Surprising destinations for the super rich in South Africa

Africa has been a travel destination for the rich and famous for many years now. A recent study performed by the New World Wealth dug deeper into the continent’s relationship with the super rich community. The findings emphasized that the wealthy love Africa; and that exploring its territories is not just an adventurous journey, but also an opportunity to enjoy pure luxury is several of Africa’s top tier travel spots. According to the “Millionaire Tourism in Africa” study, nearly 43,000 millionaire people visited Africa between September 2014 and September 2015. In terms of specific locations, South Africa was on top. Major destinations included Umhlanga, Cape Town, Franschoek, Johannesburg, Kruger Park, Garden Route and Stellenbosch. Why are these preferred travel location? Let’s have a closer look to see what they’re all about.


Umhlanga is a well-known residential and commercial resort city located in Durban, South Africa. The perfect location, right on the coast of KwaZulu-Natal, makes this place an ideal spot for a relaxing getaway for the rich and famous. Finished in 2000, Umhlanga is famous for its astounding Gateway Theatre of Shopping, the largest shopping mall in Africa and the southern hemisphere. Pearl Dawn is included in this commercial city resort; it is the region’s tallest skyscraper (152m high). Umhlanga is also South Africa’s faster growing cities, with a population that increased from 15,000 in 2001 to 25,000 in 2011. For some more relaxation, make sure to check out the beaches as well – Main Beach and Bronze Beach.
Cape Town

Cape Town is South Africa’s jewel. The capital city is hands-down one of the most exclusive and extravagant in the world. There’s something for everyone to do here. Go hiking on Table Mountain, explore the wildlife of Cape Point’s Nature Reserve, visit the Victoria & Alfred Museum and Robben Island, and enjoy sheer relaxation on Clifton Beach. The capital city is superb from all points of view. The avant-garde architecture, great food and luxurious hotels and resorts will surely exceed the expectations of the rich and famous.


The small town of Franschhoek is positioned in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful in the country. Located 75 km from the main city of Cape Town, Franschhoek has a small population of nearly 15,000 people. Once a traditional country retreat, the town has gone through a notable boom in the 90s. Property prices have increased drastically ever since and right now Franschhoek is one of South Africa’s most sought after residential areas. Wealthy people can enjoy here sheer relaxation as the town hasn’t lost its conventional South African charm. Some of the country’s finest bistros and restaurants are located in Franschhoek. Many know this place as South Africa’s “food and wine” capital, with lots of bed & breakfast cottages and comfortable resorts.

With a population that goes beyond 4 million people, Johannesburg is South Africa’s capital and main city centre. It is also the largest metropolis in the country with lots of interesting attractions, places of interest and activities for the world’s wealthiest travelers. Often described as the economic powerhouse of Africa, Johannesburg is home to some of the world’s tallest buildings, including Hillbrow Tower and Sentech Tower. In terms of relaxation, travelers should definitely check out the City Park & Zoo, Museum Africa, the Johannesburg Art Gallery, Market Theatre and Madela Museum among numerous others.

Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is a must-see regardless of your budget. Packed with incredible vistas and plenty of natural attractions, this place will surely exceed all your expectations. Knysna in particular, is surrounded by the most soothing ancient forests and abundant wildlife. It also embraces a magnificent lagoon where sailing enthusiasts can enjoy incredibly adventures. The arty, serene setting of Knysna is an excellent travel spot for wealthy travelers hunting for some relaxation.

South Africa is an exceptional place for a summer getaway. Unlike average voyageurs mostly looking for vacation spots on a budget, the wealthy prefer luxury combined with peace and tranquility. South Africa comes with a wealth of retreats positioned far away from the main cities. This way tourists can make the most of their vacation, enjoy top-quality wine and local foods, and spend quality time with their loved ones without being bother by any sort of urban surroundings. By Peter Smith and!