Getaway (South Africa) - - TRAVEL -

On the day we ar­rive at Anysberg Na­ture Re­serve it’s the su­per­moon. I’m stand­ing alone on a plain a short drive from our ac­com­mo­da­tion, sur­rounded by a ser­ra­tion of Cape Fold moun­tains like giant tri­an­gu­lar blocks of cheese, one stacked next to the other. They’re more im­pres­sive here than lower down where San­bona is based. I have my back to the ris­ing moon, watch­ing the sun­set, and when I turn around, there she is: so big and plump and glow­ing that I gasp. And she’s so house-nextdoor that for the first time ever, I feel like moon travel is re­ally just a plane ride away. Jack­als call to each other across the veld, but other than that, the night is still. The fact that I can stand here in this field, at dusk, quite safely is one of the sell­ing points of this re­serve: there is no dan­ger­ous game here. There’s a place for re­serves in which peo­ple can wan­der at will and get down on their knees to examine a suc­cu­lent or a bug with­out hav­ing a buf­falo snort­ing up their butt, says re­serve man­ager Mar­ius Brand (not in those words ex­actly). It al­lows great free­dom to ex­plore as you wish. Of course, it is the bush and you still have to be care­ful – there are many types of buck here, ba­boons, jack­als, cara­cals, snakes and it’s prime leop­ard coun­try (al­though they’re hardly ever seen). But it’s a won­der­ful place to let your­self go feral. Here are some ideas.

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