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Cathedral Peak Trail
27 Dec 2013
 
     

Cathedral Peak Trail

Although there’s a fairly clear path, you need a head for heights and a good level of fitness to summit this iconic Drakensberg peak, as the scramble up the final section is tricky and exposed. But if it sounds intimidating, help is at hand. 

The Cathedral Peak Hotel runs free guided hikes for its guests a couple of times a week and guides can also be arranged from Ezimvelo KZN Wildlife’s Didima Resort and the campsite. If going independently, make sure that you complete the mountain register before setting out and sign back in on your return. Start early, particularly in summer, when afternoon thunderstorms are common, and keep an eye on the weather as you go...

(GPS coordinates: -28.94619, 29.204618)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/cathedral-peak-trail

 

Lazy Summer Days
26 Dec 2013
 
     

Lazy days in the sun, that's what summer holidays are for.

Ferndale 4x4 Trail
26 Dec 2013
 
     

Ferndale 4x4 Trail

The Henderson Valley just outside Cathcart is the perfect setting for adventurous 4x4ing. Ferndale is an active angora goat, sheep and cattle stud farm dominated by mountains, deep gorges and forested kloofs.

The four official 4x4 trails, which are graded 3-5, offer something for everyone and can be driven in either direction, independently or combined. This allows you to create your own individual course and experience...

(GPS coordinates: -32.311881, 27.330766)

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

Worcester Museum
26 Dec 2013
 
     

Worcester Museum

The Worcester Museum complex consists of an indoor agricultural museum filled with farming tools and implements, antique household items and furniture and old-fashioned modes of transport. Detailed exhibition notes and photographs trace the history of the Breede River in an agricultural context from the early hunter-gatherers to modern, post-industrial times.

Outdoors, the agricultural theme continues with a "pre-industrial" household exhibit, where the public can see how people lived before the advent of machines and technology. In the old railway hall exhibition, a handsome steam locomotive is on display, along with vintage trucks, tractors, cars, threshers and ploughs…

(GPS coordinates: 33.642527, 19.466507)

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

The Kitchen Deli
25 Dec 2013
 
     

The Kitchen Deli

The Kitchen Deli is a restaurant run by chef-caterer Karen Dudley specialising in healthy fresh food. Located in Woodstock, a former industrial area that in recent times has been transformed into a trendy up-and-coming neighbourhood, devout foodies travel happily to get their next fix of Karen's wholesome, mostly vegetarian fare.

Karen hails from a family of good cooks and used to run a catering business from her home. When demand outstripped space, she tool the plunge and opened the Kitchen, a deli-bistro-bakery in Woodstock. She hasn't looked back and boasts the accomplishment of having US First Lady Michelle Obama come to eat lunch in her café...

(GPS coordinates: -33.927526, 18.438009)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/kitchen-deli

Normandien Pass MTB Trail
25 Dec 2013
 
     

Normandien Pass MTB Trail

This is an ideal ride for a taste of “bike-packing” or genuine endurance training. The circuit is very scenic, meandering through the foothills of the Drakensberg. Except for 15 kilometres of tarred road at the end of the pass, it is all secondary dirt roads known only to the local communities.

The circuit starts and ends at the Mullers Pass general dealer in KwaZulu-Natal, but includes a stint through the Free State. At the Mullers Pass shop, turn left onto dirt. You'll reach the top of Mullers Pass after 10 kilometres; the last three-kilometre stretch is the first of many ups and downs...

(GPS coordinates: -27.86687, 29.710293)

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

Who Is the Most Excited?
25 Dec 2013
 
     

Who is the most excited?

Tredici Swellendam
25 Dec 2013
 
     

Tredici Restaurant and Delicatessen, Swellendam

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. From crumpets with grilled bacon and banana smothered in (real) maple syrup and pecan nut pieces, or slow cooked oats with a stewed fruit compote and toasted almond slivers for breakfast, to a range of gourmet salads, pizzas, pastas and risottos on the main menu, you will be spoilt for choice.

