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February 2020

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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South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Media 24 Ltd
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2 min.
the smaller things

It might be your first, second, even your third visit to one of our national parks, but somehow it always ends up as a mad scramble to find the Big Five. Lion and leopard or bust! Followed by elephant, rhino and buffalo, to be ticked off on the game-viewing list. You rush from one traffic jam to the next, and in the process you miss out on the Small Five Thousand: a golden-tailed woodpecker picking at ants on a mopane tree; a flap-necked chameleon stalking a beetle; a family of warthogs having a dust bath. In order to appreciate the “lesser” things, you have to spend enough time in a place to get the “must-see” things out of your system. I realised this recently when I spent a few days in…

1 min.
behind the scenes

Where have you travelled to? Swaziland, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Zambia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and the USA. My favourite country so far has been Portugal, for the music, the people, the bookshops and the pasteis de nata, of course. How do you afford it? I save! I also try to spend as little as possible on accommodation when I travel, so I usually book into backpacker lodges. An added bonus is that many such establishments offer activities in the evenings, like a free walking tour of the city, for example. For inspiration, I often peruse the “experiences” tab on the Airbnb website, or I use an app called Culture Trip: For Curious Travelers. I work at the American International School of Johannesburg, and staff members…

1 min.
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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 CMO MEDIA24 LIFESTYLE: NERISA COETZEE PRODUCTION MANAGER: KERRY NASH FINANCIAL MANAGER: JAMEELAH CONWAY CIRCULATION MANAGER: RIAAN WEYERS riaan.weyers@media24.com BUSINESS MANAGER – SALES: DANIE NELL danie.nell@media24.com MEDIA24 LIFESTYLE CREATE STUDIO CREATIVE DIRECTOR: MICHAEL DE BEER 021 406 3512 COMMERCIAL MANAGING EDITOR: GERDA ENGELBRECHT 021 406 2217 MEDIA24 LIVE HEAD OF EVENTS: FRANCOIS MALAN 021 406 2376 HEAD OF SPONSORSHIPS: NIKKI RUTTIMANN 011 713 9147 MARKETING MANAGER: ANDILE NKOSI 021 406 2257 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…

1 min.
friends forever!

My wife Lizani and I spent a few nights at Olifants in the Kruger Park during August 2019. Late one afternoon, we came across these two elephant calves and their mothers on the H1-4 between Satara and Olifants. One calf, unsteady on its feet, ran across the road to chase a starling. The other calf came over to join in the fun. After about 15 minutes of mock charges and swinging trunks, they moved to the side of the road. As if to say thank you for the play date, one calf picked up a branch and handed it to his new friend, in a gesture of ellie-philanthropy. Lizani took these photos with her Canon EOS 7D camera.…

7 min.
letters

At home on the road Our family has been travelling around South Africa for the past 18 months: me, my husband Pieter and our children Charma (8) and Declan (12). We started our journey in April 2018, at my father-in-law’s farm near Newcastle in KZN, and we’ve visited so many places since then, from St Lucia to Hondeklip Bay. How does it work? We set up a base where my husband and I can work (we do payroll administration for a few companies) and where we can home-school our children. Many self-catering units can be hired for lower rates if you stay for longer than 28 days. Our lives go on as normal, and in our free time we explore the area we’re in. We’ve seen some of the amazing places in…

2 min.
q & a

Ol’ Blue Eyes Q LUCY STEPHENS from Edenvale writes: My husband Andrew and I came across a herd of zebras on the Albasini Road near the Kruger’s Phabeni gate. Quite a few of the adult animals, as well as the foals, had blue eyes. One or two had one brown eye and one blue eye. This did not seem to hinder the zebras in any way. Is this genetic or do the animals have a sort of deficiency? A Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: Zebras and other mammals with blue eyes have less melanin pigment in the eye, specifically the stroma layer of cells in the iris. When the eye has less pigment, it reflects light differently and appears blue. In other words, the colour is caused by the structure of…