We’re definitely in the swing of spring with our September issue with flower trails on the West Coast, blooms in KwaZulu-Natal and quiver trees. Here are 10 reasons why we think you need to pick up the September issue of Country Life.
1. Get a load of our diary
Our managing editor Zanél Jordaan has five jam-packed pages of events from around the country to get you out and about this month.
2. Behind the scenes at Manyoni Private Game Reserve
Photojournalist Dale Morris heads to Manyoni Private Game Reserve in Northern KwaZulu-Natal to uncover what really goes into conservation and maintaining the complex processes of nature. The story is a feast for the eyes as he expertly captures the daily life at this Big Five reserve.
3. On the hunt for the elusive quiver trees
Quiver trees in bloom are a rare sighting, so when photojournalist Marion Whitehead got the chance to go to Gannabos Quiver Tree Forest, she jumped at the chance to capture these amazing trees in all their glory.
4. Finding flowers in KZN
Everyone’s going mad for flowers on the West Coast, but KZN is putting on its own bloomin’ good show. Country Life contributor Andrea Abbott goes on a trawl of four reserves to bring us the best floral finds.
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5. Meet the other Nkandla
It’s a spectacular part of the country that has garnered a bad reputation. Take some time to get to know the other face of Nkandla with contributor Glynis Horning. And if you’re ever in the area here are 6 things to do in Nkandla (besides the obvious).
6. Walk in the steps of Biko
This Heritage Month join Marion Whitehead as she heads down the Steve Biko Heritage Trail in the Eastern Cape. From East London to King William’s Town, she takes us on a journey through the life of this visionary.
7. What’s it like to grow up in the country?
Have you ever considered leaving the city slicker life behind and making the move to the country side? Chris Marais heads to Bedford to find out what it’s like to grow up in this small town.
8. Take a trip to Tankwa
For our bird enthusiasts we’ve got a a whole feature dedicated to birding in Tankwa where Anton Odendal finds flamingoes, the Karoo Korhaan and the TracTrac Chat.
10. Time for a little TLC
This month’s Country Escapes are all about indulging your senses at one of our favourite spas and retreats. All our escapes have been tried and tested by Country Life staff and contributors, so you know they’ll be worth the visit.
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.