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TripAdvisor South Africa Review

Hotels and restaurants in South African proudly announce when they've won TripAdvisor awards. These awards & Tripadvisor rankings can entice tourists who do not yet know where to stay or eat.

Things to do in South Africa

What is TripAdvisor

History of TripAdvisor

Flights

As a South African, one can be proud of the quality we have to offer. When TripAdvisor released the winners of the Top 25 Destinations in the World Cape Town was voted number 16. As a country, we should be very proud to have a city which is a top destination in the world. Below are tables showing Tripadvisor's collective view of top hotels (the Cape Grace hotel in the Waverfront in Cape Town tops the list), restaurants and beaches of South Africa. It is important to know that TripAdvisor is continuously updating their site with new restaurants or hotels. Therefore the list of top hotels, restaurants, guest house, attractions and things to do can be changed over night based on users reviews. Users are uploading reviews on a daily basis and this can affect the TripAdvisor rating of a hotel, restaurant or attraction.

Position

Name

Suburb

City

1

Cape Grace

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

2

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa

Camps Bay

Cape Town

3

Mount Nelson Hotel

Central

Cape Town

4

The Oyster Box

Umhlanga Rocks

Durban

5

One&Only

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

6

Kapama River Lodge

Lynnwood Glen

Pretoria

7

The Table Bay Hotel

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

8

Taj Cape Town

Central

Cape Town

9

Queen Victoria Hotel

Central

Cape Town

10

Beverly Hills Hotel

Umhlanga Rocks

Durban

11

Asara Wine Estate & Hotel

Stellenbosch

Cape Town

12

Victoria & Alfred Hotel

V&A Waterfront

Cape Town

13

The Hyde All-Suite Hotel

Central

Cape Town

14

African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel

Central

Cape Town

15

Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa

Sandhurst

Johannesburg

16

Vineyard Hotel & Spa

Newlands

Cape Town

17

Winchester Mansions

Green Point

Cape Town

18

The Westin Cape Town

Central

Cape Town

19

Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa

Central

Cape Town

20

African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa

Milnerton

Cape Town

21

Protea Hotel North Wharf

Central

Cape Town

22

The Marine Hermanus

Marine Drive

Hermanus

23

The Westcliff

Westcliff

Johannesburg

24

The Palace of the Lost City

Sun City

Johannesburg

25

The Benjamin Hotel

Morningside

Durban


Cape Grace Hotel's main entrance at the V&A Waterfront
Top 25 Restaurants in Cape Town

Position

Name

Location

Cuisine

1

La Colombe

Constantia

French

2

Codfather Seafood & Sushi

Camps Bay

Sushi, Seafood

3

Constantia Uitsig

Constantia

Mediterranean

4

Il Leone Mastrantonio

Central

Italian

5

La Boheme

Central

Eclectic

6

Miller's Thumb

Central

Contemporary

7

Catharina's

Steenberg

African, Continental, Contemporary, International

8

Myoga

Central

Fusion

9

Willoughby & Co

V&A Waterfront

Asian fusion

10

Carne

Central

Italian

11

Gold Restaurant

Central

African

12

La Mouette

Central

French, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, Contemporary

13

Aubergine

Central

Seafood, Vegetarian

14

The Roundhouse Restaurant

Central

French, Contemporary

15

95 Keerom

Central

Italian

16

Signal Restaurant Waterfront

V&A Waterfront

Cape cuisine

17

Bizerca Bistro

Central

French

18

Magica Roma

Central

Italian

19

Societi Bistro

Central

French, Italian, Vegetarian

20

Planet Restaurant

Central

Contemporary, British

21

Royale Eatery

Central

Burgers

22

Kitima at the Kronendal

Hout Bay

Asian

23

Savoy Cabbage

Central

African, Contemporary, International

24

Fork

Central

Tapas

25

Beluga

Green Point

Pacific Rim


Top Beaches in South Africa

Position

Name

City

1

Clifton Beach

Cape Town

2

Camp's Bay Beach

Cape Town

3

Boulders Beach

Cape Town

4

Bloubergstrand Beach

Cape Town

5

Buffalo Bay

Knysna

6

Bollard Bay

Knysna

7

Grotto Beach

Hermanus

 

Things to do in South Africa

South Africa is such a diverse country and it has numerous activities to offer locals as well as tourists. Whether it is going up the cable car to Table Mountain, taking a ferry to Robben Island, swinging across the Moses Mabhida Stadium or taking a 4x4 through the Kruger National Park, South Africa will always keep you entertained. TripAdvisor offers a list of attractions for Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, Pretoria, Plettenberg Bay and many more. Below are a few of the attractions ranging from different parts of South Africa.

