Cape Town - Travellers sussing out the best spots in SA often get bombarded with Cape Town's glitz and Durban's sass and are left frightened by the Northern Cape's blistering heat and thorns.
But, finally, the Northern Cape is gathering some more well-deserved attention from the rest of the world. Rough Guides has listed this border-lying province of South Africa as one of the top ten regions to visit in 2016.
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Topping the likes of Italy and Indonesia, Rough Guides describes the Northern Cape as "an area covering one-third of the country’s landmass and seldom explored by visitors."
They also mentioned the area's super-gorgeous wildflowers in springtime, the Kalahari's famous black-maned lion, the San bushmen - remnants of the oldest population on earth, the lush and flowing Orange River and Richtersveld Nature Reserve for adrenaline junky-fun.
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10. THE WESTERN ISLES, SCOTLAND
If you are fascinated by myths and natural wonders, then these Scottish isles are just for you. They are isolated with long summer days, with turquoise beaches, good surfs and great hikes and cycling routes.
9. CASTILLA Y LÉON, SPAIN
Spain's best-kept secret is filled with historic wonders, delicious food and some fo the best wine in the world.
8. CALABRIA, ITALY
This natural area covers two coastlines, mountain villages and rural towns. The best way to experience the back-to-basics town is to Airbnb it and explore.
7. LOMBOK, INDONESIA
If the crowds of touristy Bali aren't for you, then try this lesser known island town for the ultimate escape. It is a haven for surfers, beach babes and village meanders.
6. NORTHERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
From the Red Dunes of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier park to the rumbling waterfalls of Augrabies Nature Reserve - the Northern Cape is one special place to visit.
5. TOHOKU, JAPAN
Instead of Tokyo, visit Japan's geographically diverse region in northeastern Honshu - the area of Japan devastated by the 2011 earthquakes. One can enjoy many traditional festivals, ski resorts and beautiful temples for a serene escape.
4. QUÉBEC, CANADA
Travellers are urged to explore more of Quebec - like its harbour towns, its national parks and funky city of Montreal. From casinos to ski resorts - Quebec has it all.
3. TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA
According to Rough Guides, this may be the country's least visited area but it is also it's most lush and green. Explore the white beaches, rainforests and its fairly new Museum of Old and New Art (five years this year).
2. GUJARAT, INDIA
Home to ancient Buddhist, Hindu and Jain temples, travellers can explore the land's dense forests, nearby islands and peaceful atmosphere.
1. ALASKA, USA
Alaska, North West Canada, is home to the US's largest national parks, wolves, grizzly bears, eagles and the tallest mountain North America- Mt. Denali.