Winter is traditionally time for the bush and the winter issue of Wild is packed with articles to help you make the most of your time in our premier game parks. If you’re not travelling this season, take an armchair holiday and be transported to the wilds with our buffalo photo portfolio.

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Park in the spotlight

Many Kruger regulars believe you see even more when you stay put and let the wildlife come to you. That’s why zoom in on two of Kruger’s most special hides.

It should come as no surprise that Lake Panic near Skukuza is the park’s most famous hide. With a beautiful setting, regular visits from big game and major birding ticks, Lake Panic is well worth a visit.

The park’s most exclusive hide is surely the one for visitors staying at Fish Eagle Guest House in Letaba Camp. Photojournalist Dianne Tipping-Woods couldn’t get enough of it, even forgoing game drives to spend more time in her little haven.

Train as a field guide

Not everyone can become a field guide, but anyone can take part in the training. It may just be your best holiday ever. Wild joins a guiding course in Kruger’s north to brush up on important bush skills.

A weekend in Swaziland’s wild garden

Treat yourself to a weekend at Reilly’s Rock in Mlilwane Wildlife Sanctuary. In winter the botanical garden is alive with blooming aloes, while small antelope like suni and red duiker nose around in the undergrowth.

Winter warmer

Beat the chill at these five spots where you can cosy up to a roaring fire.

Destination adventure

Looking for an experience that is out of the ordinary? Here are some wildly exciting activities from our parks.

  • Hike the Rim of Africa, from the Cederberg to the Outeniqua mountains.
  • Pedal back roads across the Agulhas Plains on an MTB tour.
  • Explore abandoned mines in Knysna’s atmospheric Millwood forest.

Conservation

Watch out, rhino poachers! Wild goes on aerial patrol in Zululand.

Bumper birding

  • Birds are impressive architects, using novel building materials and ergonomic designs. Feast your eyes on these intimate pictures of some of the best nests.
  • How do Kgalagadi birds cope with extreme heat? New research reveals interesting insights.
  • Winter is breeding time for the wattled crane, one of South Africa’s critically endangered birds.

Click here to read Wild 31 online.