Can you believe we’re already talking about April? It feels like yesterday that we were just stepping back into the office from our December holidays. Now we’re discussing the Easter break and daydreaming of four-day weekends. So to help you decide on where to go, we’ve put together a great April issue that’ll hopefully provide you with some travel inspiration.
1. Let’s do the Chokka
Photographer Dale Morris decides that his children need a long hike. Sixty-five kilometres, in fact, on the Eastern Cape Chokka Trail, the perfect choice for the family’s first multi-day slackpacking adventure. You can find out how the family fair on page 20 – and you better believe Dale took some gorgeous pics to accompany their tale.
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2. Chapter and verse
Never been to the Franschhoek Literary Festival before? You’re in luck. Our resident bibliophile Nancy Richards has put together a helpful survival guide for beginners. Dive right in and get the some insider knowledge from those in the know.
3. Art in the right place
Ron Swilling discovers land artists etching a giant horse into the Namib landscape. Why would they do such a thing? Turn to page 38 to find out.
4. Kings of the hill
While Nancy spent some time in the town of Franschhoek, Fiona McIntosh and Shaen Adey decided to tackle its surrounding hills. Together they hike the pristine Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve overlooking the town and discover that it has some of the best hill walking in the country.
5. In an octopus’ garden
If you’re as fascinated with what lurks beneath the surface as we are, then you have to read Nancy’s interview with marine conservationist and filmmaker Craig Foster. He even boasts a close relationship with a wild octopus.
6. Paradise again
Andrea Abbott heads to the dramatically beautiful Shongweni Dam and Nature Reserve to find out how it is now emerging from a period of neglect.
7. What a wonderful world
Marion Whitehead takes us on a pilgrimage to the small town churches of the Eastern Cape and introduces us to the people working very hard to keep them shipshape.
8. Win a two-night stay at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve worth R29 000
You could be our one lucky reader who wins a two-night stay for two at Inverdoorn Private Game Reserve. The prize includes accommodation, a complimentary stocked minibar, breakfast and lunch buffets, pre-dinner drinks and tapas, romantic dinner, game drive and a cheetah educational. Pick up our April issue and turn to page 64 to find out how to enter.
9. Down in Buffalo Bay
Peter Chadwick gets the best of both worlds when he combines birding and a family getaway in this coastal village on the Garden Route. From Cape Grassbirds to Red-necked Spurfowl, the birding and scenery gazing is better than anything you’d find on TV.
10. Family stays
Escape to the countryside for a unique getaway. We’ve rounded up 8 great spots for you and the kids to enjoy these holidays. We’ve got everything from Chintsa to Hanover. The best part? They’ve all been tried and tested by our writers, so they’ve been given the Country Life stamp of approval.
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11. You’ve been conned
Colin Cullis recounts his experience of being conned out of his cryptocurrency and tells us what you should look out for during this scamming scourge.
12. The prodigy
Step into 26-year-old Mechell Spann’s kitchen at Paul Cluver’s SALT and see what she’s got on the menu. You’ll also find six of her delicious recipes to try at home. Meet Mechell in our quickfire Q&A.
Tell Us What You Think
We always love hearing from our readers, so please tell us what you think of our latest issue. We’d also like to hear about where you’ve been and the people you’ve met along the way. Please write to us at [email protected]. Who knows? You might just win a hamper of books or case of wine.
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A journalist by trade, features writer on occasion and now the digital editor of SA Country Life. The first chance she gets, Leigh will tell you about a podcast she was recently listening to and how you simply have to make the move from radio. In a previous life, she once taught English on Jeju which left her with an insatiable craving for kimchi.