All the lat­est leisure reads

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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)

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