South Africa

  • John & Jennifer travelled to Namibia & South AfricaThis was a first-rate holiday and we don’t think you are going to be able to better it or even equal it…….now, there’s a challenge!  It was a true wilderness experience and we loved pretty much every minute. You got everything in absolutely the right order, and we were so glad to finish in the quiet atmosphere of Tswalu (quite liked the pampering too).John & Jennifer travelled to Namibia & South Africa

    John & Jennifer travelled to Namibia & South Africa
Jaci's Safari Lodge,Waterberg, South Africa

South Africa


Accommodation Options In South Africa

South Africa offers almost anything you require in accommodation terms. It is a hugely developed and sophisticated country, and urban centres such as Cape Town offer cutting edge contemporary design as well as more traditional accommodation options. As well as mainstream hotels, boutique guesthouses and country lodges, there is an excellent network of more affordable bed and breakfast guesthouses and the main tourist regions also offer a wide range of self-catering apartments and house rentals.

On safari, South Africa has a selection of well run and excellent value for money National Parks Restcamps, but is particularly known for its wide range of superbly run private luxury lodges, some of which offer extreme comfort with air-conditioning, private plunge pools and private butlers. If the South African safari scene lacks anything, it is more of the adventurous and ‘close to nature’ safari options. The market has dictated that most people choosing South Africa as a safari destination have a preference for comfort over adventure, so there are very few opportunities to enjoy a more modest wilderness experience.

When looking to visit Cape Town, it’s also worth considering where you wish to stay. There are four very distinct areas; the V&A Waterfront, Constantia in the valley stretching down the peninsular, the bay area (Camps Bay/ Bantry Bay / Clifton) and the Gardens (on the edge of the city). Each has their own distinct feel: The iconic V&A Waterfront has many restaurants, night spots and activities on your doorstep. The bay area has beautiful beaches with a cosmopolitan restaurant/café scene overlooking the Atlantic Ocean – popular with locals and tourists alike. The valley provides a wonderful oasis away from the city amongst vineyards and golf courses, whilst the Gardens area has an eclectic, arty vibe with interesting cafes and shops. Each has a range of accommodation, from beautiful intimate boutique hotels and guesthouses to large luxury hotels.

There are far too many hotels, country lodges and guesthouses in South Africa to mention all of them, but please find below a limited selection of some of our favourite safari properties, guest houses, luxury hotels, mountain retreats, historical lodges and country hotels around the country, and the exclusive rail journeys. We have listed them by accommodation style or by region. Simply click on the name to visit the property website.

To learn more about the individual accommodation styles on safari, please visit our ‘Accommodation on Safari’ section off our home page. Please contact us for up to date information and opinions on all properties, or for suggestions for your trip.

Luxury Safari Lodges - Eastern Cape (non-malaria)

Luxury Safari Lodges - KwaZulu/Natal

Luxury Safari Lodges - Kalahari (non-malaria), Madikwe Game Reserve (non-malaria), Western Cape (non-malaria)

Hotels and Guesthouses - Swellendam and R62

Hotels and Guesthouses - Drakensberg Mountains (KZN)

Historical Lodges - KwaZulu/Natal

Spa Retreats