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Anysberg Nature Reserve
12 Feb 2016
 
     

Anysberg Nature Reserve lies within the Cape Fold Mountains in the Klein Karoo, between Ladismith, Laingsburg, Touwsrivier and Montagu. It comprises 62,500 ha of Karoo plains and rugged mountains with steep gorges carved by the Anys, Touws and Prins Rivers. The vegetation is transitional between mountain fynbos and typical Klein Karoo veld, and ranges from eye-catching succulents to impressive stands of proteas which occur at higher altitudes. Anysberg offers hiking, mountain-biking, kayaking on the dam on Anysberg, and two-day guided horse trails with a comfortable overnight stop...

(GPS coordinates: -33.463669, 20.588207)

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

Bancroft B&B
12 Feb 2016
 
     

Surrounded by forests in the quiet hilltop town of Hilton, Bancroft B&B accommodates guests in three rooms, and offers a home-from-home atmosphere, great food and warm service. Set in tranquil evergreen gardens, this grand Georgian manor contains rooms of opulent comfort and is well positioned for trips into the Midlands and the Drakensberg mountains. Guests can cool down in the enchanting rock swimming pool and will enjoy a very extensive, varied breakfast that can be customised to suit specific needs...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/bancroft-bb

(GPS coordinates: -29.570482, 30.314153)

Spioenkop Game Reserve
11 Feb 2016
 
     

Spioenkop Mountain stands sentry over thorn savannah and water where visitors can see panoramas that stretch from hot valley bushveld across cool water to the Drakensberg Mountains which are often covered with snow in the winter. Steeped in Anglo Boer War history, the reserve boasts a rich selection of wildlife including white rhinoceros, giraffe and a variety of plains and bushveld antelope. The abundance and variety of species assures visitors a rewarding game viewing experience...

(GPS coordinates: -28.716862, 29.510736)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/spioenkop-game-reserve

Soeterus Guest Farm
11 Feb 2016
 
     

Surrounded by the ruggedness of the Klein Karoo outside Calitzorp, Soeturus Guest Farm offers modern country-style accommodation in beautifully-decorated guest rooms, along with tranquillity and warm hospitality. At this peaceful Klein Karoo retreat, guests will stay in a charmingly-renovated ostrich hatchery with original reed ceilings and sturdy poplar beams. Request a picnic basket and take a walk through the farm, which is home to scenic mountain views, lucerne crops, vineyards and a river...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/soeterus-guest-farm

(GPS coordinates: -33.539450, 21.672353)

Karoo Desert Botanical Garden
10 Feb 2016
 
     

This 154ha garden lies at the foot of the Hexriver Mountain range in Worcester, 120km north of Cape Town, and cultivates and displays a wide variety of desert and semi-desert plants. The most popular time to visit the garden is during spring (July – September), when the annuals and vygies are in flower. Animals observed in the garden include the small grey mongoose, scrub hare, Cape porcupine, Cape grysbok, caracal, angulate tortoise, leopard tortoise, parrot beaked padloper, little Karoo dwarf chameleon, as well as Verreaux's eagles, Diederik cuckoos, and Cape francolin...

(GPS coordinates: -33.615513, 19.451165)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/karoo-desert-botanical-garden

Leshiba Wilderness
10 Feb 2016
 
     

Leshiba Wilderness is a serene mountain getaway offering a range of full board and self-catering accommodation, along with numerous activities and luxury facilities. This magical lodge has an authentic Venda building style incorporating numerous clay sculptures. The nature reserve is spectacularly beautiful and offers a wealth of attractions, ranging from game viewing, to evocative rock art and spectacular hiking trails...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/leshiba-wilderness

(GPS coordinates: -22.991420, 29.556307)

The Molemane Eye
9 Feb 2016
 
     

The Molemane Eye is a small nature reserve in the North West province, 11 kilometres from Ottoshoop on the Lichtenburg-Zeerust Road. Its accessibility and proximity to Gauteng makes it an attractive weekend destination for nature lovers who want a rustic, off-the-beaten-track experience. The reserve, which is situated just off two major local and international tourist arteries, is still being developed, with plans to convert the old farmhouse on the property into a museum. The area has a rich cultural history, but the heart of the reserve is the natural well after which it is named...

(GPS coordinates: -25.812641, 26.051416)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/molemane-eye

Wattled Crane
9 Feb 2016
 
     

A pair of Wattled Cranes stalk through summer grassland. With their eyes glittering like monocles, their pendulous white wattles, and their crisp black and grey markings, this pair resembles two old tuxedoed gentlemen taking their daily constitutional. The estimated population of Wattled Cranes is only 8000 birds worldwide, and they are therefore listed as vulnerable. There are thought to be 2000 Wattled Cranes in southern Africa. They can be found in their greatest numbers in Zambia and the Okavango Delta. These distinguished-looking birds have the rather explicit Latin name bugeranus carunculatus

Redbourne Hilldrop Guesthouse
9 Feb 2016
 
     

Situated in the swanky Oranjezicht suburb on the slopes of Table Mountain, Redbourne Hilldrop is an intimate guest house offering four characterful rooms, a swimming pool and personalised service. This meticulously restored house has a lovely old-world character, complemented by modern amenities and exceptional service from owner-managers Jonny and Sharon Levin. Guests can enjoy beautiful views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, especially from the dining room, where excellent breakfasts are taken at a long bar table running along the windows...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/redbourne-hilldrop-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -33.942450, 18.409767)

Highmoor Game Reserve
8 Feb 2016
 
     

Highmoor Nature Reserve nestles in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park's Central Region and is bordered by Kamberg and Lotheni to the south and Giants Castle to the north. Highmoor’s 15,000ha form part of the Mkhomazi Wilderness area, and boasts a huge array of rare, endemic and endangered species. Highmoor offers some of the country’s most exciting fly fishing. However, two control measures are implemented to ensure the sustainability of South Africa’s wild trout: closed seasons in summer and mid-winter; and the limitation of anglers to six at any one time on all three dams...

(GPS coordinates: -29.338713, 29.610348)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/highmoor-game-reserve

King's Grant Country Retreat
8 Feb 2016
 
     

Situated in a lush valley on the beautiful St Isidor Estate in Ixopo, King’s Grant Country Retreat offers comfortable accommodation in the renovated living quarters of monks and nuns, and invites guests to step back in time, unwind, and enjoy country cuisine and a varied range of activities. Formerly the mission farm of German Trappist Monks, this beautiful estate has a captivating historical charm. Surrounded by rose gardens, the attractive red-brick buildings have been authentically restored into an enchanting country guest house which treats visitors to a unique, serene experience...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/kings-grant-country-retreat

(GPS coordinates: -30.152948, 30.105397)

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)

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