South Africa

A Guide to South Africa’s Panorama Route

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in an ongoing South Africa series, Elite Traveler brings you its essential Panorama Route guide. South Africa is a vast and beautiful place. From the amazing safari parks in the northeast to the cosmopolitan city of Cape Town in the southwest, it is one of the most diverse countries in the world. Away from the cultural […]

A Long Weekend in Cape Town

By Elite Traveler

From the most incredible restaurants to opulent suites, Elite Traveler brings you the ultimate luxury guide to Cape Town. Otherworldly. That’s likely to be your first descriptor when you catch sight of Cape Town’s surrounding landscape, a convergence of craggy peaks, roiling seas, sprawling gardens and green spaces, bustling harbors, inviting beaches and centuries-old architecture. A study in contrasts, the […]

Best Art Galleries in South Africa

South Africa has a flourishing and vibrant art scene and some of the best art galleries in the world. Head to Cape Town and Johannesburg to discover a world of thought-provoking and powerful pieces from contemporary African artists, as well as Dutch, French, Flemish and British works.  Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Cape Town One of the most eagerly anticipated openings […]

Cape Town Restaurants Included in World’s Best Awards

By Alex Martin

Cape Town’s reputation as a fine dining destination grew significantly this week after two of its restaurants were included in the annual World’s Best Restaurants Awards. The annual top-50 list is created by combining the opinions of over 1,000 industry experts and was revealed at a glamorous ceremony in Singapore on Tuesday. Mauro Colagreco’s French outlet Mirazur claimed the top […]

Celebrate World Rhino Day in South Africa

By Alex Martin

The plight of the rhinoceros has been one of the most symbolic tragedies of our modern society, but with the help of initiatives such as World Rhino Day, the species stands a chance of recovery. Celebrated on September 22nd, World Rhino Day aims to raise awareness of this critically-endangered species and drive conservation efforts. Now, luxury travel specialists African Travel, […]


  OWNERS LODGE Square Footage: 1,399 Rate: $3,700 Why We love it: This lodge offers unpretentious luxury living at its best, with a log fireplace, butler’s kitchen and private heated pool and deck. In addition to making for an exceptional backdrop, Delaire’s surrounding vineyards allow for daily in-suite wine tastings.   General Manager Jonathan lithgow 27-21-885-8160  

Owners Lodge / Delaire Graff Lodges And Spa

Dive for Diamonds: South Africa’s Ultimate Proposal

By Alex Martin

Whether on the stunning plains of the Kruger National Park or the summit of Table Mountain, South Africa has long been considered one of the ultimate proposal destinations. Now, that once-in-a-lifetime moment can be made even more special by private travel designer Niquesa Travel, who will take loving couples on a special diamond diving expedition to source a precious stone for […]


  AMBER PRESIDENTIAL SUITE Square Footage: 1,115 Rate: $2,529 Why We love it: While you might be on safari, a stay at this eco-chic lodge is hardly roughing it (just ask former guest Paris hilton). You’ll have the services of a personal butler, exclusive access to a land Rover for embarking on game viewing excursions and a private steam room, […]

Amber Presidential Suite / Earth Lodge At Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

Elite Review: Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, Johannesburg

By Lauren Hill

Fairlawns is tucked into a lush pocket of greenery in the Morningside suburb bordering affluent Sandton. A transformation of this garden-enclosed hotel’s wellness space now means Fairlawns has the largest spa sanctuary in all of Johannesburg. These sprawling spa facilities, which came to completion at the end of last year, add to the hotel’s stand-out appeal as a tranquil retreat […]

Elite Review: Royal Malewane, South Africa

By Lauren Hill

Royal Malewane has been ranked among the world’s most luxurious safari lodges since it opened in 1999, winning a multitude of awards over the years and being placed on numerous best hotels lists. Now benefiting from its recent renovation, the lodge is right at the top of people’s wish-lists, with the upcoming opening of its exclusive new lodge, the Farmstead, […]

