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Eight interlinked ecosystems: tick. Big Seven game viewing: tick. Turtle hikes and jaw-dropping marine adventures: tick. Superb camping and accommodation options in an unmatched World Heritage Site: tick. Yup, iSimangaliso certainly ticks all the boxes! Hanging back from the rest of the group, I perched on an undulating grassland dune, waiting to grab a few photos. Looking down, I watched as iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis followed the game track, together with his wife Tracey and Lindy Duffield, the marketing manager at this ‘Place of Miracles and Wonder’. They skirted a thicket of Umdoni trees atop the 30 000-year-old dunes, and

Wildlife vets are the unsung heroes of modern conservation. What seemed impossible years ago has now become common practice in the game-capture industry. Half a century ago, it would have been unheard of to move whole families of elephants thousands of kilometres by road or to fly rhino halfway around the world in cargo planes. Veterinarians play a pivotal role in game capture, wildlife research and disease control The advancement of modern tranquilisers has meant that wildlife vets can keep animals under sedation for extended periods of time. State veterinarians also play a very important part in controlling the spread

I recently discovered that ziplining is a lot more entertaining when a member of your group is afraid of heights. In this case, that one person was a fellowjournalist who had our party of eight in stitches with his nervous antics as we “zipped” along cables high above the Groot Letaba River in the Limpopo Province. We were in an area known as Magoebaskloof on a Chevrolet-hosted Trailblazer Adventure for motoring journos and their spouses. Also known as “The Land of the Silver Mist” because it is shrouded regularly in a soft mist, Magoebaskloof is a mountainous region that forms

At some point, almost every South African with a car will make the trip from Joburg to Cape Town, and, in general, it’s far from enchanting. Just over 1500km of arrow-straight tar in the company of far too many kamikaze 22-wheeler drivers. Enough to numb the spirit of travel. So, I was less than inspired when given the news that I would be doing just this trip with the brand-new, facelifted Mazda BT-50. Luckily, part of the brief was to find an inspiring, gravel-oriented back-road route. What should I do, then? Take a massive detour to the Northern Cape and

Words by Anton Willemse, Pictures by Anton Willemse & Jaco Erasmus When the guys from Ironman4x4 invited me to join them on the Lebombo 4×4 Eco Trail, the word “yes” was out of my mouth in an instant. Who wouldn’t want to spend four nights exploring the eastern boundary of the Kruger Park with no fences and no people – just us, nature, some fresh air and over 500 kilometres of beautiful dirt roads? Our team consisted of seven guys: Mic van Zyl, Deon Anderson and Quinton Ebersohn from Ironman4x4 SA; Carl Rogers from Autoquip; Adam Craze from Ironman4x4 Australia

Words Jeff Gaisford Sodwana Bay in 1974 was a pretty remote outpost of the old Natal Parks Board operations. I began my service as a ranger there, straight from the campus of the Natal University. I was a city boy, although I had grown up in Irene, a small village near Pretoria, and had spent time prowling around the veld there. Sodwana Bay at that time had no telephones, and the only direct communication links with the outside world were a daily radio call-up at 7AM on the big SSB radio set which was powerful enough to link us to

Words Stephen Cunliffe, Images Stephen Cunliffe & Nick Muzik Accompanied by a large group of Wildrunner and Richtersveld Tours’ support staff driving a diverse fleet of 4x4s, fifty determined trail runners trotted out of Sendelingsdrift and into the desert at the start of a challenging Richtersveld adventure: one that would see them average a marathon a day for five days. The new transfrontier route was designed to expose competitors to the very best the Richtersveld has to offer – on both sides of the border – with deep canyons, rocky ravines, boulder-strewn mountains and stony desert plains being the order

Words Brian Jefferies Pumba Adventures 4×4 trail was designed by Alf Middleton, an experienced 4×4 driver-training instructor and tour guide at Shelly Beach on the south coast of KZN. The tour started back in March 2014, and has since seen many an excited tourist traverse its tracks. The tour caters for a minimum of four vehicles at a time and is suitable for any type of driver – from novice to expert and anything in between. Similar to most 4×4 trails, Pumba Adventures can get really tricky in wet conditions, but Alf is always nearby to guide drivers out of

I’m sure everyone reading this fine magazine would all raise their hands in unison if offered a choice between a week in the office, and a week away. But mid-winter camping is often less than comfortable; and, with a deadline of ‘yesterday’, I needed to find a route that would not only test the new Fortuner but also give me some R&R. Also, the trip needed to be technically challenging, but not difficult enough to be likely to damage the test-car – and we certainly didn’t want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere.Words & Images Andrew Middleton Having

The Toyota Rust de Winter 4×4 Jamboree remains one of the highlights on the 4×4 calendar. It’s one of those events you must take part in at least once – and 2016 was no different. It is a great place to compete in a safe and controlled environment, or simply to take the chance to put your vehicle through its paces and show off its ability. Some competitors are very serious about wanting to claim the coveted winner’s title, strategising months ahead of time and accessorising their vehicles to the full. Others, like the media contingent attending this year, are

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