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Shixini Trail
27 Jun 2014
 
     

Shixini Trail

the Wild Coast is a paradise for folk looking for solitude and tranquillity.  This particular walk traverses two smaller river mouths to get to the bigger Shixini river mouth, making for a round trip of 14km from the starting point at Kob Inn (Qora river mouth).  There is obviously no rule that says you have to slog it out all the way. You could always just laze it down to the Jujura river mouth, which is a mere 2km away, or take the mid-way option and go to the Ngadla mouth and spend the day there…

(GPS coordinates: -32.402429, 28.725085)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/shixini-trail

Skyway Cable Trails
27 Jun 2014
 
     

Skyway Cable Trails

Skyway Trails, set in one of the few remaining indigenous forests along the Sabie River, is adjacent to the town of Hazyview. The south-facing indigenous forest remains relatively moist for most of the year resulting in remarkable botanical diversity across a range of biomes. The cable system constructed at Skyways offers a unique perspective on the environment. You cannot help getting a natural “high” as you are transported along this exhilarating aerial trail...

(GPS coordinates: -25.043542, 31.10285)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/skyway-cable-trail

Skurweberg MTB Trail
26 Jun 2014
 
     

Skurweberg MTB Trail

Skurweberg offers scenic rides with magnificent mountain views and fauna, such as grey rhebuck, duiker and black eagle, and flora. A rough and rocky circular ride starts off from the Skurweberg farmhouse and the hills kick in immediately as you pedal up Kameelkop. The surface is stony, with the rough trail winding through arid Karoo scrub along the Roggeveld escarpment, affording wonderful views over the Tankwa Valley, Sederberg, Klein Tafelberg and Witzenberg...

(GPS coordinates: -32.289772, 20.381098)

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

La Lampara
26 Jun 2014
 
     

La Lampara

Located on Boschfontein Farm in Balgowan, La Lampara is a slice of Italy in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. A trip along a gravel road leads to the farm that was established in 1840. Once an old dairy, it offers a gastronomic experience endowed with a deep sense of history. Guests are often astounded at the Italian cuisine on offer in this remarkable restaurant in a rustic setting completely off the beaten track...

(GPS coordinates: -29.397356, 30.083098)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/la-lampara

Seweweekspoort MTB Trail
25 Jun 2014
 
     

Seweweekspoort MTB Trail

Starting on a farm track from Amalienstein Village, you cross over the R62 and onto a dual single track before it joins up with the main dirt road leading into Seweweeks Poort. This road meanders through some amazing rock formations – towering high above the pass – while following the Seweweeks Poort River. The return ride through the Poort is 50km and is suitable for children with some single-track experience. Any time of the year is good, but it gets really hot in summer...

(GPS coordinates: -33.484963, 21.458809)

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

Lazy Lizard
24 Jun 2014
 
     

Lazy Lizard

The Lazy Lizard has to be your first stop in Prince Albert. Not only does it serve delectable light meals, and sell a pleasant collection of curios and home crafts, it is also a fount of information on just about everything that is worth knowing about the town and its environs, including things to do and places to stay. It is a lively and homely place with people dropping in for a chat or a word of advice. In the days before 3G, its free WiFi service was an absolute boon to techno-travellers, and is still one of the fastest WiFi services you will get anywhere in South Africa…

(GPS coordinates: -33.230064, 22.031377)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/lazy-lizard

Alexandria Trail
24 Jun 2014
 
     

Alexandria Trail

If you’re looking for breathtaking coastal scenery, there are few places that can beat the Woody Cape Area of the Addo Elephant National Park. The two-day circular Alexandria Trail starts at the Woody Cape offices, near the town of Alexandria, where there is overnight accommodation at the very comfortable Langebos huts for 12 hikers or visitors wanting to overnight in the forest...

(GPS coordinates: -33.70129, 26.36497)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/alexandria-trail

Small Stream Fishing
24 Jun 2014
 
     

Small Stream Fishing

I’m often asked what it is that attracts anglers to small stream flyfishing, where a 12-inch trout is cause for celebration. I don’t know if I have the answers. What I do know is that many of those of us that do, become obsessed with it.

When I talk of small streams I mean those diminutive waterways close to their source in the pristine uplands. The description “diminutive” is not used loosely — the tackle is ultra light, the water is often thin, the trout small, everything you do or see is in close-up or else not seen at all. In fact, everything needs to be scaled down, expectation no less than presentation and tackle.  

Here in the deep folds below the awe-inspiring peaks of our mountains, bright, cold, clear streams flow – home to brown and rainbow trout – wild, speckled shapes, almost made of stream. Fins hold them in perfect balance between water and sky and then, at the slightest hint of anything strange, in a heartbeat they disappear like illusions into the stream’s liquid atmosphere. They are exasperating in recognition of fraud and have the habit of reducing pompous pretenders to failure.

