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Anvil Microbrewery
10 May 2014
 
     

Anvil Microbrewery

The Anvil microbrewery in Dullstroom has a selection of beers on offer, including beers made at its own 1000-litre brewery. Set in an old stone house and run by friendly owners Theo and Sarie de Beer, the brewery’s modern interior creates a pleasant environment in which to sample their local fare. Besides its famous drafts, the pub also serves up its famous boozy cake and chocolate rum cake, as well as other local fare...

(GPS coordinates: -25.415481, 30.109776)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/anvil-microbrewery

Honest Chocolate
10 May 2014
 
     

Honest Chocolate

It’s wonderful to experience places and sights in Cape Town, but it’s also great to indulge in the many aspects of the culture. The Honest Chocolate shop in the Woodstock Exchange is one that I highly recommend. Cape Town is full of creative and innovative entrepreneurs who deserve to be recognized. Honest Chocolate is a business that makes and sells raw, organic Ecuadorian cacao – handmade in Cape Town. The chocolate is free from preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial flavouring, dairy and processed sugar. It’s a great gift to take home from your travels and I highly recommend supporting South African business’s – especially ones that sell hand-crafted products which taste delicious!

- Daniella Toscano

Nightjar Adventurer 2014 Winners!
9 May 2014
 
     

It was a stormy winter's eve, and the crowd sat close together for warmth, as they listened to tales of spectacular and seemingly impossible adventure... but the speaker was the Nightjar Adventurer 2014, Ray Chaplin, and impossible is not in his dictionary! Another inspiring talk was delivered by the seemingly unstoppable 2014 Readers' Favourite, Chris Bertish, as well as the wonderful guest speaker, Braam Malherbe.

Nightjar Adventurer 2014: Ray Chaplin completed the first riverboard descent of the Orange river. The 2460km journey was at the time, the second longest riverboarding expedition in history, and all along the river Ray interfaced with local communities about pollution awareness and river cleanup. By the end of the journey, over 5,500 bags of rubbish had been collected!

2014 Readers' Favourite: Chris Bertish completed the first official source-to-sea journey down the River Thames, the fastest SUP crossing of the English Channel and then, to top it off, broke the previous SUP 12-hour Open Ocean Guinness world record by just over 10km! 

The evening was made possible by an amazing coming together of adventurers and the support of the industry, fittingly hosted by Cape Union Mart at their Canal Walk Adventure Centre.

!Khwa ttu San Centre
9 May 2014
 
     

!Khwa ttu San Centre

The !Khwa ttu San Education and Culture Centre on the Cape West Coast, about 65 kilometres from Cape Town, is an ecotourism venture owned and operated by the San people. !Khwa ttu is set on an 850-hectare nature reserve and offers visitors a number of interesting activities. Tour groups from two to 60 people can go on the 90-minute Hunting Trail – on foot and tractor-trailer – with a San guide and learn about the San's oral and spiritual heritage, and how they track animals, and visit a replica San village. Those who want to know more about the San's use of traditional and medicinal plants can go on a separate tour called the Gathering Trail...

(GPS coordinates: -33.362202, 18.272506)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/khwa-ttu-san-centre

Sea Point Promenade
9 May 2014
 
     

Sea Point Promenade

The Sea Point promenade runs the length of the Sea Point beachfront, from Bantry Bay to Mouille Point. It is a great spot for a walk or jog. Benches along the beachfront provide an ideal place to rest while taking in the stunning views of the sea, although the beaches here are not suitable for swimming. There are also a number of children’s playgrounds running the length of the promenade, as well as a chlorinated, sea-water swimming pool complex open to the public at the Sea Point Pavilion...

(GPS coordinates: -33.910965, 18.388839)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sea-point-promenade

Commando Drift MTB Trail
8 May 2014
 
     

Commando Drift MTB Trail

Tackle the tough Endurance Trail meandering through sections of spectacular Karroid broken veld within Commando Drift Nature Reserve. This is a rocky route, traversing remote and untouched parts of the area unfolding towards a spectacular Karoo mountain backdrop. Although challenging, it is top-class riding and you can expect close encounters with the rich wildlife that inhabits this 6 000-hectare reserve...

(GPS coordinates: -32.11185, 26.045687)

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

Moonglow Guesthouse
8 May 2014
 
     

Moonglow is a 4 star bed and breakfast guesthouse just outside Simon’s Town with an elegant yet personal feel. From the slopes of Glencairn Mountain, Moonglow Guesthouse faces the rising full moon, offering you spectacular views as the moonlight shines over the distant Hottentots Holland mountain range. From the sundeck, which looks over Glencairn Beach, the naval harbour of Simon’s Town and all of False Bay with Hangklip on the horizon, keep a look out for whales and dolphins or just enjoy the sun and the sea breeze...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/moonglow-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.163949, 18.430348)

Kopbeenskloof 4x4 Trail
7 May 2014
 
     

Kopbeenskloof 4x4 Trail

Kopbeenskloof nestles between the Krakkadouw and Waboom Mountains. They create a dramatic landscape to explore and imposing silhouettes as a backdrop for burning Karoo sunsets. The diversity of flora is rich, as the farm stretches over three distinct biomes. It offers shelter to a variety of game. The Kopbeenskloof Trail consists of two sections. There’s a grade 2/3 loop taking you to a viewpoint offering sweeping views over the farm. Then there’s a grade 4/5 return route with a scary downhill section into Skull Gorge...

