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Radical Raptors
12:30pm 30 Jul
 
     

The first noteworthy stop heading from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna along the N2 is The Heath. This collection of rustic buildings offers crafts, furniture, clothes, a play area for kids, a labyrinth and a restaurant. However, the highlight for many is Eagle Encounters, run by Dennis and Janet Robson. It’s a rehabilitation centre that aims at community awareness and the rescue-rehabilitate-release of birds of prey. As this is a non-profit organisation, they use the necessary exercising and training of birds as an opportunity to share with tourists in the form of an interactive flying display... 

(GPS coordinates: -34.044703, 23.299301)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/radical-raptors

Beachcomber Bay
6:30am 30 Jul
 
     

Combining Mediterranean architecture with African influences, Beachcomber Bay offers a flexible range of accommodation, good food and warm service for visitors looking for a relaxed beachside holiday on Kwazulu-Natal’s coast. The guest house has direct private access to the beach and warm Indian Ocean, which are a stone’s throw away. Guests can enjoy spectacular ocean views from all the rooms and the pool deck. An on-site Jacuzzi and sauna allow relaxation after a day exploring the coastline’s many attractions...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/beachcomber-bay

(GPS coordinates: -30.872241, 30.364352)

The Planetarium
3:30pm 29 Jul
 
     

The Johannesburg Planetarium has been keeping amateur astronomers and ordinary South Africans glued to what’s happening in the night sky since 1960. Located at the University of the Witwatersrand, the Johannesburg Planetarium was the first full-sized planetarium in Africa, and today it receives around 70 000 visitors a year...

(GPS coordinates: -26.188475, 28.028376)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/planetarium

Great Fish River Rafting
12:30pm 29 Jul
 
     

Not to be confused with Namibia’s Fish River, the Great Fish River runs 644 kilometres through the Eastern Cape, from its source east of Graaff-Reinet, until it meets the Indian Ocean a few kilometres north of Port Alfred. It is the section close to the town of Cradock that makes for the best river action. The river alone is quite a spectacular sight – a brown ribbon of life feeding the farmland on its banks as it slithers through the arid Karoo landscape. The river is best known for the annual two-day Fish River Canoe Marathon, which takes place in early October...

(GPS coordinates: -32.098354, 25.579906)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/great-fish-river-rafting

Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel
6:30am 29 Jul
 
     

Situated in a vibrant suburb on the slopes of Cape Town’s Signal Hill, Rouge on Rose Boutique Hotel offers stylish accommodation in a variety of self-catering and deluxe suites, with most of the Mother City’s attractions in close proximity. Guests will be captured by the hotel’s combination of elegant inner-city sophistication and warm South African charm. Occupying an interesting location overlooking the colourful Bo-Kaap houses, the hotel allows guests to be a part of Cape Town’s lively heartbeat while enjoying privacy and great service…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/rouge-rose-boutique-hotel

(GPS coordinates: -33.919336, 18.41735)

Wild Oats Farmer's Market
3:30pm 28 Jul
 
     

The best-known icon of Sedgefield must be the Wild Oats Farmer’s Market that is held each Saturday from 7.30am to 11.30am in summer, and 8am to 11.30am in winter. It was inspired by good old-fashioned village life and is the place to head to for an enjoyable shopping experience. Get there early to ensure the best selection from the 60-odd stallholders that include purveyors of foods that are organic, innovative, healthy, pure, and some unhealthy but oh-so-delicious...

(GPS coordinates: -34.009861, 22.778778)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/wild-oats-farmer’s-market

Papkuilsfontein
12:30pm 28 Jul
 
     

Papkuilsfontein is situated just outside the small town of Nieuwoudtville. The area is one of the popular centres for viewing the wild flowers of the Karoo when they are in bloom between August and October. The farm is also close to Oorlogskloof, a spectacular gorge in the Bokkeveldsberg, so named because of a war that took place in 1739 over water rights and stock theft. One of the astonishing sites of the gorge is a waterfall that falls 200 metres from the top of the gorge. There are numerous rock art sites in the gorge and on the Papkuilsfontein farm. Some of the best examples of repainted images can be seen in this area...

(GPS coordinates: -31.558215, 19.18276)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rock-art/papkuilsfontein

Long-crested Eagle
9:30am 28 Jul
 
     

The Long-crested Eagle is always an easy and exciting bird to identify, because of its funky crest. Although it is one of the smaller southern African eagles, it still has a healthy wingspan of up to 1.3 metres, and its long plumes often whip around in the breeze as it scans for prey, giving this eagle a fierce, warrior-like appearance. The Long-crested Eagle is most often seen perched on a tall dead tree or pole, and it is known to eat rodents, reptiles, frogs, insects and occasionally other birds.

