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SA Country Life

SA Country Life

MAY - JUNE 2020

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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in this issue

2 min
flowers to spot in fernkloof nature reserve

1. Aspalathus excelsa has sweetly scented flowers. A short-lived shrub of the Fabaceae family, it thrives in the first decade after fire, when it flowers en masse, but leaves behind abundant seed for the next generation. A total of 119 species of Fabaceae occur in the Fernkloof Nature Reserve (FNR). Flowering time September to November. 2. Brachysiphon rupestris or sissies is a rare, striking little shrublet only found in the Kleinrivier Mountains, where it grows in cracks in the rocks (‘rupes’ means rock, or cliff in Latin). Flowering time September to October. 3. Erica aristata or Pride of Hermanus, is one of the showiest of the 84 erica species found in FNR. The extremely sticky, inflated flowers turn back at the mouth looking like a frilly white bib. Flowering time August to…

3 min
author interview

“They were both smokers, Adcock and Heine [Neil Adcock and Peter Heine, South Africa’s fast-bowling partnership in the 50s]. I remember them playing for Transvaal, stubbing out their fags on the rope before going in to bowl. I don’t know how they did it, but they were still as fast as Dale Steyn.” With a chuckle Dr Ali Bacher reflects on how the game of cricket, and players, have or haven’t changed over the years. His recall of detail is phenomenal, and his latest book, South Africa's Greatest Bowlers – Past and Present, co-written with journalist David Williams, is filled with anecdotes and insight, as well as stats and records. It helps that, of the candidates chosen for this title – third in a trilogy after South Africa’s Greatest Batsmen, and…

9 min
hope in the high country

The road to Machubeni starts as smooth tar from Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape, swiftly unravelling to potholed dirt as it winds slowly north for about 30 kilometres into the foothills of the Stormberg range. The krantz-crowned mountains are a dramatic and constant backdrop to the grassy hills and valleys. Every few kilometres, there is another small village with widely spaced homesteads painted sea green, marigold yellow, rose pink or brilliant white. Erosion dongas scar the slopes of this tawny landscape, and between them roam goats, sheep, cattle and donkeys seeking any hint of grass. Overgrazing across the fenceless veld has resulted in the merciless invasion of an indigenous, unpalatably bitter pioneer shrub called Euryops floribundus. Also called harpuisbos in Afrikaans and lapesi in isiXhosa, it is resinous, flammable and deters…

1 min
algoa bay hope spot

• A proclaimed Marine Biodiversity Hotspot, its six islands host half of the global population of African Penguins, 70 per cent of Cape Gannets, various species of whales, four species of dolphin, the list goes on. • The Alexandria Coastal Dunefield is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. • Its shores are home to five biomes out of South Africa’s eight vegetation types. • Port Elizabeth is the only city in the world that borders on a Big Seven wildlife megareserve. • Visit Algoa Bay Hope Spot’s Facebook page and Sustainable Seas Trust website www.sst.org.za Take Action • When walking on the beach or hiking in the local nature reserves, take a bag along to pick up plastic pollution – every bit helps. • Join WESSA’s regular beach cleanups and alien hacks (suspended until further notice). 082…

1 min
june diary

Delheim Wild Mushroom Forage Stellenbosch Join a wild mushroom hunt in the forests of Delheim Wine Estate, where mushroom specialist Gary Goldman gives guidance on which fungi are edible, and how to forage in an eco-friendly way. Once baskets are full, return to the winery’s Garden Restaurant for a sumptuous mushroom-inspired feast served with the estate’s wine.The first hunt is on 16 June, with another scheduled on 3 July. quicket.co.za/events/98857-delheim-10 th-mushroom-forage-series/# Melville Koppies Hikes Johannesburg Make the most of sunny winter days by exploring one of Joburg’s green spaces. Join a 4-kilometre guided walk (takes three hours) on 7 and 21 June and learn about the some of the early inhabitants of the koppies. Or test your fitness levels on an 8.5-kilometre hike of the area on 14 and 28 June. Follow the Facebook page…

7 min
family stays

1 Eastern Cape Blanco Tarkastad Set in the foothills and the clean air of the Winterberg mountains, Blanco Guest Farm is one of those wholesome family resorts that has been going for generations – one that seems to run on fun, nostalgia and children’s laughter. Twice a day, there are complimentary horse rides with steady, patient ponies that are happy to amble along with thrilled tots on board. A tractor-trailer ride putters along country lanes. Every afternoon, the dairy cow is milked, surrounded by an appreciative audience of youngsters. The working farm has comfortably appointed rondavels and Manor House suites in which to stay, and all meals are included with a separate kiddies dining area. There are also tennis courts, a nine-hole golf course, a squash court, bowling greens, putt-putt, a swimming…