(GPS coordinates: -33.586309, 19.928062)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/kopbeenskloof-4x4-trail

Tredici Restaurant and Delicatessen
7 May 2014
 
     

Tredici Restaurant and Delicatessen

After a half dozen years serving up gastronomic delights in London, NC and Wilma Bekker felt it was time to return home. Although Tredici can compete with the best of the best anywhere, family consensus was that they did not just want to swap one city for another. So, Cape Town’s loss turned out to be Swellendam’s gain. A first glance at the menu tells you that NC is serious about his food. It is a little disorienting finding a restaurant of this calibre on the main thoroughfare between the Cape and the Garden Route, especially after years of filling up on more traditional fare…

(GPS coordinates: -34.029182, 20.442308)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/tredici-restaurant-and-delicatessen

Dunkley House
7 May 2014
 
     

Dunkley House offers visitors to Cape Town stylish accommodation and service with a genuine smile in Gardens, an area full of local flavour. For business or leisure, guests can enjoy bed and breakfast luxury in an urban sanctuary. Guest rooms are spacious and modern, decorated with inspiration. Bathrooms are inviting, with the emphasis on luxury and relaxation. Relax by the courtyard pool and chill out under the cool shade of banana palms in the private, tropical garden….

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/dunkley-house

(GPS coordinates: -33.932699, 18.415759)

Baynesfield Estate Museum
6 May 2014
 
     

Baynesfield Estate Museum

Renowned for its agriculture, Kwa-Zulu Natal owes much of its agricultural development to Joseph Baynes – a visionary and markedly progressive man for his time. One of the first men in Kwa-Zulu Natal to introduce mechanisation to his farm, Baynes is a man inextricably linked to the pastoral life of the region. As an active politician in the area, he changed the face of raising livestock by minimising losses through dipping; established the first butter factory in South Africa; made a tangible mark on the production of bacon; and played an important role in drainage and the development of Maydon Wharf. His home and the infrastructure of the estate have now been restored and named a national monument - the Baynesfield Estate Museum… 

(GPS coordinates: -29.7655, 30.3417)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/baynesfield-estate-museum

Tortoise Trail, Seekoeirivier Nature Reserve
6 May 2014
 
     

Tortoise Trail, Seekoeirivier Nature Reserve

The small Seekoeirivier Nature Reserve, situated at the confluence of the Seekoei and Swart Rivers, lies between the coastal villages of Aston Bay and Paradise Beach just south of Jeffreys Bay. The reserve, which consists mainly of Kaffrarian thicket, a dense thicket that occurs along dunes at altitudes of less than 30 metres, is a pretty place to stroll, with commonly sighted trees including ghwarrie, boerboon, milkwood, sage wood, bitou and aloes, as well as a patch of coastal fynbos dominated by the erica, passerina and metalasia species. The Tortoise Trail follows the track from the office down to the bird hide on the banks of the river… 

(GPS coordinates: -34.081534, 24.894745)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/tortoise-trail-seekoeirivier-nature-reserve

Apricot Gardens Guesthouse
6 May 2014
 
     

Apricot Gardens Guesthouse, just outside Gordons Bay, offers gracious hospitality and panoramic views in a tranquil garden setting for a memorable Cape holiday, with golfing packages a speciality. A perfect base, 30 minutes from the airport, 45 minutes from Cape Town, and close to beaches, golf courses, the Winelands and the start of the Whale Route, the spacious rooms provide comfort, privacy and spectacular sea and mountain vistas…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/apricot-gardens-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.143204, 18.910603)

Jewish Memorial
6 May 2014
 
     

Jewish Memorial

It’s difficult to describe the eerie and uncomfortable feeling that shoots through your veins when you walk through the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" in Berlin. Even its name grinds your bones. The memorial is designed in such a way that you have to walk through it alone, and the ascending and descending ground only adds to your overall confusion. It is said to represent tombstones or the train carriages used to transport the Jews to the transportation camps. As I walked through the towering concrete blocks I couldn’t help but feel terribly alone.

- Megan Pilditch

Durban and North Coast Diving
5 May 2014
 
     

Durban and North Coast Diving

Durban and the north coast have shore and boat dives to suit all levels of experience but the dive conditions are somewhat unpredictable so the area doesn’t see as much traffic as the nearby Aliwal Shoal. Nonetheless, when conditions are good, the area offers fun, easily accessible diving and the abundant fish life includes some rare fish such as pineapple fish, weedy scorpion fish and ornate sleeper rays. There are also some great wrecks and some fabulous artificial reefs...

(GPS coordinates: -29.862202, 31.022421)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com//scuba-diving/durban-and-north-coast-diving

William Humphreys Art Gallery
5 May 2014
 
     

William Humphreys Art Gallery

Appreciators of art should not let a trip to Kimberley pass by without visiting the William Humphreys Art Gallery. Harry Oppenheimer opened the gallery on December 5, 1952. It is situated in Kimberley’s Civic Centre, is considered one of the most important galleries in the country and specialises in South African art. The exhibition’s halls are hung with comprehensive collections of works by well-known and not so well-known artists. Displays include a number of traditional African artworks, among which are examples of San rock and contemporary art...

(GPS coordinates: -28.743721, 24.768604)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/william-humphreys-art-gallery

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