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Getaway August 2019

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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South Africa
Langue:
English
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RamsayMedia (PTY) Ltd
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3 min.
catches, cuts, leaves

Somewhere south of Vilanculos on Mozambique’s EN1 highway recently, I passed a convoy of flatbed trucks. Each one held a huge wooden crate. They had come, I’m sure, from Kruger and were bound certainly for Zinave National Park. Their cargo was elephants and other game to be released in pristine wilderness, lush with over 200 tree species. In May, Getaway detailed the extensive re-stocking of Mozambique’s reserves by the Peace Parks Foundation. It was so gratifying to see it for myself. Another day on the EN1, another huge truck, this one heading in the other direction – to Maputo and ultimately China. Its cargo? Freshly hewn tree trunks. Whether it’s slaves, ivory, fish or timber, the world’s powers have always helped themselves to Africa’s resources, mostly without asking; often without paying. And…

2 min.
contributors

Nick Dall Following Lady Anne Barnard, page 56 Nick’s never been a fan of sticking closely to guidebooks, but he made an exception for Lady Anne Barnard’s Journal of a Months Tour into the Interior of Africa, written in May 1798. Swapping a wagon for an SUV, and adding three kids under six, he retraced her journey from Cape Town into the Overberg. It’s a trip and story that’ve been five years in the making for Nick, who first borrowed her diaries from the local library and was instantly hooked by her personality. Karin Schimke Israel, page 96 Israel is known for its religious and archaeological tourism, but Karin, a poet, was drawn to its bodies of water. She combined work and play to exploit the country’s relative smallness, and saw as much as she…

3 min.
thin green line

‘You don’t mind cats, do you?’ said the man with the neatly trimmed beard. Behind him, two yellow-eyed moggies glared at me inscrutably. This put me in a difficult position. I was standing in the doorway of his apartment with my suitcase and he was about to hand over the keys for a week, so I didn’t feel comfortable telling the truth, which is: ‘Actually, I can’t stand them. They’re annoying and crafty and lie on my keyboard when I’m writing and I wouldn’t choose to share an apartment with one of them, let alone two.’ ‘Sure,’ I said, ‘that’s fine.’ ‘You don’t have to feed them or anything,’ he said. ‘They get their food next door. This is Mr Hero, that’s Zombie.’ ‘Super,’ I said. They eyed me. I eyed them back. I was…

2 min.
oh, darling, let’s be adventurers

When I met my husband in 2013, I told him that Namibia is one of my favourite places. ‘I want to go back,’ I said. Seven months ago, Rudi surprised me by saying, ‘I’ve been reading about fishing in Henties Bay…’ I couldn’t keep the grin off my face. This would be his first trip to Namibia. I hoped he would love it. We did not book campsites beyond our first night, and just as well, because we never made our targets. We encountered some teeth-rattling roads and realised that 200 kilometres may look like a short distance on a map, but if you’re towing a trailer it may take you all day. And if you think you can seal utility boxes against dust, you can’t; if you think you’ve packed…

1 min.
budding mad

We’ve recently done a number of beach walks and sadly the plastic waste is horrific. On one walk I collected the blue sticks used to make earbuds and took this picture. It’s very easy to buy bamboo, biodegradable earbuds, thus removing this item from our oceans through conscious and selective buying – we can all do that. The plastic pollution on the beach in front of a luxury lodge in Ballito, possibly the richest slice of real estate on the SA coastline, is dreadful, especially after heavy rains. Can they not afford to pay someone to clean the beach along their fence line? I think beach lodges need to show some extra form of ecological awareness for their stretch of the coast.…

1 min.
bucket-list tick in oz

On a recent trip to Australia for a family wedding, I decided to tick one more sight off my bucket list: Uluru (Ayers Rock). The five-day ‘Kangaroo Dreaming’ camping tour with Wayoutback Safaris started in Alice Springs and our first stop was Uluru. A walk around the base of the rock revealed fascinating facts about traditional methods of painting and the interpretation of artwork, integral to sustaining the Aboriginal culture. Sunset and sunrise over Uluru was spectacular. Over the next few days we travelled across the vast outback and hiked through amazing canyons, including the towering walls and crevices of Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon and the Ghost Gum Walk in Ormiston Gorge (pictured) in the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park. Our guide, a jack-of-all-trades, kept us entertained with local information and history.…