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Lindbergh MTB Trail
25 Jan 2014
 
     

Lindbergh MTB Trail

The exclusive Lindbergh Lodge is set on 5 000 hectares of archetypal African savannah and is often called the “Jewel of South Africa’s North West province”.

Mountain-biking is done along sandy jeep tracks and gravel roads, swooping among umbrella acacias and through the grassland plains of the North West savannah...

(GPS coordinates: -27.270728, 25.719252)

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

Little Lion's Head Trail
25 Jan 2014
 
     

Little Lion's Head Trail

This wonderful short walk above Hout Bay offers outstanding views and makes a lovely evening outing, so be sure to pack sundowners. It should take no more than 40 minutes to the top.

Follow the sign to "Mount Rhodes" off the M6 between Llandudno and Hout Bay. Turn left into Little Lionsheadweg and left again into Valley View Road. A big gate blocks the road that leads up to the right...

(GPS coordinates: -34.018058, 18.347836)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/little-lions-head-trail

Summer Cicada
25 Jan 2014
 
     

This cicada was photographed in summer at Giant’s Castle in the Drakensberg, using a technique called photo stacking to get the whole bug in sharp focus. It involves taking about 40 images of the bug at different focus points and then 'stitching' them together using dedicated software (HeliconFocus in this instance). It also requires the bug to sit perfectly still for about a minute.

Sethuthuthu Tours Quad Bikes
24 Jan 2014
 
     

Sethuthuthu Tours Quad Bikes

The rather onomatopoeic name of this company is the Sotho word for motorbike. It’s the sound you’ll hear as you sethuthuthuthu along the hills and plains of the beautiful Eastern Free State. The trails traverse a number of different farms that have joined together to form a conservancy. You are likely to see some game like black wildebeest, eland and other antelope, lots of birds and beautiful plants and flowers. The geology of the area is particularly interesting with the iconic cave sandstone cliffs that glow golden in the morning or evening light…

(GPS coordinates: -28.486157, 28.432574)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sethuthuthu-tours-quad-bikes

Coastal Fynbos Trail
24 Jan 2014
 
     

Coastal Fynbos Trail

This circular trail starts at Sappershoek, which is located at the east end of the seaside village of Schoenmakerskop. The complex geology, together with variations in topography and the influence of salt-laden winds and fire, have led to a mosaic of vegetation types.

Park your car at Sappershoek and then follow the Coastal Fynbos signs up the hill. After a couple of kilometres of walking through the coastal fynbos, you’ll see a short cut back to the start (a four-kilometre loop), but the main trail continues for another 1,5 kilometres to a cellphone tower from where there are outstanding views over the rugged coastline...

(GPS coordinates: -34.041163, 25.554427)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/coastal-fynbos-trail

Gamkapoort Dam
24 Jan 2014
 
     

Gamkapoort Dam near Prince Albert.

Orchid House
23 Jan 2014
 
     

Orchid House

Bloemfontein is justly famous for its roses, but visitors with a horticultural interest should make a point of visiting the Orchid House.

Set in a circular glass greenhouse, the Orchid House is an oasis of colourful, exotic beauty. Everywhere you look as you wander along the circular wooden boardwalk there are orchids growing out of pots, climbing trees, and overflowing from baskets...

(GPS coordinates: -29.10405, 26.223185)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/orchid-house

Wolkberg Wilderness Trails
23 Jan 2014
 
     

Wolkberg Wilderness Trails

Step onto your personal little Cloud Nine in the breathtaking Wolkberg Wilderness, a remote and unspoilt area covering 24 000 hectares. This eco-paradise has to rate as one of Limpopo’s (and also South Africa’s) best-kept secrets. Experience this pristine wilderness on foot along an incredible network of hiking routes and trails. Best of all, you can literally walk wherever you like...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/wolkberg-wilderness-trails

Lookout Hill Centre
22 Jan 2014
 
     

Lookout Hill Centre

The Lookout Hill Centre On the corner of Mew Way Road and Spine Road, Khayelitsha, consists of an art and science centre, a restaurant and gift shop and an information kiosk. Visitors can get information and book township tours and other activities, such as a sangoma consultation, a bicycle tour or an overnight stay in a B&B.

