South Africa

Hotels in South Africa

The Feather Palace, a red-roof mansion just off the R62, is part of a stylish working guest ranch owned by a gay couple from Durban.

A movable pedestrian bascule bridge provides access from the bustling waterfront to this quiet, mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay.

Just 30 minutes outside Cape Town in the charming town of St. James, the opulent 1930s house-hotel (built by gold-mining billionaire JB Taylor) sits atop a hill with a gorgeous view of the ocean.

Three camps, a wine cellar, library, viewing deck, and an infinity pool on South Africa’s largest private Big Five preserve.

For families or other groups on safari, you can’t do much better than andBeyond’s outpost in the Phinda Private Game Reserve, a four-hour drive from Johannesburg. There are just four thatched bush cottages, which must be rented all together.

The property consists of the Lebombo Lodge and Sweni Lodge, two lavish lodges—treetop suites or riverside rooms, along with twice-daily game drives and kids’ safaris with tracking tutorials.

Three terraced Victorian houses in the sunny hills of Cape Town’s Tamboerskloof district make up this 12-room boutique hotel. Distinctly African, the floors are covered with antelope-skin rugs, and halls are lit by onyx lamps crafted by local members of the Xhosa tribe.

Seven lodges on a conservation-conscious Big Five preserve that’s home to dozens of big cats. 

Room to Book: Premiere tents at Bayethe Lodge have fireplaces, plunge pools, and hammocks.

Doubles from $1,660, all-inclusive.

This boutique b&b in the leafy-chic Rosebank neighborhood is a refreshing departure from Johannesburg’s other hotels in secure suburbs, which are typically flashy and pricey—and often soulless.