South Africa

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

Madikwe Hills Lodge

The reason to select Madikwe Hills Lodge, part of the Seasons in Africa collection of lodges, is for the spaciousness of the suites, 150 square meters of bush-inspired luxury with own plunge pools and private decks that look out over the river and plains beyond.

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Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

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

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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Kalahari Trails Meerkat Sanctuary

Few people would consider retiring to the remote inferno of the Kalahari, most prefer a cosy McCarthy and Stone apartment within walking distance of Waitrose. But 78-year-old Professor Anne Rasa is redefining the Real Marigold Hotel concept.

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Cruising around South Africa with Ponant

With just 122 cabins and a couple of hundred passengers, this is light years away from the ever-expanding floating behemoths that graze the high seas. It’s personal, informal and distinctly French. It’s like waking up in the south of France each morning

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Insider Guide to Cape Town

The Mother City of Africa’s Rainbow Nation has had a tumultuous history and it’s reflected in almost every aspect of its existence. Andy Mossack offers up an insider guide to Cape Town.

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