In our April, bumper cruising issue, we cover four incredible cruises around the world, with a guide to the basics. Catherine Hofmeyr cruises the Baltic and discovers ports around this lesser-known sea with MSC, Morgan Trimble explores a scenic but icy Alaska on a more rugged cruising expedition with UnCruise, Louise Topping checks out the Norwegian Encore from Amsterdam and, closer to home, editor Justin Fox goes on a jazz cruise from Cape Town to Walvis Bay.
If cruises aren’t your thing, Gear Editor Matthew Sterne shares some family-friendly options for plastic kayaks and Chiara Turilli shares three yummy recipes out of West Africa for this month’s African food slot.
Obie Oberholzer shows off an incredible portfolio of photos from the island of Lamu in Kenya, but we’re pretty chuffed with this month’s top Getaway Gallery picks too.
In the Eastern Cape, Marion Whitehead finds out more about the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the 1820 Settlers to South Africa, and while there chooses the best spots to rest your head in Port Alfred.
Send us your travel tales (no more than 250 words, plus any pics) to [email protected]. The reader with the winning letter wins awesome gear from GSI and Ram Mountaineering, worth R1,500!
Obie Oberholzer – Lamu, page 54
Built over seven centuries with coral stone and mangrove timber from the swamps, Lamu is one of the oldest settlements on the Kenyan coast, an enchanting mix of Arabic, Indian and Swahili culture. Photographer Obie Oberholzer lends his enigmatic style to this eclectic world and its inhabitants.
Morgan Trimble – Alaska, page 75
The best way to explore Alaska’s wild and scenic Inside Passage is from the water, aboard an intimate and expedition-equipped ship that’ll shatter your preconceptions of cruising.
Catherine Hofmeyr – Baltic, page 82
What started as a high-school essay morphed into the incredible reality of a nine-night cruise to classical – and some until recently forbidden – ports around a lesser-known sea.
Marion Whitehead – Eastern Cape, page 96
An Eastern Cape road trip on the bicentenary of the arrival of the 1820 British Settlers reveals a trail of faith and courage.
CONTRIBUTORS Meet this month’s experts and adventurers 9
POST The latest from our readers 10
INSTASPACE Share your Insta shots 13
TRAVELLING TALES Our columnist transforms into a dashing Frenchman of the World 14
WISH YOU WERE HERE Easter Island – marvel at the myths of these monoliths 16
WHAT’S UP Ideas and inspiration 18
FIRST LOOK Sleep in a geodome 20
HISTORICAL JOURNEYS Tinne’s disastrous treks 22
BOOKS New adventure tales and memoirs 24
ADVENTURE Hike in the mists of Zim 26
ECO-LOGIC High finance for rhinos 28
NATURE Ethical animal encounters 30
DINING New Durbs eat-outs 32
FOOD West African staples rejigged 34
GEAR Kayaks for the whole family 38
GETAWAY GALLERY The latest finalists 42
MASTERCLASS Go abstract 50
PORTFOLIO Obie’s Lamu 54
SPECIAL FOCUS ON CRUISING
CRUISING 101 Your questions answered 61
SHIP GODMOTHERS Who cracks the nod 64
NORWEGIAN ENCORE’s maiden voyage 65
WALVIS BAY Jazzing all the way with MSC 68
ALASKA The Inner Passage expedition 74
BALTIC Nine nights, seven ports, countless sights 82
MALAWI On a bicycle 90
1820 SETTLERS Bicentenary celebrations 96
WEEKENDER Stay and play in Port Alfred 103
WHERE NEXT… Find out where we’re headed 122
READERS’ COMPETITION Three readers can win a two-night stay on a luxury Shayamanzi houseboat, worth R37,800! 102
SEND US YOUR PHOTOS Enter the 2020 Getaway Gallery photographic competition and stand a chance to win prizes worth more than R160,000 52