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    Pocket Guide: South Africa

    It is almost unbelievable that one country could encompass penguins waddling on its coast and hippos wallowing in its rivers. Yet, South Africa is all about out-of-this-world natural sights and thrilling experiences. The country covers a lot of ground: there is desert at Kalahari, delightful blankets of wildflowers coming into bloom at Namakwa, the peaks of Table Mountain and savannahs that are stuffed with wildlife. The achingly beautiful Drakensberg range gives an almost mythical look to the country’s backbone whilst KwaZulu-Natal’s iSimangaliso Wetland Park manages to surreally mix zebras and dolphins. All this can be yours with a hotel in South Africa.

    Areas & Neighbourhoods: Best South Africa Hotel Locations

    Cape Town – Forget the wildlife and hit the nightlife with a hotel in happening Cape Town. Backed by the enticing Table Mountain, this city’s population of Christians, Muslims, Jews and many traditional African tribes mean the culinary options are hard to beat and the city’s districts refreshingly varied. There are wine tours to the nearby vineyards and whales breaching just off the coast. Paraglide off Lion’s head, hike up Table Mountain, indulge in some shopping or kick back on the beach. The options just don’t stop!

    Johannesburg – Renewed, rejuvenated and really worth booking a hotel in is the arts and cultural centre that is Jozi. Galleries, swanky bars and glorious dining locales abound but Jozi has not forgot its past: take a trip to Soweto to visit the sobering museums that place the contemporary city back where it once was during the Apartheid years.

    KwaZulu-Natal – Nowhere is the variety that South Africa offers more densely packed than here. Lush mountains rose out of flat, dry savannahs, lively beaches contrast with unchanging tribal settlements and the wild African markets fail to compare to the lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants and rhinos out there.

    Kruger National Park – In a country where the Big Five regularly feature on the brochures of national parks, Kruger demands your increasingly jaded attention. This is one of the world's greatest national parks in terms of the diversity, density and sheer numbers of animals. Over 140 mammals and 500 varieties of bird call this home: it is truly a sight to behold.

    Things to See with a Hotel in South Africa

    Of course you can see the Big Five here but you can also see hundreds of other fascinating mammals and a supporting cast of reptiles and birds too. What’s more the landscape is enthralling and ever-changing. The arid Kalahari, the misty hills of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, the colourful flowers of Namakwa and the dreamy peaks of the Drakensberg (‘Dragon Mountain’) range. The cities can be a sight to behold too, from Durban’s Golden Mile of beaches to Cape Town’s iconic framing by Table Mountain.

    Things to Do in South Africa

    Safari, surf and skydive to your heart’s content. Then enjoy fine dining that is amongst the best on offer5 in the world before you party the night away into the small hours. If this isn’t your cup of tea how about a wine tour near Cape Town or a cultural tour amongst the tribes of KwaZulu-Natal? The modern malls of Cape Town, the artistic galleries of Johannesburg or Victoria Market in Durban all offer something for the culture vultures and shopaholics. Meanwhile history buffs can visit Mandela’s home, Robben Island or try to put all the pieces together at Soweto’s Apartheid Museum. There really is something for everyone!

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    Hotels in Cape Town (and vicinity)

    Cape Royale Luxury Hotel - Cape Town Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Cape Royale Luxury Hotel

    47 Main Road Green Point, Cape Town - Map
    "Good Location - Big two bed room appartment"
    Pool on roof not suitable for families with small children - it is more a hangout for tanning at the bar. And likely due to water shortage in western cape it didn't look very clean. Room/suite was very spacious. Although there was a full kitchen (with washer dryer) there was minimal set of plates and pots/pans had to be requested separately. Detergents and dish washing were surprisingly not complementary. Overall great location near stadium and V&V Waterfront with very friendly and helpfull staff.
    A Traveller
    Cape Royale Luxury Hotel is 1.5 km (0.9 miles) from Two Oceans Aquarium on Victoria & Albert Waterfront, and 21 km (13 miles) …More
    One&Only Cape Town - Cape Town Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    One&Only Cape Town

