Like most travellers I like to see highlights but I also like to get to places where I may feel I am the first to discover them. Here is part 7 in our series, another ten secret locations for your adventure travel bucket list.
1) Saaremaa, Estonia
The island of Saaremaa is a hidden gem out in the Baltic, one of several undiscovered islands where nature, old windmills and villages, lighthouses and farms make up a patchwork of an untouched landscape.
2) Museum of Islamic Art, Doha. Qatar
The Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar houses the largest collection of Islamic art in the world. Drawn from three continents and spanning a period of 1400 years, this is one museum you should not miss.
With Qatar Airlines servicing much of Asia and the Middle East, Qatar can be an easy stopover on your next adventure holiday.
3) Essaouira, Morocco
OK, so perhaps not as secret as it once was, but still a hidden gem in a well-travelled country. Fortified walls, a fishing harbour, winding alleys, white-washed houses with blue shutters, street-side cafes, fresh seafood, woodwork shops and art galleries, along with a thriving market: Essaouira is a charming blend of France and Morocco.
It's relaxed atmosphere make it a perfect spot to relax after a journey through Morocco.
4) Benguerra Island, Mozambique
Perfect for travellers looking for a remote indulgence, Benguerra Island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Mozambique is a slice of paradise. Lying within the protected marine reserve of the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, the island offers luxury accommodation, pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life, idyllic beaches, inland freshwater lakes and towering sand dunes, in short, for anyone looking for the irhgt blend of luxury and adventure. Contact us to arrange for your private luxury safari with Mozambique extension
5) Kasanka swamp fruit bat roost Zambia
Picture fruit bats with wing spans of almost a metre. In late October they set off on a long journey across the forest canopy of the Congo basins to gather in the millions at the remote Kasanka swamp in Zambia.
Contact us to arrange for your private luxury safari to Zambia
6) Sandwich Harbour, Namibia
South of Swakopmund, in one of the driest deserts of the world, lies the remote lagoon of Sandwich Harbour. Hemmed in between the towering dunes of the Namib and the cold currents of the Atlantic, visiting this lagoon is as much about the destination as it is about the journey getting there.
7) Viñales Valley, Cuba
When you see the morning mist lift off the rust-colored tobacco fields, when you see a monolithic mogote (limestone cliff) tower above a farmer driving his oxen and plow, when you see the simple tiled-roof houses with sunburnt paintwork and front doors left open, you know you have arrived in Viñales, a relaxed traditional village in Western Cuba.
Stay a while to admire the beauty of the land and enjoy some hiking, horse-riding or cycling. See Cuba in Depth
8) El Fuerte de Samaipata, Bolivia
Samaipata Fort is a pre-Columbian UNECO protected archaeological site where ongoing excavations have revealed more than 500 dwellings from three cultures: Chanè, Inca and Spanish. The main site is an enormous stone slab covered in geometric shapes and animal figures, assumed to have been of religious/ceremonial significance.
9) Peninsula Valdes, Argentina
Península Valdés is home to a staggering array of wildlife – sea lions, killer whales, elephant seals, Magellanic penguins, guanacos, rheas and numerous seabirds. Southern right whale breed here between June and mid-December.
10) Flinders Ranges, Australia
Visiting the Flinders Ranges in South Australia you may be forgiven for thinking you landed on Mars (or perhaps in a Mad-Max movie!). Ancient mountain ranges, red rocks, spectacular gorges and the enormous amphitheatre of Wilpena Pound can all be seen under the guidance of an Aboriginal guide who will tell you about the biodiversity of the landscape and its relationship to the Adnyamathanha people.
Contact us as we have several tours covering the Flinders Ranges