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Lodge Afrique
1 Oct 2014
 
     

Lodge Afrique is located on a glorious stretch of coastline fringed with golden beaches and caressed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, in the vibrant holiday town of St Lucia on Kwazulu Natal’s Elephant Coast. Characterised by warm personal service, Lodge Afrique offers accommodation in thatched Afro-chic chalets set in lush subtropical gardens, a stone’s throw from St Lucia's village centre and the magnificent iSimangiliso Wetland Park...

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

(GPS coordinates: -28.377943, 32.41528

Outeniqua Power Van
30 Sep 2014
 
     

Outeniqua Power Van

The Outeniqua Power Van in George, is a small rail bus that travels up the Outeniqua Mountains along the main rail line to the top of the historic Montagu Pass. En route, you can view four different passes, waterfalls, forest, glorious fynbos-covered scenery, and pass through six tunnels. You can take your own snacks to enjoy at the panoramic picnic site. Trips depart from the Transport Museum and last two-and-a-half hours. Booking essential on 082 490 5627...

(GPS coordinates: -34.018287, 22.462664)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/outeniqua-power-van

Ride A Harley
30 Sep 2014
 
     

Ride A Harley

Riding a Harley is the dream of many a biker. Cape Bike Travel, who are Harley-Davidson tour operators in Cape Town, will make sure you experience some of the best scenery that South Africa has to offer. You can cruise the Cape’s mountain passes, meander through the winelands or head up the coast and stop in beautiful places like Hermanus. Hop onto the saddle of a Big Twin motorcycle and travel the best roads in style. For a small taste of what riding a Harley is like, book a day trip. Otherwise sign up for a multi-day, or even a multi-week, tour if you want the real experience...

(GPS coordinates: -33.916384, 18.418429)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/ride-harley

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours
30 Sep 2014
 
     

Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours

The highlight of any visit to Storms River Village is the treetop tour. Tsitsikamma Canopy Tours was the first of its kind in Africa and offers an unforgettable experience. It’s a combination of an adrenalin activity and incredible views of the forest from a unique tree-top perspective usually reserved for birds and monkeys. During the tour, the guides impart interesting facts about the forest and its ecology...

(GPS coordinates: -33.974394, 23.887414)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/tsitsikamma-canopy-tours

The Isle of Capri
30 Sep 2014
 
     

The Isle of Capri 

Pebble beaches, warm, turquoise oceans and soaring cliffs. I felt like I was in heaven. Floating in the Mediterranean, looking at the Isle of Capri in front of me, I decided this was my favourite place in Italy. You have the option of lying on the beach all day or going for a hike to the Blue Grotto, where there are magical caves to explore and cliffs to leap off. The best part is that either option is perfectly satisfying! Just make sure that you take sunscreen because this is a beach you will want to spend the entire day at.

- Daniella Toscano

Wilderness Manor
30 Sep 2014
 
     

Wilderness Manor is a refined Colonial Guest House overlooking a beautiful lagoon in the tranquil village of Wilderness. This exquisitely decorated home has an ambience of serenity and style, and is located in an eco-tourist’s paradise, central to exploring the lakes area and nearby Garden Route towns. Step out of the front door and cross the road onto the boardwalk for an easy stroll to golden beaches, restaurants and village shops...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.992125, 22.588681)

Bergwoning MTB Trail
29 Sep 2014
 
     

Bergwoning MTB Trail

Bergwoning Farm, situated in a tranquil valley between the beautiful Maluti Mountains and bordering the Golden Gate National Park, is surrounded by characteristic sandstone and basalt formations, making for a mountain-biker’s paradise. Above the Clouds is an 18km off-road ride available on request, since the route goes onto a neighbouring property. Another option is the Bergwoning seven-kilometre circuit, where you can ride your mountain bike along the 4x4 track with several technical sections and wet-foot encounters along the Klein Caledon River...

(GPS coordinates: -28.502045, 28.560848)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/bergwoning-mtb-trail

Bokloof Guest Farm
29 Sep 2014
 
     

Bokloof Guest Farm lies in the heart of the privately owned western section of the beautiful Baviaanskloof – an area of narrow gorges with flowing streams, steep mountain passes, vast plains with waving grasslands and views of unspoilt wilderness. Bokloof Guest Farm offers affordable accommodation and camping, and allows guests an insight into the workings of a Baviaanskloof farm, and an opportunity to explore the wonders of the surrounding valleys or to simply enjoy the laidback way of life typical of this area…  

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.520158, 23.909142)

Walker Bay Fisherman's Trail 4x4 Trail
28 Sep 2014
 
     

Walker Bay Fisherman's Trail 4x4 Trail

Walker Bay Nature Reserve lies on the south-western Cape coast, just east of Hermanus. The reserve is divided onto two sections. The largest area, known as Walker Bay, stretches from the Klein River estuary to De Kelders at Gansbaai. This section is about 1 000ha in size and has a coastline of 17km. It has a long beach, known as ‘Die Plaat’, with white sands and rocky limestone outcrops to the east. The Walker Bay fishing trail is located in the ‘Lê Bos’ or ‘Die Plaat’ section. The Fishing trail is not a 4x4 adventure, but rather a beautiful escape that gives anglers easy access to popular angling sites along this stretch of coast...

