New places, decadent recipes and cool cars in AA Traveller

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The autumn issue of AA Traveller is once again packed with great reads for travel junkies, petrolheads and outdoor enthusiasts.

We report on the latest NCAP crash tests results. The Nissan Almera and Mazda 2 did relatively well, but the driver’s seat failures experienced by both are cause for concern. In the motoring section, Juliet McGuire selects vehicles that are outside the box.

We also test drive the Toyota Corolla Cross, Fiat 500, Ford Ranger Raptor SE, Audi Q5 Sportback and Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

Take a dip in a refreshing rock pool in the Mapungubwe National Park and learn more about the mysterious civilisation that lived here centuries ago.

If you’re in the mood for pristine beaches, wildlife (and birds) in abundance and delicious seafood, head to a corner in the north of KZN and spend 10 days exploring St Lucia and iSimangaliso, Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and Kosi Bay.

Chrissiesmeer has more on offer than just a lake, and in the Robertson region, you can go on a three-day hike through the vineyards – and you’ll get to taste excellent wine along the way.

Dineo Zonke goes on a solo trip to Zanzibar.

Read science writer Engela Duvenage’s insightful article about so-called “orphan crops”, indigenous plants that should feature more in our diets. She also writes about how scientists hope to save the rhino from extinction by using in vitro fertilisation technology.

In our lifestyle section, we make decadent chocolate desserts, review top travel books and test the newest gear.

All of this in the new autumn issue of AA Traveller – on sale now! 
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