Where price, quality, and location reach new heights!
Located by one of the pools, the cosy lounge area offers a view of the Kruger National Park on the other side of the Sabie River. In the very early morning and at the end of the day, the light here is incredible, and if you’re lucky, perhaps a pride of elephants will come by to bathe in the river.
Dinner is served at a cosy boma where you can often enjoy local dance and music, You can enjoy your breakfast in the restaurant or on the small outdoor terrace, and if you happen to feel peckish during the day, we can warmly recommend a visit to the small coffee and pastry kiosk conveniently located in the middle of the lounge area.
The common areas at the lodge are wonderful and invite you to get nice and comfortable in a comfy chair with a book and a cup of coffee (or perhaps alter in the day, a drink).
The spa offers a wide selection of treatments, the fitness room is well-equipped, and there are both tennis and minigolf courses here, plus two pools.
The rooms are spacious and inviting, and each one features a view of the garden and its bird and animal life. They are fully equipped with air conditioning, hair dryers, safes, international power outlets, and TV.
And of course, the lodge sits just a few hundred metres from Paul Kruger Gate.
|Larger Guest Room on half board, 7 nights||Per person from: £241|
|Executive Suite on half board, 7 nights||Per person from: £1155|
If you want to get up close to nature without compromising too much on comfort, then the Nkambeni Tented Camp is the right place for you.
Here, you stay in spacious, beautiful canvas tents that are raised above ground on platforms. The tents feature modern facilities such as wooden flooring, electricity, air conditioning, good toilet and bath facilities, and options for making tea and coffee. Thanks to the canvas walls, you can still hear both hear and smell the wilderness outside. Here, you can stay in tents with double beds, as well as tents that are especially suited for families. Each tent has its own veranda.
The camp is located in a private section within the Kruger National Park itself, and from the pool, you have an excellent view facing the National Park. You can often see a bloat of hippopotamuses in the river just beyond the big grassy field, and there are benches (and a fence!) set up for you to comfortably and peacefully sit and listen to them puff and frolic in the water below.
The camp offers a wonderful restaurant, a lively bar, an excellent little shop, as well as multiple “bomas”, typical South African fire pits where food is served under open skies.
This camp is the result of targeted efforts to create jobs in the surrounding villages, and with its 150 tents, Nkambeni is a relatively big camp. The tents are spread across a large area amidst the shade of tall trees, letting them “blend” into the surrounding nature, all connected by good paths.
Nkambeni offers a truly unique atmosphere, especially in the late afternoon, when all the guests return from their safaris and share lively stories of the events of the day.
15,000 hectares! That’s the size of Kapama Private Game Reserve, which is located in South Africa’s Limpopo Province. In the southern part of the private game reserve, you’ll find one of the game reserve’s five lodges, the five-star Kapama Southern Camp.
“Camp” is perhaps not quite the right word for it.
There are just 15 suites and 10 villas here, all of which are luxuriously and stylishly appointed in muted natural colours, so that the décor does not detract from or disturb the nature that is right outside the large windows. All suites have their own terrace, from which you can enjoy the view of the bush. Naturally, there is also air conditioning, a minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.
Outside mealtimes, the camp has two primary communal areas: the large wooden deck by the pool, where the sun loungers with their parasol shade and a view of nature beckon, and the very cosy lounge area, where there is both a library and a bar.
Kapama Private Game Reserve has a road network covering more than 800 km, so the area is large and there’s plenty to see on the two daily game drives in “open” safari cars. The game reserve is home to the Big 5 as well as some 350 different bird species. It is also possible (for anyone over 16) to take part in guided bushwalks.
A stay at Southern Camp is “all inclusive”, so all meals with drinks (primarily local, but there is also a good selection of premium wines), all safaris, snacks, tea and coffee are included.
There is NOT a day spa at Southern Camp, but it is possible to use the spa at one of the game reserve’s other lodges. The reception at Southern Camp can help you book an appointment.
Kapama has a strong sustainability profile. The area was originally purchased with agriculture in mind, but the owner soon saw that there was a much greater need to restore the ecosystem and work to preserve the nature and wildlife. They also do a great deal of work for the surrounding villages, where various educational projects have been set up. Part of the income from your safari thus goes back to nature and the local community, and as a guest at Kapama, you have the opportunity to visit some of the projects.
