Explore South Africa’s natural beauty and diverse landscapes with The Asia Collective’s exclusive guide to the Best Hotels in South Africa.
Whether your idea of the perfect getaway is an authentic safari experience, a coastal retreat or a wine tasting trip to South Africa’s world-famous wine region, there’s bound to be a stay on this list that ticks all of your boxes. Start planning your African escape now with our expert collection of the Best Hotels in South Africa.
Nestled at Chapman’s Peak at the base of the iconic Table Mountain National Park sits Tintswalo Atlantic, a 5-star boutique lodge overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Perched on a pebbled beach with panoramic views of Hout Bay harbour and the dramatic Sentinel peak, your stay at Tintswalo Atlantic will be both a seaside and mountainous escape.
Each luxurious suite pays tribute to the beauty of Cape Town’s surrounding nature and rich heritage, with the Elba & Corsica suites an ideal retreat for families or friends on vacation. Joined by a spacious common living area, each suite is uniquely decorated in island vibes, with opulent king beds, ensuite bathrooms and the finest amenities, plus a private lounge and deck ideal for evening entertaining.
- Prices for Tintswalo, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $408++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Discover a seamless blend of accommodation and art at the Silo Hotel, Cape Town’s premier luxury hotel in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. Built into the elevator portion of the historic grain silo above Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa, the Silo Hotel is a work of art in itself. Recognised globally as one of the best art hotels in the world, here you’ll find an extensive collection of vibrant, contemporary African art.
Each of its 28 rooms have been individually designed by South Africa’s famous female hotelier, Liz Biden. The modern, industrial architecture of the Silo is perfectly complemented by colourful and eclectic furniture and artwork. For a truly luxurious experience, the Penthouse on the top floor offers unparalleled views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, from both inside your suite and outside on your enormous, 24sqm balcony.
- Prices for The Silo Hotel, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $934++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Discover South Africa’s soul at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, a vibrant retreat with a star-studded history. Step back in time as you walk through the hotel’s iconic pink walls, a symbol of peace from 1918, stroll through John Lennon’s meditation gardens or sit at Nelson Mandela’s favourite table. Each room has been tastefully restored, maintaining the beauty of the past with quirky modern touches for the ultimate comfort. Your stay at Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is destined to be something special.
Satiate your palate at Lord Nelson Restaurant, home to a sensational seasonal menu from summer salads to winter beef wellingtons. Indulge in a tiered high tea with sandwiches and sweet treats, or lounge poolside with snacks from Oasis Bistro. With so many options to choose from, Belmond Mount Nelson is a pure haven for foodie enthusiasts.
- Prices for Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $219++ per night. Click for best available prices.
GAME RESERVES & LODGES
Be surrounded by nature in the heart of Africa with tranquil views overlooking the Makhutsi River at Karongwe River Lodge. Choose between one of 11 spacious suites, or enhance your experience with a Presidential Suite boasting a private plunge pool. The expansive Karongwe Reserve homes the Big Five – lions, leopards, buffalos, rhinos and elephants – as well as an abundance of other creatures big and small. After your open vehicle game drive, take in a blazing sunset with the backdrop of the incredible Drakensberg Mountains before returning to the comfort of your suite.
The lodge specialises in authentic Pan African cuisine, to be enjoyed under the stars in a rustic outdoor Boma or indoors in a beautifully appointed dining room. Their top-shelf South African wines and imported beers and spirits are the perfect match to your meal. A trip to Karongwe River Lodge wouldn’t be complete without a rejuvenating treatment at Thera Naka Spa, drawing inspiration from Africa’s original inhabitants and the beauty of the surrounding nature.
- Prices for Karongwe River Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $515++ per night. Click for best available prices.
The Outpost lodge in Pafuri offers an unparalleled getaway in the heart of the Kruger National Park. Pafuri boasts nearly 80% of Kruger Park’s biodiversity, meaning your safari experience will be bustling with life. The 12 open plan luxury suites that makeup Outpost sit perched atop a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River. Understated, contemporary architecture is seamlessly integrated into the natural surroundings, offering 180degree uninterrupted views of the park.
