9 Secret Places You Won’t Find in the Guidebook

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The Potholes, Kruger National Park, South Africa

At the northern tip of Kruger National Park, an ancient river has carved through the rocks, leaving a series of small pools or “potholes” that fill with water – and crocodiles. Known mainly to locals, only tourists with a guide who’s really in the know will have the chance to see the lions and elephants that risk their lives as they gather here for a drink.

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Julia Campbell Agroforest, Pula, Philippines

Dedicated in honor of a fallen Peace Corps volunteer, the Julia Campbell Agroforest encompasses 40 hectares of an organic shade-grown coffee plantation that strictly prohibits any hunting within its boundaries. A serene spot in the mountains of the Cordillera region of Pula, the park is also home to a civet rehabilitation center where previously abused civets are allowed to roam free.

Civets, a small cat-like mammal native to Southeast Asia, are known as part producers of the rarest coffee in the world – Civet Coffee. After eating their fill of Arabica and Robusta cherries, the civets pass the beans through their digestive system unharmed, the beans are then collected, hopefully washed, and used to make coffee! If you ever wanted to try a cup, this is the place to do it.

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Poole’s Land, Tofino, British Columbia, Canada

Although the Poole’s Land commune is legendary among hitchhikers and backpackers alike, guidebooks may be wary of publishing anything about this pacific coast paradise, as the area is known for its frequent trade of hallucinogenic mushrooms in exchange for the commune’s upkeep. Winding wooden boardwalks and painted cars and buses make up the pathways and bedrooms of this psychedelic hideaway.

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