The sweeping staircase by the main building leads you up to the terrace, from which you have a nice view of the pool and the large garden. Far over on the other side of the valley lie rolling green hills as far as the eye can see. This is where the sun goes down.
Breakfast is taken on the terrace. Dinner is most often enjoyed in the cosy restaurant, which offers a small but good selection of delicious homemade dishes that change daily. The vegetables are bought locally and the herbs grow in the back garden. The bar/reception is open all day, and the staff always have a smile on their face. They are all from the neighbourhood. Rissington Inn does a great job of supporting the local community, and all staff are local and trained on site. You get the impression that they are all one big family rather than employees and employers.
You’ll be taken by Rissington Inn’s charm and personality from the moment you set foot on the stairs. Just wait until you see your room!
There are 20 rooms in total, of which no two are alike – and yet… The style is the same in all rooms: rustic with cast floors and brick surfaces, and at the same time incredibly tastefully furnished with soft chairs, beautiful pictures, bookshelves with books and ornaments – not to mention the port and cookies that welcome everyone. No attention to detail has been spared here, without it feeling over-the-top and extravagant. It’s not all perfect – but the atmosphere is 100% intact.
The rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, air conditioning and a mini fridge. Some rooms have bathtubs, some have outdoor showers and others have double showers. There is also excellent Wi-Fi. All rooms have a veranda. Some have hammocks, others have daybeds – all have views of the garden.
Rissington Inn is the perfect base for exploring the entire area around South Africa’s Lowveld. You’re a mere 20-minute drive from Kruger National Park. You’re close to the Panorama Route, which offers all manner of activities – and the place itself is also conducive to a day or two with a good book, a nap by the pool and perhaps a game of table tennis.
The family-owned inn insists on not giving itself stars, so we’ve chosen to respect that. But suffice it to say we’re pretty much in love with Rissington Inn!
We recommend that you book well in advance if you wish to upgrade to Rissington Inn. As mentioned above, there are only 20 rooms here, and they’re in popular demand!
Rissington Inn also works with a local children’s home, so if you have any surplus children’s clothes, toys, school supplies, etc., you’re very welcome to bring them with you and hand them in at the reception. The staff will make sure it reaches the right people.
|Superior room with half board:||Per person from: £104|
|Garden suite with half board:||Per person from: £179|
Dreaming of the ultimate luxury safari experience in South Africa? Upgrade to the Sabi Sabi. No expense has been spared here: this is South Africa at its very best!
Sabi Sabi is located in Sabi Sands Game Reserve, one of the best and most renowned safari regions in all of Kruger.
The game reserve is privately owned, and it is connected to the Kruger National Park. There is no fence between the game reserve and the national park, allowing the animals to travel freely and with no obstructions. Unlike the national park, however, the game reserve offers the opportunity to go bushwalking and drive off road. Furthermore, only guests staying at the private game reserve’s lodges are permitted to go on safari here.
You are guaranteed an exclusive and uniquely luxurious safari experience in Sabi Sabi.
If you choose to upgrade to Sabi Sabi, EVERYTHING will be included. All meals inclusive of drinks (except for champagne), a large minibar in your room, daily game drives, bushwalks, and laundry options. This means that your safari programme will look different from what the schedule describes, as all your days will be spent at the private game reserve with game drives and bushwalks. In return, you get South Africa’s very best safari area.
For that reason, we do not recommend buying any extra excursions if you upgrade to Sabi Sabi. The lodges are simply too wonderful to spend time anywhere else – and a bounty of activities is available here.
We are able to offer upgrades to 4 different lodges at Sabi Sabi. Each is more impressive and luxurious than the last.
The concept of the four lodges is “yesterday”, “today”, and “tomorrow”, offering you either a historical flair, a more modern design, or a practically futuristic experience.
Bush Lodge is the biggest lodge in the Sabi Sabi family.
This is the place for those who want a lively lodge, and alongside the Little Bush Camp, the lodge represents the modern edge of the group.
