South Africa’s Hidden Gems According To Bloggers


 Cheap flights asked South Africa’s most influential bloggers to name their favourite hidden gems from across South Africa, ranging from iconic nature reserves to sleepy little towns, you can choose your own. Bear in mind, these off-the-beaten-track places won’t stay a secret for long…


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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.

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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 program- a program responsible for reintroducing orphan elephants into the reserve.

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 (koppie) across the tracks where 10000+ English soldiers were stationed during the Anglo Boer War.

Nearest Airport: Cape Town


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Akasha Mountain Retreat

My favourite hidden gem! If it’s out of this world scenery and a little R&R you’re looking for, you can’t beat Akasha Mountain retreat. It will revive your soul. The beautiful courtyard-entertainment area will have you feel like you’re sitting in Morocco! Watch out for the wild horses and enjoy a kayak on the river. Chris & Elena are the most gracious hosts too!

Nearest Airport: Cape Town


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