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This is a warm welcoming lodge where families are always at home and where guests become friends. Riverdene Lodge offers stylish comfort particularly for families and provides many additional activities to entertain children of all ages. Children can take part...

South African wines are globally famous, and this farm property is an ideal place to get to know them a whole lot better. The hotel lawns reach out to the banks of the Eerste River, and their dining is paired...

Wow! What a place! These four villas set in a vineyard just a stone's throw from Franschhoek village are spectacular, and are perfect for families of all sizes, with spacious indoor and outdoor living areas, with their own private pool,...

Situated on the slopes of the sublime Stellenbosch mountains with views across the estate’s vineyards, this prime location provides a sense of escape and privacy. Each sumptuously decorated lodge, with their own private decks and heated plunge pools, invites complete...

Leadwood Lodge - Sabi Sand Kruger and Timbavati Good This is a good quality hotel, but without the trimmings (typically 3*)

Beautifully situated in a stand of leadwood trees above a broad bend in the Sabi river in the Sabi Sand private concession of Kruger, this luxury camp has just four elegant suites, each with private plunge pools. Activities are centered...

This lodge is an intimate family-friendly safari lodge located in the pristine Timbavati Private Nature Reserve. This safari lodge has a relaxed and casual atmosphere, where you can watch the antics of the resident warthog family; this is what makes...

Comprising of three lodges (River, Dulini and Leadwood), these 18 luxury bush camping units promise getting up close to nature without forgoing any home comforts. Although the wilds of Sabi Sands are right outside, you’ve also got plunge pools and...

There’s been a lodge here since the 1920s, and this pioneering property did set the bar for accommodations of this kind. It stretches along the banks of the Sand River in Kruger National Park and has five camps with different...

Overlooking the river, this working farm just outside Oudsthoorn has charming rooms with four-poster beds and has been furnished to a high level for a 4* property. There is a lovely pool, large restaurant, and even resident meerkats which can...

Child-friendly and in a malaria-free zone, this luxury lodge sits in the 165,000 acre Madwike Reserve. The Big Five are all there to be seen, and the camp can host 16 guests in comfort. Guides will help you and your...

Panoramic glass walls allow unfettered views of the bush, especially the river that flows through the Makanyane Reserve where the animals come to drink and bathe. Private decks are ideal for lounging around on, but you’ll want to head out...

Madikwe Safari Lodge is situated in the heart of the richly diverse, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, offering exceptional game viewing, simple yet sophisticated accommodation, superlative service and tasty regional cuisine. The Lodge consists of three exclusive camps - totaling just...

This chic private reserve blends effortlessly into its surroundings, hiding behind boulders and Tamboti trees. There are 75,000 hectares of grounds and the reserve is home to all of the Big Five. There’s a main lodge with ten suites and...

Another luxury train experience, running more or less the same routes as Blue Train. The standards here are just as exacting, with swanky sleeping carriages, butlers to attend to your needs and a classic luxury train dining compartment.

Yes, an actual train, albeit a very high end one, that runs mainly from Pretoria to Cape Town. It’s a sophisticated affair, with very comfortable guest suites, butler service and a wonderfully elegant dining car. The suites have en suite...

Experience the adventure of authentic African safaris of a byegone era at Gorah Elephant Camp, a malaria-free luxurious tented camp in the heart of Addo Elephant National Park. This park boasts the Big Five, and has the densest population of...

This pink-hued village clings to the ridge of the cliff and overlooks the green suburbs of Johannesburg. It’s a refreshing vantage point, especially watching the sunset. Marble bathrooms are a highlight of the well-appointed guest rooms.

Having welcomed South African royalty – the likes of Nelson Mandela are in the guest book – this tranquil haven can claim an air of exclusivity. The entrance hall has plush furnishings and a grand piano, and the gardens stretch...

A leafy suburban location makes this a quiet, relaxing spot for a stay. With just ten rooms, it’s a comfortably intimate affair, with high-end linens and rain showers in the rooms. There’s a beautiful lawn which eight of the rooms...

On the outskirts of Johannesburg, in the sophisticated suburb of Atholl, this small hotel offers timeless charm and elegance. Each of its spacious rooms has been individually designed in a warm, harmonious blend of neutral and natural shades, contemporary furniture...

Located in the peaceful Johannesburg suburb of Kempton Park, the design fuses African, Western and Asian themes. The rooms are thoroughly contemporary and have plenty of high-tech touches. The restaurant, The Blue Hippo, is always popular, with its African fusion...