There are 25 rooms here, each of which is gorgeously decorated in a beautiful mix of African styles and modern, rustic interiors. All kinds of facilities are available here, such as a minibar, snacks, air conditioning, tea and coffee making amenities, etc. Each room also comes with its own veranda with a view of the bush.
This lodge is ideal for travellers with children. The rooms are big enough to house your whole family, and children are welcome to join our small, local “children’s club”, which also serves as a day care for the children of the employees at the 4 lodges.
The lodge has two pools, one of which is a designated children’s pool, so travellers without children can enjoy the peace and quiet of the adult pool.
Bush Lodge is one of two lodges that offers a spa.
Safari, as it once was.
Selati is those who dream of spending some time like Karen Blixen. This room offers green velour sofas, dark leather furniture, and crystal table lanterns. The walls are adorned with pictures and photographs from the age of the gold train, and everything is suffused with a sense of history and luxury.
The 7 suites are all decorated with a historical romantic style, with nostalgia practically seeping from the walls. Make no mistake, however, everything is modern and working perfectly, from the lantern-lit outdoor bathtub to the antique-looking luggage trunk that serves as a coffee table.
The camp is small and intimate, suited for those who love history, charm, and good old-fashioned luxury!
Little Bush Camp
Little Bush Camp has a style that is very reminiscent of Budge Lodge, albeit with much fewer rooms (just 6, compared to the 25 at Bush Lodge).
This makes it perfect for a couple’s retreat. The suites feature luxurious interiors with muted colours and a modern, very tasteful touch. All suites offer their own spa bath and sun loungers on the veranda. The lodge’s pool is on the other side of the river, and you can really feel that you are in the bush when lie here.
Naturally, the meals are a daily highlight here, and the table is often set out in nature – illuminated by a lantern and accompanied by the sounds of the African night.
Little Bush Camp is for those who dream of modern luxury in a small camp.
The best of the best, and in many ways like stepping into another world.
At Earth Lodge, you will encounter an eminent mix of sophisticated, futuristic minimalism combined with a practically overwhelming consideration for the nature that surrounds you. Earth Lodge is hard to describe. It may almost feel as though you’ve stepped into a Stone Age cave – albeit one packed with unbelievable luxury and some proper hospitality and accommodation.
Earth Lodge isn’t for everyone. But for those who have a flair for the extravagant, this is the perfect place. You won’t be disappointed!
Each of these 12 suites is exuberantly spacious, featuring a common room, a large outdoor terrace, and its own pool. The minibar is full and if you’re lucky, you might see elephants just outside your door!
Earth Lodge is one of two lodges that offers a spa.
The prices are exclusive of the “Sabie Game Reserve (SGR) Conservation Levy”, which is at R270 per person per night (2023). This levy is used to protect the reserve, e.g., for anti-poaching efforts.
Note that the pricing for upgrades does NOT apply to bookings over Christmas and the New Year. Contact us for pricing in this period.
No matter which lodge you choose to upgrade to, EVERYTHING will be included: all meals inclusive of drinks (except for champagne), a large minibar in your room, daily game drives, bushwalks, and laundry options.
|Luxury suite||Per person from: £3199|
|Luxury suite||Per person from: £3669|
|Luxury suite||Per person from: £3874|
|Luxury suite||Per person from: £5212|
The beautiful lodge is located in a wonderful, quiet landscape surrounded by beautiful gardens and a large swimming pool – just a stone’s throw from the Kruger National Park.
With a panoramic view of the savannah and the Crocodile River, you immediately feel in harmony with the nature and the wildlife. Furthermore, the 4-star lodge offers several options for relaxation and wellness including spa cures, massage, swimming and an amazing view.
The 4-star Main Lodge is located in a fenced-off area on a ridge of hills in the Kariega Game Reserve. Thanks to this wonderful location, all chalets have an awe-inspiring view out over the reserve, with the opportunity to spot different animals directly from the balcony. The Main Lodge comprises of 21 chalets, each at least 100 m² in size, 7 of which have one bedroom with en-suite, and 15 featuring several rooms with en-suite. In addition, each chalet contains a large living area consisting of a kitchenette and living room.
