A leopard relaxes in the South African sun.

South Africa Travel Guide

While South Africa has 11 official languages, most of the population speaks English or Afrikaans. A multi-racial democracy as of 1994, South Africa balances the lure of the wilderness with the bustle of its cities. 

CAPE TOWN

Spotlight: The Taj Cape Town

The lobby at the Taj Cape Town in South Africa

Indian Hospitality in Cape Town
The Taj Cape Town features two revamped historic buildings and a 17-floor tower with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the city. Guests can dine at any one of the property's three restaurants and wind down at Jiva Grande Spa.

Restaurants

The dining room at Reverie Social Table in Cape Town, South Africa

Dining in Cape Town
Booking a special meal in the dining room of chef-owner Julia Hattingh's restaurant Reverie Social Table is just one of the many memorable culinary experiences that Cape Town has to offer. Search GAYOT's database or check out our list of the "Hot 10" restaurants in South Africa.

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Hotel Reviews

The Presidential Suite at the One&Only Cape Town in South Africa

One&Only Cape Town
This contemporary urban resort, situated within the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, is urban chic and resort exclusivity all rolled up in a luxurious package. The resort boasts fine dining restaurants including Nobu, as well as a high-end fashion boutique for some luxurious retail therapy.

The exterior of Cape Grace in South Africa

Cape Grace
With the fabled Table Mountain as a backdrop, multi-cultured, flower-and-garden-filled Cape Town is the revered focal point of South Africa. Tourism is right up there with shipping and high-tech industries as a draw. Visitors can enjoy the city's vibrant Cape Dutch architecture, upscale shopping and more.

Business Travel Guide

An aerial view of Cape Town in South Africa

Doing Business in Cape Town
With the fabled Table Mountain as a backdrop, multi-cultured, flower-and-garden-filled Cape Town is the revered focal point of South Africa. Tourism is right up there with shipping and high-tech industries as a draw. Visitors can enjoy the city's vibrant Cape Dutch architecture, upscale shopping and more.

Spas

The Arabella Spa at the Westin Cape Town in South Africa

The Best Spas in Africa

WESTERN CAPE

Top 10 Spa Resorts

The spa at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat in South Africa

Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat
Located in the foothills of the Cederberg mountains, just 165 miles from Cape Town, this unique retreat welcomes guests to a private, 7,500-hectare reserve where they can take early morning excursions to ancient rock art sites and enjoy sunset drives in search of rare Cape Mountain Zebra.

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The exterior of Le Quartier Francais in South Africa

Le Quartier Francais
A touch of France can be found in the midst of the South African Cape Winelands. Those who are foreigners in this part of the world will take pleasure in this European haven. As long as Le Quartier Français exists in South Africa, so will a little piece of France.

Restaurants

The dining room of Reuben's Restaurant & Bar in Franschhoek, South Africa

Western Cape Dining
Read GAYOT's reviews of the top dining destinations in Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, such as The Tasting Room and Reuben's Restaurant & Bar, and check out our list of the "Hot 10" restaurants in South Africa. 

SABI SAND

Hotel Features

Inside Singita Boulders Lodge in Sabi Sand, South Africa

Singita Boulders Lodge
This South African lodge provides adventure and romance in the Sabi Sands region near Kruger National Park. The lodge sits on a 49,000-acre private reserve on the Sand River and boasts gourmet cuisine and a wine store.

The Makwela Dawn Suite at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand, South Africa

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
Off the beaten path and deep in the heart of wild-game country lies Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in Sabi Sand. If you're looking for rhinos, buffalo, leopards, lions and elephants, you're likely to find them on an open-air Land Rover tour offered by Ulusaba.

JOHANNESBURG

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The reception area at The Saxon in Johannesburg, South Africa

The Saxon
This boutique property in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton became home to Nelson Mandela after he was released from prison. Here, South African history is the theme of the decor, which is designed to capture and embrace the natural environment.

MORE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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An exterior view of the Dwyka Tented Camp at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve
Located on Sanbona Wildlife Reserve's 135,000 acres, Dwyka Tented Camp and Gondwana Lodge offer two different sets of accommodations on very different settings. Experience white lions, African wild cats, white rhinos, hippos, an array of bucks and assorted birds in their natural habitat.

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See creatures such as the rhino at the Sanbona Wildlife Reserve in South Africa

Giltedge African Safaris & Tours
Whether you’re seeking rare white lions or a tasting tour of South African wineries, Giltedge offers touring experiences that will let you take in Africa’s awe-inspiring wilderness while relaxing in some of its most exclusive accommodations.

Self-Pilot Safaris
Decades after Dinesen took to the skies, African Aero Safari offers pilots the same timeless, exclusive experience — to fly over golden savannahs and thundering herds of elephants in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. Certainly, there is no better view than the one from above.

SPA

Bakwena Day Spa at the Sante Hotel and Spa in South Africa

Top Wine Spa: Bakwena
Since the opening of the world's first official wine spa in the Bordeaux region of France in 1999, several spas around the world have followed suit, including within South Africa. Wander around misty vineyards, bathe in wine (you know you want to) and soak up the little-known therapeutic effects of grapes.