by Tamlin Wightman on July 8, 2011
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The results of this year’s US Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 list of Top 100 Hotels readers’ survey are in! And we’re pleased to say that Africa features highly!

The folks at Singita must be popping them Moët & Chandon Champagne bottles in the hundreds. Not only have more than one of their reserves been featured, but they took the No. 1 spot, with Singita Grumeti Reserves (including Sasakwa Lodge, Sabora Tented Camp, Faru Faru Lodge), located along the Western corridor of Tanzania’s legendary Serengeti National Park.

Faru Faru is one of the Singita lodges to come first place in the awards

Faru Faru Lodge

Singita Lebombo is a favourite among voters and it's obvious why

Lebombo Lodge

They’re at No. 2 also, with Singita Sabi Sand at Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve (Ebony Lodge, Boulders Lodge, Castleton Camp). And, No. 39 with Singita Kruger National Park (Lebombo Lodge, Sweni Lodge), South Africa, with its spectacular setting overlooking the N’wanetsi River. The Reserve was also voted Best Hotel Spa in Africa and the Middle East in the same readers’ survey for 2011.

Results were announced last night in the USA on NBC’s Today Show. Winners will be honoured in an awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday, 14 July.

See more about Singita here:

Read our travel expert Samantha Myburgh’s blog about Singita: Part 1 and Part 2.

Singita is host to the Big Five and offers excellent game viewing drives

Other winners

As for the other African hotels featured, we’d like to congratulate:


Londolozi is one of the original pioneering Private Game Reserves of the ecotourism industry

Londolozi Private Game Reserve

Cape Town was also voted No.6 in the Best Cities of the World by readers, and No.1 city out of Africa and the Middle East in this year’s Awards.

See more about this beautiful city – which we at  Rhino Africa get to enjoy every day:

More about the competition

The Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 are featured now on and will appear in the August issue of the American Travel + Leisure magazine (due out 22 July).

The survey results are based on readers’ ratings. Properties were rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being excellent, according to selected characteristics: rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value. Hotel spas are rated on the basis of their ambience, treatments, service and value.

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