Getaway June 2021

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 crone jewels

Most of the adventures in this issue are a little offbeat, the type that often lead to encounters with remarkable people and animals. One of the stories reminded me about a meeting I had with an African wild dog and a warthog, and why I have a burden to bear. We smelt them before we could see them, a gamey funk that ʼ s peculiar to wild dogs, part puppy-breath, part blood-and-guts. These are ruthless hunters – a pack will devour half its prey before the animal is even dead. At the core of their hunting is a social dynamic and a mastery of chase and this pack was particularly good at killing warthogs of which there were plenty at Zimanga Private Game Reserve in KZN. But I didn ʼ t know…

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Jacques Marais CHASING RAINBOWS A lifelong attendee to his ʻ Church of the Great Outdoors ʼ , nothing makes him happier than reconnecting with nature, preferably with family and dogs in tow. Thirty-odd years as a respected adventure journalist and photographer has seen him explore wild corners of Africa and the world, from dog-sledding in East Greenland and fat-biking the Skeleton Coast, to getting lost (and found) in Mongolia ʼ s Gobi Desert. He recently turned 58 but gets all teenage-y when exposed to fresh air and wilderness spaces. Jacques has authored a dozen-plus outdoor guidebooks and is an award-winning Getty photographer. Follow him on Twitter @jacqmaraisphoto or Teagan Cunniffe SHOOTING STARS Photojournalist for Getaway for three years, Teagan now travels Southern and East Africa in search of wilderness areas and adventure. At some…

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big picture

The Sardine run As winter sets in each year, large shoals of sardines leave the chilly Cape waters – where most of them are found – to take advantage of a narrow band of cooling ocean close to the Wild Coast and KwaZulu-Natal shores. The reason for the migration is not fully understood with theories suggesting they are driven by seasonal currents or the urge to spawn in the KZN waters. The shoals are often more than 7km long and 30m deep, attracting schools of marauding predators (and fishermen) that are whipped into a frenzy by the bounty in these normally less productive waters.…

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this day in history

June 5, 1832 The young writer Victor Hugo was strolling in Paris when he witnessed angry Parisians manning the barricades as they were fired upon by king Louis-Philippe’s soldiers. Hugo made his escape but the moment stayed with him, becoming the inspiration for his novel (and later hit musical and film) Les Misérables. June 7, 1934 The world’s most famous duck, Donald, made his first appearance in the Walt Disney cartoon The Wise Little Hen, based on the fairy tale of The Little Red Hen. June 9, 2008 American baseball player Ken Griffey Jr hit his 600th career home run, becoming only the sixth player in the entire league to accomplish this feat. June 16, 1963 Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space. She was launched into space aboard the spacecraft Vostok 6, which…

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wow factors

FATHER’S DAY 20 JUNE Every year in June, we celebrate dads, or those paternal figures in our lives who tell bad (dad) jokes at the dinner table The first Father’s day was celebrated on 19 JUNE 1910 Father’s Day has its origins in America, invented by Sonora Smart Dodd, who wanted a day to honour her father, a veteran who raised his SIX CHILDREN as a single parent. The traditional Father’s day gift flower is a red rose (no, he doesn’t need another tie!) Father’s Day in most countries pales in comparison to the shenanigans of the German Men’s Day. Männertag (Men’s day) is traditionally celebrated by loading wagons full of beer and heading into the wild. Hordes of men (Herrenentagspartie) head to the nearest park and spend a drunken day out, A TRADITION DATING BACK TO…

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what’s on this month

THE WINE SHOW 3–5 June Johannesburg, you’re up next! Experience some of the best wines South Africa has to offer at this exhibition. Find your favourite newcomer or go down memory lane with some wines you’ve enjoyed in the past. WINTER OF WANDER 10 June Durbanville Hills wine estate outside Cape Town has been hosting a monthly Winter of Wander series of food and wine evenings paired with their Collector’s Reserve range of wines. This month it’s the turn of Northern Portuguese cuisine, with the flavours of Namibia and Peru upcoming. whatsonincapetown .com/post/ winterwander-durbanvillehills/ COMRADES MARATHON 13 June The 90km down run is scheduled to start at the Pietermaritzburg City Hall, finishing at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.…