Types of Accommodation

Ranging from fully open-plan and one-bedroomed designer loft-style flats to opulent and expansive suburban and country-style homes, the wide range of South African properties really does leave one spoilt for choice.

With a quarter of the adult population currently unemployed, you won’t have trouble finding domestic servants to help you maintain your garden, pool and home either.

There is a wide slection of accommodation types in South Africa, ranging from apartments to clusters, secured lifestyle estates, boomed areas and free standing houses.


The houses are situated on a vast compound, almost like a small town with very strict security. Each house is large and free standing with a private garden. Access is restricted to authorised people; there is no access without a pass or authorisation from your host. Access to an estate is generally though one or two main gates that are equipped with barriers and guarded by security. Security filters the visitors often requiring their identity document, drivers’ license or finger prints.

Security vehicles patrol 24 hours a day within the estates, and along the perimeter, there are high walls with an electrified fence, as well as security cameras.


The houses are generally smaller, and the complexes also have much smaller grounds, but are still within a secured perimeter wall. Generally there is a guard at the entrance that controls the identity of visitors. Houses are independent.


These are generally one or two storey houses in small complexes, where everybody shares the outside grounds, swimming pool, tennis court (sometimes), garden, and parking.

Boomed Areas

This is a residential area where the majority of multiple-access roads have been closed in order to limit access. There will generally only be one or two access points to the area, at which a guard is positioned. While this offers a form of security, the access is generally less secure than the accommodation options listed above.

Individual Stand-Alone Houses

These houses have their entrance directly facing the road. They generally have a surrounding wall equipped with an electrified fence, but security needs to be extremely high to ensure protection. These houses often have a big garden, as most of them are within the old residential Johannesburg area, but their weak point is security.

Flats/ Apartments

Apartments are usually located close to the city center, particularly in Melrose Arch or Sandton. Apartment-living is not very popular in South Africa as, with outdoor living, people tend to go for town houses, or houses.

Fun facts on SA

Photos of SA

  • Mossel Bay
  • The Drakensberg Mountains
  • V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Cape Penguin, Boulders Beach
  • Boabab Tree, Limpopo
  • Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town
  • Northern Suburbs, Johannesburg
  • Blyde River Canyon, Limpopo
  • Turtles in Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Nelson Mandela Bridge
  • Great White Shark, Cage Diving, Cape Town
  • Springbok, Karoo
  • 3 Giraffe, Pilanesberg National Park
  • African Elephant, Kruger National Park
  • North Beach, Durban
  • Vineyard, Cape Wine Route
  • Surfer
  • Game Drive (Safari)
  • Union Buildings, Pretoria
  • Table Mountain
  • Beach View, Chapman's Peak Drive, Cape Town
  • Jacaranda Trees, Pretoria
  • Sandton Skyline, Johannesburg
  • Burchell's zebra

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