The 12 Best Airbnbs In South Africa

March 2, 2021
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If you’re looking for the best Airbnbs in South Africa, you’ve come to the right place. We combed through thousands of Airbnb listings in South Africa and the surrounding area to find the homes with the best amenities and the most positive reviews at the lowest prices.

#1 Serenity Villa with Camps Bay Ocean Views

12 Guests | 6 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms

Book Now: $1,130 per night, airbnb.com

A luxury Cape Town residence that will make you feel like you died and went to heaven! Join the lucky few who have stayed at this awe-inspiring villa with 6 bedrooms, an amazing L-shaped pool, a private fitness centre, and space enough to make a group of 16. It'll feel like staying in a spa! Its prime location walkable to everything makes up the cherry on top.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Fold away stacking doors to create a sun-drenched indoor-outdoor space of grand proportions. Create meals in a dreamlike kitchen of sparkling white and aqua blue, and dine under a soaring ceiling. Chic bedrooms provide ultimate privacy at night.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Pool | Private hot tub | Gym | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts

Guest Reviews

“The entire housekeeping team was amazing! Breakfasts were sumptuous! Lovely staff!” – Bryan
“Great villa. Very clean and Daniela was very responsive beforehand for details. Staff are also great and make a great breakfast. Views are unreal” – Jai
“Great location and a gorgeous villa with a lot of ammenities and beautifull rooms. Breakfast was delicious. Really enjoyed the views from the terrace on the ocean.” – Jm

#2 Five Star Villa with Housekeeper, Pool, Sauna and Ocean View

10 Guests | 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms

Book Now: $1,030 per night, airbnb.com

Another mesmerizing villa full of unique touches such as giant boulders integrated into the architecture, sky-high ceilings and walls of glass that let in the most incredible views imaginable. With four king suites and one queen, it’s the perfect place to book for that unforgettable couples-retreat to one of South Africa’s finest beach destinations. Are you going to let this one pass you by?

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Indulge in the luxury of this opulent estate. The exclusive property features an outdoor pool and lounge, breathtaking ocean everview, chef grade kitchen, a private sauna and a beautiful garden. An essential for many hollywood actors that offers the possibility to include breakfast, lunch or dinner service as well as yoga, massage for an extra fee.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“Overall great experience with a view of camps bay and beach. House has great common areas and bedrooms to enjoy your stay. Housekeeping was very good.” – Kennedy
“Great location. Great hospitality.” – Pascal
“Fabulous house in a wonderful location. Julius was an absolute pleasure and looked after us very well. We will definitely come again!” – Sara
“An absolutely incredible stay…. highly recommended!” – Kirsten
“Wow this house is amazing and Andreas and Julius was fantastic in every way! We will sure come back and enjoy the stunning view, the fabulous space, the warmth and the service provided. Lots of love Helena” – Helena

#3 Refined Home with a Hot Tub and Fire Pit in Somerset West

10 Guests | 4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Book Now: $130 per night, airbnb.com

Also in Cape Town but with a dramatically lower price, this highly-rated 4-bedroom home is a godsend for a group of 10 friends or for two or three families vacationing together. Everything from the indoor fireplace, the neat and sober décor, the kitchen and the gorgeous bedrooms are an invitation for rest and relaxation. Book this Airbnb and you won’t regret it.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Delight in the modern elegance of this home featuring an array of chic furnishings, trendy decor, and wood-beam ceilings. Have supper with guests in an open-air dining area, then gather for a dip in the firewood-heated hot tub amid lush greenery.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Private hot tub | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker

Guest Reviews

“My family and I felt right at home here, thank you Elbe! We will definitely be back when we are in the area again.” – Rhiân
“We absolutely loved our stay. This spot is a hidden gem and oasis. It is so well stocked, we made sure we brought a long everything we thought we might need/ run out of but it was all already there!” – Robyn
“We spent two nights and it wasn’t enough, we thoroughly enjoyed the stay and we are definitely coming back for a longer stay. We loved the plants indoor and outdoor…” – Mntimande
“Undoubtedly our best air bnb experience. The place was immaculate and everything exceeded our expectations. I would gladly go back again and again and again.” – Munirah
“What a stunning appointed home, away from home! The detail in which Elbe went to was amazing, thank you! Highly recommend this treasure of a home! Andriette, David, Megan & Daniel” – Andriette

