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!


Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guest House and Spa

Located right on the beach, it's not hard to see why locals referred to Paternoster Dunes as 'lovely'. I was met by Gavin and escorted past the open-air courtyard with its tempting pool and daybed and shown to my room (named Vanilla). Gavin and Deon worked in interior design for ten years before swapping the big smoke for the salt breeze.…

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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.