The rooms and the living area provide direct access to a spacious balcony, which is partially covered so that guests can always choose between sun and shade. All chalets are equipped with air conditioning, a fireplace or wood-burning stove (for the cooler months) and facilities for making tea or coffee, satellite TV, a safe, telephone and internet connection. The lodge also offers a magnificent shared area with a restaurant, bar, viewing balcony, swimming pool, spa and a small souvenir shop.
The 4-star River Lodge is located in the Kariega Game Reserve on the banks of – and almost extending into – Bushman’s River. The way that the restaurant, bar and swimming pool have been constructed almost makes you feel that you are surrounded by the still, reflective water of the river. The lodge has a unique viewing terrace built out over the river. This is the perfect place to sip a drink at sunset, or to enjoy dinner under a starry sky. Privacy is the defining feature of the lodge and its suites, making this the ideal place to enjoy some peace and quiet. The lodge comprises of ten exclusive, luxury suites with thatched roofs, laid out at intervals along the river bank. The suites are very spacious and decorated with examples of African art and crafts. Each suite has its own viewing terrace, air conditioning, ceiling fan, internet, safe and telephone, as well as a well-appointed bathroom with a bathtub.
Children under the age of 10 are not permitted to stay here. There is a TV in the communal area.
|Per person from: £399|
This exclusive 5-star lodge is African tent safari at its very best.
It has just nine luxury safari tents, all of which are “free standing” and therefore virtually function as their own little separate luxury lodges.
The tents are huge and consist of a living room, bedroom, large bathroom, indoor and outdoor shower, and from the private outdoor terrace, there are beautiful views of the river and the surrounding countryside. It goes without saying that all of the tents have air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar, a safe and their own wood burning stove.
The entire lodge is built on a slope in a slightly secluded part of the wildlife reserve, ensuring that you enjoy unobstructed views of the nature right outside and that you are not disturbed.
The view is pretty much what the lodge is all about. From the rooms, from the bar – and even from the pool – you have the most beautiful views of the valley and Bushman’s River. In fact, the only place without a view is the wine cellar…
The tents are both modern and classically decorated. The colours are brown and beige – the “classic” safari colours – but stone, glass, wood and canvas have been used in the construction of the tents. A modern yet classic feel permeates the entire lodge.
|Per person from: £1273|
On the outskirts of the popular Port Elizabeth suburb Summerstrand, you will find the stylish 4-star The Beach Hotel. The name says it all really: Right opposite the hotel is one of the city’s best beaches. The historic city centre of Port Elizabeth is around 4 km from the hotel and you are just 5 km from the airport. In other words: a hotel in a perfect location!
There are 58 rooms, all with air conditioning, minibar, tea/coffee-making facilities, safe, flatscreen TV and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel has a swimming pool with sun loungers, three restaurants and a bar. The latter are often popular at sunset – who doesn’t want to enjoy watching the sun set over the Indian Ocean with a cool drink in their hand?
300 metres from Port Elizabeth’s famous Hobie Beach is the 5-star Radisson Blue Hotel.
The hotel has 173 rooms, all with large floor-to-ceiling windows and views of the Indian Ocean. The rooms are modernly appointed in bright, welcoming colours, with the bathroom as an integral part of the room itself. There is free Wi-Fi in all rooms, as well as a fridge, safe and tea and coffee making facilities.
The Radisson Blu has its own restaurant and bar, and you can work off the calories with a dip in the pool or at the hotel’s gym.
If you have a hire car, there is free parking at the hotel.
Situated like a little oasis at the heart of the Garden Route is Knysna Hollow Country Estate. Located on the edge of the picturesque seaside resort of Knysna, the hotel provides the ideal base for exploring the area’s stunning scenery and countless attractions.
The entire hotel is stylishly appointed in soft tones in keeping with the surrounding nature and contributing to the peaceful, oasis-like environment. There are 44 spacious, modern rooms equipped with tea/coffee making facilities in the form of Nespresso machines, air conditioning, satellite TV, a safe, a mini fridge, a hair dryer, L’Occitane toiletries and USB sockets. All rooms have a cosy private terrace or balcony overlooking the garden and one of the two swimming pools.
