Mary Willemse

Fighting for their lives

As scavengers, vultures are synonymous with death, and seldom receive the same level of respect as other birds of prey. Indeed, being branded a “vulture” is the lowest form of insult, used to describe anyone gaining from someone else’s misfortune. This is unfortunate, as the misunderstood and much-maligned vulture is arguably the most important bird of prey of them all. Linda van den Heever, Vulture Project Manager at BirdLife South Africa explains.

Continuing to hit the right notes

Built on an all-new platform from the ground up, the Mahindra XUV700 is set to disrupt the South African market with its unmissable design, spirited performance, sophisticated dynamics, sci-fi technology, and world-class safety. Anton Willemse Snr attended the media launch and gives his initial impressions.

Out with the old: Jeep Grand Cherokee Driving impressions

The SUV segment of the South African automotive market continues to expand exponentially. However, options for a large luxury seven-seater SUV with decent off-roading chops are few and far between. If you’re in the market for that kind of vehicle, Anton Willemse Jnr believes Jeep has you covered.

Kickstart your day

The all-new Opel Mokka is a luxury five-seater compact crossover that can take on the very best in this rather saturated segment of the South African market. Mary Willemse explains why.

Crossing over to the adventurous side

Spending two days driving on a few truly beautiful routes in Mpumalanga and the Limpopo province and then unwinding in the lap of luxury for another three days sounded like pure bliss. Add to that the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of three spectacular destinations and a chance to get the adrenaline pumping and I was raring to go. When I learned that we would be doing so with five op South Africa’s favourite compact crossovers and in the company of representatives from each of these brands, I could barely contain my excitement

Trailer Tents: best of both worlds

What sleeping arrangements are the best fit for you and your family’s travel and camping needs? Trailer tents might just be the sweet spot between a costlier off-road caravan and the limited space of a rooftop tent.

Gear & Gadgets Christmas gifts

It’s the season to be jolly and the perfect time to spoil the adventurer in your life with something special… Herewith our team’s top picks for Christmas 2022.

Magical Midlands

The somewhat mysterious sprawling beauty of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands has always intrigued Mary Willemse, but the ‘powers that be’ (read grumpy hubby) could never be

Mom & daughter on a mission

When eight-year-old Sabria Basson started Cheetah Cubs Conservation Adventures in 2021, a nature conservation club for children, it was no surprise.