Collected by Deb Smit
Grumeti Reserves, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
One of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each...
R43, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
Grootbos sits on a stretch of coast famed for its fynbos, an incredibly diverse natural shrubland. Guests may see one of 765 plant species while hiking the property’s trails. The ocean’s “big five” are the other draw: Boat...
In the western Sahara Desert, surrounded by red dunes, Erg Chigaga could be mistaken for a campsite on Mars. The remoteness is part of the appeal. A day might start with a camel ride followed by a picnic beneath a tamarix tree, then drinks atop...
Paje Beach, Paje, Tanzania
Calm waters and year-round winds have made the southeast coast of Zanzibar a hot spot for kite surfing. To mix the action with some pampering, book a stay at White Sand, an 11 villa resort with its own kite-surfing school. (June to September and...
The local culture gets as much attention as the wildlife at Nduara Loliondo. Open December through April, the camp sits on private Masai land in the eastern Serengeti. In a nod to the nomadic culture of the Masai, the lounge and dining tents are...
192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Housed in the splendid Casa Labia, a stately home on Cape Town’s False Bay Coast, overlooking the ocean in Muizenberg this is the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Ideally situated for those undertaking a tour to Cape Point,...
2 Lille, Courtrai, Paarl, 7646, South Africa
A hidden gem in the Cape Winelands, in the historic town of Paarl, convenient to Cape Town, surrounded by landmark wine estates below the huge granite outcrop above Paarl Mountain, is the privately owned charming small property, The Light House...
V & A Waterfront, 17 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
Led by renowned artist Antony Shapiro, this nonprofit social enterprise is now a well-established center of ceramic excellence and education. Visitors may indulge in pottery tuition from beginners to advanced level, Raku workshops, corporate team...
76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Belmond’s Cape Town hotel The Mount Nelson is locally referred to as ‘The Nellie.’ The hotel’s funky Planet Bar maintains a buzz unexpected in an hotel that’s celebrated its centenary. Enjoy the palm trees and pretty gardens in the central...
R60, South Africa
The Cape Winelands are far more extensive than many imagine. Well worth the journey is ‘Route 62’ from Cape Town to the Garden Route, and a convenient new stop on this scenic route is ‘Mo & Rose’ a stylish new boutique guest house and wine bistro,...
71 Waterkant St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Hemelhuijs is a stylish and intimate oasis in downtown Cape Town, perfect for a leisurely breakfast or lunch. The menus here are seasonal, featuring modern South African dishes made with fresh ingredients. Diners can look forward to...
232 Kloof Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
This exclusive hotel perched high above popular Clifton Beach sits on some of the country’s best real estate, nestled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. Part of Rare Earth’s Beach Portfolio of properties, it’s an airy...
25A Buitenkant St, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
District Six was originally a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, laborers, and immigrants. Marginalization and forced removal of the residents began early in the last century and, in 1966, the neighborhood was declared a white...
Klapmuts - Simondium Rd, Simondium, Paarl, 7670, South Africa
About an hour outside of Cape Town, Babylonstoren is one of South Africa’s oldest werfs, or farmyards. In 2010, Karen Roos, a former editor at South Africa’s Elle Decoration, reimagined the property as a fantasy farm stay with an...
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