A new report compiled by New World Wealth shows which South African hotels are the most-visited by the super wealthy.
The group’s research looked at hotels and resorts across the entire African continent, but found that South Africa is the most popular destination for the super-rich, with over 12,000 multi-millionaires visiting the country during the past year.
Major destinations for the ultra wealthy (worth over $30 million) within South Africa include: Cape Town, Johannesburg, Umhlanga, Franschoek, Stellenbosch, Kruger Park – mainly around Sabi Sands – and the Garden route (Knysna).
Looking at the 10 most visited hotels in the country, half can be found in the greater Cape Town area; however, Sun City remains the country’s most popular destination for the super rich.
Most-visited hotels in South Africa
|Hotel||Area||No. of visitors|
|Lost City and Sun City||North West||900|
|Table Bay||Cape Town||600|
|Sandton Sun & Towers||Sandton||500|
|12 Apostles Hotel & Spa||Cape Town||200|
|Beverly Hills Hotel||Umhlanga||200|
|Cape Grace||Cape Town||200|
|Mount Nelson||Cape Town||200|
|One & Only||Cape Town||200|
|The Oyster Box||Umhlanga||200|
The Palace at The Lost City
Michael Angelo Hotel
Table Bay Hotel
Sandton Sun Hotel
12 Apostles Hotel and Spa
Beverly Hills Hotel
Cape Grace Hotel
Mount Nelson Hotel
One & Only Hotel
The Oyster Box Hotel
Major destinations outside South Africa include: Marrakesh in Morocco, Casablanca in Morocco, Cairo in Egypt, Nairobi in Kenya, the Serengeti in Tanzania, Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, the Masai Mara in Kenya, Livingstone in Zambia and the Okavango Swamps in Botswana.
Gorilla safaris in the Virunga Mountains (in and around Uganda) are also popular, New World Wealth said.
In a separate survey done by New World Wealth in June 2014, the group asked a panel of selected multi-millionaires which the best hotels and lodges in Africa were, based on their travel experience.
La Mamounia hotel in Morocco was voted as the best hotel in Africa by the panel, with 12 Apostles in Cape Town the top-rated South African location (rated 4th, overall).
La Mamounia hotel