Khotso Lodge

Hostel in Underberg & Himeville

After having a less-than-stellar reputation as a backpackers, this local institution rebranded as Khotso Lodge. Gone is the rowdy vibe (though a fun community atmosphere is still fostered in the quaint common areas), and the facilities have been refurbished with upmarket fixtures that add a much-needed sense of modernity while retaining the overall rustic charm.

What remains are the incredible horse-riding trips to Lesotho, hikes and tubing at the nearby dam. It's worth it to stay in one of its recently added rondavels, which have unbeatable views and modern amenities.