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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

Part of the joy of a roadtrip is the weird and wonderful place names that make the South African landscape so special. Baardskeerdersbos, Isandlwana, Riemvasmaak, uMgungundlovu, Draghoender, Verneukpan, Hotazel, Zinkwazi, Hlathikulu, Keimoes. All twisting the tongue like a koeksister. And what about the deliciousness with an extra twist of Tweebuffelsmeteenskootdoodgeskietfontein? But there are few dorpies in South Africa mentioned more in conversation than Putsonderwater. It’s a bit like Timbuktu and Tipperary – Neverlands that might only exist in our collective consciousness. Well, I’m happy to report that two intrepid young adventurers have returned from a long journey through the Northern Cape, with irrefutable proof (see our cover) that the dot on the map that is Putsonderwater does exist. And yes, it has a well, and indeed, the well is dry. (Adventure…

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country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita Hazell MANAGING EDITOR Janine Jorgensen ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Barclay SUB-EDITOR Julia Lloyd DIGITAL EDITOR Leigh Hermon OFFICE MANAGER Elsa de Beer 087 158 1831 CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Abbott, Ann Gadd, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Cornel van Heerden, Craig Scott, Fiona McIntosh, George Robey, Gerhard Horn, George Robey, Greg Landman, Jenny Handley, Julienne du Toit, Marion Whitehead, Matthew Holt, Nancy Richards, Peter Chadwick, Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Stephen Smith ADVERTISING NATIONAL SALES MANAGER Ronell Buitenbos 087 285 7878 JOHANNESBURG Sales Office 010 492 8356 CAPE TOWN Sales Office 021 001 2401 DURBAN Sales Office 031 716 4444 BOOKINGS AND MATERIAL Heather Daniels 087 087 7036 CLASSIFIEDS & PROPERTY Sales Representative Vanisha Jairajh 087 087 8903, vanishaj@caxton.co.za LAYOUT ARTIST Chadré Oosthuizen ACCOUNTS Sibongile Mbonami 087 087 7053, sibongilem@caxton.co.za MANAGEMENT GENERAL MANAGER Anton Botes FINANCIAL MANAGER Rohan French CAMPAIGN DEVELOPMENT MANAGER Claudette de Chermont HEAD OF RETAIL MARKETING & INNOVATION Dejane Poil MARKETING MANAGER…

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Gerhard Horn Gerhard Horn is the deputy editor of Leisure Wheels magazine, but his life isn’t all about cars. Sometimes he gets an urge to write about other things, like remote ghost towns and the hidden themes within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When not on the job, Gerhard is at home with a beautiful wife, two boys, three dogs and a turtle named Skillie. He can come across as dark and brooding due to his default intense expression, but he’s probably just wondering whether an argument between two vegans would still be considered a beef. Read about his visit to the tiny Northern Cape settlement of Putsonderwater in Adventure to the Middle of Nowhere on page 40. Janine Jorgensen After seven years of working in the media industry in London, travelling to as…

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winning letter

Elephants in the Forest The Editor’s Note in the July 2019 issue summed up the unsustainable way in which humans as a species are treating the natural environment. The lone Knysna elephant cow – in Nobody’s Elephant in the same issue – is a metaphor for humankind’s thoughtless behaviour. So limitless is our greed that we are prepared to push species to the brink of extinction and beyond in our obsessive quest for short-term material gain. Although I have never seen the elusive forest dwellers, I have been fortunate to have observed evidence of their existence. In the summer of 1988-89 my wife and I were granted permission to run mountain-bike tours through the Knysna forest. We regularly came across fresh elephant dung, gashes in the bark of trees and areas of…

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your letters

On the Road Less Travelled I was entertained by the article On the War Path by Fiona McIntosh (August 2019), as we’ve travelled though Nieuwoudtville on our way to Namibia and Botswana. Oorlogskloof is certainly a hiker’s paradise, though we have only done a short section from the parking lot at Groot Tuin. We have driven to Niewoudtville over the Pakhuis Pass via the road to the farm Moedverloer. Whoever named Moedverloer must have known that they needed to discourage visitors. One reason an eerie feeling can overcome travellers is that, in 1946, Flight SAAF 647, a military airplane, crashed into the Pakhuis Peak complex, killing all its passengers. Modern search-and-rescue methods did not exist in those days and it took a while for the crash site, high inthe forbidding crags, to…