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All TrAvel, All The Time

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iconic road trips

namibia australia italy kosi bay


utah cotswolds mpumalanga

rwandas rebirth

discover the mountain gorillas


in the land of hope fulfilled

island idyll

simple luxury in sun-drenched seychelles

48 hours

in rome, new zealand, antananarivo

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russ smith Out of the 60-odd

EDS LETTER
traveller

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELLER SOUTH AFRICA

countries that Russ has visited in his


life, Rwanda has come as the biggest
surprise of all, bar none (see page 24).
I never expected the country to be
so beautiful or well-run, its landscape
and cities to be so pristine, and its
people to be so friendly. Its an African
gem. The highlight of his long-awaited
trip, unsurprisingly, was the trek to see
Rwandas famous mountain gorillas,
but everything about the country, from
its rain forests to its banana beer,
touched his soul.

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sven alberding One of Svens

earliest memories of travelling in SA on his


arrival from Berlin 18 years ago covered a
route similar to that in North by Northeast
(page 78), with a stop at the very same Gods
Window on the way to the Kruger in a rented
electric-blue Beetle with REM blaring from
the speakers. On his recent Mpumalanga
road trip with photographer Elsa Young,
he discovered the thriving Artists Press
and, surprisingly, fell for hot-air ballooning
Its quite exposed and physical. I was
amazed at how hot it gets under the burner
and how loud it can be.

michelle snaddon

Last seen skiing in Lesotho while on a family


road trip, Michelle has a passion for travel.
She grew up in a remote village in Malawi
and could identify venomous snakes before
she could ride a bike, so its not surprising
that she has a sense of adventure and will
drop everything for a few precious days in
the bush. As a travel writer, shes fallen in
love with St Petersburg and paraglided off
a volcano in Runion, but will always spend
her last hour in a city choosing beautiful
shoes. For this issue, Michelle took on the
role of armchair traveller instead.

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eds letter

Finding

the unfamiliar in a destination is most often the authentic that we seek to unearth

in every feature we publish. In my experience, its the differences in culture such as tradition, cuisine and social
beliefs and norms that sum up the essence of a place for me, and that make the most meaningful memories.
Theres something addictive about delivering yourself onto the great open road with only a map and a vague idea
of where youre going. Ive always found that my best travel memories have been made when circumstances were
slightly uncomfortable and unpredictable, thus unleashing my sense of spontaneity and adventure.
Our roundup of road trips from the turtle-breeding shores of KwaZulu-Natal to Australias Great Ocean Road,
the majestic desert interiors of Namibia to Italys Langhe Valley, and the lush splendours of Mpumalanga to Utahs
iconic back roads will hopefully inspire you to leave your comfort zone at home.

PS

As we went to press, the second fatal shark attack in two weeks was reported in Seychelles, a destination we

cover in this issue. As they investigate this devastating loss of human life, its a poignant reminder of the imbalances that
exist in our oceans today. Thanks to overshing, gill netting and the evils of the shark-n industry, the overwhelming

photograph elsa young

reality is that sharks are usually the victims and not us.

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