Travel Africa! A (growing) List of African, Black-Owned Hotels to Visit
As the travel industry continues to evolve, there is a noticeable surge in the number of black-owned and African-owned hotels across the continent. This growing list of establishments is not only changing the hospitality landscape but also providing travelers with an opportunity to explore Africa in an economically sustainable way.
Staying at black-owned hotels allows tourists to contribute directly to the local economies and communities they visit. By supporting these establishments, travelers can help create jobs, empower local entrepreneurs, and promote economic growth. Moreover, these hotels often prioritize cultural preservation and community engagement, offering guests a more authentic and immersive experience.
From boutique hotels in bustling cities to eco-lodges nestled in the heart of nature, black-owned hotels in Africa offer a wide range of options to suit every traveler’s taste and budget. Many of these establishments pride themselves on providing top-notch service, ensuring that guests have a memorable and comfortable stay.
What sets black-owned hotels apart is their commitment to showcasing the rich diversity and heritage of Africa. From the decor and artwork to the cuisine and entertainment, these hotels often celebrate African culture in all its forms. This creates a unique atmosphere that allows guests to truly immerse themselves in the local traditions and customs.
Traveling to Africa and staying at black-owned hotels not only supports the local economy but also challenges the stereotypes and misconceptions often associated with the continent. It allows visitors to experience the true beauty and vibrancy of Africa while breaking down barriers and fostering cultural understanding.
So, the next time you plan a trip to Africa, consider staying at a black-owned or African-owned hotel. By doing so, you can make a positive impact and contribute to the sustainable development of the continent while enjoying a truly enriching travel experience.
“Sanctuary Mandela, once the home of Madiba, is a one-of-a-kind boutique accommodation with 9 curated.” – The Sanctuary Mandela
Curiocity Joburg has a history closely linked to the country’s own. It was the premises of the Pacific Press during the apartheid era, which published material for the ANC and Black Sash and is said to have offered refuge to struggle stalwarts like Mandela and Slovo. In the heart of the vibey Maboneng precinct, it’s now the perfect base for exploring the culture, history and creativity of the city.
Curiocity is a network of African design hostels, sharing an authentic experience of this continent, one city at a time. We want to connect the curious traveller to what’s exciting, inspiring and real in whichever location we’re in. As an accessible, design hostel offering we give travellers the chance to stay in spaces that are not only affordable but also amazingly designed to.
We tend to choose locations outside of the expected tourist areas, giving our guests a local’s experience of a destination. And we take this commitment to our cities to heart, partnering with local businesses, designers and individuals to make every Curiocity experience a unique one.
Curiocity is for the young and not so young, the global traveller and the local visitor, for a quick stop-over and a deep dive into the city. So when you’re planning your next trip to our part of the world, book your spot at one of our locations. We’ll save a space for you at the bar.
iKhaya means “the home” or “the house” in Xhosa. iKhaya Lodge is a unique African styled boutique hotel in the center of Cape Town which has become world-renowned for its stunning and authentic African design and its dramatic views of Table Mountain and the City Bowl. It is the ideal spot!
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“A Private Exclusive-Use House in Matobo Hills
Situated in the heart of the Matobo Hills, just outside the boundary of the national park, lies Khayelitshe House. Enclosed by the iconic balancing rocks and surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of massive boulders, Khayelitshe House got its name from the Ndebele words ‘Ekhaya’ and ‘Litshe’- Home in the Rocks. Khayelitshe House’s charm comes from its simplicity and organic blueprint. Drawing inspiration from travels throughout Africa, the eclectic design brings both tranquility and energy. This is a completely off-the-grid home, one that inspires peacefulness and being at one with nature.” – Khayelitshe House
“A Wild, Remote & Luxurious Experience on the Mighty Zambezi River
Set in the breath-taking, untouched wilds of the Lower Zambezi National Park in Zambia, Lolebezi is the latest property in the African Bush Camps family and will undoubtably be one of the most spectacular.
