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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.

KenyaTanzaniaRwanda, +3
WildlifeSafari
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.

KenyaNamibiaTanzania, +5
FamilySafariWildlife
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.

NamibiaChileSouth Africa, +3
HoneymoonLuxuryOff the Beaten Path, +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.

BrazilTanzaniaKenya, +7
AdventureSafariWildlife
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
HighlightsWalking & HikingUndiscovered Beaches, +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...

RussiaJapanUzbekistan, +8
Off the Beaten PathGreat JourneysTrain Journeys, +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...

RussiaBrazilChina, +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.

MadagascarPanamaPhilippines, +2
CoastBoat JourneysHoneymoon, +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.

KenyaTanzaniaSouth Africa, +4
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
SafariWildlife
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...

EthiopiaNamibiaChina, +7
Walking & HikingOff the Beaten PathAdventure
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
AdventureCulturalFamily, +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.

South AfricaMadagascarCosta Rica, +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.

BrazilChileKenya, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureOff the Beaten PathWildlife, +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...

BrazilGalapagos IslandsUganda, +5
JanuaryFebruaryApril, +9
SafariWildlifeOff the Beaten Path
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.

CambodiaRussiaKyrgyzstan, +5
JanuaryFebruaryNovember, +1
CoastCulturalFamily, +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
AdventureCulturalWalking & Hiking
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
AdventureCoastUndiscovered Beaches, +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...

BorneoBrazilChile, +5
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
HistoryUnique to TravelLocalOff 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
ClassicTrain JourneysFood & Drink, +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
Boat JourneysCoastClassic, +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...

PanamaArgentinaJordan, +9
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
AdventureClassicCoast, +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.

South AfricaNamibiaBotswana, +3
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
WildlifeSafariAdventure
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.

CambodiaVietnamIndonesia, +8
CoastCulturalUnique to TravelLocal, +1
Nov 20, 2017

An interview with Mark Savage

Huw Owen

We sat down with Mark Savage of Savage Selection to discover more about his passion for wine. Read on to discover where his love of finding fine wines began.

South AfricaChileArgentina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Unique to TravelLocalFood & DrinkLuxury
Nov 14, 2017

An interview with our local experts in South Africa

Martha Hales

We had a chat with Nick, our local expert in South Africa, who told us what he loves about the country, as well as what travellers mustn't miss when visiting this magical country.

South Africa
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Unique to TravelLocalSafariWildlife, +2
Oct 23, 2017

October News from TravelLocal HQ

Tom Stapleton

Our founders, Tom and Huw, update us on the news from HQ, discussing our off the beaten track theme and announcing the imminent launch of new TravelLocal destination, Japan

South AfricaPanamaArgentina, +1
October
Unique to TravelLocalOff the Beaten Path
Oct 11, 2017

Off the beaten path in South Africa

Samantha Fergusson

Aside from classic destinations like the game reserves, cities and Garden Route, there are lots of great off-the-beaten-track places to explore in South Africa.

South Africa
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
CulturalOff the Beaten PathWalking & Hiking, +2
Oct 4, 2017

Top 5 Wine Destinations

Martha Hales

There is something rather special about drinking wine in the country that it was produced, surveying the vines that grew the grapes... Here are our top 5 destinations to travel to if you have a deep-rooted love of viticulture.

South AfricaChileArgentina, +2
JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +9
Food & Drink
Sep 18, 2017

In search of Rhino

Kati Taylor

Magnificent, iconic and very endangered, the black and white rhinos of Africa are top of many peoples Big 5 wishlist. Here are some of the best destinations in Africa to see them in the wild.

NamibiaSouth AfricaKenya
MayJuneJuly, +3
SafariWildlife