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Getaway March 2019

For more than 25 years, Getaway Magazine has been inspiring people to explore and experience Africa. Enjoy weekends, wildlife and wonderment every month with Getaway's fun and informative articles and breathtaking travel photography. Expect a mix of all the very best places to go and things to do in Africa.

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for the love of kaoko

(Revel Fox, Justin Fox) Justin Fox Some years ago, I had the privilege of exploring remote corners of Kaokoland. The journey left a powerful impression – a high point of my travelling life.Landing on a gravel airstrip, I was met by guide Chris Bakkes. ‘Welcome to paradise,’ he said, shaking my hand and leading me to a waiting 4x4. A big man with Medusa hair, fiery beard and one arm (the other was severed by a crocodile), Chris looked like the ultimate wild man of the north-west. But Chris had also written books on the region and been involved in conservation with Wilderness Safaris.Early next morning, we packed a Land Rover and set off north. We left the basalt heights of the Etendeka Mountains, crossed grasslands dotted with…

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Carla GeyserSouthern Africa, page 82Eco-warrior and humanitarian, Carla has been adventuring across Africa for the past decade, blazing trails and connecting with women who are doing phenomenal things to protect Africa’s natural wonders. Carla believes that one person can make a difference – and she plans to be that person. She’s just returned from an all-female conservation SOS mission around Southern Africa and has amazing stories and photos to share. Alexandra Findlay and Luke BellIceland, page 96Both fans of a road trip, particularly those accompanied by audiobooks and snacks, Alexandra and Luke headed north – far north – for their next one. Armed with thermal clothing, crampons (spiky boot attachments – yes, they also had to google it), cameras and enthusiasm, these two Capetonians swapped sunny South Africa…

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strictly come cruising

Darrel Bristow-Bovey Many people don’t like the idea of cruise ships, and I can understand why. There are a lot of bad cruise ships out there, with loudspeakers and children and greasy cruise directors urging passengers to have a cocktail and play some volleyball in the pool: the kind of cruise ships David Foster Wallace wrote about in A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again; the kind that make you stand at the bow in the Indian Ocean, scanning the horizon, wishing you would strike an iceberg and sink.Of course those aren’t the only kind of cruise ships, but that’s still not the point. A certain kind of traveller – as a Getaway reader, you’re probably one, and good on you – doesn’t like the idea…

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hiking up memory lane

Reading the article ‘Table Mountain: Trails Less Travelled’ (December 2018) brought back a flood of memories from my youth, specifically the two times I climbed the mountain as a teenager in the mid-70s.I met with some hikers from my church’s youth group at a pre-arranged place early one morning during the September school holidays. We were filled with a sense of adventure, all of us ready to take on the indomitable Table Mountain. We climbed via Kasteelspoort, which took us to Breakfast Rock, a destination midway up the mountain. I was delighted to find that this traverse was ‘a walk in the park’ for me.The next time, we went up Plattekloof Gorge, which was more strenuous and a bit of a crawl. We went right to the top and…

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snap of the month

Early on an overcast morning at the scavenger hide at Zimanga Private Game Reserve in KZN, one of the tawny eagles decided it had had enough of the jackal interfering with its meal, and tried to scare it away by making itself as big as possible. – Francois van Dijk, Johannesburg @francoisvandijk WIN! Tag us in your images on Instagram @getawaymagazine and stand a chance of winning a R400 Outdoor Warehouse gift voucher. outdoorwarehouse.co.za ■…

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we asked: share your favourite holiday spots and special discoveries with us…

Diani Beach, Kenya. – Khuli Mnisi Fisherman’s Village (Bophut) on Koh Samui, Thailand. – Silindile Dube Sossusvlei, Namibia. – Wesley Laing Marloth Park near Kruger. Best hosts and houses in the Lowveld – a magical experience. – BriZac Williams Buffalo Bay, Garden Route. Endless beaches, superb swimming, surfing, rock pools and access to hiking spots. – Hilana Steyn Drakensberg and Tsitsikamma hiking trails: rocky mountains, rivers, waterfalls, sleeping in tents, backpacks, sunrise and sunsets. – Lerato Monyatsi My vote goes to Chobe. Heaven on Earth. – Eugene Hugo A treehouse hidden in Mokala National Park, Northern Cape. A hidden gem, and my absolute favourite. – Johny Blue Amari Havodda Maldives. – Zandile M ■…