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SOUTH AFRICA'S TOP-OF-THE-RANGE HOTELS, GAME RESERVES, LODGES, SAFARI'S, APARTMENTS, AND PLACES.

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Leading Hotels & Places by province

At around the time (usually in October) when some of us search the Internet to find the best accommodation for our upcoming summer or winter holiday, those very same hotels, and places we’d love to stay at receive the coveted World Travel Awards. Well, some of them do.

Established in 1993, the “World Travel Awards” is today known as the Oscars of the travel industry. All the sectors of the tourism industry are recognized, celebrated, and rewarded.

And it is for that very reason, or reasons, that we confidently share the top achievers of the past three years with you so you can have the best holiday ever! Yes, these are the top-of-the-range hotels, game reserves, lodges, safari’s, apartments, and places in South Africa. And of course, they will be more expensive than your run-of-the-mill hotel reservation. However, if you plan your trip well in advance, it should be in your range.

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Eastern Cape Province

Eagles Crag Lodge

@ Shamwari Private Game Reserve, Gqeberha (Previously, Port Elizabeth)
Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2021

Gauteng Province

Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre

O R Tambo, Johannesburg
Africa's Leading New Hotel 2021
Africa's Leading Conference Hotel 2021

Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo walked away with two awards. Besides being the leading conference hotel, they were also recognized as the leading new hotel in Africa.

Radisson Hotel & Convention Centre Johannesburg at O.R. Tambo scooped the coveted award from other nominations such as:

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa

Sandton
Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020 - 2022
South Africa's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020 - 2022
Also, World's Leading Boutique Hotel 2020

Nelson Mandela completed his famed memoir in this small, luxurious boutique hotel. Combine the ultimate in elegance and hospitality, and you have the Saxon Hotel. 

Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa has won the award every year since 2002!  The top contenders are also great accommodation choices. Like,…

  • Fusion Boutique Hotel
  • Giraffe Manor, The Safari Collection, Kenya
  • Hemingways Nairobi, Kenya
  • Lanzerac Hotel & Spa
  • Mantis St Helena
  • The Manor House at Fancourt
  • The Silo, Cape Town
  • The Wheatbaker, Lagos
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2021/2022
South Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2020 – 2022
Africa’s Leading Hotel Suite 2020

And if you’re wondering which room to book? Consider the Nelson Mandela Platinum Suite.

The Houghton Hotel

Johannesburg
South Africa's Leading Hotel 2021 / 2022
Africa's Leading New Hotel 2020

Must-do-and-see while You're in Johannesburg

Suggested Read: The Best of Johannesburg. One day only, in Johannesburg, known as the “City of Gold”.

Kwa Zulu Natal

Durban

Africa's Leading Festival & Event Destination 2021/2022
South Africa, as well as Africa's Leading Meeting & Conference Destination 2020 - 2022
Africa's Leading City Destination 2020

Known for its delicious curries, Durban might not have won the leading city destination award, but it walked away as the place to be for festivals and events.

Furthermore, it is their second year running that they scooped the award away from Cape Town (2018 – 2020). Not shabby! Even more impressive is that they competed against the likes of Marrakech and Rabat, both in Morocco.

Having lost the award to Nairobi in Kenya in 2016, Durban again came out tops for the fifth consecutive year.

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Thanda Safari Lodge

Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2020
South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2020

Thanda Safari Lodge has nine gorgeous bush suites.

Thanda Safari KwaZulu Natal
Thanda Safari KwaZulu Natal

Villa iZulu

At Thanda Safari, Hluhluwe
South Africa's Leading Luxury Private Villa 2020 - 2022
World's Leading Luxury Private Villa 2020/2021
Africa's Leading Luxury Private Villa 2020

Villa iZulu at Thanda Safari walked away with a prestigious World Travel Award.

And with good reason. It’s a beautiful and luxurious reserve with three very distinct accommodation options:

Villa iZulu, the award-winning villa, is the ultimate in privacy combined with luxury. It’s ideally suited to celebrities, small groups and families.

Thanda Tented Camp

At Thanda Safari, Hluhluwe
South Africa's Leading Tented Safari Camp 2020

Thanda Tented Camp offers luxury safari tents (15 of them) for an unforgettable experience in the wild.

The Oyster Box

Umhlanga Rocks
South Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel 2021
South Africa's Leading Hotel 2020

The Hilton

Durban
South Africa's Leading Business Hotel 2020 / 2021

Cayley Mountain Resort

Champagne Valley, Drakensberg
South Africa's Leading Lifestyle Resort 2022

Limpopo Province

Shambala Private Game Resrve

Waterberg
Africa's Leading Private Game Reserve 2020 - 2022
South Africa's Leading Private Game Reserve 2020 / 2022
World's Leading Private Game Reserve 2020/2021

Shambala Private Game Reserve walked away with the prestigious World Travel Award for World’s Leading Private Game Reserve 2020.

Stay in President Nelson Mandela’s former 6-bedroom holiday villa.

Team up with your friends and family, or colleagues, and book the entire villa for yourselves! The villa sits in Shambala Private Game Reserve in Vaalwater, Limpopo Province.

Mpumalanga Province

Silvan Safari

Sabi Sand Game Reserve, Kruger
Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge 2020 - 2022
South Africa's Leading Luxury Lodge 2020 - 2022
World's Leading Luxury Lodge 2020 / 2021

In Sabi Sand, the heart of Africa, there is a luxurious safari lodge called Silvan Safari. They provide visitors with an all-inclusive safari experience that is revolutionizing the luxury safari. Silvan Safari invites visitors to embark on a voyage of rediscovery where they can make connections with the African wilderness, rekindle their spiritual ties to the planet, and become permanently changed because of the experience.

Contact accommodation for availability.

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Ivory Lodge

Lion Sands Private Game Reserve
South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2022

Ngala tented Camp

Timbavati, Kruger National Park
South Africa's Leading Tented Safari Camp 2021 / 2022
South Africas Leading Tented Safari Camp Timbavati Kruger National Park travel and home reisenhuis

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Earth Lodge

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2022

Chitwa Chitwa Private Game Lodge

Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve
South Africa's Leading Safari Lodge 2021

North West Province

Sun City Resort

In Sun city
Africa's Leading Family Resort 2021
Africa's Leading Casino Resort 2020
South Africa, as well as Africa's Leading Resort 2020

After five years, Sun City again walked off with the award. From 2009 to 2015, Sun City Resort was the front-runner in providing families with amazing holidays. Then in 2016, Leopard Beach Resort & Spa in Kenya walked off as the new front-runner. Until 2020 when Baobab Beach Resort & Spa, also in Kenya, took the honors.

Sun City Resort provides families with all the bells and whistles that go into a fabulous family holiday.

Dikhololo Resort

Rabokala, near Brits
South Africa's Leading Family Resort 2022
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Western Cape Province

Babylonstoren Hotel

Simondium
Africa's Leading Design Hotel 2021

Babylonstoren Hotel unseated MannaBay in South Africa. Manna Bay took the award home for the previous four consecutive years.  Babylonstoren is a real treat and is only 56 km from Cape Town towards Paarl.

Suggested Read: Our visit to Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Cape Town International Airport

Matroosfontein
Africa's Leading Airport 2020 - 2022

Cape Town International Airport (CPT), approximately 20 km (12 miles) south-east of the Cape Town city center, walked away with the award for the fifth year running.

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Cape Town

Africa's Leading City Destination 2020 - 2022
World's Leading Festival & Event Destination 2020/2021
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Cape Town took the honors for the fifth year running.

They had stiff competition from:

  • Durban, South Africa
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Kigali, Rwanda
  • Luxor, Egypt
  • Marrakech, Morocco
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

The Silo Hotel

Cape Town
Africa's Leading Design and Luxury Hotel 2022
South Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel 2022

Table Mountain

Cape Town
Africa's Leading Tourist Attraction 2020 - 2022
Table Mountain South Africa UNESCO World travel Awards

Must-do-and-see while You're in and around Stellenbosch

Suggested Read: Unique experiences for wine tasting in Stellenbosch. Something different in the spectacular Winelands.

Plettenberg Bay

Africa's Leading Beach Destination 2020

The Westin

City Bowl, Cape Town
South Africa's Leading Business Hotel 2022

One&Only

Cape Town
South Africa's Leading Resort 2021 / 2022

One&Only is a wellness hotel with exquisite views! But that’s not all that led to receiving the coveted World Travel Award.

Villa Two

At Ellerman House, Bantry Bay
Africa's Leading Luxury Hotel Villa 2020

Morukuru Beach Lodge

De Hoop Nature Reserve, Near L'Agulhas
South Africa's Leading Beach Hotel 2020 - 2022

The Manor House

Fancourt Hotel, George
South Africa's Leading Country House Hotel 2020 - 2022
Africa's Leading Resort 2021

Camissa House

Oranjezicht, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
South Africa's Leading Design Hotel 2021 / 2022

Mannabay

Oranjezicht, Southern Suburbs, Cape Town
South Africa's Leading Design Hotel 2020
Africa's Leading Design Hotel 2020

Lawhill Luxury Apartments

V & A Waterfront, Cape Town
South Africa's Leading Serviced Apartments 2020 - 2022
Africa's Leading Serviced Apartments 2020 / 2021

Lanzerac Hotel & Spa

Stellenbosch
South Africa's Leading Wine Region Hotel 2020 - 2022
Africa's Leading Serviced Apartments 2020 / 2021

Pezula Resort Hotel & Spa, South Africa

Knysna
Africa's Leading Sports Resort 2020