The lineup of stories in the autumn issue of Wild will surely tempt you to start planning your next holiday or weekend break. We also have incredible big cat scoops – a feast of felines! Here’s what we have in store for Wild Card members.

Park in the spotlight Wild18-Autumn-2012-PAGE

Read our cheetah diaries as we go tracking the spotted cats. Wild spends four unforgettable days in Mountain Zebra National Park to experience first-hand this recent addition to the park’s guided activities. We find a whole lot more than we had hoped for.

Destination

It’s calming (the stuff of poetry), legendary (the stuff of history) and mysteriously secretive (the stuff of adventure stories) – welcome to Spioenkop Dam and Nature Reserve, one of SA’s best value-for-money, away-from-it-all bushveld experiences. Stay in iPhika tented bush camp, and enjoy the water sports and day hikes which wind around the dam’s southern shore, all in a scenic game reserve environment.

Wildlife

The Auob Riverbed in Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is arguably the best place on earth to watch cheetahs hunting. Cheetah expert Gus Mills explains how the fastest mammal on earth has adapted to life in the arid Kalahari.

Adventure

It’s exhilarating to run free in a place of exceptional natural beauty. We hit the trail in a few of our national parks and nature reserves.

4×4: Marakele Eco Trail

Wild discovers a secret wilderness experience and connects with the Waterberg while driving the trail and overnighting at remote and isolated spots. Many of the tracks used on the trail were specially designed for a broad spectrum of 4×4 challenges.

Birding

Kruger National Park is one of the continent’s best birding destinations, with over 500 bird species having been recorded in the park to date. Novices and old hands alike will be thrilled – birding in the rest camps may even reveal a lifer! We tell you exactly where to introduce your kids to the wonder of nature at close range.

Portfolio

The black of the African night is the preferred habitat of the leopard. Wild brings you a world first: unusual night-time images of Africa’s shyest cat photographed during an ambitious three-year project.

Click here to read Wild 18 online.