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!

PLACE OF THE DAY

Birds of Paradise B&B

Delises’s immediately and obviously friendly alsatians were bounding about chasing butterflies on the royal palm-flanked drive when I arrived at Birds of Paradise. Delise, who greeted me and showed me round, is a warm and caring, former nurse who met husband Quentin at school in Eshowe, so they know the area backwards.…

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Neighbourgoods Market, Woodstock

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