If you want to experience the royal lifestyle and live the fairy tale, plan your next enchanting escape to these beautiful castles in South Africa.
1. Conrad Castle, Knysna, Western Cape
The Conrad Pezula Castle on the exquisite Noetzie Beach is one of the most romantic places to visit. The castle’s opulent suites offer luxury, comfort and immaculate personal service fit for a king. Sitting adjacent to the Pezula are two more castles – The Cliff Castle and The Beach Castle. Each suite comes with its own private terrace overlooking the beach, a heated pool and private gym. Guests can also enjoy horse riding, hiking and nature trails in Pezula’s ancient indigenous forest and canoeing on the tranquil Noetzie River. The Pezula takes luxury to a whole new level and makes you feel like nobility.
2. Camelot Castle, Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal
You don’t have to be a prince or princess or even do something as crazy as kissing a frog to stay in this castle. Take a drive through the beautiful KZN countryside to Hillcrest, Durban, and you will find yourself at the magnificent Camelot Castle. If a Renaissance wedding is something you have dreamed of, the Camelot Castle has a beautiful stone chapel, honeymoon suites and a medieval-style dining hall perfect for the after-wedding feast.
3. Castle in Clarens, Clarens, Free State
Castle in Clarens, dubbed Rapunzel’s Tower by the locals, is a charming fairy tale castle situated in the heart of the Maluti Mountains. The castle isn’t huge or extravagant, but it’s fantastical in every sense. The castle has two bedrooms complete with life-size murals, Parisian carpets and silk curtains. The garden is especially designed to fit in with the Rapunzel fairy tale. Thorns trees, small pathways and a vegetable garden with the famous Rampion plant create a truly enchanting ambience.
4. Destiny Castle, Clarens, Free State
The Destiny Castle is a majestic medieval-style castle that stands proudly at the top of a 460-hectare mountain estate on the South Africa / Lesotho border. The castle has so perfectly recreated the fairy tale like charm that the only thing it’s missing is a moat! The castle offers luxurious accommodation and is the perfect wedding destination. During the day, guests can enjoy scenic walks, fly fishing, birdwatching, visit San rock art sites, read in the library, relax in the personal spa, or simply sit and enjoy the breath-taking views.
5. Flycatcher Castle, Drakensberg
This 17th century Italian-style castle leaves nothing more to be wanted. The Flycatcher Castle is perched on the edge of Graskop on the Drakensburg escarpment. The castle boasts breath taking views of the Lowveld and is in close proximity to the Kruger National Park, God’s Window and the Three Rondawels. There are six individually decorated suites, each named after a classical composer, to choose from.