Unique & Unusual Hotels To Visit Around Gauteng


We don’t realise it, but Gauteng has plenty of unique, interesting and breathtaking hotels that just need to be experienced first-hand. From roughing it in an ox wagon to fairytale castles brought to life, check out our list of unique and unusual hotels around Gauteng that you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. We’ll even mention a few places that are within driving distance from Gauteng, if you’re looking for an exciting road trip.

Destinations Within Gauteng

These amazing hotel destinations can be found within Gauteng. They’re all within a short driving distance from the heart of Johannesburg, allowing you to enjoy some peace and relaxation away from the rush of everyday life.


The Cliffside – Northcliff, Johannesburg

Perched atop the majestic Northcliff Hill, The Cliffside stands as an epitome of elegance and serenity. With its breathtaking panoramic views of the cityscape, this boutique hotel offers a tranquil retreat for those wanting to get away from the rush of city life without leaving Joburg. Surrounded by lush greenery, each room and suite is meticulously designed to blend modern comfort with classic charm, providing a luxurious sanctuary for relaxation. Whether indulging in gourmet cuisine at the hotel’s fine dining restaurant or unwinding by the sparkling pool, The Cliffside promises an unforgettable experience imbued with sophistication and grace.

The Rabbit Hole & Restaurant – Krugersdorp, Gauteng

Escape to Wonderland at The Rabbit Hole & Restaurant in Krugersdorp. This surreal and charming setting will make you feel as if you have followed the white rabbit down the rabbit hole and fallen into a magical and enchanted land. Every one of their 17 en-suite rooms is uniquely decorated, and the beautiful gardens offer a lovely spot to relax and get a bit of fresh air. And as Krugersdorp is in the west, there are many attractions in the area: the Cradle of Humankind, the Rhino & Lion Park, Maropeng and the Sterkfontein Caves.


Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa – Sandton, Johannesburg

Known to be one of the most luxurious hotels in Johannesburg, The Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa is a must to add to your must-visit bucket list. Nestled in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg, The Saxon exudes elegance and charm. It boasts a rich history and impeccable service, offering a refined experience. With its opulent suites, award-winning spa, and world-class dining options, The Saxon epitomises sophistication and indulgence. Every moment at The Saxon is a celebration of timeless grace and luxury.

Satyagraha House – Orchards, Johannesburg

Satyagraha House stands as a testament to Mahatma Gandhi’s time in South Africa. This historic residence, where Gandhi once lived, now operates as a museum and guesthouse. Visitors can explore the beautifully preserved house, gaining insight into Gandhi’s philosophy of Satyagraha, meaning “truth force.” The tranquil surroundings offer a serene atmosphere for reflection, inviting guests to delve into the legacy of one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.


Forum Homini Hotel – Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

Ever thought of booking accommodation within a cave? This is your chance! Forum Homini Hotel in the Cradle of Humankind offers a unique blend of luxury and heritage. Set amidst rolling hills and ancient caves, this boutique hotel provides an unforgettable experience. Indulge in exquisite cuisine at the award-winning Roots Restaurant or unwind in the tranquil surroundings. Each suite is a masterpiece of design, reflecting the rich history of the area. Explore the nearby archaeological sites or simply relax in the serenity of the landscape. Forum Homini Hotel promises a memorable stay in the heart of Africa’s cradle of humankind.

Sima Kade Retreat – Hekpoort, Gauteng

Sima Kade Retreat offers a serene haven. Surrounded by rolling hills and lush greenery, this retreat promises relaxation and rejuvenation. With charming accommodations blending seamlessly into the natural beauty, guests can unwind in rustic elegance. Whether indulging in therapeutic spa treatments, exploring nearby hiking trails, or simply savouring moments of stillness, Sima Kade Retreat invites you to immerse yourself in the gentle rhythms of nature, leaving the hustle and bustle of city life far behind.


Rosemary Hill Farm – Pretoria, Gauteng

Rosemary Hill Farm exudes a quintessential charm that captures the essence of rural serenity. This idyllic retreat offers a delightful escape from the bustle of city life, with its rustic farmsteads. Visitors can indulge in leisurely strolls through fragrant rosemary fields. Or explore the winding trails on horseback, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the surroundings. With its quaint cottages and warm hospitality, Rosemary Hill Farm allows you to savour a tranquil slice of countryside living in the heart of Gauteng.

