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Witsand Nature Reserve
7 Feb 2016
 
     

The reserve is a 3-hour drive south east of Upington. It covers an area of 3 500ha and is set in one of the most scenic areas of the Northern Cape. Closely flanked in the east by the curvaceous Langberg mountain range, the white dunes rise in undulating knolls and wind-sculpted crescents above a far-reaching plain. These dunes contrast with the red sands that flow beneath the green canopy of the surrounding bushveld. This reserve is well-suited to the true nature lover, offering excellent birdwatching, photography, tramping on the roaring dunes, and view sites overlooking the white dunes...

(GPS coordinates: -28.561494, 22.485323)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/witsand-nature-reserve

Oyster Bay Lodge
7 Feb 2016
 
     

Situated on a lovely stretch of the Garden Route between Port Elizabeth and Knysna, Oyster Bay Lodge is set in a beautiful coastal reserve where guests have the opportunity to partake in a huge number of entertaining outdoor adventures, while enjoying superb facilities and services. This luxurious lodge offers a mix of tranquillity and adventure, and accommodation in two luxury chalets and ten guest rooms...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/oyster-bay-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.164611, 24.632441)

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
6 Feb 2016
 
     

The Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve is a privately-owned game reserve covering about 1 600 hectares of Gauteng’s typical highveld. It is situated adjacent to the "Cradle of Humankind", a World Heritage Site, and is an easy drive from either Pretoria or Johannesburg. Visitors to the reserve can see rhino, lion, buffalo, hippo and other species of game and, if you are there at feeding time you’re guaranteed to see predators making light work of a good meal. You can also enjoy a game drive through the reserve...

(GPS coordinates: -25.973565, 27.792929)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/rhino-and-lion-nature-reserve

Zebra Nuzzling
6 Feb 2016
 
     

With green grass in abundance, these zebras can enjoy some leisure time to nuzzle and bond with each other. Zebras are highly social. They often live in ‘harems’ with one stallion protecting a number of mares and foals. Male zebras are also known to form bachelor groups until they are old enough to challenge a breeding male. Baby zebras have longer, furrier hair on their rumps and their stripes are often brown rather than black. In some rare cases, when zebras are born without sufficient melanin, their stripes are white and beige like a swirling latte macchiato.

Mymering Guest House
6 Feb 2016
 
     

Mymering Guest House is situated in the fertile Dwarsrivier Valley in the Klein Karoo, and offers a flexible range of accommodation in eight elegant guest rooms. Facilities include swimming pools, a gym, Jacuzzi and award-winning restaurant. Private plunge pools are a charming feature of the luxury accommodation, which showcases gorgeous views of the farm and majestic Towerkop Mountain. Guests can explore the landscape on several walking, hiking and mountain biking trails, and will savour cuisine that is regarded as some of the best in the Karoo...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mymering-guest-house

(GPS coordinates: -33.497535, 21.174536)

Giant's Castle
5 Feb 2016
 
     

Historic Giant's Castle Game Reserve, home of the eland and the majestic bearded vulture (Lammergeyer), lies in the Central Berg region of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park, a World Heritage Site. Giant's Castle camp is situated on a grassy plateau among the deep valleys running down from the face of the High Drakensberg, offering glorious views for hikers and mountain climbers. Its special attractions include its superb rock art; the renowned vulture restaurant which is open in winter for visitors to watch Lammergeyers and other endangered species feeding; and the Main Caves Museum...

(GPS coordinates: -29.269928, 29.520113)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/giants-castle

Dunvegan Lodge
5 Feb 2016
 
     

Perched high up on a hill in the suburb of Clovelly, overlooking the golf course, ocean and mountains, Dunvegan Lodge offers a choice of bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in six country-style rooms. The lodge has decks and patios all around it, giving each room a private space where guests can relax and soak up views of the mountains and ocean. Guests have direct access to the hiking trails and caves of the Silvermine Reserve and are a short walk from the beach...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/dunvegan-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.124470, 18.434641)

Mount Currie Nature Reserve
4 Feb 2016
 
     

Mount Currie is the only formally-protected area in East Griqualand, and consists of its namesake mountain, forested patches, and grassy slopes dotted with protea roupelliae and protea caffra. The Crystal Dam, which provides boating and angling opportunities, is fed by the pure water of Crystal Spring - the main source of Kokstad’s water supply. The reserve boasts over 220 recorded bird species with striped flufftails common in the wetter areas and the bearded vulture (Lammergeyer) frequently seen when climbing Mt. Currie...

