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Table of contents

Columns

First things first
Sonya Schoeman braves Stanford’s frosty Klein River and takes the Penguin Plunge.

The traveller
Swanky trips on the Oriental Express train teach Darrel Bristow-Bovey that no two 12 journeys are the same.

 

Escape

Wish you were here
Turquoise waters lap the coastal caves of eastern Sardinia and the tree- climbing lions of Lake Manyara National Park on a rock.

Inbox
Your thoughts, your views. We want to hear from you.

Gallery
Africa’s leading travel photography competition.

Diary
Must-dos for your calendar.

News
Go flower-spotting this spring, awesome things to do in Durban, the world’s biggest hotels and great gear at the Gauteng Getaway Show.

Masterclass
Avoid these faux pas and take awesome pics.

 

Travel

Constant Gardens
august 2015, flower
These five national botanic gardens showcase the beauty and diversity of our country’s fabulous flora. And the fauna’s pretty impressive too.

Marvelous Machangulo
Machangulo
Jacques Marais drifts effortlessly on the tide, contemplating all that’s wonderful about this quiet corner of Mozambique, while an underwater paradise unfolds below.

King of the mountain
august 2015, drakensberg
Scott Ramsay hikes the northern Drakensberg is search of legendary South African photographer John Hone’s favourite landscapes.

In the Valley of the Saints
august 2015, st helena
Tyson Jopson discovers that at a mere 122-square-kilometres, the tiny, isolated St Helena island packs in a helluva adventure bite.

 

Check in

Hotel of the month
Gallery owner Liz Coates talks about travel, art and how Hermanus is so much more than just a great whale-viewing destination.

On the chart
Book the best beds on KZN’s old south coast road, tried and tested by professional reviewer Pippa de Bruyn.

Hot spots
Four provinces, four value-for-money escapes, all for under R350 pp.

 

Travel bites

Food

Breakfast on the go is the fuel of holiday road trips. Nikki Werner finds the best bacon-and-eggs roadside stops. Plus get your traditional potjie blueprint.

 

Tactics

Health
Hot and cold water immersion is one of the fastest routes to relaxation.

 

On track

Tripping
Melanie van Zyl takes a family out of their comfort zone on a 10-day, action-packed blitz through Botswana.

Gear
We put our gear editor through a car wash with 10 essential travel items to make sure they perform as promised.

Guide
Vuyi Qubeka wanders off to Stellenbosch to see if there’s more than just wining and dining and ended up meeting Mamma Swartbooi.