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Piggly Wiggly
29 Apr 2014
 
     

Piggly Wiggly

The owners of Piggly Wiggly originally bought the land as a country retreat and started selling vegetables from a farm stall on the side of the road to serve the local community. From this modest beginning, Piggly Wiggly has grown into a sourced brand and destination along the Midlands Meander. Despite having grown into a full-blown complex, Piggly Wiggly has retained its country feel. The vision was to capturing the essence of the Cape Winelands in a KwaZulu-Natal setting...

(GPS coordinates: -29.458259, 30.135726)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/piggly-wiggly

Woodcliffe Country House
29 Apr 2014
 
     

Woodcliffe Country House lies about 20km east of Maclear and is literally the farm at the end of the road. It lies nestled in a beautiful valley of the Drakensberg and is surrounded by the ridges of the 'little Berg', with the peaks of the main escarpment visible in the distance. The crystal clear Little Pot river tumbles out of this valley and runs through the farm. The cottage is situated about 200m away from the river, although riverine shrubbery prevents a clear view of the water. The main homestead is further away from the river, while the garden flat has a lovely north-facing view of the mountain. Some of the best walks, cycling and fly fishing in the district are found in this quiet setting with a beautiful view up the valley (from the cottage)…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/woodcliffe-country-house

(GPS coordinates: -30.995, 28.1745)

Louw Huis Museum
28 Apr 2014
 
     

Louw Huis Museum

The Louw Huis Museum features artefacts, letters and photographs of some of the most famous inhabitants of Sutherland, the Louws and the Esterhuyses, who produced three of South Africa’s best-known Afrikaans poets, DC Esterhuyse, NP van Wyk Louw and his brother WEG Louw. All three are commemorated in this museum, which is where both NP van Wyk Louw and WEG Louw were born. The museum also highlights contributions by other Sutherland citizens, and bears witness to the agricultural history of the area, with farm implements, clothing and furniture...

(GPS coordinates: -32.393524, 20.663127)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/louw-huis-museum

Buffelspoort Rubicon 4x4 Trail
28 Apr 2014
 
     

Buffelspoort Rubicon 4x4 Trail

Buffelspoort is a wilderness area that has been declared a Natural Heritage area. This trail will leave you in absolute awe of the power of nature and the forces that created this overwhelming landscape. It should be on everybody’s ‘must do’ list. The Buffelspoort Trail sets off from Driefontein farm, where the Boer/Brit battle of Driefontein took place. It ends at the bottom of the poort at the Van Zyls Damme campsite. The trail is rocky, as it is actually a riverbed filled with rocks of every size and shape...

(GPS coordinates: -33.409059, 20.980802)

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

Mount Melsetter Karoo House & Hunt
28 Apr 2014
 
     

Mount Melsetter Karoo House & Hunt is a gracious old Karoo homestead that provides a superb venue for breaking away from the pressures of day to day living. Situated at the foot of its eponymous 1527m mountain, it is an oasis of greenery on the Great Brak River with a rich palaeontological, historical, technical, architectural, floral and faunal heritage, offering a unique hunting experience, fossil walks, bird watching, hiking, mountain bike trails and adventure motorcycle outride tours. At this spacious, elegant country home, a cool pool or a game drive with sundowners up on the Nek welcomes you after hot summer travel, while a glowing fire warms the lounge, bar and dining areas on cold Karoo nights...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mount-melsetter-karoo-house-hunt

(GPS coordinates: -31.442731, 25.470447)

Lock your love
28 Apr 2014
 
     

Lock your love 

Everyone is a romantic at heart, even if you have trouble admitting it. So when I casually drove past a fence dotted with colourful padlocks I thought I had suddenly been transported to Europe. Granted, it wasn’t as romantic as the Pont de Arts Love Bridge in Paris but South Africa had finally started its own love fence. A week later I was back with my boyfriend in one hand and a padlock in the other. While walking away from our little triumph we noticed a big sign… The fence was a tribute to our nation’s greatest hero, Madiba. Whooops. You can find the tribute fence (and our little mistake) on the corner of Gordon and Florida Road, Durban.

- Megan Pilditch

Emsengeni Trail
27 Apr 2014
 
     

Emsengeni Trail

The Emsengeni Trail is a scenic walk along the banks of the Qora river. To get to the trailhead, take the footpath that leads from Kobb Inn’s front gate, over the little hillock to the south and down to the boathouse.  The trail enters the riverine forest just beyond the boathouse, and is clearly marked. This is a very simple 'in and out' trail, making detailed directions superfluous. Even the turn around point is marked. Or, just follow the trail until you have had enough, then turn back…

(GPS coordinates: -32.443147, 28.671312)

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

Grey Mares Waterfall Trail
27 Apr 2014
 
     

Grey Mares Waterfall Trail

Two trails in the Karkloof – one steep (eight kilometres) and the other more gentle (10 kilometres) – follow the old logging trails to the top of the escarpment just above Grey Mares Waterfall at Shawswood. The longer, gentler trail starts just to the right of the Bushwillow Park camping sites. After crossing the little stream at Bushwillow Park, you will enter an indigenous forest, following an undulating contour path that crosses over numerous small streams. If you do this hike in spring or early summer you can look forward to expansive beds of orange-flowered clivia...

