While home is arguably the best place to hang up your hat after a busy day, this is certainly not the case when it comes to hanging a hammock.
The latest global leisure trend, hammocking, is defined as the act of setting up your hammock anywhere in the world with a friend or two and simply hanging out, napping, relaxing, and swinging together.
What follows are Flight Centre’s top picks of the world’s most spectacular spots to hammock. You may want to consider investing in a portable, lightweight camping hammock for your next adventure.
Ang Thong National Park, Thailand
White sandy beaches meet rainforest within this group of 42 small, tropical islands, meaning numerous islands to explore in order to find your perfect hammock hanging spot. This is one of those destinations you want to explore over a couple of days, after all, who wants to rush a trip to paradise. In addition to vegging in your hammock you can also snorkel among the coral reef, swim and suntan in your own pristine bay or do a spot of birdwatching in the lush, green rainforest.
Miller’s Point Resort, Simon’s Town, South Africa
Miller’s Point Resort 5 kilometres south of Simon’s Town, as you follow the M4 towards Cape Point. As one of the most stunning stretches of local coastline, the protected northern side of the point makes for the perfect spot to hang a hammock and soak in the magnificent views. The spectacular setting is created by the dramatic convergence of land and sea. Here a coastal terrace leads up to the steep escarpment slopes and ridges of the Swartklip Mountains. Impressively, large boulders line the shoreline, with various secluded nooks and sheltered bays providing the perfect place to relax and unwind in perfect solitude.
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Fall Creek Falls, Tennessee, USA
Magnificence personified is the only way to describe Tennessee’s largest and most visited state park. Encompassing more than 10 521 hectares the park is dotted with gorges, cascades, waterfalls, streams and huge canopied areas of towering hardwood trees – the perfect place to set up a hammock and enjoy the hum of the light breeze and the soothing sound of trickling water.
The Cairngorms National Park, Scotland, UK
Set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, the Cairngorms is understandably a literal hammocking haven. From its remote and rugged high mountains, to the aromatic heather moorlands and harsh peatlands, to magnificent forests, quaint farms and crofts, and winding wetlands, rivers and floodplains, it provides a virtual kaleidoscope of scenic hammocking spots. The park is also home to some of the most unusual and endangered animal species in the UK.
Iles Aux Cerfs, Mauritius
Comprising a large outer isle of Mauritius, Iles Aux Cerfs is located off the East Coast of Mauritius. Picture turquoise waters of varying shades, endless powdery white sandy beaches, palm trees and a pristine lagoon. The magnificent surrounds provide any number of idyllic hammocking spots. Laze away the afternoon and watch the sunset over the horizon – a perfect way to end a busy fun sun-filled day of exploring.
Tankwa Karoo National Park, Sutherland, South Africa
The park lies about 70 km due west of Sutherland near the border of the Northern and Western Cape, in one of the most arid regions of South Africa and also the only arid region in the world to be recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. Stark as it is beautiful it is a perfect spot to go hammocking. It is particularly scenic when it’s covered with a blanket of wild flowers in spring or covered by snow in winter. Due to its remote location, the pure air and clear night skies make it the perfect place to do some star-gazing.
Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA
This unique national park is as mesmerizing as it is eerie. It comprises two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado and so contains a unique and fascinating array of plants and animals. This vast stretch of desert has been sculpted by centuries of strong winds and rain and contains various unusual geological features. The best time to engage in some hammock time is at night when the endless dark skies reveal vast clusters of twinkling stars.
Words Courtesy of Flight Centre