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How powerful a passport is, is determined by the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. Seychelles’ passport is the most powerful in Africa, with its holders accessing 152 countries in the world, visa-free. Followed by Mauritius at 146 countries. South Africa comes third at 102 countries.

 

The list below highlights the top 10 most powerful passports in Africa.

Rank

Country

Number of Countries the Passport Can Access Visa Free 

1​ 

Seychelles

152

2​ 

Mauritius

146

3​ 

South Africa

102

4​ 

Botswana

82

5​​ 

Namibia

76

6

Lesotho

74

7

Kenya

71

Malawi

71

9​  

Swaziland

71

10

Gambia

68

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The top 100 most powerful passports in the world 2018

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How powerful a passport is, is determined by the number of countries their holders can travel to visa-free. Japan’s passport is the most powerful in the world, with its holders accessing 190 countries in the world, visa-free. Followed by Singapore at 189 countries. France comes third at 188 countries.

 

The list below highlights the top 100 most powerful passports in the world.

Rank 

Passport

Number of Countries the Passport Can Access Visa Free

1

Japan

190

2

Singapore

189

3

France

188

Germany

188

5

South Korea

188 

6

Denmark

187

7

Finland

187

8

Italy

187

9

Spain

187

​​10

Sweden

187

​​11

Austria

186

​12

Luxembourg

186 

​13

Netherlands

186

​14

Norway

186

15

Portugal 

186

16

United Kingdom

186 

17

Belgium

185

18 

Canada

185

19

Ireland

185

20

Switzerland

185

21

Australia

183

22 

Greece

183

23

Malta

183

24

Czech Republic

182

25 

New Zealand

182 

26

Iceland

181

27 

Hungary

180

28

Malaysia

180 

29

Slovenia

180

30

Latvia

179

31

Lithuania

179 

32

Slovakia

179

33

Estonia

178

34

Liechtenstein

178 

35 

Poland

175

36

Chile

174

37 

Monaco

174 

38

Cyprus

173

39

Brazil

171

40

Argentina

170

41

Hong Kong

170 

42

Bulgaria

169

43

Croatia

169

44

Romania

169 

45

Andorra

168

46 

San Marino

168

47

Brunei

165

48

Barbados

161

49

Israel

161 

50

United Arab Emirates

161 

51

Mexico

158

52

Bahamas

155

53

Uruguay

154

54

Seychelles

152

55

St Kitts and Nevis

151

56

Antigua and Barbuda

150

57

Costa Rica

149

58

Taiwan

148

59

Vatican City

​148 

60

Trinidad and Tobago

147

61

Mauritius

146

62

St Lucia

146

63

St Vincent and Grenadines

145

64

Grenada

144

65

Macao

​144 

66

Paraguay

​143

67

Panama

​141

68

Honduras

​138

69

Venezuela

​138

70

Dominica

137

71 

El Salvador

137 

72

Guatemala

137 

73

Peru

135

74

Serbia

130

75

Solomon Islands

130

76

Samoa

129

77

Vanuatu

129 

78

Nicaragua

128

​79

Ukraine

128 

80

Colombia

127

​81

Tuvalu

127 

82

Macedonia

125

83

Marshall Islands

124

84

Tonga

124 

85

Kiribati

123

​86

Montenegro

123 

87

Micronesia

122

88

Moldova

122 

89

Palau Islands

119

​90

Russian Federation

​119 

​91

Bosnia and Herzegovina

118

​92

Albania

114

93

Georgia

112

94

Turkey

111

95

South Africa

102

96

Belize

101

97

Timor Leste

98

98

Ecuador

93

​99

Kuwait

93 

​100

Fiji

90

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1. Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

Cape Town, South Africa

The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is the most iconic luxury hotel in Cape Town situated within a sprawling lush garden estate in the heart of the city’s vibrant cultural centre and close to the bustling V&A Waterfront and some of Cape Town’s best beaches.

 

The hotel is an urban sanctuary with a romantic heritage, a unique sense of style, and a commitment to unparalleled service excellence.

