Luxury holidays in South Africa

South Africa’s roguish coastlines, mountain ranges and culture-packed cities beg to be explored by adventure-seeking travellers. Our selection of luxury stays in South Africa, from sprawling resorts nestled in plains that teem with wildlife to colonial-style mansions perched on rocky peninsulas, will give you the perfect launching pad for your own African adventure.

Destinations in South Africa

  • Glorious beaches and soaring mountains frame this thriving city built on the foothills of Table Mountain, along the edge of the Atlantic.
  • Soaring scenery and starry restaurants meet in the Cape Winelands.
  • At the southernmost tip of Africa, the seaside town of Hermanus sees one of the continent’s most amazing natural spectacles when, for several months a year, Southern Right whales come to calve around beautiful Walker Bay.
  • This 'City of Gold' has suffered from a tarnished image in recent years but Johannesburg, built on the fabulous mineral wealth beneath the veld, is beginning to recapture its glitter.
  • This exhilarating and accessible Eden – which still bears traces of Stone Age secrets – promises stylish lodges and classic 1900s-style camps, in addition to spine-tingling encounters with wildlife.
  • Looking out over the Madikwe Game Reserve, it’s hard to imagine this vast stretch of protected bushveld was once poor, arid farmland. Following a massive animal translocation project in the Nineties, its 75,000 hectares are now teeming with wildlife.
  • Marakele National Park is a landscape of towering mountains, grass-clad hills and fertile riverbeds. Part of the Waterberg Biosphere, its Tswana name means sanctuary: this malaria-free expanse of bushveld is now home to an impressive variety of wildlife.
  • Poised between Johannesburg and Durban, Nambiti Game Reserve’s bushveld backdrop is dotted with the Big Five and nature-respecting lodges.
  • If variety is the spice of life, this swathe of South Africa has to be one of the spiciest spots on earth.
  • Just three hours’ drive from Johannesburg, Welgevonden Game Reserve is a wildlife-rich swathe of hilly bushland and wide plains.

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