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The Elephant Sanctuary
3:30pm 3 Sep

For a close-up, hands-on experience of the world’s largest land mammal, the Elephant Sanctuary in Hazyview provides one of the best packages available. Part of an organisation that also operates branches at Hartbeespoort Dam (near Pretoria) and Plettenberg Bay (Western Cape), your entrance fee at the sanctuary includes interesting presentations, handling and walking with the African elephants and a short bare-back elephant ride...

(GPS coordinates: -25.047396, 31.078925)


Belgravia Historic Walk
12:30pm 3 Sep

Kimberley is a city replete with history. The Belgravia Historic Walk is the perfect way to explore the highs and lows of its distant and more recent past. The two-kilometre-long circular trail offers tourists and business people visiting the Northern Cape city a perfect opportunity to leisurely explore a significant part of South African history...

(GPS coordinates: -28.749763, 24.78017)


Lilies and Leopards
6:30am 3 Sep

Situated atop a hill in the Dana Bay seaside conservancy outside Mossel Bay, Lilies and Leopards offers a choice of bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in four homely, individually-decorated guest rooms. The guest house is set in a tranquil, unspoilt conservancy, and magnificent sea views can be enjoyed from every comfy room. During winter, guests can view whales swimming in the ocean while lying in bed. On request, breakfast is served on your private balcony...


(GPS coordinates: -34.203440, 22.039748)

Lion's Head Trail
3:30pm 2 Sep

If you do only one hike in Cape Town, this should be it. The views from the top of the 669-metre peak - across to the cable stations and the front face of Table Mountain, Green Point and the World Cup stadium, over the city bowl and the glorious beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, down the Twelve Apostles and to Robben Island - are breathtaking, so it’s an incredibly rewarding outing. Tradition dictates that this be done as a full-moon walk – but it has become so popular that you can expect long queues if you opt to follow the crowd...

(GPS coordinates: -33.936735, 18.394984

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Karoo Adventures 4x4 Trail
12:30pm 2 Sep

Karoo Adventures lies only 20km off the N1 between De Doorns and Touwsrivier. It’s very easily accessible from Cape Town for those in search of adrenalin, clean air, beautiful sunsets and star-filled skies. The diverse selection of 4x4 trails at Karoo Adventures offers something for everyone. The grading ranges from a casual drive in the mountains to very challenging grade 5 sections. The trails cover a variety of terrains, and fauna and flora. There is enough to keep you busy for two full days...

(GPS coordinates: -33.531683, 19.859891)


Royal Kruger Lodge
6:30am 2 Sep

Overlooking a waterhole in Marloth Park, Mpumalanga, Royal Kruger Lodge accommodates guests in luxury African-style rooms, and aims to create an authentic, luxurious safari experience. Bordering the Kruger National Park, the property is home to giraffe, antelope, buffalo and zebra, which guests can view at close quarters from the comfort of the lodge. In addition to outdoor showers and superb South African cuisine enjoyed around the fire, the lodge offers a huge variety of safaris to make any guest’s stay unforgettable...


(GPS coordinates: -25.358143, 31.765569)

Witbank Sky Diving
3:30pm 1 Sep

Witbank Sky Diving, a non-profit skydiving club that has been around since 1980, is less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. It aims to promote the fun side of skydiving and guarantees a lively social scene. If you want to find out what it feels like to fly through the sky at 220 km/h then book a tandem jump, and you get: an instructor (with a parachute); 20 minutes of ground instruction; a 20 minute plane flight; instant of heart-stopping fear as you tip out of the aeroplane; and 35 seconds of free-fall followed by a six to seven minute canopy ride back down to the ground...

(GPS coordinates: -25.838281, 29.191454)


Swissland Cheese
12:30pm 1 Sep

Swissland Cheese is in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands - in a setting akin to the rolling hills of Switzerland, dotted with white goats. Having started as a humble farm stall on the side of the road, the cheesery has made a name for itself as one of the premier places to acquire delectable local cheeses along the Midlands Meander. Patrons can watch the entire cheese-making process, or simply indulge in the results. The vast lawns and beautiful scenery are perfect for picnics...

(GPS coordinates: -29.406657, 30.074794)


White Rhino Grazing
9:30am 1 Sep

A white rhino mother and calf graze peacefully in the setting sun. Mother rhinos are extremely protective of their young, which may suckle for up to twelve months. Rhinos can live for up to fifty years, and it takes six to seven years for them to reach sexual maturity. They only have one calf every two to three years. This slow reproduction rate is one of the major reasons why poaching has such a devastating effect on rhino populations.

