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December - January 2021

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.
blue sea dreaming

Mountains, forests, deserts, bushveld – and a coastline without equal that smiles for 2 800 km from the mouth of the Orange River to Kosi Bay… South Africa certainly has its challenges (mostly us, the people), but as far as natural splendour goes, we were at the front of the queue when favours were dished out. As we gingerly shed our coat of lockdown, it seems like we’ve found a renewed appreciation for the beauty within our borders. Just in my small circle of friends, there have been some classic road trips already. Many were nostalgic trips to places that held treasured memories; others were journeys of discovery to points on a map once only dreamt about. The cover feature this issue (p 30) details some of our readers’ favourite coastal spots,…

1 min.
behind the scenes

What was the biggest challenge? The baby! This was the first time my wife Marilize and our daughter Essie (15 months; pictured) had joined me for a work trip. I had to plan visits and interviews around Essie’s nap routine, and everywhere we stayed I had to baby-proof the stairs. But Essie also played her part: A field of daisies can make for a fairly routine photo, but put a baby in there and your shot is made! (See page 101. – Ed.) How did lockdown affect your article? I’d been to Yzerfontein many times before the lockdown, and I was sad to see a few places in town had closed their doors. Yet most of the residents were positive and many businesses have managed to stay afloat because the…

5 min.
letters

Golden daybreak I captured this beautiful scene about a kilometre into Rietvlei Nature Reserve, in July 2020. It was 7 am and -5° C outside the car. I took the photo through the window: mist rising off Rietvlei Dam near the Coots Corner bird hide. Rietvlei must be the coldest place in Pretoria! The mist column in the background was created by the small waterfall at Otter Bridge – the temperature always seems lowest there. But the golden light made getting up early and braving the cold worthwhile. ALTA PRETORIUS, Pretoria I see you! My 11-year-old granddaughter Isabelle recently spotted this Robertson dwarf chameleon (also known as a Little Karoo dwarf chameleon) in the Langeberg near Montagu. Many species of chameleons in South Africa are highly threatened, so we were very chuffed with this special…

2 min.
q&a

Did you get your ear pierced? LOUISETTE LE ROUX from Mbombela writes: I saw this elephant bull with a big hole in its ear near Crooks’ Corner in the Kruger Park. Was it injured in a fight with another elephant? Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: An elephant will develop many tears, cuts and holes in its ears over its lifetime. Most are caused by branches and thorns and are considered a normal part of aging. Such ear marks, along with vein patterns on the ears and the shape and condition of the tusks are used to identify individuals. The hole in this elephant’s ear could have been caused by the tusk of another elephant, but I think it’s unlikely – the position of the hole and the size of this bull suggest that…

2 min.
whale trail reopens – with renovations!

We’d be willing to sleep on the beach if it meant hiking along De Hoop Nature Reserve’s pristine coastline, but with the popular five-day Whale Trail back in action, we won’t need to. The trail has been treated to some exciting new renovations, having been closed since January 2019. For those unfamiliar with the route, the Whale Trail leads from fynbos-clad mountains onto the coastline where you can swim and snorkel and look for southern right whales between June and November. So, what has changed? Plenty! The overnight cabins are now powered by solar panels with improved battery capacity (yes, you can charge your cellphone); the water quality and pressure has improved in the cabins; the trails have been strengthened with stainless steel reinforcements and stairs; and the tidal pools at Stilgat…

1 min.
zipping around in knysna

The Garden Route has added a new attraction to its already adventurous repertoire in the form of a 2,2 km zipline over the Kranshoek Gorge in Knysna. Construction started in 2017 but came to a halt when the Knysna fire tore through in June that year. It picked up again in 2018, but the Covid-19 pandemic meant it was only safe to open the zipline in mid-September 2020. Despite the construction setbacks, the zipline has created 15 new jobs, boosting the socioeconomic benefits to the area. While zooming over the gorge, zipliners can enjoy a unique view of the Indian Ocean, plus views of indigenous forest and fynbos below. There are four ziplines currently, but there are plans for two more to be added by the end of 2020. Where? Sign in at Harkerville…