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Montecasino
2:30pm 14 Mar
 
     

As its name suggests, Montecasino is a casino, but it’s also an entertainment complex and shopping mall packed with adult and family amusements. Located smack bang in the middle of the northern Johannesburg suburb of Fourways, Montecasino offers a little bit of Vegas in the suburbs. Modelled to resemble a Tuscan village, the Montecasino complex is huge, busy and flashy...

(GPS coordinates: -26.025948, 28.011524)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/montecasino

Planet Kids
3:30pm 20 Feb
 
     

Planet Kids is an indoor play and activity centre located in Muizenberg. The space-themed centre caters for kids of all ages, including those with disabilities. Planet Kids' offering is distinct from the usual kiddies play-date centre in that the activities, facilities and toys are carefully selected for safety, to stimulate kids’ imaginations and keep little bodies busy having fun while learning. Planet Kids also has place to run and play outdoors, so let the kids take turns on the foefie slide or the dream swing while you enjoy a freshly made cappuccino from the Flying Saucer Café...

(GPS coordinates: -34.102868, 18.470029)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/planet-kids

Loftus Versfeld
12:30pm 8 Feb
 
     

Loftus Versfeld is a rugby and football stadium situated in Pretoria. The stadium has undergone various name changes and renovations. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, four spectator pavilions were added. Thus only minor improvements were required to bring the stadium up to FIFA standards for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Affectionately called ‘Loftus’ by local sports fans, the state-of-the-art stadium is the home ground of the Bulls Super Rugby franchise (and Blue Bulls team that plays in domestic competitions). Fanatical supporters pack the stadium to capacity whenever their team takes to the field...

(GPS coordinates: -25.753187, 28.221763)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/loftus-versfeld

Sishen Golf Course
3:30pm 2 Jan
 
     

Sishen Golf Course

Kathu is best known for the large hole in the earth that is the Sishen Iron Ore mine just outside town. However, there is one other thing the town is known for, in certain circles anyway, and that is the Sishen Golf Club. Many visitors to the town bring along their bag of clubs to play what is without doubt the nicest golf course in the Northern Cape. The par 72, 18-hole championship golf course has been rated among the top 20 courses in the country. It is not surprising when you see the picturesque fairways curving away between the majestic camel thorn trees, many of which are centuries old. The clubhouse sports dining facilities, a bar and lounge, as well as modern changing facilities…

(GPS coordinates: -27.69128, 23.058211)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/sishen-golf-course

Long Street
12:30pm 21 Dec
 
     

Long Street

By day or by night, Cape Town’s Long Street is where it’s all happening. During the sunshine hours, Long Street has loads of charm with its Victorian buildings, antique stores, chic boutique hotels, friendly eateries, arts and crafts outlets and laid-back attitudes. As the sun goes down - if you’re in the mood for music, food and good times - Long Street is the only place to be. Come Friday night, the place begins to rock (and it’s not too shabby on any other nights of the week either). First it’s cocktails at any one of a number of funky cocktail bars or lounges. Then it’s dinner time – and there is something for every palate. After you’ve had your fill, it could well be time to get moving and there are a number of jazz lounges and nightclubs where you can party the night away. There are certainly no dull moments on this buzzing Cape Town street...

(GPS coordinates: -33.926091, 18.415162)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/long-street

FNB Stadium Tours
12:30pm 11 Dec
 
     

FNB Stadium Tours

South-west of Johannesburg is a magical structure that resembles a calabash or an African cooking pot sitting on a pit of fire: the FNB Stadium, the proud host of the first and final matches and the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The multi-purpose FNB Stadium plays host to Tri Nations rugby matches. It is also a major concert venue, with the likes of U2 and Neil Diamond having rocked the crowds here. To discover just how amazing this award-winning stadium is, take a behind-the-scenes tour lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, conducted by professional, well-informed local tour guides…

(GPS coordinates: -26.234725, 27.982424)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/fnb-stadium-tours

Zip Zap Circus School
2:30pm 22 Nov
 
     

Zip Zap Circus School

Located in downtown Cape Town, the Zip Zap Circus School provides circus and performing arts training for young people from all walks of life. Youth training targets 13- to 16-year-olds and focuses on team work and developing discipline. Youngsters can chose which circus act they'd most like to master and receive specialised training. The skills training offered at Zip Zap is not all aerial, by the way. If you've long wanted to learn to juggle, climb a pole, clown around or ride a unicycle, you can do that too. Adult classes are aimed at aspiring circus performers and participants learn much more than how to be an awesome acrobat...

(GPS coordinates: -33.918622, 18.431175)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/zip-zap-circus-school

Bugz Family Play Park
4:30pm 8 Nov
 
     

Bugz Family Play Park

Bugz Family Play Park is one of the largest out-and-indoor play parks in the Western Cape. Aimed at kids aged two to 10, Bugz has large lawns, numerous trees and countless varieties of play equipment designed to amuse and stimulate children physically and mentally. From old-fashioned sandpits, tree-houses and a choo-choo train, to pedal cars, trampolines and merry-go-rounds, kids will have a blast at Bugz, which also offers a variety of rides...

