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Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
3:30pm 8 Oct

North of the Kalahari town of Kuruman, past Hotazel, lies Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. This is the largest privately-owned game reserve in South Africa, at 100 000ha (1 000 square kilometres)and it focuses on protecting the natural environment. The aim for guests is to ensure a first-class safari experience. Besides the wildlife, and game viewing with your own personal ranger and tracker, guests can choose from game viewing on horseback, bush walks, sleeping under the stars, being pampered at the outdoor treatment area of the spa, enjoying breakfasts overlooking a waterhole, or spending time wondering at ancient rock engravings...

(GPS coordinates: -27.197656, 22.472405)


Sani Pass Day Tour
12:30pm 8 Oct

Embark on a full-day adventure up the Sani Pass into Lesotho in a guided 4x4 vehicle. The tour departs at 9.30am and takes about two-and-a-half hours to reach the summit, climbing a grand total of 2874m above sea level, stopping at breathtaking view sites along the way. Once at the top of Sani Pass, you can enjoy lunch at the highest pub in Africa. After lunch, the tour continues into a Basotho village, where an experienced mountain guide will give you information on Lesotho and its people, and the lifestyle and traditions of the hardy mountain folk.

(GPS coordinates: -29.79263, 29.49492)


Pleasant Places
6:30am 8 Oct

Guests will feel comforted the quirky, cosy feel of this owner-run thatched guest house, which offers picturesque views of the lush Lidgetton Valley and Lion’s River, and has been accommodating travellers since 1997. The outdoor allure of the Midlands can be experienced by walking along one of the conservancy’s trails or trout fishing in the dam, before guests return to individually-decorated rooms and warm hospitality...


(GPS coordinates: -29.445475, 30.075084)

Faerie Glen Nature Reserve
3:30pm 7 Oct

The Faerie Glen Nature Reserve, situated in the heart of residential Pretoria, offers nature-loving urbanites a quiet green escape. It is one of the city’s best kept secrets. Covering 128ha of grasslands and bushveld woodlands, the reserve is home to zebra, impala and red hartebeest as well as many small, mainly nocturnal animals, and over 60 species of trees. The park is renowned for its birdlife and and about 150 bird species have been recorded.. Friends of the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve organise birding mornings as well as regular alien invasive hacks to restore the ecological biodiversity of this unique landscape which is the last remaining ecosystem within the city where both ridge and flood plain morphology occur... 

(GPS coordinates: -25.775368, 28.291109)


Injesuthi River Fly Fishing
12:30pm 7 Oct

Tucked away in the shadow of the Drakensberg escarpment below the Injesuthi Triplets, the stream of the same name rises high in the mountains, tumbling and cascading at first over boulders and through rocky pockets and glides, a silver thread at the bottom of gorges and under the canopy of indigenous forests, before passing the Injesuthi Camp. As “Solitude”, the original name of the farm, suggests, here the fly-fisher can be alone, enjoying the peace and quiet and all that nature has to offer...

(GPS coordinates: -29.118209,29.440125)


Vrede Self Catering
6:30am 7 Oct

Suitable for discerning travellers who value privacy, Vrede Self Catering offers upmarket accommodation in three exclusive-use apartments situated on an eco-estate in the Western Cape town of Somerset West. Guests will enjoy the independence of staying in these supremely luxurious apartments, which are exceptionally well-equipped for self-catering and offer magnificent mountain and sea views. The eco-estate has its own walking trails and a picturesque dam where guests can trout fish and swim. If you decide to make use of the pre-order service, groceries can be bought on your behalf and will be waiting for you when you arrive…


(GPS coordinates: -34.093022, 18.878299)

Rust de Winter Nature Reserve
3:30pm 6 Oct

The Rust de Winter Nature Reserve is a good area in which to find a range of the common thornveld and broadleaf woodland birds that occur around Pretoria. It has a popular dam that attracts large numbers of anglers and interesting water birds. There is only one basic route along the western shore of the dam, which on weekends is dominated by anglers. Although it is rocky in places it is relatively easily passable with a sedan vehicle -  but it also makes for an enjoyable walk. Camping is allowed along the shore, but facilities are limited...

(GPS coordinates: -25.227091, 28.4947)


Local is Lekker Cape Tour
12:30pm 6 Oct

Tempt your tastebuds on a full day 'authentic Cape' wine tour. Visit four wineries/distilleries and enjoy tasty South African food along the way. South Africa has become a major player in the world wine scene, and on this tour you will have the chance to visit many of the wineries that are making a splash in the global wine market. This tour is called ‘Lekker’, which is Afrikaans for tasty, nice, fun and great. By the end of the day, you'll understand why...