Farmhouse 58 – Krugersdorp, Gauteng

Farmhouse 58 exudes rustic charm and tranquility. This quaint retreat offers a delightful escape to unwind in its serene surroundings. Surrounded by rolling hills and verdant landscapes, the farmhouse provides a cosy haven for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation. With its warm hospitality and authentic farmhouse ambience, Farmhouse 58 promises an idyllic retreat for nature lovers.


Leadwood Safari Camp – Pretoria, Gauteng

Leadwood Safari Camp embodies the epitome of luxury in the heart of nature. This sanctuary offers an unparalleled safari experience, where guests can immerse themselves in the sights and sounds of the bushveld. From exciting game drives to soothing spa treatments, Leadwood Safari Camp exudes sophistication and comfort, providing a serene retreat for discerning travellers seeking adventure and relaxation in equal measure. Choose from glamping accommodation, or camp out in nature for a true escape from city life.

Within Driving Distance From Gauteng

These interesting destinations are within a few hours drive from Johannesburg. These are perfect if you’re looking to experience a bit beyond our beautiful city.

Shekinah Lion and Game Lodge – Limpopo

Shekinah Lion and Game Lodge offers a luxurious safari experience. Surrounded by the African bushveld, guests enjoy close encounters with iconic wildlife. Guided game drives unveil majestic lions, giraffes, and more in their natural habitat. The lodge provides a serene retreat, ideal for immersing oneself in nature’s beauty. Whether relaxing by the pool or embarking on a safari, Shekinah Lion and Game Lodge promises an unforgettable escape.

Timamoon Lodge – Hazyview, Mpumalanga

For the ultimate romantic getaway, book at one of the most seductive lodges in the country – the Timamoon Lodge. This stunning hideaway is situated high up in the hills surrounded by lush forests. The décor and design of the lodges are exquisite – think luxurious Moroccan and Zanzibar accents, a romantic ambience, mosquito net-draped four-post beds, roaring fires and massive baths. To top it all off, you have endless forest views of the Sabie River Valley. Each lodge offers its own unique feel and surround. Suss out Moon River, Bombay Moon, New Moon, Blue Moon, Amber Moon and Many Moons to pick your favourite.

Castle In Clarens – Clarens, Free State

Ever wished you were a princess in your own fairy tale? What if we told you that there’s a place, not so far, far away, to enjoy a little bit of fantasy, royalty and luxury? If this has piqued your interest, then be sure to take a glimpse at the Castle In Clarens. Step back in time, delight your senses and experience the magic of Rapunzel’s Tower. You’ll have access to the entire castle during your stay, which means you can explore the Prince’s Room, Rapunzel’s Room. Relax in the beautifully decorated lounge, watch the sun go down at Sunset Corner, and take in the heavenly views from the Chamber of Angels.

The Oxwagon Lodge – Hartbeespoort, North West Province

Ever wondered what it was like to sleep in ox wagons and enjoying the sounds of nature all around you? It sounds rather peaceful and exciting at the same time… If that’s something you’d like to try, then book a stay at the Oxwagon Lodge in Harties. They have six original and restored ox wagons that have been converted into charming accommodation. Each wagon – the bedroom – is cosy, and has an attached chalet that houses a sitting room or second bedroom, plus a private bathroom.

Emoya Hotel & Spa & Shanty Town – Bloemfontein, Free State

Emoya Hotel & Spa in Bloemfontein is one of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. It offers a luxurious escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life with two different accommodation types to choose from. The Basotho Hotel, complete with stunning African-style rooms, is ideal for relaxing and watching the nyala or giraffe in the distance. While the more traditional South African shacks in Shanty Town are perfect if you’re looking for a local experience you’ll never forget. You can also enjoy a variety of activities, including a cheetah experience, game drives, sundowners at the Shebeen Pub. Also enjoy some pampering at the Emoya Spa.

Images sourced from each destinations’ website or Facebook page.

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