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There’s some good news for those of you who love traveling in South Africa as much as I do. This past April, after acquiring the 116-property Protea Hospitality Group, Marriott became the largest hotel company in Africa, and has now announced that 26 Protea properties in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban, South Africa will be joining Marriott Rewards on February 23, 2015.

Protea Hotel Fire and Ice! Cape Town
The deck at Protea Hotel Fire and Ice! Cape Town

The 26 Protea Hotels, Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! and African Pride Hotels located in South Africa that will soon join Marriott Rewards are:

Cape Town

Category 5

  • African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel
  • African Pride Crystal Towers Hotel & Spa
  • Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Cape Town

Category 4

  • Protea Hotel Breakwater Lodge Waterfront
  • Protea Hotel North Wharf Waterfront
  • Protea Hotel President
  • Protea Hotel Sea Point
  • Protea Hotel Victoria Junction Waterfront
  • Protea Hotel Cape Castle Waterfront

Category 3

  • Protea Hotel Tygervalley
  • Protea Hotel Durbanville
  • Protea Hotel Mowbray (opening February 2015)
African Pride Melrose Arch
Presidential Suite at African Pride Melrose Arch in Johannesburg

Johannesburg

Category 5

  • African Pride Melrose Arch

Category 4

  • Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Melrose Arch
  • African Pride Irene Country Lodge

Category 3

  • Protea Hotel Wanderers
  • Protea Hotel Balalaika Sandton
  • Protea Hotel Parktonian All-Suite
  • Protea Hotel Midrand
  • Protea Hotel O.R. Tambo Airport
  • Protea Hotel Samrand
  • Protea Hotel Transit O.R. Tambo Airport
  • Protea Hotel Roodepoort
The rooftop pool at Durban's Protea
The rooftop pool at Durban’s Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge

Durban

Category 3

  • Protea Hotel Umhlanga Ridge
  • Protea Hotel Umhlanga
  • Protea Hotel Edward

More than 80 other Protea properties will join Marriott Rewards later in 2015, including those located in Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi and Uganda. Marriott’s new low and mid-tier presence in Africa will mean some less expensive options in a hotel market already peppered with largely high-end InterContinental, Radisson Blu, Hyatt, Hilton and Conrad properties.

Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Aerial view of Cape Town, South Africa. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

For now, with these new Protea properties joining Marriott Rewards in February, the late winter/early spring looks like a great time to plan a trip to South Africa—which so far has been my favorite overseas travel destination. If you’re looking for extra inspiration, please check out these posts: