Behind its ornate gate, Kasbah Tamadot is a 19th-century pastiche of rose gardens, splashing fountains, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, rooftop terraces, and hidden, curtained alcoves.
The 2,500-acre Pezula property encompasses a chic spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, a private residential development, and the elegant Pezula Hotel.
Hermanus’ Birkenhead House is the maritime equivalent to a South African safari lodge.
North Island resort revolves around an open-walled main lodge built with the trunks and thick, gnarled roots of salvaged takamaka trees.
At the Four Seasons Hotel, Cairo at Nile Plaza, lobby lizards prowl the glittering public spaces with primeval focus.
Most travelers to South Africa view Johannesburg as a necessary evil, a requisite stopover on the way to or from Kruger National Park and other nearby attractions.