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Welcome to our Gallery: on this page, we have selected our Top 50 places to stay and things to do across South Africa. The emphasis is on high quality establishments with a heritage appeal but with an ethical and sustainable approach to travel. Most of these places are owner-managed and have no more than 20 rooms, some as few as 5.

Each tile opens up the establishment’s own website, so you can look around on their page to see what they offer.

Our selection below includes spectacular African Safaris. Create a bespoke tour for your travel through Africa.

If you particularly like one of our choices, you can send us a message using the chat function at the bottom of the page and we’ll send you more details.


This ten-room guesthouse is famous for being the most highly rated B&B in central Cape Town. Don’t miss their breakfasts !

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In the heart of Cape Town, set at the foot of Table Mountain, MannaBay sets the bar for contemporary luxury.

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One of Cape Town's oldest and finest guest houses, nestled against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain in Cape Town.

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Renowned for superb service. Ideally situated in a quiet residential quarter with a 'village' feel.

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Originally a Victorian gentleman's house. Perfectly located to make the most of your Cape Town holiday or business trip.

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Idyllic, exclusive 8 bedroomed lodge situated near the Addo Elephant National Park in the fertile sun-drenched Sundays River Valley.

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A conservation-orientated 5-star safari holiday destination, situated in the Eastern Cape. Home to vast herds of wildlife, birdlife and incredible ecological diversity, with 5 of South Africa’s 7 biomes found here.

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Breathtakingly beautiful game reserve, sanctuary to an abundance of diverse wildlife from elephants to otters, and everything in between, including the Big Five.

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Spectacularly set against a cliff above the Bushmans River valley in the Amahkala Game Reserve, Woodbury Lodge offers an intimate and tranquil experience of the Eastern Cape riverine bushveld.

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Flanked by the spectacular Baviaanskloof and Swartberg mountain ranges, this striking 1880s building is one of the finest examples of Victorian architecture.

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With breathtaking landscape, a unique biome of lush flowers and an abundance of wildlife, the Karoo will capture your heart forever!

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The only privately owned lodge situated within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site. Unspoiled beaches, vast wetlands, game drives, boat cruises.

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A Country House in Town. Situated in the exclusive area of Upper Durban North, The Grange was one of the first BnBs in Durban.

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On the shores of the Knysna Lagoon. A tranquil beach house on Leisure Isle, with spectacular views of the Knysna Heads and Featherbed Nature Reserve.

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Historic country guest house situated at the foot of the Tsitsikamma mountains on its own 50 acre nature reserve.

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Luxury lodge situated on a natural coastal reserve, between Knysna and Port Elizabeth. A famous destination for those looking for a place to unwind.

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An elegant and refined guest house overlooking the beautiful Wilderness Lagoon in the scenic village of Wilderness.

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Trendy five star boutique guest retreat. Unwind by the pool or relax in the Jacuzzi while watching Zebras and Springboks. Paradise !

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Luxury Guest House perfectly situated in Summerstrand, a beachfront suburb of Port Elizabeth. Self catering accommodation also provided.

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Aquavit amplifies all the characteristics of a boutique style hotel, but retains the warmth and inviting hospitality of a guest house.

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This hideaway is a lifestyle retreat set on over 2 ha of eclectic fynbos, located in the historic Drostdy Quarter of Swellendam.

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Luxury, self-catering suites situated in Swellendam's beautiful Hermitage Valley. Relax in a beautiful, peaceful countryside setting.

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Space, charm and an unsurpassed opportunity to indulge in an authentic country ambience and history.

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Charm and elegance in the historical heart of the Franschhoek mountain valley.

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Built circa 1881. Set in a beautiful garden with a pool big enough to swim in, with exquisite views over the Valley.

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An unspoiled ocean getaway, hidden away on the shores of the authentic fishing village of Paternoster.

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Enjoy the serene experience of game viewing from your own suite as the nearby waterhole invites a constant flow of wildlife that converge here during the day.

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With a focus on exclusivity, this lavish facility provides unforgettable experiences on the doorstep of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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An exceptional safari experience within the Sabi Sand Reserve, adjacent to the unfenced Kruger National Park.

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Excellent Big 5 game viewing, luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine, for the discerning traveller.

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A luxury safari experience that embraces the best of African wildlife and hospitality, in an exclusive private reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park.

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Experience the magic of Africa. Reconnect with nature in one of Africa's world-renowned, unspoilt wilderness reserves.

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The sights and sounds of Africa greet you every morning from the comfort of your air conditioned bedroom. Relax at the pool and let the wildlife come to you.

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This unique, Historical and Architectural gem of Northcliff has been restored with passion, respect and the comfort of guests in mind.

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Leighwood Lodge is the perfect "home away from home", providing discerning guests with personal attention.

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An up-market five star European stay in the heart of South Africa, providing a unique, exclusive, sanctuary for today’s traveler.

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The Peech was originally a family home built in the 1950s and now transformed into a delightful, ethical, boutique hotel.

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Undoubtedly the most luxurious train in the world. Travel with the Pride of Africa for your ultimate dream vacation in South Africa.

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The first of its kind in Africa ! A breathtaking form of eco-tourism allowing people to enter and experience a previously inaccessible natural environment.

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A unique nature experience in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, two hours from Cape Town and close to Hermanus Overberg.

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Ethical and personalised Great White Shark cage diving trips. Get the opportunity to experience cage diving and predatory breaching with Great White Sharks, all in one trip!

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A delightful tour that winds its way through the heart of the Cape Winelands, where Cape Dutch architecture, rolling vineyards, fine wines and beautiful mountain ranges are the order of the day.

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The Peninsula and Cape Point has the one of the most amazing arrays of wildlife (terrestial and marine), unspoilt sea side towns, vistas, food and wine that you could hope to find in one place!

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An insightful and informative guide, wherein lie stories of people. Experience the warmth and humanity of township residents.

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A guided tour to this significant island in the history of South Africa. The home of Nelson Mandela for 18 years.

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Luxury breakfast, lunch, dinner & sunset cruises on the mighty Zambezi River. Enjoy Zambezi style gourmet cuisine, excellent service and the spectacular scenery.

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The easiest and most convenient way to visit Cape Town's top attractions !

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Discover Johannesburg in an informative, safe, convenient and fun way with the City Sightseeing bus.

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Contact Us

26 Brunswick Road
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town

Office +27 21 424 5347
Cell +27 72 136 9096

WhatsApp +27 72 136 9096

Email: travel@whereitallbegan.co.za

Skype: philrendel

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We’re an ethical private travel planning company focused on Southern Africa.

We offer ready-made and also customised holidays and journeys across this unique region of the world.

When our clients travel with us, they are assured that their travel spend is directly supporting local African companies that offer sustainable products and services, both in terms of people and planet.

Ethos

Our logo is an image of a skull found in the Rising Star Cave System in Gauteng, South Africa in 2013. It was named ‘homo naledi’, meaning ‘human of the stars’.

The cave system has so far given rise to the remains of over 15 individuals, making it the largest hominid fossil remains site ever discovered.

Travelling to Southern Africa is truly a return to the source of humankind, to Where It All Began.