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RResort accommodation is available throughout South Africa, offering visitors a range of options – whether you want a back-to-basics escape or 5-star luxury, you’ll find an establishment that meets your needs. And most offer a wealth of activities, so there are lots of opportunities for family fun, singleton adventures and romantic getaways alike.
There are more than 250 holiday resorts dotted across the length and breadth of the country, each offering a one-of-a-kind experience. In some countries, resorts are often sprawling estates featuring every activity under the sun, but South African holiday resorts tend to be smaller, with each one focused on its own unique mix of offerings.
Many are graded by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa (and you’d be wise to choose one that is), which awards from 1 to 5 stars, depending on the facilities available. You can download the booklet explaining their grading criteria on the council’s website, which will give you an idea of what facilities to expect depending on the star rating. The types of resorts available include self-catering, caravan and camping, lodge and hotel resorts – and within those categories, everything from golf and sports resorts to safari and casino resorts.
There’s also a new breed of eco-resort emerging. These are often located in ecologically sensitive areas, including mountain, grassland, forest and bush destinations, where facilities and activities are managed according to sound environmental principles.
Larger resorts usually offer a range of indoor and outdoor sports, mountain biking, walks, hikes and swimming, often with multiple pools. Safari resorts specialise in game activities, while golfing and casino resorts have facilities structured around these activities.
To ensure they’re family-friendly, most resorts offer activities and facilities for children, and some even boast dedicated children’s programmes.
For just a sample of all the superb resort accommodation in South Africa, try Cathedral Peak Hotel (rooms and suites) in KwaZulu-Natal, Oyster Bay Resort (caravan and camping) in Eastern Cape, Oubaai Golf Resort and Spa (hotel) in Western Cape, Sperrgebiet Lodge (self-catering) in Northern Cape, Sun City (several hotels to suit a range of budgets) in North West, Guddle Burn Farm Stay (self-catering) in Free State, Thabametsi Farm (self-catering cottages and camping) in Gauteng, Forever Resorts’ Matombu Wild (self-catering) in Mpumalanga, or Karongwe River Lodge (all-suite hotel) in Limpopo.