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#4 Vibrant Contemporary Architecture Home with Pool

8 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms

Book Now: $100 per night, airbnb.com

If you find yourself planning a trip to Johannesburg with your extended family and want to be close to town but not in the hustle and noise of downtown, then this colourful house might be just what you’re looking for. It’s located in a calm and peaceful suburb, it has a pool, a pretty lawn and a live-like-a-local vibe that most Airbnb advocates love. You’ll have everything you need right here, so book it now and pack light.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Uncover a splendid oasis in the heart of the city. This alternative escape features bright splashes of colour, flowing indoor-to-outdoor living areas, a cosy fireplace, and a walkout to the backyard patio with a dining spot.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“Nice place. Good location. We enjoyed our stay.” – George
“Great place and great host. The helper Pretty was also very helpful and accommodating throughout our stay” – Laverne
“This is a wonderful home, centrally located, with all the amenities one could desire – from a fire pit to an entertainment area” – Mo
“The hosts are very accommodating and have put in a lot of care and effort to make this home comfortable.” – Dimitri
“We enjoyed the space. Pretty was very sweet and helpful towards us. Thank you!” – Frans

#5 Treetop Studio in the City

2 Guests | 0 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $40 per night, airbnb.com

Couples visiting Johannesburg for the first time will adore this cute and charming apartment just for two. High-quality furnishings, a nice queen-sized bed, and a characteristically Scandinavian couch are just some of the things that will keep you comfy. However, its location in the heart of downtown and its unbeatable price, are definitely the things that will tilt the balance and make you book.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Come live amongst the Treetops! Experience real City living in this open plan studio apartment. It's not suburbia or a clinical 5 star, but is a secure, accessible and fun loving Inner City apartment. Exposed concrete ceilings create an open industrial feel, whilst the huge windows that surround the apartment offer light and sunshine aplenty.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Elevator | Room-darkening shades

Guest Reviews

“really lovely little spot! the apartment felt really nice and homey for my short stay.” – Malaika
“Don't hesitate to book! This place is in a good location, walkable to restaurants, cafes, Nelson Mandela bridge, and much more. The apartment itself was super clean, nicely decorated, had everything we needed…” – Ashley
“Great place to stay, the espresso machine is a great touch! Lots of space to get work down as well” – Darren
“What a beautiful place. Great host as well.” – Bathabile
“Absolutely stunning apartment that provided for an escape away in the middle of the city. Such a wonderful stay!” – Michelle

#6 Suburbia – Modern Garden Cottage Between Sandton CBD & Melrose

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $80 per night, airbnb.com

This Sandton apartment is a great fit for two couples visiting South Africa for the first time. Although, having a pool, a backyard, a crib and other amenities, it’s also a smart choice for small families with one or two children. You’ll love the sense of security provided by being in a closed community, and the elegance that this Airbnb exudes in all its spaces, from the kitchen to the bedrooms.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Play some tennis before preparing lunch using the stainless steel appliances in the well-equipped kitchen. Enjoy great conversations in the bright open living spaces or put up your feet and listen to the sounds of the tranquil garden.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron

Guest Reviews

“An absolutely perfect flat with perfect amenities, perfectly appointed, beautifully decorated with attention to detail ! The home looked even nicer than the photos! It was very quiet and we felt extremely safe and secure !” – Desireé
“Spacious and modern apartment. Great kitchen! Pool was a bit colder than we expected so we skipped it.” – Dawn
“Michelle and everyone were exceptional hosts. Highly recommend!” – Grant
“Don't hesitate about booking this place one bit! Michelle and her husband are amazing host with an attention for details. They made us feel comfortable from the first second.” – Sumaila
“This was the best airbnb I've ever stayed at, it's beautiful, definitely value for money and I will definitely be going back” – Kenny

