It smells like wildflower season.
As always, we’re excited for wildflower season to get underway. So if you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, take a look at our Country Escapes (on page 78) this month for some great flower-spotting stays in the region.
Take a look at our list of flower stays for more options.
As our editor Nita Hazell puts it, we’ve gone in search of the wild and unusual this month with a visit to the Dylan Lewis’ Sculpture Garden outside Stellenbosch followed by a trip to the herb doctor in the Karoo to uncover the age-old relationship between dope and the desert. We also follow Obie Oberholzer to Zoar and meet the Pangolin Warrior.
1. The Sun has Risen on the Earth
The early light crackles as Obie Oberholzer enters the Klein Karoo village of Zoar. Equipped with extra clarity of sight from the book of Genesis, he sets out to document the linear, colour and tonal values of this Klein Karoo village.
2. Shepherd’s Delight
Can livestock help restore degraded veld? If so, the new Herding Academy deep in the Karoo could be the start of something remarkable in Southern Africa. Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais of karoospace.co.za head to St Olives farm to find out how this new initiative is playing an important role in preserving the Karoo’s environment.
3. Untame My Heart
In his extraordinary Sculpture Garden outside Stellenbosch, master sculptor Dylan Lewis takes Fiona McIntosh for a walk on the wild side.
4. The Desert and the Dope
The discovery of a new plant in his garden leads Chris Marais on a journey to uncover country legends, personal anecdotes and fabulous facts about the age-old relationship between cannabis and the Karoo.
On the topic of cannabis, read about how the industry could possibly boost agriculture in Africa on Farmer’s Weekly.
5. The Pangolin Warrior
In Zimbabwe, George Robey meets a petite conservationist intent on saving the most trafficked creature on Earth. Lisa Hywood is her name and she harbours a love for underdog wildlife species, especially the pangolin.
6. Dream Birding in the Green Kalahari
Tania Anderson heads to the Korannaberg Hills to find a bounty of birds at Tswalu reserve.
7. Masters of the Sky
Farmer and nature-lover Mike Neethling couldn’t stand back and watch the demise of our Cape Vulture population, so he set up a feeding station on his farm. This feeding project at Oribi has grown the numbers of this threatened species to about ten per cent of the global population. Read more about Mike’s efforts on page 64.
Here are a few other things to do in Oribi the next time you visit.
8. Blooming Beautiful
Clanwilliam’s annual wildflower show in its century-old Blomkerk pays tribute to the richness and diversity of the area’s floral delights.
9. One Step at a Time
Stephen Smith shows us how to give that rickety old wooden ladder another chance or three to be useful.
Looking for more DIY projects? Take a look at our DIY section for some inspiration.
10. Win a Family Stay or a Big Five Safari
We have two stays up for grabs this month. The first is a family stay for two adults and two children at the four-star Garden Route Game Lodge worth R14 000. The prize includes accommodation for two nights, dinner and breakfast, daily game drives, a spa treatment for two adults and a Reptile Encounters Tour. Turn to page 13 in our August issue to enter.
The second prize is a two-night stay for four at the four-star Aquila Private Game Reserve & Spa worth R30 000. The prize includes accommodation in Aquila’s Karoo Cottage, game drives and all meals during your stay. To enter, turn to page 15 of our August issue.
11. And Off to Work We Go
In his latest Future Watch column, Colin Cullis takes a look at what the most ideal and productive office looks like.
12. Something Special Simmers in Suider-Paarl
It’s characterful, it’s country, and you’ll find it on a huiskuier at chef Mynhardt’s invigorating Stasie Street Kitchen.
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Photography Ron Swilling, Shaen Adey, Obie Oberholzer, Supplied, Tania Anderson, Stephen Smith and Francois Pistorius