Hand-picked South African Places to Stay

Welcome to the Greenwood Guides website! Our chief (but not sole) purpose in life is to recommend great places to stay in South Africa. To this end we spend 5 months each year researching and visiting guest-houses, lodges, B&Bs, farm stays and self-catering accommodation across South Africa. We select only those places that excel in character, friendliness and the hostly arts and all the descriptions are written by us not the owners.

B&Bs, game lodges, farms, guesthouses, self-catering cottages and uncategorisable others

things we like…

…unstuffy, humorous hosts who treat their guests like friends, cherished gardens, good food, untouristy places, dirt roads, the lived-in look, the unusual, the artistic,the eco-friendly, creative interior design, historic buildings, modern architecture, big baths, powerful showers, imaginative breakfasts, open fires, real coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice…

things we don't like…

…conference centres, identikit bedrooms, chain hotels; hosts who disappear irretrievably after your arrival… or never leave you alone; swirly, frilly, lacy décor; the smelly, the over-priced, the sickeningly cutesy; fake smiles, hatchet faces and steely eyes!


Farr Out B&B

The short drive from Paternoster to Farr Out is not what I would call far. But when you arrive in this sandy bushveld wilderness, you do feel pleasingly remote. Crunching up the glinting shell path came a cheery Marion, who sat me down with tea and chocolate cake fresh from the oven. From the kitchen you can see across their indigenous garden and out to sea.…

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Conquering Table Mountain

Conquering Table Mountain

Following in the footsteps of intrepid explorers and leaders of legendary expeditions into vast, unknown wildernesses, a few weekends ago we decided to hike up Table Mountain. Two words: 'Wow' and 'ouch'. But mostly just 'Wowwww...'. Read more…


Hard Pressed Café

Coffee. Food. Vinyl. A small bird told us recently of a new set-up called the Hard Pressed Café, …
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Hard Pressed Café


Travel Information

Here's some more specific South Africa travel information: when to go, getting around (car hire, inter-island ferries, train journeys) and distances.