New locations, decadent recipes and cool cars in AA Traveller.

Head-turning vehicles, three unforgettable KZN destinations and the magical mystique of Mapungubwe. Find out all this – and more – in the fall issue of AA Traveler.

The fall issue of AA Traveler is once again packed with great reads for travel junkies, gas enthusiasts, and outdoor enthusiasts.

We report on the latest NCAP crash test results. The Nissan Almera and Mazda 2 performed reasonably well, but the driver’s seat failures experienced by both are concerning. In the automotive section, Juliet McGuire selects vehicles that are off the beaten track. We also test the Toyota Corolla Cross, Fiat 500, Ford Ranger Raptor SE, Audi Q5 Sportback and Toyota RAV4 hybrid.

Dive into a refreshing rock pool in Mapungubwe National Park and learn about the mysterious civilization that lived here centuries ago. If you crave pristine beaches, abundant wildlife (and birds) and delicious seafood, head to a corner north of KZN and spend 10 days exploring St. Lucia and iSimangaliso, Hluhluwe -iMfolozi and Kosi Bay. Chrissiesmeer has so much more to offer than just a lake, and in the Robertson area you can take a three-day hike through vineyards – and you can taste some great wines along the way. Dineo Zonke goes alone on a trip to Zanzibar.

Read science writer Engela Duvenage’s insightful article on so-called ‘orphan crops’, native plants that should feature more in our diets. She also writes about how scientists hope to save the rhinoceros from extinction using in vitro fertilization technology.

In our lifestyle section, we whip up decadent chocolate desserts, review the best travel books and test out the latest gear.

All this in the new fall issue of AA Traveler – on sale now!

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