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go! October 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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knowing that you don’t know

It’s happened to all of us. You’re standing around the fire or you’re at a dinner party, and someone starts holding forth about a subject they clearly know nothing about. Even though you know that he or she is totally wrong, that person won’t be convinced of another truth, or change their opinion. “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge,” wrote Charles Darwin 150 years ago in The Descent of Man. These days we call it by its scientific name: The Dunning-Kruger Effect. It’s especially relevant now, in a world driven by social media, where every second confident ignoramus has a Twitter account. David Dunning and Justin Kruger are two American psychologists whose research showed that students who were convinced that they’d done well in logic and grammar tests had actually…

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behind the scenes

Why EG? I grew up in the suburbs of Rondebosch East, so perhaps it was a product of my upbringing. I would daydream about travelling to remote and unchartered places and I spent a lot of time poring over maps. Starting out as a young photographer, I was always looking for locations that few people had visited, like Nigeria and Somalia. How accessible is it to travellers? EG is reasonably accessible these days, but in the early 2000s South Africans weren’t allowed to go there due to a series of coup attempts involving South African mercenaries. You need a visa and a police clearance certificate. Did you ever feel unsafe? At one point, while walking around the capital city of Malabo, I was detained for about an hour and my passport was confiscated.…

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go!

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF (WEG & GO): PIERRE STEYN editor@gomag.co.za DEPUTY EDITOR: ESMA MARNEWICK TRAVEL EDITOR: TOAST COETZER FOOD EDITOR: JOHANÉ NEILSON COPY EDITORS: MARIJCKE DODDS, MARTINETTE LOUW PICTURE EDITOR: SHELLEY CHRISTIANS JOURNALISTS: SOPHIA VAN TAAK, KYRA TARR ART DIRECTOR: LYNNE FRASER DESIGNER: ASHWELL PRINS CARTOGRAPHER: FRANÇOIS HAASBROEK WEB EDITOR: MARCELLE VAN NIEKERK CONTRIBUTORS: JON MINSTER, ERNS GRUNDLING CEO MEDIA24: ISHMET DAVIDSON CEO PRINT MEDIA: RIKA SWART GENERAL MANAGER – LIFESTYLE: MINETTE FERREIRA GENERAL MANAGER – MONTHLIES: NERISA COETZEE COMMERCIAL MANAGING EDITOR: GERDA ENGELBRECHT PRODUCTION MANAGER: KERRY NASH FINANCIAL MANAGER: MUNEEB ADAMS CIRCULATION MANAGER: RIAAN WEYERS riaan.weyers@media24.com BUSINESS MANAGER – SALES: DANIE NELL danie.nell@media24.com ADVERTISING SALES JOHANNESBURG JEANINE KRUGER 082 342 2299 jeanine.kruger@media24.com LIZEL PAUW 082 876 8189 lizel.kok@media24.com SHARLENE SMITH 083 583 1604 sharlene.smith@media24.com THEA THOMAS 078 450 7771 tthomas@media24.com YUMNA ROJAN 072 399 5789 Yumna.rojan@media24.com YELANDA MITCHELL 074 897 9576 Yelanda.Mitchell@media24.com KYLEE ROBERTSON 076 263 9114 kylee.robertson@media24.com CAPE TOWN NICK FITZELL 071 430 6311 nick.fitzell@media24.com SANETHA MEINTJIES 082 957 9747 sanetha.meintjies@media24.com HANNES BURGER 076…

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winning letter

One bike, lots of adventures I loved the article “Dust horizon” in go! #159. Sixty years ago, my friend Dennis Buys and I also toured the Karoo on a motorbike. It was 1956. I was a part-time accounting student at Howard College in Durban (now the University of KwaZulu-Natal) and Dennis was an apprentice mechanic. (Dennis and I have been friends since Sub B.) We decided to ride two-up to Cape Town, via Bloemfontein where my aunt Anna van Tonder lived. Our tour started on a dramatic note. It was drizzling in Durban and we fell at the Berea exit. The bike wasn’t damaged and we could carry on. I sent my father a telegram: “Fell, got hurt, got back up, drove on”. He wasn’t impressed. Getting over Van Reenen’s Pass was also challenging.…

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q&a

Insect or spider? Q CHRISTA RABIE from Modimolle writes: I photographed this insect in the Loskop Dam area (top picture). I’d never seen anything like it… It was spider-like in appearance, but it only had six legs. A Entomologist DUNCAN MCFADYEN says: This is the early instar nymph of the mottled avocado bug – a squat leafhopper with a broad, blunt head. The forewings of an adult are usually mottled green and brown, providing excellent camouflage against tree bark (bottom left). The nymphs are indeed bizarre in appearance. They have remarkable extensions at the end of the abdomen, apparently to mimic antennae, and eyespots too. They even walk backwards, completing the false head mimicry. Presumably predators attack the false head, allowing the bug to escape by leaping away. The nymphs feed on tree sap,…

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check this

De Hoop Nature Reserve and its marine protected area, near the southern tip of Africa, rivals the Kruger Park in terms of ecological diversity. The rocky shoreline extends for more than 70 km and includes natural tidal pools full of marine life. The snorkelling and swimming are superb. The best way to experience De Hoop is to hike the five-night Whale Trail, managed by CapeNature. dehoopcollection.co.za; capenature.co.za An aurora is a spectacular light show caused by collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. Here it sparkles above Kvaløya (whale island) just outside the city of Tromsø, which lies above the Artcic Circle in Norway. Roddy Fox – a photographer from Makhanda – captured the spectacle during the full moon in mid-October, a month before the sun…

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