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#7 Retro-Vintage New Yorker Apartment in Centurion

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $50 per night, airbnb.com

If you’re someone who wants to know how it feels to sleep in a classy New York flat without having to cross the ocean, then this place is perfect for you. Get ready to experience an industrial-chic design with exposed brick walls, vintage vinyl discs as decorations and an overall loungy space that is awesome to crash in, either alone or with a group of friends.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Let the eyes feast on clever exposed-brick feature walls, local artworks, and a white subway-tiled bathroom. The sparkling farmhouse kitchen has stainless steel appliances, while sockets fitting both local and international plugs are a nice touch.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Pool | Kitchenette | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Room-darkening shades

Guest Reviews

“Had a lovely stay – incredibly hospitable, comfortable, attention to all the details – enjoyed the braai and pool area. Very friendly and helpful – and great response times.” – SSbrauer
“We will be back!” – Markus
“Efficient, easy check-in and warm welcome: we loved the stylish décor & modern conveniences, comfy beds & restful water features outside. We arrived exhausted & left refreshed!” – Annelie
“This was an amazing stay, went above and beyond to help us on short notice. Love the decor very cute for a weekend get away.” – Jayde
“Carols place was absolutely beautiful. Really felt like you were in another place all together. The pool area is also beautiful.” – Anza

#8 Visit Theatres Near a Hidden Gem in a Quiet Area

5 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $50 per night, airbnb.com

Pretoria has some cool neighbourhoods, and Lynnwood, where this apartment is located, is one of them. You’ll be in the eastern part of town, but you’ll find everything that you could need within walking distance. Cook fresh finds from the local markets in the kitchen and host your family during the best vacation you’ve ever had.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Gather round a private braai area and have South African style BBQs with leafy views during the day and sunsets in the evenings. Glazed sliding doors lead to a roomy, open-plan interior with cool stone tile floors and natural wood kitchen cabinetry.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Room-darkening shades

Guest Reviews

“A beautiful place. The large balcony makes it a valuable finding. Very caring hosts.” – Scott
“Annemarie was a fantastic and thoughtful host. Fantastic location and great communication from the host.” – Manya
“The pictures don't do it justice, what a wonderful place to stay.” – Simangaliso
“Wow! I was wow'ed! Excellent host, excellent house, excellent everything!” – Nicholas
“loved our stay it was perfect very clean comfortable and central awesome hosts very professional and caring” – Sarah

#9 Sophisticated Lakeside Zimbali Townhouse

6 Guests | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $270 per night, airbnb.com

Visit South Africa’s famous eastern shores and stay at this amazing 3-bedroom townhouse for 6 guests. It’s the kind of place you book for a week to disconnect from the hassles of modern urban life. There are few places on Earth where you’ll get better sunrise views from the comfort of your very own private pool. It’s a place that will go into your memory for life.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Start the day with an energizing dip in the infinity pool with lake views from the generous deck and while away evenings with dinner on the built-in braai. Wood paneling and natural stone give the space a connection with nature on its doorstep.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron

Guest Reviews

“My family and I had a great time at the house. Our highlights were the pool, the view in the main bedroom and of the damn aswell as the comfort of the bed was exceptional! Thank you for the welcome coffees and chocolates was a great touch.” – Kagiso
“Lovely stay at number 27 Underwood. Frank is a professional host and the communication was great: always available to answer my many questions, within a short space of time.” – Kavina
“the place is beautiful, nice view n clean. tops” – Cyril
“Frank was really amazing. Frank provides us with alternative accommodation which was at the same standard as our original booking. The place looks really beautiful and exactly like it does in the pictures.” – Gugu
“Great place but host was terrible in communication, house had power outages” – Mphumzi

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#10 Immaculate Open-Concept Balcony Studio with Seaviews

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $60 per night, airbnb.com

An executive travelling to Durban by themselves or with a partner will surely enjoy staying in this capacious single-bedroom guest suite with a pool, a big, fully stocked kitchen (ideal for self-catering), AC and a relaxing rain shower. If you want to make the most of your trip, don’t hesitate to book this sleek and enchanting space. You’re going to love it!

