category_outlined / Travel & Outdoor
SA Country LifeSA Country Life

SA Country Life


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.

South Africa
Caxton Magazines
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
SPECIAL: Don't Miss Out!
12 Issues


access_time3 min.
editor’s note

It’s just about time for the wildflowers of Namaqualand to start rolling out their magic carpet. And whenever I need to know anything about Namaqualand or the upcoming flower season, I phone a friend. Nieuwoudtville’s indigenous-flower fundi Hendrik van Zyl is probably the closest you’ll ever get to a crystal ball, if you’re looking for a prediction about the wildflower spectacle. “It’s going to be a good flower season,” Hendrik assures me. “I’ve just returned from the veld and the plants look as good as last year. There’s going to be lots of colour in Nieuwoudtville. We’re expecting rain tonight, and next week, and 20 millimetres might not sound much to you, but remember we live in a semi-desert and the plants have adapted to the climate. “I can’t speak for other…

access_time1 min.
country life

EDITORIAL EDITOR Nita Hazell MANAGING EDITOR Zanél Jordaan ART DIRECTOR Nicholas Barclay SUB-EDITOR Lucia Poorter DIGITAL EDITOR Leigh Hermon OFFICE MANAGER Carlyn Wallace 087 158 1830 CONTRIBUTORS Andrea Abbott, Ann Gadd, Chris Marais, Colin Cullis, Fiona McIntosh, Francois Pistorius, George Robey, Greg Landman, Liz McKenzie, Jenny Handley, Julienne du Toit, Marion Whitehead, Nancy Richards, Obie Oberholzer, Ron Swilling, Stephen Smith, Tania Anderson 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…

access_time2 min.

Chris Marais Weird things happen in a roving COUNTRY LIFE contributor’s garden when he’s out somewhere on the road in the Karoo looking for stories. Birds fly overhead and occasionally drop stuff in the flower beds, and building contractors have been known to leave their smoke-break legacies behind. That’s why, for a short and thrilling time, Chris Marais had an accidental career as a dagga farmer. Then he gave it to his dog TwoPack to ease his old bones. Then he began to research the unreported phenomenon of ‘going green’ in the Karoo, tracing it right back to the ancient days when the Bushmen ruled and the trekbokke passed in their millions. Read The Desert and the Dope on page 48. Andrea Abbott Although regular contributor Andrea Abbott respects vultures for their role…

access_time1 min.
looking for more country life content? scan our new qr at the end of certain features to make it easier for you to connect to more content online.

HOW DOES IT WORK? For Android users 1. If you have an Android phone, you’ll need to download a QR scanner app from the Google Play Store. We recommend Lightning QR – it’s free. 2. Once downloaded, open the app on your phone. It looks a little bit like your phone’s camera. 3. Hover your phone over the QR code. The app will scan the code and bring up two options: copy content and open link. 4. Click on ‘Open Link’. The app will open your phone’s browser and take you to a specific article on our website. For iPhone users 1. Your iPhone’s camera is enabled to scan QR codes so you don’t need to download a new app. Simply open your phone’s camera and hover it over the QR code. 2. At the top, a notification…

access_time2 min.
winning letter

Where Does Food Come From? I found the May issue of COUNTRY LIFE magazine truly delightful. The feature Farm Tripping by Andrea Abbott in particular caught my attention with her opening paragraph about the eight-year-old declaring that peas and carrots come from the supermarket. I was privileged to see where food came from, even though I grew up in the city. We had two pomegranate trees in our yard which produced the juiciest fruit. My dad also grew his own grapevine which meant grapes for us and home-made hooch for him. We had our own free-range poultry regularly providing us with eggs for breakfast and meat for Sunday roast. On occasion I would travel with our neighbours to a nearby farm somewhere between Bellville and Durbanville to get our weekly supply of fresh…

access_time2 min.
your letters

Send your letters to countrylife@caxton.co.za Keep it in the Family The article Rooting for Chicory (June 2019) stirred old memories. One of my ancestors who arrived in Alexandria in the 1820s, was instrumental in introducing chicory to the area and, I believe, to South Africa. He was John Baird Smith. The family farm Groetfontein had a spring that supplied water to the village (and probably still does today). The young Xhosa seer Nongqwase, who convinced her people to destroy their crops and kill their cattle, subsequently took refuge at the farm. When a pursuing Xhosa impi arrived, she was hiding under a bed, and the warriors were distracted with the offer of food. There is a memorial on the farm next door to the young sangoma who lived out the rest of her…