Spacious, inviting and utterly luxurious South Africa hotels

Whether you’re a honeymooner, family or wildlife enthusiast, these are the most idyllic rooms in South Africa.

With 2,800 kilometres of coastline and vast animal reserves, South Africa is a great destination for wildlife and beach holidays. But with such a large number of hotels in its cities you may find it difficult to choose one.

We’ve selected the top places to stay in South Africa below.

Our top South Africa hotel picks

Kapama River Lodge

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Spacious rooms and bathrooms are the name of the game at Kapama River Lodge. This 5-star property features 64-rooms, making it ideal for larger parties on safari. Tours of Kruger National Park can be easily booked through the lodge, which also features a cosy bar and on-site restaurant for unwinding in after a long day out.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: Hoedspruit
  • Suitable for: Couples, families

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Leopard Hills

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Surround yourself with beauty unparalleled when you book your stay at Leopard Hills. It’s ideally located within Sabi Sands Game Reserve and is within easy access to the famous Kruger National Park. Leopard Hills features an outdoor pool, sun-deck, on-site restaurant and library.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: Sabi Sand
  • Suitable for: Couples

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Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge

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Located in Krokodildrift Madikwe Game Reserve, Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge is a haven where you can wake up to uninterrupted views of the bushland through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and the sounds of the native wildlife as they roam around you. A truly exclusive stay, choose from one of eight rooms, laze beside the hotel pool and indulge in a breakfast every morning.

  • Star rating: 4-stars
  • Location: Thabazimbi
  • Suitable for: Couples

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Cape Blue, Cape Town

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Cape Blue is a stylish and contemporary villa located on the sought-after Camps Bay. Situated on a quiet road in a residential area, it’s within walking distance from the beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton as well as shops, bars and restaurants.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: 3a Finchley Road, Camps Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Suitable for: Couples, business travellers and families

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Dock House, Cape Town

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With just five rooms and a suite, Dock House offers an exclusive retreat in the heart of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The verdant grounds, pool, personalised service and lavish rooms ensure the very best holiday in Cape Town.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: Portswood Ridge, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town
  • Suitable for: Couples

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Romney Lodge, Cape Town

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Romney Lodge is a remodelled inn located in Green Point. The hotel consists of six elegant ensuite bedrooms and is within walking distance of the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, the fashionable De Waterkant village and the city centre.

  • Star rating: 4-stars
  • Location: 10 Romney Road, Green Point, Cape Town
  • Suitable for: Couples and families

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Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa, Johannesburg

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Surrounded by 2.5 hectares of tropical gardens in the residential area of Sandhurst, Saxon Hotel Villas and Spa offers a pleasant escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. The hotel’s modern facilities include a swimming pool, fitness room, beauty centre, tennis courts and business rooms.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: 36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst, Johannesburg
  • Suitable for: Couples, business travellers and families

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Radisson Blu, Johannesburg

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The Radisson Blu Sandton offers you the best of both worlds when it comes to business and pleasure. The hotel has 290 rooms and suites with varied themes, from warm, classic and contemporary decor to bold and unconventional motifs.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: Corner Rivonia Road and Daisy Street, Sandown, Johannesburg
  • Suitable for: Groups

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The Residence Boutique Hotel, Johannesburg

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The Residence offers luxurious, stylish and welcoming accommodation in the historic Houghton district and has been home to numerous celebrities and politicians, including former President Nelson Mandela. The air-conditioned suites are opulent and feature antique French glass chandeliers, velvet curtains and Persian carpets.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: No. 17 4th Avenue Houghton, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg
  • Suitable for: Couples

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Tintswalo Waterfall Boutique Hotel

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Tintswalo Waterfall is situated on the 200-acre Waterfall Country & Equestrian Estate in Midrand. Enjoy panoramic views of the polo fields, farm reservoirs, Magaliesberg mountains and the surrounding area. Relax in the comfort of your luxurious room or private balcony, treat yourself to a spa date or rewind by the pool.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: Corner of R55 & Maxwell Drive Kyalami , Midrand, Johannesburg
  • Suitable for: Couples and groups

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Hilton Durban

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With dynamic business rooms, babysitting services, airport transfers and a fitness centre, Hilton Durban is suited for all types of travellers. Unwind in one of the 327 rooms and enjoy the finest wines and dishes in the Coral Lounge or Big Easy Winebar & Grill.

  • Star rating: 5-stars
  • Location: 12-14 Walnut Road, Durban Central, Durban
  • Suitable for: Couples, groups, business travellers and families

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