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Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages
19 Apr 2014
 
     

Saronsberg Vineyard Cottages is situated on the slopes of the Saronsberg mountains just outside the historic town of Tulbagh. With breathtaking views over tranquil vineyards and the surrounding mountains, Saronsberg offers an exceptional opportunity to relax and unwind in spacious self-catering cottages, and a unique experience of outdoor trails, varied birdlife and flora, art exhibits and multi-award-winning wine. The estate is not only about wine - Saronsberg is a passage to all senses...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/saronsberg-vineyard-cottages

(GPS coordinates: -33.246831, 19.118246)

Sani Pass Classic MTB Trail
18 Apr 2014
 
     

Sani Pass Classic MTB Trail

Starting from Sani Lodge, you can expect a 16-kilometre climb before you even get to the first border post. This is not too bad, as every so often you’ll have a breather in the form of a short downhill. Then comes the exceptionally steep eight-kilometre section up to the Lesotho border. The last two kilometres are the steepest of the entire ride but you can see the pub on the top of the mountain, so you go for it. Here, some riders cannot be blamed for refusing to go any further as they sit at the pub enjoying the view and an ice-cold beer... 

(GPS coordinates: -29.661803, 29.456706)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/sani-pass-classic-mtb-trail

Goodman Gallery
18 Apr 2014
 
     

Goodman Gallery

Since the mid-sixties, the Goodman Gallery has played an important role in introducing African visual artists to an international audience and promoting emerging contemporary artists from South Africa and the African continent. The Goodman Gallery focuses on exploring art within the African context, from speaking out against apartheid rule in South Africa, as in the ‘Art Against Apartheid’ exhibition in 1985, or engaging with post-colonial dialogue in modern Africa. Frequent group and solo exhibitions allow art lovers to experience the dynamism of the ever-evolving local art scene... 

(GPS coordinates: -26.149291, 28.034129)

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

Rebellie 4x4 Trails
17 Apr 2014
 
     

Rebellie 4x4 Trails

Nestled in the serene mountainous landscape of the majestic Maluti Mountains near Clarens, Rebellie Game Farm has one of the highest 4x4 trails in South Africa, at 2,200m above sea level, and is a well-known 4x4 destination with a reputation of excellence for their trails as well as for their service and accommodation. Both the trails require sound 4x4 experience, but if you are a 4x4 adrenalin junkie willing to test your vehicle and your own skills, you'll love the grade 5 section of the Kloof trail. Be warned: it gets hectic...

(GPS coordinates: -28.581761, 28.487447)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/rebellie-4x4-trails

Tafelberg and Spout Cave Trail
17 Apr 2014
 
     

Tafelberg and Spout Cave Trail

The Cederberg, dominated by craggy mountain ranges and stretching from the Middelberg Pass near Citrusdal to just north of the Pakhuis Pass outside Clanwilliam, is more than 71 000 hectares of spectacular, rugged terrain. Tafelberg is one of the highest and most dramatic peaks in the range and hiking to its summit is a true immersion in this mountain wilderness. Unless you have a Wild Card, you'll need to buy a permit at the CapeNature offices at Algeria on your way through...

(GPS coordinates: -32.423641, 19.1661)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/tafelberg-and-spout-cave-trail

Baton Rouge on Sea
17 Apr 2014
 
     

Baton Rouge on Sea is an elegantly furnished guesthouse situated high on a residential ridge in Mtunzini, offering spectacular views of the Indian Ocean and Umlalazi Lagoon, and an old-fashioned charm. With temperatures that never fall below 17ºC, Baton Rouge on Sea is perfectly located in the heart of the Zululand Birding Route, with lots of local activities on offer and the beach just a 5 minute drive away...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/baton-rouge-sea

(GPS coordinates: -28.960333, 31.750804)

Jacaranda Shipwreck
16 Apr 2014
 
     

Jacaranda Shipwreck

The notorious and spectacularly beautiful Wild Coast of South Africa partly derived its name from its wild character, but mostly from the pounding breakers and cauldron of boiling seas when stormy conditions reign. This part of the Eastern Cape coast has been the graveyard of many vessels through the ages, and shipwrecks and artefacts bear testimony to the loss of lives that have taken place there. One of these is the Jacaranda, which was wrecked at Qolora Mouth. You can walk there from Trennery's Hotel, since driving is not permitted closer than 1km from the coastline...

(GPS coordinates: -32.619515, 28.469353)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/jacaranda-shipwreck

Lake Eland MTB Trail
16 Apr 2014
 
     

Lake Eland MTB Trail

The privately owned Lake Eland Game Reserve offers everything the nature lover could wish for: scenic rides or walks overlooking the 'Hell’s Gate' entrance and numerous panoramic views of the Oribi Gorge while experiencing the indigenous flora and fauna of natural forests. The opportunities for mountain-bike rides cover the gentle scenic gorge views, as well as the strenuous Dunstone’s Pass deep in the valley, so expect to ride anything between four and 40 kilometres...

