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Top destinations to visit for South Africans in 2018 & a sneak peak into Travel Start’s

South Africa’s version of Sky ScannerTravel Start has continuously prided itself in offering flight deals that are easy on the pockets through all major airlines.

Last year we found this cheerful fun-filled company release its Blue Monday Sales campaign in an effort to help individuals afford to travel to their dream destinations on all popular flight routes. The campaign was a success and left individuals feeling like they were Charlie in the Chocolate Factory who just got their hands on the golden ticket. They took the blue out of a Monday, and I personally couldn’t imagine starting my week any better way. Travel dreams were becoming a reality for South Africans who previously thought that it was unaffordable. Having traveled often, I never seem to lose that excitement that floods over me each time I book a ticket.

This time around they are at it again. To commemorate their upcoming birthday, they are having attractive birthday sales on International, Domestic, and Regional flights with all major airlines between the 27 – 31st of August.

So if you missed out on their previous Blue Monday Sales, be sure to take advantage of this upcoming one. Now you have no excuse to not join me on my country-hopping adventures. You can find out more information here.

So….where are we going to go?

Accordingly, to statistics drawn from more than 800 000 individuals who booked trips through the travel start platform, these are a few of the top travel destinations that South Africans are traveling to. Could it be that these travelers found that traveling to these destinations could stretch our South African Rand? Just maybe!

Zimbabwe

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

For the first time, Zimbabwe comes in as the number 1 International destination, pushing London and Namibia down a few slots. It is evident why the World of Wonders has fast become a South African favorite.

Home to the natural world wonder of Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe is a destination that will get you outdoors and immersed in nature.

The diverse landscapes provide wonderful wildlife encounters and its 5 UNESCO World Heritage sights will leave you speechless. It is a world of unrivaled natural beauty and cultural diversity which is evident through its friendly people who speak 16 different official languages.

London (UK)

London | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

London | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

London | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

London | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

October in South Africa is going to be an exciting month, as British Airways will be launching direct flights between Durban and London marking the first time that three of South Africa’s largest airports are served with non-stop connections to Heathrow at the same time.

London will always be an important tourism and business air route for South Africans and British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and SAA have increased their capacity for this route.

One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for everyone. I have always seen London as a city where you can be whoever you really want to be without judgment. It is an accepting city with a nice fusion of nearly every other culture in the world. It has some of the best sights, attractions, and activities that will get you busy indefinitely.

Windhoek (Namibia)

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

South Africa | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

Namibia has always been one of those places that I have always dreamed of visiting. It’s a photographer’s paradise, yet embarrassingly haven’t found myself there yet. It’s a world of its own and has a true sense of unity in diversity amongst the 11 major ethnic groups. There is no other country in Africa that can match its sheer natural beauty. It is considered as being 4 countries in one because of its 4 natural landscapes each with its own characteristics and its attractions.

The migrating dune belts, dry riverbeds, canyons, and the Kalahari Desert is what has gotten me so excited to visit. There is something so incredibly special about the red sand dunes and having nothing else around.

Mauritius

Image credits: Nicolette Andrews & Angelica Aurel from Picture This Photography.

Image credits: Nicolette Andrews & Angelica Aurel from Picture This Photography.

Image credits: Nicolette Andrews & Angelica Aurel from Picture This Photography.

Image credits: Nicolette Andrews & Angelica Aurel from Picture This Photography.

 

Image credits: Nicolette Andrews & Angelica Aurel from Picture This Photography.

This high-end tropical island nation has been one of South Africa’s preferred honeymoon destinations for many years and it still ranks top on the flight charts.

In just a little under a 4-hour flight, you can find yourself on the paradise island of Mauritius. It will enchant you and up feed your soul. The locals from the island of peace are friendly and behind each smile that comes your way lies the promise of a unique holiday. The beauty of Mauritius is unsurpassed. It poses a wide range of attractions from calm postcard turquoise seas, unique wildlife, wild waterfalls and white sand beaches, and lush forests.

Hotels are 5* meeting European standards and their beach settings offer couples romance in a fairytale atmosphere.

New York City (U.S.A.)

New York | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

New York | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

Despite being a 16-hour direct flight away from South Africa, New York has become a top 5 contender for the first time in 2018.

I am excited to see that my favorite city in the world has made it to the list. It is a year-round destination with each season having something special to offer the visitor.

At daybreak, NY’s streets are a wanderer delight with cutting-edge art galleries with myriad exhibition spaces, architectural treasures, trend-setting cafes, enticing boutiques, gourmet food trucks, or posh restaurants serving seasonal cuisine.

NY embraces 200 plus nationalities with every neighborhood offering dramatically different versions of the city.

At nightfall, the buildings illuminate transforming NY into one grand stage. Its arts scene is hip and happening, and Broadway theatre shows a side, it is a city filled with world-class musicians, dancers, opera productions, improv comedy, indie cinema and so much more. If you can imagine it, it is probably happening.

It’s a place you won’t find yourself getting bored in. I have visited 6 times, and I have only scratched the service of what to see.

If traveling abroad is not part of your budget right now why don’t you consider either one of these Top 5 domestic destinations:

 Cape Town

 Durban

 Port Elizabeth

 Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport & Lanseria)

I will be traveling to the Eastern Cape & Cape Town this coming November and for Christmas, I will be in London. I hope that through both of our travels, we are able to bump into each other along the way!

