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The small hotel for big experiences; whoever goes on a trip to South Africa will come back with many colourful impressions and a cultural richness: Whether the famous Table Mountain on the Cape Peninsula, a safari tour in Kruger Park or the colourful Bo-Kaap quarter as a historic district of Cape Town; South Africa is exotic, fascinating and a country full of contrasts and diverse possibilities. Staying in a small hotel promises a nice and comfortable time, because the hotels are familiar and welcome their guests with the South African joie de vivre.

Small Hotels South Africa

A trip to South Africa is a long-cherished dream for many. Small hotels are particularly recommended for a round trip through this impressive African country. South Africa has a lot to offer. Whether Cape Town, Stellenbosch or Johannesburg there are small, charming hotels that promise a high feel-good factor anywhere. A very special experience for a great South Africa vacation are the beautiful lodges in the wilderness, where with a bit of luck you can see wild animals from your room window. An experience as unique and impressive as the country itself.

Small Hotels in South Africa: The most important regions & places at a glance

Small hotels in Cape Town: Beautiful beaches with surf hotspots, historic districts & stunning natural landscapes

© Ocean View House With the many possibilities in South Africa, it is difficult to decide on a city. Therefore, many people take a lot of time and plan a whole round trip through the fascinating country. Many small hotels in South Africa come in handy, because they offer the perfect temporary home with a high level of comfort and a familiar atmosphere. Cape Town is at the top of the list of most travel destinations. The city is one of the largest in South Africa and has many places worth seeing. The Table Mountain at Camps Bay and the Cape of Good Hope are among the favourites. But also, the famous Bo-Kaap quarter with its colourful Dutch-style houses is part of the most beautiful sights of Cape Town. As the oldest part of the city, Bo-Kaap is historically very valuable: Cape Malays, most of whom come from the Dutch East India Trading Company, settled in the quarter in the 18th century after being released from slavery and left a lasting mark on the place. Thus, one finds numerous mosques in Bo-Kaap as a sign of the Islamic origin of the Cape Malays. Those who are interested in art can visit one of the many art galleries in Cape Town. One of the best known is the Iziko South African National Gallery, where African art is presented through sculptures and paintings. Aside from a lot of culture, Cape Town is known for one thing above all: Dream beaches and absolute surf hotspots. The beach of Clifton and the famous Camps Bay Promenade are among the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. With the mountain range of the Twelve Apostles in the background, they impress above all with a fantastic backdrop and are a popular meeting place for locals and tourists both during the day and in the evening. On the promenade there are cafés, restaurants and small boutiques as well as hip clubs and beach bars. In addition, the beaches in Cape Town offer ideal surfing conditions; no matter if wave, wind or kite surfing.

Small Hotels in Johannesburg: Township Tours, Wildlife Safaris & National Parks

© Sandals Guest House Johannesburg can’t score with beautiful beaches, but you can experience the original South Africa in the city and get to know the impressive natural landscapes and the fascinating animal world of the country on different safari tours. The small hotels in Johannesburg are very centrally located and you are quickly in the city and in the middle of the action. The notorious township tours are not far away from here and you will get to know the country and its people, culture and history of South Africa. In Johannesburg, the Soweto tour is especially popular. In 1976 the famous Soweto student uprising took place in the township. You can also visit the Mandela House of the former activist and politician Nelson Mandela, who became world famous for his resistance against apartheid. In the Apartheid Museum in the South African province of Gauteng, various exhibits represent Apartheid and document the historical process of racial segregation in detail. Less historical, but still fascinating are the various safari tours in the game reserves and national parks near Johannesburg. In the Pilanesberg and Kruger National Parks you can get very close to the animals and observe them in their natural habitat. The so-called ""Big Five"" are a big attraction in South Africa. These include elephants, buffalo, lions, leopards, and rhinos. The term Big Five dates back to the time of the big game hunters. Irrespective of the size of the animals, the term referred to the dangers and difficulties involved in hunting the Big Five.

Small Hotels in Stellenbosch: University town & part of Cape Winelands

© De Kloof Luxury Estate Stellenbosch is not quite as well known internationally as Cape Town and Johannesburg, but is all the more worth seeing. The city is in the middle of the Cape Wineland District and is surrounded by the nature reserves Simonsberg and Jonkershoek. The mountainous landscape makes the view from its own small hotel particularly idyllic and promises a charming authenticity. Connoisseurs can visit the numerous wineries in the area and enjoy an exclusive wine tasting. Haskell Vineyards, the Peter Falke Wine Farm as well as the famous Delaire Graff are just a few of the popular wine growing areas in the region. South African wines are already known worldwide, yet the wines from Stellenbosch raise quality to the next level and transport every wine lover to a very special taste experience. However, in addition to being a wine and wine-loving town, Stellenbosch is also known as a university town. The University of Stellenbosch is one of the best in South Africa and is the first choice for many students throughout the country. In addition to natural and engineering sciences, the university also teaches education, theology, linguistics and social sciences.

The journey to South Africa

Usually one travels from Germany to South Africa by plane. From international airports such as Frankfurt am Main Airport and Franz Josef Strauß Airport in Munich, the best way to get to South Africa is by plane. Lufthansa and other international airlines offer daily connections to Cape Town and Johannesburg. Depending on your final arrival point, you can reach your destination by domestic flight, train or rental car.

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