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Gooderson Leisure Invests In Knysna Resort

The addition of Knysna Chalets, located just 5km near the picturesque village and popular tourist destination Knysna with a view of the lagoon, now forms part of the Gooderson Leisure portfolio, an exciting milestone.

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Wildside Magazine
November 2019

Morocco From A New Angle

Ever wondered what it’s like to see Morocco from the perspective of a small child on a miniature motorbike? Probably not, but the Monkey Run Morocco allows you to see this incredible country from more than one new angle…

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Wildside Magazine
November 2019

Are You Ready To Lose Yourself

How often does one experience a place before you know it? How long does it take to become one with it? Its cultures, its soul…to grasp its grand natural wonders? Some say it takes a lifetime. We say it takes a mere Gondwana moment.”

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Wildside Magazine
November 2019

5 Super-easy Steps To Be A Sustainable Traveller

According To A Global Travel Survey, 72% Of Travellers Want To Make Sustainable Travel Choices. And, 55% Of Travellers Surveyed Said They Were More Determined To Make These Decisions But Were Unsure Of How To Put Them Into Practice. We’ve Got Five Simple Steps To Ensure Your Holiday Is Enjoyable While Making A Positive Impact On People And The Planet.

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Wildside Magazine
November 2019

Agulhas Plain Magic

Portuguese mariners gave agulhas its name, which means Cape of needles. 

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2016

An Ocean Adventure Beneath The Waves Scuba Diving Plett Style

Plettenberg Bay, located along South Africa’s spectacular Garden Route, enjoys kilometer upon kilometer of pristine beaches fringing the warm Indian Ocean and boasting some of the most exceptional coral reefs in the world – a diver’s ocean paradise just waiting to be explored.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2016

Riebeek Kasteel's Crowning Glories

It’s one of the few South African dorpies where you’ll find a Banting burger, a guest house overflowing with racing cars, a group of award-winning renegade winemakers and an assortment of high-profile artists and veteran media celebrities. 

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2016

Base Camp On A Bike

“Did you say a bicycle ride to Everest Base Camp? Isn’t it an 8 day hike up high passes and across rocky terrain?” You would be right to think this is one of the craziest ideas you have ever heard of, but gear up, because it is very much a reality.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2016

A Slice Of Heaven Anyone?

IN A REMOTE CORNER OF NORTHERN KWAZULU NATAL, A SMALL SLICE OF HEAVEN AWAITS ALL WHO ARE BATTLE WEARY FROM THE INCESSANT DEMANDS OF OUR DAILY LIVES. IT’S CALLED THONGA BEACH LODGE. THIS SLICE OF HEAVEN COMES WITH A WARNING, HOWEVER. ONCE YOU TASTE IT, YOU WILL BE LEFT WITH AN INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR MORE.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2017

Travelling To Paranoia

Carl Jung, the student and critic of Sigmund Freud, had a complicated theory about synchronicity. That’s an upmarket word for coincidence. Jung thought there was some kind of force at work in the universe that connects people and events in a weird, creepy kind of way. You know the sort of thing: you’re just thinking about returning the lawnmower you borrowed from your neighbour six months ago and suddenly there he is knocking angrily on the door. OK, maybe a bit weirder than that, but you get the drift.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2017

Caracal

A caracal recently caught on camera killing twenty African penguins near Cape Town was probably hoping the blame would be pinned on a lynx.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2017

Tenikwa - Wildlife Rehabilitation & Awareness Centre

Much of South Africa’s wildlife is being forced to adapt to surviving on urban fringes as more and more open spaces become transformed into human dwellings. This continued escalation over the last decade has created a steady decline in our wildlife population. The founders of Tenikwa, recognising the growing need for intervention, as early as 2002, have since played an important role in working consistently towards reversing this unfortunate trend.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2017

Wilderness Bush Camp

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN A WILD, RAVING BEAUTY GETS A HOLD ON YOUR HEART AND SIMPLY WON’T LET GO? IF YOU’VE GOT ANY SENSE, YOU DO WHAT JOHN PFAFF DID – THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS AND RESIGN YOURSELF TO YOUR FATE.

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Wildside Magazine
Summer 2017

A Place Of Beauty And Peacefulness

Sitting in the privacy of the small viewing deck of my traditional beehive-shaped suite, at Zulu Lodge , gazing across the valley at the beautiful “kopies” that surround and seem to embrace the lodge, it’s easy to understand why the Zulu nation fought so hard to keep this land as their own during the AngloZulu wars which took place between 1876 and 1879. The surrounding hills are steeped in history, and where once the noise of battle resounded, and the blood of 1000’s of men was shed, now there is now only beauty and a sense of peacefulness.