 

Whether travelling for business or leisure in Cape Town, a family holiday, a honeymoon or a solo adventure, the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel is an elegant oasis in a world where privacy is the new luxury and pleasure is all about peace and serenity.

2. Palais Faraj

Fes, Morocco

Set on a hilltop overlooking the historic Old Medina of Fez, Palais Faraj Suites & Spa sweeps guests into a magical world where the enchantment of a bygone time blends harmoniously with modern inspiration. The building is an architectural gem that features stucco laces, marble floors, and royal arches that ensure each guest experiences exquisite refinement and discovers an ancient culture rich in art and history. With 25 suites, a swimming pool, spa, two restaurants and a panoramic lounge, Palais Faraj offers a comfortable and relaxing stay.

 

All suites are air-conditioned and include flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, minibar, sitting area walls decorated with Zellige tile work, and a private bathroom with bathtub.

 

The Oriental Spa has 400 sqm reserved for well-being. An authentic setting offers rest and relaxation with a traditional hamman, two scrub rooms, three luxury cabins for massages and treatments, relaxation room with a tisanerie for herbal tea and infusions, and a hairdresser.

 

For your dinners, L’ AMANDIER Restaurant, located on the hotel terrace, with stunning views of the old Medina of fez. It serves cuisine rich in flavors respecting the traditional Fassi cuisine. There’s also La Terrasse Restaurant, on the roofs of the palace, for breakfast or dinner.

3. The Nile Ritz-Carlton

Cairo, Egypt

Set in the heart of downtown, between the Nile and the iconic Tahrir square, experience Cairo like never before at The Nile Ritz-Carlton. Discover gracious spaces and enjoy exclusive views of the river Nile and the Egyptian Museum from the rooms and suites. The luxury guest room accommodations provide a private oasis where marble bathrooms and generous living space encourages guests to relax and unwind. The spacious hotel suites are designed for guests to spread out, entertain, and to be completely comfortable within superior surroundings.

 

Every dining experience at the restaurants at The Nile Ritz-Carlton offers something unique. The diverse dining options include a rooftop bar, afternoon tea service, and a rustic Italian restaurant. Relaxation enjoys a traditional Egyptian twist at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Spa. Guests have access to the five-star facilities, including the state of the art gym, the sauna and steam room, and the swimming pool. Spa services include massages, facials, body treatments, and the Peloid Therapy Chamber. The closest neighbor to the Arab League and adjacent to several government ministries and the US, UK and Canadian embassies, this luxury Cairo hotel is the ideal location for meetings and events.

4. Six Senses Zil Pasyon

Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles

Surrounded by the Indian Ocean 30 nautical miles from the Seychelles International Airport, the secluded island all-villa retreat has a rock-edged pool, beaches, spa, chef’s kitchen, cinema, cooking classes, children’s activities, and water sports. Guests arrive via the property’s helipad or boat.

 

Tucked away on the private island of Félicité, the Six Senses Zil Pasyon consists of contemporary villas designed to offer premium comforts and sea views. Situated on one of the satellite islands of La Digue, the property is the only resort on the island.

 

Guests can select from one-bedroom and multiple room villas surrounded by tropical vegetation, each with private pools and sundecks. The luxurious villas offer an upscale, modern island feel, with premium amenities including GEM (Guest Experience Maker) butler service, climate controls, bow windows, 55-inch flat-screen TVs with streaming services, Marshall bluetooth speakers, wine cellars, and minibars. Naturalmat organic mattresses feature mosquito netting, there are yoga mats, good night biological LED lamps, and coffee makers. Plus, spacious bathrooms have outdoor showers, bathtubs with swings, electronic toilets, Babyliss hairdryers, and Organic Pharmacy bathroom amenities.

 

Drawing from the diverse heritage of the island with African, Chinese, French, English, and Indian influences, there are several gourmet dining options on-site. Guests can choose from an eclectic mix of dining options serving produce from the resort’s on-site organic garden and nearby islands.