Experience the best of Kruger National Park on a fully immersive guided walking safari, or put your feet up and keep your eyes peeled during twice-daily game drives at first light or late afternoon. After a big day of adventures, return to the Outpost for dinner under an expanse of stars alongside a crackling campfire.
- Prices for The Outpost, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $943++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Wake up to wildlife on your doorstep at Kruger Sunset Lodge situated in an exclusive reserve within the greater Kruger National Park. You’ll feel part of nature with rare and up-close animal encounters from the comfort of your luxury room as you witness herds and hunters passing by a stone’s throw away. The savanna surrounding Kruger Sunset Lodge is home to majestic male lions that greet guests with their roars mere metres away. Each night, look out in awe at the incredible sunsets over the plains of the savanna and gaze at the sparkling Milky Way while you sit fireside.
Find a new favourite spot every day with over 1200sqm on one level, overlooking the abundant wildlife and endless plains. Shower under the African sky, soak in a stone bath or curl up with a book on an oversized couch. Take a dip in the one of a kind swimming pool with ample space to lounge and relax or cool off in the deep end. The unique design of the pool draws inspiration from nature with its charcoal bottom, exuding a subtle tint of colour so as to enhance and not distract from the natural surroundings.
- Prices for Kruger Sunset Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $830++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Experience the essence of Ezulwini, the Zulu word for paradise, this lodge is a piece of paradise right in the heart of the African savanna. Authentic African experiences take centre stage at Ezulwini, with its design and decor paying homage to Africa’s unique look and feel. Guests are invited to choose between Billy’s Lodge or River Lodge, depending on your individual desires. Billy’s Lodge offers three private and ultra-luxurious suites complete with the most lavish amenities, including a super king-size bed, indoor and outdoor showers, private plunge pool and unspoiled views of the bush from your spacious deck.
With no more than 12 guests at any time, Billy’s Lodge guarantees unrivalled exclusivity and intimacy. River Lodge is immersed in nature, tucked away in the Riverine Forest alongside the Olifants River. This area is home to hippos, crocodiles, elephants and centuries-old trees standing tall on the horizon. Both lodges are lavish by design, yet charming and authentic at heart, leaving guests with lasting memories of their time in the jungle.
- Prices for Ezulwini Game Lodges, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $1055++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Pondoro Game Lodge in Kruger National Park is more than just accommodation, it’s a lifestyle. The team at Pondoro have found the perfect balance between African adventure and romance, with activities ranging from safari game drives to intimate picnics for two in an exclusive treehouse hideaway. Located on the banks of the Olifants River, Pondoro Game Lodge is a magical retreat seemingly surrounded by untouched nature and teeming with wildlife. Twice daily game drives led by expert trackers will give you unrivalled insight into the African safari experience, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime.
The only thing that can make your experience even more memorable is the exquisite cuisine on offer. Enjoy a beverage or two with a light snack as you take in the mesmerising African sunset, followed by a romantic candlelit dinner overlooking the banks of the Olifants River with the only soundtrack being that of the surrounding wildlife. The menu at Pondoro Game Lodge is a delicious fusion of traditional African cuisine and modern European trends, perfectly paired with an extensive selection of wines from the cellar.
- Prices for Pondoro Game Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $1272++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Perched on the southern banks of the Crocodile River, under a charming thatched roof sits Buhala Lodge. Relax to the sound of nearby wildlife from the comfort of your beautifully appointed room, complete with your own private balcony overlooking the Kruger National Park and Crocodile River. Each room has been individually decorated to feel like your very own slice of African heaven, providing a welcome retreat after a day of exploration.
Guests of Buhala Lodge have the chance to test their golfing skills amongst the wildlife at the nearby Leopard Creek Country Club. Usually reserved for members only, golf enthusiasts at Buhala Lodge have the rare privilege of experiencing South Africa’s number one golf course. After a jam-packed day of golf or safari adventures, retreat to the open deck spa and choose from a variety of treatments that will leave you feeling brand new.