Ellerman House

Villa Two Why We Love It: The latest addition to Ellerman House’s roster of luxury digs, Villa Two’s ultra-mod décor is a departure from the property’s other more traditional and African-inspired interiors. The villa seemingly floats above the Atlantic Ocean and has three open-plan bedrooms all with ensuite bathrooms and terraces, plus a glass-enclosed living area that leads to another […]

Villa Two / Ellerman House

Exclusive Rooftop Bars in Johannesburg

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in the ongoing South Africa series, Elite Traveler selects the five best rooftop bars in Johannesburg. There is nothing quite like sipping on your favorite cocktail while watching the sunset. Johannesburg may lack the dramatic scenery of Cape Town’s Table Mountain or the ocean vistas of Durban, but the cityscape comes alive as the sun drifts […]

Experience Luxury South Africa with Completely Unique Safaris

By Emma Reynolds

As far as over-the-top luxury safaris go, few come close to Completely Unique Safaris’ Fine Wine, Art & Diamond Safari. On this eight-to-11-day journey, you will see rare wildlife in South Africa, get access to utterly private game reserves, savor vintage wine, and view and purchase rare art and diamonds. Your journey begins with three nights at Tswalu Tarkuni in […]

First Look at the New Lepogo Lodges in South Africa

By Alex Martin

Lepogo Lodges, South Africa’s latest high-end safari experience, will welcome its first guests to the highly-anticipated Noka Camp in September. Set within the 48,000-hectare, malaria-free Lapalala Wilderness Reserve in the Limpopo Province, the new lodges will grant access to a vast wilderness containing Africa’s big five (lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo). Lepogo will eventually consist of two lodges – […]

Five of the Best Golf Courses in South Africa

By Alex Martin

In this latest story in an ongoing series, Elite Traveler takes a look at five of the best golf courses in South Africa. From the nine-time major winner Gary Player to the former world No 1 Ernie Els, South Africa has produced some of the best golfers the world has ever seen. But golf is not just an export in […]

Best Golf Courses in South Africa

Four Exclusive Rooftop Bars in Cape Town

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in our ongoing South Africa series, Elite Traveler brings you a quick round-up of the best and most exclusive rooftop bars in Cape Town. Cape Town is known for its spectacular views and there is no better place to see them than on a luxurious rooftop bar with a cocktail in hand. There are dozens of […]

Getting to Know Jacques Smit of Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve

By Elite Traveler

As marketing director for the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, Jacques Smit is at the forefront of conservation efforts in South Africa. For 40 years, the luxury safari company has strived to provide a sustainable tourism industry in one of the world’s most precious environments. Smit, who has worked with Sabi Sabi for over 13 years, speaks to Elite Traveler […]

Golfing South Africa’s Extreme 19th Hole

By Samantha Coles

Justin Leonard at the 1999 Ryder Cup. Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters. Tiger Woods’s ‘point-at-the-hole’ putt at the 2000 PGA Championship. All legendary shots, but if you’re unlikely to compete at a professional level there’s still a way to attempt your own unbelievable shot—at the extreme 19th hole in South Africa. Following a three-night stay at the stunning One&Only […]

Inside the New Farmstead Lodge at Royal Malewane

By Alex Martin

The Royal Portfolio has announced the grand opening of their exclusive new safari lodge The Farmstead at the award-winning South African resort Royal Malewane. The grand unveiling marks the end of years of planning and adds to the growing collection of exclusive accommodations owned by the family-run Royal Portfolio. Located a short drive away from the main Royal Malewane property […]

Inside the New Luxury Safari Lodge Cheetah Plains

By Alex Martin

Sustainability has become one of the key factors influencing people’s travel choices. Nowhere is that truer than in South Africa, where ecotourism is not only an important concern for discerning travelers but necessary to preserve its precious natural habitats. Safari experiences have in the past been guilty of damaging wild and undeveloped lands, but safari tourism is being turned into […]

