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Getaway March 2021

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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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English
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in this issue

3 min.
on returning home

I hadn ' t been back for 38 years. My dad was a cop which meant I grew up in a police compound. When I was only as high as a constable ' s knee, I ʼ d hang around the cells, gaping at the prisoners behind the fence. Next door to the cells was a small mortuary with steel coffins stacked up against a fence, and opposite that was a heap of wrecked vehicles from accidents. I would rummage in this heap collecting the steel insignias from Peugeots, Citroens and VW Beetles. Waterfalls Police Station hadn ʼ t changed much on my return. The charge office was as busy as ever and eventually a constable waved me up to the counter. I asked if I could speak to the chief…

2 min.
contributors

Scott Ramsay WILDERNESS WALKING Scott would one day like to throw away his cell phone, live in a treehouse alongside an African river, earn the trust of the local leopard and learn to converse fluently with the giant eagle owl next door. In the meantime he ʼ s exploring Africa ʼ s wilderness as much as he can and has so far photographed over 100 national parks in 13 countries. This month he takes another step back towards nature, as he walks a four-day wilderness trail with guide extraordinaire Bruce Lawson in Balule in the greater Kruger area. David Rogers ZIMBABWE A photojournalist at Getaway from 1993 to 2000, David now leads photographic workshops in Zambia, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia, among other photographic work. On a two-week road trip through Zimbabwe recently, he got back…

1 min.
st patrick’s day in numbers

22.6kg of green (vegetable) dye poured into the Chicago river every St Patrick's Day. 13 million pints of Guinness the Irish stout, are consumed on this day, although that number is likely to be lower this year due to Covid-19 regulations. 1601 The year the world’s first St Patrick’s Day was held – in the USA. 1 in 10 000 Your chance of finding a four-leaf clover. 2 MILLION PEOPLE ESTIMATED to have attended the 2019 St Patrick’s Day celebrations in Ireland. Sources: Insider, NatGeo, Washington Post, CNN, The Independent…

1 min.
what’s on this month

Sadly, the world’s largest timed cycle race, the CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR (scheduled for 14 March) has been postponed indefinitely. Organisers are trying to hold an event later in the year, with reduced entry numbers. Watch this space. capetowncycletour.com /lifecycle-week/ctct/ And the AQUELLE MIDMAR MILE which was due to happen in February, has been moved out to 13 & 14 March at Midmar Dam, outside Howick in KZ. There are eight different ‘events’, from disabled to ironman/ironwoman, that competitors can enter. Midmarmile.co.za AUTUMN TRAIL CHALLENGE 27 & 28 March Experience two different coastal trails over two days, under the banner of one race in the city of Port Elizabeth. Entry: R130 bigosports.co.za/event/ autumn-trail-series/ IRONMAN AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIP 14 March Check out the African leg of one of the most challenging endurance races in the…

1 min.
a win for ocean conservation!

The remote islands of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago are soon to become the centre of the largest completely protected marine area in the Atlantic. The five islands are home to millions of seabirds, and their waters are the natural habitat for rockhopper penguins, seals, sharks, and whales. The protected waters span about 427 000km, 90% of which will become a no-take zone. This means no fishing, mining or other extractive activities will be allowed. Protecting this marine space will not only bolster a small lobster fishery outside the sanctuary but will also protect the foraging grounds for the sea life on and around the islands. earth.org PHOTOGRAPHY GALLO/ GETTYIMAGES; ILLUSTRATIONS JESS NICHOLSON…

1 min.
we asked

Pel's fishing owl. I can't count the number of trees in northern Kruger I have looked under and no luck. – Jsk Bloom Cape eagle owl – Max Hoppe A buff-spotted flufftail. I have spent many, many hours following its call without any success. – Tania Kühl Shoebill – Beverley Lewis Green-headed oriole. Been to Mt Gorongosa twice but couldn’t go up the mountain – Petri Nienaber African pitta and narina trogon – Josh Oates Still looking for the finfoot... – Lize Burger African broadbill – Heleen Els Shoebill and green malkoha – Colin Attwell Gorgeous bush-shrike – Karlien Nortje…