South Africa

Exclusive guide to the best holiday destinations in South Africa, independent reviews from award-winning travel writers

L’Ermitage, Franschhoek

24/05/2019 by .

South Africa’s culinary capital Franschhoek remains the go-to location for people who relish fine cuisine and excellent wines.

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12 Apostles Hotel And Spa, Cape Town

24/04/2019 by .

If there is a South African hotel that brings you nearer to Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean then the 12 Apostles I can’t think of one.

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Birkenhead House, Western Cape

06/11/2018 by .

Sure, we know all about barefoot luxury – that often bandied about term to suggest palm-fringed beaches and soft sand between the toes with staff walking about with freshly cracked coconuts and umbrella-topped pineapple cocktails.

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One&Only, Cape Town

01/11/2018 by .

The differentiator at the top end of the luxury travel market is the opportunity to have a captivating story to tell that with which to engage your friends and colleagues when you return.
Since its high-profile opening in 2009 when A-lister global celebrities flitted in to launch The One&Only Cape Town, this resort-style hotel in the epicentre of Cape Town’s Waterfront development has matured like a good wine.

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Morukuru Beach Lodge

28/08/2018 by .

Staying at the Moruku Beach Lodge offers Brian Berkman the opportunity to whale-watch at De Hoop Nature Reserve on South Africa’s southernmost point.

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Lodging and eating around Constantia’s wine lands

22/08/2018 by .

Wine has been produced in the Constantia area of South Africa’s Western Cape since the late 1600s  and Constantia Wine or Vin d Constance, still highly acclaimed and collectable, was so feted it was written about by Austen, Dickens and Baudelaire and, after purchasing more than 1,126 litres of it, on his deathbed, Napoleon Bonaparte refused any other drink. 

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The Fancourt Estate, Western Cape

12/08/2018 by .

Although The Fancourt Estate near George on South Africa’s famous Garden Route is well supported by locals, for most it is a destination made even more attractive by being, literally, 10 minutes away from George airport.  Fancourt has its own airport lounge. It is that sort of place.

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Madikwe Hills Lodge

03/07/2018 by .

Although the Kruger National Park is South Africa’s most famous Big 5 territory, the private Madikwe Reserve, on South Africa’s border with Botswana, to my mind, delivers a better game experience.

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

25/06/2018 by .

Like any grande dame, nips and tucks over the years have substantially altered this luxury hotel but the 119 year-old Cape Town, South African institution, the pink-hued Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, still feels as historic and yet as contemporary as ever. 

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The Silo Hotel, Cape Town

22/05/2018 by .

The grain silos and adjoining lift were once the tallest buildings in Africa apart from the Pyramids at Giza. Although no longer so, the price point of The Silo Hotel may still well be as the hotel positions itself as Cape Town’s most desired bed.

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