Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
4 minute read
12 Aug 2021
9:00 am

Winter wonderlands: The pleasures of travelling out of season

Brendan Seery

In Knysna, a frequent destination for our family, the weather is mild for us upcountry folk even when the locals shiver in winter.

The beach. Picture: Brendan Seery

As I looked at the water, frozen in our bird bath, and shivered in the full morning sun, I pondered being under house arrest in the middle of a Joburg winter. Cyril had prevented us from leaving plague-ridden Gauteng, so we missed out on two weeks in the Karoo and Knysna. It was particularly irritating because the best time to travel in South Africa is winter … for me anyway. Normally I like to get away to somewhere warmer in winter and our trips to the bushveld have been amazing over the years. And Gauteng can be very ugly in...