At the centre, be sure to climb to the look-out at the top of the dune, which has a 360-degree view of False Bay, the Hottentots Holland Mountain range, the Helderberg mountains and the Groot Drakenstein mountains...

(GPS coordinates: -34.045121, 18.656191)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/lookout-hill-centre

Ondini Battlefield
22 Jan 2014
 
     

Ondini Battlefield

After the British defeated King Cetshwayo’s army at Ulundi in July 1879, they divided Zululand into 13 territories, each with its own chief, principally selected from those who had shown little support for Cetshwayo during his war with the British. This proved the perfect recipe for strife, as competing chiefs fought for supremacy.

The obelisk-shaped memorial to the battle is just outside Ulundi, on the road signposted to Mfolozi/Hluhuwe Game Park…

(GPS coordinates: -28.323019, 31.465699)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/ondini-battlefield

Tugela River Rafting, Upper Canyon
21 Jan 2014
 
     

Tugela River Rafting, Upper Canyon

Sourced high in the Drakensberg Mountains at Mont-aux-Sources, the Tugela River soon tumbles 947 metres down the five-level Tugela Falls - the world’s second-highest waterfall after Venezuela’s Angel Falls.

The upper tributaries offer some extreme creeking options for self-supported kayakers, but the upper stretches of The Canyon just outside Colenso are where the formal commercial rafting options begin...

(GPS coordinates: -28.679519, 29.920149)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/tugela-river-rafting-upper-canyon

Addo Elephant-Back Safaris
21 Jan 2014
 
     

Addo Elephant-Back Safaris

Situated in the Zuurberg mountains section of Addo Elephant National Park, the Addo Elephant-Back Safari Lodge is just on an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth. These valleys support no less than 5 of the 7 southern African biomes or eco-regions.

An exhilarating experience awaits those who ride these magnificent beasts; it’s an incomparable way of viewing the African bush and natural wildlife of the park. Revel in the natural surroundings from your lofty seat as these gentle giants amble through montane woodland and along savannah plains. After your safari you can interact on a personal level with these remarkable pachyderms as they play and commune...

(GPS coordinates: -33.302628, 25.735586)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/addo-elephant-back-safaris

Meisho Maru Shipwreck
21 Jan 2014
 
     

Meisho Maru No 38 Shipwreck near Agulhas.

Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris
20 Jan 2014
 
     

Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris

The Magaliesberg boasts some of the finest ballooning weather in the world. So it is no wonder that Bill Harrop’s multi-coloured air balloons regularly dot the early morning sky as they drift over the  mountains and valleys.

You do have to rise early for a balloon ride, making sure you are at Harrop’s base at Skeerpoort in the Cradle of Humankind before sunrise. Tea and coffee are served as you watch the crew preparing the balloons for flight. Once on board, you can sip some bubbly as you survey the peaceful landscape from high above the trees. Flights generally last an hour, depending on weather conditions...

(GPS coordinates: -26.015948, 27.991287)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/bill-harrops-balloon-safaris

Hi-Fly Kites
20 Jan 2014
 
     

Hi-Fly Kites

Flying a kite in the tranquil and picturesque landscape of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands is a soothing way for the whole family to enjoy an unconventional day out in nature.

Hi-Fly Kites on the Midlands Meander was started in 1987, and has grown to become the supplier of the largest range of kites in Africa. The secret of the company’s success is a zest for kites and all things airborne. It provides the highest quality kites to recreational flyers and enthusiasts, and to sportsmen, businesses and special interest customers...

(GPS coordinates: -29.526879, 30.259078)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/hi-fly-kites

Black Rock, Elephant Coast, KZN
20 Jan 2014
 
     

Black Rock, Elephant Coast, KZN.

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