South of Africa (SOA) is a unique group of hotels and guesthouses offering distinctive experiences through its fifteen establishments in two of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations: Limpopo and the Western Cape.
SOA’s property portfolio offers both catered and self-catering accommodation that ranges from standard/budget, to Deluxe and Superior Luxury establishments. Discover the African Spaces and Secret Places that offer guests the opportunity to experience the dream.
What distinguishes SOA from other stereotypical hotel chains is its focus on catering for the needs of individuals. Whether guests desire the sought-after luxury of a five-star establishment, or comfortable, affordable accommodation, each of the properties in our portfolio has its own identity, true to the areas in which they are located. The properties in the portfolio include the 5-star Abalone House & Spa and the self-catering Abalone Pool Villas in Paternoster, the 4-star Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa, as well as the Birdsong Cottages and Funky Stay Backpackers outside Modimolle. Other properties include the Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas in Bela Bela and the Bid Huisie cottage in Prince Albert.
The Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa outside Bela Bela is a tranquil secluded hideaway nestled against the Waterberg Mountains. This peaceful gem just one hour north of Gauteng, offers the elegance of yesteryear, with beautiful antiques, homely pampering in 49 en-suite rooms surrounded by lush tropical gardens. All the comfortable rooms and rondavels at Shangri-La are situated within walking distance of a sparkling swimming pool, relaxing spa as well as other facilities including two restaurants and a cellar (with a Diners Club award winning wine list), a small wedding chapel and fully equipped conference centres.
The Elephant Springs Hotel & Cabanas is situated in the popular inland tourism town of Bela Bela in Limpopo Province, less than an hour from Pretoria (Gauteng). Elephant Springs offers accommodation and conference facilities to leisure seekers and business travellers that will not break the bank. The hotel offers 54 en-suite Standard, Standard Deluxe and Family bedrooms, each with select DSTV channels and air conditioning. The hotel boasts a unique restaurant and ladies bar with street side deck, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner a la carte. The Cabanas are situated beside the hotel. The three bedroom, six sleeper cabanas offer affordable self-catering accommodation to leisure seekers, large families and conference. The 20 fully equipped units are clustered around a private sparkling pool and braai facilities, with direct access to the hotel’s conference facilities and restaurant.
Birdsong Cottages, situated in the Waterberg Mountains 14 kilometres outside Modimolle on a 32ha nature and game farm, offer a relaxing bush breakaway in a variety of self-catering units. From comfortable standard cottages, to a luxurious four-sleeper rondavel and upmarket six-sleeper thatched villa, Birdsong’s abundant birdlife, free-roaming wildlife and indigenous natural scenery make it ideal for family holidays, small functions, conferences and weddings. The unique Koi Pond Venue serves as both restaurant and reception venue, whilst the Edwin Cameron Boma is the perfect gathering spot in the bush for a group braai under the African stars.
Modimolle Funky Stay Backpackers offers restful overnight accommodation in the Waterberg area. Situated four kilometres outside Modimolle (Nylstroom) on the popular R101 highway that leads from Pretoria to Polokwane, this welcoming establishment offers affordable accommodation with a proudly South African touch. The A-frame cabins with bright colourful rooms make this a pleasant Bushveld experience, ideal for family getaways. There is also a conference venue and restaurant set amidst the bushveld surroundings.
Bid Huisie is a charming historic cottage situated in Prince Albert, a small village in the Great Karoo region of the Western Cape. The village lies at the foot of the scenic Swartberg Mountain Range approximately 42 kilometres off the N1 south towards Cape Town. Prince Albert is a favourite destination for peace-seeking tourists and businesspeople looking for a tranquil in-between break en route to Cape Town or Gauteng. Originally an old church, Bid Huisie is a beautifully restored wooden-shuttered cottage offering comfortable accommodation in two double bedrooms, with bathroom, fully equipped kitchenette and open area living space. A covered patio that overlooks a small splash pool surrounded by a private enclosed Karoo garden makes this an enchanting place to unwind from big city bustle.
Check in Time: 14h00
Check out Time: 10h00
Late check out / early check in may be requested and is subject to additional charges on the condition that the hotel room / Villa is available.
Terms & Conditions: • Rates are quoted in South African Rand, are inclusive of 14% VAT and are subject to change.
• All major credit cards are accepted.
• A deposit of 50% is required within 48 hours of your reservation to secure your booking.
• The full balance of the accommodation is payable 7 days prior to check in.
• Reservations made within 7 days of check in are to be paid in full within 24 hours to secure booking.
Cancellation Policy: • Please note that any no-shows will be charged for the duration of the reservation.
• Cancellations will be subject to the following forfeiture policy:
• More than 21 days before arrival 10% of booking value with a minimum of R50-00.
• From 14 up to 21 days before arrival - 25% of booking value;
• From 7 up to 14 days before arrival - 50% of booking value;
• Less than 7 days before arrival - 100% of booking value.
Located in Modimolle, Bela Bela, Prince Albert and Paternoster, South Africa
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Quick Facts: Star Rating: Ungraded to
Accommodation Type: Self-catering cottages and hotels
Languages Spoken: English, Afrikaans
Distance from Johannesburg / Cape Town: Between 140 km - 200kms
Location: Limpopo and Western Cape
Number of Hotels: 15 properties
Book here if you like: * Whale Watching (Paternoster)
* Hiking Trails (Bushveld)
* Big 5 & Game Drives
* Waterpark in Bela Bela
On site Facilities: * Self-catering units available
* Restaurants at select hotels
* Conference venues at select hotels
* Spa at Shangri-La and Abalone House
* Mini golf, volleyball at Shangri-La