(GPS coordinates: -33.903761, 18.407715)


9:30am 6 Oct

A particularly splendid crab glints in the sun. This one has an extra-large pincer specially adapted to hanging onto errant human toes. Crabs play an important part in aquatic ecosystems. Some species of crab lay thousands of eggs which are an important food source for other sea creatures. They are also very good at ‘cleaning up’ the ocean because they are omnivorous. Many crabs eat ocean detritus, fungi and bacteria.

Blyde River Wilderness Lodge
6:30am 6 Oct

Perfectly suited for a peaceful getaway, Blyde River Wilderness Lodge is situated on the dramatically beautiful Panorama Route in Limpopo and offers a range of stylish African-themed accommodation, good facilities and beautiful scenery. Guests to this off-the-beaten-track lodge will enjoy a laidback atmosphere in the lush bushveld surrounds of a private nature reserve. All of the rooms open up onto the pretty Blyde River, which attracts all manner of wildlife. The area is renowned for its stunning natural scenery and a host of exciting outdoor activities...


(GPS coordinates: -24.359666, 30.816994)

KwaZulu-Natal Botanical Garden
3:30pm 5 Oct

The beautiful and tranquil KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden specialises in the conservation of plants from the eastern grasslands of South Africa, in particular the genera clivia, gerbera, kniphofia and watsonia, as well as other rare and endangered species. The garden is home to fascinating spiders, is a refuge for at least 117 butterfly species, and has over 180 recorded bird species...

(GPS coordinates: -29.607981, 30.347945)


Ocean Odyssey Marine Eco Tour
3:30pm 5 Oct

After departing from the trendy Thesen Island Harbour Town jetty, this spectacular trip move across Knysna’s vast estuary and out to sea through the sentinel cliffs of the Knysna heads, from where it runs parallel to the ruggedly beautiful coastline. It is characterised by looming sandstone cliffs, thick swaths of Afro-montane forest and long beaches. Ocean Odyssey’s skippers are passionate about their marine environment and the complex web of life it holds, and are eager to share their knowledge with guests...

(GPS coordinates: -34.04891, 23.048329)


Lions River Country Cottages
6:30am 5 Oct

Found along the popular Midlands Meander, Lions River Country Cottages offers countryside accommodation in three tastefully decorated cottages and a guest suite, and guarantees total relaxation and rejuvenation in a beautiful natural setting. Fronted by a picturesque river, the cottages are all very secluded and luxuriously equipped, ensuring a memorable self-catering stay in the heart of the scenic KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The patios showcase panoramic views of the countryside and are perfect spots for a braai. Guests can go fishing, tubing and swimming in the river…


(GPS coordinates: -29.434504, 30.147352)

Enseleni Nature Reserve
3:30pm 4 Oct

Enseleni Nature Reserve consists of coastal grasslands and forest, while the Nseleni River provides a freshwater habitat for the rare and shy African finfoot. Other unusual or rare bird species which draw bird enthusiasts to this reserve 15km north-east of Empangeni,  include the purple crested turaco, the Pel’s fishing owl, the white-eared barbet, and three species of elusive nightjars - the Mozambique, fiery-necked, and European. There are two trails in the reserve, which offer fantastic scenery and the opportunity to experience different parts of the reserve and spot a variety of birds and animals…

(GPS coordinates: -28.689016, 31.999558)


Big Blue Ocean Tour
12:30pm 4 Oct

The first marine reserve to be proclaimed in South Africa was a 500-metre band around the St Croix groups of islands in Algoa Bay, consisting of St Croix (the Island of the Cross) and its two smaller sisters, Jahleel and Brenton. St Croix, to the north-east off the coast of Port Elizabeth and five kilometres from the mouth of the Coega River, measures 12 hectares in size. It attracts varied birdlife which breed on the island, including Cape and white-breasted cormorants, African black oystercatchers and rock pigeon. Smaller numbers of grey and black-headed herons, as well as kelp gulls build nests on St Croix, and five species of tern roost on the shoreline. The half day ocean tour offers a phenomenal adventure charter to the island...

(GPS coordinates: -33.799424, 25.76736)


Sediba Private Game Lodge
6:30am 4 Oct

Situated in the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve in Limpopo, Sediba Private Game Lodge offers accommodation in 15 immaculate suites, and ensures that guests are given the most exclusive and memorable safari experience possible. The massive suites are indulgent havens of African-style luxury and are privately situated in the wilderness. Guests can enjoy spectacular mountain and bushveld views from Jacuzzis on the wooden decks. Home to all members of the Big Five, the reserve offers brilliant game viewing, while guests will be treated like royalty throughout their stay...


(GPS coordinates: -24.196683, 27.774541)


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