(GPS coordinates: -33.832222, 18.73574)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/bugz-family-play-park

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
12:30pm 21 Oct
 
     

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

The Wilgewandel Holiday Farm outside Oudtshoorn is all about family fun. The holiday camp is located on the historic farm, Grootkraal, adjacent to the famous Cango Caves. Wilgewandel offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including putt-putt golf, a 100-metre foefie slide (zip line), donkey-cart rides, pedal cars, rowing boats, trampolines and quad bikes. There is also a petting zoo for children and hiking trails. Wilgewandel's star attraction is its camels, and the Wilgewandel Pioneer experience lets you discover how the early pioneers of South Africa survived, how they lived, the clothes they wore, what they ate and how they sang and danced...

(GPS coordinates: -33.403237, 22.217389)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/wilgewandel-holiday-farm

Sibaya Casino
4:30pm 8 Sep
 
     

Sibaya Casino

A relatively new feature on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast, Sibaya is an all-round entertainment destination. Its distinct architectural style is a fusion of Zulu culture and contemporary styling that is doesn’t impose itself on the natural habitat and the ocean views. Indoors it’s all about gaming and entertainment. All of the facilities are touched by a sense of magic. Patrons’ eyes almost glaze over at the sheer variety...

(GPS coordinates: -29.680083, 31.099924)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/sibaya-casino

The Golden Mile
2:30pm 28 Aug
 
     

The Golden Mile

The Golden Mile comprises 6 kilometres of beachfront stretching from uShaka Marine World to Suncoast. Durban’s famous stretch of sand and surf boasts fine weather and swimming conditions all year round, thanks to the magnificent climate. Lifeguards and shark nets put minds at ease when entering the water. The beaches are interspersed with piers that stretch out into the Indian Ocean. Whether you are looking for the full Durban cultural experience, or a quiet patch of sand to rest your deckchairs, the Golden Mile has it all...

(GPS coordinates: -29.84861, 31.036978)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/golden-mile

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy
6:30am 20 Aug
 
     

The Quirkiest Out of Town Stay at Old Mac Daddy

Leani Jansen van Vuuren for Cape Town Tourism

Been there, done that, right? Well, that’s just the refreshing thing about Cape Town. It continues to have unusual, unexpected but wonderfully creative surprises around every corner.

And literally around the corner from the Mother City, an hour’s drive on the N2 highway lays probably the quirkiest accommodation available for a weekend break-away: retro airstream trailers at Old Mac Daddy.

As you turn off the main way and drive in on the quiet country roads, you cruise deeper into the Elgin valley with a unique scene playing out in front of you: apple trees, vineyards and green forests. And up on the hill, twelve silver Airstream trailers peeking through the trees, overlooking the beautiful valley. Within 60 minutes, you have been transported from the hustle and bustle of a world city to a fairytale scene within the peace and quiet of nature.

Now you’re thinking – what’s so cool about staying a caravan right? Don’t think back to the days when you went camping with your parents in their Jurgens Penta. Think: original individually designed interior, comfortable built-in shower or bath and loo, living area, small kitchen area (with stove, microwave, kettle and wash basin) and your own look-out deck to soak up the views.

And if the bright and unusual caravans' interior get a bit too much for your senses, the designer farm lodge with its cosy restaurant, Brinny Breeezes, is also part of the package, which boasts a minimal Scandinavian open design to let you breathe and relax. You can even chill out on the coach with a game of scrabble, grabbing one of the books from the shelf or put on the kids’ favourite television show whilst you enjoy your food.

A wholesome buffet breakfast is included in your stay and Brinny Breezes also offer wonderful wood-oven thin crust pizzas as well as a great bistro-style menu with hearty country dishes. If in stock, do try the short rib pie with creamy mash and vegetables accompanied by the South Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (from the wine farm just across the road).

Let's end with some alliterations shall we, as Old Mac Daddy is indeed quite a quaint, quirky, quality and quiet breakaway. For something different, get in your car (or rent one if you're visiting), get a takeaway coffee and hit the road for an experience that will leave you both nostalgic and hip at the same time.

Photo: 4.bp.blogspot

Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park
2:30pm 18 Jul
 
     

Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park

If you never imagined using the two words, art and caravan, in the same sentence, then it’s time to visit the Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park. Billed as "part wholesome caravan park, part designer farm lodge", the Old Mac Daddy Trailer Park is located on a working apple farm in the Elgin Valley. Guests sleep in bespoke, individual artist-decorated vintage Airstream trailers. The restaurant in the barn serves wholesome meals, using organic and local ingredients as far as possible - their wood oven fired pizzas are not to be missed! For the kids, there's an indoor Big Apple play pen designed to inspire little imaginations, and an outdoor wooden tractor-gym complete with tunnels and walkways and nooks for hours of exploring...

