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Posted on 20 January 2020

In the February 2020 issue of Getaway, our Drakensberg cover story brings you the best of the ‘Berg’s tried-and-tested campsites.

We explore two new hiking routes on the beach and in the bush, and get a first look at Cape Nature’s newly renovated cottages at Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve just outside Robertson. Getaway’s Michelle Hardie is the adventurer behind this month’s international travel feature on India, where she goes slackpacking on a 160-kilometre trek through the Himalayas, and Catherine Hofmeyr gets spends 48 hours in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. In the Eastern Cape, Marion Whitehead traces Nelson Mandela’s early footsteps and Andy Hofmeyr finds out what you can get up to on a weekend in Hamburg. Pippa de Bruyn rounds up the best beds in the Lowveld town of White River near the Kruger and marine conservation photographer Jean Tresfon shares his incredible Cape Coast images.

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Chiara Turilli – Mozambican food, page 39

This year we’ll be eating our way around Mama Africa, and it’s going to get spicy. ‘It’s about the three Ps: peri-peri, prawns and prego,’ says food stylist, Chiara Turilli.


Matthew Sterne – Best Drakensberg campsites, page 72

Whether you’re in a two-person hiking tent eye-balling the peak or a full caravan in a family-friendly resort, fortune favours the camper in the Drakensberg. These are Getaway‘s top 10 picks.


Jessica Oosthuyse & Matthew Sterne – Western Cape hikes, page 89

The Getaway Team tries out two new guided hikes – with very different comfort levels – in the Western Cape. Find out which you prefer – beach or bush?


Michelle Hardie – India, page 104

Himalayan Run & Trek is a 160-kilometre stage race in the Darjeeling District of India. With a backdrop of some of the world’s highest mountains, this adventure takes you along the border of Nepal where yaks, red pandas and wild horses roam free.



ED’S LETTER Justin Fox extols the sublime beauty of the Drakensberg 7

CONTRIBUTORS Meet this month’s experts and adventurers 9

INBOX The latest from our readers 10

INSTASPACE Share your Insta shots 15

TRAVELLING TALES Darrel Bristow-Bovey finds that combining vodka with Valentine’s Day is asking for trouble… 16

WISH YOU WERE HERE Picture paradise… chances are it looks a lot like this East African island 18


WHAT’S UP Ideas and inspiration 20

CULTURE Harvest time in the Winelands 24

FIRST LOOK A Cape Nature escape 26

HISTORICAL JOURNEYS The never-ending one 28

NATURE Mana Pools’ new dog pack 30

ECO-LOGIC The fight for Langebaan lagoon 32

NATURE An eco-island shows how it’s done 34

CHEFS ON HOLIDAY Dave Tilley of the Taj 36

FOOD A slice of Mozambique 38

GEAR Look on the light side 42


GETAWAY GALLERY The latest finalists 46
Cityscapes 54

PORTFOLIO Two oceans, all angles 58


BEST BEDS White River 66

DRAKENSBERG Our top 10 campsites 72
Tracking his childhood 82

NEW WESTERN CAPE HIKES Bush or beach? 86
WEEKENDER Hamburg is an eccentric enclave 93

NAIROBI Notes from Kenya’s capital 98

INDIA Trekking the Himalayan foothills 104
WHERE NEXT… Find out where we’re headed 122


READERS’ COMPETITION Win a 2-night stay and horse safari at Amakhala Game Reserve, worth R36,000! 92

SEND US YOUR PHOTOS Enter the 2020 Getaway Gallery photographic competition and stand a chance to win prizes worth more than R160,000 52

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