Not too hot, not too cold…autumn is just right for outdoor adventures and Wild 46 is your ideal guide. From quick escapes to nearby reserves to parks that are worth the pilgrimage, from wilderness trails to sunset drives… we’ve got your autumn breakaways covered. Keep an eye on the postbox from mid-March for the autumn 2019 issue of Wild.

Our cover star for Wild 46 autumn 2019 is Sylvester, the Karoo lion that went walkabout and finally found a happy home in Addo. This season our spotlight falls on the lesser-known gems in our network of parks and reserves. If you’re a valid Wild Card member, look out for your copy in the postbox from the middle of March. The magazine is also on sale at selected stores.

 

Five undersung national parks

Our flagship parks rightfully deserve their popularity, but it’s worth making the trip to these five stimulating destinations. Explore the lunar landscape of Augrabies, grow quiet in Golden Gate, admire the Valley of Desolation in Camdeboo, uncover cultural riches in Mapungubwe and go off the grid in Mokala.

Admiring the magnificent views of Camdeboo. Picture by Rudolph de Girardier.

Ithala: seventh heaven for campers

Which camper doesn’t dream of pitching their tent close to a river, in scenic bush where wild animals might come wandering past? At Ithala’s Doornkraal campsite that dream comes true.

Camping bliss at Ithala Doornkraal Campsite. Picture by Romi Boom.

Grootvadersbosch: a fairy-tale setting

Whether you retreat to one of the raised bird hides or go adventuring on foot or by mountain bike, when you visit this reserve near Swellendam, you’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to an enchanted forest.

The enchanted forest of Grootvadersbosch. Picture by Henk Venter.

Also read: Overnight hiking in Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

48 hours in Rocherpan

An easy drive from Cape Town brings you to one of CapeNature’s best-kept secrets: a reserve that combines beach, vlei and wildflowers. Go birding, whale watching, hiking, swimming and mountain biking.

Rocherpan is one of CapeNature’s best kept secrets. Picture by Karin Schermbrucker.

Social life of Addo’s lions

Lions are the only truly social cats in the world and like each other’s company. So why do lionesses live alone with their cubs in Addo?

Addo lionesses with their cubs. picture by Mitch Reardon.

Also read: Sylvester the lion’s new life in Addo

People in parks

Two of Kruger’s female trail guides, Khomotso Mokoena and Thulisile Makofane. Picture by Di Tipping-Woods.

Kruger’s wilderness trails

Each of the seven trails offers something different in terms of location and what you might see. We’ll help you figure out which one is right for you.

Also read: Kruger’s best rest stops for views