Journey From South Africa to Antarctica in One Amazing Trip

By Emma Reynolds

No longer the exclusive domain of polar explorers and scientists, Antarctica is now one of the world’s most desirable travel destinations. Discover the uncharted Antarctic Circle and the wilds of South Africa this November on the one-off, 11-day journey: Adventure to the South. Hosted by White Desert, the only travel company that flies into the interior of Antarctica, and Singita, […]


Karkloof Spa is a five-star Wellness & Wildlife Retreat situated in a haven where exhilaration and rejuvenation go hand in hand. A pristine piece of paradise where nature reigns supreme, Karkloof Spa is in a league of its own. This 3,500-hectare, malariafree sanctuary is cocooned in the Karkloof Valley, with breathtaking views of indigenous mist-belt forests and overgrown thickets, savannah […]

Karkloof Spa

La Colombe

Cuisine: French and Asian Fusion With uncomplicated, clean flavors, the legendary La Colombe is an unmissable dining experience on any visit to Cape Town. The sensational dishes on offer are heightened by a sophisticated interior dining space that is pure luxury, surrounded by the tranquil beauty of the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. Head Chef: Scot Kirton +27 21 794 2390 […]

La Colombe

Labotessa Hotel Set to Open in Cape Town

By Alex Martin

The transformation of one of South Africa’s oldest buildings into one of its most exclusive destinations will be completed Monday with the grand opening of the new luxury LABOTESSA Hotel. Set in a historic 17th-century congressional church, LABOTESSA will become the first hotel in Cape Town’s historic Church Square. Every part of the extensive refurbishment has been conceptualized to evoke […]


Located in Cape Town’s fashionable Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, One&Only Cape Town sets the scene for outstanding experiences and memorable moments in South Africa’s most visited destination. With captivating views of Table Mountain and a private spa island, the chic design and contemporary African flair of this urban resort finds a natural home in the heart of Cape Town. One&Only […]

White Lounge

Singita Castleton in Singita Sabi Sand

Singita Castleton Why We Love It: This exclusive-use property doesn’t boast just one spectacular suite but six standalone luxury cottages, rentable only as a whole and which were fully renovated and reopened last fall. Set in a 45,000-acre private game reserve, this charming respite was formerly the home of the Bailes family, Singita’s owners, but the space was transformed to […]

Singita Castleton / Singita Castleton In Singita Sabi Sand

The 11 Best Hotels in Cape Town

By Elite Traveler

In this latest article in our ongoing South Africa series, Elite Traveler brings you a guide to the very best hotels in Cape Town. Whether a sumptuous bed, a spectacular view or service beyond compare – choose from our stunning selection of hotels in the cosmopolitan city. One&Only Cape Town One&Only Cape Town is a destination unto itself – an […]

The 5 Best Restaurants in Durban

By Alex Martin

Continuing our coverage of South Africa, Elite Traveler brings you an essential guide to the best restaurants in Durban. South Africa’s coastal city of Durban has spent a generation in the shadow of Cape Town and Johannesburg, but the city has experienced a dramatic rise in popularity following the World Cup in 2010. With African, Indian and colonial influences as well […]

The 9 Best Restaurants in Cape Town

By Lauren Hill

On the shore of Table Bay, Cape Town is South Africa’s premier fine-dine destination. Dining in Cape Town is a memorable experience, with the freshest ingredients, beautiful interiors, breathtaking views and world-class wines. Experience upscale atmospheres serving dishes with international influence as well as cuisine with distinctly Cape-Town ingredients and flavors. Exceptional chefs across the city experiment with a range […]

The Best Brunches in Cape Town

By Alex Martin

In this latest article in an ongoing series, Elite Traveler takes a closer look at Cape Town’s expanding casual dining scene in search of the very best restaurants and cafes. Here are the best brunches in Cape Town. Starlings The original Starlings café in Claremont was, and to an extent still is, a local secret. Hidden behind a large hedge […]