It’s time to gear up for unforgettable wintertime escapes! We take a sneak peek at what’s inside the covers of the latest issue of Wild. Our winter issue is hot of the press at the beginning of June.
We imagine that a road trip is on the cards for many Wild Card members. For a stopover in your journey, look no further than these national parks and nature reserves. Each and every one allows you to take a breather when you’re on the road, and what’s more, there’s ample reason to dwell longer.
Addo Elephant National Park
From affordable to ultraluxe, there’s something for everyone at Addo. We sampled it all, from budget to break the bank – and concluded that it’s an all-round safari destination with a wealth of outdoor activities in the malaria-free Eastern Cape.
Weenen Game Reserve
Way off the beaten track, Weenen Game Reserve is the wild heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. Much of the park is open savanna with grasslands which makes for good landscape photography, while the craggy Bushman’s River Valley is simply spectacular.
Namaqua National Park
Famed for its flowers, Namaqua National Park also has pristine beaches and endless views. Wild explores the new Heaviside Dolphin Trail, and finds that the park is blissfully tranquil in the off-season.
4×4 in Gamkaberg
For 4×4 enthusiasts on the laid-back Zebra Crossing Trail, the overnight destination is picturesque Oukraal. Four new shepherd’s huts are being constructed at the campsite to blend in with the wilderness surroundings.
Other highlights in the lineup
- We hike up Table Mountain’s (easy) Orange Kloof route.
- When lions and other predators, or herds of antelope are introduced in our parks, it is never for their own sake – they have an important job to do.
- Everyone loves a graceful springbok, and they deserve admiration too – especially for the clever adaptations that allow them to flourish in hot and dry climates.
- Just 30 minutes from Durban lies Shongweni, a little gem of a reserve set in verdant hills around a tranquil dam.
- Birds of a feather stick together – but occasionally they form mixed-species groups, for very good reasons.