 

The Six Senses Spa Zil Pasyon offers an oceanfront location, elevated saltwater pool with sundeck, and yoga and meditation pavilions. Offering an extensive menu of signature treatments combined with integrated wellness programs, there are five double treatment villas.

 

Guests can reach the property via the resort’s own jetty helipad or a boat trip from the nearby La Digue and Praslin islands.

 

A variety of water sports activities are available including diving, snorkeling, sailing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and island-hopping boat trips.

5. Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel

Nairobi, Kenya

Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel has played a leading role in Kenya’s colorful history, and continues to be Nairobi’s finest and best-known luxury hotel. The town and later the modern city of Nairobi grew up around Fairmont The Norfolk hotel, which still has its own private tropical gardens. The hotel is still the traditional starting point for safaris and the Lord Delamere Terrace is modern Nairobi’s most famous meeting place, where drinks and light meals are served continuously from morning until midnight.

 

Fairmont The Norfolk was expanded in 1999 and subsequently renovated in time for its centennial, which it celebrated in 2004. The Nairobi hotel now offers accommodations in 165 guest rooms and suites, has eight conference rooms, the largest seating 175 delegates, a heated outdoor swimming pool, health club with gym, sauna and steam room, beauty salon, book shop and gift shops.

6. Saxon Boutique Hotel and Spa

Johannesburg, South Africa

The Saxon redefines the ultimate in luxurious African elegance. From the moment you arrive at this magnificent home away from home within its breathtakingly landscaped garden setting, you are enveloped in a world that belies its close proximity to Sandton, Johannesburg’s prestigious business hub. Here time ceases to be relevant. No intrusions, no interruptions, while your every wish is met with discreet service that leaves nothing to be desired.

 

The architectural design has made extensive use of water features, the central point being the spectacular infinity swimming pool. The stately entrance hall exudes an air of majesty, with its feature staircase sweeping around a huge glass dome that allows an abundant flow of natural light. Looking towards the piano lounge, smoking library and dining room, there are magnificent contemporary African artefacts.

 

Accommodation at the Saxon is designed to satisfy the most discerning tastes. The 24 suites have large bay windows overlooking the rolling landscaped gardens or pool area, with latticed shutters ensuring quiet privacy. Each suite is equipped with large-screen television, VCR and DVD player, together with state-of-the-art surround-sound music systems and fully equipped workstations, complete with multi-telephone, fax and wireless on demand Internet access.

7. The Oyster Box Hotel

Durban, South Africa

From the moment the Oyster Box opened its doors in 1947 the hotel rapidly became one of Africa’s best loved and most distinguished hotels. The combination of colonial charm, impeccable service, lush tropical gardens and breathtaking seaside setting swiftly gained it a reputation that was legendary the world over.

 

This iconic landmark has been lovingly refurbished to offer guests a vibrantly contemporary experience, whilst still evoking feelings, memories, and the warm nostalgia of days gone by. Meticulous attention to detail ensures that former guests will be delighted to discover the old glory has not just been retained, but carefully enhanced. All of the warm hospitality and gracious elegance which guests so fondly remember are harmoniously blended with a wealth of modern facilities and contemporary touches to satisfy today’s most discerning of tourist, business person and honeymoon couple.

 

The Oyster Box, like its famous lighthouse, once again acts as a beacon of exceptional hospitality, luxurious accommodation and personal service unmatched in all Africa and the world at large.

 

The setting, the architecture, the decor, the cuisine – everything conspires to create a magical experience that affords a wealth of exceptionally pleasurable experiences and warm memories. Whether it’s a complimentary glass of Oyster Box’s signature iced tea which welcomes you on arrival, a relaxing treatment in the beautifully designed Oyster Box Spa, the way your children and pets are made to feel immediately at home, the chef’s inspired selection of culinary delights, complimentary transfers to the nearby shopping centre, or that long cool cocktail on the Oyster Bar terrace at the end of another blissful day under African skies, there’s no shortage of special moments you’ll fondly remember for a lifetime.

