Travel experts rate where they want to travel first

29 September 2020

Can't decide where you want to travel first now that the world is slowly opening up? You're not alone. We chatted to some of our Flight Centre experts about where they want to go first to reconnect with travel.

French flair, food and wine?

Bianca Mazur, Flight Centre General Manager, named Franschhoek as the first local travel destination she wants to enjoy.

The culinary corner and French-chic village of Franschhoek makes for the perfect mountain and food-filled weekend away. Wine and dine in style with the Franschhoek wine tram as a beautiful and safe way to visit multiple wine estates in one go.


Craving crisp mountain air?

Check-in for a weekend break in the Midlands, filled with fresh air, tranquillity, cosy accommodation and wine by the fire.

Emily van der Merwe, Assistant Team Leader for Flight Centre’s Customer Experience Department, can't wait to check into the stunning Hartford House in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. Described on the website "as the home of good conversation, fine wine and classic horses" Hartford House, or anywhere in the Midlands is simply perfect.


Peace and quiet in the bushveld?

The first place Angela Cotty, FCTG Customer Experience Expert, is heading post lockdown is the Pilanesberg.

The Pilanesberg National Park is located north of Rustenburg in North West Province and makes for an easy drive from Johannesburg, just 200 km from the city. It's ideal for families, as the region is malaria-free and a perfect self game-drive destination.

Dreaming of endless sky and solitude?

For untouched desert and starry skies, endless kilometres with only a handful of people (or no-one at all) in sight, head to Namibia for one of the most secluded and tranquil places on earth.

Susan Zambwe, a Customer Experience Expert at FCTG, says that while Malaysia is likely her favourite corner of the world, Namibia has her heart.

Try glamping and exploring Sossusvlei's red dunes on horseback or taking to the skies in a hot air balloon.


Follow the call of adventure

Kim Taylor, Flight Centre's Customer Experience Director, was planning a hop over the border to Victoria Falls before the country entered lockdown.

Whether you're an adventure seeker or an "admire the views with a cuppa" kind of traveller, Vic Falls delivers in spades.

Adrenalin junkies can witness stunning panoramic views of The Smoke that Thunders, and try zip lining activities, 4x4 game drives, bungee-jumping, white-river rafting, and if the water levels are just right, a dip in the infamous Devil's Pool.

For R&R, enjoy leisurely walks, game drives, river cruises, high tea and G&Ts.


The ultimate tropical island dream

Mauritius is the first place Patricia Johnston, Flight Centre Travel Group Area Leader KZN is hoping to head to for some R&R with her little girl. Arguably South Africans' favourite Indian Ocean island, visa-free and a four-hour flight from Johannesburg, Mauritius has something for every interest and budget.

If you’re after a romantic getaway, choose a resort that is adults-only or has exclusive adults-only wings.

Craving beach, smiles and Thai food?

Chantal Gouws, General Manager of Independent Brands - Flight Centre Associates, the group's independent consultants (personal 'travel concierges' if you will) says there is more to Thailand than just the tourist favourites of Phuket, Krabi or Chiang Mai. "There are 'less discovered' islands and off the beaten track exclusive experiences. Visit a traditional hill tribe in Chiang Rai, stay on a lake in the Khao Sok National Park or opt for the luxury of the small island Koh Yao Yai."


Glamping in the North West

Fancy sleeping under the stars? You can and under the star-studded African night sky as well.

Madikwe's Game Reserve is tucked away in the North West and offers a got-to-experience-it-to-believe it glamping experience. Chantal says it's a truly unforgettable experience for the discerning traveller looking for a much-needed romantic getaway for two.

Imagine a luxurious open-air rooftop deck, complete with mosquito net luxury bed and amenities, overlooking a watering hole.

"The sleep-out hide experience can be booked at no additional charge when guests stay at one of Madikwe's lodges," adds Chantal.

Want to tick an item off the bucket list?

Antarctica is a bucket list item for a reason. Imagine kilometre long icebergs, penguins waddling their way across the ice and endless beryl-blue landscape.

Now is an ideal time to plan your cruise to Antarctica. The cruise season runs from October to March, with bookings already open for the 2021/2022 season.