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Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm
29 Aug 2014
 
     

At Papkuilsfontein Guest Farm, situated 24km from Nieuwoudtville, you can soak up the peace and tranquillity in your own private fynbos setting. The beautifully restored old sandstone and thatch cottages feature outdoor showers, gas lamps and a pool. Take a break from self-catering by booking in advance to have delicious home-cooked meals brought to your door. Papkuilsfontein offers a wealth of interesting things to do and see on the property, including a spectacular waterfall with an inviting rock pool at the edge of a canyon, well-preserved rock art sites, hiking, biking and 4X4 trails, farm tours, fascinating birdlife, flora, fauna, and geology, and stunning Spring flowers…

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

(GPS coordinates: -31.5582, 19.1828)

Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carletonville
28 Aug 2014
 
     

Johannesburg Skydiving Club in Carletonville

If free-falling is your game, suit up and do a daring jump from an aeroplane cruising at an altitude of 11 000-feet. A jump from 11 000 feet to a drop zone at 5 500 feet above sea level, offers a very different experience to aerial jumps done at a sea level destination. Sky diving is the ultimate aerial sport and if you’re in search for a once-off thrill tandem jumping requires no training or previous experience. Settle in for a quick briefing then head into the clouds aboard one of the planes...

(GPS coordinates: -26.366322, 27.34997)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/johannesburg-skydiving-club-carletonville

The Golden Mile
28 Aug 2014
 
     

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

Sir Lamberts Guesthouse
28 Aug 2014
 
     

Situated in the tiny fishing village of Lamberts Bay, Sir Lambert's Guest House offers a unique holiday with true West Coast hospitality. Providing a choice of eight rooms, all en-suite with lovely garden views and a scrumptious Full English breakfast to start your day, there are also two lounges in which to relax when you are not out exploring the long stretches of pristine beaches a short walk away, or taking advantage of the range of activities available in the area…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/sir-lamberts-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -32.089315,18.315078)

Hout Bay Challenge Trail & Event
27 Aug 2014
 
     

Hout Bay Challenge Trail & Event

The route is set in the mountains that surround the village of Hout Bay, approximately 20km from Cape Town. The terrain is a mixture of beach, single gravel track, jeep track, a little bit of tar and concrete. There are some natural obstacles like rock scrambles and a river crossing on the beach. Leg 1 stretches from the Hout Bay Yacht Club to Suikerbossie Restaurant. The second leg runs from Suikerbossie Restaurant to Constantia Nek. Leg 3 heads from Constantia Nek back to the Hout Bay Yacht Club...

(GPS coordinates: -34.048841, 18.346816)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/hout-bay-challenge-trail-event

The Old Fisherman's Challenge Trail & Event
27 Aug 2014
 
     

The Old Fisherman's Challenge Trail & Event

You don’t have to go far to get onto a mountain trail in Cape Town. The Old Fisherman’s Route encompasses many of these trails, allowing runners to run from Fish Hoek to Hout Bay or back. The trails offer a mix of beach, gravel roads, boardwalks and single-track. Very little scrambling is required, except down Blackburn Ravine, but this will be over before you even realise it. There is one river crossing on the beach. At low tide this is ankle deep, but during spring highs you might want to head onto the road...

(GPS coordinates: -34.127967, 18.447559)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/old-fisherman’s-challenge-trail-event

Nieu-Wherry Meadow
27 Aug 2014
 
     

Nieu-Wherry Meadow is a pet-friendly, lifestyle farm at the edge of the historic Knysna forest, just 4km from the 880-year-old tree where Daleen Matthee wrote her famous books, 'Circles in the Forest' and 'Fiela's Child'. Offering all the benefits of a peaceful farm stay in comfortable and well-equipped self-catering accommodation with great hospitality, the tranquil surroundings and exquisite views will reinvigorate your soul…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/nieu-wherry-meadow

(GPS coordinates: -33.9348, 22.9495)

Bierfassl
26 Aug 2014
 
     

Bierfassl

Customers are spoilt for choice at the Bierfassl in Nottingham Road. Styled upon an Austrian tavern, this venue does its theme justice through its traditional fare. With its famous eisbein, as well as schnitzels, grostl, schnapps and range of grilled, smoked or fried sausages, the Bierfassl combines its customary offerings with the best of what is available locally. The country pub and restaurant prepares local trout and pork to perfection, along with an ample array of pub cuisine and light lunches...

(GPS coordinates: -29.3611, 29.9997)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/bierfassl

McCarthy Rhino Park
26 Aug 2014
 
     

McCarthy Rhino Park

Rhino Park is set in the Dinokeng area, just a stone's throw away to the north-east of Joburg. According to some African cultures, this is a sacred place with healing powers. So if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, it’s the perfect place to come and let off some steam. Rhino Park is also proud to be the home of the McCarthy 4x4 club and therefore the true home of the passionate 4x4er. It boasts one of the most challenging off-road tracks in the country. The trail is very well laid out and in-between the heart-thumping challenges enough soothing scenes allow drivers and passengers to recover...

