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Walking the Daisies Walking the DaisiesDate: 02/08/2015

A two-day hike up the West Coast is becoming quite the annual pilgrimage. I was doing research on roadside plants for my...

No Small Wonder - revolutionary slow cookers No Small Wonder - revolutionary slow cookersDate: 08/02/2015

Who'd have thought that one of the most revolutionary slow cookers would be as simple as an African-print beanbag...

Malkerns Meander - World-class crafters in Swaziland Malkerns Meander - World-class crafters in SwazilandDate: 25/01/2015

There is a small corner of Swaziland that has only grown pineapples, flowers and sugar. Now among the fields a number of world...

uMkhuze Reborn uMkhuze RebornDate: 06/09/2014

In northern Zululand, uMkhuze Game Reserve's ongoing war against poaching has been long and hard, but against all odds it has ...

7 Secrets of Sabie River Valley 7 Secrets of Sabie River ValleyDate: 16/08/2014

In the Lowveld between the towns of Sabie and Hazyview, the R536 hides more than just the Sabie River. The 14km Matumi Walking ...

Ready, Steady, Row on Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast Ready, Steady, Row on Langebaan Lagoon, West CoastDate: 12/07/2014

It doesn't take long for a kayak adventure on Langebaan's smooth lagoon to banish Marianne Heron's dread of the deep. Thanks to...

Affordable bush breaks Affordable bush breaksDate: 04/07/2014

There's nothing to beat escaping to the bush and being surrounded by nature, game and birdlife. Here's our selection of ten bush..

Ride the Wild Side Ride the Wild SideDate: 01/07/2014

On a mountain bike you can travel at just the right pace to fully appreciate the African bush, as Fiona McIntosh discovers in ...

Kalahari Sushi & Other Secrets Kalahari Sushi & Other SecretsDate: 24/05/2014

A pocket of the arid Northern Cape opens into a generous smile along the Orange River, where more than a hundred islands are ...

The Buzz of the Bean The Buzz of the BeanDate: 20/05/2014

Always keen on a good cup of coffee, Sue Adams discovers the real deal in Sabie Valley, where the distance from bean to cup en...

Night Rides Night RidesDate: 11/04/2014

Shaen Adey discovers an irresistible combination - cycling the Richtersveld by the light of the fall moon. I'd been invited to ...

The Mother of all Walks The Mother of all WalksDate: 23/03/2014

If you do just one hike this year, the archeologist-led tour of Pinnacle Point Caves in Mossel Bay should be it.

Sinking their Teeth into Sharks Sinking their Teeth into SharksDate: 15/02/2014

Dale Morris swallows his fear (and a handful of seasickness tablets) and visits Mossel Bay, where a remarkable team of marine ...

5 Passes Run 5 Passes RunDate: 07/02/2014

The Western Cape is blessed with many historic and interesting mountain passes. Mike Copeland tackles five of them, in a day, ...

Footloose and fancy-free Footloose and fancy-freeDate: 24/01/2014

Make no mistake, the five-day Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Hiking Trail is tough but it’s one of the finest coastal walks in ...

Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game Reserve Birding Hotspot: Gondwana Game ReserveDate: 19/01/2014

Superb specials await in the Southern Cape, at the world’s only Big Five fynbos reserve. It was a welcome break for my wife and...

The High Road or the Low Road? Two routes to the Lowveld .. The High Road or the Low Road? Two routes to the Lowveld ..Date: 14/12/2013

If you are heading out on the N4 East, try to slow down once you hit Machadodorp and enjoy two fascinating routes down the ...

Chasing the Dragon Chasing the DragonDate: 02/11/2013

A sense of adventure is a must on the seven-day Bushman's Cycling Tour through uKhahlamba- Drakensberg Park. We arrived at the ...

Rock around the Clock Rock around the ClockDate: 26/10/2013

But while some destination dorps can be summed up in a phrase like 'food or wine capital', it's not that easy to define Paarl...

Stanford birding Stanford birdingDate: 13/10/2013

In this Overberg village, a nature reserve, dam,. lagoon, river and fynbos offer abundant birdlife. And then, nearby, there are ..

Upcoming Country Life Workshops Upcoming Country Life WorkshopsDate: 14/09/2013

This three-day workshop is of interest to business entrepeneurs, as well as farmers and beekeepers in residential areas.

Love Me, Love My Dog - Pet Friendly Hikes Love Me, Love My Dog - Pet Friendly HikesDate: 31/08/2013

Most Cape reserves are owned by CapeNature so dogs are verboten. But with a bit of scratching around you can find some ...

Best of Friends Best of FriendsDate: 24/08/2013

Friends of Howick are the guardians of the natural assets of this quaint town in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands.

Build your own Log Cabin Build your own Log CabinDate: 03/08/2013

Save a fortune by building your own mortage-free, eco-friendly log home. Building your own log cabin sounds like the pinnacle ...

Back to Basics Back to BasicsDate: 29/06/2013

A day in the country learning to make pasta can be just the tonic for city boredom. Jaco Brand was feeling pretty low. Three ...

Wild Trout Trekking Wild Trout TrekkingDate: 25/05/2013

It’s a special breed of flyfisherman who takes on the trout in the high reaches of uKhahlamba’s streams.

Greyton’s Better Nature Greyton’s Better NatureDate: 19/05/2013

It’s an easy and beautiful drive through the Overberg countryside to Greyton Nature Reserve, the third-largest reserve in the ...

Carpe Diem Carpe DiemDate: 12/05/2013

In Camdeboo, flyfishingman Edward Truter and his buddies seize the day (and the carp). Flyfishing for carp seem as unlikely a ...

Upcoming Country Life Workshops - May Diary Upcoming Country Life Workshops - May DiaryDate: 04/05/2013

Upcoming Country Life Workshops - May Diary.

Circle of Saints Circle of SaintsDate: 28/04/2013

Few of us realise the extent to which Cape Town was influenced by the Saints of Islam, each buried throughout the Peninsula in ...

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