Category Archives: Outdoors and wild-life

The Big Five on Liz at Lancaster’s doorstep!

RAINS TRANSFORM THE PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK Having not been to the Pilanesberg National Park for several years, I was lucky enough at the end of last year to visit twice in 3 months – in October – when it was still quite brown, dry and dusty and again in December when it was transformed into […]

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Hiking in the Cradle of Humankind with the Joburg Hiking Club

What better to do on a Wednesday but escape to the outdoors for a morning’s hike?  With a 180⁰  sweep  across the open veld we could see wildebeest, zebra,  impala and red hartebeest and as if that wasn’t enough,  a black-backed jackal trotted across our path. Where was this – Kruger? Waterberg? Madikwe? .. no […]

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Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get into the outdoors more often?

Kloofendal: close to the urban centre, yet part of the great outdoors If one of your goals in 2013 is to take more time off and get fit while also getting into nature, then we have lots right on our doorstep in Joburg.   I was sent the Friends of Kloofendal newsletter and was amazed […]

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Brave the evening chill and check out the winter solstice sky

For the next two weeks Mercury can be easily seen in our skies. Very early this evening, there’ll be a line up in the west of the 3 bright stars: Canopus (on the left), Sirius and Procyon; then the new crescent moon and to the right of that Mercury – very easy to see!  Over […]

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Celebrate the warm summer weather by getting out of Joburg for the day

Weekend outings from Joburg Why not head out to Toadbury Hall in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Toadbury Hall offers specially packed picnic baskets to enjoy outdoors under a shady tree or in the warm sunshine. The menu changes with the seasons and includes a range of handmade snacks, delicious mains and a […]

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