South Africa’s Hidden Gems. Cheapflights #CFHiddenGems

Hidden Gems. – We all have our secret spots, those places where something speaks to our souls, where a discovery lingers and memories have been made.

Cheapflights asked a collection of South African travel bloggers to share their hidden gems. Our favourites places take you across the country to remote and wonderful lesser known areas ranging from iconic nature reserves to sleepy little towns and coastal retreats. The secret is out as we encourage you to go where not many have been before.

These are my choices:

Darling in the Western Cape.

The Darling of the Swartberg is found an hour drive from North of Cape Town. Darling is a quaint and progressive village, home to a famous Evita Se Perron theatre, Darling Brew’s craft beers, a few art galleries, book shops, restaurants, museums, inspiring community projects and walking trails into the surrounding nature known for its wild flowers. You won’t want to leave.


Nearest Airport: Cape Town

Pongola Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu Natal.

Pongola Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu Natal is where I fell in love with elephants. Located alongside Lake Jozini and surrounded by the Lebombo Mountains, the reserve is home to the gorgeous White Elephant Lodge. Offering safari drives, sunset cruises and elephant monitoring activities, it’s also home to the Space for Elephants, a program responsible for reintroducing orphan elephants into the reserve and monitoring their behaviour, whilst advocating for migratory corridors.


Nearest Airport: Durban

Matjiesfontein, along the N1.

Set 2,5 hours north of Cape Town on the N1 highway that joins the Cape and Johannesburg, Matjiesfontein is  more of a hamlet than a town. Home to a hotel that will make you feel like you stepped back in time, a railway station and number of fascinating museums, this is a must visit if you’re in the area. I visit every year, each time making a new discovery. Walk out to the hill or koppie across the tracks where 10000+ English soldiers were stationed during the Anglo Boer War.


Nearest Airport: Cape Town

There are some wonderful countrywide suggestions from my fellow bloggers, see: South Africa’s Hidden Gems as discovered by bloggers for some ideas on where next to explore.

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