December 2018 issue is out!

Our December issue is out and features summer highs: mountains and water; 12 perfect stays in Swellendam, 4 secret Cape Town trails, the ocean-lover’s guide to Sodwana Bay and so much more!

 

This month’s contributors

Ken Barris – Zambezi Region, page 90

Ken is a writer, retired academic, book critic and photographer. He has won various literary awards (sadly, none for cooking or photography). He recently spent three weeks driving 6 000 kilometres in the company of good friends from Cape Town to the Zambezi Region (previously named the Caprivi Strip), and the article he wrote for us is a reflection of the wetter part of it.

Karl Beath–Southern Drakensberg, page 84

Karl has been shooting mountain scenery since about 1991 when the Berg bug first bit. Since then, he has traversed much of it, chasing the dragon’s tail in search of good light and new trails. Last summer, he focused on the tarns (small lakes) of the Southern Drakensberg. He also met some strange and beautiful critters on the way. When not shooting landscapes, he photographs commercial architecture and interiors, and when not doing that he’s smashing the trails at Giba Gorge in Durban on his mountain bike.

Julia Freemantle –Bali, page 96

A city girl by default, Julia is an aspiring country dweller, working towards the ultimate goal of a cottage in the Karoo or on the coast, complete with vegetable garden, woodburning fire and well-stocked bookcase. A former copy editor turned writer, she’s happiest in an above-30-degree climate. Julia leapt at the opportunity to escape Cape Town’s winter for a month of remote working and living locally in tropical Bali.

Welcome Lishivha– Magaliesberg, page 56

In his last issue with Getaway, our multimedia journalist soars through the Magaliesberg on a zip line, has a bird’s-eye view of the region in a hot-air balloon and finds his itchy feet dancing with the locals in a tavern. Welcome is spreading his wings into the freelance world and working on his first book – the opening chapter was longlisted for the City Press Non-Fiction Award. Follow his Instagrams and tweets at @WelcomeLishivha and read about his exploits at welcomelishivha.com

Upfront

Ed’s letter

Justin Fox dives into Mother Nature’s Christmas display

Contributors

Meet this month’s adventurers and experts.

Travelling tales

All roads eventually lead home, says Susan Hayden

Inbox

Our favourite letters and messages this month.

Escape

Wish you were here

Take your pick: two places to get lost in

First Look

The Namib Desert goes glamorous

Neighbourhood

Cape Town’s Newlands has more than just a brewery

Adventure

Pony trek from SA to Lesotho mountain village

Nature

Fun outings for families

Bites

Stock the drinks trolley for summer

Calendar

Four top events this month.

Books

The best armchair travels of 2018

Photography

Masterclass

Salvage holiday scenes when the weather’s unkind

Gallery

The finest images out of Africa from our readers

Road trip

Magaliesberg

Welcome Lishivha finds craft beer and a pastime for itchy feet.

Food

Outdoor tapas

Easy Spanish-inspired holiday snacking

The Final Cut

Swellendam

Generous hosts and a dog-friendly stopover in SA’s third-oldest town

Gear

Ultimate gear guide

17 pages if everything you need for summer

The good read

Ian Glenn

On the trail of an early South African explorer

Insider’s Guide

Tzaneen

There’s more to it than avos and tomatoes, Mia Louw finds on a visit to the realm of the Rain Queen

Competitions

Thornybush

Win a two-night luxury safari to this Big Five private nature reserve