- Prices for Buhala Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $287++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Discover next-level glamping at Parsons Hilltop Safari Camp, a rustic-chic tented experience that will bring you closer than ever to nature. Luxury is still the focus, with each tent being lavishly appointed with stylish decor and plush bedding for an uninterrupted night’s sleep. An unfenced property within the Greater Kruger Area, expect to get up close and personal with the wildlife that calls the bushveld home, as you watch them from the comfort of your balcony while they roam freely and drink from the waterholes.
Aside from an authentic African safari experience spotting exciting wildlife, guests can also relax with a book in hand from the cosy bush library, unwind on the lounge deck, take a dip in the plunge pool, or sit by the crackling outdoor fire pit. In the evening, satiate your palate with delicious cuisine cooked with fresh local ingredients and finish it off with world-class South African wine.
- Prices for Parsons Hilltop, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $337++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Affectionately coined the “Gem of Kruger”, Hamiltons Tented Camp offers unrivalled exclusivity with six opulent luxury tents, elevated to overlook the N’waswitsontso River. Each tent comes complete with teak floorboards, slipper baths, outdoor showers and incredible views of the river, all linked to the main lodge by a quaint timber walkway winding through ancient Jackalberry trees. Every tent is delightfully decorated with an old world charm, featuring old brass light switches and sepia-stained photographs, giving you the feeling of stepping back in time.
Dining at Hamilton will take you back to a bygone era complete with butlers dressed in colonial uniforms, tending to your every need. Sip from crystal wine glasses as you indulge in exquisite meals against the backdrop of the African bushveld. Dine on the deck or delight in an intimate bush picnic, while you indulge in the luxury of champagne breakfasts and sumptuous high teas featuring fresh pastries baked daily at the lodge. Experience a discerning menu seamlessly infusing the best of Africa’s authentic flavours with modern, international influences.
- Prices for Hamiltons Tented Camp, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $1217++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Become part of a family legacy at Motswari Private Game Reserve, a luxury safari lodge that has been family owned and operated for the last forty years. In the Tswana language, Motswari means “to conserve and protect” which is what the reserve has aimed to do for as long as it has existed. Spanning across an 18,000-hectare expanse, with 15 bungalows and no more than 30 guests at any given time, you’ll feel totally secluded from the outside world during your stay.
Emphasis is placed on attention to detail, with each guests’ experience being tailored to suit their needs and expectations. Admire traditional local artwork and authentic African design influences that make Motswari Private Game Reserve a truly unique South African retreat. Experience destination dining at its best, with meals taken at a scenic location on the trail accompanied by an expert guide, in the open-air boma, under the stars in the bush, or in the comfort of the lodge.
- Prices for Motswari Private Game Reserve, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $543++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Get lost in raw and rugged nature at Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, a modern African farmhouse overlooking the picturesque Cederberg Mountains. Seemingly cut off from the rest of civilisation, Cederberg Ridge is surprisingly conveniently located just 2.5 hours from Cape Town and the Winelands region. This intimate property of nine rooms and suites makes great use of natural materials and rich timber finishings, giving it a home away from home feel.
There’s plenty to do at Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, with a range of activities to be experienced. Depending on the level of adventure you crave, choose from guided walks, mountain biking, rock art excursions, rooibos farm tours and sunset boat cruises. Take a guided trip into the mountains or out to the West Coast with its abundance of rustic beach restaurants. Back at the lodge, enjoy wine tasting, stargazing or rejuvenating spa treatments.
- Prices for Cederberg Ridge Wilderness Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $390++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Tucked away in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains on South Africa’s charming west coast sits Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat. The surrounding region is a diverse oasis of open plains, towering mountains, sandstone formations and 10,000-year-old bush art sites. Bushmans Kloof is a boutique luxury property, accommodating no more than 34 guests, making it an exclusive and intimate retreat. For a heightened luxury experience, the Koro Lodge is an old farmhouse that has been lovingly transformed into a spectacular private villa, surrounded by open vistas and rugged wilderness.
