Whether you are going to the bush or the beach, it’s summer and the outdoors beckons. From guided game drives to the allure of mountains, this bumper issue takes you to the action – and away from it!


Swimming beaches in Wild Card parks

Pack boardshorts, bikinis and towels, then give the crowds the slip. For seclusion, we give our pick of the Cape’s most pristine Wild Card seashores. _WILD25 COVER.indd

Mountain mania

Instead of maps, use the books of great writers for guidance when next you visit two of our best loved mountain ranges: Eugène Marais’s Waterberg and C Louis Leipoldt’s Cederberg. Also, hiking at Kogelberg and Swartberg 4×4.

More adventure

  • Namaqua National Park – camping along the 50km coastal stretch of Groen-Spoeg coastline, we explore the coves and bays: Delwerskamp, Kwass, Skuinsklip, Koringkorrel Baai, Skuinsbaai Noord.
  • A new overnight option in Mokala National Park puts you centre stage. Stofdam bird hide is perched on stilts and overlooks a large waterhole in the heart of the park.

Rhino update: What do you say when your children get emotional about rhino poaching?

Fauna & flora

  • Our case study reveals the secret lives of elusive otters in Table Mountain National Park.
  • When the fire season ends in the bushveld, it starts in our fynbos landscapes. Should we try to tame the flames, or just go with the flow?
  • The shade of a sausage tree is the perfect spot for a picnic – we take a look at what happens to the sausage before and after the hefty 12kg fruit plummets to the ground.

Birding

  • Loved by some and hated by others, is the kelp gull a seabird pest or an extremely adaptable opportunist?
  • It’s little and it’s brown, like almost a quarter of Southern Africa’s 964 recorded species of bird. We show you how to identify those tricky ‘Little brown jobs’.
  • When someone has keen vision, we say they have eyes like a hawk. In fact, we should be happy to have eyes even as good as a sparrow’s. Astonishing info about a bird’s eye view.

Photography

  • After a lion hunting morning, don’t discard your camera. Peel away the vegetation in the rest camp and see what’s out there, or rather “in there”.
  • To take your photographic skills one notch higher, reserve a seat on a night drive. You may even want to book the entire safari vehicle if you are really keen and want to do your own thing without testing the patience of other passengers.

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