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October - November 2020

South Africa’s number one travel and outdoor lifestyle magazine. We pay our own way and tell it like it is. We drive back roads and speak to real people, giving you practical information about affordable destinations in southern Africa. Each issue is crammed with excellent photography, honest gear reviews and delicious recipes to make at home or in the bundu. Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend or a month, your journey starts here.

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1 min.
the call of the wild

The therapeutic relationship between nature and mental health is well documented and probably better understood by readers of this magazine than by most other mere mortals! This thought was on my mind during springtime, when it seemed as if the earth wanted to give us an extra spiritual lift, to help free us from the lockdown web that had entangled us for months. In the western parts of South Africa, the wildflowers were simply sublime. We streamed to Namaqualand and the West Coast in our thousands to witness the flowering of spider lilies, pincushions, daisies, bulbinellas and marigolds. In other parts of the country, booking hotlines for national parks and provincial reserves overheated as people yearned to escape their homes in the cities. And then the beautiful documentary My Octopus Teacher arrived on…

2 min.
behind the scenes

How did you end up in Montagu? My dad worked here as a young man and he always told stories of outings to Poortjieskloof Dam and Cogmanskloof. I visited the town often and once did a story about rock climbing in the area. Local guide and rock climber David Webster took me into Boschkloof, which had recently been reopened to the public. I was hooked and now I’ve been here for three years. I’m still a beginner climber, but I can understand the fascination with the sport. It’s like fishing – the fish and the rock are both just excuses to be in nature! But that’s true for most outdoor sports, I think. Favourite thing to do in town? I love all the hiking and cycling trails in and around town. There’s…

7 min.
letters

Fields of fun I took these wildflower photos during a visit to the Nieuwoudtville area in August 2018 – it was a good flower year. There were fields of Namaqualand daisies and Bulbinella nutans (inset) next to the dirt road to Grasberg Guest Farm, about 12 km north of Nieuwoudtville. Beautiful! This year also looks promising, and I plan to visit the Nieuwoudtville area again. Even outside of flower season, the Koue Bokkeveld is a great place to explore. Each season is scenic in its own way. RIAAN WOLHUTER, Stellenbosch Like a mirror In July, my husband Robin and I went for a walk next to the Garden Route Dam near George. A light breeze was riffling the water when we arrived, but it soon died down, leaving the surface mirror-still. With the Outeniqua Mountains…

3 min.
q & a

What caused the patterns? SAREL ALBERTS from Grobler’s Bridge writes: I photographed this squirrel in a dead leadwood tree near the Grobler’s Bridge border post. The patterns on the wood caught my eye – how did they get there? Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: The patterns are caused by wood borer and bark beetles. The central line, which usually follows the grain of the wood, is the channel in which the female beetle lays her eggs. The channels radiating out from there were made by the beetle larvae, usually against the grain of the wood. There are several families of borer beetles. In some, only the larvae make tunnels in the wood or under the bark. In the weevil family, however, both the adults and the larvae make tunnels. The patterns in Sarel’s photo…

1 min.
in brief

journeys Yoshi on! Yoshi, South Africa’s famous loggerhead turtle, has now swum a whopping 40 011 km since her release in 2017. The Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, where Yoshi lived for 20 years, confirms that hers is the longest recorded journey of any tagged animal in history. According to goodthingsguy.com, Yoshi’s story started in 1997 when she was rescued by the crew of a Japanese fishing vessel and named after the ship’s cook, who was also small in stature, just like the little turtle. Upon making port in Cape Town, Yoshi was handed over to the Two Oceans Aquarium, where she spent 20 happy years as a crowd favourite. Once her rehabilitation was complete, she was tagged and prepared for release. When the day came, Yoshi weighed in at a hefty…

1 min.
by the numbers

Yoshi and her species are the largest hard-backed turtles in the world. They are called “loggerheads” because of their big, broad heads that support powerful jaws. 50 000 The estimated number of nesting female loggerhead turtles left in the ocean. 80 – 200 An adult’s weight range, in kilograms. 60 The number of days their eggs incubate for. Nests can consist of up to 126 eggs. 50 The loggerhead turtle’s average lifespan, in years. They often live even longer in captivity. 20 The duration of time, in minutes, for which a loggerhead can dive before coming to the surface for air. Sources: conserveturtles.org; worldwildlife.org…