”The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021”

Shalati hotel, Kruger National Park

More accolades for Cape Town — also included in ”The 20 Best Places to Travel in 2021” by Forbes magazine.

Rated as ”First Class”, it’s why South Africa is among the 10 Countries Americans feel safest about visiting; and why Cape Town has been named Africa’s Leading City Destination for 2021 at the 28th annual World Travel Awards; and why Outside Magazine has the Kruger Shalati hotel on its 2022 Best Trips bucket list.

To compile where should you travel in 2021 if you want to go beyond the U.S. borders, Forbes turned to some of the most influential travel agencies in the U.S. to see where their clients want to go in 2021— and what they have on their own radars.

”Nothing beats a trip to South Africa – because it’s the best of all worlds where you can enjoy city life, vineyards and safari all in one trip”, according to Valerie Wilson Travel. 
”Travelers can head to the bustling hub of Cape Town for its dynamic food and design scene, experience historic sites in Johannesburg, try kite surfing on the coastline of the Indian and Atlantic oceans and experience the renowned safari camps.”


A propos safari’s, one of the most anticipated hotel openings in South Africa has been The Kruger Shalati: The Train on the Bridge.
The hotel seems suspended in time above the Sabie River in Kruger National Park, the largest and most biodiverse game reserve in South Africa.
This one-of-a-kind, 24-room luxury property is built into a refurbished 1920s steam train, located at the exact spot on the Selati Bridge where the locomotive that transported the park’s first guests stopped overnight 100 years ago.

Fodor’s 101 Most Incredible Hotels in the World says: ”Favoring swanky suites aboard an ingeniously upcycled train, this contemporary Kruger National Park stay rebels against a safari’s typical khaki trappings.
The 13 train carriages, converted from 1950s coaches painstakingly collected from scrapyards across South Africa, contain 24 guest rooms, a lavish lounge, and a whimsical plunge pool—all suspended 15 meters (49 feet) above the sightings-rich Sabie River.”

The UK’s Telegraph calls it ”the coolest hotel in South Africa … where you can expect a gravity-defying pool and unprecedented views of wildlife ” in the riverbed below, which is a gathering spot for birds and wildlife, including crocodiles, hippos, buffalo, and elephants.

The new face of travel is also going to have a silver lining, says Forbes.
”As countries reopen, travel is going to look a lot different, thanks to new safety, testing and cleaning practices. 
Experts predict that travelers will also be more thoughtful and responsible when it comes to where they are going and how they are approaching the whole travel experience.
Not only will once over-touristed destinations be less crowded, travelers will be opting for more isolated places.”
So why not try out this ‘cool’ hotspot? 

Acknowledgement Laura Begley Bloom:Forbes magazine


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