South Africa

We can hardly do justice to this country on one page but we’ll share some nuggets from our experiences in South Africa. South Africa is the perfect destination for those who enjoy a combination of city stay, resort stay, wine tour AND safari – or any of the those activities by itself.

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Johannesburg is usually the first stop on a visit to South Africa and we have some thoughts on best places to stay depending on whether this is a quick overnight stop or a day to refresh and adjust to the time change. There are a couple of great overnight experiences by the airport as well as some hotels that can offer both overnight and superb spa facilities.

Kruger National Park is a large area, about the size of Israel, that offers many safari choices. Some safari camps are actually in the park while some others (some of our favorites) abut the park. We suggest you consider the Varty family’s Londolozi group of camps for a variety of accommodation types as well as personalized family service and we also love their next door neighbors, the Singita properties (if you have a small group, think Singita Castleton!). On the other side of Kruger we loved our stay at Royal Malewane.

And now on to Cape Town: This could be a stand-alone destination but we think the safari choices in Kruger are much better. Cape Town is rich in history and some easy picks are: Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was jailed; the downtown botanical gardens; the Wharf area, home to the wonderful Cape Grace Hotel and the edgy, new One and Only Cape Town; a visit to Cape Point; and a tour of the wine country. For a resort-and-city combo experience we recommend the Twelve Apostles, a small boutique property overlooking the ocean and only minutes from downtown Cape Town.