October 2019 issue on sale

Posted on 16 September 2019

This month we look at the future of travel in our freshly redesigned October issue. We consider new travel trends, future concepts and we tell you what not to miss in 2020.

In his ed’s letter, Justin Fox asks whether we ‘are loving our places to death’, as he discusses the growing problem of overtourism.

In the spirit of the Rugby World Cup taking place in Japan, we offer up some inspiring Japanese recipes, including a delicious cheesecake. Matthew Sterne goes looking for adventure in eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) and Elise Kirsten explores all things Singaporean, taking in the culture, food and nightlife on the vibrant island nation.

We take a look at some wonderful spots to unwind in Hazyview, tucked between mountains and bush in the very heart of the Lowveld. Catherine Hofmeyr visits Kenya and spends time with one of Africa’s most recognisable cultural groups, the Maasai – reputed to kill lions with their bare hands and drink warm blood tapped from a cow. But do they really? On a newly launched Airbnb Adventure to a Maasai village, you can ask them yourself.

Matthew Sterne – Flying Blind, pg 96

A five-day jaunt in Eswatini in search of adrenalin dished up an ‘extreme hike’, adventure caving and even a little mysticism.

Elise Kirsten – Singapore Sling, pg 106

This city-nation is a hub linking travellers to places all over Southeast Asia. Here’s why you should consider pausing a bit longer to explore the ‘City in a Garden’.

Pippa de Bruyn – Best beds in Hazyview, pg 62

Tucked between mountains and bush, this is the very heart of the Lowveld, where six roads converge. It’s no mere stopover, though, with many places well worth lingering for a while.

Chris Davies – The Green Kalahari’s Heart, pg 86

When the summer rains soak Botswana, they transform the land completely. The Kalahari’s heart turns a brief, vivid green and for a few short months this is a land of plenty – and brutish thunderstorms.


EDS LETTER Justin Fox asks if we are loving places to death 7

CONTRIBUTORS Meet this month’s experts and adventurers 9

TRAVELLING TALES Darrel Bristow Bovey experiences a heatwave in Paris that gives him a new perspective on climate change 14

INBOX Our favourite letters and messages from our readers this month


GOOD TO KNOW Ideas and inspiration 19

FIRST LOOK A Midlands night’s dream 24

THIS MONTH IN NATURE Gardens in bloom 26

TRIED & TESTED An ocean adventure in False Bay 28

ANCIENT JOURNEYS Up the Congo River 30

ECOLOGIC A big bird rescue, and plastic roads 32

CHEFS ON HOLIDAY Jack Coetzee from Urbanologi 34

FOOD It’s big in Japan this month 36

GEAR The amazing gadgets coming soon 40


GETAWAY GALLERY The latest finalists 44

Infra-red photos 52

Marvellous aerial views 56


BEST BEDS: HAZYVIEW Stay in this Lowveld town 62

HURTLING INTO 2020 … AND BEYOND 13-page special 71

BOTSWANA 4X4 IN SUMMER There will be mud 86

ESWATINI A boys’ own adventure trip 96


SINGAPORE SLING A booming city-state 106

BATHURST More than a big pineapple 113



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