Villa del Faro
6:30am 28 Jul
 
     

Villa del Faro is a self-catering seaside villa overlooking the famous Walker Bay in Hermanus, and offers comfortable accommodation and elegant living spaces for groups of up to 12 people. The villa’s prime location on a rocky sea shore allows guests to enjoy beautiful ocean views, whale watching and easy beach access. Spacious and luxurious, this exclusive use house is a perfect place to spend an idyllic private holiday with family or friends...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/villa-del-faro

(GPS coordinates: -34.41365, 19.250498)

Essenwood Craft Market
3:30pm 27 Jul
 
     

The Essenwood Craft Market, on the Berea in Durban, has become something of an institution among locals as the go-to venue for almost any sort of bric a brac. Open every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, there is something for everyone. This makes it an ideal place for the whole family to while away some hours over the weekend and pick up some bargains...

(GPS coordinates: -29.842886, 30.999816)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/essenwood-craft-market

The Links at Fancourt Golf Estate
12:30pm 27 Jul
 
     

Gary Player has described The Links at Fancourt near George as the most fascinating design project in his portfolio of over 200 courses around the world. Based on some of the best aspects of Scotland and Ireland’s greatest links courses and constructed on a previously barren piece of land, The Links is now a course that, aesthetically and architecturally, can compete with the best anywhere.

Player and his fellow designers undertook a massive task, creating their own hilly dunescape which admirably mimics nature, incorporating endemic flora and beautiful artificial wetlands, which enhance the already spectacular mountain scenery. Today, this effort has paid off, with many golfers praising The Links as a modern day masterpiece. The course is recognized for its wonderful year-round conditioning, and the world-class level of hospitality provided by the club’s staff. Exclusivity is the name of the game here, as The Links can only be played by members and their guests, and residents at the hotel on the estate...

(GPS coordinates: -33.967717, 22.404411)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/links-fancourt-golf-estate

The Loerie Hide
6:30am 27 Jul
 
     

The Loerie Hide is a luxury bed-and-breakfast in a tranquil upmarket suburb, and features just five individually decorated rooms, making for a comfortable and exclusive stay in the heart of East London. The guesthouse provides private luxury accommodation in a wonderful subtropical setting only a short way from East London’s attractions. The rooms and guest deck are surrounded by indigenous forest, and guests should keep an eye out for the variety of colourful birds found on the property...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/accommodation/loerie-hide

(GPS coordinates: -32.98234, 27.92757)

Kaapsehoop Horse Trails
3:30pm 26 Jul
 
     

You will find Kaapsehoop Horse Trails at the end of a 7km forest track meandering through the Berlin Forest on the edge of the quaint gold mining village of the same name. Here you can take time to breathe in the fresh pine-scented forest air. Often, swirling mist transforms the landscape into a place of mystery. Beginners should book for the easier one hour ride, while the half-day ride or the three-day Wilderness Horseback Trail are suitable to more experienced, relatively fit riders...

(GPS coordinates: -25.557697, 30.73185)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/kaapsehoop-horse-trails

Guild Theatre
12:30pm 26 Jul
 
     

The East London Guild Theatre produces and presents performing arts in East London (Buffalo City) in the Eastern Cape. It has been home to some of the country’s local and leading artists and performers, and numerous internationally acclaimed acts for nearly 50 years. The guild engages in arts and education opportunities for previously disadvantaged youths in the Eastern Cape. It also creates and organises art and theatre experiences for the diverse communities that reside in the area...

(GPS coordinates: -32.994339, 27.897162)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/guild-theatre

KhashaMongo Guesthouse
6:30am 26 Jul
 
     

KhashaMongo Guest House is situated in Somerset West, in close proximity to the Western Cape’s best attractions. Accommodation is provided in characterful African-style rooms and apartments with self-catering facilities. The guest house offers comfortable, affordable accommodation with scenic views of the mountains surrounding Somerset West. The temperature-controlled pool offers the opportunity to swim in any weather conditions, while barbeque facilities allow guests to enjoy a braai in the tranquil surrounds of the garden...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/khashamongo-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.077274, 18.83033)

Fernkloof Nature Reserve Green Trail
3:30pm 25 Jul
 
     

A network of marked trails, which includes a dog-friendly trail and an overnight hike to the hut on Galpin Peak, radiates out from the small visitor’s centre in the mountainous Fernkloof reserve behind Hermanus. You can pick up a map here and study the display of typical floral species before heading out. The 1500-hectare reserve has an astonishing variety of plants, with six of the seven endemic plant families of the Cape Floral Kingdom and about 1 600 fynbos species...

(GPS coordinates: -34.398925, 19.266095)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/fernkloof-nature-reserve-green-trail

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