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Explore England’s Jurassic Coast to gain insight into Earth’s ancient past

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

When one thinks of, England, a visit to Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, and Saint Paul’s Cathedral is usually what comes to mind.

 

How about having a selfie taken in one of the bright red telephone boxes that adorn the city? All whilst you pretend calling a loved one. You move the selfie stick around in an effort to get the perfect shot with Big Ben in the distance.

 

Once done, you pull out your notebook and tick off each of your English bucket list attractions.

 

Granted, London is an absolute gem of a city with an abundance of iconic landmarks and activities on offer. Yet, it merely scratches the surface of what England is all about.

 

For such a small country, you would be surprised at how many other spectacular places you can visit.

 

It is filled to the brim with historical sites, dramatic landscapes, and quaint towns.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

It’s like having a taste of the brim of the fabulous Yorkshire pudding. This small bite leaves you salivating, wanting more.

 

You wonder what the gravy found in the center tastes like.

 

To illustrate, today we will be exploring one such place, The Jurassic Coast. A little over 200 km from the mother city, this 154km coastline will keep you in awe.

 

The Jurassic Coast

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

Discover Earth’s most ancient past by exploring the dramatic Jurassic Coast. This 154km coastline stretches from, Exmouth in East, Devon to Studland Bay in Dorset.

 

It is this part of Southern England that attracts millions of visitors each year. And rightfully so.

 

Not only is it England’s first, UNESCO world heritage site, but also offers insight into Earth’s geological history. Its rocks, cliffs, and fossils tell a detailed story from 185 million years ago. A time when humans didn’t exist.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

There is an abundance of fascinating landscapes to take in.

 

Captivating arches and pinnacles protruding into the sea can be found along this stretch of coast. Each of them is carved out by the forces of nature. Eroding over time.

 

What’s more, this landscape has evolved dramatically over three occasions. Firstly, it was a desert during the Triassic period. Secondly, geological evidence suggests that it was part of a tropical sea during the Jurassic period. And thirdly, during the Cretaceous period, it was once covered by swamps. Fascinating right?

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

Feeling up to a little fossil treasure hunt? This is the place for it. Dinosaurs once roamed here and trace fossils (dinosaur footprints) can still be seen here.

 

Specifically, in the Purbeck limestone along the coast between, Swanage and, Lulworth and the edge of briny lagoons.

 

Lulworth

Lulworth makes a great base for exploring this part of the south coast. This quaint little village draws thousands of travelers wanting to explore its beautiful bays, coves, and landscapes.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

It is the perfect place to visit in just about any season. More so, it is a nature lovers’ paradise.

There are 100s of km worth of scenic walking trails waiting for you to explore it.

 

When you are finished, head to one of the village’s many cafes. While you are there, try out the traditional Dorset Ice cream unique to the area.

 

The visitor center is also worth a visit. It offers all kinds of information about the coastline. Specifically, check out the megalosaurus dinosaur footprint that is on display at the Visitor Centre. This 147 million-year-old meat-eating dinosaur was found near Swanage.

Durdle Door and Man O’ War Bay

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

If you were to ask a local where the best spot along the coast is, almost always they will tell you it is, Durdle Door. It’s a favorite in Dorset. “Visit Britain” even rated it as one of the top 10 natural wonders in the UK.

 

This world-famous rock arch is a geological masterpiece. It was formed 10 000 years ago by constant erosion and resembles the shape of a door.

 

Interestingly, these millions of years ago it laid down horizontally on the seabed. The movement of the earth’s crust has pushed it into its near vertical position, today majestically standing in the sea. Its constant erosion is attributed to its prettiness and uniqueness.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

It separates the two shingle beaches of Durdle Door and the Man O’war beach.

 

These beaches can be reached by a short walk down a steep cliff that can be accessed just in front of the Durdle Door Holiday Park.

 

If you would like a more scenic walk start at Lulworth Cove and follow the aquamarine coastline. It is best to do it at low tide so you can appreciate the breathtaking vertical drops of the undulating cliffs.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

Keep your eyes peeled for The Cow and the Bull. These semi-submerged rocks along the coast show the line of the reef that was once there.

 

Lulworth Cove

Similarly, Lulworth Cove has been formed 10 000 years ago. This pretty horseshoe-shaped cove with a white pebble beach is extremely important for its geology.

 

Low tide reveals wonderful rock pools teeming with sea creatures.

 

The smooth pebbles on the beach were once part of larger pieces of rock that have fallen from the cliff and become eroded and worn down by the sea. There are 5 different rock types but most of the pebbles are grey limestones and flint or white chalk. The best rock strata in Europe can be found here.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

If you are visiting in the summer take a boat trip. You can enjoy the views of the coastline from a completely different perspective.

 

Fossil Forest

Have you ever visited a fossilized forest?

 

Now is your chance. The area around Lulworth Cove contains a fossilized forest that houses 71 different rock strata.

 

Fossilized ripple marks and desiccation cracks can be seen in the Purbeck Limestone. These show you where the ancient sea floor used to be.

 

Trees once grew here too, giving the name to the fossilized forest.

 

It disappeared 147 million years ago when it got swamped by an influx of water as the sea levels rose. Algae gathered around the rotting tree stumps which later became fossilized.

 

The fossilized remains of animals and plants living in this era are well preserved and provide a wealth of knowledge.

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores

Jurassic Coast | England | Image by Chantelle Flores | www.kzaravisual.com

 

The article first published on, THE SOUTH AFRICAN


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