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An Overview of the AfricanMecca Hotel Tiers For South Africa

AfricanMecca guests looking to plan their city trip in South Africa can use our distinct 3-level Hotel Tier Rating classification to make choices regarding the city accommodation they choose. This system has been developed after careful consideration of the hotel, its caliber and value in relation to the location, accessibility to attractions and activities, hotel aesthetics, cuisine, service and much more. It places all different comparative variables with regard to cost on a singular platform so our clients are aware of their expected experience when staying at a particular hotel in South Africa.

The variables include a host of factors such as the location of the accommodation, whether it is located in a commercial area in Johannesburg, coastal seashore at the V&A in Cape Town or in the suburbs of the Garden Route. Accessibility to the main attractions, historical monuments and cultural venues of the destination is another important consideration. The total number of rooms available for occupancy and guests that they cater to at a given time, the standards of comfort they offer and quality of amenities are also taken into account. Very often, some accommodations have something unusual to offer such as siting within an antiquated but restored building or some special living experience. The consistency of service is yet another very important factor, as is the level of training the staff possesses, their knowledge and experience. All levels of staff such as waiters, chefs, receptionists, managers and their assistants, supervisors and concierge are included in this assessment. Above all, the cuisine offered, its variety, presentation, taste and whether or not special tastes are catered to, all these factors are accounted for.

Many guests prefer South African accommodations that operate on eco-friendly principles and are supportive of the local communities. They also take into consideration the architecture, adornment and aesthetic appeal. The various facilities the accommodation offers can feature high on the list of priorities such swimming pool, library, spa, complimentary internet accessibility, superlative views of the surrounding and maintenance of rooms, interior buildings, surroundings and gardens. Some guests might also require that the hotel provide avenues for entertainment and other activities. Lounges and in-house dining options such as specialist restaurants, bars and room service can all be indicators of the desired tier rating. Accessibility and airport logistics from the arrival points in the destination up to the hotel’s doorstep can also count. Clients can request information about the transit time and comfort of the travel.

Accommodations at all city, suburban and coastal destinations in South Africa are assigned one of AfricanMecca's 3 Hotel Tiers.

*Price guide is per day/person sharing a double or twin room. Single room supplements may apply for certain travel months and accommodations.
  • Hotel Size
  • Location
  • Attractions
  • Staff
  • Facilities
  • Service
  • Food
  • Quality
  • Privacy
  • Pricing (Off To Peak Season)*

Hotel Tier 1


  • 10 to 30 Rooms
  • Excellent
  • Convenient
  • Outstanding
  • Distinctive
  • Finest
  • Sumptuous
  • Upmarket
  • Exclusive
  • From $250 to $350+

Hotel Tier 2


  • 30 to 60 Rooms
  • Very Good
  • Accessible
  • Superior
  • Standard
  • Applaudable
  • Appetizing
  • Mid-range
  • Discerning
  • From $150 to $200+

Hotel Tier 3


  • 60 to 150+ Rooms
  • Good
  • Reachable
  • Average
  • Adequate
  • Acceptable
  • Palatable
  • Budget
  • Mass
  • From $100 to $150+


What are our Customers saying about our safari holidays?

  • On behalf of myself, my wife and my two adult daughters, I want to sincerely thank you and AfricanMecca Safaris for our fabulous recent safari. Everything you promised exceeded our expectations and was superb, which is saying a lot since this was our second trip, having had a wonderful Botswana Safari 10 years ago. Do not ever hesitate to use me as a reference.
    Robert Schenkein - prVision Photography Studio - Colorado, United States
  • Chobe was delightful, less than half full. Sussi and Chuma, very nice, again only 13 people in all. All the game drives and river cruises were excellent. We had great weather. The ability to get really close is in inspiring. EVERYWHERE we went, the people were warm, helpful and charming. Thank you so much. We will be recommending your services to all.
    Thomas Kelch - California, United States
  • Raza Visram at AfricanMecca planned the most amazing trip for my friend and I. I wanted to go to 4 countries in 15 days and he made it happen. It was an aggressive itinerary and Raza planned it so well, that the transitions were seamless. The last leg of the trip was Botswana for another Safari and we stayed at the most beautiful lodge. The excitement in seeing the animals so closely is indescribable.
    Karin Alsdorf - New Jersey, United States
  • I had a wonderful trip to Africa and I would highly recommend your company.I have been to Africa many times and I have never had such wonderful service. The guide and safari vehicle were both great and all the lodges were outstanding. We will be going to Africa again the year after next and I assure you I will be contacting you. Thanks again for arranging such a great trip.
    Ronald Price, President, Ron Price Motors Group - California, United States
  • Greetings to you and our most fervent thanks for a wonderful trip of Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa & Victoria Falls. This was truly a perfect vacation. Thank you so much for all your arrangements. It was a trip filled with different kinds of adventures. We experienced and learned so much. Would highly recommend it to others who are interested in similar trips. Wishing you the very best.
    Adrienne & Barrie Carter - Canada
  • Thank you for everything; we had an amazing honeymoon. Words really can't describe our experience, all we can really say was that it was the most amazing experience of our lives and we would recommend AfricanMecca to anyone. We hope to visit Africa again sometime next year! Thank you & all of your staff for an amazing & perfect honeymoon.
    Rick Sagoo - London, United Kingdom

Hotel Tier 1 Experiences

The luxury Hotel Tier 1 is accorded the best rank possible and is typically a boutique establishment that offers the nothing less than ultra-excellence in all aspects e.g. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Tintswalo Atlantic, Cape Grace in Cape Town, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel, Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, Pezula Resort Hotel in Knysna and more. It is located in an exclusive setting with breathtaking views, mostly away from noisy, crowded sites and perhaps, in the suburbs or coastal setting if available. Hotel Tier 1 is suggested to clients that are looking for only superlative experiences such as highly personalized, discrete service where their every need is taken care for. Higher preference is given to hotels that host a small group of guests at a time and offer genuine luxury standards of living spaces and cuisine. Guests opting for this tier usually have no cost consideration when looking for a dream city vacation.

