Exploring the hidden gems of South Africa

South Africa is a gem of incredible adventures and wonder. According to statista.com – an estimated 17.4 million tourists will visit every corner of our beautiful country this year, including you. What better way to explore South Africa than by visiting some of our lesser known but equally impressive gems? We have put together a list of different and enticing places hidden around South Africa to discover. Enjoy!                                                                        

Overlook Kruger on a Train Lodge

First on the list is the brand new and unique Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge. One of the most anticipated and exciting new offerings coming to the iconic Kruger National Park. A perfect combination of Africa’s most breathtaking natural splendours with well-deserved luxuries aboard a newly refurbished train that’s reminiscent of African excellence.

Permanently stationed on the historically-rich Selati Bridge above the Sabie River, Kruger Shalati will offer the most unique luxury accommodation in a re-envisioned train which will pay homage to the guests who explored the park nearly 100 years ago while welcoming new explorers from near and far. The train celebrates where the first visits to the iconic park were allowed in the early 1920s, the train would park overnight in the exact spot where Kruger Shalati will be positioned.


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Live like a gnome in Clarens

Obsessed with little things? Fascinated by gnomes? Find the perfect outlet for your gnome fetish with a stay in Clarens at the Gnome Cottage!  Gnome Cottage is a quaint and unusually shaped building, set in a pretty enclosed garden. (We cannot confirm or deny if there will be a gnome presence)  It is a short walk away from the centre of Clarens, with its many art galleries, restaurants and interesting shops.

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Sleep in a cave in Cederberg

Fancy sleeping in the same spot your ancestors once did? Take a trip to the Kamma Kamma Nature reserve in the Cederberg Mountains and spend a night n a luxuriously kitted out cave! Kagga Kamma offers 10 unique man-made ‘Cave’ Suites that were constructed to integrate with the natural Sandstone formations. The facade of the ‘Cave’ Suites are man-made, while the back interior wall is natural sandstone. Each ‘Cave’ Suite has a small terrace with a view and is simply furnished with comfort in mind.

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Discover the origins of man at Adam’s calendar

Known to only a select few and accessible solely by rough dirt roads past the wild horses of Kaapschehoop, Adam’s Calendar is a megalithic stone calendar shaped in a circle over 30 metres wide.  It is nicknamed the “Birthplace of the Sun” and dubbed “Africa’s Stonehenge.” As with many similar stone monuments, it loosely aligns with the celestial world.

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Image: stonecircletours.co.za

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