All the latest leisure reads
There are a host of new travel, leisure and family holiday books on offer, ranging from low-budget, sho’tleft walks to relaxing in the lap of luxury. Here is a round-up:
Family Walks in Cape Town
A great book for the family and family holidays is the latest from Tim Lundy, who has been hiking the mountains of Cape Town for more than 30 years.
His new guide suggests short, accessible walks throughout the Cape Peninsula for people of all ages and stages, from teens to pensioners. Those in wheelchairs can also participate, as can the family pooch. And new parents can wheel toddlers in prams as they amble.
There are user-friendly maps, detailed route descriptions and directions on how to get to the start of each walk – plus points of interest, historical information and fun things to do. (Random House Struik, 133 pages, R160)
Children’s Facts is a large paperback that serves as a mine of information for children and adults alike. It is ideal as a diverting holiday read on the road. Cleverly and colourfully illustrated pages provide facts on everything from fast food and fashion to musicians, toys and technology, as well as instant know-how on notable buildings at home and abroad, world history, wealth and poverty, careers and sport.
Leave this book beside your child’s bed and you’ll be guaranteed very smart offspring. By the way, did you know that Morocco has the most tourist arrivals per year in Africa? South Africa is second. (MapStudio, 69 pages, R120)
If you’ve a fistful of dollars and love opulent living, then Perfect Hideaways in South Africa by Paul Duncan will entice you to some of the country’s most luxurious holiday destinations. Whether it’s a farm in the Karoo, a stone house, India style in the Bastiaanskloof Estate near Wellington in the Cape, an L-shaped house at St Helier on the south coast, or the ultraluxurious Lebala Lodge in the Waterberg, as long as you’ve got the bucks, go and splurge.
Otherwise invest in this big coffee table book with its gorgeous photographs, and just sit in your armchair and drool. (Africa Press, 272 pages, R395)
If you have not yet visited Botswana, the sumptuous coffee table book This is Botswana by famous husbandand-wife photographers Daryl and Sharna Balfour, with text by Peter Joyce, will have you heading off there on the first chance you get.
Embark on a trip to see the panoramic views of this amazing landlocked country that takes you from the only inland delta in the world, the Okavango, to the arid enormity of the Kalahari Desert. The photographs are breathtaking. (Random House Struik, 178 pages, R260)