If being at one with nature isn’t therapy enough, then The Spa is sure to reinvigorate your senses. Recently awarded the Best Spa in Africa & Indian Ocean at the Global Spa & Wellness Awards, The Spa at Bushmans Kloof is guaranteed to have you feeling brand new. Every treatment is individually tailored around each guest and the expertly skilled therapists are dedicated to restoring internal beauty and balance. Treatments are inspired by ancient African traditions and the signature B|Africa products incorporate native African plant extracts, from baobab tree oil and mafura butter to cape aloe and rooibos.
- Prices for Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve and Wellness Retreat, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $529++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Inspired by the eagle nests built into the cliff face, the 15 glass-walled suites at Singita Lebombo Lodge will have you feeling at one with nature amidst the Kruger National Park. Perched above the N’wanetsi River, every contemporary luxury has been considered in a way that complements the beauty of the surrounds, and guests are even given the option to sleep under the stars on their private viewing deck.
At Lebombo Lodge, you can sleep easy knowing that all the necessities are covered in the room rate, including all meals and beverages including premium wines, spirits and liqueurs, twice daily guided Land Rover safaris, walking safaris, return airport transfers, and even your laundry!
- Prices for Singita Lebombo Lodge, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $2099 per night. Click for best available prices.
Luxury meets adventure at Nambiti Hills Private Game Reserve. This luxury lodge is inspired by the earthy surrounds and authentic African culture, representing life, renewal, nature and energy. Whether your idea of a retreat is relaxing poolside or spotting the Big 5 on a game drive, Nambiti Hills is the place to be. Delightfully exclusive, Nambiti Hill’s 8 spacious suites offer guests a serene escape from the outside world with an open-plan lounge, outdoor deck overlooking the sweeping plains and the finest luxury amenities.
For the ultimate rejuvenating experience, indulge in a range of spa treatments at Zolile Spa using soothing Healing Earth products. Zolile, meaning “calm, peaceful & quiet” was designed with relaxation at its core and inspired by Mother Earth. All Healing Earth products are eco-friendly, chemical-free and bio-degradable, so guests are able to enjoy the finest products whilst respecting Africa’s incredible biodiversity.
- Prices for Nambiti Hills, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $460++ per night. Click for best available prices.
REST OF SOUTH AFRICA
Take a trip back in time to 1692 at Lanzerac Wine Estate, a historic landmark and Stellenbosch icon. Located in the dreamy Jonkershoek Valley, Lanzerac Wine Estate is grandiose by design, tipping its hat to the rich history of the town of Stellenbosch, maintaining its old-world charm for all these years. At Lanzerac, you’ll find endless rows of lush vineyards, jaw-dropping views of dramatic mountain ranges and hectares of lush gardens shaded by towering Oak trees.
Guests of Lanzerac can expect the finest modern comforts, a variety of exquisite dining options and of course wine tasting and cellar tours. Treat yourself to a range of luxe spa experiences in one of seven therapy rooms, from facial therapies to ancient Rasul rituals. Take a dip in the heated indoor pool or soak away any lingering stresses of the outside world in the bubbling jacuzzi. After a day of pampering, why not indulge in wellness dishes and healthy smoothies at the Spa’s Vitality Corner for a well-rounded spa experience.
- Prices for Lanzerac Wine Estate, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $366++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Nestled between towering mountains and the rolling vineyards of Stellenbosch sits Delaire Graff Estate, the pinnacle of South African hospitality. Unrivalled views provides a picture-perfect backdrop for award-winning restaurants, a world-class winery, exclusive accommodation and a luxurious day spa. At Delaire Graff Estate, Cape Dutch architecture meets African artefacts and styling for a seamless fusion between timeless European luxury and authentic African touches.
