30 Jun What’s Hot in South Africa
These new accommodations, restaurants and activities will surely inspire your journey to South Africa
As South Africa emerges from the pandemic, we discover the latest and newest lodges, restaurants and fun activities for the MICE sector in the southern-most tip of the African continent.
Located in Cape Town City Centre, the Old Bank Hotel is in a restored heritage building built in 1902. The hotel oozes charm and sophistication. Old meets new in this celebration of classic Victorian architecture and modern design. Each of the 44 rooms is decorated with modern elegance and luxurious finishes with an array of amenities like a minibar, laptop-compatible safe and Smart TV with satellite channels. The hotel is also in close proximity to some of Cape Town’s highlights, such as the Castle of Good Hope, District Six, Two Oceans Aquarium and the V&A Waterfront. Step outdoors and stroll up to the Bo-Kaap or down to the vast and impressive Company Gardens.
The completely rebuilt Xigera (“kee-jera”) is a bold new safari lodge set in the heart of the Okavango Delta on the aptly named Paradise Island. Opened in 2020, it is surrounded by deep channels and lush vegetation within a remote area of the productive Moremi Game Reserve. For much of the year this magnificent area epitomises the permanently flooded areas of the Okavango Delta, with palm-filled islands, riverine forests, interwoven channels and expansive floodplains. With just 12 suites showcasing the finest southern African artisans, Xigera has been innovatively designed to protect its pristine environment; it is 100% solar powered, with a dedicated focus on sustainability and eliminating single use plastics. Every spacious suite will be fully air conditioned.
For super-sized views of the Mother City – and an adrenaline rush second to none! Table Mountain is 1 000 metres above sea level, which makes it the world’s highest commercial abseil. The famous landmark’s kilometretall plateau towers over the city. As you are lowered into the vortex, the vast blue ocean stretches out before you, and Camps Bay, Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles form a panorama of splendour.
Famed Cape Town chef and restaurateur Liam Tomlin, known for serving up delicious dishes at Chef’s Warehouse, has opened a new restaurant called Mazza, translated as ” to share”. The 55-seater Middle Eastern restaurant is the latest addition to Heritage Square at the top of Shortmarket Street, in Cape Town’s CBD. Mazza is a small-plate restaurant celebrating the flavours of the Middle East. Tomlin calls it his “homage to Beirut”. This is the perfect party venue or dinner with friends.
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