8. Singita Ebony Lodge

Mpumalanga, South Africa

As the original Singita lodge, Ebony stands steadfast amongst enormous trees on the banks of the Sand River in the heart of South Africa’s ‘big cat country.’ A blend of European heritage and African boldness welcomes visitors with the down-to-earth warmth of a much-loved family home. Spacious interiors are styled with a varied mix of rich colours, and inviting textures and layers, making Singita Ebony Lodge an idyllic retreat. The lodge comprises just 12 secluded suites, each of which are the epitome of elegant comfort, and two of which are perfectly suited to accommodate families. En-suite bathrooms, an indoor-outdoor shower, private heated plunge pools, and spacious game viewing decks complete the luxurious accommodation.

 

Singita Sabi Sand is a privately owned game reserve in the Sabi Reserve, adjacent to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. Spanning more than 45,000 acres, Singita Sabi Sand is renowned for high concentrations of big game and frequent leopard sightings. Here you will find Singita Ebony Lodge.

 

During your stay at Singita Ebony Lodge, you are likely to spot a great variety of wildlife, including species such as leopard, lion, rhino, large herds of buffalo, elephant, reedbuck, hyena, hippopotamus, nyala, cheetah, wild dogs and man y types of birds.

 

The luxury lodge offers 10 one-bedroom suites, each with a private plunge pool and 2 two-bedroom family suites (2 adults and 2 children) each with a private plunge pool.

 

Children of all ages are welcome. There are babysitting services available and tailor-made activities to suit each family. In the interest of safety, children’s participation in game activities is at the discretion of your guide

9. Fairmont Mara Safari Club

Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya

The luxury Masai Mara accommodations at Fairmont Mara Safari Club offer a traditional safari experience with the comfort and amenities of a luxury resort hotel. The well-appointed Mara Safari Club is set by the Mara River at the foot of the Aitong Hills in the Ol-Choro Oiroua Conservation Area that borders the Masai Mara Game Reserve. All the 51 luxury tents have their own private viewing deck from where hippo and crocodile are regularly seen. Each room has four-poster beds with pillow-top mattresses and fine linens, 3-piece en-suite facilities with solar-heated hot and cold running water, a refreshment center. in-room safe, and wireless telephone that allows you to set up dining on your deck or ensures no request is left unfulfilled.

 

The main lodge houses a warm reception area, retail shop, library equipped with Internet access, a beautifully decorated lounge area, and a lovely dining room. A large deck is cantilevered over the river and seats go quickly here as the joy of watching the hippos play or gazing up at the stars after a day of wonder is unmatched. Dining at The Mara Safari Club is a safari in itself, made from the abundance of fresh Kenyan produce. At the Club, the pool, al fresco buffet lunches, and nightly activities of Maasai dancing, presentations, and discussion on the Mara’s ecosystem and Maasai culture, all add up to create a truly unique experience.

 

Guests can choose from a wide range of activities at Fairmont Mara Safari Club resort hotel, including game drives and balloon safaris over the Mara plains capped with a champagne breakfast on the savannah or a stroll in the footprints of the hippo-trodden path escorted by a Masai Moran. The location provides a perfect base for visiting the Masai Mara, one of the world’s richest wildlife reserves, and home to an astounding array of animals including zebras, cheetahs, wildebeests, gazelles and of course the “Big Five” (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and White/Black rhinoceros).

10. Cape Grace

Cape Town, South Africa

Situated on a private quay, nestled between the working harbour of Cape Town’s bustling Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and the serenity of an international yacht marina, Cape Grace showcases the essence of the Cape with designs that reveal local creativity, whilst staying true to the warm atmosphere and personalised levels of service that have for years defined the hotel.

 

With a genuine passion to champion distinctive standards in service, Cape Grace is dedicated to surpassing expectations and making your stay, whether work or pleasure, the most memorable ever. The preferred choice for international travellers, Cape Grace opened its doors in 1996 and is centrally located, with quick and easy access to the airport, city centre and popular tourist destinations.

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