11 Irresistible Quirky Houses to Live in South Africa

If you are looking for a change in your holiday, do you know adding a little quirkiness can transport you far away from the real world? Here, I have put together a collection of houses that have combined gorgeous lodgings with something quirky that makes them unique and offbeat. Here are top 11 Quirky Houses in SA to live in.

Quirky Houses to Live in South Africa

1. Farr Out

Quirky Houses to Live in South Africa

Just a few minutes from the amazing beaches, this 4-star B & B in Paternoster can be a great way to relax. If you are a dreamer and want to spend some days a little off-centre, book your room in the wigwam. It is quite spacious and decent, with an inviting stone-walled shower and sufficient light to stay rejuvenated.  You can uniquely experience the West Coast.

2. Gypsy Wagons

Gypsy Wagons

You can give your stay or camping a whole new dimension at Gypsy Wagons, where you can spend the night in a custom wagon. Every wagon has a different vibe and style along with a kitchenette, wood-burning, bathroom, and oven (or indoor fireplace). This amazing getaway is situated in Clarens in the Free State, which is just over three hours from Johannesburg.

3. Excalibur Boutique Hotel

Excalibur Boutique Hotel

You would be able to live out your childhood fairy tale when you spend a few nights in a fabulous suite in a castle. It has grand design and opulent extras what make this boutique hotel in Rustenburg special. These suites are majestic and elegant with offbeat old-world charm. It offers the utmost comfort of air-con and coffee machines.

4. The Shoe Guest House

The Shoe Guest House

As the name suggests, this guest house is nestled inside a giant shoe, making it very unique and extremely “quirky accommodation”. It has stone walls and unique decorative features making it more like one-of-a-kind for visitors who are looking for a change. The shoe is on the Panorama Route of Mpumalanga.

5. Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Kagga Kamma Nature Reserve

Escape to the comfort and beauty of a cave suite in the Breede River Valley for a completely novel way to rejuvenate body and mind. Although they have been integrated into the raw sandstone of the mountains, these suites are stylish and well-equipped.

There is also an open-air suite perched on an isolated outcrop for guests that want to sleep under the stars.

6. Naries Namakwa Retreat

Naries Namakwa Retreat

Just do not forget to watch the raw drama of the Namakwa region from the domed mountain suites. It is located far off the manor house to capture the ultimate picturesque serenity of the place. Its luxurious bath is just perfect for two, and you can have an amazing view of this special region. This house is made up of natural materials like thatch and wood making it even more memorable place.

7. Sycamore Avenue Treehouses

Sycamore Avenue Treehouses

This elegant treehouse is packed with jacuzzis, fireplaces and private patios. Located in Mooi River in the Natal Midlands extra special, these quirky retreats are best fitted amongst the trees of the forest and the fynbos that is inherent to South Africa. You can have great views of the Drakensberg Mountains and, in winter, you can also have a sprinkling of snow over their magical forest house.

8. Airstream Trailer Park @ Grand Daddy

Airstream Trailer Park @ Grand Daddy

This awesome lodgings at Grand Daddy‘s Airstream Trailer Park nestled in the middle of Cape Town are one of the unique spots you cannot avoid to visit. Located on the roof of one of the city’s tall buildings, these trailers are small but comfortable. These are equipped with soft and lovely linen, a minibar, satellite TV, and the vibe from the City Bowl far below are just unique.

9. The Santos Express

The Santos

Staying in Santos Express can make you relive the charm of yesteryear. You can stay overnight in a train compartment which was once a part of the excitement of a long-haul trip across the country. This Santos Express is set on the beach in Mossel Bay and all of its compartments have gorgeous views of the waves rushing to shore. It is just meters from the water with comfortable suites that are elegant and spacious enough, with plenty of modern amenities.

10. The Water Tower

Water Tower is a double storey house in Nieu Bethesda

The Water Tower is a double-storey house in Nieu-Bethesda, which is a quirky destination. It has rounded white-washed walls and narrow ladder-stairs going up to the bedroom. Here you will see the clever use of space and light that makes it a particularly enticing part of your Eastern Cape experience.

11. The Shire Eco Lodge

The Shire Eco Lodge

These log cabins are one of the 11 Quirky Houses in SA that are uniquely curved with contours that added uniqueness to this lodge. You can have the view of the forest from the curved glass windows, and outdoor showers will immerse you in the magic of the African bush. This Stutterheim house is nestled in the Amatola Mountains, in the heart of some spectacular fauna and flora and can work as the best house for nature-lovers.


All these quarters has something or the other to offer that can make your vacation to South Africa a unique and memorable experience for a lifetime. So, do not miss out visiting these places if you are planning to enjoy your vacation in SA. These are the top 11 Quirky Houses in SA to live in.

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