In this new issue we discover Kruger’s north, take a a walk back in time and get insights into Africa’s most elusive cat.


Park in the spotlight

When Wild ed Romi Boom ventures to Pafuri and beyond, she is overwhelmed by the incredible birdlife and biodiversity between the Luvuvhu and Limpopo rivers. Her article urges readers to explore this remote part of Kruger, the heart of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier ParkWild14-Autumn-2011-PAGE

Destination

Wild is based at Mvubu Bushcamp, nestled amongst the trees of the milkwood forest on the shores of the unique Groenvlei lake, which has no in-flowing river and no link to the sea. Dale Morris indulges in the spectacular views, rich bird life and diverse habitats, from fynbos to coastal dune forest, with some of the highest vegetated dunes in South Africa, the Goukamma River and estuary.

Wildlife

The leopard is undoubtedly Africa’s most beautiful cat, the most sought-after sighting on safari. Andrew Baxter’s poignant story about the enigmatic Cape leopard provides fascinating insights into its unique biology and behaviour. Our blog tells readers how to improve their chances of spotting a leopard in the wild and gives valuable photo tips.

Environment & people

CHR is a community-based tourist facility which is bringing much-needed support and jobs to a previously disadvantaged area. Melissa Siebert and Karin Schermbrucker go slackpacking on one of hikes made possible through the participation of the Northern Cederberg communities of the Moravian Church.

Animal behaviour

South Africa’s spiders need all the friends they can get. Thousands are killed every year simply because they look scary, when in fact most are relatively harmless. Fortunately, unlikely expert Ansie Dippenaar-Schoeman has spent most of her life studying – and championing – these fascinating creatures.

4X4 destinations

The Nuweveld Trail, Karoo National Park: Connect with the soul of the Karoo and discover a secret world. Geoff Dalglish is based at the remote and isolated Besweni Cottage.

Ed’s Choice: Following her overnight stay at Sable Dam Hide in Kruger, Wild’s ed was inspired to compile a round-up of new bird hides at Wild Card parks.

Animal rescue: Anti-poaching is a sensitive issue, with rhino slaughter on every conservationist’s mind. Scott Ramsay spends time with the KZN vet who has seen it all, and dedicates his life to saving endangered animals.

Click here to read Wild 14 online.