Next to each swimming pool, there is a small outdoor lounge area, perfect for relaxing in the lush nature. A continental breakfast is served in the hotel’s restaurant and bar, Social Eatery & Bar, where you can buy local authentic dishes, enjoy a craft beer or taste the wide variety of unique South African wines at other times of the day.
In reception, there is a cosy little lounge area furnished with comfortable chairs, and you can also rent bicycles to explore the town here. The hotel also offers free Wi-Fi and good parking.
The 4-star Premier Resort The Moorings is located right between Knysna’s popular Waterfront area with its shops and restaurants, and the viewpoint on the eastern side of the approach to the lagoon. From the large, green garden, you have a beautiful view of the water and Knysna Heads.
There are 74 well-appointed rooms, all with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and a private terrace or balcony.
The hotel offers good parking, a lovely pool and sun loungers in the garden, a restaurant, bar and free Wi-Fi.
The 5-star Simola Hotel Country Club is probably the hotel in Knysna with the best view. The hotel is located high in the hills a little outside the town centre, and from the hotel restaurant, you have the most amazing view of the lagoon and the surrounding countryside. Next to the hotel is one of the country’s best golf courses, and the surroundings are ideal for walks or runs along the numerous trails around the hotel.
The hotel has 80 well-appointed rooms, all with an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, safe, TV, DVD player and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel has a spa, pool and gym as well as its own restaurant and bar.
In large private grounds on the outskirts of Oudtshoorn, you will find the 3-star Protea Hotel Rimpie Estate. The rooms, which are housed in rondavels – typical African round huts with a thatched roof – are dotted about the large, green garden, making it feel almost like you are staying in a small park.
All rooms have an en suite bathroom, air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and free Wi-Fi.
The location couldn’t be more perfect – just a 20-minute drive from Cango Caves, and you can look forward to a dip in the pool after the day’s drive through the beautiful yet arid landscape. Free parking is available at the hotel.
La Plume Boutique Hotel is located at a working ostrich farm outside Oudtshoorn. The hotel occupies an old Victorian house from 1904, which has undergone continuous renovation, and has charm and colonial style by the bucket-load.
The 4-star hotel comprises 20 individually appointed rooms, each with its own en suite bathroom, flat-screen TV, free Wi-Fi and minibar. All rooms have their own veranda overlooking the lush garden surrounding the hotel.
The hotel has its own restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. Guided tours of the farm are offered.
A mere 100 metres from Harbour House Hotel in Hermanus is the town’s official whale-watching point, so we feel justified in concluding that the location is absolutely perfect!
The cosy 4-star hotel comprises 47 rooms, all of which are equipped with air conditioning, tea and coffee making facilities, TV, a safe and a minibar.
At the hotel, you will find a lovely pool and a nice terrace, both overlooking the sea. In fact, you don’t even have to go down to the official whale-watching point to see whales in whale season – you can enjoy them from the hotel’s terrace with a good cup of coffee in hand, or a chilled glass of wine at sunset. There is a restaurant and a bar at the hotel, but the town’s other restaurants are also just a stone’s throw away.
Located a stone’s throw from the beach, this 4-star hotel overlooks the sea and the city.
It has just nine rooms, each with its own balcony – also with a sea view, where, during whale season, you can be lucky enough to see the whales romping about in the water. All rooms have an en suite bathroom, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, TV and free Wi-Fi.
Breakfast can be enjoyed in the cosy lounge, and in the evening, you can prepare your own food on the barbecue in the garden. The town’s restaurants are just a 5-minute drive from the hotel.
Free parking is available at the hotel.
Situated a mere 3.5 km from Johannesburg’s international airport is the 4-star Protea Hotel. The hotel is perfect if you arrive on an evening flight and just need a place to stay near the airport for one night.
Hop on the free shuttlebus from the airport, and 10 minutes later you’re at the hotel. The shuttle service runs every 30 minutes.
There are 213 rooms at the hotel, all of which are modernly appointed in light, muted colours. All rooms have air conditioning, soundproof windows, tea and coffee making facilities, a flatscreen TV, a safe and free Wi-Fi.
The hotel has a pool and gym as well as a bar and restaurant.
