South Africa’s Most Bizarre Buildings Structures And Architectural Designs


What is the most unusual house, building or structure you have ever seen? What is the most bizarre home you have ever lived in? Many of us only know what it is like to live in stucco or brick buildings, with everyday walls, windows, and doors. But there are houses all over the planet that are far different from the traditional, offering a unique way of life, and a place to live that is just as much art as it is a home. There are equally structures and statues that are far from the normal one s we know and South Africa has its fair share of the strange and bizarre especially when it comes to architectural design.

Here Are 10 Of The Most Amazing And Bizarre Structures In South Africa

10. Kagga kamma private game reserve


Enjoy a spectacular view of the mountain and desert from your window at the beautiful Kagga Kamma reserve. It is a lovely place to unwind, hike and get spoiled by friendly and observant staff. The food and restaurant staff are helpful and knowledgeable for all of your needs. This reserve qualifies as a bizarre structure because of the way the rooms are built into the existing cave and mountain/rock formation, making it look quite natural and welcoming and it is only three and a half hours drive from Cape Town

09. Cango Caves, Western Cape Zare


The bizarre structure you are looking at belongs to the weaving and winding tunnels that make the Cango Caves one of the most famous landmarks in South Africa. The caves are rich in bushman paintings and marked signs of human habitation and whats more, they are well worth a visit to see their numerous dripstone formations. The tunnels stretch out over 4km with plenty of smaller caves and offshoot turns to be discovered. Go on either of the walking tours to experience the awe-inspiring depths of the cave systems The Heritage Tour is quite easy, while the Adventure Tour is more strenuous with several narrow portions you’ll need to squeeze through; the smallest of which is a 15cm (in diameter hole) you’ll need to go through to exit.

08. The Big Pineapple House

pineapple houseIn the tiny village of Bathurst, South Africa is this very ambitious building. Here you will find the biggest pineapple Standing nearly 55-feet tall and located on the Summerhill Estate pineapple plantation, this cool building has three floors which hold a 60-seat auditorium, a gift shop selling pineapple products, a museum dedicated to the cloying citrus, and a 360º observation deck. Built between 1990-1992, it is made from steel and concrete with a fiberglass outer skin. As tourists on the deck gaze at the panoramic view of the prickly pineapple crowns being farmed below, they may clutch their purchases of pineapple chutney and fruit-shaped pottery and feel a certain satisfaction that bigger can often be better.

07. Chalkey treehouse Lion Sands SA

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The Chalkey Treehouse is built around a beautiful 500 year-old Leadwood Tree. Guests are driven out to the treehouse suite at dusk, given a picnic dinner and then left alone to soak up the evening sounds of the African bush. This is certainly a luxury treehouse and comes with its own toilet (yes, up in the canopy, so you don’t have to brave the wildlife in the middle of the night), king bed and of course a mosquito net. The Chalkey Treehouse is in the family-run Lion Sands Game Reserve, a private reserve in the greater-Kruger area, in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The treehouse stay is an option extended to guests who book at one of Lion Sand’s 3 lodge. Lion Sands is a thrilling outdoor and completely uncovered hotel that put you into the wilderness. The “rooms” hover above a game reserve – home to lions, elephants, and other animals.

06. Tinyeleti Treehouse, Lion Sands, South Africa


The Tinyeleti Treehouse, which aptly translates to ‘Many Stars’, is an overnight wilderness experience that has no match. Watch the sun dip beyond the horizon as you sip on a cocktail or a glass of bubbly. You will be utterly riveted by the many animals that arrive at the river to quench their thirst.

Tinyeleti is a tale you will tell over and again. That is, if you can find the words to describe it.

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