WhereToStay’s Top 20 Stays in South Africa for Under R350

Here at WhereToStay, we get to see thousands of amazing properties, but every now and again we see some that are awesome value for money and look incredible at the same time. There’s no point in us keeping these gems a secret, so we’ve gone and chosen our Top 20 “good value for money” stays. You’re welcome.

 

Pat Busch Mountain Reserve, Breede River Valley, Western Cape

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You have retreats, and then you have the retreat from retreats. Pat Busch Mountain Reserve is so serene that arriving is a stark reminder of how twisted you were, and leaving feels like a separation from self. So quiet and tranquil, with a stream nearby the cottage, vineyards right next to you, cow paddocks, amazing hiking trails into the mountains, a gorgeous dam and an indoor fireplace. A real treat! The perfect break from a hectic city life. Go!

Price: R310 per person sharing

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401 Macedon, Rosebank, Gauteng

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If you’re looking for convenience, then this is the place for you! This is a modern, self-catering studio apartment. It’s perfectly situated in the leafy suburb of Rosebank, the ideal location and base from which to walk only two or three hundred metres to an array of fashionable shops and restaurants.

Price: R890 per unit (sleeps 4)

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Ou Kliphuis, Clarens, Free State

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A charming self-catering flatlet attached to one of the oldest houses in Clarens – probably about 100 years old. The Ou Kliphuis is built of sandstone, solid blocks weighing between 50 and 100kgs each, requiring two men to pick up and lay a single block whilst building – a slow process! The blocks have been chiseled by stone masons of the past, a dying skill and are therefore difficult to source and match.

Price: R320 per person sharing

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Jagerskraal Guest Farm, Klein & Groot Karoo, Western Cape

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Jagerskraal is a perfect overnight stop and excellent value. It is conveniently located 15kms from the historical town of Matjiesfontein and a short distance off the N1 Motorway. The weather can be chilly and hot water bottles are welcomed, along with extra quilts on the beds. For the adrenaline junkies, the 4×4 trail to the top of the hill overlooking the dam is a buzz and well worth the effort. This farm is great for those looking for solitude! The sunset from the little veranda outside the cabin is nothing short of spectacular.

Price: R250 per person sharing

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Elsa’s @ 27, Britstown, Northern Cape

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Elsa’s @ 27 is a newly opened bed and breakfast in Britstown, where the tired traveller can experience warm country hospitality. You can take a walk through the peaceful town and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets. During the December holiday you can also enjoy thousands of sparrows and lesser kestrels on their immigration route from Russia and the Ukraine.

Price: R250 per person sharing

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Protea Wilds Retreat, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

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If you need a break from bright lights and noise, this is where you have to stay. It is halfway between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay with an exquisite view over the mountains and Bitou River. The houses and rooms are home from home with fireplaces, swimming pools and braai areas. There are hiking and cycling trails, a picnic area that will take your breath away, and close enough to some great restaurants.

Price: R600 per unit (sleeps 2)

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Kusane Farm Cottage, Howick, KwaZulu-Natal

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Kusane Farm Cottage is perched high above the stunning Karkloof Valley, midway between Howick and Curry’s Post on the Midlands Meander, with its fine restaurants and shopping. For the nature lover there are peaceful walks on the farm and awesome birding opportunities.

Price: R800 per unit (sleeps 4)

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Villa Arte 5, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape

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Villa Arte is a lovely holiday destination in Jeffrey’s Bay, situated on the Sunshine Coast and well renowned for its kilometres of magnificent beaches, sea shells, blue water and beautiful weather. It is most famous for the “perfect” wave for surfing and therefore hosts the famous World Billabong Surfing Competition each year.  It is also a convenient stopover when travelling from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth via the Garden Route.

Price: R550 per unit (sleeps 6)

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Grace Country Retreat, Memel, Free State

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Grace Country Retreat is situated in the quaint farming community village Memel, nestled at the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in the North Eastern Free State. Based on the perimeter of the town, we are within a comfortable walking distance to the town centre, and a short drive to the renowned Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve – one of the few Wetland Reserves in South Africa

Price: R275 per person sharing

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Eselfontein Getaway, Ceres, Western Cape

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Set into one of the fertile corners of the beautiful Ceres Valley lies Eselfontein Farm, waiting to be explored and enjoyed. It is the oldest farmstead in the valley, and it’s obvious why the early pioneers settled here! Eselfontein is as varied as it is beautiful, with lush orchards and riverine woodland in the valleys, climbing to fynbos and mountain veld in the higher areas. The farm’s 2500 hectares includes plenty of mountain and hill terrain above the valley floor.

