South Africa’s rich and varied landscapes are best complemented with hotel stays that capture the spirit of the area. We never feature hotels that we have not visited and reviewed first-hand, so you can be sure our recommendations are tailored to your exact requirements. If you’re looking for a safari in Kruger National Park, you’ll find Dulini River Lodge an excellent choice: its knowledgeable guides and twice-daily game drives perfectly complemented by unmatched service and cuisine back at base. Towards the Cape Winelands, we’ve chosen vineyard estates that best embody their illustrious surrounds; Cape Town hotels we’ve picked are in prime locations and Garden Route picks offer the perfect foil to a day’s driving along the picturesque coastline.
For lovers of food, art and fine wine, there is no finer way to experience the Cape Winelands then a stay at Leeu Estates.
Oude Werf, Stellenbosch
In the heart of the Cape Winelands’ capital, on the site of South Africa’s oldest church, Oude Werf – all contemporary flourishes and period-inspired ambience – is a stylish mix of the old and new.
Dulini River Lodge
Dulini River Lodge is a luxury retreat offering dramatic views of the Mabrak River within Sabi Sands Game Reserve - the ultimate South Africa safari destination.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve is the perfect Big Five safari ending to a journey along South Africa’s famous Garden Route.
Queen Victoria Hotel, Cape Town
The V&A waterfront in Cape Town is a hive of activity and attractions, one of the best places in the city to hang out and enjoy the maritime vibe. The Queen Victoria makes a splendid base from which to enjoy it all.
For those looking for the ultimate escape, The Plettenberg, situated on the rocky headlands of Plettenberg Bay, is the perfect retreat
Holding pride of place on its own dock in the heart of the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Grace is the ultimate five-star destination in Cape Town.
Set in the heart of Franschhoek valley, Leeu House offers boutique luxury in an oasis of comfort and tranquillity
131 on Herbert Baker
Located in the heart of South Africa’s capital, Pretoria, this boutique hotel is ideal for anyone disembarking the Rovos Rail or Blue Train before catching a flight from nearby Johannesburg.
The spectacular Rovos Rail is often regarded as South Africa’s finest rail experience, one that recaptures the romance of a bygone era aboard a beautifully restored train.
Rosenhof Country House
With its luxurious facilities and excellent service, Rosenhof is undoubtedly one of the finest homesteads of Oudtshoorn.
Belmond Mount Nelson
Discover the delights of Cape Town while staying in leafy surrounds at the foot of iconic Table Mountain.
Ocean Eleven Guesthouse, Hermanus
High ceilings, period furnishings and teak floors set the elegant tone for this Caoe Cod-style guesthouse where almost every rooms looks out to views of the pretty Hermanus coast.
Cape Cadogan, Cape Town
Small but perfectly formed, this is a gem of a hotel. Kloof and Long Street are just around the corner, with their brilliant bars,restaurants and happy vibes.
Great Fish River Lodge, Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
From luxury suites with private pools and bushveld views to sunset cocktails overlooking a remote river setting and private dining under starlit African skies, this Eastern Cape Lodge makes the very best of its superb safari setting.
Mont Rochelle, Franschhoek
Expect fine food and finer wines at this Richard Branson-owned estate in the heart of the Cape Winelands. There's a decadent spa on site and a pool with views across sprawling vineyards to the distant Franschhoek mountains.
Ellerman House, Cape Town
An elegant Edwardian mansion once home to shipping magnates, now a favourite with savvy travellers to Cape Town, Ellerman House is one of the best boutique hotels in South Africa.
Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, Cedarberg Mountains
Bushmans Kloof sits beside the dramatic Cederberg Mountains, a five-star retreat surrounded by miles of wilderness.
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg
This is a slice of spa and fine-dining seclusion in the heart of South Africa’s largest city. Expect grand suites and gorgeous gardens.
Lion Sands River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Mix in a touch of contemporary luxury to an all-natural riverside setting, where the Big Five can be spotted from your private deck or while you’re enjoying the fire-side fine dining.
&Beyond Tengile River Lodge, Sabi Sand Game Reserve
Limited to just nine luxurious suites, this delightfully exclusive property offers private lap pools, superlative dining and game drives in next-door Kruger.
La Residence, Franschhoek
La Residence's suites are the definition of opulence and beauty, paired wonderfully with outside's picturesque Franschhoek Valley winelands and the onsite restaurant's exquisite menu.