Tea plantation in Munnar, Kerala in fog at dawn. (PHOTO: iStock)
Dreaming of a beautiful year filled with new and exciting experiences? Then this list is for you.
From foodie expeditions in Sri Lanka to snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of Zanzibar, there is a deal to suit every taste.
Some are all-inclusive, others not so much, yet all are worth a look, a consider and a booking:
Sri LankaWATCH: Spilling the tea on Sri Lanka
- Go on the ultimate foodie adventure
The deal: Sri Lanka Real Food Adventure 11 night tour from R24 015* pps. (Excluding flights)
Leave moderation at home and indulge on this gourmet adventure in Sri Lanka. Lie back on the coast, cool down in the highlands and weave through the streets of the buzzing capital. Taste melt-in-the mouth desserts, cook seafood straight out of the hands of a fisherman, uncover fiery curries and spend time with welcoming locals keen to share the mysteries of Sri Lankan cuisine. There's also time to explore the rich culture of Sri Lanka - elaborate temples, ancient fortresses and wildlife-filled countryside. This is truly an adventure for the senses.
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- Paradise found
The deal: Sri Lanka - Touch of Paradise 5 night tour from R22 920* pps (Including flights from Jozi)
Sri Lanka's diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches. It's famed for its ancient Buddhist ruins, including the 5th-century citadel Sigiriya, with its palace and frescoes. The city of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka's ancient capital, has many ruins dating back more than 2,000 years.
Zanzibar - Relax into that resort life
The deal: 5 Star honeymoon offer for 7 nights from R23 495* pps
Essque Zalu Zanzibar is beautifully located on the far northern coast of Zanzibar, and is one of the Spice Island's more luxurious resorts. Stroll the tumbling streets of Swahili and inhale the lingering fragrance of the spice plantations.
Satisfy your taste buds with a choice of three distinctive Zanzibar restaurants, a scrumptious cafe, and three well-stocked bars. Guests can explore the local marine life in scuba diving or snorkelling, try out the watersport activities or visit the marine turtle's sanctuary beside the hotel.
TIP: Also keep an eye on Mango Package Deals - often great deals in off-peak season.
Las Vegas - Shy away from the lights and head to the National Parks
The deal: Las Vegas - National Parks Explorer 9 night tour from R18 045* pps - land only (Excluding flights)
Explore all the natural and urban beauty that western US offers. Spend time in the big parks of the States - Yosemite, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce Canyon, the Grand Canyon and more. Discover a new landscape around every corner - from huge sculpted cliffs and monster trees to alien deserts filled with strange rocks and massive sand dunes.
KZN - Luxe safari vibes
The deal: 5 Star Amakhosi Safari Lodge for 2 nights from R6 975* pps - self drive. (Flights included)
A royal hideaway offering exceptional service and luxury, amidst the African landscapes and breathtaking big five wildlife of the Amazulu Private Game Reserve. Here, time belongs to the rhythm of a timeless African beat and guests are given their own private kingdom. Amakhosi is a majestic destination where imperial treatment is customary, where no day is the same. From scintillating night safaris to culinary delight, Amakhosi offers an African Safari holiday like no other.
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