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What Does A Lifetime Warranty Actually Guarantee?
Lifetime warranties are a slippery concept which could mean the lifetime of the customer, the product or the manufacturer. Most brands agree that it doesn’t mean your lifetime, but the expected lifetime of a product. Only a few companies promise thei
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Competition WIN
You and your tribe could be in for an exclusive two-day escape to the Luxury Villa at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve on the Southern Cape Coast, beyond Hermanus. The design of the villa maximises the panoramic views over the ocean and fynbos surroun
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We Asked
‘Eastern Cape. From Hogsback to the Wild Coast, to Tsitsikamma to the Karoo! It has it all. The most amazing beaches and malaria-free game reserves.’ – Bianca Jade Eke ‘West Coast, Sodwana Bay and Hoedspruit.’ – Matthias Adamski ‘Northern Cap
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Halcyon Days
The last time I tried to take an award-winning ornithological photograph, I was 10. A large and incredible bird landed on our roof. My dad whispered, ʻquick, get a cameraʼ. I knew little about birds then. Except that it was not a hadeda, nor a pigeon
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Eden By Another Name
November 2017 in the drought-ravaged north of Namibia, the hides of dead animals were draped over bones like macabre tents. Sharp rocks crackled as we rolled, driving between the remains of two giraffe and about a dozen mountain zebra. It became clea
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I was in Arniston in mid-November last year, enjoying a spell of warm weather, and decided to walk over the Waenhuiskrans (wagon house cliff) and down to the beacon. On my way back, I noticed some snake spoor crossing the jeep track and cautiously fo
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Feathery Facts
It is estimated that there are only between 200 and 400 mangrove kingfishers in South Africa. Since ancient times, the kingfisher has been linked to weather forecasting. Halcyon means kingfisher in Greek and the phrase ‘halcyon days’ refers to settl
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Planning A Trip To Northern Namibia?
CONDUCT EXTENSIVE RESEARCH and ask advice from people who have had experience self-driving Kaokoland on popular overland forums such as 4×4 VEHICLES ARE ESSENTIAL and ideally you should travel with at least two cars. IF YOU TRAVE
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Share Your Shot
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On a walk in the dunes of Namibia, our guide found this sidewinder (bitis peringueyi). It was amazing to see how well adapted this species is to the harsh environment. Unlike other snakes, sidewinders have eyes on top of their heads to enable them to
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Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa in the big five Welgevonden Game Reserve is now ready to welcome guests to their newly revamped luxury suites. This five-star, family-friendly lodge sleeps 24 and is less than a three-hour drive from Johannesburg. Mhondo
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Rediscovering Pilanesberg
As the warmer months descended late last year, and lost liberties returned, I felt that a midweek break from the burgeoning busyness of urban life into the bush would be the perfect treat. Pilanesberg Game Reserve was my choice. An easy two-hour driv
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• An extraordinary wildlife experience at Pafuri Luxury Tented Camp situated in the Makuleke Contract Park (northern Kruger National Park), located alongside the Luvuvhu River. The prize includes accommodation for two in one of Pafuri Camp’s luxury t
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Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines
LIFE BEYOND HERMANUS A short stretch beyond the buzzing holiday town, Walker Bay and Grootbos Nature Reserve are a refreshing reprieve of relaxation or adventure in pristine nature (top). JOZINI DAM Tigers are reputed to be the ‘fightiest’ fish of a
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Life Behind (handle) Bars
The sound of my tyres crunching over coarse sand filled my ears as I set out on one of Papkuilsfontein Farmʼs new trails on an unusually misty morning. The first set of mountain-bike trails on this farm, lying 20km outside Nieuwoudtville in the North
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Tour De Karoo
‘This is big sky country,' my dad pronounced as we skirted the Gariep Dam, heading south towards Steynsburg. Our destination was Mount Melsetter, the Southey family's farm in the north-eastern Groot Karoo. To be more specific, our destination was the
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We Asked Some Of SA’s Top Mountain Bikers Which Local Trails Are Their Favourites And Why.
Luke Moir My favourite trail in SA is the Tokai downhill line (Tokai, Cape Town). I love the speed and flow and the trail has a bit of everything from rock gardens to jumps and drops. I also love the fact that it’s easy to get to the top of the trail
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Five Karoo Cycle Trails To Try
160km over four days This is described in the feature but for serious cyclists, there is also the option to extend the trail by two nights, cycling from Cradock over the Swaershoek Pass towards Somerset East, ending at Glen Avon Guestfarm, 12km out o
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Flavours So Fyn
Since the Cape Floristic Kingdom is the most diverse flowering region in the world, our tour of three South African botanical experiences rightfully starts at the foothills of Table Mountain. Thanks to the fynbos, the region in which it grows has bee
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Trip Planner
Great Karoo Cycling offers five trails, varying in length, duration and difficulty. Autumn trails start in mid March and run until early June. Spring trails resume in mid September until the first week in December. Book well in advance to ensure avai
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Flowery Facts
Adding flowers to your salad means you’re part of a tradition stretching back over 2 150 years. The Ancient Romans used calendula in their salads and feasted on meals containing violets and roses. Khoisan population distribution was largely dictated
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Following Fiela Se Kind
‘The Kamoeties? I happen to know the family personally. In fact, they own a property just around the corner.' My boyfriend Matt and I had been sipping lukewarm coffee and weak tea, overlooking the Keurbooms River at Angieʼs G-spot (ʻgreat spotʼ) in D
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The road to the Tasman Peninsula was lined with warning signs bearing marsupial silhouettes. Evidently worthless, since the tarmac was littered with the corpses of countless cute creatures. Wombats. Wallabies. Tasmanian devils. Hapless victims of log
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Trip Planner
Louvain Guest Farm has several activities on offer including bushmen painting and birdwatching tours, aromatherapy sessions and horse riding. Explore the Ox Wagon 4x4 Route on slick Silverback mountain bikes (hire at reception), hike up the hill behi
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Icon With A Cause
Up ahead, the gravel road to the Cederberg meanders into the afternoon haze, like an adder slithering lazily out of sight. This route option, entering the pristine wilderness area from the south, is by far my favourite, especially at dawn or dusk. Wa
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The Grail Of Trail
You tend to remember the exact moment when the impossible becomes possible. One such moment happened for me on 25 September, 2009 when – during the Southern Storm Adventure Race – the iconic five-day Otter Trail hiking route was first attempted as a
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Adventure Nation
If you picked up this magazine, youʼre likely to be an adventurer. A few decades ago such a person was typically involved in dangerous expeditions to inhospitable places. Today, the number of previously inaccessible places that can now be experienced
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Africa’s Most Well-travelled Man
‘Our journey with the Defenders started in Kosi Bay, with the dipping of the calabash into the ocean,’ says explorer-humanitarian Kingsley Holgate. ‘We then followed the land border, tracing the outline of South Africa, visiting some of the most remo
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Here’s A Tip
Remember to take time out and pause, even if it’s just once or twice, to stare in wide-eyed wonder at the incredible grandeur unfolding all around you. And then come back a year or two later and hike the Otter Trail so you can be truly enveloped in t
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