Heading to South Africa on holiday in 2017? If you are looking for wonderful places to stay at prices that can’t be beaten, you are in luck, as this nation provides some of the best value among developed countries in the world.
Where should you stay if you are going to Cape Town, Johannesburg, or Durban? Below, we talk about our favorite neighborhoods to stay in each of these cities.
1) Camps Bay, Cape Town
Out of all the urban destinations in South Africa, Cape Town is easily the one with the most stunning backdrop. Apart from the downtown core, we like Camps Bay when it comes to finding a beautiful holiday home in Cape Town.
This suburb is home to some of the best beaches in the area, and while the water is usually a bit too chilly for swimming, it is a great place to watch surfers to do their thing, or join them if you are looking to pick up a new hobby.
When you aren’t spending your time down by the water, try out some of its restaurants, many of which rank among the best in Cape Town.
2) Melville, Johannesburg
While some treat Johannesburg as a transit point on their way to other parts of South Africa, there are some neighborhoods worth checking out during your stay here.
The one that we would recommend the most is Melville, which is one of only a handful of suburbs in the Jo’burg area to have a charming streetscape filled with bars, cafes, and exclusive boutiques.
With the University of Johannesburg and the University of the Witwatersrand located in the area, it infuses this part of the city with an energy that is lacking elsewhere.
With a wide selection of guesthouses and B&B’s, you won’t have a problem with finding an atmospheric place to stay that fits your budget.
3) CBD/North or South Durban, Durban
Want your South African experience to be filled with beaches and bright sunshine? While the water off Cape Town is a bit too cold due to the influence of Antarctic currents, it is a completely different story in Durban.
Sitting on the Indian Ocean, the waters are kept warm by its subtropical climate, and by currents that originate from the balmy north of Africa.
With water temperatures never getting colder than 20 degrees Celsius in July, and peaking at around 26 to 27 degrees in January.
When it comes to great places to stay, the central business district has flashier condo-style accommodation, while those looking for something more chilled out with find plenty of selection in the seaside suburbs north or south of the core.