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.
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.
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.
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 have more prizes up for grabs on our Competitions page.
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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.