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Mount Ceder
21 May 2014
 
     

Mount Ceder, located midway between Ceres and Clanwilliam in a valley surrounded by arrestingly dramatic mountains, is a perfect weekend destination in a great wilderness area, with a river running through it, majestic views, amazing Spring flowers, and rugged hikes – perfect for the young and not-so-young. Mount Ceder offers a host of exciting accommodation options ranging from rustic to simply luxurious, a choice of self-catering or homestyle cuisine from the Old Mill Restaurant, and the freedom to do exactly as you please… 

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mount-ceder

(GPS coordinates: -32.648786, 19.409164)

Bosbokroete Trail, Wathaba
20 May 2014
 
     

Bosbokroete Trail, Wathaba

The Bosbokroete is a beautiful four-kilometre circular trail on the Wathaba farm in the Skurweberg Mountains – a very popular hiker's destination less than three hours from Johannesburg. There is overnight accommodation at Bottlebrush Haven and Kiepersolkamp on the banks of the Schoonspruit River, where the trail starts. The path leads up along the river, through indigenous forest, to the top of Wathaba Rainbow Falls, from where there's a beautiful view of the top of the waterfall and the aloes on the opposite river bank...

(GPS coordinates: -25.790772, 30.370696)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/bosbokroete-trail-wathaba

Sir Lowry's Pass
20 May 2014
 
     

Sir Lowry's Pass

The spectacular Sir Lowry’s Pass posed a challenge to the early pioneers' ox-wagons. It was an intimidating natural barrier to those wanting to travel through the Hottentot’s Holland mountain range that stretches down the eastern side of Somerset West and Gordon's Bay, dividing the Cape’s coastal region from the interior. Using the pass today is a whole lot easier. You can simply take the N2 through the picturesque Hottentot's Holland range...

(GPS coordinates: -34.149397, 18.92836)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/sir-lowrys-pass

Live the Venue
20 May 2014
 
     

Live the Venue

When you’re visiting a province, it’s so important to know what the best things to do on the weekend are because, lets be honest, weekends are when everyone comes out to play. If you’re into music and good company, then on your next visit to Durban, pop in to Live The Venue – the biggest and best place to go for live music gigs. With the best sound system in the country, nights at Live have become a weekend favourite for most Durbanites. With music ranging from rock to folk, featuring bands such as Gangs of Ballet and Matthew Mole, Live is must on any tourists ‘to do’ list.

- Daniella Toscano

Gordon's Bay and Bikini Beach
19 May 2014
 
     

Gordon's Bay and Bikini Beach

Bikini Beach is one of Gordon Bay’s best-loved beaches. Although it’s relatively small and parking can be limited, its sheltered location between the mountain and harbour make it one of the most pleasant beaches on this coastline. It also enjoys Blue Flag status, which means that its water quality, safety measures and facilities are world-class...

(GPS coordinates: -34.165582, 18.858676)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/gordon’s-bay-and-bikini-beach

Fort Fordyce Rock Climbing
19 May 2014
 
     

Fort Fordyce Rock Climbing

Fort Fordyce is very different to most climbing venues in South Africa, offering superb climbing on hard dolerite, set in a thick forest environment. There are four main sectors: Mojo Sector, Fever Ward, Sunset Sector and Orange Wall. The latter is on the rim of a huge forested amphitheatre, which offers great scenery and resounds with bird calls…

(GPS coordinates: -32.758732, 26.595025)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/fort-fordyce-rock-climbing

Evita se Perron
18 May 2014
 
     

Evita se Perron

When funny man, serial female impersonator and political commentator Pieter-Dirk Uys (aka Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout) fell in love with the run-down train station in the West Coast town of Darling, the coastal hamlet would never be the same again. Evita se Perron has two cabaret venues, a restaurant, bar, arts and crafts market (Evita's A en C) and a conference facility. Wander through the pink-hued Piazza dolcEVITA en route to Boerassic Park, an eccentric outdoor art and sculpture garden. Kids can play in the playground in Tannie se Tuin...

(GPS coordinates: -33.375064, 18.382584)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/evita-se-perron

Ruimsig Area MTB Trail
18 May 2014
 
     

Ruimsig Area MTB Trail

The Roodepoort Athletics Stadium is a popular venue for organised on-road and off-road racing events. Situated on a small lake next to a quarry, this is a super venue to cycle with children. There are two small, undeveloped pieces of land on which jeep tracks and footpaths can be ridden. A respectable little six-kilometer cross-country circuit can be put together here...

