South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

Cape 62 is a 200-mile scenic drive that starts in Cape Town and heads west to Little Karoo; it also serves as the entry to the 134,000-acre Sanbona Wildlife Reserve, in South Africa’s lush Breede River Valley.

The owners originally built Makweti as a vacation house, but then decided to turn it into a safari lodge with a major commitment: to provide high luxury in raw nature, for a maximum of 10 guests.

To guests staying in one of the seven high-design lodges on-site, the 54,000-acre reserve’s teeming wildlife—black rhinos, elephants, cheetahs, and over 380 species of birds—seems to have been there forever.

Montague House, a handsome 1908 palace with a polished oak interior in the town center, has been transformed into a bistro.

This resort, which opened in 2009 on the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, features 131 spacious, high-tech rooms and a knockout first impression: the hotel’s 40-foot-tall picture window framing Table Mountain at Vista Bar & Lounge.

Why It’s Unique: Overlooking the Tsitsikamma Forest, the architecturally stunning stone-and-glass lodge has 10 secluded treehouse suites, each with floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows, log fireplace in the living room, private deck, and infinity-edge pool.

 

Discreet property with a refined air and doting staff, not to mention a glitzy address in the tony suburb of Rosebank, near the city's best shopping and restaurants.

Room to Book: Those on the fifth floor offer direct access to the workout room and spa.

Just 10 miles from the airport and 20 from the city center, the property not only is affordable but also has edgy interior design, including wall-mounted rotary-dial phones; wooden ceilings; a basketful of wines. The owner is warm and bakes bread daily for guests.

A refined 10-room bush camp on the western edge of Kruger offers a roster of throwback activities, such as hot air balloon rides and safaris on horseback. 

The new 4,600-square-foot Zindoga Villa is perfect for large families.

Recommended by Kay Merrill, one of T+L's 2010 A-List travel agents.