Hotel Tier 2 Experiences

The deluxe Hotel Tier 2 is a deluxe or mid-range establishment e.g. Crown Plaza Rosebank in Johannesburg, Phantom Forest in Knysna, Victoria & Alfred Hotel in Cape Town and more. It is less lavish than Tier 1 and mostly caters to a medium to larger number of guests being located in a residential suburb or central city area. It might carry more rooms, but they maintain their high standards of roomy living spaces, delectable meals and pleasing surroundings. The general aura of the accommodation is a combination of corporate excellence with a superior touch. Clients can look forward to friendly, very helpful service provided with a smile.

Hotel Tier 3 Experiences

The value Hotel Tier 3 accommodation is suitable for guests that are looking for economical stay overs, possibly for a single night stay during transit to another destination. Or for those clients that are visiting the city for exploring its many attractions but are unconcerned about the modest living spaces and adequate cuisine they are served e.g. Commodore Hotel in Cape Town, Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton in Johannesburg, Ocean Eleven Guest House in Hermanus and more. Most of such no-frill accommodations are located in busy commercial hubs or congested residential areas with only a fewer quieter suburban options. They are often massive hotel complexes that cater to budget business class clients traveling in the city all through the year. Clients can expect wholesome but adequate food and agreeable service with accommodations savings but with a value standard in comparison. The Hotel Tier 3 accommodations cater to a far more number of guests as compared to Tier 2 though, in present times, there are few low-cost hotels that have fewer rooms thus small number of guests.


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How AfricanMecca’s Hotel Tier Ranking Helps You Make the Best Choice

Don’t leave your once-in-a-lifetime South Africa holiday in Africa to chance by relying on the feedback left by other guests or even hyped information on a hotel website as this is normally a one-time experience of a single guest experience rather than a wholesome experience and contrast of the destination e.g. comparison of over 25 to 50 or more accommodations in a single city destination. The problem with these sources is that the information can be based on emotion and marketing, both of which may mislead you about the quality of an accommodation. You want to feel confident about your choice, especially considering that you invest significant time and money into your much-anticipated AfricanMecca travel. In contrast, the tier rating system that is used by AfricanMecca Safaris is based on an objective assessment that is conducted during annual visits to the accommodations, cities, beaches, parks in varied countries in Africa.

Imagine traveling to Africa only to find that your hotel and related tour services is a huge disappointment. By considering the AfricanMecca Hotel Tier rating first, though, you can feel confident that your chosen and recommended accommodation will exceed your expectations in the quality of the service, food, lodging, location, activities, attractions accessibility and overall experience made from a comparative insight. You can rest assured that you are being given the best overview based on professional and accurate insight, rather than being swayed by a marketing strategy or one time experience of a guest review. Should you be traveling on a limited budget, the AfricanMecca Hotel Tier system allows you to find the best accommodation that offers a clean, safe place to rest and refresh yourself in between your exciting AfricanMecca tour activities. The rating also assures you that your metropolitan and seashore experiences will be very memorable.

Another common practice that is avoided with the AfricanMecca Hotel Tier system is what is known as “mirage itinerary.” The pricing structures of these hotel itineraries are based upon ratings that consider accommodations from both the higher and lower tiers to present you with an average cost and then camouflaged as a luxury hotel and tour experience. Instead, the AfricanMecca Hotel Tier system allows you to upgrade your tier preference, thus ensuring your complete satisfaction with the accommodation after your review of our recommendation. AfricanMecca Safaris adds value to your travel experience by providing you with the highest level of personalized service to give you the African metropolitan, suburban or seashore experience of your dreams. You choose your Hotel Tier experience and accommodation based on your personal preferences, as well as your individual priorities, whether they are a chic hotel with elegant design in the most exclusive location or simpler, homely accommodations that are convenient to the most popular city and coastal destinations. The best part is that we leave these decisions in your hands rather than promising something other than what you receive once you are in country.

If you traveled with us before, you will already know this but if you are first time travelers intending to use our services, the professional guidance and expertise you receive from AfricanMecca Safaris is unmatched in the industry as we believe in giving you an exceptional African tour you seek, no matter how large or small your budget. The range of accommodations that are offered in each tier means that you will not only feel comfortable with the cost of the hotel experience, but you will also feel comfortable with the ambiance of your chosen accommodation, whether you desire sophistication within the city or a place by the seashore to kick off your boots and put your feet up. We take into consideration every aspect of your travel in Africa and listen carefully to how you describe your perfect experience, whether it be an up-close-and-personal experience with discerning attractions in the heart of the city, sipping varied wines during your Cape Winelands tour or savor every exciting moment of whale watching on coast of Hermanus. Once we understand your vision and goals, we then provide professional guidance and advice as to how you can fulfill your every wish and we also make the necessary arrangements so you needn’t worry about organizing logistics in-country.

Start your African journey today by contacting your local AfricanMecca Safaris representative. We look forward to having your experience Africa through our eyes.


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