Accommodation in South Africa
South Africa caters
for a wide spectrum of travellers, businessmen, backpackers and
adventure seekers. Accommodation ranges from five star hotels, bed and
breakfasts, game lodges and reserves, guest houses and farm stays, youth
hostels and country inns.
BED AND BREAKFAST
The number of private homes offering cheap, comfortable and convenient
lodging is growing rapidly. For traveller's wanting to meet and get to
know the local people, this is often the best way to do it.
Backpackers hostels are clean, well run and generally fun. And,
surprisingly, they offer an incredibly high level of service. Sure, you
sleep in a dorm, share a shower and probably cook your own food, but you
can rent a car, book flights, buses or trains, and organise anything
from a morning tour to a three-week expedition without moving too far
from the bar fridge.
This is hardly
surprising, as probably the main reason you'd consider staying in a
backpackers is to save money so you can spend it on doing things - bungy
jumping, safaris, whatever. Over the last few years, so many hostels
have sprung up that you can travel the whole length and breadth of the
country staying only in backpackers. And the best way to travel between
them is on a specialised bus, which does a hop-on, hop-off, door to door
service between hostels.
Caravans, campers and motor homes may be hired in the major centres
for those travelling to or around South Africa.
A guest house is either a converted house, manor, etc adapted to
accommodate overnight guests or it may be a purpose built facility. A
guest house is run as a commercial operation and is often owner-managed.
A guest house has public areas which are for the exclusive use of the
guest. The owner/manager either lives off-site, or in a separate area
within the property.
South African hotels compare very favorably with the best in the world.
Many hotels also offer a great service to families traveling to or
around South Africa.
A hotel provides accommodation to the traveling public has a reception
area and offers at least a "breakfast room" or communal eating area. In
general a hotel makes food and beverage services available to a guest,
though these may be outsourced or provided by the hotel.
Many of South Africa's better establishments are controlled by hotel
chains. Most hotel chains offer packages, special out-of-season and
is an accommodation facility located in natural surroundings. The rates
charged are usually inclusive of an experience offered at the lodge, viz
game drives, battlefield tours, etc. In general, food and beverage
services are provided for all meals. The accommodation grading process
will only grade the hospitality aspects of Lodge operations and not the
experience. Game lodges are often located within private game reserves
or provincial game or nature reserves. Game lodges are also located on
private game farms. Game lodges vary from rustic accommodation, to
luxury accommodation with excellent cuisine which caters for people
wanting to enjoy the wilds in style. The personal attention devoted to
each guest and the skill of the guides and trackers are what these
lodges pride themselves on.
Resorts offer the traveler different Holiday Experiences including
Golf, Family Holiday, Wildlife experiences or Casino facilities. Often
they offer a combination of the above.
SELF CATERING ACCOMMODATION
a house, cottage, chalet, bungalow, flat, studio, apartment, villa,
houseboat, tents or similar accommodation where facilities and equipment
are provided for guests to cater for themselves. The facilities should
be adequate to cater for the maximum advertised number of residents the
facility can accommodate.