Attraction

Location

Table Mountain

Cape Town

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens

Cape Town

Cape of Good Hope

Cape Town

Township Tour

Cape Town

Robben Island

Cape Town

Signal Hill and Lions Head

Cape Town

Beaches including Clifton, Llandudno, Boulders

Cape Town

Old Biscuit Mill Market

Cape Town

Two Oceans Aquarium

Cape Town

World of Birds

Cape Town

Rhodes Memorial

Cape Town

Castle of Good Hope

Cape Town

Stellenbosch, Franschhoek, Constantia and Paarl wine routes

Cape Town

Gautrain

Johannesburg

South Western Townships

Johannesburg

Lion Park

Johannesburg

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Johannesburg

Emmarentia Dam

Johannesburg

Gold Reef City

Johannesburg

Adventure Golf Park

Johannesburg

Carnival City & Entertainment World

Johannesburg

Sun City

Johannesburg

Ushaka Marine World & Wet n Wild

Durban

Moses Mabhida Stadium

Durban

The Valley of 1000 Hills

Durban

Umhlanga Rocks

Durban

Phezulu Safari Park

Durban

Cheetah Research and Breeding Centre

Pretoria

Voortrekker Monument and Heritage Site

Pretoria

Union Buildings

Pretoria

Reitvlei Nature Reserve

Pretoria

Fort Schanskop

Pretoria

Birds of Eden

Plettenberg Bay

Radical Raptors

Plettenberg Bay

Goose Valley Golf Club

Plettenberg Bay

Old Timber Shed

Plettenberg Bay

Adventure Land

Plettenberg Bay

 

Airlines Used

You can search and compare flights prices on TripAdvisor by making use of either Travelstart, Expedia or Skytours. Expedia and Skytours make use of South African Airways and British Airways only, whereas Travelstart shows low cost airlines such as Mango and Kulula as well as British Airways and South African Airways. The price is shown in Dollars on Expedia and Skytours and in Rands on Travelstart.

Users on TripAdvisor have the ability to rate airlines according to their value, comfort, baggage handling, punctuality as well as others. British Airways has so far received 843 ratings and has a star rating of 3 (out of 5). The airline is 74% recommended. South African Airways has so far received 77 ratings and has a star rating of 3 (out of 5). The airline is 53% recommended. TripAdvisor offers an Air Travel forum where you can see a a list of discussions between users about air travel. If you have a question or comment, you can post it in the forum and anyone will be able to resond. Please see below a table showing the travelers ratings for each airline in South Africa.

Airline

Service offered

Rating out of 5

British Airways

Value

3

 

Check-in Experience

4

 

Punctuality

3

 

Baggage Handling

3

 

Seat Comfort

3

 

In-flight Service

3

 

In-flight Amenities

3

 

Reasonableness of fees

3

South African Airways

Value

3

 

Check-in Experience

3

 

Punctuality

3

 

Baggage Handling

3

 

Seat Comfort

3

 

In-flight Service

3

 

In-flight Amenities

3

 

Reasonableness of fees

3

What is TripAdvisor?

TripAdvisor is a website (tripadvisor.com) aimed at the travel enthusiasts. You can find all things travel related including where to stay, where to eat, where to go and what to do in the city/country of your choice. This interactive site allows users to post reviews and photos about hotels, restaurants, transport or even services they experienced. This information gives great insight about a place as people will decide where to stay/eat/go depending on how good or bad a review is.

The history of TripAdvisor

In February 2000, Stephen Kaufer founded TripAdvisor and received financing from Flagship Ventures, the Bollard Group and private investors.

In 2004, InterActive Corporation purchased TripAdvisor and then in 2005 proceeded to divide the travel group businesses under the Expedia, Inc name.

TripAdvisor gained five new travel communities in 2007: SmarterTravel.com, BookingBuddy.com, SeatGuru.com, TravelPod.com and Travel-Library.com. After this but also in 2007, the company gained The Independent Traveler, Inc which is responsible for Cruise Critic.com and IndependentTraveler.com.

In 2008, Holiday Watchdog, Virtualtourist and OneTime.com were added to TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor introduced vacation-rentals to their site as they gained a majority stake in FlipKey.com.

In 2009, TripAdvisor set up a new site in China called daodao.com and later on in 2009 continued to purchase the second-largest travel site and hotel and flight search engine, Kuxun.cn.

An announcement was made in 2011 that Expedia would separate into two companies by dividing the TripAdvisor travel sites.

The latest trend to hit TripAdvisor in 2012 was to connect to Facebook. Users can now see where their friends on Facebook have been and the reviews they have written.

Written by on 2013-06-06 (and of course Tripadvisor is all about ratings, so we had to ask her what her rating of the Tripadvisor experience is - Natasha gave them a rating of 4/ 5

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