Architecture, Travel

Five Amazing AirBnbs You Can Still Book For Your Holiday

From tree houses in Cape Town to beachfront castles on the Garden Route, these are the best in SA.


With the December holidays looming around the corner, there's very little that isn't booked up yet (for those with time to waste, just try and make a reservation for Christmas lunch in Cape Town). But for those reckless travellers still looking for a special holiday this year, fret not — there is still some fun and luxury to be found with the remaining AirBnB's across the country that are available for bookings. 

From tree houses in Cape Town and beachfront castles on the Garden Route to Japanese palaces in Johannesburg, here are five Airbnbs around South Africa that will satisfy even the most spoilt traveller: 

1. For cruising through

Knysna's famous houseboat – lovingly called Myrtle – is one of Airbnb's most popular listings and, amazingly, still has a couple days available for December. It's the perfect vibe for someone trying to create their own private island, or if you're just tired of living on land. Check it out here. 

2. For a mountain fantasy 

For the person who has done it all, try spending a night in a castle in the Maluti Mountains. Like the listing says, 'Rapunzel’s Tower will introduce you to the world of royalty, fantasy and luxury.' Check it out here

3. For Zen in the city

This Japanese palace, built on the hills of Johannesburg, might seem a little out-there for the everyday traveller, but you would struggle to find a better view in the city, or a more picture-perfect courtyard. It's also got a very dramatic shower in the main bedroom, and koi the size of small sharks, so what's not to love, really? Check it out here

4. For connecting with nature

This tree house in Cape Town connects nature and style seamlessly into one of the most stylish holiday spots in the country. It's been featured in House and Leisure before as one of our designer homes, so if you want to live straight out of the pages of South Africa's most stylish magazine, then this is the one you're looking for. Check it out here

5. For the ultimate in luxury

It's not every day that you get to wake up in a castle, and it's really only once in a lifetime that you'll get to wake up in a castle on a beach. This is your chance to stay in one of the famous Pezula castles, a true fairy tale of a spot. Check it out here