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. And the attention to detail is pleasing – even the dogs get served their water in a cast iron bowl. To round off the package, the view over the mountains from the outside terrace will lure you to stay longer, and there is a small sand pit to keep the little ones out of your hair so that even ragged parents too can sit back and soothe their frayed nerves, if only for a few moments. 

Trading hours: 07h00 – 18h00, closed on Tuesdays.

www.tredici.co.za

+27 28 514 2216

Eight Bells MTB Trail
24 Dec 2013
 
     

Eight Bells MTB Trail

You might not like the idea of this route when you hear the first 2,5 kilometres of it follows the R328 south from Eight Bells Mountain Inn until you get to head left at the Botlierskop/Groot Brak turn-off.

From here, it’s quality gravel for the next three kilometres. The road to the right at eight kilometres takes you off the Mossel Bay gravel road; it is not signposted, but will blast you two kilometres down into the “Big Dipper”. Watch the erosion ruts and your speed as the surface is loose...

(GPS coordinates: -33.936026, 22.037469)

Read more at http://www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/eight-bells-mtb-trail

South African Jewish Museum
24 Dec 2013
 
     

South African Jewish Museum

The South African Jewish Museum was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in December 2000. Situated along “Museum Mile” in central Cape Town, the museum building, designed by architect Michael Hackner, is clad in Jerusalem stone and has been described as stark and modern with 'overtones of biblical ancientness'.

The museum hosts a number of temporary exhibitions as well as permanent displays of Judaica, including video footage of early South African Jewish settlers such as Barney Barnato and Max Rose. Its displays are hi-tech and use different media to present highlights from South African Jewish history...

(GPS coordinates: -33.931081, 18.41602)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/south-african-jewish-museum

Fish Traps Kosi Bay
24 Dec 2013
 
     

Fish traps in Kosi Bay, Elephant Coast, KZN.

Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail
24 Dec 2013
 
     

Nossob 4x4 Eco Trail

The Nossob Eco Trail is a guided three-night/four-day trail winding through typical Kalahari terrain, following sandy tracks and crossing over quite a few challenging dunes. An experienced guide will lead you into areas inaccessible to ordinary visitors. The fun part is that you get to stop, get out, and investigate things like a dancing white lady, a trapdoor spider, or the spoor of a puff adder or ant lion…

(GPS coordinates: -25.421074, 20.597375)

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

Chosspile Rock Climbing
23 Dec 2013
 
     

Chosspile Rock Climbing

The Magaliesberg is a 130-kilometre long chain of low mountains forming an almost continuous ridge between Pretoria in the east and the Pilanesberg National Park in the west. Nearly all of the climbing is in the deep ravines (kloofs) that form on the northern (dip) side of the mountains. Most of the venues are trad climbing only but there are three sport crags, the most extensive and the closest to Johannesburg and Pretoria being Chospile. 

Unlike the other cliffs, Chosspile is not in a kloof but on a south-facing, shady hillside overlooking the dam wall of Hartbeespoort. Despite the name, the rock is solid quartzite, with more than 50 climbs between grades 14 and 33 on everything from easy slabs to serious overhangs…

(GPS coordinates: -25.7166, 27.84198)

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

Game Capture
23 Dec 2013
 
     

Game Capture

Here is your chance to participate in the tracking, capture and release of giraffe, cheetah, rhino, buffalo, zebra and other mammals in the wild. Dr William Fowlds, who has years of knowledge and experience with game in the Eastern Cape, will be your guide. This is definitely something new; a unique adrenaline-pumping experience.

These events will take place near Port Elizabeth on various farms or game reserves, depending on their different requirements at the moment of the safari. This area is one of the rare malaria-free locations in South Africa where you can get really close to the Big 7…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/game-capture

Karoo Road
23 Dec 2013
 
     
Karoo road.
Overberg Ruins
22 Dec 2013
 
     

Ruins on the road between Struisbaai and Witsand.

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