If you’re planning a trip to The Motherland, but want to stay someplace warmer than a resort or hotel, Airbnb offers plenty of options. From apartments smack in the middle of town, to houses overlooking the beach, the continent has it all. The great thing about staying in an Airbnb, is that the properties are usually owned by locals who know the area intimately. There’s no need to Google top restaurants, nightclubs, or activities like hiking and safaris. If your host is really worth their salt, they’ll have the answers to all of these.

Check out these diverse properties in South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Kenya.

1. South Africa

This sleek, romantic Cape Town apartment has a balcony facing Hout Bay Valley and beyond that, the Helderberg mountains. Guests have access to a garden and proximity to wine farms. It’s only 15-20 minutes from town.

How about this charming cabin in the small town of Dullstroom? You’ll be surrounded by forest and the property can accommodate up to four guests in the two bedrooms, and possibly a fifth and sixth on the futon.

Ever wanted to stay on a golf course? Check out this great house for eight guests. There’s a pool, comfortable furnishings and sweeping views.

2. Ghana


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The Azumah Cabin in Accra is perched on the beach. There’s everything you need, including 24 hour security, air conditioning and wi-fi.

This  condo (which is hosted by a Black woman) is in the heart of Accra. The conservative greys and whites are broken up with tasteful splashes of color.  It’s appointed with three bedrooms.

This upscale apartment (also in Accra) is part of a gated community. It has a swimming pool, three-bedrooms and 24-hour security.


3. Senegal


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In the village of Ngurigne is Villa Awalie, one of a few in the area with a pool. It’s spread across one level and has five bedrooms. There’s a separate bungalow for a single or couple requiring more privacy. The beaches are just 10-15 minutes away.

Alternatively, there’s this penthouse in Dakar. with a terrace, comfortable living and dining area, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. Not far from the action, either.


4. Sierra Leone

In the capital city of Freetown, there’s this residence. It features a comfortable living room, lively kitchen, two bedrooms and a circular pool. At $65 a night, it’s a great value.

If you’re looking for a no-frills, but still nice kind of accommodation, there’s this unit for two guests. It’s part of a secure compound and the host, Austin, is very responsive and courteous.


5. Kenya


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If watching the sunset from your home away from home sounds like your bag, this villa is perfect. The property is one of very few in the area with a pool and the beach is just a 15 minute walk.

Monkey Beach House is hosted by a Black woman, and faces Galu Beach. According to AirBnB “the design and characteristics of  boast a contemporary Swahili architecture that fuses influences from Arab, Indian and African styles.” Cooking and maid service are included.

Next, there’s this eco-friendly getaway, with mostly wood accents. The living, dining and kitchen areas are all open-plan. But the best feature is the terrace, where you can sip a glass of wine and marvel at the views.