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  • Glen Hotel 24 rooms from $73

    Cape Town

    Our favourite gay-friendly hotel in Cape Town in Sea Point, a wonderful location near all the best restaurants and bars. Charming white on white suites with splashes of colour. Casually chic with fantastic personalised hospitality.

    Views  -  Wonderful views of Lion's Head and the Atlantic Ocean.
    Gay friendly
    Great walks  -  The Glen runs a half day tour of Cape Town's art galleries, trendy bars, museums, restaurants and heritage sights.
    Local markets  -  Check out Main Street for some great shopping.
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  • An African Villa 12 rooms from $109

    Cape Town

    A delightful Victorian guesthouse in the central Tamboerskloof District. Some of the 'African Zen' contemporary rooms boast balconies with views of the iconic Table mountain. Walking distance from some of Cape Town's best restaurants and bars. A stylish city escape.

    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Full of character
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
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  • Rickety Bridge Manor House 3 rooms from $151

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    An intimate three bedroom manor house, located within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Ensconced by the Franschhoek Valley and verdant vineyards. Charming rooms, up in the rafters feature exposed beams, antique furnishing and roll-top baths. There is an outdoor pool and homely sitting rooms.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 16 years are welcome.
    Great walks  -  Along the nearby Franschhoek River.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • La Residence 16 rooms from $805

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 12 are permitted.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Rickety Bridge Manor House 3 rooms from $151

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    An intimate three bedroom manor house, located within Rickety Bridge Wine Estate. Ensconced by the Franschhoek Valley and verdant vineyards. Charming rooms, up in the rafters feature exposed beams, antique furnishing and roll-top baths. There is an outdoor pool and homely sitting rooms.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 16 years are welcome.
    Great walks  -  Along the nearby Franschhoek River.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
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  • La Residence 16 rooms from $805

    Franschhoek (Western Cape)

    A visual feast, everywhere you look the eye falls on some exotic antique or painting. Each unique suite is decorated in the colours and fabrics of a maharajah's palace, a miniature Versailles or a Moroccan harem. Utter indulgence continues right through to the dining and the award winning spa.

    Restrictions on children  -  Children above the age of 12 are permitted.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Essenwood House 6 rooms from $85

    Durban (Berea)

    The perfect place to while away a relaxing stay in Durban. With a smart breakfast room, homely living room and cosy bedrooms it makes for a very comfortable stay. Relax on private verandahs, al fresco lounge areas or by the outdoor pool. A perfect little find along the gateway to the safari route.

    Value chic  -  Incredible value for such period charm and great location
    Sights nearby  -  Durban's CBD is an easy drive
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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With its epic beauty South Africa can feel like many countries in one. It's not just that there are 11 official languages and that the scenery includes everything from empty deserts, to savannah, to lush river systems, to a gorgeous coastline. It's also that the South African way of life varies from modern first world standards in the big cities, to a much more traditional way of living in the smaller towns and villages. Most travellers come to South Africa hoping to see something of all of these worlds, so choosing the best places to stay in South Africa is all about deciding what you really can't miss from a list of un-missable attractions.

The Wilds of South Arica

From the empty openness of the Kalahari to the verdant deltas of the Limpopo River, and from the incredible biodiversity of the KwaZulu-Natal to the Kruger National Park's big-game-rich savannah, South Africa is one of the world's most epic destinations when it comes to flora, fauna and scenery.

It's also big. Really big. So choose your jumping off points carefully!

  • The Western Cape is known for the Garden Route, which is an easy way to see quite a bit of countryside, and for wine and whales.
  • The Eastern Cape has the Tsitsikamma National Park and the best surfing.
  • The Northern Cape is famous for diamonds and the Kalahari desert.
  • And Limpopo is a good jumping off point for the Kruger National Park and entry into Zimbabwe.

South Africa's Colourful Cities

With the spectacular backdrop of Table Mountain in one direction and the glittering expanse of Table Bay in the other, Cape Town has a reputation for being one of the world's most beautiful cities. It's both rugged and delicate, and rough and pristine, and photogenic as heck. On top of the beauty, the city has a reputation for being laid back and friendly and many of the best places to stay in Cape Town reflect this attitude with their great service.

Johannesburg is where most people enter South Africa, and is arguably the economic heart of the whole continent. As well as the commerce you're familiar with, you'll also see a lot of business being done on the streets in Johannesburg - especially at the traffic lights. But this city is fast modernising and smartening up.

Pretoria, the administrative capital, feels more like an old Afrikaner city than South Africa's other major centres. Elegant and gracious, the old administrative buildings are now where people of all backgrounds work, so though it looks historic - and has some of South Africa's best museums - it's actually very multicultural.

South Africa's Stunning Coastline

Hermanus is one of the best places in the world (on land) to whale watch - a key spot on the migration route of the Southern Right whales.

And Cape Town is well know for its its beautiful, golden beaches, ideal for surfing and windsurfing. But if you want to get even closer to the inhabitants of these waters visit the Two Oceans Aquarium. If you're a qualified diver you'll even be able to get into the water.

The Eastern Cape is also known for its beaches: Jeffrey's Bay is the country's best known surfing beach, but Port and Elizabeth and East London are probably more aesthetically lovely.

Just south of Cape Town you'll find Simon's Town, a picturesque little village with a colony of penguins.

The Best Places to Stay in South Africa

For Wine Buffs and Foodies

From Cape Town the wine regions of Stellenbosch and Constantia - South Africa's very first wine region - are just a short drive, and there are many tours you can join which will save you having to drive yourself.

  • If you like a big, luxurious hotel with all the facilities you can imagine - including an award winning restaurant and a top spa - try the Vineyard Hotel in six acres of gardens with Table Mountain views.
  • If you're here for the wine, the manor house of Cellars-Hohenort has vast wine cellars. But that's not all, it also runs gourmet events and has an excellent restaurant.

Where to Stay in Cape Town

  • Welgelegen is the Dutch word for 'well situated', which is exactly what this guesthouse is. The 13 bedroom Victorian era property is on a leafy cul-de-sac, right around the corner from the trendy bars and restaurants of Long and Kloof Streets.
  • Similar to Welgelegan, An African Villa has been converted from adjacent Victorian terrace houses into a 12 room guesthouse. The location, between the waterfront and the Table Mountain Cableway, is a quiet residential pocket with a village-y feel.
  • The Cape Grace Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Cape Town if you want to be right on the water. The views, especially from the rooftop spa, are incredible.
  • For a city style hotel - but with breathtakingly raw views over Table Mountain, Kensington Place is ideal.

Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in South Africa, or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice. Alternatively check out our list of recommendations in Cape Town.