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Keeping Snakes As Pets
Keeping snakes is a popular hobby in South Africa. All across the country, thousands of people keep a variety of snake species in their homes, from harmless to highly venomous. Some enthusiasts build extravagant enclosures that are beautifully decora
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Take Your Pic
IG: @sofia_goosen13 Canon EOS 200D Canon 55 – 250 mm lens SOFIA WRITES: I’m 13 years old and I photographed this Cape sugarbird in Harold Porter National Botanical Garden near Betty’s Bay, about an hour from my home in Cape Town. I waited patientl
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Africa At Its Best
When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced in March 2020, everything basically ground to a halt. Everything to do with humans, that is… Animals made the most of the lull by coming out in greater numbers, maybe curious about the global pause in car traf
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December’s Party In The Sky
After so many months indoors, the cosmos is doing its best to draw us out of our homes this month. December is a busy time in the heavens. Try to keep up! Partial solar eclipse: Late on the afternoon of 14 December, shortly before sunset, people in
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Send Us Your Best Travel And Nature Photos!
WHY? We publish a selection of reader pictures every month. Don’t be shy, haul out those shots you’ve been hoarding on your computer and send them to us! We like just about anything: wildlife, landscapes, portraits, holiday snaps or bugs in your gard
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Reason Nyengera
What inspired your choice of work? I was born in a rural part of Masvingo in Zimbabwe, near the Great Zimbabwe ruins. This area is mainly populated by subsistence farmers who depend on crops and livestock for the survival of their families. As a chil
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Take The Winning Photo
This canvas bag has sturdy sides and a soft inner to protect your valuable gear. The compartments are adjustable to fit your camera and lenses. Product available at winkel.weg.co.za ■
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Books
Wild dogs are curious, intelligent creatures: They like to tease other animals and play games. But they are also efficient hunters, a skill that is not appreciated by livestock farmers. Wild dogs were declared an endangered species in 2016 and there
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Wonder World
Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the London Natural History Museum’s showcase for the world’s best nature photography. Entries are submitted from all over, by young and old, amateur and professional alike. The competition has been running for 56
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Check This
Greg du Toit is a world-renowned photographer and safari guide. In 2013, he won the overall title of Wildlife Photographer of the Year, for a ghostly shot of elephants around a waterhole at night. The winners of the 2020 competition were announced in
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Get That Festive Feeling!
Serves 8 Preparation time 45 minutes Baking time 40 minutes • 2 tablespoons olive oil• 2 red peppers, in strips• 200 g mushrooms, chopped• 100 g green olives, pitted and chopped• salt and pepper, to taste• 200 g feta, in cubes or chunks• 1 kg bread
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Blue Sea Dreaming
Mountains, forests, deserts, bushveld – and a coastline without equal that smiles for 2 800 km from the mouth of the Orange River to Kosi Bay… South Africa certainly has its challenges (mostly us, the people), but as far as natural splendour goes, we
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When Life Gives You Thorns
We had been fantasising about breakfast even before we started the walk. Now, halfway up Chapman’s Peak, the thought of the impending meal was running through both of us. “It’s a full, full plate,” I said, gasping a little at the steep gradient. “The
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Gifts for Africa
The inside of your vehicle tends to get messy on a road trip. Keep things tidy and save on the use of plastic with this bin. It’s locally made from upcycled and re-covered advertising billboards and comes in a variety of colourful prints like shweshw
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Behind The Scenes
What was the biggest challenge? The baby! This was the first time my wife Marilize and our daughter Essie (15 months; pictured) had joined me for a work trip. I had to plan visits and interviews around Essie’s nap routine, and everywhere we stayed I
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Best Coast An Ode To Our Favourite Seaside Towns
I like the climate in Amanzimtoti. We don’t really experience winter temperatures and the beach is always there, free to enjoy. Karmen and I have three kids – Liam (10), Zoe (8) and Caleb (7), and a Staffie called Max. We often head to Baggies Beach,
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This Bus Is The Business
Soldiers, surgeons, firefighters and airline pilots are supposed to have some of the most stressful jobs on earth. Your life – and somebody else’s – is always on the line! I’d like to add another: bus driver. As a youngster in Cape Town, I’d occasion
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Go!
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Kloof To Cliff!
Have you heard about the network of hiking trails and base camps between eNtokozweni (Machadodorp) and eManzana (Badplaas)? There’s Mount Komati, Oom Paul, Bloutrein, Bermanzi… and the most diverse of them all, the High Five Trail, previously known a
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Garden Route Vibes
Full-morning, guided excursion. Discover the folklore, history, botany and birdlife intrinsic to this very special place. Experience our mobile, off-grid, pop-up camp – it’s the perfect getaway for the whole family, just 8 km outside Plett! Privately
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WRITE TO US & WIN!
Alta wins a set of Zartek ZA-748 two-way radios, worth R2 220. Each radio weighs 140 g, comes preprogrammed with 16 channels and has a battery life of 35 hours. It has a communication range of up to 6 km, depending on the terrain, and gives you reli
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Num-num Or High Five?
The Num-Num Trail, a five-day hike across three farms in the Skurweberg – the north-eastern extension of the Drakensberg – opened in 2010. As time went by, the hiking huts required more and more maintenance and hikers sometimes got lost on the trail.
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Take A Hike
Half a century ago in the Overberg, farmer Jannie Willemse would pack his scissors and combs into a small bag every Saturday morning. He’d say goodbye to his family and walk from the farm Hartebeesrivier in the village of Tesselaarsdal, over the Klei
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Speak To Us
Send your letters to editor@gomag.co.za – include your name, surname and where you live. Please also include a photo if you have one (at least 2 MB in size). We reserve the right to edit and shorten letters, and use your photos elsewhere in the magaz
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What’s In A Name?
It’s a 20-minute hike from Candlewood to Uitkomst Waterfall, also known as Bride’s Leap Waterfall. The latter name was inspired by Kootjie van den Heever’s book Die Waters Roep – apparently the wind blew a bride off the cliff, on her wedding day! ■
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Say Yes To Yzer
Almost every small coastal town has experienced a boom in the past two decades. As a child, we always went to Still Bay for our December holidays and I watched it mushroom over the years, bringing traffic jams and shopping centres to the seaside. Yze
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Letters
I captured this beautiful scene about a kilometre into Rietvlei Nature Reserve, in July 2020. It was 7 am and -5° C outside the car. I took the photo through the window: mist rising off Rietvlei Dam near the Coots Corner bird hide. Rietvlei must be t
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In Other Words
“The trail requires moderate effort. You don’t hike further than 8km per day, although it is up and down. Kids 10 years and older should manage. “Aloe Kaya is my favourite camp because of its location. Candlewood has a great view.” “Whether you bring
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Town
René Bosch runs Café René at Kaijaiki Country Inn – he’s a hospitable Dutchman and loves to chat. Have a pancake or try the bitterballen. I enjoyed my berry pancake (R55). Contact: 022 451 2858; kaijaiki.co.za Rosemead Artisan in Park Street is a re
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Q&A
LOUISETTE LE ROUX from Mbombela writes: I saw this elephant bull with a big hole in its ear near Crooks’ Corner in the Kruger Park. Was it injured in a fight with another elephant? Wildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: An elephant will develop many tea
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