotel, La Quartier Francais, Saxon Boutique Hotel, MalaMala Game Reserve, Singita Kruger National Park, Lion Sands, Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve and Londolozi.

5 Jan 2013

Updated Waterberg accommodation to include the Legend Golf & Safari Lodge - amazing par 3.

3 Jan 2013

Have added Sunbird Lodge, Inyati and Thornhill Safari Lodge to our list of Kruger Park Accommodation.

28 Dec 2012

We are now covering the Hluhluwe Reserve.

27 Dec 2012

Try Lagoon Beach accommodation for a cheaper beachside stay than Camps Bay or Clifton and a better view of Table Mountain (the downside is more frequent wind).

9 Dec 2012

Cheaper accommodation on the coast - Cliff Cottage in Hermanus, the Old Trading Post in Wilderness, Dolphins View Guest House in PE, Tranquility Guest House in Fish Hoek, Parker Cottage in Tamboerskloof, Candlewood Lodge in Knysna, The Petite Provence B&B in Salt Rock, Berg & Zee Guest House in Gordons Bay & the Grange Guest House in Durban North.

5 Dec 2012

Top 7 coastal accommodation options in South Africa - On the Spot in St Francis Bay, Teremok Marine (Umhlanga), Liberty Lodge B&B (Cape Town), Berg & Zee (Gordon's Bay), The Point Hotel (Mossel Bay), Cliff Lodge (De Kelders) and Christiana Lodge (Plettenberg Bay).

29 Nov 2012

Sun International enters into an agreement to purchase the Trump Ocean Tower casino in Panama.

19 Nov 2012

Top hotels in Durban & surrounds

11 Nov 2012

A fire guts about 100 houses in St Francis Bay

5 Nov 2012

Top 15 Cape Town hotels & guest houses.

31 Oct 2012

The revamp of the Protea Hotel Upington is completed.

29 Oct 2012

List of accommodation in Boksburg

21 Oct 2012

Added some footage of Dylan Lightfoot smashing up the surf off Cape St Francis's Seal Point and Port Elizabeth.

5 Oct 2012

Stay at Places on Sale

Sep 2012

Review of The Windsor Hotel Hermanus

1 Aug 2012

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in Zimbabwe opens up.

31 Jul 2012

Check out the review of Franschhoek accommodation.

19 Jul 2012

Accommodation specials - Thailand, Everglades, Hermanus, Cape Town and more.

4 Jul 2012

City Lodge Promotional Codes, and this week's accommodation deals

28 Jun 2012

Accommodation offers - The Post Office in Greyton & Fynbos Ridge in Plett.

22 Jun 2012

Review of the Kelway Hotel in Port Elizabeth

13 Jun 2012

Accommodation deals, including Hermanus, Montagu and Camps Bay.

29 May 2012

This week's accommodation specials - 35% discount on the Point Hotel

19 Apr 2012

In our weekly accommodation specials we bring you deals from Montagu, Mossel Bay, Bloemfontein and KZN

April 2012

Review of Salt Rock near Durban, and the Fairways Boutique Hotel

2 Apr 2012

Accommodation deals in South Africa for the week

March 2012

Review of The Point Hotel in Mossel Bay.

17 Feb 2012

Easter weekend accommodation

Oct 2011

Review of Warmwaterberg Spa

Oct 2011

Southern Sun hotels purchases the Grace Hotel and offices from Hyprop Investments.

13 May 2011

Transfer takes place for the Westin Cape Town and the Arabella Spa and hotel, through to its new owners, the Hospitality Property Group.

9 Apr 2011

We're going up to the West Rand for a wedding at the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden. Here's a list of accommodation in Krugersdorp and near the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden which we're thinking of staying at.

2 Apr 2011

We've set up a page on Hoedspruit lodges - let us know if you'd like your establishment listed here.

30 Oct 2010

Instead of travelling to the United States to see the Grand Canyon, here's some Fish River accommodation - see the Fish River Canyon.

26 Sep 2010

We're now covering accommodation Drakensberg.

24 Sep 2010

We're now covering L'Agulhas accommodation

3 Sep 2010

Durban hotel specials

23 Aug 2010

Landrover 50 Miler Canoe Marathon

18 Jun 2010

We are now covering Ballito accommodation.

Q1 2010

Protea Hotel Fire & Ice Melrose Arch is due to open in the first quarter of 2010.

25 Jan 2010

Johannesburg accommodation from R250/night.

7 Dec 2009

Go visit the coal-mining country - stay at Witbank.

26 Nov 2009

Take a walk on the wild side - here's a list of Coffee Bay hotels to choose form.

17 Nov 2009

Nearby the Kruger National Park and the Blyde River Canyon - try Hazyview accommodation.

12 Nov 2009

Looking for a nice quiet Cape Town suburb to stay in - try our Durbanville accommodation.

7 Nov 2009

We are now covering Montagu accommodation.

20 Oct 2009

Pezula Spa voted best in the world.

Sep 2009

Review of Bakubung Bush Lodge.

16 Sep 2009

Our guest writer, Mandy Rothquel, visits Keetmanshoop in Namibia.

8 Sep 2009

Visit a country within a country - find a Maseru hotel in Lesotho.

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