Summer is here and with your Wild magazine to hand, you’re ready to enjoy it to the full. Find out what to expect in the Wild summer 2019/2020 issue. By Romi Boom

Are you ready to soak up the heat? In Wild summer 2019/2020 we look at sizzling spots where you can flee the crowds and unwind in seclusion. Plus we celebrate romance in nature, with our pick of outdoor destinations for weddings and honeymoons.

This summer we go arid! In the great Karoo intrepid holidaymakers are rewarded with special sightings, endless views and a wilderness feeling. For Christmas and New Year, why not plan a road trip to four Wild Card parks? We show you how a keen birder and his clan put their trip together, and share their tips to chill despite the heat.

The rugged mountain desert of |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld Transfrontier Park boasts wilderness activities for everyone. Depending on your energy level and adrenalin tolerance, you can summit a peak or simply chill riverside.

Have you considered the Richtersveld for a summer escape? Photo by Jacques Marais

 

If, like most folks, you are heading for the beach, please remember that white-fronted plovers are in dire need of protection, especially in the Nature’s Valley area on the Garden Route. These adorable fluffballs grace our beautiful beaches but their breeding season coincides with the holidays. Do take care!

Summer is also the time for weddings and honeymoons. Whether you’re doing luxury or budget-conscious, Wild summer 2019/2020 has shortlisted amazing nature venues where you can say your vows and start married life together.

For nature lovers Lindsay Harris and Gary Vaughan their wedding in Kruger was an African fairytale. Photo by R&R Photography

Wildlife

  • Even regular safari-goers struggle to ID a rhebok from a reedbuck. Can you tell them apart? The differences are subtle but significant.
  • Have you seen a leopard mating ritual? With extraordinary good luck Wild’s editor witnessed an amorous affair involving three members of this elusive Big Five species in a riverbed in the Kruger National Park.
  • In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park’s favourite rest camp you may well enjoy your most memorable sighting all year. Look out for a warm welcome from the meerkat mob at Mata-Mata.

At Mata-Mata rest camp in the Kgalagadi, visitors can get a close look at meerkats. Photo by Steve Ann Toon

R1,000 Wild Weekend

Under canvas, in a cave or below the Milky Way – at Injisuthi in the central Drakensberg, you’ll sleep like a log and wake up to see South Africa’s highest peaks glow in the morning sunlight.

Parks Protocol

Scorpions, like bushbabies and owls, are rest camp creatures to search for when the sun goes down, especially in summer. Take care to follow these guidelines.

Adventure

Challenge the clock in Table Mountain National Park on an epic adventure to the top of 13 peaks. Runners and hikers can set a record or push boundaries for a personal best.

The 13 Peaks Challenge is a fun way to explore Table Mountain. Photo by Morgan Trimble

The summer issue of Wild is mailed to Wild Card members and will also be available at a selection of retail outlets.