Africa & South Africa

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Vintage Forest Cabin

There are a lot of things about this cabin that seem too good to be true and it starts with "two deluxe bamboo beds in a panoramic loft." There's also an outdoor shower, served by a thermal geyser; an organic vegetable garden, a hammock, a porch, and a gorgeous vintage Nestor Martin canon style wood stove for heating. Inside, everything has been hand built and has hardwood floors throughout (waxed with wax from their own bees. Come on.). Located in Stormsrivier, you'll be closer to Port Elizabeth than Cape Town, not far from Jeffrey's Bay and St. Francis Bay. 

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Red Rock Cottage

Located in Ladismith, Western Cape, you're a bit northeast of Cape Town, out in the Klein Karoo. Proudly boasting seclusion and uninterrupted views of the vast wilderness that surrounds, the cottage has two rooms, a wood fire stove, and is so simple in the best of ways. From the exposed beams to the solid, not-over-done furniture, it's just on point. Not to mention, it's on a 100 acre working farm. 

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Houseboat Myrtle

Permanently anchored in the Knysna Lagoon, you don't have to worry about floating away. Good for 4 guests, you can sleep inside or in the hammock on the deck, relaxing and bobbing about as you'd like. With a bbq, books, and games waiting for you, they'll take you out to the floating cottage by boat and get you acquainted with what you've got ahead. The inside comes across a lot more like a cabin than a boat, with wood paneling just about everywhere. Bonus: they provide the fishing rods, you keep the fish. 

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Off-Grid Suurbraak Cabin

Quite rural, you're out east from Cape Town, amid the bush and rather wild, while still enjoying an interestingly designed cabin will all the comforts you'd like. Not far from vineyards and town, you can explore the wetlands, mountains, and culture from this little getaway. The cabin has a loft plus plenty of deck space and it even boasts a swimming hole to boot. 

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Brackenhills Nature Reserve

If you aren't interested in hearing over 200 species of birds and wildlife at night, best not book. Located in Heidelberg, these tents all have their own wooden porch, beds and amenities, plus it borders the world heritage site of Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. They offer fully catered African cuisine or you can bring your own, make it as BYO as you'd like. With hikes, walks, and numerous trails on the property, you can wander as you'd like or have guides take you about -- either way, you're in for a treat. 

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Rooibos Cottage

The listing doesn't say much but the pictures sure do. Hand built, this cottage is on a farm on the West Coast DC and it's really rustic in the right way. Off-grid, tranquil, really remote, and full of charmingly old (but perfectly functioning) facilities, you're truly booking this place for its seclusion and the views. Good for up to 5 guests, with 2 rooms and 1 bath.