THE HIT LIST

2019

Adventure spirits in search of your next sojourn, we take you on our Hit List 2019 to discover some of the most incredible destinations beyond the norm from culture and heritage, wine & gastronomy, fascinating wildlife and inspiring landscapes.  

10.SUDAN

SUDAN

Why You Should Go Now:

A culture and history lover's paradise. Sudan evokes timelessness and adventure appeal . Embroiled in almost 40 years of civil wars, it has recovered through its recent independence. Those who have been to Egypt would love to continue the story and legacy of the Pharaohnic era, explore the ancient civilizations and lost kingdoms. 

Best Time To Visit:

December to February in the winter season with exceptional clear blue skies, lower temperatures ranging between 12 Degrees Celsius in the night to 30 Degrees Celsius by mid day. 

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9.RAJA AMPAT

RAJA AMPAT

Why You Should Go Now:

Journey and set sail off to one of the most visually-stunning and spectacular islands-regency in the world, the surreal realms of Raja Ampat on an incredible and exclusive experience onboard the Rascal to witness the extraordinary marine biodiversity, truly awe-inspiring geology away from the nuisances of the modern world. 

Best Time To Visit:

Lying on the equator, Raja Ampat's all-year warm waters is the reason why it is home to an amazing resident marine life that include manta rays, whale sharks, bottlenose dolphins amongst many others. The perfect weather conditions between November to early April allows for stunning clear weather that reflects on the spectacular coral reefs, shallow sandbars and prime conditions for snorkeling and diving. 

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8.WILD INDIA

WILD INDIA

Why You Should Go Now:

For connoisseurs of African safaris, India's wildlife edens are the natural next wildlife domain to journey to. Spread across the stunning national parks of India, the revitalized conservation program has allowed population of tigers, leopards and lions to blossom, forming a vital component in a wildlife and heritage journey of India. 

Best Time To Visit:

December to February for the favorable winter temperatures ranging between 17 degrees Celsius in the evenings to 25 degrees Celsius during the day. While it gets warmer from March to April, this is the optimum time for big cats encounters where photography hunters will get enjoy a field day capturing the fascinating apex predators around the waterholes. 

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7.TAJIKISTAN

TAJIKISTAN

Why You Should Go Now:

Untouched, wild and virtually uncharted territory, with towering mountains, epic river valleys, surreal mountain passes and authentic countryside life, Tajikistan is revered by intrepid travelers for its nature and heritage. Smallest amongst the "Stans", but the highest, a breath-taking journey to the "Roof of Central Asia" awaits. 

Best Time To Visit:

Summer (Late May-August) is perfect for the higher altitudes with dry weather, comfortable temperature averaging between 12 degrees Celsius in the evenings and early mornings to 22 degrees Celsius during mid day providing conducive conditions for hiking and in particular, traversing the legendary Pamir Highway. 

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6.NUNAVUT, CANADA

NUNAVUT, CANADA

Why You Should Go Now:

On the fringe of extremes, the Nunavut region is perhaps Canada's last frontier, an assortment of uninhabited islands, a scatter of Inuit population, a wildlife paradise for arctic adapted animals such as the polar bear, beluga whales, narwhals, musk oxen and more. Nunavut is as wild as it can get. Remote and desolate yet blessed with unfathomable wilderness, some of the most spectacular tundra and landscapes in a world that is nothing less than ordinary. 

Best Time To Visit:

Depending on your agenda, whether it's basking in the Great Arctic Caribou Migration, witnessing the mysterious lifestyle of the belugas and narwhals or coming face to face with the majestic Polar bears, Summer (late May to August) represents the only window of opportunity to soak it all in. 

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5.ZAMBIA

ZAMBIA

Why You Should Go Now:

Landlocked and bordered by Tanzania to the northeast, Malawi to the east, Mozambique to the southeast, Zimbabwe and Botswana to the south and the Caprivi Strip of Namibia to the southwest, Angola to the west and Congo to the northwest, Zambia captures the essence of migrating wildlife through unfenced national parks and reserves and shares the mighty Victoria Falls with Zimbabwe, all these alone allows for vivid imagination of its geography and nature. Three rivers, the Kafue, Luangwa and Zambezi flows through the country defining its patterns of life and rhythm. Such are the infinite possibilities in Zambia that you have to see to believe. 

