This October we hit the back roads and beyond.
This month we’re celebrating Gardening Month as we join the residents of Hogsback open gardens event and we enjoy the last of some flower spotting on the West Coast with Ron Swilling. Don’t miss our Country Kit this month as we find the best tools for our readers who have a green thumb – you could also stand a chance of winning some of the items featured.
We also find ourselves on the road to hell with Matthew Holt and Fiona McIntosh as they cycle through Gamkaskloof, while Marion Whitehead takes on a ride of a different kind at the Healing Horses Therapeutic Riding Centre on the Eastern Cape’s Sunshine Coast.
Here are 12 reasons you need a copy.
1. Romance Dance of the Plume
More than a century after the Feather Boom, the mansions and legends it spawned in and around Oudtshoorn are being spruced up as part of an enduring and diverse ostrich industry. Chris Marais tracks the remnants of a once-glittering time to see what’s happening in Ostrich Country nowadays.
2. Heaven at The Hog
The gorgeous open gardens of the Eastern Cape village of Hogsback put some serious spring in our step. Fiona McIntosh and Shaen Adey meet the enthusiastic Hogsback gardeners who open their gates to visitors from 2 to 27 October each year.
3. Stop and Smell the Flowers
And that’s not the only reason to take it slow between Springbok in the Northern Cape and Elandsbaai on the West Coast. Ron Swilling experiences platteland hospitality as she winds her way north from Namibia to Cape Town.
4. Adventure to the Middle of Nowhere
But what awaits at the end of our long, long journey to the tiny Northern Cape settlement of Putsonderwater? Gerhard Horn and Cornel van Heerden hop in a car to discover this place for themselves.
5. Naas Botha’s Boots
There’s a pub in the middle of nowhere in the Karoo where rugby is always top of mind – no matter how well our boys do in the World Cup. Julienne du Toit and Chris Marais hop in the car to meet Barry Naudé who opened the Waterhole Rugby Museum and Private Pub at his home on Driekoppen in the Northern Cape.
6. The Call of Camdeboo
Birding in the timeless landscape of the Great Karoo is hard to beat, which is why Peter Chadwick finds himself looking out over the prehistoric landscape of the 14 000-hectare Mount Camdeboo Private Fame Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
You also might like: Find Out What There is to Do at Mount Camdeboo
7. Between the Rocks is a Hard Place
And the swell on a rough day makes it no easier. But rock and surf anglers make light of the foul False Bay weather as they perch above the sea and wait for the big bite. George Robey joins a group of fishermen who indulge in a unique fishing style that’s popular only in South Africa and Namibia.
8. Ready for Adventure?
This October we’re leaving the chill of winter behind to experience the outdoors. Turn to page 74 to find eight adventure stays to keep you and the family busy during your next trip.
You also might like: 8 Great Birding & Fishing Spots
9. It’s a Plastic Catastrophe
But with this waste threatening the survival of the planet, along comes hope in the shape of a little ‘green’ brick. Andrea Abbott meets the people at the WildTrust and Use-it who are trying to turn the tide on plastic waste.
10. More Than Just Good Looks
The Mahindra XUV300 is one of the best newcomers to reach our shores. Our motoring journalist Stephen Smith takes it for a spin.
11. Eating with Andrew, Naturally
Forget fussy if you’re at chef Andrew Giles’ Tweedie restaurant, but you’ll fall in love with everything on your plate. Find the full interview with Andrea Abbott on page 94 as well as seven of Andrew’s recipes in our October 2019 issue.
12. Win 10 SBR Skincare Hampers for Summer
We’ve got 10 SBR skincare hampers worth R2 957 each to give away. Each hamper includes two SBR Repair Creams (100g), two SBR Lipocreams (100g), two SBR Creams Repair (30g), two SBR Lipocreams (30g), Lou Harvey gusset vanity bag and a Lou Harvey tote beach bag. Turn to page 5 to find out how to enter.
Looking for more competitions? Visit our Competitions page for another chance to win.
How to Subscribe
Don’t miss out on a single issue of SA Country Life by signing up for a print or digital subscription (or both). For those who’d like to sign up for our print issue, you can sign up here. If you’d rather skip the process of having to wait for the postal service to deliver your copy, then a digital subscription might be for you. Sign up online through Zinio or through Magzter’s digital subscription service and receive our latest issue on your selected device as it goes on sale.