Chris Marais and Juli­enne du Toit

Chas­ing Bal­loons in the Ka­roo Sylvester & The Gang

South African Country Life - - Contributors -

For Chris Marais and Juli­enne du Toit, 2017 be­gan like a high­oc­tane ac­tion movie, with a brace of fea­tures such as the ex­cit­ing launch of hot-air bal­loon­ing near Prince Al­bert (Chas­ing Bal­loons in the Ka­roo on page 24) and the re­lease of Sylvester the Lion into the wilder­ness around Kuzuko in the East­ern Cape (Sylvester & The Gang on page 50). “It was in­spir­ing to be in on the ground floor of the hot-air bal­loon­ing es­capade,” says Chris. “We even got to fly for 90 min­utes over a clas­si­cal stretch of the Great Ka­roo, al­ways in sight of the Swart­berg.” For Juli­enne, “The Sylvester story was as in­spir­ing, al­though his coali­tion part­ner

Fielies nearly stole the show.”

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