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From exquisite camps in the wilderness to elite hotels in stunning cities... the choices are as wide as they are wonderful, so we've taken the liberty of organizing them for you alphabetically for easy perusing. Just click on the name of any hostelry below to find out more about it—and to view some gorgeous photos! (If you prefer to search by country, simply click the tab of the country you'd like to view below.)
This small cluster of spacious and elegant tents is the only break in the soothing wilderness. With no neighbor in sight, explore the winding waterways and lush lagoons that surround this oasis, or journey into the parched landscapes and immense floodplains on elephant-back—an Abu specialty.
Elegance and comfort permeate the suites on this real working farm, where you wake daily to the fresh smell of the vegetable garden and luscious thoughts of the day to come: wine-tasting, cycling, whale-watching and more!
Take in the endless ocean vista from the window of your gorgeous room. Azure and golden light washes the walls and a fresh breeze wafts in from the sea... yes, you're home in Cape Town.
Built by Lord Ellerman in the early 1900s, this sprawling manor sits on an enviable piece of land over Bantry Bay. Each room is uniquely decorated, featuring one-of-a-kind pieces of South African art—more of which is housed in the gallery on the grounds.
Magic. Pure and simple. La Residence has all the crystal and velvet appeal of a castle in a fairytale, surrounded by sweeping valleys, craggy mountains and quaint villages with cobble-stoned streets.
Towering red and gold dunes roll away into the distance. Gemsbok and ostrich dash across the stark surface, splashing glittering sand into the air. The air is so clear and quiet that it seems to sharpen the mind and the spirit: you have to live it to believe it.
A staggering expanse of private wilderness greets you from each of the five unique and glorious lodges you have to choose from. Rich game-viewing and unparalleled luxury find synthesis here, and relaxation vies with adventure for your time.
The Kololo tribe's name for this wonder of the world is 'Mosi-oa-Tunya': The Smoke that Thunders. Over a mile long, the falls plummet down for fathoms into the deep gorge below, sending out spray and a dancing series of rainbows all visible from your home here, the Royal Livingstone.
This upscale bush hideaway is wonderfully private and stupendously personal. Boasting unparalleled views, your palatial suite in the untamed bush is the pinnacle of refinement and opulence. The abundant wildlife and perfect service complete the package—you'll never want to leave!
The ethereal beauty of Serra Cafema must be seen to be believed. This remote hostelry is a pocket of luxury in the massive Namib Desert, right where the blue and bubbling Kunene River cuts through the lunar dunes like a knife.
Everything about Singita—from the legendary quality of the service to the breathtakingly elegant furnishings to the rich and diverse game viewing—is well beyond the pale. It’s a must-visit property in South Africa.
The legendary Kalahari… thornveldt, sand dunes, black-maned lions and meerkat. It’s an entirely different side of Africa, but at Tswalu you’ll feel at home in the midst of this strange wilderness. Your spacious quarters here complement the wide-open spaces and glorious silence perfectly.
Woodlands and wetlands meet at Vumbura Plains, and the result is a tremendously diverse wilderness. Cool elegance is the watchword in your tent beneath a canopy of trees, where you may wish to simply sit—gazing at the swaying grasses and brilliant stars—while sipping a cocktail.
The Westcliff Hotel is set picturesquely on a hillside terrace over Johannesburg, looking like nothing so much as a Mediterranean village. Below the lush gardens and uniquely designed bedrooms lies South Africa's largest city, a vibrant metropolis just waiting to be explored.
Zarafa means "the beloved one," and the camp certainly lives up to the name. The exquisitely spacious marquis style canvas tents line the edge of the forest, offering such spectacular views over the floodplains that you may be loath to leave your room!