A design-tinged property in the northern suburbs, with quirky interiors that give it something of a whimsical feeling. Think oversized furniture and trees sprouting from giant plant pots. The 118 rooms continue the playful feel, but are excellently kitted out...

This lovely lodge is tucked away on the Hermanus lagoon, accessed via a dirt road from Stanford. The rooms are luxury safari style - complete with outdoor shower - and this is a haven for bird lovers, with flamingos, blue...

From The Marine, you can see whales from your room – this stretch of the southern coast of South Africa is a natural playground for the Southern Right Whales that breach near the shore from July to November. The 45-room...

These two exclusive-use villas within the Kwandwe Private Reserve are ideal for families. Enjoy the scenery and wildlife in your own private 4x4 safari vehicle, and be looked after by your dedicated ranger, personal chef and butler. At Uplands Homestead,...

The magical Tsala Treetop Lodge consists of 10 raised suites just outside Plettenberg Bay. Take a short walk from reception along an elevated walkway through the peaceful forest and your suite is revealed, along with a private deck and your...

Located on a private concession adjacent to Addo National Park, this comfortable lodge has 8 rooms plus there is a separate, exclusive use villa that sleeps 8 people. Children of all ages are allowed on game drives, so this is...

This classic country house between Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley is surrounded by rolling fields with horses, and plays host to regular polo matches over the summer. The atmosphere is down to earth and welcoming and its twelve rooms are...

The design is that of a thatched homestead, and the twelve oversized suites overlook Bellair Dam as well as the Anysberg Mountains. The lodge runs a well-respected programme for children, so it’s a great place for families. There’s also a...

Mont Rochelle is a French-inspired manor house, with 22 bedrooms including six suites, all reflecting the specially curated relaxed luxury that Sir Richard Branson pulls off so well. The interiors feature a clean contemporary style that is sleek, soft edged,...

With emphasis on stylish simplicity, these new guest cottages are authentic, rural yet contemporary in character. Ideal for families and groups of friends as well as couples they range from the exclusive and historic 5 bedroom Rhodes Cottage, a National...

Utilizing the original Cape Dutch worker's cottages from the 17th century, and delightfully renovated in 2010, this working farm and vineyard is a delight. From the outside, the cottages look very traditional, but inside, they are crisp, fresh, white and...

The name is actually Russian for ‘little hideaway’, and this Durban property has developed quite its own aesthetic. Palm trees give way to sharp angular buildings, containing eight high-end suites, each with very subtle differences (they are even differently scented)....

The Indian Ocean and the Umhlanga Lighthouse are the views available from this coastal property in Durban. The rooms are comfortable enough but the villas each have a private plunge pool and terrace. The fresh seafood and ocean views make...

Not many lodges have their own private beach, but that’s just one of the draws at this colonial (with modern touches) property. The rooms also overlook a natural lake, so you’re surrounded by beach, hillsides and water. There’s a championship...

One of the larger Cape Town hotels, with a bustling lobby and business breakfasts. The setting hints at the countryside, though, with a large 6-acre garden that is a great escape from the city outside. It has two stand out...

Two historical landmarks - the old Reserve Bank and Board of Executors buildings opposite the cathedral - have been immaculately restored and united as one in the creation of this lovely hotel. This Taj hotel is conveniently located in the...

Opened in December 2013, The Marly is a boutique hotel located above a choice of bars and restaurants and overlooking Camps Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in the city. Here you have a front row bed. Lean on...

The magnificent Table Mountain serves as a backdrop to this winery-estate manor house, in the Constantia Valley region just outside of Cape Town proper. The main house is gorgeous, and it has been well maintained – the rooms are large,...

Well situated on the lively V&A Waterfront, the Table Bay Hotel has an enviable location, with views of Table Mountain and the harbor. The neo-Victorian architecture exudes old-world elegance, as does the attentive service, which extends to helicopter transfers, personal...

One of the original 1930s St James mansions overlooking the sea, Rodwell House is well positioned on the False Bay coast, next to the famous colorful beach huts. It is a very central base if you plan to take in...

Two hundred years ago this was a farmhouse, and in 1912 it was Victorianised, obviously in such a successful fashion that it was declared a national monument in 1984. With twelve rooms, it is not a large hotel by any...

Kensington Place is a hip boutique hotel, nestled at the foot of Table Mountain, in the desirable Higgovale neighborhood. The V&A Waterfront is a 15-minute drive away. In the summer, you can plunge into the pool and relax on the...

