Destinations

Hidden gems of Africa

Africa is filled with unbelievable scenery, luscious landscapes and monstrous beauty.

While the continent has its fair share of postcard destinations, someitmes it’s the road less travlled that really needs to be celebrated.

As such an expansive and diverse part of the world, it’s no surprise Africa still has so many lesser-known attractions; places where tourists are few and an adventurous spirit is paramount.

Luckily, you don’t need to go deep diving through the internet to find out about these spots, as we’ve done it for you.

So without further ado, these are Travel Weekly‘s top hidden gems of Africa.

Kruger private reserves 

Let’s start off with Kruger’s private reserves.

Located in Northeastern South Africa, Kruger is home to what is commonly referred to as the ‘Big 5’: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffalos. Though hundreds of different species also make their home here, as do an array of bird species including vultures, eagles and storks.

To find out more about Kruger, and the tours available, click here.

group of giraffes and zebras crossing the road in kruger park, South Africa

Namib Dunes

Looking to feel like you’re on another planet without having to leave this one?

Not a problem, just head to the Namib Dunes.

Situated in a coastal desert in southern Africa, the Namib literally translates to “vast place”, and at 50,000 square km and dunes boasting 300 metre-high dunes, it’s not hard to understand.

The sheer size of Namib-Naukluft Park paired with the eye-watering colours of the dunes which turn orange, red and peach in the sun, will have you feeling like you’re in a Star Wars film.

Check out tours and information about the dunes here.

High dunes from Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean

Cango Caves

The Cango Caves are not for the light-hearted traveller types.

Located in South Africa, Cango Caves are found in limestone ridge next to the Swartberg Mountains in the Cango Valley, just 29km from the small town of Oudtshoorn in the Klein Karoo.

Experienced caving guides will accompany you through your tour as you wind through this subterranean world.

Find out how to experience these caves and available tours here.

Inside view of Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn South Africa. African landmark. Travel destination

Winchester Mansion

Feeling like the previous gems are a little on the crazy-side for you? More of a ‘take it all in and relax’ kind of traveller?

Cue Winchester Mansion.

With Table Mountain as your backdrop and the Atlantic Ocean in front of you, a stay at Winchester Mansion is nothing short of spectacular.

The Mansion, third-generation family-owned hotel, is located in the centre of Cape Town and has remained true to its original Cape Dutch architecture.

Leisurely travellers winding back, sipping on a local beer amoungst the bouganvelia would be forgiven for feeling like they’ve stepped into a 1950’s move set.

Learn more about the exquisite hotel here.

ginkgo-express-spa-sea-point

Hoping to see these hidden gems in the flesh? Click here to make that happen.

 

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Road & Rail

Tourism

Kiwi rail journey provider closes outdoor carriages due to dangerous selfies

Passengers’ risky behaviour in search of the ultimate selfie has forced the closure of some iconic train viewing platforms.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Travel Agents

Afterpay expands into travel with lay-by holiday offering

by Christian Fleetwood

Travel Weekly’s editor is planning to lay-by a holiday as soon as he finishes paying off a Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set from Kmart.

Share

CommentComments

Road & Rail

At least 29 people killed in Madeira tourist bus crash

by Ali Coulton

The driver reportedly lost control of the bus before it plunged off the road and rolled down a hill.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

India’s Jet Airways collapses due to funding shortage

by Huntley Mitchell

It’s turning out to be a day of collapses this fine Thursday, with the office chair of Travel Weekly’s editor having just given way to his posterior.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Etihad to operate entirely plastic-free flight for Earth Day

This Earth Day, Travel Weekly is committing to slapping single-use coffee cups out of the hands of at least three commuters on our way to work. They’ll thank us when they recover from the burns.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Expedia to no longer be a controlled company following new acquisition

Online travel behemoth Expedia has broken the shackles and surfaced from its parent’s basement looking rather healthy, rather than malnourished and disheveled.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

One in five Aussies admit to missing their pets more than their kids when they go away

Pet owners across Australia are no doubt preparing to say tearful goodbyes to their furry life partners before going away this Easter, while simultaneously flipping off their kids.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Agent wrap: Qantas Holidays rewards premium agents, Bench Africa famil + more!

Does seeing all the famil pictures in our agent wraps make you green with envy? Take comfort in the fact that you don’t have to come into work for the next four days. We know we are.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

Hotel wrap: Preferred hotels & resorts new members, Australia gets a second voco + more!

We took a 10-minute break from scoffing Easter eggs to bring you up to date with all the latest hotel openings and deals. You’re welcome.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Tourism

Travel Agents

Wholesalers

Why you need to attend the Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow

The Amazing Tastes of Thailand roadshow is just around the corner! Here’s why YOU need to be there.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Carnival cruise ship rescues dozens of people adrift at sea

A Carnival cruise ship has gone all Baywatch and saved the day by helping rescue a vessel carrying more than 20 passengers adrift in the Gulf of Mexico.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WTF? Air stewards are selling unwashed uniforms on eBay

Inspired by this story, Travel Weekly’s editor is attempting to sell a pair of his unwashed Calvin Klein briefs on Gumtree, all for a low, low price of $1.25 plus shipping.

Share

CommentComments