August 3

Africa is WOWING at the World’s Best Awards 2023!


August 3, 2023

Oh, boy! We're absolutely thrilled to shout it from the rooftops – our favourites have made it to the top of the charts on the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2023! These outstanding hotels, lodges and restaurants have swept travellers off their feet with their magical experiences and top-notch service. Let's put our hands together for these shining stars...

Royal Malewane farmhouse pool

The best of the best in the world of travel, Image Credit: Royal Malewane

The Safari Hotshots That Have Stolen Our Hearts

Royal Malewane, Thornybush Private Game Reserve

Get ready to feel like royalty as you explore the untamed beauty of Thornybush Private Game Reserve in the Greater Kruger National ParkRoyal Malewane has truly earned its spot as the ultimate safari dreamland – where luxury and wildlife come together for the adventure of a lifetime!

Royal Malewane pool

A royal setting in the bush, Image Credit: Royal Malewane

Virunga Lodge, Rwanda

Are you up for breathtaking mountain gorilla encounters? Then Virunga Lodge in Rwanda is your must-visit! Nestled by the stunning Virunga Mountains and overlooking the mesmerising twin lakes, this eco-lodge not only gives you a front-row seat to nature's finest but also champions sustainability like no other.

The perfect tranquil base for gorilla trekking safaris

The perfect tranquil base for gorilla trekking safaris, Image Credit: Virunga Lodge

Angama Mara, Maasai Mara National Reserve

Gosh, can you imagine waking up to sweeping views of the iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya? Well, that's what Angama Mara promises – and it delivers BIG time! With its modern flair, warm hospitality, and epic game drives, it's no wonder it's a safari enthusiast's paradise.

Angama Mara

Located high above the floor of Kenya’s Great Rift Valley, Image Credit: Angama Mara

Our Favourite Resorts Will Sweep You Off Your Feet

Babylonstoren, Cape Winelands

Picture-perfect and exuding history, Babylonstoren in Cape Winelands is an absolute gem. Surrounded by lush vineyards, it's a charming escape that treats you to farm-to-table delights and a soothing ambience that'll make you wish you never have to leave.

Accommodation at Babylonstoren

Equally dreamy as the Hanging Gardens of ancient Babylon, Image Credit: Babylonstoren

Matetsi Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Brace yourself for a jaw-dropping adventure along the mighty Zambezi River. Matetsi Victoria Falls knows how to blend luxury with nature's raw beauty like a match made in heaven. From thrilling game views to awe-inspiring Victoria Falls experiences, this resort has it all.

Matetsi suite

Indulge and discover the precious natural wonders of Zimbabwe, Image Credit: Matetsi Victoria Falls

andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge, Namibia

Calling all desert dreamers! andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge is your dream come true. Set amid the ethereal Namib Desert in Namibia, this hidden treasure lets you disconnect from the hustle and bustle and reconnect with nature and yourself. Oh, and stargazing here is out of this world!

Exterior view of andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge - one of the best luxury lodges in Namibia

Explore Sossusvlei in style, Image Credit: andBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge

The World's Best Restaurants Are Simply Delectable

FYN, Cape Town

Foodies, rejoice! One of our top eating spots on our favourite restaurants' list, FYN in Cape Town, is turning heads with its mind-blowing fusion of flavours and artistic presentations. Prepare for a South African culinary journey like no other, where tradition meets innovation and your taste buds are in for a wild ride.

Fyn Restaurant

A restaurant that consistently exceeds expectations, Image Credit: Fyn

La Colombe, Cape Town

Tucked away in the verdant Constantia Valley, La Colombe is a true gastronomic oasis. Drawing inspiration from French cuisine, the masterful chefs craft dishes that are true works of art. With an inviting atmosphere and creative cuisine, every bite here is an explosion of taste that'll leave you wanting more.

La Colombe cuisine

One of Cape Town's most well-loved and awarded restaurants, Image Credit: La Colombe

Get Ready to Be Wowed by The Best in Travel!

Can we just say a massive congratulations to these incredible places? They've truly earned their spots on the "World's Best Awards" list, and we can't wait to see what amazing experiences they'll cook up next.

Embrace the world's best in travel and start planning your African adventure with us today!

Featured Image Credit: Royal Malewane

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About the author 

Michelle Welvering

Growing up, Michelle always wanted to become a world-renowned artist, a kickboxing-champion and an eccentric explorer – aka a Kickboxing Exploring Artist! After pursuing an education in Fine Arts and opening her own Kickboxing gym in Pretoria, an unexpected twist led her to a six-year stint as a travel consultant in South African tourism. She believes that all things happen for a reason and, driven by adventure, she was eager to find a more “wild” and cultural space to call home. This led her to wander the Western Cape coastline, fall in love with the city of Cape Town and, of course, her workplace, Rhino Africa.

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