South Africa is an extraordinary country, rich in captivating culture, spellbinding scenery and fascinating wildlife. It also has a wide range of luxury accommodation, which makes it a great destination for a family adventure, unforgettable honeymoon or multi-centre combination. Stay in an independent boutique hotel in a buzzing city or check into a serene lodge in the middle of an epic national park. Whatever the trip, you’ll find it easy to connect with the great outdoors in a country that is as dynamic as it is diverse.
There’s so much to see and do in South Africa that we think it’s best to mix multiple destinations in a single itinerary. Fortunately, Carrier has sourced winning combinations of stupendous resorts in dramatically different locations. Here are our top recommendations:
Luxury South Africa
Ellerman House and Singita Lebombo & Sweni Lodges[/h2]
Compare and contrast cosmopolitan Cape Town with the imposing wilderness of Kruger National Park with this seven-day trip that takes in many of South Africa’s highlights, both natural and man-made. Start in multicultural Cape Town, with its striking street art, designer shops and breathtaking views over the Atlantic and awesome Table Mountain. Stay in Ellerman House, an urban retreat with 13 individually decorated rooms and a fine collection of original South African art. It’s a great base from which to explore the nearby golden beaches and bountiful vineyards. From here, it’s a short flight to Johannesburg and a transfer to Singita, a private concession within the pristine expanses of the Kruger National Park. Indulge in a further four nights in a loft-style suite at Singita Lebombo Lodge or a stylish suite at intimate Sweni Lodge and enjoy morning and evening game drives – fantastic opportunities to sight the Big Five.
Virgin Winelands and Safari
Mont Rochelle and Ulusaba Private Game Reserve
This trip blends two of South Africa’s most well-known attractions – wine and big-game spotting – in one exceptional holiday. Begin your journey in Sir Richard Branson’s exquisite boutique hotel Mont Rochelle, set on the sloping vineyards above Franschhoek, an ancient town in the heart of world-class vineyards. Unwind in your private plunge pool, dine among the vines and sample various vintages in the ancient wine cellar. Next, fly to Sabi Sand Game Reserve. Here, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve, also owned by Sir Richard, offers a luxury safari experience. Carved into and around the rocks are rooms and suites that have private decks, pools and outdoor bathtubs overlooking the surrounding bushveld. You can’t get much closer to nature.
Best for couples
Romance abounds at Tsala Treetop Lodge and Villas, a secluded resort with luxury hideaway suites elevated six metres above the ground. Encircled by luscious forests – the resort is on the Garden Route, an exquisitely scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast – Tsala blurs the lines between a fantasy getaway and an African adventure. Sip Champagne on your private deck, which affords astounding panoramas of multi-coloured sunsets, or take a dip in your own infinity pool that appears to flow over into the forest canopy.
Equally impressive is La Residence in the heart of the Cape Winelands, set on a private estate hugged by tranquil vineyards and overlooked by majestic mountains. Inside, the lavishly furnished suites showcase exceptional designs, from oriental antiques to a heated marble four-poster bed. There’s plenty to admire here, from the impressive artwork on the walls and the blissful views of the surrounding countryside to the flavoursome cuisine served in the beamed dining room.
Best for families
With the prospect of thrilling urban exploration and spectacular safaris, South Africa is a fantastic destination for families. One&Only Cape Town brings a new level of luxury to one of Africa’s most captivating cities. The hotel offers the best of everything: views of the harbour and Table Mountain, spacious contemporary suites with private balconies or terraces, exceptional food (dining here is probably the best in the city) and the KidsOnly Club. Here, children of all ages will be wowed by themed activities that include African dance, ostrich-egg painting and dune sandboarding. There are even bespoke treatments for teens at the hotel’s well-run spa.
Get back to nature with your crew at one of the Morukuru Family retreats, which offer an indulgent escape with adventures on tap. Several properties are inside the Madikwe Game Reserve, something of a hidden gem where you can spot the Big Five and possibly even the endangered African wild dog. (Two further properties are in the De Hoop Nature Reserve and Johannesburg.) Each bush home enjoys the services of a private guide and tracker, chef, butler, hostess and housekeeper, and a nanny can be arranged on request. This ensures every stay is tailored to your family’s exact requirements – from sundowners overlooking a watering hole to learning traditional dances with local school children.
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