Living Life to the Fullest in Africa

Our pick for the best hotel in the world.

Journey with us to South Africa the home and heritage of Nelson Mandela. The Saxon Villa and Spa is one of the most beautiful hotels in the world. One of the best chefs in the world, Werner Snoek resides here at Qunu Grill. For the ultimate African experience, his creations are derived from Saxon’s Organic gardens.

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A fabulous meal at Qunu thanks to chef Snoek and his team

I also found a fabulous African Tribal Shawl on Etsy at CricketsCreations hand crafted, just magnificent.

Stephen Falcke one of the worlds leading interior designers

What made our stays at both The Saxon Hotel Villas & Spa and Shambala Zulu Camp was the history and proximity of both retreats. Just a couple hours drive from Sandton in a private chauffeured car provided by Saxon Villa, you are immediately immersed in the anticipation of seeing some of South Africa’s most treasured wildlife. You can’t resist the excitement nor the love and devotion of former South African president and Nobel Prize-winner Nelson Mandela who chose the Saxon as his sanctuary in which to complete his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.

Coming up next: Shambala Reserve Zulu Camp. Part two of our journey throughout South Africa. Read More About Africa Here

Editor’s Notes:

36 Saxon Road, Sandhurst Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

October 2016 Condé Nast Traveler Top Hotels in Africa & The Middle East Readers’ Choice Award July 2016 Travel + Leisure #75
Top 100 Hotels in the World World’s Best Award

Originally published at on November 4, 2016.

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