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Getaway February 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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my wurst valentine ever

February is, we are reliably told, the month of romance. I’m not very partial to Valentine’s Day and don’t subscribe to the hype. But I do have a mildly romantic streak and make some sort of effort each year. Not necessarily roses and bubbly, but a gesture nonetheless. However, being a travel journalist means that more often than not I’m far from home on Valentine’s Day. Some years ago, 14 February found fellow journalist Khumo Ntoane and me in a dusty Karoo dorp. We booked a table at a posh(ish) restaurant … and you could have heard a pin drop when we entered. We may well have been the first ‘mixed couple’ to grace the establishment. Patrons couldn’t help staring, and the waitrons treated us as though we’d just stepped off…

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contributors

Lisa Johnston Johannesburg, page 74 Lisa loves (almost) everything about Joburg, from the grand to the gritty to creative pursuits in between. She recently co-authored Secret Johannesburg with Claire Bell, which sparked her continuing mission to learn more about this fascinating city and the stories behind it. By scratching beneath the surface of its history and places of interest, she’s met interesting people and unearthed treasures that are well worth exploring. Jazz Kuschke Mossel Bay, page 104 Jazz is a Garden Route-based fly fisherman disguised as a freelance wordsmith. He began his career at Getaway as a photojournalist, where he spent four years turning every assignment into a fishing trip, before joining Men’s Health as a features writer. After a stint in the crazy-paced world of sports marketing, he went on the freelance trail in…

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wild at heart

I’d really wanted to be romantic in Paris. I’d even brushed my hair. On the Métro, my husband excitedly showed me places on the map. ‘We’ll go to the Louvre and ponder the Mona Lisa and stroke our chins,’ he said. Once out on the street, bobbing along on a tide of fragrant foreigners, the city’s gold domes jostling with the sky, I felt a familiar wave of panic rising in my chest. ‘It’s happening,’ I said to my husband, gripping his arm. We sat down on a bench. I breathed deeply, shielding my eyes from the glare of couples in white linen, and then sent my husband off – go and see the paintings, I said. Eat croissants. Queue with Texans for the Eiffel Tower. It’s too much to take…

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when your car won’t leave

I love Land Rovers and travelling to remote destinations. The two naturally go hand-in-hand, although not without the occasional hiccup. Highlands Mountain Retreat at Golden Gate lured us in with the promise of dramatic views, a cosy cabin and scenic hikes. The national park did not disappoint, and we thoroughly enjoyed our short stay tucked away in the mountains. Our vehicle, however, a Land Rover Defender christened ‘George’, enjoyed it more than we did. When the time came for us to leave, the regal vehicle simply refused to start. Without warning, the car-remote’s battery ran out and, thanks to Land Rover’s ‘intelligent’ design, there was no way of disarming the immobiliser without the electronic gadget! We still had a four-hour drive ahead of us and a plane to catch. We were…

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a special ‘birth-day’ at lake eland

I booked a weekend away at Lake Eland in KwaZulu-Natal to celebrate my husband’s birthday. When we arrived, we spotted a pregnant zebra, which is not that unusual, but we were especially privileged to witness her giving birth. We watched the calf pop out just his head, and saw the sac breaking following the ejection of embryonic fluids. It was touching to see the inherent instinct of other zebras to congregate and protect the mother and her child. She stood up almost immediately after giving birth, and the tenacious calf just wouldn’t give up until he’d mastered standing. It just knows that by standing it’ll learn to walk, and by walking it’ll grow to run, so that it can survive. I was completely in awe. My husband felt that this trip and…

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we asked: where is your favourite spot for a romantic escape?

Witsieshoek Mountain Lodge. – MaryAnn Darkrayven Lailvaux Mozambique’s Bazaruto Archipelago and Vilanculos. – Paul Saayman On top of the lookout point in Pilanesberg National Park while we eat pizza in the boot of the car, looking over the park! – Geoffrey Ellis At the highest bar [Sani Top] on Sani Pass. The view from there is awesome. – Martie Schoeman Clarens. – Michael Bossy A picnic at the top of Table Mountain. – Lungile Lungsta Khoza Kruger National Park. – Xolani Sxosh Cele…

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