Let­ter from the Edi­tor

Road Trip - - CONTENTS - Ferdi ferdi@road­trip­ @Fer­di­vos

The 100,000 hectares Ko­gel­berg Bio­sphere Re­serve close to Cape Town is home to more than 1,880 dif­fer­ent plant species – and 77 of those are found nowhere else on Earth. To put this in per­spec­tive, the South Amer­i­can rain­for­est, the next rich­est bio­sphere, has just 420 species per 10,000 square kilo­me­tres, while the whole of the UK has only 22 en­demic plant species.

While this flo­ral king­dom has al­ways en­joyed some form of pro­tec­tion, it was not so long ago also used for more sin­is­ter pur­poses. We re­cently vis­ited this grand land area in a new Opel Grand­land X to bring you the story of rock­ets, fyn­bos, and light­ning bolts – and how this piece of par­adise on Earth was re­gained.

We also sent con­trib­u­tor Julie Gra­ham to the 58,000 hectares San­bona Wildlife Re­serve to ex­pe­ri­ence the rein­tro­duc­tion of the rare White Lion to the land­scape of the Klein Ka­roo. The name San­bona rep­re­sents the vi­sion of the San peo­ple to re­store har­mony be­tween man and na­ture and re­store the in­ter­con­nect­ed­ness of all liv­ing be­ings – and by of­fer­ing th­ese “sa­cred” an­i­mals a safe space to breed forms part of restor­ing this vi­sion.

Stay­ing with the con­ser­va­tion theme, Julie Gra­ham and Charlotte Rogers did an epic road trip with a Jaguar F-pace through the re­mote ar­eas of Lim­popo and Mpumalanga to visit a mul­ti­tude of ex­quis­ite lodges, in­clud­ing the im­pres­sive Fu­sion Bou­tique Ho­tel, The Out­post and Pel’s Post in the Pa­furi, as well as the ex­clu­sive Shum­bal­ala Game Lodge in the Thorny­bush Re­serve.

Speak­ing of Jaguar, we also trav­elled over­seas to take in the de­lights of the Al­garve in Por­tu­gal, while dis­cov­er­ing the elec­tric per­son­al­ity of the new Jaguar I-pace on the twist­ing, un­du­lat­ing moun­tain roads in­ter­con­nect­ing the coastal towns with their pris­tine beaches and breath-tak­ing nat­u­ral beauty, while Mar­cus Brewster en­joyed the clear Alpine air as he ex­plored Geneva and its sur­rounds.

Mean­while con­trib­u­tor Jim Free­man un­der­took a dog pa­trol – vis­it­ing the Ana­to­lian Shep­herd Guard­ing Dog pro­ject, run by San­parks in con­junc­tion with the En­dan­gered Wildlife Trust near Union­dale in the Klein Ka­roo in, yes, you have guessed it, a Nis­san Pa­trol. Oh, he also jour­neyed with a Subaru Out­back to try and find the Never Never … and did an ex­tended road trip with a Jeep and Har­ley-david­son to cel­e­brate the fifth con­sec­u­tive year of co-brand­ing by th­ese two iconic Amer­i­can brands.

And to com­plete the re­gain­ing of par­adise, read our fea­ture on the newly opened Zuri Zanz­ibar re­sort on the idyl­lic is­land off the coast of East Africa …

Happy trav­els and trips.

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