South Africa is a country of extraordinary splendour, sheltering eight World Heritage Sites as determined by UNESCO. We feature five of them here, recommending luxury accommodation within the proclaimed sites or nearby.

WESTERN CAPE

The Cape Floristic Region comprises several protected areas extending from the Cape Peninsula to the Eastern Cape. The incredible diversity of this site is in part what enables South Africa to boast the third highest biodiversity in the world. There are more than 9000 species of indigenous fynbos in 90 000 km2. Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is a spectacular conservation area within the Cape Floristic Region, in which well over 700 species have been recorded. Grootbos is also a maginificent holiday sanctuary, accommodating guests in a choice of two luxury lodges and offering a superb range of guided nature activities. Guided flora walks and drives in the Grootbos Reserve are among the activities available. Check availability online or Mail us.

South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
The King Protea in Grootbos Private Nature Reserve near Hermanus. Check availability online.
South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
Accommodation at Grootbos is superb and offered at Garden Lodge and Forest Lodge. Check availability online.

The World Heritage Site of Robben Island is located in Table Bay and accessed by ferry departing from Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront. The standard tour to Robben island takes about 4 hours. Depending on the vessel used, the ferry trips there and back take 30 minutes – 1 hour each way. During South Africa’s apartheid years the island served as a prison for political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela, and in earlier times it was used as a mental hospital, leper colony and convict station. Stay at the world-class Twelve Apostles & Spa a short drive away from the V&A Waterfront, and make use of a free shuttle service to and from the waterfront. Alternatively, stay at the V&A Waterfront – at Cape Grace, situated on its own quay and providing outstanding accommodation and service. Mail us.

South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
The lavish Presidential Suite at Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa overlooks the Atlantic Ocean

KWAZULU-NATAL

iSimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu-Natal – previously called The Greater St Lucia Wetland Park –  is Africa’s largest estuary and an area of phenomenal biodiversity. The iSimangaliso World Heritage Site includes beaches, forested dune, wetlands, lakes, forests, savannah thornveld and grasslands. Scenically, it’s a paradise and definitely a bucketlist item for any South African holiday. Makakatana Bay Lodge is the only privately owned lodge within iSimangaliso Wetland Park. Accommodation is in a handful of luxury rooms and suites set along a boardwalk in a sand forest. The rooms are large, luxurious and close to nature. Activities from the lodge include game drives in the wetlands, beach excursions, boat trips, fishing and walking. Check availability online or Mail us.

South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
Mokoro trips are among the activities offered at Makakatana Bay Lodge in Isimangaliso Wetland Park. Check availability online.

South Africa’s highest mountain range is part of uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site in KwaZulu-natal. The site features breathtaking scenery and offers phenomenal hiking, climbing, birding and fishing opportunities. Cathedral Peak Hotel is situated within the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park and is a wonderful base for a family holiday in this magnificently scenic region. Masses of leisure activities are available at and near the hotel, including daily guided hikes, birding, rock art viewing, a jogging trail, tennis, 9-hole golf, helicopter flips, horse rides, mountain and quad biking. Mail us.

South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
Golf is an amazingly scenic affair at Cathedral Peak Hotel in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.
South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
Hiking is one of the must-do activities in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park.

GAUTENG

South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is situated 50 km north-west of Johannesburg and includes the Sterkfontein Caves which contain a 2.3-million-year-old fossil known as Mrs Ples. These caves have produced a significant number of early hominid fossils. Accommodation options in the area include the 24-bedroom Maropeng Boutique Hotel and Forum Homini, a five-star boutique hotel with a unique design and stunning views of the bushveld surroundings.

South Africa's World Heritage Sites and Where to Stay
Luxury boutique hotel Forum Homini blends beautifully with the environment

Mail us to book your holiday accommodation and tours in South Africa, or call +27 21 797-7122 (international) or 0860 102 907 (local).