Ah yes. December is here and so is our December issue. From Sodwana Bay to Wuppertal, we cover it all with the help of our regular contributors Dale Morris, Fiona McIntosh, Shane Adey, Chris Marais, Julienne du Toit and Obie Oberholzer. Here’s what you can expect to find in our pages this month.
1. Into the abyss
Dale Morris straps on his SCUBA gear and goes diving in Sodwana Bay with his son Sam in search of the white spotted-puffer fish.
2. Who wants to be by the seaside?
Beach expert Ann Gadd gives us her top six picks for beaches in the Western Cape that aren’t too crowded.
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3. On the beach
Grab your swimsuits and sun hats, and feel the sand between your toes at seven seaside spots in this month’s Country Escapes.
4. Lady in waiting
Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape Highlands is full of surprises. Obie Oberholzer feels the surge of adventure mounting, and slows to a canter as he rides into this little town.
5. Valley of life, valley of death
Sue Adams unearths the real back story of the Lowveld’s mountainous route between Barberton and Kaapmuiden. Should you find yourself looking for things to do in the area, Sue also compiled this handy list of things to do in Barberton.
6. Why Wuppertal?
We welcome you to one of the Cederberg’s most laid-back villages that’s just asking to be explored.
7. Tales of the golden bakkie
Chris Marais takes us to the village of Fraserburg to find out why it’s one of the most favoured destinations of the Karoo.
8. Where eagles dare
Meet Zimbabwe’s Bird Man Dr Neil Deacon who finds joy in all birds, but is a devotee of raptors.
9. Win a Big Five getaway
You could stand the chance of winning a two-night stay for two at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve worth R30 000. The prize includes accommodation, all meals, a bottle of bubbly, tourism levy and VAT, and two game drives per day with beverages. Pick up a copy of our December issue to find out how to enter.
11. Off track in Kruger
Liz McKenzie takes us down the Napi Wilderness Trail to see the Kruger National Park at its best.
We spend Christmas at Creation in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley with its executive chef Jaco Grové. Tuck into a delicious array of treats from Smoked Snoek with Apricot Gel, Garlic and Lemon Velouté to Stuffed Baby Chicken Ballotine.
Since it’s the season for giving, we’d like to give you 50% off your subscription to Country Life in 2019. For the month of December, you’ll be able to get your favourite magazine for half the price – that’s 12 issues for R231. Get your subscription from [email protected] before the 31 December 2018 to take advantage of this special offer.
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.