The 3-star hotel Peermont Metcourt is just a 5-minute drive from Johannesburg airport. The hotel is connected with one of South Africa’s major casino complexes, Emperor’s Palace. The hotel has 80 modern and well-equipped rooms. All rooms feature air conditioning, flat-screen TVs, safes, coffee and tea facilities as well as bathrooms with toiletries and hair dryers.
The hotel includes a large garden, swimming pool, fitness centre, spa, and of course, a casino. A Turkish bath and massage are available for an additional fee.
Free Wi-Fi is available all over the hotel.
The 4-star hotel Peermont Mondior at Emperors Palace is located in Kempton Park, just a 5-minute drive from Johannesburg Airport. The hotel adjoins one of South Africa’s big casino complexes, Emperor’s Palace, offering evening entertainment.
The hotel has 150 rooms spread over three floors. It is decorated in a modern style with warm colours with a touch of Africa. The rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a safe, coffee and tea facilities as well as a bathroom with toiletries and a hair dryer.
The hotel has a large garden, swimming pool, gym, day spa and, of course, a casino. A Turkish bath and massage are available for an additional fee. All facilities at Emperor’s Palace can also be used.
Free Wi-Fi is available all over the hotel.
A few minutes’ walk from the arrivals terminal at Johannesburg International Airport is the 3-star City Lodge Hotel. It’s the perfect location for an easy overnight stay before your onward journey.
The rooms are traditionally decorated in muted colours, and all have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and a safe. The pool invites you in for a quick dip, and you can relax on the sun loungers with a good book.
The hotel also offers a restaurant, which is open all day, and free Wi-Fi.
Round off your South Africa tour in style at the 5-star Erinvale Hotel & Spa. Cosiness, charm and exclusivity unite over the finest wines at Erinvale!
The hotel is scenically surrounded by the Hottentot Holland Mountains, a good 45-minute drive from Cape Town and offers great opportunities for relaxation, good food and spa treatments. Across the road is the neighbouring Vergelegen winery, where you can participate in wine tastings, go on guided tours of the vineyard or learn about its many sustainability projects.
Erinvale supports ECHO, (Erinvale Care and Help Organisation), which, among other things, works to help poor families in the local area. School pupils can apply for scholarships from the organisation, there is support for local sporting events, the possibility of extra help with homework, and the establishment of a soup kitchen, etc.
There are 56 rooms of various sizes at Erinvale, all beautifully and cosily appointed with soft carpets on the floors, fabulous products in the bathroom, a Nespresso machine, slippers and free Wi-Fi.
You’re in wine country here, so it goes without saying that the three restaurants at the hotel offer sumptuous menus – with something for every taste.
Pamper yourself at the day spa, read a good book in the shade by one of the pools or visit the winery right opposite, where you’ll also find several restaurants and, of course, the opportunity for (several) wine tastings.
Surrounded by vineyards, historic wineries and beautiful gardens in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region, you’ll find the four-star Spier Hotel.
Spier is one of the oldest wineries in South Africa, and their wines are known worldwide. Spier is, in fact, more like a small village, housing the actual vineyard with its large-scale wine production, the hotel itself, several restaurants, a conference centre, shops, spa and a huge garden.
The hotel consists of villa-inspired buildings and shady courtyards. Spread throughout the charming buildings, the hotel’s 155 rooms are spacious and stylishly appointed in warm colours and with modern works of art. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, satellite TV, a safe, tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar with local Spier wines, soft drinks and water. The bathrooms feature both a bathtub and a separate shower.
Enjoy the atmosphere in the cosy courtyards where you will find the hotel’s many amenities. Treat yourself to a beauty treatment at the hotel spa, relax by the outdoor swimming pool or enjoy a spot of wine tasting in the original Cape Dutch barn from 1750.
The hotel restaurant serves delicious gourmet dishes made from fresh, local produce, and the wine bar on the terrace serves the award-winning local wines as well as light lunches and snacks.
Feel the warm hospitality in a homely lounge area in reception, where the excursion desk will help arrange excursions and activities in the area.
Please note: over Christmas and New Year there is a minimum requirement of three nights at the hotel.
NB! The hotel is closed from 15 March 2024 due to renovation.
|Price per night in Signaure Garden Terrace Room||Per person from: £31|