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Speak To Us
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What’s In A Name?
It’s a 20-minute hike from Candlewood to Uitkomst Waterfall, also known as Bride’s Leap Waterfall. The latter name was inspired by Kootjie van den Heever’s book Die Waters Roep – apparently the wind blew a bride off the cliff, on her wedding day! ■
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Say Yes To Yzer
Almost every small coastal town has experienced a boom in the past two decades. As a child, we always went to Still Bay for our December holidays and I watched it mushroom over the years, bringing traffic jams and shopping centres to the seaside. Yze
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Letters
I captured this beautiful scene about a kilometre into Rietvlei Nature Reserve, in July 2020. It was 7 am and -5° C outside the car. I took the photo through the window: mist rising off Rietvlei Dam near the Coots Corner bird hide. Rietvlei must be t
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In Other Words
“The trail requires moderate effort. You don’t hike further than 8km per day, although it is up and down. Kids 10 years and older should manage. “Aloe Kaya is my favourite camp because of its location. Candlewood has a great view.” “Whether you bring
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Town
René Bosch runs Café René at Kaijaiki Country Inn – he’s a hospitable Dutchman and loves to chat. Have a pancake or try the bitterballen. I enjoyed my berry pancake (R55). Contact: 022 451 2858; kaijaiki.co.za Rosemead Artisan in Park Street is a re
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Q&A
LOUISETTE LE ROUX from Mbombela writes: I saw this elephant bull with a big hole in its ear near Crooks’ Corner in the Kruger Park. Was it injured in a fight with another elephant? Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: An elephant will develop many tea
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Know Before You Go
Where? The High Five Trail is south-east of eNtokozweni (Machadodorp). Pongola Express is the only camp right next to the R541 – it’s 22 km from town. The three other camps are accessible via dirt roads – Escarp Hiking Trails will send you directions
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Birds
Landmines are at the forefront of my mind as I take my first steps off the track. It has only been a few years since the peace declaration between RENAMO and FRELIMO, and many parts of Mozambique are still decorated with signs warning,“Perigo minas!”
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Whale Trail Reopens – With Renovations!
We’d be willing to sleep on the beach if it meant hiking along De Hoop Nature Reserve’s pristine coastline, but with the popular five-day Whale Trail back in action, we won’t need to. The trail has been treated to some exciting new renovations, havin
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Hiking Camps
Stone units with thatched roofs. There’s a swimming pool. Two of the huts sleep four people each and are quite luxurious for a hike: Mojaji Hut has two bunk beds and a private bathroom; Tarentaal Chalet has a double bed, two single beds, a bathroom,
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With My Own Eyes
I live in Richards Bay and decided to drive to the Lake St Lucia section of iSimangaliso Wetland Park for the day, in the hopes of tracking down a lifer. (I’m a serious birdwatcher.) Instead, I found something even more unique! I’ve seen the Big Five
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Zipping Around In Knysna
The Garden Route has added a new attraction to its already adventurous repertoire in the form of a 2,2 km zipline over the Kranshoek Gorge in Knysna. Construction started in 2017 but came to a halt when the Knysna fire tore through in June that year.
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The Journey To Sesmylspruit
The movers would arrive on Monday to pack up. They’d load the truck on Tuesday and depart on Wednesday. The curtains had been taken down and the windows stared at me like the milky eyes of the blind. The ornaments were wrapped up and the furniture wa
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Mission Vietnam
When you look at a world map, Vietnam is an S-shaped land mass next to the South China Sea, bordered by China to the north and Cambodia and Laos to the west. We flew from Denpasar in Bali (see go! #172) to Ho Chi Minh City. The humidity smacked us in
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Hot Off The Press!
If your home office needs a little “something”to inspire you to get behind the desk, look no further than a Wild Africa poster print, the latest in a series of designs by Hermanus-based illustrator Duncan Butchart. Using data from the United Nations’
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Instagram It!
We celebrate reader photographs in “Take Your Pic” every issue, but page space is obviously limited. That’s where Instagram comes in – the platform offers everyone the chance, every day, to share their wildlife and travel shots with our fast-growing
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Fast Facts
We went to vietnam-visa.com and arranged beforehand so that we would pick up our visas when we arrived at the airport in Ho Chi Minh City. This can only be done at certain airports. It cost about R300 per person, plus about R415 per person to get you
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Cable Car Birthday Surprise
Many people are aware that you can ride to the top of Table Mountain in the cable car for free on your birthday, but the problem is that you might not be able to get there on the exact day. Good news! The special has been extended to include any day
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Win A Draken Tugela Watch Worth R5 000!
WHAT’S THE THEME? The photo must celebrate“adventurous journeys”, so select your best images to stir our wanderlust. There are two ways to enter: Instagram users can post their photos directly to their profiles. Tag @gomagsa and @drakenwatches, and m
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LETTER FROM Neuras
When you sit on the big cement stoep at my brother’s farmhouse, Windhoek is directly behind you. My brother and I can disagree about this for hours. He’ll say it’s more to the right, to that side of the mountain, and I’ll say no, it’s more to the lef
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Keeping Snakes As Pets
Keeping snakes is a popular hobby in South Africa. All across the country, thousands of people keep a variety of snake species in their homes, from harmless to highly venomous. Some enthusiasts build extravagant enclosures that are beautifully decora
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Take Your Pic
IG: @sofia_goosen13 Canon EOS 200D Canon 55 – 250 mm lens SOFIA WRITES: I’m 13 years old and I photographed this Cape sugarbird in Harold Porter National Botanical Garden near Betty’s Bay, about an hour from my home in Cape Town. I waited patientl
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Africa At Its Best
When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020, everything basically ground to a halt. Everything to do with humans, that is… Animals made the most of the lull by coming out in greater numbers, maybe curious about the global pause in car traf
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December’s Party In The Sky
After so many months indoors, the cosmos is doing its best to draw us out of our homes this month. December is a busy time in the heavens. Try to keep up! Partial solar eclipse: Late on the afternoon of 14 December, shortly before sunset, people in
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Send Us Your Best Travel And Nature Photos!
WHY? We publish a selection of reader pictures every month. Don’t be shy, haul out those shots you’ve been hoarding on your computer and send them to us! We like just about anything: wildlife, landscapes, portraits, holiday snaps or bugs in your gard
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Reason Nyengera
What inspired your choice of work? I was born in a rural part of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This area is mainly populated by subsistence farmers who depend on crops and livestock for the survival of their families. As a chil
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Take The Winning Photo
This canvas bag has sturdy sides and a soft inner to protect your valuable gear. The compartments are adjustable to fit your camera and lenses. Product available at winkel.weg.co.za ■
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Books
Wild dogs are curious, intelligent creatures: They like to tease other animals and play games. But they are also efficient hunters, a skill that is not appreciated by livestock farmers. Wild dogs were declared an endangered species in 2016 and there
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Wonder World
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the London Natural History Museum’s showcase for the world’s best nature photography. Entries are submitted from all over, by young and old, amateur and professional alike. The competition has been running for 56
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