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Reizen & Outdoor

go! April 2019

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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2 min.
go west, young man

If you ever want to kick off a lively argument in the Cape, ask a group of locals where exactly the West Coast begins. Theoretically it should be at Cape Point, Africa’s most south-westerly point. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find a Capetonian who will concede to this. Because that means Hout Bay, Clifton and Sea Point are part of the West Coast – and that just doesn’t feel right. So, does it start at Blouberg? Melkbos? Yzerfontein? Only once you reach Langebaan? At school, my personal West Coast started at Big Bay in Bloubergstrand, where even a 4mm wetsuit wasn’t enough to save me from an ice-cream headache every time I ducked under a wave. The skin around my skull would contract from the cold, but then the sound of the…

2 min.
behind the scenes

What were the highlights? The unpolluted night sky – and the silence. The lack of cellphone signal was also oddly liberating. Vermaak Senosi, Bhejane’s master cook, served us delicious food, including heaps of freshly baked bread and an endless supply of moerkoffie . It was a privilege to see the deserted mining town of Pomona and the enormous Bogenfels rock arch in the Sperrgebiet, without being jostled by crowds of tourists. Hardest part? The 560 km drive from Cape Town to Springbok, where I met with tour guide Douwe Vlok, was the furthest I’d ever driven on my own. But I enjoyed it – just me, my music and the open plains of Namaqualand. In Springbok, I had to follow Douwe but lost him after a few sharp turns. Thankfully someone came…

8 min.
winnin lette

Cheetahs in the city I’ve lived in Centurion for three years, but I only recently visited Rietvlei Nature Reserve for the first time. I didn’t think a reserve in the middle of a city could be something special, but I was pleasantly surprised. I’ve been back four times since. On three occasions, I saw this cheetah with her cubs. This particular morning, only one was visible sitting upright in the grass, but as I approached, all four sat up and stared at me. I managed to snap a family portrait. We often focus on the big reserves and forget all about the smaller ones. Rietvlei is rich in bird and animal life. It’s definitely worth a visit if you can’t get to the Kruger Park or the Pilanesberg. RYNO JONES, Centurion The real deal I regularly…

2 min.
q & a

Bug out Q INA BOTHMA from Groblersdal writes: I saw this bug at Letaba in the Kruger Park. What is it? A Entomologist DUNCAN MACFADYEN says: This is an axe-head cicada. The sides of the prothorax are expanded into these triangular flanges, hence the name. The species is common in subtropical bushveld and strongly attracted to artificial light, even fire. Perhaps the most characteristic feature of a hot, drowsy day in Africa is the monotonous call of the cicada. Interestingly, only the male cicada “sings”; the female is voiceless. It’s believed that the cicada’s song serves as an assembly call; it might also have a stimulating effect on the mating instinct. Hiding from the world Q JACKIE EKSTEEN from Polokwane writes: I noticed a hole on the edge of my lawn and found a frog inside. Did…

1 min.
check this

Nothing can prepare you for the view from the top of the Amphitheatre in the Drakensberg; the sheer magnificence of standing at the edge and looking down… Precipitous cliffs feel like they’re slipping away from your feet and the air is thin and icy cold. Getting to the top isn’t easy: It’s a stiff hike from the car park at the foot of the Sentinel (the mountain at the northern end of the Amphitheatre), and you have to climb two chain ladders – a double dose of jelly legs! If you’re nervous of going alone, most resorts in the vicinity offer guided outings. You’ll be transported to and from the start point, and you’ll have an expert at hand to guide you through the tricky parts. So worth it!…

1 min.
meet the world’s newest button spider

Arachnophobes now have another reason to lie awake at night: A new species of button spider, the Phinda button spider, was recently discovered – the first new species discovered in this genus in 28 years. The scientific name of the spider will be made public as soon as the species description has been published in a journal. The common name is derived from the nature reserve in KZN where the researchers did much of their work. How did the discovery happen? The spider was first seen in Tembe Elephant Park, in the far north of KZN, in 2014. Researcher Barbara Wright from the Wild Tomorrow Fund and her husband Clinton suspected that it was a new species. They roped in Ian Engelbrecht, a spider expert at the University of Pretoria, and they…