Looking Toward Rural Travel for More Authentic Cultural Experiences

Want to spend your winter away from the cold and snow? Pack your bags and head to the southern hemisphere, where you’ll find destinations perfect for a more rural, distinctive trip with your loved ones. Make plans in advance so that you don’t spend a fortune on accommodation and flights, and plan the best trip to Africa’s wilderness. The multicultural continent has destinations for everyone. From the adventurous plains of Botswana all the way to the southern tip of Cape Town, Africa will surely leave you speechless.

Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, a trip to the Makgadikgadi Pans is a must this holiday season, At this time of the year, the desert landscape turns green and draws thousands of wildebeests and zebras to feed on the grasses. This second largest migration in the continent attracts predators like lions, as well as scavengers such as vultures. Very few humans have witnessed this incredible spectacle of nature, and you can be one of the lucky ones by getting yourself on the next flight out to Botswana. Don’t worry about accommodations, because you can stay at Jack’s Camp where you can have a chic and comfortable vacation.

Kruger National Park

One of Africa’s largest game reserves, Kruger National Park in the northeastern part of South Africa is home to a high density of wild animals, which includes the Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. This unique wildlife destination provides a one-of-a-kind holiday to adventure-lovers as the former private reserves have removed their fences and animals are allowed to roam freely, allowing visitors more intimate but plentiful encounters with the wildlife. Here, you can go on various types of safaris, guided bush walks, bird watching, hot air balloon flights, and mountain biking. You can also play golf, get wellness spa treatments, and drive around the park during the day or night.

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe or Livingstone, Zambia

“Mosi-oa-Tunya” or “the smoke that thunders” to the locals, Victoria Falls is the perfect destination for those looking for adventure, romance, and even inspiration either in Zimbabwe or in Livingstone, Zambia. One of the spectacular natural wonders of the world, it is the location of Devil’s Pool, which you will only have access to at this time of the year, so you can experience swimming on the edge of the falls…literally. Apart from visiting the falls, a host of activities awaits you, such as exploring the beautiful rainforests, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and much more.

Cape Town, South Africa

Make the most of an authentic travel experience by exploring South Africa. Cape Town is a fabulous destination, with places of interest and attractions that will leave you speechless. Begin with the wine estates and explore Stellenbosch. The rural plains, countryside-styled lodges, and exquisite bistros will make you forget all about the hustle and bustle in the big cities. For some adventure, you can try out a South African safari. Get a close-up of African wild animals, meet the locals, and admire the rugged territories.

Cape Town is a perfect combination between the old and the new. Table Mountain National Park is a must-see. The trekking routes are not that challenging, and the view of the city from the plateau is outstanding. Find out more about the city by visiting the museums and galleries. Walk the waterfront for a better glimpse at its history, and feel like a local visiting the traditional bistros and restaurants in the area.

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Spend the most thrilling, romantic, and authentic winter somewhere warm and rustic. Africa is outstanding. It packs beaches, mountain areas, and spectacular wildlife. There’s so much to see and do here. Increasingly, more travelers are ditching conventional destinations in Europe and the Middle East for Africa – and we can clearly understand why! Beyond the beautiful weather, Africa will give you a proximity to the natural world that you rarely get anywhere else on the planet.