Best Time To Visit:

The Victoria Falls remain its number one attraction with the falls at the peak of its thundering powers from May to October. The dry season also provide respite with its pleasant winter offering enjoyable safaris in Kafue, South Luangwa National Park and much of the Lower Zambezi. 

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4."HIDDEN KYOTO"

"HIDDEN KYOTO", JAPAN

Why You Should Go Now:

Kyoto Prefecture can be said to embody the very spirit of Japanese culture. While the rest of Japan has adopted
modernity with abandon, the old ways are hanging on in Kyoto. While most people’s image of Kyoto is only of the storied city itself, Kyoto Prefecture is home to a variety of lovely attractions located outside the city lines, just waiting to be discovered. Hidden away are some of the most mesmerizing villages, towns, coastal fervour, aged-old traditions as well as a diverse array of food. This is a Kyoto that is virtually unknown!

Best Time To Visit:

Late March - early April for the stunning cherry blossoms in Spring and mid November for the inspiring Autumn foliage blanketing Kyoto Prefecture in a kaleidoscope of red, orange and yellow. The cooler temperatures also offer a comfortable time to indulge in seasonal delicacies as well as luxuriating in the therapeutic hot springs. 

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3.ABRUZZO, ITALY

ABRUZZO, ITALY

Why You Should Go Now:

Journey to Abruzzo - The Hidden Italy that stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea on some of the most mountainous and wild terrain, often dubbed the "Green Heart of Europe". Abruzzo is still largely less-documented but its wine, cuisines, heritage and landscape represents one of the last old world of Italy that exudes a unique nostalgia.

Best Time To Visit:

Late April through to October for differentiating scenes of Spring, Summer and Autumn. Abruzzo's location hugging the Adriatic Sea offers respite from North Italy's colder climate. Surrounded by mountain ranges inland and the fervor of the sea to the east, Abruzzo teases the discerning traveler with its seasonal delights and a less-visited atmosphere. 

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2.CEDERBERG,

SOUTH AFRICA

CEDERBERG, SOUTH AFRICA

Why You Should Go Now:

Just slightly over 200km from Cape Town, venture off the beaten path to the Cederberg Wilderness Area, a rugged mountainous region that stretches from the Middelberg Pass at Citrusdal to north of the Pakhuis Pass at Clanwilliam. Proclaimed a wilderness area since 1973, this is one of the most geologically-spectacular region in South Africa with incredible wild terrains comprising of sandstone formations, cracks, arches and caves weathered by erosion over millions of years. Perfect for intrepid travelers with a sense of soft adventure, the Cederberg Wilderness Area also allows an insight into the origins of the San Bushmen. 

Best Time To Visit:

May to early September during the winter dry season offers the best opportunity for hiking in the spectacular landscapes of the Cederberg Wilderness Area where temperatures are comfortable averaging between 13 to 23 degrees Celsius although it can get colder in the evenings. 

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1.BULGARIA

BULGARIA

Why You Should Go Now:

For the second year-running, perched on the top spot of our Hit List is a destination in Europe. Bulgaria trumps the list for 2019. Home to some of the most incredible UNESCO sites, heritage and wondrous nature, Bulgaria had had a grim reputation during the Communist era in its storied past but now, it is one of the most revered destinations in the Balkans for its surreal landscapes, hidden culture and the shimmer of the Black Sea.

Best Time To Visit:

Late April to May during the Spring season for a more comfortable weather, lesser Russian tourists while July in Summer offers the most visually-teasing season to soak in the most spectacular lavender fields in the world (not Provence, not Hokkaido...we're sorry). Late September till October offers a colorful ending to the year with its underrated Autumn foliage that envelopes the plucky Balkan nation. 

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