(GPS coordinates: -34.438686, 19.345025)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/walker-bay-fishermans-trail-4x4-trail

Blyde River Rafting, Canyon
28 Sep 2014
 
     

Blyde River Rafting, Canyon

The Blyde River canyon rates as one of South Africa’s most pristine wilderness areas. As the third-largest canyon of its kind in the world - after the Grand (USA) and Fish River (Namibia) canyons - it offers an excellent combination of demanding rapids and breathtaking scenery. Make sure you are in relatively good shape though, as the rapids here are challenging and in your face. All the equipment necessary during your trip will be supplied, including some snacks at the halfway stop. Note that no children under 16 will be allowed and that the minimum group size is six people. All the adventures are guided and depart from the Sabie River Adventure Centre. Stacks of other adventures activities are also on offer, such as mountain-boarding or biking, abseiling, quad-biking, white-water tubing and horseback outrides...

(GPS coordinates: -25.031931, 31.025498)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/blyde-river-rafting-canyon

Cinnamon Boutique Guest House
28 Sep 2014
 
     

At Cinnamon Boutique Guest House, situated at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains, only 200m from the pristine Wilderness Beach, guests can enjoy luxurious accommodation and fine dining, while exploring the subtropical haven of this hidden gem on the Garden Route. At night the surf will lull you to sleep and in the morning you will wake up to the songs of a multitude of birds and a view of the lush green valley…

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.993111, 22.57386)

Sanddrif Crag Rock Climbing
27 Sep 2014
 
     

Sanddrif Crag Rock Climbing

Sanddrif Crag is an easily accessible crag at the foot of the imposing orange cliffs of the Wolfberg in the Cederberg. It has some absolutely superb, long sports routes in the easy to intermediate grades. There are two bolted areas: the Main Wall and the very recently bolted Weeds Area. There are also a couple of easy trad routes on Two Tier Crag to the right of Main Wall. Permits must be obtained at the reception office at Dwarsrivier then follow signs for Sanddrif Holiday Resort...

(GPS coordinates: -32.487086, 19.262896)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/sanddrif-crag-rock-climbing

Hantam Huis
27 Sep 2014
 
     

Hantam Huis

The renowned Hantam Huis in Calvinia is a one-stop destination to satisfy a number of desires. Entering the atmospheric interior is like taking a journey back in time. The small museum has displays of a range of utensils and furnishings used in everyday life way back before cars and electricity. Their shop is a treasure trove for those that like to unearth the unusual in out-of-the-way places and includes a good range of pottery and enamelware as well as groaning shelves of homemade goodies. There’s also a coffee shop and a dining area for evening meals, and it is also the reception for their range of traditional accommodation. You can happily spend hours here, alternately eating, drinking and shopping…

(GPS coordinates: -31.475176, 19.771971)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/hantam-huis

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Knysna
26 Sep 2014
 
     

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Knysna

Stand up paddle boarding - or SUP for short -is very easy to learn, and can be done by anyone, at any age, of any size, on any body of water. Whether you take the whole family for a gentle cruise, or ride the waves with your mates, it’s an awesome sport. Tony Cook Adventures offers lessons, board hire and sales. Beginners are met at Bollards Bay on Leisure Isle in Knysna. It’s a great place to learn the ropes, since the water of the lagoon is warm, flat and crystal clear. From there, all you need to decide is whether want to ride waves or simply cruise on flat water; they’ll do the rest. Tony Cook Adventures stocks Naish and Coreban boards, and both have a superb range to suit complete beginners, downwind racers and experts who have spent their lives riding waves…

(GPS coordinates: -34.065583, 23.054885)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/stand-paddle-boarding-knysna

Parys Museum
26 Sep 2014
 
     

Parys Museum

Among the architectural gems in the northern Free State town of Parys, is the Parys Museum, built in 1904. Housed in the old magistrate's office opposite the Town Hall, the complex is now a heritage site. In front of the museum you’ll see a war memorial erected shortly after the First World War by the ex-servicemen of Parys, known as the Memorable Order of Tin Hats, or MOTHS. General Jan Smuts unveiled the monument. It is constructed of solid stone blocks carved from Pary’s unique pink granite and bears the names of the soldiers who fought and died during the First and Second World Wars...

(GPS coordinates: -26.899865, 27.457736)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/parys-museum

Three Trees at Spioenkop
26 Sep 2014
 
     

Three Trees at Spioenkop, set against the backdrop of the Drakensberg Mountains overlooking a secluded valley in the Spioenkop Game Reserve and close to the historical battlefields of Kwazulu-Natal, offers spectacular scenery, absorbing attractions, locally grown country food and superb hospitality. This intimate, eco-friendly, luxury lodge is owner managed and run by Simon and Cheryl Blackburn whose passion and enthusiasm for Africa’s wildlife, history and culture is immediately evident. You are welcomed into their home, and invited to experience the warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere as you are transported to a bygone era steeped in history and tranquil surroundings…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/three-trees-spioenkop

(GPS coordinates: -28.661525, 29.487191)

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