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Wildside Magazine
Autumn 2017

Bouldering Rocks

Unlike regular climbing with ropes and harnesses, bouldering is a short, sharp and intense experience with serious appeal to problem-solvers. Essentially, the objective is to find the most challenging route to the top of a boulder with the maximum body ‘moves’, using only hands and feet.

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Wildside Magazine
Autumn 2017

The Place Of Many Happy Returns

A browse through the many leather-bound guest books at The Cavern, with its rich 75-year history, gives testament to the fact that once you’ve been there, chances are you’ll be back.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

My Kite Surfing Life

It all began when I first saw those colourful kites bobbing high across the sky. In sync with the wind, they seemed to play with the clouds. one would be falling and then suddenly swooping up into the air while another would be keeping a slow and steady pace. one would be graceful while another would be skittish. They effortlessly passed by each other, never colliding.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Berg & Bush Trail Riders' Dream

The Grindrod Bank Berg & Bush takes riders through some of the best scenery and along some of the most incredible trails of South Africa. Starting at Sternfontein Dam, the Great Trek and Descent takes riders on a winding journey off the escapement and into the bushveld. With a team dedicated to creating a fun experience on and off the bike, the Berg & Bush is the ideal mountain bike getaway. 

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Top 5 Budget-Friendly Countries In Europe

South Africans know all too well how much money goes into a European holiday. Starting with the cost of flights, we then have to convert our hard earned rands into euros and spend a fortune on accommodation, food, transport and entry fees to tourist attractions. The good news is that not all European countries need to break the bank. In fact, there are many idyllic choices that are relatively inexpensive and allow you to stretch out your holiday by a few extra days. We take a look at some of Europe’s most budget-friendly destinations.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

A Good Old - Fashioned Family Holiday

Set in 550 hectares of KZN bushveld, against a backdrop of huge granite rocks the thermal, healing mineral waters found at Gooderson’s natal Spa Hot Springs and Leisure Resort are guaranteed to reduce the stresses of city life, and the multitude of activities offered are sure to keep every member of the family occupied.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Legend Has It

What does the ideal leisure destination look like? It should be family friendly, have a spa, golf course, picture perfect wedding venue, world class conference facilities, varying accommodation options, game viewing, a range of dining options, swimming pools and various other leisure activities; Legend has it all and more.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

4 Of SA's Most Romantic Lodges

South Africa’s natural beauty forms a spectacular backdrop to the many amazing lodges scattered throughout the country. There are a few however that stand out from the rest in terms of offering the perfect setting for a romantic getaway.Whether they offer breath-taking views, have romantic outdoor baths and showers or offer guests the opportunity to sleep under the stars our list of four exclusive lodges are guaranteed to provide honeymooners or those just looking to rekindle the love in their relationships with the most idyllic, romantic setting they could ask for.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Ithala Game Reserve A Hidden Gem

After having visited Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park on numerous occasions, we were delighted to finally have the opportunity to visit Ithala Game Reserve, situated in northern KZN. We had heard so much about the park, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Mosi-Oa-Tunya

“Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight” – David Livingstone. Victoria Falls, rated as one of the most impressive waterfalls in the world; one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World; a bucket-list destination for many

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Wildside Magazine
Winter 2016

Unique Nothern Cape Experiences

If you’ve ever thought about visiting the Northern Cape, you’ve probably pictured yourself doing one of the following: Camping, game viewing, hunting or hiking. However, there is so much more to see and do in the province of diamonds; adventures not frequently mentioned in the usual tourist guide book or website. 

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Wildside Magazine
Winter 2016

Thonga Beach Lodge

As you drive the last few kilometers to the Lodge, small wooden plaques with these three statements inscribed on them hint at what to expect from isibindi Africa's Thonga Beach Lodge.

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Wildside Magazine
Winter 2016

Zambezi Queen A Royal Experience

Considered by many as the ultimate houseboat experience, The Zambezi queen provides its guests with five-star service, on board a five-star vessel and offers a five-star African safari experience.

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Wildside Magazine
Winter 2016

Walking Through Eden

There’s good reason that the Otter Trail from Storms River to Nature’s Valley is one of SA’s best-loved trails. It’s a magnificent meander along unspoilt coastline. 

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Wildside Magazine
Winter 2016

Mpeti Lodge Kzn's Best-Kept Secret

Waking up to the golden glow of the sunrise over the African bush, while listening to the incessant chatter of the birds and insects must be one of life’s simplest pleasures. Add to that an array of taste bud tantalising food dishes and you have a holiday of dreams. A food safari is a concept I’d never heard of until we had the pleasure of visiting Mpeti Lodge.

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017

Investec Rhino Lifeline

Distinguished Chinese celebrity, Mr Ma Weidu, visits South Africa to learn about the rhino crisis facing the continent

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Wildside Magazine
Spring 2017