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Take morning coffee under the shade of a tree on the balcony gathering energy to swim laps in the shared pool below. The apartment itself is decked out in cool shades of grey with red pops of colour in the scatter cushions and interesting art pieces.”

Amenities

Free parking on premises | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Room-darkening shades

Guest Reviews

“It is such a pleasure to stay here; delightful actually!” – Tricia
“Thank you, Thea! This is a wonderful home-away-from-home. Khombi makes this a wonderful place to stay.” – Tricia
“Thea and Khombi made me feel that I was in a home-away-from home. I am a return visitor because the apartment is gorgeous, the hospitality is wonderful, and the location is close to everything you need to make your stay a pleasant one.” – Tricia
“There's nothing to say, but thank you. This is a gorgeous oasis and a home-away-from-home. Khombi is the best – full of charm, humour and kindness and so very helpful.” – Tricia
“Wonderful home and host in every way” – Karshan

#11 Modern Apartment Near Shops in the Quiet Walmer Suburb

2 Guests | 1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathrooms

Book Now: $50 per night, airbnb.com

A solo female traveller visiting Port Elizabeth will love this gorgeous and spotlessly clean loft in the suburb of Walmer. It’s very near the airport, so it’s a convenient place to stay if you need to catch an early flight. Cook your favourite dishes in the kitchen, drink your morning cup of Joe on the small patio as you take in the sunshine and then head out to conquer the world.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Slowly awaken in a cosy loft as daylight enters through large windows. Descend stairs to a main area done almost entirely in refreshing white, grounded by natural wood floors. Sliding doors open onto a shady terrace—a perfect spot for morning coffee.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Free parking on premises | Full kitchen | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer | Iron | Room-darkening shades | Heating

Guest Reviews

“Excellent spot.” – Mike
“Great place for relaxation & deep work.” – Collin
“The apartment is in a good area and the hosts were great and reachable at all times.” – Sinazo
“The place is great, the location is also perfect. Nearby restaurants and shopping centres as well as the beach.” – Vuyolwethu
“Clean, modern, homely, comfortable. A light and sunny apartment. Easy to find and check in.” – Jess

#12 Luxury Penthouse with Private Rooftop Pool

4 Guests | 2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms

Book Now: $100 per night, airbnb.com

A modern abode full of elegance and luxury. Look above the city rooftops through the glass walls of your own private pool. With two bedrooms, each with its own double bed, a kitchen and an enviable location, this is one cool spot to book for a pair of bachelors who want to go all-out on their trip to Cape Town.

Here's the property description from Airbnb:

“Take in sky high views of Cape Town's waterfront from your own penthouse suite. Go for a dip in your private rooftop pool before heading out to explore the Mother City. The carefully-considered space features an open plan design and covetable art.”

Amenities

Self check-in | Pool | Full kitchen | Washer | Dryer | Dishwasher | Wifi | TV | Bathroom essentials | Bedroom comforts | Coffee maker | Hair dryer

Guest Reviews

“Great appartement with amazing views from the terrace. Host was responsive and efficient in answering queries. Great location in Waterkant allowing you to walk everywhere .” – Anthony
“I just did the review and ticked every box – not because I rushed through it though, but because Alex and Arnie's Place was simply amazing. They are easy to talk to and very helpful.” – Ziyaad
“We couldn’t have asked for a better place to stay! It looked even better in person than in the pictures. We were so comfortable and thoroughly enjoyed swimming while watching the sunset over Cape Town.” – Emily
“Had a lovely stay here for our honeymoon. This is probably the best value for money AirBnB's in Capetown. With views of both the mountains and the sea there's not much more you can ask for.” – Spencer
“Great place to stay. Arnie was an excellent host.” – Vusi

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