Welcome to New Places To Go

Discover off-the-beaten track destinations, hiking trails, wildlife encounters and wine regions in South Africa’s Eastern & Western Cape Province.

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I’m Sam, a South African who loves exploring the beautiful destinations in this country. After 12 years abroad, returning home made me realize the amazing travel opportunities here. Now, I’m happiest when sharing my South African adventures with YOU!

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Where do YOU want to go?

Throughout my travels, I’ve really explored the Eastern Cape, the Cape Winelands, and the Garden Route. So, whether you’re keen on one of these regions or still undecided, feel free to dive in and discover their hidden gems, top recommendations, and insider tips. And if you’re not sure where to begin, check out my page featuring all destinations across South Africa.

The Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape’s appeal lies in its untouched, rugged beauty. While its limited infrastructure may discourage some travelers, it’s precisely this remoteness and unspoiled nature that make it special. Let me show you all the amazing things this region has in store, from hidden gems and charming old towns to great hikes and wildlife adventures.

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The Cape Winelands

Being a huge fan of wine, it’s no wonder that many of my travels revolve around South Africa’s top wine-producing areas. The Cape Winelands region is an absolute gem for wine tours. Imagine quaint historic towns nestled among pretty Cape Dutch architecture, surrounded by rolling vineyards and mountains producing world-class wines. Whether you’re looking for top wine farm recommendations or eager to hop on the iconic Franschhoek Wine Tram, I’ve got all the insider tips you need.

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The Garden Route

Let’s explore the Garden Route together, one of South Africa’s most famous coastal routes. I’ve traveled this region multiple times, so I’m excited to share all the insider knowledge about it. Get ready for tips on must-see places, hidden treasures, and unforgettable experiences along the way.

Interested in themed travel?

Explore my posts on hiking trails and wildlife destinations across South Africa.

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Here, I’ll share with you some really awesome wildlife destinations – from off-the-beaten track reserves in the Eastern Cape to the World’s largest in-flight aviary! So, keep reading my blogs to find out more about these exciting wildlife adventures, insider tips and top recommendations.

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Most of my posts cover day hikes, with a focus on South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province. From getting up close and personal with hippos and giraffe, to visiting iconic places such as the Storms River Bridge in Tsitsikamma, there’s a lot to explore! Keep reading as I share personal accounts and helpful information about these beautiful hiking destinations.