Autumn is the time of year when many nature lovers yearn for a quick fix of wilderness adventure. In the latest issue of Wild magazine we’ve put together a lineup of fabulous escapes to fuel your wanderlust with inspiration, trip planners and brilliant conservation stories. The autumn issue will reach members from late March to early April 2018.

Our favourite destinations right now

Pamper weekend in Skukuza: On a girlfriend getaway, luxuriate in wild vistas, Big Five sightings and spa treatments. Follow our timeline for the perfect indulgence.

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Picture by Sabie Botha

Hike a wilderness section of Kruger National Park: Citified backpackers tune in to their senses on the Lonely Bull Trail. Over four days on this primitive trail they also learn the tracking skills that meant life or death to their ancestors.

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Picture by Villiers Steyn

Table Mountain tented camps: Does your 2018 bucket list include the Cape Peninsula’s most famous hike? If you explore only one section of the Hoerikwaggo (Mountains in the Sea) this year, be sure to tick off Orange Kloof. For an affordable coastal escape, or an overnight hideaway in the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom, glamping in Slangkop Tented Camp is just the ticket.

Digital detox in Kogelberg Nature Reserve: Leave your phone in the cubbyhole and forego connectivity – link up instead with fresh air and blue sky in this mountain wonderland with its inviting eco cabins. Plus five more parks and reserves where you can rediscover life with zero bars.

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Picture by Scott Ramsay

How to be a happy hiker: Some of the best and most beautiful places in the world are accessible only on foot. Whether you ramble among fynbos or trek across mountains, be responsible – to yourself, your environment and others.

Insider’s look at nature

What’s inside the Kgalagadi’s sociable weaver nests? These iconic Kalahari structures provide lodgings for birds, mammals and reptiles such as the formidable Cape cobra. Watch carefully and you may even spot a big cat!

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Picture by Anthony Lowney

Discover the wetlands of the Garden Route National Park: Challenged by the increasing popularity of tourism activities such as canoeing, hiking, fishing, photography and birding, SANParks managers go all out to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Prickly porcupines: We’re huge fans of these elusive – and formidable – environmental engineers. You’d be surprised to find out that they’re loving and loyal.

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Goliath herons: How their incredible patience pays off.

Botany: With its feathery foliage and handsome shape, the flat crown is one of the distinctive trees of Africa. It is much beloved by humans, elephants, blue duiker and butterflies.

Photography: Get creative in sepia, the browny-bronze of vintage albums. The antique look works really well for wildlife portraits.

Keep an eye on your postbox for the autumn 2018 issue from late March to early April 2018. Not receiving your copy of Wild? Email [email protected] with your valid Wild Card number and confirmed postal address.

Banner picture by Sabie Botha