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Getaway December 2020

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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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living under a rock

Seafarers from the flat plains of Europe had scant experience of heights before settling in Cape Town. If theyʼd just collaborated with the locals instead of subjugating them, theyʼd have understood why the slopes of Hoerikwaggo (the Khoisan name for Table Mountain meaning ʻmountain in the seaʼ) were so sparsely inhabited. No one in their right mind would live beneath something so monstrous that it creates its own weather, blots out the sun and invites logistical nightmares for any upwardly mobile society. Today, there are no other cities so dominated by a singular rock. Folk living on the blustery slopes of Vredehoek or in the sodden lee of Newlands often equate it with Mordor, Tolkienʼs fabled realm where Mount Doom spews great plumes of mayhem. As I write, our journalist Matthew…

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Alan Valkenburg TABLE MOUNTAIN CAVES Whileother Getaway journos are a terribly clean-living lot, the magʼs new sub editor/journalist, can be found walking around barefoot taking large gulps from a 500ml glass (it must be glass) Coke bottle and snacking on a packet of biscuits. A lover of sport, travel and the outdoors, Alan has summited Japanʼs Mt Fuji, white water rafted the Zambezi and wrestled gorillas in the Congo*. Heʼs watched the Springboks hammer France at Parc des Princes, the Proteas hammer England at Lordʼs and Wayne Ferreira hammer... somebody at Wimbledon. These days this father of three is torn between his desire to try new, adventurous things – and staying alive for his family. * May not be the whole truth Lucy Corne THE THREAD Originally from Britain, Lucy fell in love with South Africa while…

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wow factors

PLANNING YOUR SUMMER HOLIDAY Heading off on a break during a pandemic is going to be tricky. These tips will take some of the pressure off: Research restrictions at your destination If you’re planning to travel outside the country, make sure you find out everything you need to know, such as quarantine requirements at your destination and health certificates and requirements for your return to SA. Stay close to home The pandemic has wreaked havoc on most local industries, especially hospitality. You can support them by travelling within our wonderful country. There’s no better time to take that road trip – perhaps a route you’ve never explored. Pack an anti-pandemic kit Many places are opening up again and returning to normal but the pandemic is not over yet. Masks and sanitisers are still vitally important, as well…

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we asked

Extreme snowboard expedition high in the Andes. – Ross Sergeant Solo parachuting on a static line at Oribi Gorge. – Susanne Wright Driving from Cape Town to northern Kenya and back in a beautiful Land Rover Defender 110. – Matt Carter Looping the loop in a Tiger Moth. – Judy Rawlinson Microlighting across the Makgadikgadi Pans to Kubu Island. – Kevin Nicholas Kruger Zambezi canoe trip out of Mana Pools. We were attacked by a hippo two hours out and lost many of our possessions but the rest of the five-day trip was absolute bliss. – Penni Warncke Riding on a very lively horse through tobacco fields in Cuba. – Wilma Browne Walking the Annapurna Circuit over 17 days and going up to 5 400m. – Susan de Bruin…

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WINNING LETTER Loving Karkloof Valley KZN readers wanting to escape the restrictions of the past months due to Covid-19 need look no further than the stunning Karkloof Valley in Kwa-Zulu-Natal – home of canopy tours, craft stalls and the enchanting Benvie Gardens. On the Kululapa-indi-bos farm, which offers a choice of accommodation, we found a quaint gem aptly named Birdsong Cottage. It nestles in a forest, providing a rustic stay for a small family and manages to combine an off-the-grid adventure with all the usual creature comforts. Parking for the cottage is a short walk through indigenous bush. Walks, mountain biking, suspension bridges, strolls beside crystal streams, an enticing foefie slide or simply absorbing pure harmony is the order of the day. The surrounding forests abound with mosses, ferns, wildlife and a sense of…

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