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South African Hotels Worth Visiting

The Kapama River Lodge puts guests on the front door of the Kapama Private Game Reserve

South African Hotels Worth Visiting

In 2016, South Africa welcomed 15 million foreign tourists. Add to that the number of domestic tourists that travel across the country and it is easy to see how the country’s tourism industry is booming. If you fancy a break in South Africa, then you will want to know where to stay. Here is a list of the top 5 hotels in South Africa that are worth visiting.

The Michelangelo, Johannesburg

Any hotel that takes its names after one of the greatest artists from the High Renaissance period needs to back it up with some serious class and prestige. Fortunately, The Michelangelo does exactly that. Its convenient location next to the Sandton Convention Centre makes it a popular choice with business executives but there is far more offered by this hotel.

It was first built in 2002 and has welcomed a host of VIP guests including US President Barack Obama, US talk show icon Oprah Winfrey, pop star Justin Bieber, and rap artists Kanye West. It is considered as one of the most elite hotels in South Africa. 242 guest rooms are graced with a Renaissance décor and possess antique furniture with marble bathrooms. High-speed Wi-Fi and Satellite television shows that the hotel blends the classic with the modern in effortless style. It is also within close proximity to Nelson Mandela Square which offers a wealth of shops, bars, and restaurants.

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The Michelangelo is a popular tourist destination with A-list celebrities

The Table Bay Hotel, Cape Town

Located on the Victoria & Alfred waterfront in Cape Town, The Table Bay Hotel could not be more idyllically set. It is also just 4km from Company’s Garden and 9km from the famous Table Mountain National Park which is a popular stop for tourists. The hotel offers 329 air-conditioned rooms and offers free Wi-Fi, flat screen televisions, and 24-hour room service is also available.

There is something for everyone at this elegant hotel. A stylish brasserie, vibrant bar, and ballroom are all situated on-site. It also provides a genteel lounge where you can enjoy an afternoon tea and soak up some of the picturesque views over the bay. The outdoor pool, poolside bar, gym, and spa ensure you can relax and unwind with the joys of Cape Town’s urban center right on the doorstep should you decide to explore. The beach is also just around the corner for those of you that wish to work on your suntans.

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The Table Bay Hotel is ideally positioned on the waterfront in Cape Town

Kapama River Lodge, Kapama Private Game Reserve

If you are looking for a quintessential nature-related holiday in South Africa, then you will want to look no further than the Kapama River Lodge. Its superb position on the Kapama Private Game Reserve puts the natural habitat of the country’s savannah wildlife on your doorstep. The scenery that surrounds the hotel is like no other in the world. It is undoubtedly one of the most unique settings for a hotel.

This high-end rustic-chic lodge will give you the chance to experience safari wildlife first hand. Its location just 16km from the Drakensig Railway and 27km from Hoedspruit Airport makes it easily accessible. All rooms offer the luxury of Wi-Fi, mini-bars, and coffee-makers. The terraces and balconies that come with the rooms also guarantee the opportunity for guests to breathe in the safari air and feel at one with the Kapama Private Game Reserve. The hotel is stunning but it is the surrounding scenery that takes this hotel to the next level.

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The Kapama River Lodge puts guests on the front door of the Kapama Private Game Reserve

 The Oyster Box, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

The Oyster Box was awarded the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award for No.1 Top Hotel in South Africa for 2016 and that is an accolade not easily earned. It sums up the high regard that tourists have for this resort. Its location in Umhlanga Rocks means you will be treated to some of the most amazing vistas on offer in the country. Overlooking the beach, it could not be in a more prime position and combines the benefits of both a coastal break and a nature trip.

The elegant rooms are full of antique furniture. A large number of the balconies come with sea views gazing over Bronze Beach. Flat screen televisions and Wi-Fi will give you the modern creature comforts. There is also a spa with a hammam, a gym that is open 24 hours, and outdoor pool positioned next to the Umhlanga Lighthouse that overlooks the sea. The hotel even offers a 24-seat cinema if you fancy catching a movie or two during your stay. These guys have everything covered so all you need to do is turn up and chill out.

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The Oyster Box is one of the most striking coastal hotels in the world

The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City, Rustenburg

The serene location of this hotel makes it a stand-out choice for tourists willing to spend a bit more on their break than usual. It is situated just on the outskirts of the Pilanesberg National Game Park in the Sun City resort. It is also just 12km from Pilanesberg Airport. The rooms offer traditional décor, Wi-Fi, satellite television, and 24-hour room service. Saunas and whirlpool baths are also included in some suites. Three African-French restaurants and a steakhouse also make sure that your dining options are catered for.

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The Sun City Casino is one of the main attractions close to the Palace of the Lost City

Sun City resort is also host to the Sun City Casino which is one of the most popular casinos in South Africa. It gives players the chance to play on a selection of 43 classic casino table games and a wide choice of slot machines. The Wi-Fi connection available on the premises of the resort means that you can also play games at an online casino to get some practice in ahead of hitting the tables and slots on the live casino floor. You can also sign up to the MVG loyalty program which gives you access to the benefits of Sun City Salon Prive and VIP casino gaming.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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