It’s winter, and for many South Africans that means heading to the bush. To get us into the mood, we revisited a Big Five destination near Gauteng, and from there it was all throttles wide open! Take a look at where our road trips took us. 

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Parks in the spotlight

1. Marakele
Part savanna bushveld, part Kalahari and part Okavango swamps, the park has sweetveld, camel thorn trees… and scenery to die for. There’s a new tented camp at the unfenced Bontle Campsite, and an exquisite new Trails Lodge in Marataba, the luxury Contractual Park adjacent to the national park. Both offer solitude and pristine natural surroundings.

2. Mokala
Feeling adventurous? Head just south of Kimberley for wild camping in an unfenced thornveld setting. What’s more, there’s outstanding freshwater angling in the grassy plains section of the park.

3. Eastern Cape
The dramatic and varied landscapes of the Great Karoo have nurtured numerous literary greats. Load your car with books, hiking boots and braaiwood, and follow in the footsteps of Palmer, Schreiner and Pringle. We take a road trip to Camdeboo National Park, Mountain Zebra National Park and Addo Elephant National Park.

Wildlife

Elephants
Are there too many? The ‘elephant problem’ in some protected areas is controversial – but numbers are no longer the focus of elephant management.

Dragonflies
They are the world’s deadliest hunters, four times more likely to catch their prey than big cats, and twice as successful as a great white shark. Have you joined the fan club?

Birding
  • The grey go-away-bird is a raucous mobster. It is also synonymous with the bushveld.
  • Large brown raptors are immensely popular, yet tricky to tell apart. If they’re so big, why are they so hard to identify?

Photography

Put a funky spin on the flower carpets in Tankwa Karoo, West Coast and Namaqua National Parks. We show you how to capture them as canvases of colour.

Inside Track

Whiskey Creek
Girls have fun on a gentle paddle along the Keurbooms River, to a secluded waterside cabin. What better way to toast the blessings of nature?

Tankwa Guesthouse Complex
Flower season is a good time to explore the ancient landscape of Tankwa National Park. While doing so, you can stay in style.

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