Spring has sprung and in the new issue of Wild magazine we bring you bags of inspiration to make memories in the outdoors this season. Here’s a taste of what you can expect.

Addo sophistication

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Picture by Johan and Bridgena Barnard

Nyathi Rest Camp, 12km from Addo Elephant National Park’s main gate, offers pure class and indulgent living. The modern luxury traveller will look far to find self-catering accommodation of this calibre in the bush. With lofty ceilings, a quirky mix of indigenous style and chic furnishings, plus a huge open kitchen, this could be your sophisticated home from home. Here you’ll experience tranquillity at its best.

Play among waterfalls

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Picture by Ron Swilling

The Waterfall Trail, a two-hour circular route in Limietberg Nature Reserve, is home to a secret world where all worries disappear. Start at Tweede Tol and follow the route’s yellow footprints to discover magical rock pools in the Wolwekloof River, then spend the night at the well shaded Tweede Tol Campsite. Only an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Cape Town, it’s the ideal destination for the whole family to celebrate the start of all things greener.

Birding paradise

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Picture courtesy of SANParks

Come spring, West Coast National Park is a safe haven for many migratory birds that chase the sun. The park’s world-famous Langebaan Lagoon is a hot spot for shorebirds and waders from the northern hemisphere. Grab your binoculars and head to a bird hide at Geelbek to watch the thousands of waders such as curlew sandpiper, grey plover, ruddy turnstone, red knot and sanderling probing the mud for a tasty morsel.

Surf and turf adventure

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Picture by Morgan Trimble

How much action can one adventurer fit into a weekend at the Wilderness Section of Garden Route National Park? A lot if you ask adrenalin junkie Letshego Zulu. The one-time Survivor contestant tackles paddling on the Touw River, riding through the forest on a heavy-duty scooter, hiking the park’s several day trails, birding, and traversing the scenic landscape by Segway. This action-packed adventure will have you itching to embark on some of the featured activities.

The gang life

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Picture by Steve and Ann Toon

Banded mongoose count among Africa’s most complex mammals. They live in tight-knit territorial clans in groups typically numbering 15 to 20, and boy are they cute! We do some spying in Kruger and among their arid counterparts, suricate in the Kgalagadi, to find out what the benefits are of banding together.

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