(GPS coordinates: -34.230627, 19.118464)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/old-mac-daddy-trailer-park

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town
6:30am 16 Jul
 
     

Your Guide to Ultimate Glory: Bachelor Party Ideas in Cape Town

Alessandro Candotti for Cape Town Tourism

So you're thinking a cross between the mad tiger-blood fueled imagination of Charlie Sheen and the legen-dary lunacy of the great Barney Stinson? You've come to the right place. Welcome to Cape Town, home to the most glorious bachelor parties known to mankind. And yes, we do mean MANkind. 

Rustle your chest hair, because it's time for the games to begin when you...

1. HIT THE BATTLEFIELD

Experience a new breed of military simulation with the infra-red laser tag war games of Battlefield Live SA. It’s like paintball without the pain! Capture the flag, protect the VIP and try hunt down the snipers (they're ridiculously hard to see in BattleFieldLiveSA's authentic ghillie suits, the bachelor will probably mow all of you down like lambs) and engage with authentic military manoeuvres in live bush environments. Suitable for anyone from geeks to Rambos. www.battlefieldlive.co.za

2. NOW FACE THE PARTY BUS

For those after a plausible alibi, Sports Bus markets itself for tours and function experiences, but it’s really a party bus in disguise. Take a ‘Golf Tour’ (haha good one!) or adventure to the Ganzekraal Lapa (thatched roof party area), Theewaters Dam, Calabash Bush Pub and Boma or Newlands (for rugby or cricket) or just be blatant about it on a ‘Booze Cruise’ around the peninsula. Catering includes spit braais, steak braais and platters. 082 807 4438 

3. GO CLASSIC ~ MAVERICKS STRIP CLUB

In the unwritten rules of the BroBible, no bachelor’s is complete without some lithe naked dancers in compromising positions. Hit Mavericks - do a little window shopping here (warning NSFW!) - and get the man of the hour strapped to "The Chair" on the main stage (where all of the fun happens!). The groom and best man get free entry with groups of 10 or more and you'll get free food platters if you arrive before 9pm. www.mavericks.co.za

4. LEGENDARY ~ ABSEILING OFF TABLE MOUNTAIN

Imagine a rugby field. Now imagine a rugby field vertically. Down a mountain. 112m. Down one of the world's 7 natural wonders. Just lean into the abyss as your heart pounds 1,000m above sea level down the world's highest commercial abseil. The view is unmatched, encircled as you are by Chapman's Peak, Camp's Bay, clouds, sparkling Atlantic, the magnificient city of Cape Town and your closest friends. www.facebook.com/pages/Abseil-Africa/159420857480656?fref=ts

Photo: Abseil Africa

Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra
4:30pm 9 Jul
 
     

Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

Music enthusiasts should not miss the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra (ECPO), a part-time orchestra consisting of local professional and amateur musicians. Established in 1988, the ECPO gives a variety of performances from the grand Feather Market Centre in Port Elizabeth. It also presents up to 14 orchestral concerts annually, ranging from family-type concerts in the park, to symphony concerts with choirs...

(GPS coordinates: -33.963258, 25.623757)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/eastern-cape-philharmonic-orchestra

Celebs in Cape Town
6:30am 9 Jul
 
     

Celebs in Cape Town: Hollywood stars spotted in the Mother City

Fazielah Williams for Cape Town Tourism

Lights! Camera! Action! 

If you’re hearing these commands being shouted out while you’re enjoying a stroll in our bustling Mother City, chances are you’ve stumbled across a film set in movie-loving Cape Town.

With the fourth season of popular political thriller TV series, Homeland, starring the beautiful Claire Danes, currently being filmed here  and Hollywood’s bad boy himself Sean Penn being spotted at local coffee shop Truth Coffee last week, star-gazing has become Cape Town residents’ number one new favourite activity.

Our hometown is blockbuster material any given day, and now that Tinseltown has cottoned on to that glorious fact, thanks to movies like Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Searching for Sugarman,  Safe House and Invictus; we can expect to see more of showbiz’s brightest stars grace our picture perfect streets.

Academy Award winner Penn is rumoured to be in town scouting locations for his directorial debut feature film, The Last Space, and caused quite a stir at Dias Tavern in District Six when he popped by for lunch with his local production crew. 

Penn is said to have been amicable and warm towards fellow diners. World Design Capital 2014‘s CEO, Alayne Reesberg, was at Dias Tavern for a business meeting too and says: “Oh yes, he is charming. We waved at him and he waved back, twice.” 

Homeland is the second series in recent months to cast the Mother City as its background set, following in the cinematic footsteps of Baywatch spin-off, SAF3, and its cast and crew are excited to make our city their new base: 

“We are thrilled to have found a new home in Cape Town and look forward to getting season four's production off the ground”, said Alex Gansa, show runner and executive producer for Homeland.

Cape Town has been Hollywood central in the past six months with Katie Holmes and the cast of The Giver, Lily Allen, Bruce Springsteen and Eminem seen out and about on her sun-kissed shores.

Photo: Steve Crane

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