South Africa’s number one travel and outdoor lifestyle magazine. We pay our own way and tell it like it is. We drive back roads and speak to real people, giving you practical information about affordable destinations in southern Africa. Each issue is crammed with excellent photography, honest gear reviews and delicious recipes to make at home or in the bundu. Whether you’re looking to escape for a weekend or a month, your journey starts here.
Bird nerds rule
BEHIND THE SCENES • She’s one of South Africa’s brightest academic stars, but we’re proud to say that Dr Xanthe Hunt was also once a go! intern. Read her Letter from Kisumu on page 144. Here’s how she fell in love with this Kenyan port city.
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Q & A • Every month our experts answer your questions about birds, bugs and beasts. email@example.com
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PIT STOP Rust en Vrede Waterfall, Oudtshoorn
Mind please, Mercury passing through
Coetzee & Danielle Wium
BOOKS & MUSIC • A remarkable book about elephants aids the fight against poaching; an inspiring ode to cycling; beautiful paragraphs from Outside magazine’s early days; and an exciting new debut album.
The threshold • Moving to a foreign country involves more than packing up your belongings. For Willem de Lange, it’s a leap out of your comfort zone and an opportunity to get to know yourself.
Skukuza • Fly Airlink for a safari adventure of a lifetime
Namaqualand never gives up • The drought is taking a toll on the wildflowers of Namaqualand and you might be wondering if this region has anything else to offer. Of course it does! Take it slow and watch your step – beauty grows everywhere.
IN OTHER WORDS
I WANT TO HIKE!
HIGHLAND FLING • The December holidays are around the corner. Why not explore a few passes in the mountains of Lesotho and the Eastern Cape, then head to the coast with the wind at your back?
DRIVE 10 PASSES IN A WEEK
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The Blue Train still has its sparkle • On the two-night journey from Cape Town to Pretoria, time is one of many luxuries you can enjoy aboard the Blue Train. Sink into a wing-back chair with a glass of sparkling wine and watch the world go by.
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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
The back door into China • Why go to Mossel Bay when you can go to Kyrgyzstan? Kalie Kirsten and his friends went looking for adventure on the old Silk Road and in Tibet.
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Stories from the steppe
Tasty & Filling • This month we show you how to make home-made stuffings the perfect partner to your dish – whether you’re cooking butternut or burgers.
Put a spin on it
SHADES OF GREATNESS • Most of us diligently slather on sunscreen, but we often forget to protect our eyes from glare and UV damage. Show your eyes some love with these polarised sunglasses for any kind of outdoor action.
The ultimate off-road tourer? • With the new 790 Adventure R, KTM has answered the calls of adventure bikers looking for a lightweight off-road machine that can also handle the long road.
THE TAMER OPTION
TOURS & MORE
The best of northern Botswana – and neighbours • On this classic tour with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures, you’ll experience the wonders of northern Botswana. You’ll also explore the Caprivi in Namibia, and Vic Falls in Zimbabwe.
Stay and play in a forest hideout • Set in the heart of the Bitou Valley, near Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, this biomimicry...