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Leisure Wheels – February 2014 – Profile of Year in the Wild

I'm not one for being in front of the camera or the microphone...usually I'm behind both! But here's an article of my Year in the Wild project in Leisure Wheels magazine.

Day 2 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – Thukela Gorge

The 14km walk up the Thukela Gorge is one of the most scenic in South Africa, that's for sure. (It used to be spelt Tugela, but that's the English corruption of the isiZulu spelling, which is Thukela).

Starting from Thendele Camp in  Royal Natal National Park, you can easily spend a whole day walking the gorge. In fact, you MUST not rush this's like rushing through a really good piece of chocolate cake. Don't do it, I tell you, don't do it! Rather slow down, savour the experience,
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Day 1 – Year in the Wild 2013-14 – The beginning!

I'm spending my first night of Year in the Wild 2013-14 in the Royal Natal National Park in uKhahlamba-Drakensberg World Heritage Site! I've got another 15 months of travel ahead of me, exploring about 50 of South Africa's most special protected areas, as well as the transfrontier parks on the borders of the country.

It's the middle of winter here, but it feels like summer! The Drakensberg mountains are often covered in snow at this time of year, but the sky is blue, the sun is out and the
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Deep down, we’re all wild

I'm heading off in July for Year in the Wild 2013-14.

I've been too long in the city now. I'm yearning for wild spaces and their animals. Like my last Year in the Wild, which began in 2011 and ended in 2012, I'll be travelling to many of South Africa's most famous protected areas. From now until end of 2014, however, I'll be visiting them in different seasons. (Each offers a completely novel experience, depending on the time of year.)

And I'll also be travelling to the transfrontier parks
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Sawubona Magazine – February 2013 – Tembe Elephant Park

My three page article in South African Airways' inflight magazine on Tembe Elephant Park - one of the wildest, and least known of South Africa's reserves, and one of my favourites. The elephants are some of the biggest tuskers in Africa, and the lion population is doing really well too. A highly recommended reserve for the wildlife connoisseur and novice alike.

Cape Times Newspaper – February 2013 – Anysberg Nature Reserve

My monthly column in the Cape Times on Anysberg. This Karoo reserve just south of Laingsburg off the national N1 road was a surprise to me. There is a surprisingly large amount of wildlife for a semi-arid region, and the sense of wilderness is impressive. But it's the stars that captivate first and foremost. Their is NO light pollution anywhere, because the 800 square kilometre reserve is situated between two mountain ranges, making it one of the best places in the country for peering through a
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