The vast open plains of this spectacular continent provide some of the most beautiful scenery that the world has to offer. Due to Africa’s ever-growing popularity as a tourist destination, there has been tremendous growth in breathtaking accommodation spots around the continent. Tourists who decide to visit here are therefore spoilt for choice when it comes to looking for accommodation.
It is easy to find great accommodation, but what about those avid adventurers who are looking for something completely out of this world. If you are willing to experience Africa in a different manner, then this blog is for you! Here are some of the continents’ most unique accommodation options that will surely provide you with a memorable experience.
Jackal Berry Treehouse, Zambia
Jackal Berry Treehouse is a stunning accommodation option for those who want to feel immersed with their natural surroundings. Situated within the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, Jackal Berry Treehouse offers accommodation with a twist. The rooms here are built around three large African Ebony trees to give you a realistic natural African atmosphere from your room.
The treehouse has three main decks, which are around 8 feet off the ground and also look out towards the natural dambo and lagoon that attracts mainly elephant and giraffe. Showers also provide astonishing views of the wildlife from your own room. Feel like a kid again with your very own treehouse and experience a true natural immersion in Africa.
Pelican Point Lodge, South Africa
Situated in Walvis Bay, Pelican Point Lodge offers remote accommodation on the vastly open peninsula of Pelican Point. Rooms are situated within the renovated old harbor control building at the foot of a classic picturesque lighthouse. Captain’s Cove is known as the luxury suite and is indeed a sight to behold. The top story room includes a magnificent 360° view of the magnificent and vast Pelican Point peninsula.
From your own private deck, you can experience views of the surrounding ocean and beach landscapes. Witness large amounts of seals who spend their time resting on land or surfing along the waves of the peninsula. Dolphins may be seen along the coast of the peninsula and also the extremely unique Mola-Mola, also known as the Ocean Sunfish. Pelican Point Lodge offers the perfect remote ocean escape with astonishing views from your unique harbor control room.
Kagga Kamma, South Africa
Situated within the Cederberg Mountains, Kagga Kamma is an extremely unique environment that blends accommodation within the rocks of the mountains. To find your room you will really have to look twice! The cave rooms were skillfully constructed to blend in with the natural mountainous surroundings to give you a true sense of living within the mountains of Cederberg. Although these rooms are built to look like rocks, they are fully equipped with all the essentials such as warm water, Wi-Fi, Air-conditioning and many more.
For an adventurous sleepover, an option of an open-air room is also available. The room is situated on a private platform 3KM away from the main lodge area and offers the ultimate in privacy blended with the most spectacular views of the stars at night and the most amazing sunset and sunrise views from your own bed.
Sindabezi Island, Zambia
Situated on its own private island on the waters of the Zambezi River, Sindabezi Island offers you a piece of your own private island, allowing you the closest possible views of the nature and wildlife of the Zambezi River straight from your room. The unique island bush camp has recently been named one of the top 10 eco-lodges in Africa and will make you feel like you are living on your very own private island with fantastic luxurious accommodation and service.
The island contains 5 unique cottages that are built as close as possible to the Zambezi River to allow you the most breathtaking views of the Zambezi River. Expect to spot wildlife in the river, such as hippo’s, from your very own room and enjoy the relaxing stream of the flowing river.
Overseers Cottage, Cape Town
Table Mountain is known as one of the Natural Wonders of the World and offers great hiking opportunities with astonishing views from the top of the mountain. Would it not be perfect to spend a night on top of a Natural Wonder? Well this is possible with a stay at the Overseers Cottage.
The Cottage houses up to 16 people and has a cozy and homely feel to it. The cottage is a self-catering unit, which means that food and drinks need to be taken with to the cottage. From the comfortable cottage one can experience astonishing views of Cape Town from the top of Table Mountain and stargazing at night is an absolute must-do from the top of this great Natural Wonder.
Loisaba Conservancy, Kenya
If you decided to come to Africa for its scenic views and amazing stargazing opportunities, then this is definitely the option for you. Loisaba Conservancy offers star bed rooms that are located among a kopje of rocks and that overlook the Kiboko Waterhole. You could call the star beds some of the world’s biggest bedrooms, where the stars are your ceiling and the distant hills are your walls.
Staff members include some of the indigenous Maasai people who have endless knowledge to share about the surrounding area and the cultures that it includes. The star beds were also handcrafted by the local people and many other pieces of décor as well. Experience Africa’s vast open land by living out in the open and witnessing some of the most stunning views that the continent has to offer.
The Grand Daddy Hotel, Cape Town
Cape Town is known as a fantastic location to experience unique things such as cuisine from all over the world and shops that sell products you cannot find anywhere else. On top of that, Cape Town also offers some of the most unique and strange accommodation choices such as an airstream trailer on the roof of a boutique hotel.
The Grand Daddy is a boutique hotel in the center of Cape Town that offers 7 airstream trailers, each with their own unique look. All 7 trailers are situated on the roof of the hotel, causing quite an interesting scene for those driving by. The rooftop also has its own outdoor cinema that plays different movies every night, allowing guests to watch a movie under the stars before sleeping in their own unique trailer room.
Manafiafy Beach and Rainforest Lodge, Madagascar
Take camping to a whole new level, literally, by experiencing the unique suspended two-man tent, situated on the South East coast of Madagascar. This suspended tent is tied halfway up palm trees to provide amazing views of Madagascar from your very own air-based tent. The tent can take up to 400kg in weight and comes with sleeping bags, pillows and all the other essentials you might need.
Below your airborne tent is your very own dining area with a professional French-trained chef who will cook for you and only you. Enjoy personal cuisine right below your tent and afterwards enjoy the thrill of sleeping on your airborne tent with its breathtaking views of Madagascar.
Zambezi Queen, Botswana
The Zambezi Queen is a 5-star, 42-metre long luxury houseboat situated on the Chobe River in Botswana. The breathtakingly beautiful houseboat offers guests the best in luxury while experiencing an ever-changing view from your very own room as the boat cruises along the indigenously rich Chobe River.
Each of the 14 luxurious suites have their own private balconies to allow you the closest possible view of the wildlife in the Chobe River. Experience some of the most unique ways of game viewing by watching the wildlife from your very own comfortable bed. The Zambezi Queen offers game viewing mixed with a luxurious hotel lifestyle that includes a magnificent restaurant with some of the area’s best cuisine.
Ntwetwe Pans – Planet Baobab
Ntwetwe is situated on the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, known as one of the largest salt pans in the world measuring at 12,000 square kilometers. To get to Ntwetwe, you will take an adventurous trip along the vast salt pan on your very own quad bikes. The best part about this wonderful destination is the fact that you are given the fantastic opportunity to sleep on the Ntwetwe Pans and experience some of the world’s most beautiful stargazing views.
Cozy bedrolls are provided for your overnight experience and these bedrolls are placed on the warm granite to ensure top-level comfort on the vast open pans. Enjoy a traditional African meal around the fire, provided by Planet Baobab, before crawling into your comfortable bed, where your ceiling is an endless array of stars.