HAMILTON’S TENTED CAMP: Canvas luxury within the vast spans of the Kruger National Park. This discreet, six tents only camp, perched on the banks of the Nwaswitsontso River is a classic colonial dream. Victorian bathtubs, brass fittings, leather kists and paraffin lanterns pin a romantic picture of elegance against the backdrop of a rugged, wild and untouched landscape.
Centered on the university town of Stellenbosch, it’s also less than an hour from Cape Town. The cool climate of the area, influenced by both the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, is ideal for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chenin Blanc, Syrah, and other grapes—and they’ve been making wine there since the mid 17th-century. With hotel options like the Delaire Graff Lodges and Spa, a Relais & Chateaux property, and wineries including the heralded Rust en Vrede, it’s a can’t miss region for oenophiles.
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“I send visitors to the Cape Royale," says resident Rashiq Fataar. "The hotel has a sophisticated old-world feel. Guests have access to a rooftop pool that overlooks the city.”
Mont Rochelle | Vineyard Hotel near Cape Town | Virgin Limited Edition
Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard, Franschhoek, South Africa The latest addition to Sir Richard Branson’s hotel collection is a renovated grand estate house with 22 rooms on a 100-acre vineyard in Franschhoek
Leopard Hills Private Game Reserve | Luxury Sabi Sand Lodge
A luxury Sabi Sand lodge, Leopard Hills is located in the western sector of the renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve, bordering the famous Kruger National Park.
Leeu Collection | South Africa | Le Quartier Français | Discover Leeu Collection Luxury Travel and Leisure
Le Quartier Francais: Surrounded by the hills and vineyards of the Franschhoek Valley, this little boutique hotel (there are only 21 rooms on the property) is just an hour from Cape Town, but it feels worlds away. Chef Margot Janse’s Tasting Room is one of (if not the) best restaurants in South Africa; it’s the winner of countless awards for its 8-course tasting menu, which serves a uniquely African-inspired style of food. The wait-list is notoriously long, so plan accordingly.
The Test Kitchen
The Test Kitchen: Lemon meringue egg, cachaça, vanilla cream, meringue shards - Take his ‘TK Concrete Ball’ for instance, which sees Mozambican langoustine cooked inside a concrete ball at the table over burning star anise before being served with herbed Nicola potato and mussel salad, scallops and Spanish cucumber medley and champagne velouté. - ‘Blinissoise’ – chilled blini creme, barbecued langoustine ‘en gelée’ langoustine tataki, liquorice powder - Light curry glazed kingklip