Planning a couples retreat or girls getaway? Look no further than the Owner’s Villa, an opulent four-bedroom villa that can comfortably accommodate up to eight guests. Feel at home with your private living room, dining room, spacious kitchen and multiple entertainment areas. Meanwhile, outside on the deck, the 14-metre swimming pool takes centre stage alongside your private jacuzzi and mesmerising views of the vineyards and mountains beyond.
- Prices for Delaire Graff Estate, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $1292++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Experience unrivalled exclusivity at La Residence Franschoek, located in the Cape Winelands on a private 30-acre estate. More than just a winery, La Residence is surrounded by Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vineyards, as well as endless olive groves and plum orchards against a striking mountain backdrop. Graced by the stylish hand of renowned hotelier Liz Biden, La Residence is a colourful, opulent work of art.
Each of the 11 suites at the hotel are uniquely designed with their own colour scheme and design influences, from the rich and oriental Tibetan Suite to the charming and Provençal Chamber Bleu. More than just a hotel, La Residence also offers guests tailored dining experiences led by Executive Chef Lennard Marais. Guests are invited to sit down with the chefs to create dishes according to personal preference, emphasising fresh and local ingredients which are often grown on the estate.
- Prices for La Residence Franschoek, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $833++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Leeu Estates in Cape Winelands offers its visitors an unrivalled luxury experience, being the only hotel in the region to secure the new 5-Star Premium status, awarded by South Africa’s Tourism Grading Council. Leeu Estates has been recognised for reaching the very height of luxury, where every aspect of the hotel has reached perfection. Leeu Estates’ attention to detail is unrivalled, with underfloor heating, bespoke furniture and marble bathrooms equipped with heated towel rails are standard in every room.
Wine lovers are invited to delight in a truly immersive wine experience at The Wine Studio. Guests are led on a premier tasting journey by experienced and expert staff and are guided through the finer nuances of these world-class wines. At Le Chéne, award-winning chef Darren Badenhorst leads his team of culinary experts to serve guests French-inspired dishes made with fresh and local produce.
- Prices for Leeu Estates, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $498++ per night. Click for best available prices.
Address: 119 11th St, Hermanus (Location map)
Perched atop a dramatic cliff overlooking the crashing waves of Walker Bay sits Birkenhead House, an intimate beach house escape. Setting the standard of luxury in the coastal town of Hermanus, Birkenhead House is a tasteful fusion of beach-house charm and quirky opulence that only Liz Biden can create. What sets Birkenhead House apart from others is its all-inclusive rate meaning you’ll never have to leave the comfort of the hotel since all your meals and drinks are included.
For adventure-seekers, Hermanus offers an abundance of activities, from hiking to shark cage diving, horseback rides on the beach to surfing. The region is also known the world over for being the best location for land-based whale watching, where for several months a year you’ll have the chance to witness Southern Right and Humpback Whales breaching just metres from the shore.
- Prices for Birkenhead House, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $740++ per night. Click for best available prices.
An iconic landmark on the Umhlanga beachfront, The Oyster Box prides itself on being one of South Africa’s most cherished hotels. Enjoy the timeless elegance of this coastal retreat and sleep beautifully in a luxurious room, suite or villa. Enhance your experience with an opulent stay in the Presidential Suite, an enormous two-level suite complete with your own private lift. Decked out with two lavish marble bathrooms, a grandmaster bedroom, infinity pool and unsurpassed sea views, you’ll feel like a king (or queen!) during your stay.
Your time at The Oyster Box wouldn’t be complete without a private curry cooking master class led by your own expert chef. Discover how to make the delicious dishes featured in their famous curry buffet, including the timeless favourite Tandoori Chicken. Your class includes an excursion to the century-old Spice Emporium in Durban where you’ll learn a thing or two about herbs and spices before returning to the kitchen to whip up your own curry to savour on the Ocean Terrace.
- Prices for The Oyster Box, one of the best hotels in South Africa, start at US $529++ per night. Click for best available prices.
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