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SOUTH AFRICA TRAVEL GUIDE

A leopard relaxes in the South African sun



While South Africa has eleven 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. Come for New Year's and watch the colorful parades full of costumes and faces sparkling with glitter.

CAPE TOWN

TRAVEL NEWS
Indian Hospitality in Cape Town
Cape Town will be welcoming a new hotel to the neighborhood from Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. Set to open just in time for the World Cup, the Taj Cape Town will feature two revamped historic buildings and a seventeen-floor tower with panoramic views of Table Mountain and the city.
The Taj Cape Town in South Africa

Cheyne's restaurant in Cape Town
RESTAURANTS
Dining in Cape Town
Booking a special meal in the private dining room of chef Cheyne Morrisby's restaurant Cheyne's is just one of the many memorable culinary experiences that Cape Town has to offer. Search our database or check out our list of the "Hot 10" restaurants in South Africa.

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ONE AND ONLY IN TOWN
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.
One&Only Cape Town in South Africa

The Calendula treatment room, Cape Grace, South Africa
TOP 10 SPA HOTELS WORLDWIDE
Cape Grace
On a private quay overlooking the awe-inspiring Table Mountain sits Cape Grace. Its top-floor spa, inspired by local culture, offers a traditional "African Cape Massage" using indigenous Khoisan techniques. After a treatment, stroll on the beach or relax in the outdoor heated pool.

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TOP 10 ROMANTIC HOTELS
The Marine Hermanus
Atop the cliffs of Hermanus, just east of Cape Town, this hotel boasts one of the most spectacular seascapes in the southern hemisphere. Treat yourselves to one of its sophisticated suites with eye-popping ocean views. You and your beloved will truly feel like the only two people on Earth.
The Marine Hermanus

Cape Town, South Africa

BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
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.

EXERCISE, RELAX, PARTY, SLEEP
The Best of Cape Town

Best Golf Resort
Best Spas
Best Spa Hotel
Best Value Hotel
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Cape Grace, one of our Top 10 Spa Hotels

WESTERN CAPE
Bushman's Kloof in South Africa
TOP 10 SPA HOTELS
Bushman's Kloof
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.

Le Quartier Francais in the South African Cape Winelands
HOTEL FEATURE
Le Quartier Français
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.

Reuben's Restaurant & Bar in South Africa

RESTAURANTS
Western Cape Dining
Read our 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.

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SABI SAND
HOTEL FEATURE
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.
Singita Boulders Lodge at Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa

Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
HOTEL FEATURE
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 FEATURE
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.

Saxon in the exclusive Sandhurst suburb of Sandton in South Africa

Reserve a room at the Hilton Sandton in Johannesburg, South Africa
BOOK A ROOM
Hotels in Johannesburg
Whether you've come to confront history at the Apartheid Museum, encounter wildlife at the Lion Park or wind your way through the Honeydew Mazes, make sure you get the most out of your trip by staying near the action. Find your ideal hotel using these ratings, reviews and room photos.

GENERAL SOUTH AFRICA

HOTEL FEATURE
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.
Dwyka Tented Lodge on Sanbona Wildlife Preserve in South Africa

Kirawira Camp in Serengeti National Park, one of our Top 10 Value Hotels Worldwide
TOP 10 VALUE HOTELS WORLDWIDE
Kirawira Camp
This hilltop tented camp is the epitome of colonially-styled safari luxury. Armed with stunning views over the Serengeti plains, the camp offers sights of lions, buffalos, cheetahs, giraffes and other native land animals.

TRAVEL FEATURE
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.
White lions at the Sanbona Wildlife Preserve

African Aero Safari
TRAVEL FEATURE
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 WINE SPA
Vinotherapy
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.

A wine spa in South Africa



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