Guest blog by Peter Brigg 
callofthestream.wordpress.com

Lory Park Zoo
23 Jun 2014
 
     

Lory Park Zoo

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to have your own private zoo, then visit Lory Park Zoo - a 4ha wildlife rehabilitation centre and animal sanctuary near Midrand, between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Lory Park differs from conventional zoos because it strives to provide visitors with safe, hands-on animal encounters as part of its conservation endeavours. The park has the largest collection of lorikeets in the southern hemisphere. Its operations have been expanded to cater for an assortment of animals, reptiles, and exotic and indigenous birds...

(GPS coordinates: -26.01049, 28.153512)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/lory-park

Rap Jumping
23 Jun 2014
 
     

Rap Jumping

You’ve seen hard core heroes do it in the Hollywood movies. Now it is your chance to feel like a professional Navy Seal. The way to go is face first - so you can face your fears. That is what Rap Jumping is all about. And you can choose between doing it down the side of a building, off a cliff-face, from a bridge or even from a crane or helicopter. Why abseil when you can drop down to terra firma facing forward to tap into the full adrenaline experience? Rap Jumping is also known as forward abseiling, air-borne rappel jumping or rappel, and is a technique developed more than two decades ago in Australia for the special forces...

(GPS coordinates: -26.201578, 28.042629)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/rap-jumping

Kamikaze Canyon
22 Jun 2014
 
     

Kamikaze Canyon

Abseil Africa runs full day trips to the picturesque Kamikaze Canyon on the eastern side of False Bay. This wonderful kloofing trip combines hiking, swimming and jumping in an action-packed day of adventure and fun. The series of jumps ranging from three metres to 22 metres high will test your nerves. By the time you totter above the 22 metre jump you begin to wonder if you’re insane. The reward is an abseil down Thunder Falls - a 65 metre cascade of water. Just lean back over the edge and enter a world of radical abseiling...

(GPS coordinates: -33.926705, 18.414543)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/kamikaze-canyon

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre
22 Jun 2014
 
     

Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre

The Casterbridge Lifestyle Centre just north of White River provides a shopping experience characterised by delicious food, heart-warming entertainment and of course, great shops. But don’t expect the average set of retail chains you can find in any mall in South Africa, because Casterbridge is well known for its rich array of interesting, independent businesses. The centre is situated in tranquil gardens on an old farm surrounded by mango plantations...

(GPS coordinates: -25.307, 31.031447)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/casterbridge-lifestyle-centre

Pansy Island
22 Jun 2014
 
     

Pansy Island: Inhambane, Mozambique

The picturesque Pansy Island isn’t well known to most of Mozambique’s visitors. I arrived on the thin white strip of paradise by hiring a dhow captain in Inhambane harbour, who sailed me out of the channel and into the Indian Ocean. After an hour's trip over small swell, I arrived to white shores, blue shallows and colourful sea life. Probably thinking I was looking for something more exciting, my captain opened up a bottle of Tipo Tinto rum. He and his deckhand drank and told me stories about the beach – and I discovered that the locals are friendly, but only tell their stories in Portuguese. Still, if you prefer a sober captain, it’s the perfect place for snorkelling over coral, seaweed, anemones and shellfish – all of the most extreme colours. As for me, I spent the rest of my time admiring the vast store of precious Pansy Shells that the beach holds.

- Brad Harris

Fort Durnford and the Estcourt Museum
21 Jun 2014
 
     

Fort Durnford and the Estcourt Museum

Estcourt is a place rich in British, Zulu and Afrikaner military history. The Estcourt Museum is housed in the historic Fort Durnford. This imposing structure was built close to the site where Voortrekker leader Gert Maritz set up camp along the Bushmen’s river. Fortified after the Langalibalele Rebellion of 1873, it became one of the most monumental British strongholds in the area - built to safeguard British occupants from Zulu attacks...

(GPS coordinates: -29.015642, 29.889073)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/fort-durnford-and-estcourt-museum

Afrikaans Museum and Monument
21 Jun 2014
 
     

Afrikaans Museum and Monument

Die Afrikaanse Taal Museum en Monument (ATM), also known as The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument, comprises a museum and an outdoor monument. Together, the two sites exist to broaden public knowledge and appreciation of the Afrikaans language. The language museum was established in 1975 with the aim of collecting and conserving material and information related to the origins and the development of Afrikaans. The affiliated Afrikaans Language Monument on nearby Paarl Mountain was designed by architect Jan van Wijk...

(GPS coordinates: -33.766314, 18.943192)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/afrikaans-museum-and-monument

Aerial Boardwalk, Dlinza Forest
20 Jun 2014
 
     

Aerial Boardwalk, Dlinza Forest

Looking for a bird's eye experience without a high fear factor rating? This tour takes you deep into the forest and up to the canopy to meander along the first boardwalk in South Africa. It will get your heart pumping, but it’s more about communing with nature than adrenalin. Dlinza Forest is just outside Eshowe, a 90-minute drive from Durban. Here you will find a 125m walkway, ten metres above the ground. From it you can look down on the forest floor and spy on what goes on high up in the trees...

(GPS coordinates: -28.891962, 31.451441)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/aerial-boardwalk-dlinza-forest

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