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Aug 27, 2019

KwaZulu-Natal: South Africa's hidden gem

Martha Hales

Soaring mountains call to hikers, fantastic wildlife and birding opportunities draw wildlife enthusiasts, and ancient rock paintings and memorials to historic battles cry out to culture lovers. Throw bustling Durban and a stunning Indian Ocean coastline into the mix and you have magical KwaZulu-Natal.

South Africa
CoastFood & DrinkWildlife, +2
Aug 8, 2019

Best active holiday destinations

Martha Hales

We've gathered together our top destinations around the world for active holidays. From hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro to skiing in Kyrgyzstan, there's a trip to suit all adventure lovers and thrill-seekers!

South AfricaMoroccoMyanmar (Burma), +32
CyclingBoat JourneysWalking & Hiking, +2
Jun 26, 2019

Where to see wildlife responsibly

Martha Hales

Wildlife watching is often the highlight of exploring a destination. Knowing how to responsibly see magnificent creatures like tigers and elephants within a country is crucial in ensuring that they will still be there for future generations. Read on to find out where and how to do so...

NepalTanzaniaNamibia, +8
SafariWildlife
May 23, 2019

Our top 10 destinations for the summer holidays

Martha Hales

From the blissful beaches of Zanzibar, Cuba and Malaysia, to the epic sights of Russia and the wonderful wildlife of Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands.... discover which destinations we think are perfect for the summer holidays!

TanzaniaMoroccoColombia, +7
JulyAugustJune, +1
AdventureCoastFamily
Apr 26, 2019

Our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas

Martha Hales

A honeymoon has got to be a holiday to remember, and how better to make that happen than to have one personalised to you? We've gathered together our favourite tailor-made honeymoon ideas to inspire you, whether you fancy stargazing and safari in Namibia or exploring the highlights of South America.

KyrgyzstanChilePeru, +5
SafariHoneymoonHighlights, +2
Apr 24, 2019

Where to see the world's most endangered species

Martha Hales

The Earth and its animals are precious and some of the most endangered species are teetering of the edge of extinction - only we can help. Here we've looked at the reasons for why so many species' populations are in decline, and where you can ethically go to see these incredible animals in the wild.

LaosMozambiqueMyanmar (Burma), +22
SafariOff the Beaten PathWildlife
Apr 1, 2019

Seeking out the Ugly Five

Corinne Homer

You may think - since we're publishing this article on April Fools - that the existence of the Ugly Five is a farce... but you'd be mistaken! Discover which of Africa's unfortunate creatures have made the cut for this less glamorous safari bucket-list, from the warthog to the wildebeest.

TanzaniaRwandaKenya, +3
SafariWildlife
Mar 6, 2019

What to pack for an African safari holiday

Martha Hales

If you're planning an African safari holiday but are unsure of what clothes to wear, what devices to bring or what essentials you might not have considered, then take a look at our handy guide for the dos and don'ts of safari packing.

South AfricaRwandaMalawi, +5
SafariWildlifeFamily
Feb 28, 2019

Best places to go stargazing

Kaya Brown

There are few things more spectacular to witness than a truly dark night sky. Take a look at our top six stargazing destinations, ranging from the remote deserts of South America to the isolated national parks of Nepal.

South AfricaNamibiaChile, +3
Off the Beaten PathHoneymoonWalking & Hiking, +1
Jan 14, 2019

Where to go on safari in 2019

Martha Hales

Close encounters with the world's wildlife are experiences to be treasured. We've picked out our favourite safari destinations from all over the world to tantalise our fellow wildlife lovers. From traditional Kenyan game drives to spotting leopards in the Sri Lankan tree tops, find out where you should be going this year.

UgandaTanzaniaNamibia, +7
WildlifeAdventureSafari
Jan 9, 2019

Our top 10 things to do in and around Cape Town

Samantha Fergusson

We've rounded up our list of the best things to do in Cape Town and the surrounding areas, including the epic Table Mountain hike, the relaxing Cape Winelands and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden.

South Africa
Food & DrinkCoastHighlights, +5
Jan 2, 2019

Where to go in 2019... and why!

Samantha Fergusson

Here at TravelLocal HQ, we are dreaming of the wonders that the world holds in store for 2019. And we aren’t simply thinking of destinations we’ve not been to before, but also the unique events happening there that make them an even more exciting prospect! Discover which countries are hosting exciting festivals, featuring wonderful seasonal events or simply celebrating an anniversary, from Armenia to Tanzania...

UzbekistanLaosMorocco, +8
Great JourneysHighlightsFestivals, +8
Dec 31, 2018

The best places to spend New Year's Eve

Martha Hales

New Year is celebrated all over the world in all sorts of ways. The Spaniards eat 12 grapes, the Danish smash plates, but what about the more spectacular festivities? We've picked out our favourite destinations from all over the world where the New Year celebrations will blow you away...

RussiaChinaSouth Africa, +2
December
Festivals
Dec 21, 2018

Countries with a Coastline

Kaya Brown

From the peaceful shores of Madagascar to the epic waves of Sri Lanka, we've rounded up our top 5 coastal destinations to inspire your next beach holiday.

PhilippinesSouth AfricaPanama, +2
LuxuryWildlifeBoat Journeys, +4
Dec 1, 2018

What you need to know before you go on safari

Samantha Fergusson

If you've never been on safari before and aren't sure where to go or how to go about planning it, then we have the answers. Our local experts have answered some key FAQs to get you started on planning a safari of a lifetime.