(GPS coordinates: -30.692407, 30.179797)

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

Victoria Trading Post
15 Apr 2014
 
     

Victoria Trading Post

The Victoria Trading Post is a welcome stop for travellers on the N12, who are itching for a freshly baked pie, some biltong or some sweet and sticky fruit preserves. This business started in 1996 and is situated in an old tin building dating back to the diamond rush. It’s a mix of a traditional padstal, an antique shop and a museum with memorabilia of the legendary local rugby player, Francois du Toit 'Mannetjies' Roux. His wife, Charlotte, runs the trading post, which is situated in Helpmekaar Street…

(GPS coordinates: -31.403942, 23.117487)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/victoria-trading-post

Khamkirri Rafting
15 Apr 2014
 
     

Khamkirri Rafting

This is a region usually bypassed by travellers, but to their own detriment. For centuries, the !Xhariep River has carved its way through the African landscape and in places has created an arid semi-desert mountain wilderness of rugged, but compelling grandeur. It has much to offer and, at the very least, make sure you don’t miss out on the magnificent !Xhariep Falls, Orange Gorge and Neus Gorge. Various trip options cover everything from half-day white-water outings to multi-day rafting expeditions…

(GPS coordinates: -28.652078, 20.446651 )

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/khamkirri-rafting

Matjiesvlei Guest House
15 Apr 2014
 
     

Matjiesvlei Guest House, 'the gem of the Little Karoo', is a must see. From the historic self-catering cottages and spacious riverside campsites you can enjoy the serene and tranquil beauty of this valley situated at the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains between Calitzdorp and Ladismith, where farming dates back to 1821. Explore scenic 4X4 routes, mountain biking & hiking trails, swimming, rowing and fantastic fishing in the Gamka river, then kick back and relax with some delightful local wines while savouring the magnificent scenery...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.473366, 21.627042)

3 Sisters Horse Safaris
14 Apr 2014
 
     

3 Sisters Horse Safaris

The 3 Sisters Horse Trails & Equestrian Centre has been operating since 1993 and is based 15km outside Port Alfred at Tharfield Farm, a historic 2 000ha beef cattle farm founded by the 1820 Settlers. The horses are calm, the guides very competent, and though previous riding experience is welcomed, it’s not essential. The 4km shoreline between Kleinemonde and Riet River is usually deserted out of season, except for an occasional fisherman. The rides also take in stunning inland scenery as they traverse dune forest paths, open farmland, rivers and wetlands…

(GPS coordinates: -33.549098, 27.024393)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/3-sisters-horse-safaris

Boulders Sea Kayaking
14 Apr 2014
 
     

Boulders Sea Kayaking

Boulder’s has become one of the most popular attractions in Cape Town for its uniqueness - a penguin colony in suburban Cape Town. The trip there on the water is both informative and relaxing. Trips depart from the jetty in Simon’s Town every morning, weather permitting, with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 18 guests. Stable sit-on-top kayaks are used and the paddle is ideally suited to people from all age groups – it is no more strenuous than hiking up a hill. Drinking water is supplied and the full trip lasts for two hours…

(GPS coordinates: -34.192742, 18.432419)

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

Somerset Villa
14 Apr 2014
 
     

Somerset Villa Guesthouse, a 40 minute drive from Cape Town city centre, endeavours to provide the best possible level of service at affordable rates in a perfect setting to individual and business travellers, small groups, and families with children. Discreetly hidden from public view, this tranquil oasis in Somerset West offers exquisite, large and luxurious rooms for the discerning guest who values great comfort and outstanding hospitality. The refreshing, large swimming pool situated in a lush garden provides the tranquil setting for a lovely holiday in the heart of the Cape Winelands…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/somerset-villa-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.062646, 18.835635)

iwantmycoffee
14 Apr 2014
 
     

iwantmycoffee

Durban’s coffee scene is expanding into a brilliant and booming culture, thanks to coffee shops like ‘iwantmycoffee’ in Umhlanga.  ‘iwantmycoffee’ is run by Ard Matthews from the band ‘Just Jinger’ and offers not only a quirky, fun environment with chalk calligraphy scripted on the walls, but also involves a different idea to your usual cute coffee shop. ‘iwantmycoffee’ has its own, in-house run, live online radio station- even offering live music gigs on Sundays which are also aired on radio. The blend of art and coffee at ‘iwantmycoffee’ is a true testament to the talent and creativity that Durban has to offer.

- Ashleigh Bargate

Fort Nongqayi and Museum Complex
13 Apr 2014
 
     

Fort Nongqayi and Museum Complex

The distinctive, white, mud brick Fort Nongqayi with its turreted towers is now the centre for a museum village detailing the rich history of Zululand, and Eshowe in particular. It is one of the most comprehensive venues in the area when it comes to portraying the history of the Zululand, and the people who came to settle here...

(GPS coordinates: -28.903797, 31.447731)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/fort-nongqayi-and-museum-complex

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