Hotels in South Africa
Location An 18th-century Cape Dutch house on a 544-acre farm with expansive views of Table Mountain, 18 miles from La Residence.
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.
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.
The team behind La Residence has a knack for turning rustic into extraordinary (the group also operates the Royal Malewane bush retreat in Kruger Park)—and it’s done a characteristically fabulous job creating this über-luxurious 11-suite hotel on the site of an old plum orchard.
All 290 guest rooms have large windows that overlook the skyline and surrounding veld.
25 thatched-roof suites around a busy watering hole; courtyards have carvings by South African sculptors.
The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Peter Matkovich, on nearly 1,000 acres with two miles of spectacular coastline, a quarter of which is a nature reserve.
When Madikwe Game Reserve was established in 1991, the 185,000 acres were virtually bereft of wildlife. Today, after rigorous conservation efforts, the preserve teems with elephants, leopards, and giraffes—and the 20-suite Madikwe Safari Lodge is right in the middle of it all.