South of Africa is defined by its unique African Spaces. And it offers bespoke and Secret Places.

There’s a fresh new force in the hospitality industry. South of Africa (SOA) is a unique group of hotels and guesthouses offering distinctive experiences through its seventeen establishments in two of South Africa’s most popular tourism destinations: Limpopo and the Western Cape.

What distinguishes SOA from other stereotypical hotel chains is its focus on catering for the needs of individuals. Whether guests desire the sought-after luxury of a five-star establishment, or comfortable, affordable accommodation, each of the properties in our portfolio has its own identity, true to the areas in which they are located.

SOA started in 1990 with the purchase of the group’s first property, Shangri-La Country Hotel & Spa near Modimolle in Limpopo province. Since then, SOA’s property portfolio has grown steadily, with a team of unique professionals, under the leadership of Managing Director Stef Venter that enhance the company with their creative energies and enthusiasm for the group’s vision and mission.

Our Vision: To position SOA as a portfolio of fine properties within the tourism industry in Southern Africa by creating a prominent dynamic brand known for high standards, creative uniqueness and skilled passionate staff empowered to deliver an unforgettable lifestyle experience.

Our mission: To make SOA a target driven dynamic organisation with high ethics and values, delivering outstanding quality experiences, through a team of highly skilled, motivated staff that benefits from the company’s success to improve their quality of life.

A key element of SOA’s approach is enhancing the lives of all those that work for this ‘family-run’ business. The group treats each staff member as part of the family within a loving atmosphere of teamwork and respect. SOA’s property portfolio offers both catered and self-catering accommodation that ranges from standard/budget, to Deluxe and Superior Luxury establishments. Discover the African Spaces and Secret Places that offer guests the opportunity to experience the dream.

Next time you plan a holiday, weekend escape, conference or small wedding; why not consider one of the fabulous properties in South of Africa’s portfolio of fine properties? E-mail us at and we’ll be happy to discuss all the options!