We’re smitten with summer! If you’re going places with your Wild Card, look no further than the summer 2018/2019 issue of Wild for a thrilling lineup of adventure, parks and wildlife. Plus there’s a bonanza for birders.

If you find yourself in the Cape, why not cool off in some of the best eco pools and swimming holes in the country? Our shortlist is wet and wild, and makes a welcome change from going to the beach. CapeNature – determined to be innovators of green initiatives – has outdone itself with the eco pools at many of its reserves. We’re hooked on pristine swimming ponds that mimic nature’s crystal clear mountain pools.

Wild Card members who treasure familiar faces are in for a delightful surprise. The latest issue of Wild magazine features intriguing stories about two of everyone’s favourite national parks.

Taking an alternative look at Addo Elephant National Park, we discover a trio of treats for all budgets: one night quaint-on-a-budget, one night comfy-does-it, and one night break-the-bank. At this popular park, even a day trip never fails to deliver. What’s more, it is the perfect destination for kids. Behind the scenes we learn that Addo, with the highest elephant density in all of Africa, needs to carefully manage overcrowding – which results in disruptive herds. One solution is to relocate family groups to remote sections where they have more space to roam, feed and breed.

The other evergreen on our radar is the Kruger National Park, which also has hidden angles that will charm regulars and first timers alike. Yes, you can get out of your vehicle in Kruger! Sign up for a backpacking trail and feel the pulse of bush life like nowhere else. We’re fascinated by the amazing questions that SANParks’ young scientists tackle in their extraordinary wild laboratory, such as what conditions are best for broody rhinos? Can a single alien change Kruger’s soils?

For travelling birdwatchers, we’ve compiled a tick list teeming with specials in the tranquil atmosphere of our 19 national parks. Plus we take a close look at marabou storks. They’re bad tempered, large and rather ugly… Yet the undertaker bird, with its long skinny legs and upright posture, performs a crucial role in cleaning the environment and preventing the spread of diseases.

Nothing says summer like blue skies and braai fires. Have a mini-holiday with your Wild Card and pop into a park for the day. Whether you are a beach bum or a water baby, a bush fan or a game lover, we’ve got the perfect spot for you. Just remember to pack your own braai grid and firewood or charcoal.

If you haven’t received your Wild magazine in the mail, please check that your Wild Card is still valid and confirm the accuracy of your personal details. We’d hate for you to miss out on this spectacular summer issue which shows you how to make summer one long, endless outdoor holiday. Take care and remember the sunblock.