Set on five hectares of protected wilderness, the lodge has been designed to make the most of the one kilometre of private river frontage. Waking up with the majestic Zambezi River flowing just in front of your room is a truly exceptional experience! ” – Lolebezi Safari Lodge
“A haven of peace in the hubbub of our beautiful Abidjan.” – Lepic Villa Hotel
“Introducing “Johari” – meaning “jewel” in Swahili – an enchanting apartment inspired by arches and textures, designed as a true gem for artists seeking boundless inspiration. Step into a world where artistic expression meets functional living, as each corner showcases the beauty of craftsmanship and creativity. The play of arches and textures adds a touch of whimsy and wonder, igniting the imagination of those who dwell within.” – Johari
“Nafsi Nomad is a proudly black-owned rental in Zanzibar curated with local artisans’ exquisite work. Each apartment offers a unique and enriching experience, reflecting the island’s spirit. We look forward to welcoming you to our unique stay at Nafsi, Jua Kali, Tulia, and Johari.” – Nafsi Nomad
“Welcome to “Tulia” – a humble retreat that translates to calmness, offering simplicity and elegance in perfect harmony. Inspired by the tranquil spirit of Zanzibar, this inviting apartment envelops you in a serene ambiance. The essence of calmness is reflected in every aspect of Tulia, where uncluttered design and tasteful accents create a soothing atmosphere. Embrace the art of relaxation and find respite in the elegance of this thoughtfully curated retreat.” – Tulia
“Welcome to Jua Kali apartment, where the scorching sun of Zanzibar serves as a muse for vibrant colors and captivating textures. Step into a world of warmth and creativity, as every corner reflects the essence of the island’s lively spirit. Embrace the fusion of bold hues and intricate details that bring this unique space to life, making it a truly unforgettable experience.” – Jua Kali
“The Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel.” – The Palms
“Modern and comfortable accommodation in Bamako
Modern and comfortable accommodation in Bamako
The rooms at the Grand Hôtel Bamako have a modern layout for optimal comfort. Each room has been carefully decorated, in accordance with Malian art and culture. The rooms and suites combine comfort and traditional African design.” – Grand Hotel Bamako
“Exceptional hotel facilities in Nouakchott
Feel Africa at Azalaï Hotel Noukachott.
Located in the heart of Nouakchott opposite the central post office, 5 km (8 min) from the business district and 32 km (38 min) from Nouakchott International Airport, discover elegant African style while immersing yourself in Mauritanian culture.
Relax in our spacious rooms with large bathrooms, 100% natural local welcome products, free WiFi and air conditioning. Benefit from room service or our European-African fusion restaurant, Chinguitty. Our 4-star hotel offers 1 restaurant, 1 bar, 1 outdoor pool and 1 terrace all with unique flavors and creative culinary experiences.
To stay in shape, take advantage of our fitness club. Because every customer matters to us, we are happy to offer you a free shuttle. More than just a destination, Azalaï Hôtel Nouakchott will offer you a unique experience whether for your business stays or for family weekends.” – Azalaï Hôtel Nouakchott
“An idyllic hotel in the heart of Cotonou, Benin
An idyllic hotel in Cotonou, Benin, located in the heart of the capital, on the edge of the Atlantic fleet, and a few steps from the famous Etoile Rouge square, the Azalaï Hotel Cotonou is revealed through a prominent building, boasting 120 rooms including 12 suites with sensational sea views.
Its rooms benefit from a sumptuous panorama, giving you this feeling of joy, all in absolute comfort.” – Azalai Hotel Contonou
A unique residence in Mali
Feel Africa at Azalaï Hotel Bamako.
Located in the heart of Bamako, 15 km (15 min) from the business district and 15 km (18 min) from Bamako International Airport, discover elegant African style while immersing yourself in Malian culture.
Relax in our spacious rooms with large bathrooms, 100% natural local welcome products, free WiFi and air conditioning. The upper floors offer spectacular views of the city and the swimming pool. Benefit from 24-hour room service or our European-African fusion restaurant, Nomad. Our 5-star hotel offers 1 restaurant, 2 bars, 1 outdoor pool and 1 terrace all with unique flavors and creative culinary experiences. To stay in shape, take advantage of our relaxing spa and fitness club.
Because every customer matters to us, we are happy to offer you a free shuttle. More than just a destination, Azalaï Hôtel Bamako will offer you a unique experience whether for your business stays or for family weekends.”- Azalai Hotel Bamako
“High standard hotels in West Africa.
The Azalaï Group is a regional leader in the hospitality sector in West Africa. Established in Bamako and with more than 25 years of experience, the Group strives to satisfy the growing needs of its customers through its high-end service.
From Bamako to Ouagadougou via Cotonou, Bissau, Nouakchott, Abidjan and Loumbila, the Azalaï Group offers high standard hotels in the main capitals of West Africa.
Whether you are traveling for business or leisure, Azalaï Group hotels guarantee your comfort, safety and well-being throughout your stay.” – Azalai Hotel Group
“A tranquil, private beachfront haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Inspired by modern architecture, the Resort is housed within a stone-walled courtyard featuring separate Villas. Each Villa offers spacious indoor and outdoor living areas for your optimum comfort.” – Big Blue Resort