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Hidden Gems to Experience

By Aeroplan Travel

International travel is thrilling, but with so many beautiful destinations within our own country to explore, you don’t have to go very far to be wowed. We compiled a list of hidden gems you cannot afford to miss out on when planning your next local travels.


This charming, country-chic farmhouse hotel on a lake is 9 km from the Ukahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site, near the town of Mooi River. Besides the breath-taking views, they are very well-known for their chic cuisine and farmhouse hospitality. A 2-night stay is perfect to relax and revive the soul.



An express entryway to freedom, relaxation and meaningful connection will await guests aboard a first-of-its-kind Kruger Shalati train – a gateway to the Kruger National Park.

With unparalleled view of the Sabie River, plus your own game vehicle and ranger, this is a true luxury game experience with a difference.



Overlooking the beautiful natural views of Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, The Bubble Valley offers a breath-taking escape from the hustle and bustle and aims to provide nature-lovers with a luxurious experience amidst the beautiful Mpumalanga mountains. Boasting a tranquil garden, The Bubble Valley is in Piet Retief in the Mpumalanga region, 42km from Heyshope Dam, and 3.7km from Bethlehem Mission School.

As Africa’s first bubble tent suite, this is certainly a bucket list item for guests who want to experience a world-class luxury stay under the beautiful African sky.




Emerging from the ancient dust in the Cradle of Humankind is Forum Homini Boutique Hotel. Set within a private game estate, this 5-star hotel offers deluxe cave-style accommodation for discerning travellers, fine dining at award-winning Roots restaurant, an intimate wedding venue, and excellent facilities for those with business in mind.

The fascinating history of mankind is weaved into the walls through its artwork, layout, and décor.



Grootbos, with its two 5-star luxury lodges, is spectacularly situated on the fynbos and forest clad hills overlooking the whale-watching haven of Walker Bay. Grootbos has carved a unique niche in the upmarket eco-lodge sector by specializing in the Cape region of South Africa’s world-renowned flora and marine biodiversity. This multi award-winning reserve is home to more than 740 different plant species, offers warm hospitality, excellent cuisine, fine wines, and is a nature lover’s paradise.



Kosi Forest Lodge is privately nestled into the tranquil sand forest alongside the Kosi Lake system, located in the Isimangaliso World Heritage Park. Back to nature at its absolute best!

The eight upmarket, thatched bush suites are set on wooden decks. All suites come with mosquito nets, canvas blinds, balconies, and en-suite bathrooms. Each room boasts a unique outdoor and reed-enclosed bathroom.

The dining area is situated at the main lodge, opening onto a spacious wooden deck, perfect for romantic sundowners or a candle lit dinner

With destinations like these, we can truly be proudly South African. Should you be inspired to visit one of these gems, contact Aeroplan Travel and we will take care of all your travel arrangements.

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