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Table of contents


First things first
Sonya Schoeman remembers the first time she splashed down the Orange River with her family.

The traveller
A hot beach walk and a whole lot of sand teach Darrel Bristow-Bovey the importance of walking in someone’s footsteps.



Wish you were here
An ancient natural wonder in Egypt that trumps the pyramids and a rare find in Addo Elephant National Park remind us that nature will always have the power to surprise.

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

Must-dos for your calendar.

Find the best things to do for the sardine run, what to watch at the Grahamastown Arts Festival, and why Kirstenbosch kicks butt.

Teagan Cunniffe shares some tips on how to shoot in snow.



Surviving Sheba
Portfolio July
Obie Oberholzer photographs Ethiopia’s fabled Axum, where contemporary civilisation hums among its ancient ruins.

Canoeing the Orange River
Orange River
Two former Orange River guides take their families on a five-day adventure of a lifetime. Find out why you should book your trip now!

Alpine addiction
Skiing in France
Chris Davies heads north in search of powder and the cheapest European skiing holiday he can find. The destination will surprise you.

Paradise on a shoestring
Seychelles is more affordable than you think. Lynette Botha, a Mahe local, shares some insider info on the best-priced accommodation on the island.


Check in

Hotel of the month
Author Dean Allen reveals a missing piece of history about Matjiesfontein that involves the English and one of SA’s favourite sports.

On the chart
Professional reviewer Pippa de Bruyn inspected 30 lodges in Tulbagh. Here are the top 13.

Hot spots
Four top spots to cosy up this winter.

Hotel news
New developments in the Delta, Cape Town gets a splash of red, and a new resort opens in Mozambique.


Travel bites

Nikki Werner finds the best restaurants with fireplaces – down to the specific table number PLUS you can win one of four fireside meals for two.



Environmental journalist and philosopher Adam Cruise warns of the conservation quagmire we’re heading for if we allow lion trade to continue.

Fatima Anter shares some basic guidelines on how to make your drinking water safe, wherever you are.


On track

Rachel Robinson heads to the Overberg in search of treasure and discovers a bounty that’s bigger than you can imagine.

We found five pack-up-and-go braais and put them to the test with fire and wors.

GUIDE to Calvinia
Calvinia is the town to visit this August – in fact, year round, writes Kati Auld. Find out what’s happening there this month.