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BEHIND THE SCENES • Photographer, writer and tour guide Evan Naudé has been contributing to -o! since 2017. For this issue, he went looking for echoes of Dalene Matthee in the Langkloof and the Knysna Forest (page 52).
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Vogel Valleij farm stall, Bot River
Irma Bosch • Meet the first South African to compete in the Rebelle Rally – an off-road navigation race in the United States and the first of its kind for women in that country. Over eight days and 3 000 km through the deserts of Nevada and California, the competitors had to use only use their smarts, a map and a compass to find their way.
Mother Earth of the Agter-Pakhuis • The Agter-Pakhuis straddles the Karoo and the Cederberg. It’s a land of extremes – farmers here need to be bold and a little stubborn. The land will work you as hard as you work it, just ask Haffie Strauss.
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MEET THE AUTHOR • South Africa’s troubled history has resulted in many important people being overlooked or forgotten. That’s why Lorato Trok started her Unsung Heroes series – to tell the stories of these people in a way that is accessible to young people. In the second book in the series, The Forgotten Scientist, she introduces us to Saul Sithole who worked at the Transvaal Museum for 62 years.
Small town trouble • Late one night, the rugby posts at Vredendal High School uprooted themselves and moved nearly half a kilometre. Evan Naudé explains the reason behind this mysterious phenomenon.
The Bushveld beckons • Ah, the Bushveld! The word alone is enough to ignite your wanderlust. This week-long travel plan includes national parks and a few secret spots… and a campfire every night.
Go slow, be the flow • There’s a place in the Northern Cape where a city slicker feels like he’s between nothing (Hopetown) and nowhere (Douglas). Here, the Orange River has carved a deep trench out of black basalt, polished smooth by centuries of sun, wind and water. Come paddle with us through this ancient landscape.
Follow old footsteps in the forest • Join us as we travel deep into the Knysna Forest, into the world of Saul Barnard, Silas Miggel and Fiela Komoetie. We might even run into Oupoot…
TAKE YOUR PIC • Here are this issue’s reader photos, with tips from Toast Coetzer. Send your best shots to firstname.lastname@example.org
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As easy as pie • With these delicious fillings and crusts, you can feed your family home-made pies all winter!
Carry your house with you • A small, lightweight tent is invaluable if you’re going adventuring, whether on foot, on a bike or in a kayak. It must be easy to pitch and pack away but still be comfortable to sleep in, and it must be as compact as possible when stowed. Here are nine of the best.
Rocking the T • The arrival of the stylish T-Roc adds a fourth option to Volkswagen’s T-range of SUVs. But...