Go! Classic


Go! Classic represents a selection of some of the best travel stories we have published in over 100 issues of the magazine. Go! Classic is a digital publication, presented in a timeless design and reader-friendly format. Sail on the warm waters of Lake Tanganyika with Dana Snyman aboard the unsinkable Liemba, or get into the Go! Condor with Toast Coetzer as he traverses the back roads of the South African platteland in search of the spirit of the land and its people. Also with writing by E rns Grundling, Sophia van Taak, Barnie Louw, Albertus van Wyk, Esma Marnewick and Bun Booyens.

South Africa
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come play in the garden

I still don’t know how my dad managed it. Once a year during the annual builders’ holidays, he’d roll our dark green Mercedes-Benz 280S out of the garage and systematically start packing: his things, my mom’s extensive luggage set, enough toys to keep his three sons entertained, my grandpa and gran’s suitcases and a cool box filled with snacks for the road. Anything that the giant boot didn’t swallow went into a streamlined white roof carrier – quite futuristic considering this was the 1970s. My youngest brother would be strapped into a makeshift baby seat on the armrest between my parents upfront. My other brother and I squeezed onto the back bench, flanked by a grandparent on either side. Then my dad would point the long nose of his beloved Merc…

behind the scenes

Why this story? Pigeon racing is big in Europe, but you won’t see SuperSport in South Africa doing a breakdown of the day’s races. Yet it’s popular here, with a rich subculture. I was hooked. How did you do your research? Over the course of two racing seasons I got to know the pigeon fanciers of the Western Cape and I spent many Saturdays at their lofts, waiting for the pigeons to return. I also attended basket evenings and I hitched a ride with the truck that takes the pigeons to their liberation site in the Karoo, to watch the birds being set free at dawn. Any surprises? It took me months to understand how everything worked, but once I did, I became obsessed. I don’t think I’ll ever stop checking the…

learn to take better photos – in botswana!

Grab your camera, your camp chairs and your sense of adventure and join go! on a photo tour through Botswana! We are teaming up with Mpafa/Bhejane for an epic self-drive trip from 8 to 18 April 2016. In addition to experiencing highlights such as the Okavango Delta, the Makgadikgadi Pan, the Caprivi and Victoria Falls, go! picture editor Shelley Christians will be on hand to help you take your photographic skills to the next level. nnder Shelley’s expert tuition and Mpafa/Bhejane’s guidance, you’ll see the country in an unforgettable way. TOUR DETAILS Tour duration: 11 days, 10 nights When and where? 8 – 18 April 2016, departing from Nata Lodge, Botswana Accommodation: All tented accommodation Rate: R12 650 per person THE RATE INCLUDES… •A professional tour leader and an experienced field guide •Three meals a day •All park fees •All…


Secretarybirds don’t mess around We went to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park for the 21st time this year. In my experience, most first-time visitors to the park are only there to see the lions and miss out on all the other interesting sights. I’ve learnt to take it slowly and appreciate everything. We were travelling from the Auchterlonie picnic site to Nossob when we saw two secretarybirds emerging from the Nossob riverbed. They were pecking at something on the ground and then one of them suddenly lifted a huge, live puff adder and gulped it down! I could see the snake moving in its gullet. It was all a bit much for the bird so it regurgitated its meal and tore the snake to shreds with its beak and feet before devouring the smaller…


Lovers or fighters? QCHARLOTTE AUGUSTYN from Bloemfontein writes: I took this photo in Mokala National Park near Kimberley. The giraffes had their necks entwined. What does this behaviour mean? A Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: As soon as a juvenile male giraffe is able to look after itself, it will join a bachelor herd of bulls. Judging by the photo, this is one such herd. Bulls determine dominance by sparring. They’ll interlace their necks and lean against each other to gauge their opponents’ strength. Young bulls will also swing their heads at each other, but their sparring sessions don’t last very long and seldom result in injuries. In older bulls, however, sparring sessions can be much more brutal. The battle can last up to half an hour and the slap of a head…

check this

Chokka , the South African name for the endemic squid species, Loligo reynaudii, is the lifeblood of many Eastern Cape towns. The fishing season is closed in October and November, allowing an opportunity to photograph these incredible invertebrates during their spawning aggregations. Descending into the dark green water and hovering above the bright orange egg beds it is amazing to witness the mating ritual as the males and females come together, pulsating and changing colour, with their huge eyes reflecting the dive lights, while sharks, stingrays and other predators circle for an easy meal. South Africa’s central interior has one of the highest rates of lightning strikes per square kilometre in the world, especially in summer when thunderstorms rip through the skies above the Highveld. In this shot, Joburg braces itself for…