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SA Country Life

JUNE 2019

The magazine’s readers may live in the city, but their hearts are in the country. SA Country Life offers a unique mix of travel, lifestyle, heritage, conservation, green living and food and wine, while the property and accommodation classified pages are used by those looking for unique getaways, weekend escapes or their own place in the country. The magazine is a welcome escape from the rat race and reminds the reader that life is to be enjoyed.

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editor’s note

With winter setting in, who doesn’t feel like chasing the sun? Finding the Sweet Spot of Thaw, as does my old Staffie so successfully, shifting around the courtyard to catch the rays. Despite unseasonal rain here in Johannesburg (never thought I’d complain about too much rain), and killer floods and cyclones that have battered our country, we do all live under sunny skies, and here’s where to find them.First stop, the moon. Or, rather, Namibia’s other-worldly Moon Landscape. Here, in the north-western section of the Namib-Naukluft National Park, the Swakop River has spent two million years carving up the mountains and plains alongside it, to such an extent the area is so rugged and devoid of vegetation it’s referred to as the Moon Landscape, or Moonscape. But surprisingly it…

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sa country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita HazellMANAGING EDITOR Zanél JordaanART DIRECTOR Nicholas BarclaySUB-EDITOR Lucia PoorterDIGITAL EDITOR Leigh HermonOFFICE MANAGER Carlyn Wallace 087 158 1830 CONTRIBUTORS Ann Gadd, Andrea Abbott, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Daniela Zondagh, Fiona McIntosch, George Robey, Greg Landman, Julienne du Toit, Mariana Esterhuizen, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Peter Chadwick, Peter Sullivan, Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Stephen Smith ADVERTISING NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Ronell Buitenbos 087 285 7878JOHANNESBURG Sales Office 010 492 8356CAPE TOWN Sales Office 021 001 2401DURBAN Sales Office 031 716 4444BOOKINGS AND MATERIAL Heather Daniels 087 087 7036CLASSIFIEDS & PROPERTY Sales Representative Shantal Pillay 087 087 8902, ARTIST Chadré OosthuizenACCOUNTS Sibongile Mbonami 087 087 7053, MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Anton BotesFINANCIAL MANAGER Rohan FrenchCAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Claudette de ChermontHEAD OF RETAIL…

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Fiona McIntosh “I’ve always loved the Wild Coast,” says Cape Town photojournalist Fiona McIntosh, which is why following in the footsteps of the ancient beach walkers, on the Strandloper Hiking Trail, was a treat. For Fiona it meant wading rivers, skinny-dipping in deserted bays, exploring tidal pools and forests, and finding treasure washed up from some of the many ships wrecked along this coastline. In true Strandloper fashion, she carried a permit and foraged for roller oysters and other delicacies along the way. It was a tough but idyllic walk, which you read about in Beachcomber Bliss on page 64. Mariana Esterhuizen After owning and running the Stanford restaurant Mariana’s for 18 years, Mariana Esterhuizen and her husband Peter sold up last year and are…

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winning letter

Earlier TimesMarion Whitehead’s story What a Wonderful World (April 2019) about 1820 Settler churches sheds some light on the history of the original Glen Lynden Church. Built in 1828, it served the local Dutch parishioners and the newly arrived Scottish Party who had settled in the Baviaans River Valley of the Bedford district.The first appointed minister of this congregation was John Pears, who had little inclination to farm the adjoining glebe lands to supplement his stipend. Unlike his successor, the Rev Alexander Welsh, who arrived from Scotland in 1833, Welsh couldn’t speak Dutch, but within six months was able deliver a sermon in this language to his combined congregation.Welsh applied himself diligently to his pastoral duties, but probably more so to his farming activities. Or so thought his church…

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Seychelles Here We ComeColin Cullis’ article, Go Virtually Anywhere (March 2019), reminded me of my birthday last year.We went to the Seychelles and enjoyed it so much that we decided to take our friends with us the next time. My birthday turned out to be the right occasion, and it was a great deal of fun. Only this time we would go virtually.From our previous visit to the Seychelles, we had kept a lot of props to set up an incredible event. I surfed the internet and found videos of an aeroplane taking off and landing on Mahé Island. I made a composite video with these plus footage we had from my birthday holiday.Our guests received a personalised invitation that resembled a passport, complete with a photo of each…

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june diary

Knysna Oyster Festival Garden Route It’s ten days of fun, adventure, plenty of outdoor activity, live music, shows, comedy, exhibitions and, of course, the very best in oysters. It all adds up to a stunning winter break for the family. Sports enthusiasts will revel in top cycling, e-biking and running events. 044 382 5510,, June Zakifo Music Festival Durban This music festival of rock, pop, reggae and indie welcomes more than 20 local and international musicians from as far as the UK, USA, Nigeria, France, Kenya and Mozambique. There’s a cultural area with a variety of stalls, food carts and craft-beer bars, plus art exhibitions, workshops and artist collaborations. The line-up includes Ben Harper (pictured), ASA, Beatenberg, Lindigo, Red Robyn and Maia…