Cape Town - While the lush green fields, unspoilt beaches and rich cultural heritage of KwaZulu-Natal might not be a travel 'secret' for South African travellers, the rest of the world is yet to discover this magnificent province on SA's east coast.
In a recent travel wanderlust list put together by tourism company Kuoni, KZN flies the South African flag on the global Top 20 best-kept travel secrets in the world.
Kuoni surveyed 303 experts and 2 000 travellers to compile their complete list, saying "South Africa is an extraordinarily diverse country, yet many visitors stick to Cape Town, the Garden Route and a safari experience.
"But beyond this KwaZulu-Natal offers an area rich in nature and history, with poignant battlefields, dramatic mountains, game reserves and golden beaches."
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Apart from KZN, SA's neighbouring country of Botswana also make the list, with a special mention to the country's lesser-known zebra migration.
"The Great Migration of Kenya and Tanzania is well known," Kuoni says. "But home to the second largest zebra migration in the world is Botswana. 25 000 zebra migrate to the Boteti River in the dry winter months from their summer grazing ground along the edge of the Makgadikgadi Pans...."
Perhaps something more South Africans might want to check out.
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KZN and Botswana are featured alongside other secret spots like Jaffna in the North of Sri Lanka, El Nido Pangulasian Island in the Philippines and the ancient Mayan city of Yaxchilan in Mexico.
According to Kuoni spokesperson, Rachel O’Reilly, it's the quiet spots that make for the best experiences, especially for the new generation of travellers.
“Whilst the Grand Canyon, the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal attract thousands of visitors per year between them and remain high on people’s wish lists, a generation of travellers are now seeking more secluded beauty spots.
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“Beyond the main tourist attractions the world has so much to offer and we’re seeing a trend for people looking for alternative places and experiences away from the famous well-trodden hotspots.”
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