    Dock Road, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town - Map
    "Intimate yet convenient "
    Our first stay at this brand. Impressed with staff and amenities. Great attention to detail. An intimate oasis yet convenient to the sights and things to do in Cape Town.
    Traveller from NH, USA
    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the waterfront, within 1 mi (2 km) of Nobel Square, Two Oceans Aquarium …More
    Taj Cape Town - Cape Town Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Taj Cape Town

    1 Wale Street, Cape Town - Map
    "Perfectly located luxury hotel"
    We were so impressed by this hotel with its ideal location in the City Bowl near the Greenmarket and Company's Gardens with views of Table Mountain, its exceptionally helpful and courteous staff, very well-appointed rooms and lovely indoor pool and workout area. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great Cape Town experience.
    Traveller from New York City
    This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located on the Strip, just steps from St. George's Cathedral and Greenmarket Square …More

    Hotels in Johannesburg (and vicinity)

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton - Sandton Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Balalaika Sandton

    20 Maude Street, Sandton - Map
    "Nice traditional hotel in central location"
    Nice hotel, clean, good breakfast, nice bar. Rooms are big enough. The fridge was to loud and we were not able to switch it of unless it was empty. Staff was very friendly and helpful.
    A Traveller
    Modern hotel with colonial themed design set in lush, landscaped gardens, attached to Village Walk Shopping Centre and within …More
    Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport - Kempton Park Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Protea Hotel by Marriott O.R. Tambo Airport

    Corner of York and Gladiator Streets, Kempton Park - Map
    "Hotel close to airport"
    Rooms were average in terms of cleanliness! Given they have had a refurb the shower areas were particularly average. Tiles cracked, re-grooting needed etc. Modern look of a wet room
    Traveller from London
    Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Kempton Park Golf Club, International Terminal Duty Free Mall …More
    Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton Johannesburg - Sandton Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel Sandton Johannesburg

    Corner of Rivonia Road and West Street, Sandton - Map
    "Comfortable and welcoming hotel"
    Radisson Blu Sandton is Comfortable and welcoming hotel. Walking distance to an enormous shopping mall and restaurants inside. The gym facilities are very good too. The staff are wonderful. Right next to Gautrain stAtion. Slept like a baby each night
    A Traveller
    Located in the heart of Sandton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City Mall, and …More

    Hotels in Knysna

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays - Knysna Hotels
    Rating: 3.5 Stars

    Protea Hotel by Marriott Knysna Quays

    Waterfront Drive, Knysna - Map
    "Very well located"
    Well located. Right next to the water front. Relaxed atmosphere. Its a B&B only, so guests need to figure lunch and dinner accordingly. There are enough options to eat, close by.
    A Traveller
    Located in Garden Route, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Knysna Quays and Pledge Nature Reserve. Knysna Elephant …More
    Simola Hotel, Country Club & Spa - Knysna Hotels
    Rating: 5.0 Stars

    Simola Hotel, Country Club & Spa

    No. 1 Old Cape Road, Knysna - Map
    "Nice Golf Hotel"
    Check in was very unprofessional. She blamed us that the expedia reservation did not reach them and we can not check in. I did show her our confirmation and the hotel has to fix the problem. After a while she was willing to call the director and the situation was handled. Staff needs training how to solve such issues and not blaming the customer.
    A Traveller
    Located in Garden Route, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Simola Golf Course and within 6 mi (10 km) of Pledge …More
    aha The Rex Hotel - Knysna Hotels
    Rating: 4.0 Stars

    aha The Rex Hotel

    8 Gray Steet, Knysna - Map
    "Comfortable hotel, centrally located with parking."
    We were delighted with the comfort and contemporary design of the hotel. Very helpful staff and good breakfast. Our apartment room was well equipped . We enjoyed the mountain views and sunset from the balcony of our room.
    A Traveller
    This family-friendly Knysna hotel is located in the suburbs, within 1 mi (2 km) of Pledge Nature Reserve and Knysna Quays …More