We’re looking to postpone winter just a little this month with our Chasing the Sun issue.
Forgive us if we’re not ready to curl up in front of the fireplace and hide under a duvet just yet. We’d much rather be on a coastal hike in the Eastern Cape or sipping cider on the West Coast. We can’t ignore winter completely, so we’ve included a snow day story just to balance things out a bit.
1. Love Comes in the Morning
Obie Oberholzer discovers a world of contrast in the Eastern Cape town of Dordrecht. He finds the intense, colourful contrasts in the late-afternoon shadows and low light. But at dawn he only finds stillness.
2. On the Far Side
Ron Swilling goes in search of Namibia’s other-worldly Moon Landscape and its fascinating desert flora in the Eronga region.
3. Look on the Bright Cider Life
Ann Gadd explores the West Coast on a route of home-brewed cider and craft beer. So order another round and settle in for a whistle stop tour of three breweries.
4. Make Way for the Muse
Each August, the town of McGregor turns into a bustling epicentre of poets and literati for a weekend. Nancy Richards joins the annual pilgrimage to find out what all the fuss it about.
5. Snow Day in the Karoo
In the middle of a killer drought comes a wicked blizzard one weekend in the Karoo, turning Chris Marais’ road trip home into a beautiful snow patrol with patches of pure nightmare.
Take a look at last year’s snow day snaps from around the country.
6. The Valley of Art
An isolated farm gully in the northern area of the Eastern Cape mountainlands is the site of one of the most creative outdoor art exhibitions in Africa. It even inspired the great Walter Battiss. Turn to page 48 to find out more.
7. Saving Private Rhino
In a world plagued by a negative news cycle, we offer up a good-news story about protecting threatened and endangered species. Turn to page 52 to read about the manicured rhinos of Munyawana and how they are giving up their horns, but getting a life.
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8. Beachcomber Bliss
Backpacking doesn’t come better than the four-day Strandloper Trail along the deserted beaches of the Eastern Cape, where you can find artefacts such as carnelian beads from early shipwrecks. Turn to page 64 to read about what Fiona McIntosh finds along the way.
9. Win Van Loveren wine hampers worth R28 000
Van Loveren Family Vineyards have given us 14 wine hampers worth R2 000 to give away to our loyal readers. To find out more about how you can enter, pick up a copy of our June issue.
Feeling lucky? Then enter our other competitions here.
10. Birding Hotspot
Peter Chadwick discovers a birding paradise in the heartland of Zulu kings. Flip to page 71 to see what he has on his birding checklist this month.
11. Bush Breaks
Trade the city lights for starry nights at one of our 7 great bush spots.
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12. Country Kit: 9 Great Gifts for Dad
Scratching your head about what to get Dad this Father’s Day? Take a look at our June Country Kit for some gift inspiration from our managing editor Zanél Jordaan.
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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.