Ellerman House is on the Atlantic Seaboard’s Kloof Road; with its elevated position overlooking Bantry Bay and the ocean, this is classic Cape Riviera with views that will delight. There are no restaurants or beaches within walking distance. However, you...

Designed by a Scotsman in the 1920's to resemble the castles of his homeland, Colona Castle is located just outside Cape Town on the way to Cape Peninsula, in Muizenberg. Though the facade is a bit tired, there are gorgeous...

A hip hotel above the famous beaches of Clifton, with sensational views of Table Mountain and the 12 Apostles. It opened its doors in 2012 after transforming the former apartment complex into a luxe 5-storey hotel. There are now 5...

Enjoy views of Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean from your guestroom. This is a lovely place to yourself, situated in Greenpoint, within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront, and near the new football stadium. There is also a toy...

The largest private game reserve in South Africa, there are 100,000 hectares to explore. Guest numbers are restricted to 30, so you feel remote and tranquil. The thatched units sit with the peaks of the Koranneberg Mountains as a backdrop,...

Seated at the foot of the Warmwaterberg Mountain Range in the heart of South Africa's Little Karoo, Sanbona pays tribute to the San people who made this arid environment their home for centuries. Sanbona has an alluring atmosphere of stillness,...

Pafuri River Camp - Sabi Sand Kruger and Timbavati Good This is a good quality hotel, but without the trimmings (typically 3*)

Pafuri Camp is situated along the banks of the Luvuvhu River in the far north of Kruger. The remote 24,000 hectare concession is the largest and most biodiverse in Kruger with many species reaching the southernmost extent of their range...

This section of land is more exclusive than the rest of Madikwe and you can feel the privacy as you arrive. The two bush villas overlook the banks of the Groot Marico River, and they have multi-level decks under shady...

Leshiba Wilderness is a nature and game reserve at the top of Limpopo's Soutpansberg Mountains, South Africa's northernmost range. Leshiba features a mix of indigenous forests and open plains, with dramatic gorges, tumbling waterfalls and amazing views too. You can...

This Tented Camp is in the Mluwati concession in Kruger National Park offering you a colonial style safari experience with luxurious tented lodgings - taking you back in time to an era long forgotten. Stay in elegantly appointed luxury en-suite...

This founding lodge in Kwandwe Reserve features a classic-contemporary style of simple elegance that embraces the lodge's splendid setting high up on a steep bank overlooking the Great Fish River. Stone walls, thatch roofs and long wooden walkways bring natural...

Located 180 miles (270 kilometres) from Cape Town, Bushmans Kloof is an eco-luxury oasis in a landscape of ancient rock formations. A predator and malaria-free reserve, it is a sanctuary to many endangered species of fauna and flora and is...

Garonga is an exclusive 12-bed safari camp situated west of Kruger National Park in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. Whilst offering viewing of big game such as lion, elephant and rhino, Garonga promises a more intimate wildlife encounter… the real Africa....

Located in its own private reserve, this property promises the Big Five on your doorstep. You are encouraged spot them on elephant back, arranged with their own guides. The camp is sumptuous, especially the refined dining area overlooking a local...

This exclusive-use villa is in a sublime location inside De Hoop Nature Reserve, in between Hermanus and Mossel Bay. There are four rooms, all with ocean views, plus large dining, indoor and outdoor areas - you are made to feel...

Located in the malaria-free Madikwe Reserve, Mateya Lodge provides personalized service along with spacious suites with private rim-pools. Game drives at the lodge are limited to just four people per 4x4 vehicle ensuring an intimate game viewing experience. Dining is an African...

Keeping it very classy indeed in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandhurst, this hotel has a swagger and an assurance that’s very seductive. A boutique property with piano lounge and cigar lounge, you’ will feel like a high roller just checking...

A part of Richard Branson’s travel empire, the two lodges offer 16 units. Hilltop Lodge  has a fantastic pool with views across the panorama of the Kruger plains. Safari Lodge has more of a jungle feel, all elevated wooden walkways...

A superb property jutting out on a spectacular rocky outcrop in Plattenberg Bay. The ocean views are of course a highlight, especially in whale watching season. The rooms are bright, modern and airy, and the range of activities includes mountain...

Set against the coves and beaches of the Camps Bay Atlantic seaboard, this 70-room property is a great getaway from the urban bustle of Cape Town. The hotel loves having children, and even has a small cinema for family films....

