BE­HIND THE SCENES

A travel writer can’t al­ways choose when to visit a des­ti­na­tion. For this is­sue, Ian McNaught Davis trav­elled through North­ern KZN (see p 44) on the wrong side of sum­mer. Nev­er­the­less, a wa­ter­slide had to be tested…

go! - - Ed’s Letter -

As a free­lance jour­nal­ist, I am morally ob­li­gated to put my­self at the front line of ex­pe­ri­ence for the sake of the reader. So when I heard that there was a 58-me­tre wa­ter­slide at Umziki Chalets just out­side the town of Jozini, my jour­nal­is­tic in­tegrity in­sisted that I in­ves­ti­gate fur­ther. The pump was off when I turned up at Umziki, so the slide was re­ally just a pool at the bot­tom. How­ever, when I ex­plained to man­ager Manuel Ro­drigues how im­por­tant it was that I tested the slide first-hand, he started the whole thing up just for me. Be­ing the metic­u­lous fact-checker that I am, I had to slip and squeal down the tube sev­eral times to de­ter­mine whether the ex­pe­ri­ence was ac­tu­ally fun. (It was!) Then I had to slide down sev­eral more times to get a per­fect self-por­trait in pre-splash glory. (I did!) I left Jozini the fol­low­ing morn­ing, hop­ing that this as­sign­ment would es­tab­lish me as a sort of Derek Watts of su­per­tubes, and that the ed­i­tor at go! would keep this in mind when choos­ing free­lancers in the fu­ture. ( He will! – Ed.)

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