Price: R2200 per unit (sleeps 10)

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Winterberg Mountain Inn, Wolseley, Western Cape

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Nestled between fruit orchards, majestic mountains and the life-giving Breede River between Ceres and Wolseley, you’ll find tranquility with this gem tucked into the mountainside. Everyone who visits here raves about the restaurant, offering locally produced ingredients – the food is hearty, plentiful and really good value for money!

Price: R330 per person sharing

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Zwakala River Retreat, Haenertsburg, Limpopo

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Zwakala River Retreat is a perfect place to chill and get away from the stress of city life. The self-catering accommodation is simply beautiful and in some of the accommodation they have chosen not to have electricity. Instead, they believe that the simplicity of candle light and lamps, steaming hot water from a donkey boiler and a ‘lekker’ fire make for romance, talking, dreaming and togetherness. For those of you who need electricity, the newly renovated Farm House and Barn House are connected.

Price: R300 per person sharing

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The Gables, Clarens, Free State

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Overlooking the majestic Maluti Mountains, The Gables offers families and large groups a tranquil retreat in the scenic town of Clarens in the Free State. You can spend your days relaxing in the swimming pool, make use of the outside braai facilities or enjoy a meal under the stars on a balmy summer evening. The beautiful garden is the ideal space to unwind while appreciating the truly magnificent views of the surrounding area.

Price: R350 per person sharing

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Di-Ella Game Lodge, Polokwane, Limpopo

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Di-Ella Game Lodge is hidden away on 2200ha of unspoiled bushveld. The reserve offers pristine bushveld with breathtaking views of the Strydpoort Mountain range and the Sandsloot river that meanders through the reserve and down past the lodge. The lodge lends itself to luxury self catering in the bush with a difference and offers welcome drinks on arrival as well as evening turn downs!

Price: R300 per person sharing

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Goedgedacht Farmhouse, Heidelberg, Gauteng

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Goedgedacht Farmhouse is situated on a working farm; they plant maize and breed cattle. This is the ideal opportunity to relax in beautiful surroundings with scenic views and amazing sunsets. Take some time to relax in the quiet of the bush, breathing the fresh air and be entertained by birds in abundance.

Price: R300 per person sharing

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Indigo Moon Guesthouse, Lichtenburg, North West

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Indigo Moon Guesthouse is situated in Lichtenburg in the North West. The Guesthouse is known for its warm, friendly and homely atmosphere. Here, you will experience a clean, comfortable and peaceful room. Great value for money we say!

Price: R300 per person sharing

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The Acorn, Parktown North, Gauteng

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The Acorn is a quaint cottage set in a charming garden in one of Johannesburg’s established, tree-lined northern suburbs, Parktown North. The cottage is within walking distance from restaurants, cafes and an upmarket grocer in the trendy Parktown Quarter.

Price: R650 per unit (sleeps 2)

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Abbiamo Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape

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Located in Upington, Abbiamo Guesthouse is a dream that became a reality; a place where excessive hospitality offers an oasis in this hot part of the country. The rooms are thoughtfully and tastefully decorated. The welcome snacks include a packet of biltong – what more could you want?

Price: R350 per person sharing

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Unit 93 Doornkop Fish & Wildlife Reserve, Machadodorp, Mpumalanga

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Unit 93 Doornkop is situated on the beautiful Doornkop Fish and Wildlife Reserve. Zebra, giraffe and other antelope roam freely around the houses and are a wonderful sight to wake up to.  There are also catch and release trout rivers and dams around the reserve as well as magnificent hiking trails and waterfalls where you can walk amongst the wildlife.

Price: R250 per person sharing

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Santorini 103A, Margate, KwaZulu-Natal

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Santorini 103A is a self-catering apartment in modern and secure complex, situated a stone’s throw from the beach front, right in the centre of Margate. The spacious balcony offers a beautiful view of the ocean where you can watch migrating dolphins and whales from the comfort of the apartment, particularly during the famous sardine run. The complex is right on Margate‘s famous blue flag beach, which is a hub of activity in and out of season.

Price: R1450 per unit (sleeps 6)

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