With the abundance of landscapes, beaches, attractions and activities found throughout the country, it is no wonder that South African villas remain in high demand each and every year. From the busy peak season that runs from November to April in the southern hemisphere summer, to the cooler yet equally magnificent months from May to October, every time of year is a good time to visit this rewarding country.
For those thinking about enjoying a holiday in Africa’s southernmost country, the most sought-after destinations are usually found on the coast. Here, both the warmer Indian Ocean and the cooler Atlantic Ocean provide some of the world’s top beaches, along with a diversity of cultures, experiences, landmarks and flavours that will ensure a truly memorable holiday.
Where to Find the Best South African Villas
Which are some of the top picks for those seeking fine villas in South Africa? Here are some of the places that we highly recommend visiting for a family holiday, romantic break, beach escape or a much-needed getaway with friends, family or loved ones…
Fondly referred to as South Africa’s Mother City, Cape Town lies at the southern tip of the country, surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other side. In between lies the famous Table Mountain, along with a bustling City Centre that is rich in historical and cultural hotspots, with plenty to see and do. Just outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, the beautiful Cape Winelands can be found, consisting of the picturesque wine-growing towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franshhoek. In the northern suburbs, there are attractions such as Blouberg Beach, Canal Walk shopping centre and Ratanga Junction theme park, while in the southern suburbs, attractions range from Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens to the Constantia Winelands, False Bay coastline and Cape Point Nature Reserve. A wide variety of self-catering villas, apartments and other accommodation options can also be found across the peninsula, from the popular, glamorous Camps Bay area to central locations such as Green Point and the City Bowl. Try our top villas such as Msangasanga for a spectacular family villa in the heart of Camps Bay.
Nestled between Cape Town and the Eastern Cape, the lush Garden Route is aptly named. This route is full of greenery and natural attractions, making it one of the Western Cape’s premier travel regions for visitors from all over the world. Key destinations in this part of the country include the coastal town of Knysna, which has grown into a highly sought-after area that attracts millionaire property developers, holidaymakers and leisure-seekers to its pristine shores. Knysna Forest is a nature-lover’s paradise, with a range of walking trails and activities to enjoy. The waterfront area meanwhile is known for its idyllic postcard-perfect views of luxury yachts, amazing sunsets and calm waters. Beaches, the lagoon, a bustling town centre and a large range of shops, art galleries, restaurants and other interesting spots ensure that there are many other things to do in this town. There are a number of game reserves and nature reserves found throughout greater Garden Route area, while beaches in this route are known for their unspoiled beauty and lack of crowds, making this region ideal for those wanting a real beach escape. Top villa picks for this part of the country include Crystal Waters in Knysna.
As the capital of the KwaZulu-Natal Province, Durban is a sub-tropical city that is famous for its wide stretch of beachfront (named the Golden Mile), warm Indian Ocean waters, rich blend of Indian and Zulu cultures and its constant warm weather. This is a destination that offers year-round beach weather – even in the middle of winter. It is also a place known for its friendly people and warm hospitality. Attractions that bring visitors from around the world each year include uShaka Marine World, Durban Botanic Gardens, North Beach, Umgeni River Bird Park and Burman Bush Nature Reserve. Outside of the city, there are many other places worth visiting, such as the Natal Midlands, Battlefields and the beautiful Dolphin Coast to name just a few. One of the top choices for villas in this city includes Milkwood Manor.
Wherever you decide to explore, one thing is for sure – with so many South African villas to choose from, you should have no trouble at all finding just the right place to enjoy your holiday.