Our favourite South African luxury lodges and hotels

South Africa is world-renowned for being an entire world rolled into one country. But with so much to experience, how do you decide on the best luxury South African hotel or lodge to call home during your stay? When choosing accommodation in South Africa, your options are as wide-ranging as the diverse landscapes and experiences awaiting you. There's something for everyone from an ultra-glamorous hotel to a private villa, resort, safari lodge, or luxury tented camp.

As Travel Experts, we're fluent in all things Africa. And as we call South Africa home, we know all the must-dos and must-sees, giving you insight into exactly where you must stay to ensure you have the most memorable stay.

We've been planning dream holidays to South Africa since 2004. And our hard work has paid off, as we're proud to have been named Africa's Leading Safari Company seven times already (and counting!). We believe in never selling anything we haven't experienced for ourselves first, so you can rest assured that we've walked in your shoes when you embark on your dream African safari.

Our curated list is an excellent place to start if you're looking for the best luxury safari lodges and hotels in South Africa.

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How to choose the best South African hotels and lodges 

With so many different South African hotels and lodges to choose from, selecting only a few can be a challenge. However, there's no need to feel overwhelmed and stick your head in the sand like an ostrich! We've done all the research for you and only recommend places that we know will knock your socks off! 

Combine bush and beach for the ultimate holiday 

With 2,800 kilometres of coastline and protected game reserves big enough to swallow up a small country, South Africa is a prime bush and beach holiday destination. 

And with unbelievable South African lodges and hotels to suit anyone from honeymooners, families, photographers, solo adventurers, and more, it's the ultimate year-round holiday destination.

Explore Cape Town and its surroundings

There's a reason why Cape Town is at the top of everyone's African bucket list. Actually, there are many reasons! 

Fondly referred to as South Africa's Mother City, there's plenty to enjoy, from pristine Blue Flag beaches, a buzzing city centre, majestic mountains like Table Mountain, wine farms, some of the best restaurants in the world, and even penguins paddling along Boulders Beach. 
 
Although there's plenty to explore in the city centre and surrounds, you can also take a quick trip out of town, from sampling wine in the Cape Winelands, exploring the pristine beaches of the West Coast, or venturing further out for the ultimate road trip along the Garden Route.

Choose the best South Africa lodge for your Big 5 safari  

Further up the country lies the legendary Kruger National Park, one of Africa's great game reserves. Nearby you'll find the country's urban playground and business hub, Johannesburg, as well as the fun holiday resort of Sun City. 
 
However, this area has more game reserves than the world-famous Kruger, such as Madikwe Game Reserve and Pilanesberg Game Reserve. And if you want a little bit of everything, you could venture to the east coast and stay in KwaZulu-Natal, one of South Africa's most diverse regions with mountains, beaches and bush. Who said you can't have it all? 

Contact our Travel Experts for more on the best hotels and lodges in South Africa

Our Travel Experts have first-hand experience of South Africa's luxury hotels and safari lodges. They've walked the walk so that they can talk the talk and are passionate about making your dream African holiday the very best it can be! Contact us today so that we can start planning and you can start packing!

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