Six hotels South Africa ‘world’s best’

Singita in het Kruger National ParkSix hotels in South Africa feature in the 50 “world’s best hotels 2013” list of  US magazine Travel + Leisure, with three of them ranking in the top 10 – all  three located within the world-famous Kruger National Park, and two belonging to  South African hospitality group Singita.

“A commitment to providing access to some of Africa’s best game-viewing,  while minimizing environmental impact and maximizing comfort, has earned  Singita’s properties repeat appearances in the World’s Best Awards,” Travel +  Leisure says in its July 2013 issue.

The Singita Kruger National Park, comprising two lodges with treetop suites  and riverside rooms in the southeastern reaches of the Kruger National Park, on  South Africa’s border with Mozambique, was voted third best in the hotels  category of the magazine’s annual “world’s best” readers’ survey.

Singita’s flagship Sabi Sand, also located within the greater boundaries of  the Kruger National  Park, came in at number 10. “Private outdoor showers and  well-stocked wine cellars come standard,” Travel + Leisure says of Sabi Sand,  “while photography-focused safaris and cultural outings to a nearby village let  you appreciate Kruger’s landscape and the local community”.

At ninth on the list is the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve, at whose flagship  Bush Lodge “twice-daily game drives, firelight boma dinners, and spa treatments  using marula tree, African potato, and aloe vera extracts keep parents occupied,  while kids can enroll in the EleFun Centre, offering conservation activities and  outdoor fun”.

Zuid-Afrika, Kaapstad Cape GraceThe Cape Grace in Cape Town -probably South Africa’s most famous city- was ranked 26th. “A movable pedestrian bascule  bridge provides access from Cape Town’s bustling waterfront to this quiet,  mansard-roofed hotel on its own private quay,” notes Travel + Leisure, while  “fourth-floor rooftop terrace rooms and penthouse suites come with views of  Table Mountain”.

At 39th place, and returning to the  Kruger National Park and its surrounds,  is the Londolozi Game Reserve, a Kruger camp comprising five family-run lodges  on 42 000 acres of the wilderness of SouthAfrica that is renowned for its  frequent sightings of the elusive leopard.

And at 50 on the list is the Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa, a 200-year-old manse in the posh Sandhurst suburbs of Johannesburg that has been converted into a “fashionable 53-room boutique hideaway” where “the expansive pool, 10-acre gardens and koi pond make the Saxon feel like a resort, with private plunge pools in many rooms and latticed shutters opening to garden views”.

More information on the organisations and/or accomodations in the Top 50:


Sabi Sabi

Cape Grace


Saxon Hotel

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Photo’s courtesy to Singita (photo 1 ) and Cape Grace (photo 2)


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