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Yellow Mongoose Pair
22 Dec 2015
 
     

Two mongooses stand in the erect posture so typical of these furry little beasts. Grassland is one of the preferred habitats of the yellow mongoose. They can also be found in open semi-arid scrubland in most southern African countries. A family group of mongooses is centred around a breeding pair, and the rest of the clan submit to daily anointment with the alpha male’s gland secretions.

White Elephant Safari Lodge & Bush Camp
22 Dec 2015
 
     

White Elephant is situated in the bushveld of the Pongola Game Reserve in Northern Kwazulu Natal, close to the Lebombo Mountains and the sparkling Jozini Dam. The Safari Lodge offers full board accommodation in luxurious tents, while the Bush Camp is available for the exclusive use of large self-catering groups. Guests will enjoy colonial opulence merged with authentic African experiences. Amongst a host of other activities, the lodge offers Black Rhino tracking and elephant research experiences, as well as tiger fishing and boat cruises on Jozini Dam...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/white-elephant-safari-lodge-bush-camp

(GPS coordinates: -27.390196, 31.910118)

Goukamma Nature Reserve
21 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated along the scenic Garden Route on the Cape south coast, east of George and west of Knysna, the 2,500 ha Goukamma Reserve has a Marine Protected Area, which extends for around 1.8 km seawards, where one can see bottle-nosed and common dolphins frolicking in the surf. Goukamma's diverse habitats support grysbok, bushbuck, bushpig, porcupine and vervet monkey, as well as caracal, water and grey mongoose, honey badger and otter. More than 220 species of birds have been recorded...

(GPS coordinates: -34.069965, 22.948669)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/goukamma-nature-reserve

Polela River Fly Fishing
21 Dec 2015
 
     

The Polela River is situated a short distance from the village of Himeville in the southern Drakensberg region. The Polela once held the record for the largest river Brown trout in South Africa. Caught on bait, it was all of 9lbs big. However, it is no longer a Brown trout stream and now holds a good head of small rainbows, mainly in the range of 8 to 10 inches. Anyone wanting to try this stream should concentrate their efforts along that section that runs through the conservation area, upstream of the Cobham Nature Reserve campsite and as far into the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Park as one chooses...

(GPS coordinates: -29.704884, 29.419767)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/polela-river-fly-fishing

Constantia Vista
21 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in the prestigious Cape Town suburb of Constantia, Constantia Vista offers luxurious self-catering accommodation in modern apartments equipped with an impressive array of amenities. Ideal for long stays, the self-catering apartments at Constantia Vista are built for entertainment and luxury and occupy hillside locations with beautiful views. Guests can enjoy their independence, but full time staff and a range of services are available to assist with any needs...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/constantia-vista

(GPS coordinates: -34.024927, 18.415194)

Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve
20 Dec 2015
 
     

The 20 000 hectare Nooitgedacht Nature Reserve is a little-known but rewarding reserve to visit in Mpumalanga, 14km from Carolina. Its impressive dam, which is situated on the Komati River, attracts anglers with the promise of carp, yellow fish and bass, while birders and nature lovers enjoy game viewing, hiking and mountain biking. About 20 different species of game thrive in the reserve’s grassland and woodland habitats including giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, gemsbok, kudu, impala, hyena and elusive leopards, along with over 200 recorded bird species…

(GPS coordinates: -25.955768, 30.085255)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/nooitgedacht-nature-reserve

Palmiet River Tubing
20 Dec 2015
 
     

An hour from Cape Town, Kogelberg Nature Reserve is often considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom because of the exceptional quality of its fynbos. The reserve is remarkably unspoilt, with its high mountain peaks, steep kloofs, valleys and several tributaries of the pristine Palmiet River. Tubing offers endless enjoyment as you cascade down the mountainside through various drops and tumbling mini-falls on the Palmiet River, which snakes among small boulders and vegetation, providing the ideal ambience for this laid-back activity. The trip takes two to three hours, all depending on the flow of the river...

(GPS coordinates: -34.2903, 18.96)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/palmiet-river-tubing

Vredenburg Manor House
20 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated on a peaceful farm between Stellenbosch and Somerset West, Vredenburg Manor House offers five individually-decorated guest rooms and two self-catering cottages, treating guests to country living at its best. The historic Cape Dutch style house offers charming, stylish luxury that fits perfectly with its scenic Cape Winelands surrounds. Expansive exotic gardens and top-class amenities create a thoroughly relaxing atmosphere for guests who appreciate the finer things in life...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/vredenburg-manor-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.036218, 18.801759)

Thomas Baines Nature Reserve
19 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated approximately 12 km from Grahamstown off the N2 highway to Port Elizabeth, Thomas Baines Nature Reserve has been somewhat of an institution amongst Grahamstown residents since the 1960s, despite the fact that, at that time, it consisted of a mere 257 ha of municipal land. In 1980 this was increased to 1 024 ha. The reserve is named after the well known artist, naturalist and explorer, Thomas Baines, who spent much of his time in the area. On 18 April 1990, the Thomas Baines Goldfields Environmental Education centre was officially opened and caters for up to 60 learners at a time...

