Welcome to the best layover of all time. The Saxon gently lulls guests into safari mode, cosseting them in its decadent comforts and enveloping them with its sophisticated African-chic decor and earthy tones. Name-droppers will love the Saxon: Nelson Mandela stayed here while writing his autobiography; more than a few heads of state have slept here; and stars such as Will Smith, Bono, and Kevin Spacey have decamped here (Justin Bieber even hid out here with his entourage, though that might not be a selling point). But despite the names it attracts, the Saxon manages to make sure each guest feels like an A-lister. No whim is overlooked, from the decadent dinners to the tranquil spa treatments. It’s the ultimate welcome to South Africa—next stop, the bush.
Breakout Activity #5: In the Kitchen with Chef David Higgs
David Higgs is one of the hottest chefs in South Africa. He recently relocated from Cape Town, joining Joburg’s most luxurious hotel, the Saxon. Get behind the scenes of a five-star experience with David for a personal cooking demonstration at this incredible property’s newly renovated kitchen.