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December 2021 - January 2022

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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en este número

1 min.
sun, sea, and good tidings

Friends of mine recently hiked one of the six legs of the Kruger Trail. Each leg is roughly 100km in length – an unsupported, week-long walk through a truly primitive wilderness. It’s just you and your companions, surrounded by wild animals, making your way (carefully!) through the veld day by day. This remarkable trail, which now looms large on my to-do list, made me think of how humans managed to become the dominant species on earth. We’re not as strong as a lion, fast as a cheetah or big as an elephant, and our ability to work together is not unique: ants, bees, wild dogs and even baboons do this quite effectively. Many good books have been written on the topic, and the consensus is that it was our unique ability to…

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2 min.
behind the scenes

What’s your tally? Off the top of my head, I can think of 13 incidents, ranging from getting stuck on a muddy road in the Kruger Park for two hours, surrounded by elephants, to filling a diesel car with petrol in Bitterfontein. Scariest incident? In 2011, I was driving a Suzuki Jimny on a farm near Patensie in the Eastern Cape after heavy rain. At one point, the road simply gave way beneath me, causing the vehicle to roll and end up on its roof. Luckily I wasn’t going very fast – the farmers don’t like it when you drive more than 20 km/h near their orange orchards – and I escaped without serious injury. And the funniest? It’s never funny while it’s happening, but afterwards I can usually find something to…

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6 min.
letters

Cat nap I photographed this leopard at the Bedinkt waterhole, north of Nossob in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It was September 2021. My wife Lize was looking for birds in the trees and I was also scanning the branches when a movement caught my eye – a flick of a tail perhaps? I took a photo with my cellphone and zoomed in to get a better look. There it was: A leopard sound asleep and very well camouflaged! WILLIE TRAUT, Dwarskersbos Plan your own trip to the Kgalagadi with the new go! Kalahari guide (R112). It’s packed with travel plans both inside and outside the park. Find the guide in your local supermarket or order a copy from yumna.tofey@media24.com Did you lose a marble? We pulled over on the Letaba River Bridge in the Kruger Park…

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2 min.
q&a

Who nose what happened? RIAAN HAMMOND from Hartenbos writes: I saw this herd of elephants in the Kruger Park recently. One of the elephants had a gaping wound on her forehead – what might have caused it? Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: It’s difficult to give a definitive answer. The hole in the elephant’s face could be a congenital defect, or it could have been caused by an injury that turned septic; it might even be the result of an abscess. This specific cow is well known. She was first recorded in the Umbabat Private Nature Reserve next to the Kruger Park in 2009. She was a subadult at the time, which means she’s now more than 12 years old. She was seen with a calf in 2019 – probably the young…

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1 min.
check this

Hans Knoesen operates a camel farm at Koppieskraal Pan, deep in the Kalahari near the tiny town of Rietfontein. About 20 camel cows are milked daily. And where does the milk go? Most of it is freeze-dried and sold in powdered form to Somali immigrants who live in big cities like Cape Town and Johannesburg. Somalis love their camel milk! Read more about this fascinating farm in go! Kalahari, which also features other great guest farms in the area, plus the ever-popular Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Available in stores or order online at winkel.weg.co.za…

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1 min.
go glamping in grootvadersbosch

Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve – in the foothills of the Langeberg in the Western Cape – has set up five new luxury safari tents, each with a view of forest and mountains. On sunny days you can roll up the canvas walls and feel as though you’re truly living outdoors. Birdsong fills the air: Red-chested cuckoo, sombre greenbul, greater double-collared sunbird… When the weather takes a chillier turn, batten down the hatches and play cards around the table. (Tip: August gets pretty windy. Rather opt to stay in one of their chalets.) Each tent is fully equipped for self-catering and can sleep either three adults, or two adults and two children, on a stretcher bed and sleeper couch. The glamp camp is in an opening on the edge of the forest, which was previously used…

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