Luxury Hotels in South Africa

The accommodation in South Africa is as varied as the country with a LOT of great places to stay. Ever wanted to holiday in your own private game reserve? Or a private villa overlooking Bantry Bay? Now let's not get too carried away, because they don't just offer super swanky private properties, South Africa offers super swanky luxury hotels and lodges too! With a German influence on some of the hotels, they are of high standards and have European flares to them. In short, you won't be hard pushed to find a quality place to stay whilst visiting South Africa. Our ever so fortunate Africa team have visited and revisited South Africa's properties, and here are some of our suggestions of where to stay:

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Ngala Tented Camp

South Africa > Africa > Kruger National Park & Sabi Sands

Ngala Private Game Reserve was the first reserve to be incorporated into the game rich Kruger National Park (all 36,500 acres of it), and the tented camp gives guests an authentic safari experience, surrounded by wildlife. Read more

Mont Rochelle

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Mont Rochelle is a wonderful boutique hotel set on a hill above the historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by vineyards and mountains. The property dates back to the 18th century when French Huguenots (many of them winemakers) fled to the Cape to escape religious persecution in France and in... Read more

Makanyane Safari Lodge

South Africa > Africa > Madikwe & The Waterberg

Makanyane is a luxurious lodge situated in the Madikwe Game Reserve, overlooking the Marico River. Named after the African wild dog in the Tswana language, the lodge is ideally situated in one of South Africa’s premier game-viewing locations - and it is the amazing wildlife of Madikwe that lies... Read more

Leeu Estates

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Tucked away on a hillside overlooking the Franschhoek Valley, Leeu Estates offers contemporary, exclusive accommodation within one of South Africa’s most popular wine regions. Read more

Settler's Drift

South Africa > Africa > Eastern Cape

Settler’s Drift is a 5-star luxury tented lodge set amidst the Kariega Nature Reserve – a big five reserve - on South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Dotted with lanterns and roaring fires this unique camp is as welcoming to guests now as the land was to the original settlers in 1820. Read more


South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

The traditional Cape Dutch farmstead of Babylonstoren is slap bang in the middle of the Cape Winelands, within easy reach of Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch and - of course - the world famous vineyards. Read more

Bartholomeus Klip

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

A Victorian farmstead on its own 10,000 acre private nature reserve, and at the same time a working wheat and sheep farm, all near to Cape Town and the winelands of the Western Cape. Read more

Birkenhead House

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Birkenhead House is a luxurious coastal retreat perched on the cliffs overlooking Walker Bay, just outside Hermanus – one of the first stops on the ‘Garden Route’ running east from Cape Town. Read more

Bushmans Kloof

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Tucked away in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, Bushmans Kloof offers the freedom to cycle, walk and enjoy outdoor activities surrounded by spectacular rock formations and seasonal rivers. Read more

Delaire Graff Estate

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

British jeweller Laurence Graff bought the Delaire estate outside Stellenbosch in 2003, and has expertly combined art, design, food and wine to create a simply stunning hotel. Read more


South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a five-star 4,200 acre reserve overlooking Walker Bay, just east of Hermanus on the Cape coast. The reserve has eco-friendly objectives at heart and your visit directly contributes to the conservation efforts of the Grootbos Foundation. Read more


South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

There may be smarter places to stay in the Winelands, but we guarantee none have as much character as Hawksmoor. Read more

La Residence

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

La Residence is a secluded retreat situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, in the heart of the Cape Winelands just an hour from Cape Town. Read more

Le Quartier Francais

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Le Quartier Français is a small, privately owned country inn situated in the heart of the historic village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands. Read more

La Clé des Montagnes

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Franschhoek is such a picture perfect place to stay, that you may want to settle in and stay for longer than a few days. Hell, it’s so nice you may want to bring the family, and friends. Read more

Grande Provence

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Grande Provence Estate is situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape. This is the heartland of South Africa’s wine country and the Owner’s Cottage is one of the finest luxury hotels in the Winelands. Additional accommodation is now also available at the lovely La... Read more

The Last Word Franschhoek

South Africa > Africa > The Winelands and Cape

Formerly a private homestead, The Last Word Franschhoek is an intimate haven in the heart of South Africa’s wine and culinary capital. Read more

Ellerman House & Villas

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Ellerman House is perhaps Cape Town’s most exclusive address – a luxury boutique hotel of just eleven rooms (and two seriously lux villas) located in the premier Cape Town suburb of Bantry Bay. Read more

Cape Cadogan

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Originally built at the start of the 19th century and ‘Victorianised’ at the start of the 20th, this stately building in the heart of Cape Town is now home to the stylish Cape Cadogan hotel. Read more

Four Rosmead

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Dating from 1903, Four Rosmead is an elegant boutique hotel in a listed building. Read more

Kensington Place

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

A one-time ‘coolest bolthole in the Cape’ according to Tatler magazine and a personal favourite of ours, Kensington Place is an intimate, modern boutique hotel situated in the quiet, leafy suburb of Higgovale, on the slopes of Table Mountain. From here, there are great views over Cape Town and... Read more

More Quarters

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

A sister property to the stylish Cape Cadogan hotel up the road, More Quarters is a collection of apartments (and one villa) with the benefits of access to hotel facilities but the flexibility of self-catering options. Read more

Sea Five

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Set back from Cape Town's best beach, Camps Bay, Sea Five is - in our humble opinion - the finest of the new hotels in the city. Read more

The Cellars-Hohenort

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Set within 9 acres of landscaped gardens and just 15 minutes from Cape Town itself, the owner-run Cellars-Hohenort’s location in Constantia is pretty spot on, and Liz McGrath's care and attention to detail has certainly paid off. Read more

Tintswalo Atlantic

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

This boutique hotel is situated in the Table Mountain National Park, in one of the most breathtaking locations in Southern Africa, perched on the rocks overlooking the ocean and Hout Bay sentinel at the base of the famous Chapman’s Peak drive. Read more

Cape Grace

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

A member of the exclusive Leading Hotels of the World, Cape Grace is a boutique luxury hotel in Cape Town, set on its own private quay on the world-famous V&A Waterfront. Read more

Belmond Mount Nelson

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Belmond Mount Nelson leads the ranks of Cape Town’s most popular places to stay. Aptly named the Pink Lady, its beaming tone makes the hotel stand out at the foot of Table Mountain. Read more

The Clarendon Bantry Bay

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Tucked away on the peninsula of Bantry Bay, an ocean front suburb in Cape Town, the Clarendon Bantry Bay is a luxurious boutique hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Read more

The Clarendon Fresnaye

South Africa > Africa > Cape Town

Offering stunning views of the indigo ocean from its location on the slopes of Lions Head, The Clarendon Fresnaye is an exclusive boutique hotel in the suburb of Fresnaye. Read more

Hog Hollow

South Africa > Africa > Eastern Cape

Situated 12 miles east of the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay, Hog Hollow Country Lodge sits in a private nature reserve on the edge of indigenous forest, with wonderful views of the surrounding valleys and Tsitsikamma Mountains. Read more

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