When the lo­cal travel bug bites, turn to these ideas and in­spi­ra­tion

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Ideas on where to head for your next lo­cal es­cape


African travel cu­ra­tor, con­tent cre­ator and In­sta­gram sen­sa­tion Om­phile Setiloane (@hey­omphi) talks trips, tips and tunes

Favourite SA hol­i­day? Mpumalanga. I trav­elled there for the first time three years ago and was shocked that it had taken me so long to visit. Ev­ery time I go back, I dis­cover some­thing new that takes my breath away.

Best ho­tel you’ve stayed in? Gond­wana Game Re­serve on the Gar­den Route. Nes­tled in­side a pri­vate game re­serve that’s home to the Big Five and sur­rounded by end­less val­leys of fyn­bos, it’s the per­fect lo­ca­tion for a hon­ey­moon or a ro­man­tic get­away.

Favourite foodie des­ti­na­tion? The food cul­ture in Cape Town is on an­other level and there’s al­ways a new restau­rant pop­ping up. Chefs here aren’t afraid to ex­per­i­ment.

Favourite travel songs? I like a mix of feel-good dance tunes that I can jam to while walk­ing in a new city, or some sooth­ing FKJ beats while watch­ing the sun set from some­where I’ve never been be­fore.

Top travel tip? Al­ways re­search the place you’re trav­el­ling to be­fore you leave. I like to ex­pe­ri­ence a new place the way the lo­cals do, so I al­ways read up on trendy restau­rants, gal­leries and hot spots be­fore I go.

What are your travel essentials? My cam­era, hik­ing gear, a few swim­suits no mat­ter what the weather and my red lip­stick.

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