Our selection of top South African hotels, game lodges and safari camps. Most of these accommodations we have personally visited and can confidently recommend. If we visit an establishment and find good reasons not to recommend a particular hotel or lodge, it will not appear on this listing.
Accommodation in South Africa ranges widely in levels of quality and price. Some include breakfast only, others are fully inclusive of all meals and game drives. We mostly focus on good quality accommodation of 3-star standard or higher. Some of the budget lodges and camps we recommend are less than 3-star standard, yet still offer good quality, basic accommodation at an affordable price. Our rates are always the same as or lower than the normal rates at the hotel or lodge of your choice, and we add no booking fees.
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Set in a quiet, leafy garden, AfricaSky is a 4-star guest house located 10 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg. It's also 10 minutes to nearby Rhodesfield Station, from where it's a further 11-minute ride on the Gautrain to the heart of Sandton. It's an ideal stopover before or after your safari or onward travel plans.
Arathusa Safari Lodge is a reasonably affordable game lodge situated in the northern Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which forms part of the greater Kruger National Park. The lodge looks out over a waterhole and the African bush.
Bakubung Bush Lodge lies in the heart of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. Bakubung, or 'People of the Hippo', offers guests the ultimate peaceful bush experience, a mere two-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg. Choose between self-drive game viewing or guided open vehicle safaris.
Situated in the Klaserie Private Game Reserve, Baobab Ridge is a small, intimate safari lodge overlooking an active waterhole. Klaserie shares unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park and its neighbours and game viewing is often superb, with a good chance of seeing the famed white lions of Timbavati.
Bateleur Safari Camp is situated in the game-rich Timbavati Private Reserve. All fences between its famous neighbour, Kruger National Park, have been removed so the game can freely roam across this vast wilderness area. It's home to the Big 5, a huge variety of antelope and plains animals, predators, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and over 500 bird species on a 10,000-hectare diverse and scenic traversing area. Unhurried, uncrowded and unscheduled, Bateleur offers a unique, personalised safari experience, with a mix of game drives and bush walks.
Situated in the beautiful Schoemanshoek Valley in the Little Karoo, Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages is in the heart of ostrich country. It's close to the attractions of Oudtshoorn and the spectacular Cango Caves. With seven beautifully decorated suites and eight self-catering cottages, swimming pools and air conditioning, this family-run farm is the perfect spot to stay. Encounters with Berluda's meerkat family, tours of the family's working ostrich farm, hiking, biking, abseiling and 4x4-ing are just some of the activities offered on, or near, Berluda Farmhouse & Cottages.
Camp Shawu is situated in a private concession area within the famous Kruger National Park, South Africa. Named after a magnificent elephant bull that frequents the area, the camp offers luxury accommodation for only 10 guests, with beautiful views over the Mpanamana Dam. In the dry season, a variety of animals gather at the dam to drink. Camp Shawu shares a vast concession area with Camp Shonga and Shishangeni Lodge, in the south-eastern part of the Kruger Park, which has an abundance of wildlife.
Camp Shonga is a luxury tented camp situated in a private concession within the Kruger National Park, South Africa's greatest game reserve. Camp Shonga is a small and cosy bush retreat, featuring only 5 luxurious, air-conditioned tents with en-suite bathrooms. Spectacular views of the African bushveld and its wildlife can be enjoyed from private viewing decks, as well as during game drives with expert guides.
This luxurious boutique hotel offers a relaxed and elegant stay in one of Cape Town's most favourite areas. As part of the More group of hotels, you can expect a warm welcome, superb service and personal attention to ensure your every comfort.
The Cape Grace is a multi-award winning 5-star hotel, perfectly located on its own private quay in the heart of Cape Town's vibrant V&A Waterfront. Set against the backdrop of iconic Table Mountain, the Cape Grace embodies its name in history, elegance and sophistication. Enjoy all the creature comforts you'd expect from such a world-class luxury hotel and a range of unexpected extras that will pleasantly surprise you.
Cape Town Hollow is a boutique hotel beautifully located in the city centre, overlooking the historic Company Gardens, with superb views of iconic Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Recently refurbished, it's your perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Mother City and her surrounds.
Casterbridge Hollow boutique hotel is set on a former sweet mango farm and is Mpumalanga’s first “green hotel”, built from simple local materials with artwork sourced from local artists and artisans. It's superbly located - a 15-minute drive from KMIA (Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport) and with easy access to both Kruger National Park and the Panorama Route - and an ideal base from which to explore this picturesque region.