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.
One morning in the mountains
BEHIND THE SCENES • Our sister magazine Weg has just published a special travel diary in collaboration with illustrator Anja Stoeckigt, who nearly ended up as a beach babe in Sodwana teaching scuba-diving…
LETTERS • Where have you been? What have you seen? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q&A • Every month our experts answer your questions about birds, bugs and beasts. Send your photos and questions to email@example.com
New BirdPro app is a hoot
The origin of animal names • The word “animal” comes from the Latin, anima, meaning “breathe” or “soul”. The derivation of the following animal names reveal surprising insight into the oddities and observations of language.
The dance of the planets
The beautiful boomslang
The Railhouse Farmstall, Balgowan, KZN
BOOKS AND MUSIC
MEET THE AUTHOR • After a divorce and a Hollywood writers’strike, LA-based screenwriter Helena Kriel travelled back to South Africa for a new beginning. In her memoir, Meditating with Rhinos, she recounts her experiences while volunteering at a sanctuary near the Kruger Park.
A map on four wheels • An immaculate paint job is a fine thing. But the dings and scratches on a loved vehicle can tell their own travel stories, writes Janine Stephen.
In love with the dragon • The allure of the Drakensberg is timeless. It calls hikers, photographers and explorers – whether it’s a child discovering a rock pool or a climber scaling a new peak. It’s for everyone: families, couples, loners… In this article, our readers share their passion for South Africa’s favourite mountain range.
Where the dunes roar … or whisper • When you arrive at Witsand Nature Reserve, you’re met with an unusual sight: white sand dunes next to the characteristic red dunes of the Kalahari. Gemsbok and springbok graze in the veld, knowing that there are no big predators to worry about. But then a roar echoes through the landscape…
IN OTHER WORDS
6 THINGS TO DO
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
Adventures in the Arctic • From sunny Durbanville to snowy Nunavut in the far north of Canada… It’s not a move that many people would take on, but Sam de Beer did. Long, dark winter days, temperatures of -50° C, polar bears… Who’s scared?
Drive your own circle in the forest • Rooted in Time is a self-drive tour through the Knysna Forest that takes you back to an era when elephants wandered and woodcutters’ axes echoed. Alida Kieser was enthralled.
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TAKE YOUR PIC • Here are this month’s reader photos, with tips from Toast Coetzer. Send your best shots to firstname.lastname@example.org
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From bush to coral coast • Experience game viewing in the Kruger Park as well as Mozambique’s palm-studded coastline on this amazing journey with Bhejane 4x4 Adventures.
An ode to the tomato • Taste the sunshine in these juicy ripe tomatoes – whether you make a potjie, a salad or pizza!
Put your best foot forward • When it’s hot and humid, you don’t want to bother with socks and lace-ups. You either go barefoot or you slip into flip-flops or sandals. Here are some of our favourites.
A legend, reborn...