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Travel News Digest, 5 April: FlySafair’s Kruger-Cape Route, Destination Dupes, Increased Biodiversity Focus

Author: Selene Brophy - 5 April 2024

Part of the Cape Town Holiday & African Safari Collection

This week’s latest travel news highlights show safari travel enthusiasts have new options for air travel access to South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park. National Geographic unpacks the trend of destination dupes, pegging the Cape Winelands as an exciting alternative to California’s Napa Valley. While biodiversity and conservation efforts have been ramped up across Africa – we’ve curated this selection of travel stories to keep you in the know:

Airline and Aviation News:

A South African Airways plane on a runway for the travel news recap.
A South African Airways aircraft. Photo Source: SAA

Travel and Destination News:

  • Malawi extends visa-free entry to 75 countries. U.S travellers are amongst a host of new countries that now qualify for visa-free entry to Malawi. Top attractions include Lake Malawi, Liwonde National Park with its prolific elephant, hippo, and crocodile populations, and the Nyika Plateau’s unique landscapes.
  • Cape Winelands a destination dupe for Napa Valley: Want to swap California’s vineyards for Stellenbosch or Franschhoek in the Western Cape? National Geographic agrees. The destination dupes trend is best described as  alternative travel spots that offer similar experiences to famous, often pricier locations but at a lower cost and with fewer crowds.
  • Small Towns Tourism Boom: From the Western Cape’s quaint fishing villages to the Eastern Cape’s beauties, a new social media group is being celebrated for sharing the best experiences only found in South Africa’s quaint dorpies or small towns.  Started by Ron Mackenzie, the group has grown to 126k followers since beginning of the year.

Conservation News:

A pair of rhinos in Kruger National Park
A rhinoceros mother with her calf in Kruger National Park. Photo Source: iStock

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