(GPS coordinates: -33.389313, 26.479926)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/thomas-baines-nature-reserve

Seal Island Cruise
19 Dec 2015
 
     

The ‘real’ Seal Island is eight nautical miles (about 16 kilometres) from Simon’s Town and is home to about 75 000 cape fur seals, a large variety of bird species (including penguins) and, in the winter months, is the hunting ground of the great white shark. En route to the island, the views are truly spectacular, with Cape Point in the distance to your right, Table Mountain and the Constantia wine route on your left and the majestic Hottentot’s Holland mountain range up ahead. You may also see whales and dolphins if you're lucky and Simon’s Town Boat Company are legally permitted to approach them...

(GPS coordinates: -34.192917, 18.43229)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/seal-island-cruise

Spur-winged Goose
19 Dec 2015
 
     

A Spur-winged Goose wanders in a field of summer flowers. This magnificent goose is easily recognisable because of its rather ugly red facial wattles and its exquisite, iridescent wing feathers. This one is likely to be male because of the extent of his wattles and the pronounced knob on his forehead. Spur-winged Geese have variable amounts of white on their faces, throats, bellies and wings. The negligible white marking on this bird’s face are an indication that it probably hails from the more southerly populations of Spur-winged Geese.

Garonga Safari Camp
19 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in the 22 000ha Makalali Conservancy west of the Kruger National Park, Garonga Safari Camp is an intimate lodge that offers full board accommodation in six luxury tents, complemented by facilities such as a swimming pool and health spa. Garonga focuses on giving guests an unhurried, boutique safari experience that combines Big Five game viewing with luxurious relaxation. To get a true connection with nature, guests can go for a pampered sleep-out on a raised platform in the middle of the bush...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/garonga-safari-camp

(GPS coordinates: -24.110300, 30.728292)

Mountain Sanctuary Park
18 Dec 2015
 
     

Less than a two hour drive from Johannesburg and a world away from stressful city living is the Mountain Sanctuary Park in the Magaliesberg Mountains. If you’re looking for a place to de-stress, spend quality time with the family, or enjoy outdoor activities you’ll be hard-pressed to find somewhere more affordable and relaxing than this retreat - one of Gauteng’s oldest privately-owned nature reserves - above the Grootfontein Valley. But the reserve never feels overcrowded, even when its 30 large campsites, self-catering chalets and log cabins are fully booked...

(GPS coordinates: -25.846155, 27.462044)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/mountain-sanctuary-park

Bell River, Lower Beats
18 Dec 2015
 
     

This hallowed stream rises on the escarpment near Tenahead Lodge. Further downstream, where the gradient flattens out, the river widens its meanders and flattens, now with sand and gravel bottoms. The banks used to be shaded by crack willow trees (Salix fragilis), but a government sponsored “Working for Water” program has eradicated most these...

(GPS coordinates: -30.706964, 28.137225)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/bell-river-lower-beats

Ku De Ta B & B
18 Dec 2015
 
     

Ku De Ta B&B is a cosy guest house in White River, Mpumalanga, accommodating guests in seven rooms, some with verandahs and private courtyards with outdoor showers. Guests will enjoy warm owner-managed hospitality, a great breakfast and comfortable accommodation, and are optimally positioned for explorations of the Lowveld, including the Kruger National Park. The gardens feature large trees, water features and a koi pond, creating a very peaceful atmosphere...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/ku-de-ta-b-b

(GPS coordinates: -25.328908, 31.004991)

Rietvlei Wetland Reserve
17 Dec 2015
 
     

The Table Bay Nature Reserve consists of seven parts: Rietvlei Wetlands, Milnerton Lagoon, Milnerton Beach, Milnerton Racecourse, Zoarvlei Wetlands, Diep River and the Parklands Fynbos Corridor. This 880ha reserve protects 412 plant species, 31 mammals, 196 birds, 33 reptiles, nine amphibians, and 14 fish species. The Rietvlei Wetland part is a large wetland in the floodplain of the Diep River between Milnerton and Table View that drains into Table Bay via the Milnerton Lagoon. This is a birder’s paradise...

(GPS coordinates: -33.836032, 18.4936)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/rietvlei-wetland-reserve

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