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. 

Morukuru Family Beach Lodge (De Hoop Nature Reserve)

The Marine (Hermanus)

Tintswalo at Boulders (Simon's Town, Cape Town)

The Plettenberg Hotel (Plettenberg Bay)

Sky Villa Boutique Hotel(Plettenberg Bay)

The Lofts Boutique Hotel(Knysna)

12 Apostles Hotel and Spa(Cape Town)

Hotel Verde (Cape Town)

Taj Cape Town(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(Port Elizabeth/Gqeberha )

Hlosi Game Lodge (Amakhala Game Reserve)

Supertubes Guesthouse (Jeffrey's Bay)

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. 

Thanda Safari Lodge

Kosi Forest Lodge (Kosi Bay)

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge (Hluhluwe)

Elephant Lake Hotel (St Lucia)

Hartford House (Midlands)

Brahman Hills (Midlands)

Drakensberg Sun (Drakensberg)

Selborne Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate (KZN South Coast)

Cathedral Peak Hotel (Drakensberg)

The Nest Hotel(Drakensberg)

Tala Collection Private Game Reserve(Camperdown)

Garden Court Umhlanga(Umhlanga , Durban)

Gwahumbe Game and Spa (Mid-Illovo)



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

Kapama River Lodge (Review coming soon)

Jock Safari Lodge (Kruger National Park)

Hoyo-Hoyo Safari Lodge (Kruger National Park)

Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge(Sabi Sands - Greater Kruger)

Walkersons Hotel and Spa (Dullstroom)

Sabi River Sun(Hazyview)

Kruger Park Lodge(Hazyview)

Crystal Springs Mountain Lodge (Pilgrims Rest)


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 Marriott 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 (Waterberg)

Mhondoro Game Lodge(Welgevonden Game Reserve)

Safari Plains(Bela-Bela)

Zebras Crossing Very Private Game Lodge(Modimolle)

Clifftop Exclusive Safari Hideaway(Welgevonden Game Reserve)

Zwahili Private Game Lodge(Modimolle)

Zebula Golf Estate and Spa(Bela-Bela)

Legend Golf and Safari Resort(Entabeni)



"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 Game Reserve)

Madikwe Safari Lodge ( Madikwe Game Reserve)

Moledi Gorge(Rustenburg)

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 (Rustenburg)

ANEW Resort Hunters Rest (Rustenburg)

African Hills Safari Lodge(Magaliesburg)

Mount Amanzi(Hartbeespoort)



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

The Houghton Hotel (Houghton)

Bushman's Rock Country Lodge (Pretoria)

Mount Grace Country House & Spa(Magaliesburg)

De Hoek Country Hotel(Magaliesburg)

Fairlawns Boutique Hotel(Sandton)

Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff

Sandton Sun(Sandton)

54 on Bath (Rosebank)

Zebra Country Lodge(Pretoria)

Black Brick Hotel(Sandton)

Idwala Boutique Hotel(Cresta)

Kievits Kroon Country Estate(Pretoria)

The Orient Hotel(Pretoria)

Clico Boutique Hotel(Rosebank)

Thaba Ya Batswana Eco Hotel and Spa(Johannesburg South)

Valley Lodge and Spa(Magaliesburg)

Irene Country Lodge(Pretoria)

Riverside Sun Hotel(Vaal)

Bon Hotel Riviera on Vaal(Vaal)

Radisson Blu Sandton(Sandton)

Radisson Blu Gautrain(Sandton)

Gold Reef City Hotel(Ormonde)

Sunnyside Park Hotel(Parktown)

Indaba Hotel(Fourways)


Northern Cape

Protea Hotel by Marriott Kimberley

Most of these places can be booked here.



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"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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