Singita Lebombo Lodge Like a collection of eagles’ nests perched along the rugged cliff faces above the N’wanetsi River, Singita Lebombo Lodge looks out regally across the landscape. This boldly dramatic lodge, home to fifteen loft-style suites, is situated on Singita’s...

Lovingly restored after a devastating fire in 2015, nestled at the base of Chapman’s Peak, overlooking the Cape’s iconic Sentinel, lies the terrific Tintswalo Atlantic. Quiet charm exudes everywhere, from the moment you are welcomed in. With the ocean rolling in to...

The Turbine Hotel and Spa was an ambitious project which transformed the old Knysna power station into a boutique hotel - the result is a quirky wow factor hotel! Some of the rooms are not huge, but they are of...

All three properties are within Sabi Sands. Ebony As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’ A blend of European heritage...

Despite its popularity, you'll hardly see anyone on your stay in Shamwari Reserve, apart from the other guests in your lodge, your ranger and your lodge's staff. Its not just the exclusivity and privacy that makes Shamwari so popular. It is,...

On the border of South Africa and Mozambique and in the heart of the Kruger National Park, this is a next generation luxury camp. Ingenious design means that even just arriving to check in is a sensory adventure, and the...

Royal Malewane is located in a private game reserve outside of the Kruger National Park. The accommodation here rivals any other hotel on the planet and with great game viewing this is one of the best safari hotels if you...

Thanks to its coastal rainfall pattern, Phinda Private Game Reserve enjoys a lush green environment that contains seven distinct ecosystems. Phinda is often referred to as ‘Seven Worlds of Wonder.’ This fascinating variety of landscape and vegetation shelters an abundance...

Selati Lodge in Sabi Sands harkens back to yesteryear, and it's eight colonial-styled rooms are dreamily romantic, with oil lamps at night. There are however the typical modern amenities that you would expect. Game drives are in open vehicles led by knowledgeable...

One of the best examples of a colonial hotel, guests have been welcomes here since 1899. Nine acres of perfectly maintained gardens surround the pink building, known locally as The Nellie. The Librisa Spa is a favourite with guests and...

This fabulous resort is hidden away in the perfect location: the V&A waterfront, with shopping right on your doorstep and stunning views of Table Mountain from many rooms. The pool resembles a big lagoon, and the villas are positioned around...

Set on a lush 30-acre estate in the glorious Franschhoek Valley, these lovely villas are surrounded by plum orchards and vineyards. It’s a touch of grandeur in a tranquil setting, with elegant chandeliers in the public spaces. The Spa has...

Mala Mala has long been regarded as one of the top big game viewing destinations in the world. Mala Mala is set in pristine bush surroundings on the banks of the Sand River. This is the biggest tract of private...

La Quartier Francais – to give it its full name – is a small auberge in the classic sense. The rooms enjoy daring design touches, strong colours and a host of well-thought-out amenities. The Four Quarters suites are the ultimate...

A superb hotel with its heart in the right place: they provide daily breakfasts for hundreds of children in the local community, serving numerous daycare centers and schools thus giving the children the right foundation to learn and lead healthy...

An eco-luxury gem nestled in between whale watching capital Hermanus and Great White Shark capital, with separate divisions for families and couples, as well as a deluxe 6-room villa with breathtaking views for (extended) families or small groups. The owners...

This incredibly chic lodge is in the heart of Sabi Sands, so you’ll see more than your fair share of wildlife. The six suites provide high levels of privacy and exclusivity and there are terraces for watching and plunge pools for...

There’s a healthy imagination at work in the design of this eclectic property, with huge decorated mirrors, plush oversized furnishings and fabulous chandeliers in the public spaces. A couple of the rooms have great balconies and though the hotel has...

Kwandwe Ecca Lodge is a small, 6 suite modern safari lodge which has been designed to be luxurious and family-friendly. It is located on rolling hills within Kwandwe Game Reserve, one of the best reserves in the Eastern Cape. The suites...

A bustling marina on the famed waterfront of the West Quay is the setting for this VIP-baiting hotel. The polished lobby has historical artefacts and the 122 rooms are all immaculately appointed. Look out through the French doors at the...

Kensington is a snappily renovated guesthouse located in hilly Oranjezicht, between Table Mountain and Lion's Head and overlooking the Leeuwenhof Estate. The main house has individually decorated rooms with a modern African décor, while across the terrace in the bungalow section of...

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