We at Portfolio believe that holidays should be for everyone, so we've rounded up 7 amazing places around South Africa where you can have well-deserved break without breaking the bank... Yes, you can stay at each of these Portfolio places for under R400 a night per person sharing!
In a forest in Knysna
Forest Edge is located in the Knysna forest along the Garden Route. There are 2 secluded eco-friendly 2 bedroomed cottages that offer couples and families an idyllic self-catering getaway in a unique location. Enjoy bird-watching, exploring rock pools, hiking, biking or simply relaxing in the stunning gardens or private hammock. At certain times of the year you can even chase fireflies!
The cottages are fully equipped with electric blankets, heaters, Wi-Fi and DSTV included and each cottage has a romantic Victorian bath and an outdoor shower. A bonus is that even though you’ll feel deep in the countryside, you’re right on the popular Garden Route and just 20 minutes from town.
This is the perfect place to picnic in the forest, braai under the stars and cuddle up with your loved ones next to the cosy fireplace. This is magical setting for all ages - let nature surround you as you step back in time to a more relaxed pace in these restored woodcutter cottages.
From R400 per person sharing.
Overlooking a panoramic sea view in Wilderness
Sea Paradise Guest House is situated overlooking the vast expanse of Wilderness Beach in the heart of the Garden Route.
The guest house is a short walk to the village and all of the stylishly decorated bedrooms including the two-bedroomed family unit have unsurpassed sea views.
Enjoy hearty breakfasts while admiring panoramic views over the ocean then spend the day relaxing on the sundeck while trying to spot dolphins surfing the waves or even whales in season.
From R300 per person sharing on a B&B basis
Country living in the city in Noordhoek, Cape Town
At African Queen Guest House in Noordhoek, Cape Town you really can get the best of both worlds.
This tranquil hideaway is an ideal country getaway offering breathtaking views of Noordhoek beach, Chapmans Peak and the surrounding mountains but should you so wish you are 30 mins from most of the main tourist attractions that the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town has to offer. You can also opt to explore the Constantia wine estates, the fishing village of Kalk Bay or Cape Point Nature Reserve.
The stylish bedrooms offer enormous beds with crisp white linen, a bar fridge, tea tray and WiFi. A delicious organic breakfast is served on the terrace at the pool or indoors and dinner or picnic baskets are available on request.
From R350 per person sharing on a B&B basis
In the rolling hills of the Midlands countryside
Waterford Manor located along the Mooi River in the Midlands of KwaZulu-Natal offers country hospitality at its best where you can enjoy river walks, fly fishing, bird watching and magnificent views.
Choose to stay in the superbly stylish bed and breakfast accommodation with Dstv, tea trays, heaters and electric blankets or opt for the comfortable self-catering units with private entrances, patios and braai facilities.
After a day of exploring the surrounding countryside enjoy a braai or sundowners at the pool deck overlooking the river, rolling hills and Drakensberg mountains.
From R400 per person sharing
On a working farm in the Free State
Oranje Guest Farm is a working farm set amongst the beautiful sandstone mountains of the eastern Free State near the border of Lesotho and close to Clarens and Fouriesburg.
Bedrooms in the beautifully restored farmhouse have their own entrance, kitchenette, TV, electric blanket, safe, hairdryer, heater and tea tray. A breakfast basket and other meals are available on request.
Get active and explore some of the walks and hikes, if you get to the top you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
From R320 or R420 on a B&B basis
Near the wetlands of St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal
Bhangazi Lodge is set in the tranquil town of St Lucia on the Elephant Coast in northern KwaZulu-Natal. The area is surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site.
Accommodation is offered in comfortable bedrooms, each with private terrace, air-conditioning, TV, mosquito nets, fan, hairdryer and safe. Walk to restaurants and close to unspoilt beaches or relax around the sparkling swimming pool.
You can also opt to visit Hluhluwe-Umfolozi Game Reserve or go snorkelling at Cape Vidal. The area is the perfect place to watch the turtles, whales or a multitude of birds.
From R395 on a B&B basis
Between the Kruger Park and the Panorama Route in White River, Mpumalanga
Heuglins offers a warm and relaxed stay in a beautiful setting on the Sheffield Golf Estate near White River. This location makes it really convenient for those wishing to visit the Kruger Park or the Panorama Route.
Stylish cottages are nestled in a magnificent garden and each cottage has a spacious bedroom, sitting area, kitchenette plus underfloor heating, Dstv, bar fridge and full en-suite bathroom.
Delicious breakfasts are served in the Winmarleigh dining room after which you can relax in the bird-filled tropical garden complete with English roses and a refreshing swimming pool.
From R395 per person sharing on a B&B basis
What an irrisistible line up of affordable places around South Africa that all offer amazing experiences at great prices.
Which of these has caught your eye for your next holiday?
Text: Kathryn Rossiter