The best hotels in South Africa

Leisure and travel magazine, Conde Nast has published its list of the 25 best hotels in Africa – 16 of which are found within the borders of South Africa.

Of the 16 South African hotels, three are found in Joburg, two in Franschoek and one in Umhlanga, Stellenbosch and Hermanus – with Cape Town scooping eight positions, “proving that the Mother City is a world-class travel destination,” according to Cape Town Tourism CEO, Enver Duminy.

Four South African hotels made it into the top 5 – with the Belond Mount Nelson Hotel taking the top position on the continent.

The South African tourism industry has had a tough year, with no thanks to government for pushing onerous visa laws through which made it more difficult for foreigners to enter the country.

“After a year of challenges, accolades such as these – in addition to the announcement that visa and birth certificate regulations are to be relaxed – are encouraging for all our partners in the tourism industry, Duminy said.

“We are well-placed to highlight Cape Town as a top travel destination as we head into the high season.”

The best hotels in South Africa

1. Belond Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town

Mount Nelson Hotel

2. The Oyster Box – Umhlanga

The Oyster Box Hotel

3. Ellerman House – Cape Town

Ellerman house

4. The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa – Cape Town

12 Apostles

5. Birkenhead House Hotel – Hermanus


6. Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa – Johannesburg

The Saxon

7. Babylonstoren – Cape Town


8. La Residence – Western Cape


9. One&Only – Cape Town

One and Only Hotel

10. Cape Grace Hotel – Cape Town

Cape Grace Hotel

11. Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff – Johannesburg

The Westcliff

12. The Table Bay – Cape Town

Table Bay Hotel

13. Spier Hotel – Stellenbosch

Spier hotel

14. Taj Cape Town – Cape Town

taj cape town

15. Le Quartier Français – Franschoek

le quarteir

16. 54 on Bath – Johannesburg

54 on bath


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