(GPS coordinates: -26.07123, 27.865641)

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

Aan’t Dorpseind
18 May 2014
 
     

Aan’t Dorpseind, about 3 hours’ drive from Cape Town, is in the old part of Vanrhynsdorp, within walking distance of the world-renowned quiver tree and succulent nursery. Aan't Dorpseind offers comfortable self-catering accommodation in 4 upmarket, spacious and fully equipped studio cottages with braai facilities, and has a swimming pool and secure undercover parking. Bordering on farmland, it is ideal as a quiet and peaceful stayover choice when travelling the N7 north en-route to Namibia or the R27 towards Calvinia, Upington or Johannesburg - your oasis on the West Coast...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/aant-dorpseind

(GPS coordinates: -31.608899, 18.750711)

Woodstock
18 May 2014
 
     

Woodstock

One of my favourite places in Cape Town is the area of Woodstock. Upon first glance, one may think that it’s just a dodgy industrial area, but when you look closely, you realise it’s a suburb hidden with many treasures. From bakeries to coffee shops, to beautiful graffiti murals, this area has become the new creative hub. You will find hipsters riding their scooters and bikes to The Woodstock Exchange – either to grab a coffee, purchase a new leather wallet or rent out some of the shared office space designed specifically for freelancers in the creative industry. Living in Woodstock has led to the discovery of many thrift stores, second-hand furniture stores and encounters with a wide range of people – you will feel like you’re in South Africa and in Europe at the same time. 

- Daniella Toscano

Crag Lizard Trail
17 May 2014
 
     

Crag Lizard Trail

The Valley of Desolation is a national monument and the premier tourist attraction of the Camdeboo National Park, which surrounds the quaint town of Graaff-Reinet. One of the best ways of experiencing the area is on foot and there are several marked hiking trails suitable for people of all ages and abilities...

(GPS coordinates: -32.264092, 24.493058)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/crag-lizard-trail

Northern Maputaland Diving
17 May 2014
 
     

Northern Maputaland Diving

The reefs off northern Maputaland, in the Maputaland Marine Reserve that forms part of the iSimangaliso World Heritage Site, are rarely dived so are in pristine condition. There are only two dive concessions, Thonga Beach Lodge at Mabibi, where the launch is from the beach right outside the lodge, and Rocktail Bay Dive Centre, situated in the coastal forest some way inland at Rocktail Beach Camp, from where you’re transported the short distance to the beach by vehicle...

(GPS coordinates: -27.277604, 32.773733)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/northern-maputaland-diving

Bartholomeus Klip Farmhouse
17 May 2014
 
     

Bartholomeus Klip, an exclusive destination with a long history of hospitality in the Cape Winelands, is located on a working wheat and sheep farm and game reserve in the Riebeek Valley, ideally situated for exploring the famous winelands. An easy drive of just over an hour from Cape Town, the romantic and supremely comfortable Bartholomeus Klip offers luxurious full board farmhouse accommodation and an exceptional self-catering getaway in the countryside for families, with a range of activities available on the farm and in the surrounding area…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/bartholomeus-klip-farmhouse

(GPS coordinates: -33.473770, 19.038409)

Thabela Thabeng MTB Trail
16 May 2014
 
     

Thabela Thabeng MTB Trail

Thabela Thabeng Mountain Retreat lies between the mountains and the Vaal River in the midst of the unique geological structures of the Vredefort Dome, a world heritage site only 100 kilometres from Johannesburg. The 10-kilometre trail is a return ride, with plenty of portaging required...

(GPS coordinates: -26.860242, 27.28748)

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

Anglo-Boer War Museum and Women's Memorial
16 May 2014
 
     

Anglo-Boer War Museum and Women's Memorial

The War Museum in Bloemfontein gives visitors insight into one of the most significant events in the history of South Africa: the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Decades later, the conflict between Britain and the two Boer Republics still has the power to inflame emotions and the museum does an admirable job of recounting this embattled period in South Africa’s history in a neutral and informed manner...

(GPS coordinates: -29.140223, 26.209624)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/anglo-boer-war-museum-and-womens-memorial

Cape Point Sea Kayaking
15 May 2014
 
     

Cape Point Sea Kayaking

There is something profoundly humbling about being out in the wide-open Atlantic Ocean on a small sit-inside kayak, dwarfed by the cliffs of Cape Point and surrounded by an abundance of sea life. In order to do this paddle, the weather has to be close to perfect. Guests spend roughly three hours on the water and photographs are taken throughout the trip, so you can relive your memories long after the high has worn off. Groups are usually confined to a maximum of six for better management and safer guiding and are aimed at people with an adventurous spirit and reasonable fitness rather than experienced paddlers…

(GPS coordinates: -34.318221, 18.460851)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/cape-point-sea-kayaking

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