The best places to stay on your holidays in South Africa

Over the past few years, I have reviewed many hotels around South Africa, suiting different tastes and budgets. Here is a summarised list, which I hope will help you to find what you are looking for. Click on the links for comprehensive reviews on great places to stay during your holidays in South Africa . I have listed the establishments under the name of the province they are situated in. South Africa has nine provinces. As I live in Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province, I have listed the most hotels under this province.

“I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land”. Thabo Mbeki, Former president of South Africa

Holidays in South Africa - Where to stay

Western Cape

The Western Cape is home to Cape Town, also known as South Africa’s Mother City, which is consistently listed amongst the best cities in the world.  The province is endowed with abundant natural beauty, many opportunities for adventure, world-class shopping and food, and captivating history. 

The Plettenberg Hotel

Sky Villa Boutique Hotel

The Lofts Boutique Hotel

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa

Hotel Verde

Taj Cape Town


Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape is home to stunning scenery, captivating wildlife and beautiful beaches. Some of the best surfing in the world can be found here. It is also the province in which Nelson Mandela was born.

Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

Hlosi Game Lodge

Supertubes Guesthouse

Kwazulu Natal (KZN)

KwaZulu Natal is one of South Africa’s most beautiful provinces and one of its most popular tourist destinations. It is a spectacular, multi-cultural, subtropical region flanked by the warm Indian Ocean and the striking Drakensberg mountain range. 

Hartford House

Brahman Hills

Drakensberg Sun

Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate

Cathedral Peak Hotel

The Nest Hotel , Drakensberg

Tala Collection Private Game Reserve

Garden Court Umhlanga



Mpumalanga is one of South Africa's most beautiful provinces, world-renowned magnificent natural beauty and prolific wildlife.

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge

Walkersons Hotel and Spa

Sabi River Sun

Kruger Park Lodge

Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge 

Free State

"The Free State landscape gladdens my heart, no matter what my mood. When I am here I feel that nothing can shut me in, that my thoughts can roam as far as the horizons."  Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom

Protea Hotel by Mariott Clarens

Golden Gate National Park


"Limpopo is a land of beautiful and contrasting landscapes, which is typical of Africa. Hence it has become a favourite destination for leisure and adventure travellers worldwide." Limpopo Tourism

Tintswalo at Lapalala

Mhondoro Game Lodge

Safari Plains

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway

Zwahili Private Game Lodge

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa

Legend Golf and Safari Resort



"Nature has blessed this province with breathtaking scenic beauty, rolling fieldsof maize, golden sunflowers and vast plains of African bushveld." North-West Tourism


Morukuru Family Owner's House

Madikwe Safari Lodge , Madikwe Game Reserve

Moledi Gorge

Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve

Kwa-Maritane Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg Game Reserve

Jaci’s Lodges, Madikwe Game Reserve

Three Oaks and an Aloe Boutique Hotel (Hartbeespoort)

Sparkling Waters Hotel and Spa

ANEW Resort Hunters Rest

Askari Game Lodge and Spa

Mount Amanzi


"Sometimes the gold of Egoli can be found in the most inconspicuous places". Indra Wussow

The Houghton Hotel

Black Brick Hotel

Mount Grace Country House & Spa

De Hoek Country Hotel

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

Sandton Sun

54 on Bath

Zebra Country Lodge

Idwala Boutique Hotel

Kievits Kroon Country Estate

The Orient Hotel

Clico Boutique Hotel

Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa

Valley Lodge and Spa

Irene Country Lodge

Riverside Sun Hotel

Bon Hotel Riviera on Vaal

Radisson Blu Sandton

Gold Reef City Hotel

Radisson Blu Gautrain

Sunnyside Park Hotel

Indaba Hotel

Most of these places can be booked here.

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Northern Cape

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley


Rovos Rail

"Africa is mystic; it is wild; it is a sweltering inferno; it is a photographer’s paradise, a hunter’s Valhalla, an escapist’s Utopia. It is what you will, and it withstands all interpretations. ” Beryl Markham (British-born Kenyan aviator, adventurer, racehorse trainer and author; extract from “West with the Night”)


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