(GPS coordinates: -25.825969, 28.533103)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/mccarthy-rhino-park

Lupela Lodge
26 Aug 2014
 
     

Lupela Lodge  

We had recently spent a couple of days with our friendly, salt of the earth hosts, Denise and Alf Ross (www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/lupela-lodge) on the banks of one of my favourite South African streams, the Karingmelkspruit. Unfortunately the devastating drought conditions had taken their toll on the river, which was down to a mere trickle between the larger deeper pools. Conditions that were currently being experienced over most of the inland, central to eastern parts of the country. 

Despite this I spent the best part of a day in the low water conditions, stalking spooky rainbow trout up to 18 inches! My good friend Pieter Taljaard and nymph ‘O’, aka ‘the Guru’, will be proud that for a dry fly man, I caught most of the trout on nymph. Even in the late afternoon, when the river came alive with trout rising to invisible insects and refusing all my usual dry flies, I cracked the code with a tiny emerger fished just below the surface film. The lack of flow meant that normal upstream dead drift and line mending needed to be replaced with an active retrieve.

Guest blog by Peter Brigg 
callofthestream.wordpress.com

Sun City Zip Line
25 Aug 2014
 
     

Sun City Zip Line

Sun City’s newest adrenalin rush is the world’s longest and fastest zip line slide. The Zip-2000 at one of South Africa's favourite holiday resorts offers a brand new way to get high - deep in the African bush. Zip-2000 is not for the faint-hearted though. Start atop a hill a few minutes from Sun City and get ready for a two-kilometre long cable slide nearly 300-metres off the ground. You will reach break-neck speeds of up to 150-kilometres an hour, screaming your heart out while zooming through the air. This three minute long adrenalin rush is sure to blow your mind...

(GPS coordinates: -25.359122, 27.107155)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sun-city-zip-line

Aloe Ridge Hotel MTB Trail
25 Aug 2014
 
     

Aloe Ridge Hotel MTB Trail

The major attraction of the hotel is the unique scenic locality. The hotel is built in a horse­shoe shape that lies at the rim of a natural amphitheatre, which falls away to the river and waterfalls. All sides have views of the indigenous bushveld. It is situated only 40 kilometres from the Johannesburg city centre on 635 hectares of African bushveld in the Cradle of Humankind. At an altitude of nearly 500 metres lower than Johannesburg, the vegetation and climate are almost subtropical. Hotel guests are treated to a moderate three-kilometre single-track circuit through the indigenous vegetation lining the Crocodile River...

(GPS coordinates: -25.97425, 27.836266)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/aloe-ridge-hotel-mtb-trail

Two Ocean's Aquarium
24 Aug 2014
 
     

Two Ocean's Aquarium

With more than 3 000 marine creatures on view – including sharks, turtles and penguins – the Two Oceans Aquarium showcases the unique marine life of the Atlantic and Indian oceans that lie on either side of the Cape of Good Hope. Situated in Portswood Square at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, a visit to the aquarium is an educational and entertaining experience. The aquarium is rapidly gaining recognition as a leading environmental education centre in South Africa. It is also respected internationally for its high standards of animal husbandry and the expertise of its staff in collecting and transporting live animals...

(GPS coordinates: -33.907629, 18.41771)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/two-oceans-aquarium

Dassie Trail, Nahoon Estuary
24 Aug 2014
 
     

Dassie Trail, Nahoon Estuary

This delightful, short, flat trail is well suited to family outings and is situated in the Nahoon Estuary Nature Reserve in Beacon Bay on the outskirts of East London.  The Dassie Trail starts at the Visitor Centre (which also has a quaint bird hide) and proceeds through a forested section before opening up on a wide vista of mud flats lined with mangrove trees. For the most part, the trail is on a boardwalk made with recycled plastic from which you can enjoy an estuarine environment that is relatively pristine and representative of the bigger river systems in the area...

(GPS coordinates: -32.982559, 27.937331)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/dassie-trail-nahoon-estuary

The Loading Bay: Cape Town
24 Aug 2014
 
     

The Loading Bay: Cape Town

I was invited to work here for the day, just beside Origin Coffee. I plugged my laptop in, connected to the Wi-Fi and asked what’s best. I was told the ¾ latte is most certainly best. Loading Bay’s barista, Brandon is from Durban and makes one helluva ¾ latte. If juice is more your thing, the lady beside me ordered a particularly interesting green glass of sweet-smelling icy fruits, but you’ll be tempted to change your mind by the caffeinated aromas floating past. The place is chic and modern: glass walls, wooden finishes and smooth vinyl. They’re even a clothing store – and not the kind of stuff you could find somewhere else. What keeps you inside isn’t a particularly personal connection… Instead, it’s that everything tries to be unique, and wants to be different.

- Brad Harris

Blouberg Rock Climbing
23 Aug 2014
 
     

Blouberg Rock Climbing

Right up near the Botswana border in the far north of the country, Blouberg’s mighty North Wall offers big wall climbing in a truly African setting. Even by South African standards (there are plenty of imposing walls and routes, particularly in the Cape) Blouberg is BIG. And it’s not just the wall; the whole place is impressive. This is just as well, as getting there is an adventure in itself. The walk-in is a long, tricky slog, so go with someone who knows it on your first visit. It can take as little as 2 hours 30 minutes if you are au fait with the route and anything up to 8 hours if you are not. It doesn’t get any easier when you arrive at the rock face...

(GPS coordinates: -23.082535, 29.038399)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/blouberg-rock-climbing

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