The autumn issue of Wild has plenty of hold-your-breath surprises! For those of you who can’t bear the suspense, here’s a sneak peak at some of the amazing places we visited, from a phoenix-out-of-the-ashes game reserve to a houseboat on an idyllic lagoon. 

This past summer, Wild’s lucky photojournalists travelled far and wide to explore destinations that should form part of your year’s planning. If you are a photographer, birder or adventurer, we tell you where to go next and how to satisfy your urges.

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Our wanderlust took us to remote Ithala Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, and we are so happy to report that it offers plenty of wildlife action on an exquisite landscape. Yet just forty years ago there was nothing.

Flowers road trip from Cape Town

On a West Coast safari, treasures beckon across all seasons. Few places on the planet offer galaxies of stars at night, and gazillions of flowers by day. Just a few hours’ drive from Cape Town, along our amazing west coast, the Namaqua National Park, the newly proclaimed Knersvlakte Nature Reserve and the West Coast National Park lie within easy reach. These three sites are hotspots of global importance and home to the richest bulb flora of any arid region in the world, with an estimated 3,500 plant species having been recorded to date.

Five-star luxury in Kruger

Wild’s editor visited four of Kruger’s private concessions, some of which make a serious dent in your pocket. All of them offer memories that money can’t buy.

The stuff of thrills

There’s plenty of white-knuckle action in our parks. We pick five derring-do adventures.

Bumper birding

  • If you had to identify a bird based on one wing only, would you rise to the challenge? Even skilled birders agree that it is a formidable challenge to identify a species by an unknown feather alone. Test your own ID skills.
  • A relatively common summer visitor, the Amur falcon now faces a return journey of over 11,000 kilometres to its breeding grounds in eastern Asia, Mongolia and Siberia.
  • A new, self-guided birding trail is on the cards at Albert Falls. Wild joins a conservation team on the recce.

Photography

  • It’s not the grandest, largest and most expensive lens that will change your photography dramatically, but using artificial light in a creative manner.
  • Unusual sighting: A Wild Card member was present when a lioness and a crocodile were feeding on a zebra carcass. Although the twosome did not quite snuggle up to each other, they did not seem to mind the companionship either.

Click here to read Wild 30 online.