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12 Reasons to Buy Our July Issue

12 Reasons to Buy Our July Issue
Aloe, aloe from the SA Country Life team!

This July we’ve got it all from the winter aloes in the southern Karoo (who are our cover stars this month) and weed warriors of KwaZulu-Natal to the monster tuna of Hout Bay and the donkeys of the North West. You’ll also find all your favourite regulars including the diary, Country Kit and book reviews inside, but if we haven’t convinced you just yet, here are 12 reasons you need to pick up a copy.

1. Regiments of Red-coated Sentinels

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit take us on a wondrous journey in words and pictures of the southern Karoo as the Aloe ferox paints the landscape red with its beautiful blooms.

2. Nobody’s Elephant

Scientists monitoring the Knysna Forest have captured on film an enigmatic forest elephant. But is she the last? Writer Bronwyn Mulrooney spends time with the team to find out.

You can also watch some of the footage SANParks captured of the elephant here.

3. Roadtripping Rock Art

Journey to Brandberg and Twyfelfontein with Ron Swilling as she uncovers Namibia’s rock art and how these etchings may have had greater significance to those who painted them centuries ago.

Say hello to the winter aloes of the southern Karoo in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
For decades, the start and end of the Aloe ferox flowering season signalled the beginning and end of the winter hunting season in the Eastern Cape, says Julienne du Toit.
Go on a rock art road trip in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
The 'White Lady', a name coined by Abbé Henri Breuil in 1955, is now understood to represent a healer or medicine man holding a bow and arrow in one hand and a cup or wand in the other, says Ron Swilling. To read more about her rock art road trip, turn to page 38 of our July issue.

4. Looking for Spotted Asses

One man’s mission to find the perfect shepherd for his Ngunis ended with his discovery of the spotted donkey. Now he’s breeding them. Gerhard Uys meets up with Gerrit van Pypekamp to find out what’s so special about these animals.

5. Heart of the Deep South

Jenny Handley discovers the serenity, charm and wholesome flavours of Noordhoek. Join her as she experiences the food fare on offer in this Cape Peninsula town.

6. Naturally Inspired

Marion Whitehead meanders along the Jikezela Route north of East London and gets to know its artists who say the untamed beauty of the Wild Coast gives them fresh eyes.

We meet a spotted ass breeder from the North West in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
Donkeys are inquisitive. They are also very easy to care for and don't need to be mollycoddled like horses. They can survive on grass that cattle refuse to eat, says Gerhard Uys.
Stop in Noordhoek for a bite to eat in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
Weary cyclists choose the Noordhoek Farm Village to rest and compare their rides over coffee.

7. Weed Warriors

A bug from Brazil joins the beetle battles to save us from our alien invaders. Andrea Abbott meets the researchers and scientists who are at the forefront of this biological war on weeds.

You also might like: Top Tips for Planting a Bee-Friendly Garden

8. What Lies Beneath

When Hout Bay’s monster tuna are on the end of the line they know how to break all the rules. George Robey visits this small seaside town to find out why it might become the next Yellow Fin Tuna Capital of the World.

9. Secrets of Rare Renosterveld

Bursts of flowering plants amid the scrubland attract exciting birds and uncommon insects as Peter Chadwick finds out during a visit to Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve.

We go fishing for tuna in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
A view from the flybridge as the hunters bait into the chum line.
Peter Chadwick visits the Haarwegskloof Renosterveld Reserve in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
Cape Bulbul

10. Gone Glamping

Find luxury and style in the middle of Mother Nature with our seven glamping Country Escapes.

Looking for more glamping spots? Have a look at our list here.

11. The Mighty Passport is about to Lose its Papers

That little book of documents could soon disappear. Colin Cullis explains how biometrics will see us sporting the virtual variety in this month’s Future Watch column.

12. Win an Unforgettable Stay at Tintswalo

We have a two-night stay for two at Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the Manyeleti Game Reserve in Mpumalanga worth R47 600 up for grabs. The prize includes accommodation in an Explorer Suite, all meals, house beverages, two safari activities daily, laundry services and 15-minute introductory spa treatment. Pick up a copy of our July issue and turn to page 68 to find out how to enter.

We go glamping in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
The Speekhout Tree House is one of the glamping spots we visit in this month's Country Escapes.
Win a stay at Tintswalo in the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life
Win with Tintswalo Safari Lodge.

We have more prizes up for grabs on our Competitions page.12 reasons to buy the July 2019 issue of SA Country Life

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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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