RwandaNamibiaSouth Africa, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeSafari
Nov 12, 2018

Where to go hiking

Samantha Fergusson

We've picked out the best destinations for your next hiking holiday, from Japan where you can follow the ancient Nakasendo Trail, to Kyrgyzstan or Namibia, where the breathtaking landscapes are best discovered on foot...

JapanEthiopiaKyrgyzstan, +7
Off the Beaten PathAdventureWalking & Hiking
Nov 9, 2018

A guide to Robben Island

Martha Hales

A trip to Robben Island honours the hardship and suffering of those who were incarcerated and celebrates the change which many of those individuals brought about. It is a humbling place and gives a fascinating insight into the history of South Africa.

South Africa
HistoryCultural
Oct 26, 2018

Your Ultimate Guide to South Africa

Martha Hales

Our Ultimate Guide to South Africa gathers all the best locations to visit, best cuisine to try and top tips to bear in mind whilst in the country. With the help of our local experts, we've taken the stress out of planning your South African trip of a lifetime.

South Africa
HighlightsHistorySelf-drive, +12
Oct 8, 2018

Where to see whales

Martha Hales

There is little more exciting than to see the Earth's largest creature breaking the ocean's surface before crashing back into the water... Here we've looked at the best countries in which to go whale watching, from the warm waters of Costa Rica to the stunning seascapes of Iceland.

MadagascarArgentinaSouth Africa, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeUnique to TravelLocal
Oct 5, 2018

Where to see big cats

Kati Taylor

With their majestic and dignified natures, big cats have captivated the popular imagination for decades. The mere thought of a Bengal tiger emerging from the forest at dusk, or a pride of lions padding across the open plains is enough to send shivers down the spine of even the most seasoned wildlife enthusiast. Find out the best destinations in which to see these incredible creatures, as advised by our local experts.

South AfricaBrazilTanzania, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureOff the Beaten PathSafari, +1
Sep 10, 2018

Our top birding destinations

Corinne Homer

From the musical depths of Brazil's Pantanal, to the wild shores of the Falkland Islands and the unique habitat of the Galapagos, here are our favourite destinations with birds to be ticked from your bucket list! Discover where to spot everything from Gentoo penguins to blue-footed boobies...

Falkland IslandsBrazilGalapagos Islands, +5
JanuaryFebruaryApril, +9
WildlifeOff the Beaten PathSafari
Sep 6, 2018

Perfect winter getaways: from golden sands to frozen wonderlands

Martha Hales

If you are looking for somewhere to escape to for sun soaked sands, or a place where you can feel the magic of winter in earnest, then look no further. We've selected our favourite destinations that are perfect for winter breaks from November through to February.

CambodiaArgentinaPhilippines, +5
JanuaryFebruaryNovember, +1
CoastUndiscovered BeachesFamily, +2
Aug 17, 2018

Hiking in South Africa: the Drakensberg

Martha Hales

The dramatic peaks and valleys and spectacular views of the Drakensberg make them incredibly alluring for hikers of all abilities. Stone age rock art in the caves is added appeal for the history buffs... We've gathered together a list of the best hiking trails in the Drakensberg to inspire you.

South Africa
AprilMayOctober, +5
Walking & HikingAdventureCultural
Jul 23, 2018

Exploring South Africa's beautiful Garden Route

Martha Hales

From the wild and wonderful appeals of Tsitsikamma National Park to the luxury of Knysna, South Africa's Garden Route is popular for a reason. Spot whales leaping in the bright blue seas, dine on delicious food, hike through forests, up crags and past waterfalls before relaxing on stunning beaches.

South Africa
AugustSeptemberOctober, +1
HighlightsWalking & HikingWildlife, +3
Jun 24, 2018

Following in the footsteps of Marianne North

Samantha Fergusson

One of the most extraordinary women of the Victorian era, Marianne North was a botanist and artist who travelled wherever she needed to in order to paint plants in their natural environment. Discover where her desire to document these incredible specimens took her...

BorneoIndonesiaJapan, +5
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Unique to TravelLocalHistoryOff the Beaten Path
Jan 17, 2018

A South African city guide: from Johannesburg to Cape Town

Misty Foster

South Africa's cities are hives of activity, bursting with culture, markets, spectacular sites and a fascinating history. Discover some unusual and exciting things to do when you visit.

South Africa
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureFood & DrinkTrain Journeys, +1
Jan 2, 2018

A sun-seeker's guide to 2018

Martha Hales

We've gathered together some of our favourite, sun-bathed destinations from Laos to South Africa - they are perfect escapes from the dreary winter days of Northern Europe.

South AfricaLaosSri Lanka, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +2
FamilyHoneymoonCoast, +3
Dec 24, 2017

Where to go in 2018... and why!

Martha Hales

We've selected 12 destinations from across the globe to inspire your 2018 travel plans - each have something special happening in the month they are paired with...

IndonesiaPanamaArmenia, +9
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureClassicHistory, +8
Nov 24, 2017

In search of Leopards

Martha Hales

Here, we tell you the best places to seek out wild leopards, whether that's in the lush surrounds of Sri Lanka or the acacia trees of South Africa.

IndiaSri LankaNamibia, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
SafariWildlifeAdventure
Nov 23, 2017

November News from TravelLocal HQ

Huw Owen

Huw and Tom, TravelLocal's founders and MDs, give an update on what we have been up to in November, including awards for Ecuador at The Savoy and the launch of Japan.

JapanOmanCambodia, +8
Unique to TravelLocalCoastWildlife, +1