Getaway October 2018

For more than 25 years, Getaway Magazine has been inspiring people to explore and experience Africa. Enjoy weekends, wildlife and wonderment every month with Getaway's fun and informative articles and breathtaking travel photography. Expect a mix of all the very best places to go and things to do in Africa.

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the elephant in my bed

I woke with a start. What on Earth was that? It was midnight. Camel-thorn pods were raining down like hail on my tent. I could hear his stomach grumbling above me. Like thunder. As long as I lie dead still, he’ll think my one-man tent is a termite mound, I tried to convince myself. The giant leaned against the canvas, reaching for a branch. My bubble world contracted. Yes, I was scared, I suppose, but in a detached sort of way. Resigned even. I felt completely at his mercy. A child in a room with an unstable adult. Then his foot came down, crushing half the tent. I rolled away from the spot being flattened. Make that a potentially violent adult. I heard banging: metal on metal. ‘Hey, big boy, voetsek!’ It was Anthony,…

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Don Pinnock Elephants, page 78 Don is a veteran photographer and investigative journalist (and former editor of Getaway) who, some time back, realised he knew little about the natural world. So he set out to discover it. This took him to every continent, including Antarctica, and resulted in five books on natural history and hundreds of articles. His other books include a biography of Ruth First and Gang Town. His next one, The Last Elephants (with Colin Bell), will be out early next year. Catherine Rudolph Coastal hiking, page 68 Catherine loves good food, conversation and long walks on the beach, so it was no surprise that she and the Crayfish Trail were the perfect match. Born and bred in the suburbs of Cape Town, Catherine had yet to encounter a place that embodies South…

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misfortune favours the brave

I am smitten with travelling. Whether it’s in the back of a Bangkok tuk-tuk or in the back of a South African police van, the concept of moving towards an unfamiliar destination fills me with exhilaration. And, in the case of the latter, a fair amount of dread. Indeed, fear and loathing are as much my travelling companions as are intoxication and euphoria. Here, then, are some of my less pleasant experiences on the road. Senegal Hopelessly lost in a densely packed market in Dakar at dusk, then lured into a labyrinthine maze of interlocking stalls that got progressively darker the deeper I went. Eyes streaming from clouds of impenetrable ganja smoke and surrounded by indistinct, mumbling shapes, I was relieved of all my cash and given a small djembe ‘talking…

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unforgettable india

I’m a 60-something woman recently back from a month-long trip to India. My friend and I did two treks: one guided in Sikkim [on the border of Tibet]; the other a self-guided Markha Valley trek in desert-like Ladakh, descending into Kashmir via the infamous Zoji La pass. Then we spent five idyllic days on a beautiful, historic houseboat in Srinagar. One experience that stands out was a trip to a market. At 4am we climbed onto Mohammed’s canopied shikara [boat] and paddled off over an inky black, star-studded surface, to the sound of myriad imams’ prayers broadcast through loudspeakers and further amplified across Nigeen Lake. We passed water lilies and rows of floating vegetable gardens, under low bridges and along narrow channels covered with minute, green duckweed. It took over an hour…

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we asked: help us put together a playlist for our next road trip. what’s your favourite song or album?

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Everywhere’ (or any of their songs, really). – Charnelle Elze Kluth ‘Summer Holiday’ by Cliff Richard. – Marielle Wilson Ford Anything by Pink is always good to sing along to. – Beryl Booi Adele 21 , the entire album. – Simon Green ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ by Arlo Guthrie. Takes up a good 20 minutes! – Mary-Ann Klein Sharwood ‘Radar Love’ by Golden Earring. – Estelle van Heerden ‘Mustang Sally’. – Michael Johnson ‘Special Star’ by Mango Groove. – David Goldschagg ‘One More Cup of Coffee’ by Calexico, ‘Summertime Sadness’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘Beautiful in Beaufort-Wes’ by Gert Vlok Nel, ‘Human’ by The Killers, Dionne Warwick’s ‘Heartbreaker’ and anything by Jack Hammer and Chris Chameleon. – Alexi Whitson…

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a whirl-winding adventure on the road less travelled

South Africa is beautiful, diverse and has all sorts of surprises. With that in mind, we took a 10-day road trip via Bloem to iMfolozi, iSimangaliso, Durban and Clarens. Our inspiration was Getaway, which accompanied us on this, our very first epic adventure. Your suggestions were spot on. We did the croc-and-hippo tour and spent time on the beautiful beaches in iSimangaliso; we saw some of the Big Five in iMfolozi; we explored Durban beachfront, indulging in curry bunny chows which were hot but delicious! Golden Gate was spectacular and as described in your article, ‘a whirlwind of an adventure’. Take the road less travelled. You will be pleasantly surprised at what awaits in our beautiful country – we did, and we were. – Shamiela Berman, Malmesbury…