(GPS coordinates: -29.31733, 30.295047)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/gray-mares-waterfall-trail

Windy Brow Trails
26 Apr 2014
 
     

Windy Brow Trails

Note that these trails are closed till June/July 2014 for upgrades and trail maintenance. There are few other trails that allow walkers to enjoy an unspoilt nature experience so close to a major city. The Green Flag-accredited hiking trails on the Windy Brow game farm are a delight and, since they are short and predominantly undulating with no steep hills, they are ideal for families and inexperienced hikers. The farm is part of the bigger farming unit of Elandsfontein, where the famous Cullinan diamond was discovered, located just before the Cullinan mine, about 35 kilometres from Pretoria...

(GPS coordinates: -25.681307, 28.502719)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/windy-brow-trails

Du Toit's Kloof Rock Climbing
26 Apr 2014
 
     

Du Toit's Kloof Rock Climbing

As you drive through the tunnel from Cape Town you can’t fail to be impressed by the great sandstone walls of the Du Toit’s Kloof massif on your right and the precipitous cliffs of the Witteberg on your left. Not surprisingly these daunting rock walls boast numerous long, testing routes. There are around 40 trad routes on Du Toit’s, just under 20 more on the Haelhoek Sneeukop massif, and around 15 on the Witteberg...

(GPS coordinates: -33.723856, 19.174208)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/du-toit’s-kloof-rock-climbing

Venda Community Campsites
25 Apr 2014
 
     

Venda Community Campsites

Venda, in the north-east of South Africa, is a colourful corner of the country, rich in culture and scenic beauty. Pioneered by Christopher Nethonzhe, Golwe-Vhurivhuri Camping Site came into being when he realised that his personal love for the area was something other people might share. Working with the village authorities, he got permission to develop the area’s first community-run campsite. He started by charging people wanting to picnic at the scenic spot five rand. With assistance from Birdlife South Africa, he trained as a birding guide and was able to secure help to develop the site further, adding a tented camp.  Gundani campsite, another community-run site, is situated in Miombo Woodland, the only woodland of its kind in South Africa…

(GPS coordinates: -22.685895, 30.78927)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/venda-community-campsites

Giant's Cup Trail Running Tour
25 Apr 2014
 
     

Giant's Cup Trail Running Tour

The Giants Cup Trail in Himeville is a renowned 5-day hiking trail that is accessible by road at a few key points. Due to its mountainous location, the trail is undulating and steep in sections, but generally follows contour paths and switchbacks onto the flat, higher-lying plateaus. This is a hiking trail and is thus not designed or maintained with runners in mind. Be prepared to deal with long grass, loose ground and erosion berms in parts. Runners will be able to complete the full distance over two days. The standard tour package includes two nights' accommodation, all meals, pick-up and drop-offs and luggage transfers.

(GPS coordinates: -29.74862, 29.512358)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/giant’s-cup-trail-running-tour

Olive Garden Country Lodge
25 Apr 2014
 
     

Olive Garden Country Lodge is an eco paradise set among evergreen olive trees in the foothills of the Kranskop Mountains, with verandahs that overlook the Klaasvoogds Valley and surrounding mountains. Luxury Bohemian Afro-chic in style, the luxury rooms and unplugged cuisine are designed to relax the body and replenish the soul. At Olive Garden you can indulge in the Italian art of far niente or 'doing nothing'. Enjoy the garden jacuzzi, the sparkling pool and the lazy hammock, take a romantic boat cruise on the Breede River, or explore the mountain trails and the Robertson wine estates right on your doorstep… 

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/olive-garden-country-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -33.791439, 19.987955)

Apartheid Museum
24 Apr 2014
 
     

Apartheid Museum

Voted one of Johannesburg’s top visitor attractions, the architecturally striking Apartheid Museum recounts the compelling, and often brutal, narrative of South Africa’s pre-democratic history. Through 22 powerfully graphic exhibitions - supported by a soundtrack of chanting masses, freedom songs, and gunfire - visitors are transported on an emotional roller coaster through this traumatic period in South Africa’s not-so-distant history...

(GPS coordinates: -26.237978, 28.008538)

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

Little Rock Rock Climbing
24 Apr 2014
 
     

Little Rock Rock Climbing

Little Rock in Ladybrand is one of the most accessible crags in the country. You can drive to the foot of the crag and all the walk-ins are less than 10 minutes. The area now boasts 45 single-pitch routes, most of which are bolted, ranging from grade 13 to 26...

(GPS coordinates: -29.203359, 27.443965)

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

Studio Martini
24 Apr 2014
 
     

Surrounded by inner-city gardens, you'd never know that Studio Martini is right in the centre of Cape Town, with its own swimming pool and view of Table Mountain from the sofa. Perfect for one or two people, this sassy city studio is great value and is positioned in just the right place to take advantage of everything the Mother City has to offer…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/studio-martini

(GPS coordinates: -33.927704, 18.41527)

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