Where to stay around South Africa?

Our 2018 property listings offer a large selection of 2,389 vacation rentals near South Africa. From 941 apartments to 742 houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near South Africa for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in South Africa?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Africa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Cape Town: 1,513 vacation rentals
  • Camps Bay: 317 vacation rentals
  • Johannesburg: 193 vacation rentals
  • Sandbaai: 50 vacation rentals
  • Durban: 75 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in South Africa! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in South Africa?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in South Africa:

  • Cape Town: 1,513 rentals
  • Johannesburg: 193 rentals
  • Sandbaai: 50 rentals
  • Durban: 75 rentals
  • Stellenbosch: 264 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to South Africa?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in South Africa are:

  • Cape Town International Airport (CPT): 1,342 vacation rentals
  • Plettenberg Bay (PBZ): 66 vacation rentals
  • Johannesburg International Airport (JNB): 179 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in South Africa?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in South Africa. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • South Africa Library: 1,235 rentals
  • Africa Centre: 1,223 rentals
  • V & A Waterfront: 1,216 rentals
  • Camps Bay Beach: 1,237 rentals
  • Umhlanga Rocks Beach: 69 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around South Africa listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

South Africa: an extraordinarily diverse country

South Africa is a country of extraordinarily diversity – rugged coastlines, soaring mountains and rolling desert dunes make up just a fraction of its land. It's perhaps best known for safaris and driving out in 4x4s in search of the Big Five is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. However, there's much more beyond wildlife spotting when you stay in a South Africa vacation rental, like rambling along the hiking trails, getting your thrill-seeking kicks by bungee jumping, or learning about South Africa's turbulent past and vision for a better future. This will be like no vacation you've ever had.

Adventure seekers love South Africa

South Africa might be known for its enviable safaris, but there's a whole host of action-packed activities to be had beyond the parks and reserves. Ramblers can walk along the diverse range of footpaths that snake around the coast, in the semi-desert interior or up the Drakensberg peaks. Rock climbers can scale the mighty Cederberg, while surfers can catch the rolling waves along the Eastern Cape. Adrenaline nuts can throw themselves off Bloukrans Bridge attached to bungees, soar over everything on hang gliders, or lower themselves into cages to get face-to-face with great white sharks.

Over 300 museums to explore in South Africa

South Africa's history dates back to the some of the world's earliest settlements and there are over 300 museums across the country which reflect its past and culture. Poignant apartheid-era museums commemorate those lost in the battle for equality and democracy, while others showcase South Africa's thriving contemporary art scene. If you've got a car, a drive along the extraordinarily beautiful Garden Route offers close encounters with the country's natural wonders and the fine winemakers in the Cape Winelands open their doors to passersby looking to discover South Africa's delicious reds and whites.

South Africa's enviable climate

The best time to stay in a South Africa vacation rental very much depends on what part of the country you visit. The most popular time along the coast, particularly in Cape Town, is the summer months, which fall between December and February, while the low season is between June and August, when the nights can be a little chilly. In the most part, your best bet is booking a rental in one of the shoulder seasons, when the weather can still be delightfully warm, the crowds have thinned out and the prices have taken a nosedive.

Spot the Big Five in South Africa

The wildlife of South Africa needs little introduction and is one of the biggest draws for vacationers. This is safari country where spotting the Big Five – rhinos, elephants, lions, leopards and buffalo – in the Kruger or Kgalagadi sits towards the top of most travel bucket lists. It's not all about these magnificent creatures, though. Watching packs of wild dogs, baboons and warthogs can be just as interesting, while birdwatchers catch sightings of African fish eagles and cape starlings. This is one of the greatest wildlife spots on Earth and its all within easy reach of your South Africa vacation rental.