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6 Global Travel Trends

6 Global Travel Trends
Have you heard of glamping or slackpacking? And do you take your pets on holiday with you? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, consider yourself a trendsetter. Here are global travel trends that have reached the SA countryside…

Words: Jade Brennan

Images: Supplied 

1. Glamping

Glamping is a portmanteau of glamourous and camping. Gone are the days of struggling to light the campfire, trying not to sleep on a rock or slope, and shared ablutions. Glamping ups the ante, so much so that you get five-star hotel standards while living out in nature.

SEE ALSO: Happy Glamping


Why not try: Hamiltons Tented Camp

Where: Hamiltons Tented Camp is located within the private 10 000-hectare concession of Mluwati in the western region of the Kruger National Park, bordering the northern Sabi Sands and Manyeleti Game Reserves.

Cost: R 6,250.00 pps and includes meals, select drinks and safaris.

For more info visit Hamiltons Tented Camp website here. 

2. Slackpacking

Love the idea of hiking but hate the thought of lugging a heavy backpack? Enter slackpacking. Go on magnificent hikes, take in the scenery and sleep in luxury accommodation, while only carrying a light daypack. Porters will ensure that your luggage arrives safely at your destination each evening.

Why not try one of these COUNTRY LIFE approved slackpacking hikes? (Click on the name to find out more)

Slackpacking in the Fynbos

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Picture: Shaen Adey

Slackpacking Rhenosterpoort

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Picture: Tim Hartwright

Slackpacking the Whale Trail

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Picture: Fiona McIntosh

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3. Eco tourism or green tourism

As sustainability becomes more feasible, many travellers are choosing to visit places that follow eco or green rules. It is also a great way to get off the grid, while taking care of the environment.

SEE ALSO: 11 eco-friendly escapes

Why not try the Rocherpan Eco-cabins in the Western Cape? They have solar geysers and fireplaces and clever composting loos that use less water than conventional flush toilets.


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4. Travelling with dogs is a thing

Avoid the hassle of getting a pet sitter or looking for kennels by taking your pooch on holiday with you. Many countryside places are pet friendly, as are restaurants and beaches, which means the whole family can have fun with Rover.

SEE ALSO: Tips for pet-friendly travel

We’ve rounded up the best pet-friendly places across South Africa (click on a title below to go to the lists per province)

pet friendly places to stay

Pictures: Chris Marais

5. Spiritual Retreats

More and more people are looking for ways to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. South Africa offers a plethora of retreats and, while spiritual, these are not based on religion and anyone is welcome.

Here are some well-being retreats to try:

Reconnect with your loved one on a couples retreat at Satori Farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.


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Voted the best spiritual retreat in SA in 2015, Melody Hill Retreat in Magaliesberg, Gauteng is the perfect place to relax.


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Get away from it all at Little Samadhi in Barrydale in the Little Karoo, Western Cape and unwind with yoga.


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6. The journey is more important than the destination

While a countryside holiday might consist of a road trip, staying at one place and going on a few hikes, the journey has become more important than the destination and in some cases the journey is the holiday.

From kayaking to horse safaris and luxury trains, there are alternative ways to see the countryside. (Click on a title below to find out more).

Desert kayak trail adventure

Kayak the Orange River

Desert Kayak rails, copyright Shaen Adey 6021

Rovos, the world’s most luxurious train, offers trips around Africa.


Experience the Big Five on horseback at Wait a Little situated in Hoedspruit.



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