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Mum­bai emerged as a hot new des­ti­na­tion, with more South Africans book­ing flights to Bol­ly­wood cen­tral than in pre­vi­ous years. Peo­ple love the city for its en­ergy, bus­tle and cul­ture. African des­ti­na­tions:

Wind­hoek, Harare and Ma­puto re­main South Africans’ favourite des­ti­na­tions on the con­ti­nent. Lo­cal spots:

Though it’s hard to cal­cu­late how many peo­ple drive to spe­cific des­ti­na­tions, in terms of flights alone, Joburg, Cape Town, Dur­ban, Ge­orge and Port El­iz­a­beth are our most flown-to des­ti­na­tions. The Joburg-to-Cape Town route re­mains our busiest air route.

Emerg­ing hot lo­ca­tion: Réu­nion Is­land Since drop­ping its visa reg­u­la­tions, Réu­nion Is­land is emerg­ing as one of South Africa’s favourite new hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions. Reached via a four-hour Air Aus­tral flight, this French is­land east of Mada­gas­car is known for its vol­canic rain­forested in­te­rior, off­shore reefs, beaches and cre­ole cul­ture. Notable men­tions:

Another des­ti­na­tion that be­came pop­u­lar among South Africans this year was Viet­nam. This stun­ning South­east Asian coun­try is af­ford­able and cul­tur­ally rich, while of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar nat­u­ral beauty. Other des­ti­na­tions that re­main pop­u­lar are those with no visa re­quire­ments, in­clud­ing Thai­land and Mau­ri­tius.

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