Can you smell that? Spring is most definitely in the air.
There might be a couple more cold spells before we can get into the swing of the warmer months, but the jasmine flower is already starting to fill the air with its magnificent scent and we can’t help but feel giddy about spring, and it shows in our September issue.
Say goodbye to winter with a slackpacking journey into Lesotho by horse (on page 24) and tackle the Fish River in a canoe (page 54). We tip our hat to Heritage Month as we round up seven historical stays in our Country Escapes (turn to page 48) and join Marion Whitehead on her journey along the Eastern Cape’s Maqoma Route (on page 30).
September is Tourism Month and if you’re looking for some travel inspiration, then pick up our latest issue. Still not convinced? Here are 12 reasons we think you need a copy.
1. De Rust Never Sleeps
This authentic Klein Karoo village is our cover star this month for its true platteland quality. Chris Marais spends some time getting to know its quirks, legends and local characters. Turn to page 18 to find out more.
2. Slackpacking in the Saddle
Dale Morris and his family tack up for a four-day adventure on horseback and on foot in the Lesotho Highlands. It seems that the only way to really see and experience the Mountain Kingdom is from the saddle of a mighty steed.
3. Share the San Story
The !Khwa ttu San Heritage Centre is just outside Darling and Fiona McIntosh stops in to find out what makes it an important and unique destination. Flip to page 36.
You also might like: 6 reasons to visit !Khwa ttu
4. Two Hotels, One Inn and the Ghost of Widow Hartley
Obie Oberholzer ponders on the slow demise of the great village hotel, and sets out to find those that still keep their spirits flying. Join him on a roadtrip down memory lane as he stops in at the Himeville Arms, the almost 200-year-old Pig and Whistle Inn and the Kurland Hotel.
5. Gone Fishin’
One of South Africa’s premier river races, simply known as ‘The Fish’, takes place in Cradock at the end of September. Julienne du Toit soon finds out that the canoeing skills, the parties and the costumes are legendary. All this and more on page 54.
6. A Sea Change is Coming
The battle to save our ocean diversity is on, says Andrea Abbott. Marine Protected Areas are on a rising tide and there are more in the offing. Turn to page 58 to find out more.
You also might like: 7 Reasons to Visit iSimangaliso Wetland Park
7. Risen from the Ashes
At Featherbed Reserve in Knysna, the Garden Route’s premiere rehabilitation project shows how catastrophe can lead to renewal. Ann Gadd meets with the team who are working tirelessly to return the region to its former glory on page 62.
8. Delta Dawn
Silently Duncan Butchart’s mokoro slices through the Okavango channel on a mission to track down Pel’s Fishing Owl. But that’s not all he encounters. Turn to page 74 to experience birding on the Okavango.
9. Win a Luxury Stay at Mhondoro Worth R30 000
One lucky reader could win a two-night stay for two at the Mhondoro Safari Lodge and Villa in the Waterberg. The prize includes accommodation in the Honeymoon Suite, a 90-minute massage, spa-bath experience, rhino tracking experience, twice daily game drives or walks, all meals and house wine, entry and conservation fees, and transfers. Pick up a copy of our September issue and turn to page 85 to find out how to enter.
Take a look at our monthly competitions for more chances to win.
10. Hit the Road, Jack
Our motoring journalist Stephen Smith hops into the new BMW X5 and finds that it handles long trips with ease.
11. From Town to Country
At Chefs Warehouse on Maison wine farm in Franschhoek, chef David Schneider believes in big tastes and flavours, and keeping it country.
12. The Regulars
We’ve got four pages filled with events from around the country in our September Diary. Flip to page 12 for our some country kitchen inspiration and enter our Country Kit competition online. This month’s Image Club is also one for all photography lovers and this month’s Parting Shot is full Obie Oberholzer mischief.
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