(GPS coordinates: -30.49459, 29.429251)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/mount-currie-nature-reserve

Khaya Umdani Guest Houses
4 Feb 2016
 
     

Situated in the unique wildlife conservancy of Marloth Park, bordering the Kruger National Park, Khaya Umdani and Khaya Romantica are fully-equipped self-catering houses where guests can enjoy a private bushveld holiday in the company of family and friends. The self-catering houses are luxurious and amply equipped for indoor and outdoor entertainment, while allowing guests to immerse themselves in the bushveld. A variety of wildlife can be seen wandering around the properties, and the private swimming pools provide cooling escape from the Lowveld heat...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/khaya-umdani-guest-houses

(GPS coordinates: -25.339823, 31.796802)

Great Fish River Nature Reserve
3 Feb 2016
 
     

The 45 000ha Great Fish River Nature Reserve comprises the Andries Vosloo Kudu Reserve, the Double Drift Nature Reserve and the Sam Knott Nature Reserve which are linked by a circular route. The reserve is located in an area which was beset with conflict and war, with the Great Fish River often forming the boundary between the Settler and Xhosa territories. As a result, the area has a rich historical background, and a number of forts, signalling towers, fortified farmsteads, barracks and graves are located within the reserve. The diverse habitats boast an abundance of game...

(GPS coordinates: -33.029966, 26.82621)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/great-fish-river-nature-reserve

Abangane Guest Lodge
3 Feb 2016
 
     

Located on a farm outside Hazyview, Abangane Guest Lodge charms guests with its warming ambience and lush subtropical setting. Surrounded by verdant gardens in a beautiful valley setting, the guest house is a tranquil escape from the daily grind and is a 15 minute drive from the Kruger National Park. With just five double rooms, intimacy, privacy and personalised service are at their utmost...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/abangane-guest-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -25.047945, 31.108089)

Commando Drift Nature Reserve
2 Feb 2016
 
     

Commando Drift was a farm owned by Voortrekker leader Hendrik Potgieter from 1812 until the start of the Great Trek in 1836, and is now a scenic nature reserve, ideal for fishermen, hikers and others who want to a relaxing environment. The reserve is situated 58km from Cradock and 40km from Tarkastad and covers an area of 5,983ha, of which the lake takes up approximately 950ha when full. Cape mountain zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, springbok and kudu have been reintroduced to the area. For anglers, there are designated rondavels near the waterside for day-visitors, as well as overnight accommodation...

(GPS coordinates: -32.11384, 26.044571)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/commando-drift-nature-reserve

Southern Red-billed Hornbill
2 Feb 2016
 
     

Southern Red- and Yellow-billed Hornbills are the avian clowns of the African bushveld. Their proud posture suggests that, as far as they are concerned, their large beaks are no laughing matter. However, it’s difficult not to be amused by them, especially when they hop along on the ground cocking their cumbersome heads to look at things. When you get a full-on stare from a hornbill’s piercing yellow eyes it can appear quite accusing, sometimes even slightly crazed. Their bizarreness is part of their charm, and their undulating flight, long eyelashes and striking colouring are distinctive and lovely.

Nova Constantia Boutique Residence
2 Feb 2016
 
     

Nova Constantia offers luxurious boutique accommodation in seven spectacular suites and a fully-equipped self-catering apartment, treating guests to a pampered stay in Cape Town’s prestigious Constantia suburb. Nova Constantia aims to surpass the expectations of the most discerning traveller, offering modern accommodation of world-class standard, complemented by a wide range of services and facilities such as a flood-lit tennis court, spa and swimming pool...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/nova-constantia-boutique-residence

(GPS coordinates: -34.039094, 18.431191)

Vernon Crookes
1 Feb 2016
 
     

 This secluded getaway is found on the South Coast some 12 km inland from Umzinto, along the Ixopo road. The reserve's wooded slopes, grassland ridges and clear views of the ocean to the east offer the ideal setting for communing with nature while enjoying the excellent trails, picnic facilities and vehicle trail. The reserve boasts 56 mammal species. The abundant birdlife (some 300 confirmed species) includes a number of spectacular raptors, such as crowned and martial eagles, which nest in the reserve, while an interesting variety of indigenous flora adds to the its attractions, not least in spring...

(GPS coordinates: -30.28768, 30.610378)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/vernon-crookes

Amafu Forest Lodge
1 Feb 2016
 
     

Situated in the spectacular Northern Drakensberg mountains outside the bushveld town of Hoedspruit, Amafu Forest Lodge is an intimate retreat offering a flexible range of accommodation in private chalets and luxury tents. The lodge is a polished, creative celebration of Africa and offers gorgeous bushveld, mountain and forest views. Guests will marvel at the rare indigenous cycads that adorn the beautifully landscaped gardens of this peaceful retreat...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/amafu-forest-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.522188, 30.886615)

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