Clouds Estate
6:30am 1 Sep

Occupying a magnificent location at the top of the Helshoogte Pass outside Stellenbosch, Clouds Wine and Guest Estate is a working wine farm that invites guests to experience classy designer luxury and a breathtaking winelands experience. Everything at Clouds, from the architecture, to the interior decoration and gardens, has been professionally designed to create untold luxury, beauty and a deep connection with the surrounding landscape. While being pampered by high-end contemporary amenities, guests can admire South African artwork and spectacular mountain and vineyard views from the stylish rooms...


(GPS coordinates: -33.923284, 18.924550)

Hector Pieterson Museum
3:30pm 31 Aug

Though many anti-apartheid protests took place in the lead-up to South Africa’s first democratic elections, few events are burned into the nations’ conscience like the Soweto Uprising on 16 June 1976. The Hector Pieterson Museum, which preserves and interprets the oral testimonies and material culture from this tumultuous time, is named in honour of the child protestor, Hector Pieterson. Hector was shot and killed during the protests and became an international symbol of South Africa’s struggle for freedom. This after a photograph of the dying boy being carried by a fellow student, with his sister running alongside, made headlines around the world. The museum stands on Khumalo Street, 2 blocks from where Hector was shot on the corner of Moema and Vilakazi Streets…

(GPS coordinates: -26.235211, 27.908192)


Ash River Rafting II
12:30pm 31 Aug

The fast-flowing Ash river, with its source high in the peaks of Lesotho near Malibimatso, is one of SA’s prime white water kayaking and rafting rivers. The flow of the river is augmented by water from the Katse dam which is pushed through a 40km-long tunnel to thunder into the Ash just outside Clarens. In the process, an exhilarating stretch of grade 5 rapids is created. Beware that this is not for inexperienced kayakers, and you need to be proficient to take on either ‘Fishpond’ rapid (just below the bridge) and the equally challenging ‘Big Surprise’. Local knowledge and above-average skill is also required at the nasty inlet channel above the new power station and at the waterfall, but the rest of the river should be no problem...

(GPS coordinates: -28.45, 28.4)


The Retreat at Groenfontein
6:30am 31 Aug

Situated on a 560ha property in the Groenfontein Valley Conservancy outside Calitzdorp, The Retreat at Groenfontein is a Victorian-style house which treats guests to complete tranquillity, luxury accommodation and owner-managed service. Tucked away in a spectacularly-beautiful conservancy, the guest house focuses on providing a complete break from the distractions of modern life. Guests will be swept up by authentic Klein Karoo styling, hospitality and cuisine, and can enjoy hiking through the mountains or swimming in the river…


(GPS coordinates: -33.437677, 21.788216)

Basotho Cultural Village
3:30pm 30 Aug

The Basotho Cultural Village is situated in the QwaQwa National Park. It offers visitors insight into the culture and traditions of the Basotho people. A living museum, the village shows reconstructions of the Basotho lifestyle from the 16th century to the present. The circular huts, vibrantly decorated by the women of the village, are especially eye-catching. Accompanied by a resident tour guide, you’ll be taken into the 'khotla', the gathering place of men, and welcomed by the village chief with a sip of traditional maize beer. Thereafter, you’ll visit his wives’ houses to learn how Basotho people conduct their day-to-day activities...

(GPS coordinates: -28.488792, 28.743826)


Stinkhoutsbos Trail
12:30pm 30 Aug

This circular trail is on the Flower Valley farm, renowned as a centre for showcasing sustainable fynbos-harvesting practices, environmental education and conservation projects. The trail incorporates beautiful fynbos landscapes, as well as the Stinkhoutsbos indigenous forest. To reach the start, drive for 13 kilometres past Stanford on the R43 and then take the Grootbos turn-off. Follow the gravel road for five kilometres until you see the Flower Valley turn-off to the right. The parking is 2,5 kilometres down this road. The trail starts at the amphitheatre and heads up the fynbos-clad hills on the eastern side of the valley...

(GPS coordinates: -34.548303, 19.470896)


Whale Rock Luxury Lodge
6:30am 30 Aug

Set in lush gardens in the Westcliff suburb of Hermanus, the thatched Whale Rock Luxury Lodge offers a variety of tastefully-decorated rooms and suites, a solar-heated swimming pool and warm hospitality, ensuring a pleasant, hassle-free stay for guests of all ages. The lodge is perfectly situated close to the New Harbour and famous Cliff Path, acting as a convenient, comfortable base from which to embark on whale watching outings and experience everything else that Hermanus has to offer...


(GPS coordinates: -34.431214, 19.223734)


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