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

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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Hotels

The lobby at the Taj Cape Town in South Africa

The Taj 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.

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.

Spas

The Arabella Spa at the Westin Cape Town in South Africa

The Best Spas in Africa

Our spa experts have compiled the best spas Africa has to offer. Enjoy holistic treatments and exotic therapies, such as a hot spice massage or body scrub with grated coconut. Enter a world of blissful serenity instilled in ancestral African tradition.

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.

WESTERN CAPE

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.

Hotels

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.

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

Top 10 Spa Hotel: 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.

SABI SAND

 Hotels

Inside Singita Boulders Lodge at the Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa
The Makwela Dawn Suite at the Ulusaba Private Game Reserve 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.

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

Hotel

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

Hotels

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.

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.

Safaris

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.

Top Luxury Train

A deluxe suite aboard The Blue Train

The Blue Train

This luxurious train connects all major South African cities, offering guests — which have included presidents and kings — an unforgettable glimpse into the African wilderness along the way. 

Learn more at the South Africa Tourism official website.