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Whale Crier Walking Tour
17 Dec 2015
 
     

There is simply no better way to explore the coast line in search for whales than in the company of the world famous Hermanus Whale Crier. The walk is one hour in duration, but longer walks with other whale experts can be arranged. The tours depart from the information kiosk on Market Square. Please arrive five minutes before the tour departs. From here, the Whale Crier will use his skills and years of knowledge to guide you along the stunning cliff paths searching for these majestic animals...

(GPS coordinates: -34.42002, 19.2431)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/whale-crier-walking-tour

Keurfontein Country House
17 Dec 2015
 
     

From the hugely spacious accommodation to the refined cuisine, Keurfontein is an authentic but elegant tribute to the Klein Karoo. Vistas of the hauntingly beautiful landscape can be enjoyed from the patios, while guests can explore the mountains and two dams at their leisure. Situated between Willowmore and Uniondale, Keurfontein Country House offers secluded accommodation in beautifully renovated cottages and rooms, and is a convenient stopover point for travellers driving from Gauteng to the Garden Route...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.392565, 23.367189)

Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve
16 Dec 2015
 
     

Seekoeivlei Nature Reserve protects a unique wetland and is home to more than a quarter of the Free State's endangered bird species. The area near the scenic little town of Memel consists of the grassy floodplain of the Klip River and its surroundings, including numerous small oxbow lakes, which are seasonally flooded. This is a wetland of particular importance as it is the largest one in the South African highveld. Three bird hides offer the opportunity to observe the birds and a number of mammal species that are being reintroduced to the area, including  zebra and various antelope...

(GPS coordinates: -27.578476, 29.582791)

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

Wildlife Highlights 2 Day Tour
16 Dec 2015
 
     

This tour comprises a two-day, one-night guided outing to view the wildlife of Africa. You’ll visit the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park, where you can see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). After a pick-up from your accommodation venue in Durban or Umhlanga, this tour travels northwards along the motorway before it turns off at the village of Eshowe. From here it meanders through exceptionally scenic mountainous areas with beautiful vistas. After passing Ulundi, you enter the Hluhluwe Reserve to start your game viewing. You spend the full day in the park, leaving in the late afternoon for dinner and an overnight stop at Zulu Nyala Heritage Hotel...

(GPS coordinates: -29.848926, 31.035193)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/wildlife-highlights-2-day-tour

Ndaka Safari Lodge
16 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in the 8 900ha Nambiti Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, Ndaka Safari Lodge offers full board accommodation in luxury safari tents and rooms, and focuses on providing a family-friendly atmosphere and an absorbing safari experience. The lodge offers a superb all-inclusive safari experience that includes two daily game drives during which the Big Five can be encountered. Families are very well accommodated, while all guests will be treated to delicious South African cuisine prepared by experienced chefs...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/ndaka-safari-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -28.424183, 29.982731)

West Coast National Park
15 Dec 2015
 
     

Just inland from the secluded harbour of Saldanha Bay one finds the azure waters of the Langebaan Lagoon - the focal point of the West Coast National Park. Thousands of seabirds roost on sheltered islands, pristine golden beaches stretch endlessly into the early morning mist, and brooding salt marshes are home to flamingos and vast concentrations of migrant waders from the northern hemisphere. Whale watching is a particular highlight for those visiting between August and November. Another attraction is the fossilized ‘footprints of Eve’ on the shore of the Langebaan Lagoon - the oldest known footprints of an anatomically-modern human...

(GPS coordinates: -33.195406, 18.126004)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/west-coast-national-park

The Aquarium on Leliekloof Farm
15 Dec 2015
 
     

If you had to design the perfect stillwater, you would probably not go wrong if you modelled your answer on the Aquarium at Leliekloof. In summer, it has a thick seam of weed beds that runs around most of the stillwater and harbours a prolific body of insect life, including dragonfly nymphs as long as your thumb. The trout glut on this abundance and are fat and healthy. In winter, when food becomes scarce, the strikes are often aggressive and the runs hard and intense...

(GPS coordinates: -31.152304, 26.718031)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/aquarium-leliekloof-farm

Bat-eared Fox Baby
15 Dec 2015
 
     

This baby bat-eared fox looks newborn, but he’s actually just rather wet. This little one might have as many as five siblings and, interestingly, he is predominantly cared for by his father, not his mother. After the cubs are weaned off their mother’s milk, male Bat-Eared Fox fathers take over the role of grooming and tending to their young.

Walking on Water
15 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated on South Africa’s secluded, scenic West Coast, Walking on Water offers bed and breakfast accommodation in three luxury rooms with a true home-from-home atmosphere. The guest house offers gorgeous views over the Langebaan Lagoon and is close to the area’s attractions. Hosts Magdel and Andre have a passion for people and will share fascinating information about Langebaan’s history and what to see and do...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/walking-water

(GPS coordinates: -33.092912, 18.048546)

Soutpansberg Conservancy
14 Dec 2015
 
     

The Soutpansberg Conservancy takes you into the heart of the Soutpansberg, South Africa’s northernmost mountain range.  It’s a dramatic series of peaks and valleys, rising beyond the town of Louis Trichardt and running 130km from west to east. The Soutpansberg Conservancy is great for botanising, birding, hiking and rock art.  The Soutpansberg mountains are home to some 94 mammal species, four kinds of tortoise, 44 lizard species, 48 snake species, one crocodile species, 23 amphibian species and one species of butterfly. Consequently it is an important conservation area...

(GPS coordinates: -22.929939, 30.316772)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/soutpansberg-conservancy

Vinehopper Southern Route - Day Pass
14 Dec 2015
 
     

The Vinehopper is a hop-on, hop-off service on the Stellenbosch Wine Route for those with an inquisitive mind, healthy appetite and a sense of humour. The Southern Route highlights the differences in the types of farms in the Stellenbosch Region, from the big and well-known Spier to the smaller, privately owned Bilton. You can decide if you would like to go to all six estates or spend more time at a few of your favourites. You will also experience something different on this route by visiting the Van Ryn Brandy Cellar and the Cape Raptor world at Spier. This Route can be booked for Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933604, 18.856137)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/vinehopper-southern-route-day-pass

Dunstone Country House
14 Dec 2015
 
     

Set on a working wine and fruit estate in the Bovlei Valley outside the quiet town of Wellington, Dunstone Country House offers accommodation in five individually-decorated rooms and a self-catering cottage, equipped with all the modern luxuries. The romantic country-style atmosphere is complemented by great food and a wide range of facilities. Guests here can immerse themselves in the romance of a wine farm by partaking in fun-filled wine making adventures during harvesting season. The stylish rooms are situated in charmingly-renovated stables surrounded by picturesque mountain scenery...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.634041, 19.061276)

Marakele National Park
13 Dec 2015
 
     

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains, as its Tswana name suggests, has become a 'place of sanctuary' for an impressive variety of wildlife due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Rare finds of yellowwood and cedar trees, and five metre high cycads and tree ferns, are some of the plant species to see here. All the large game species from elephant and rhino to the big cats as well as an amazing variety of birds, including probably the largest colony of endangered Cape vultures in the world...

(GPS coordinates: -24.419252, 27.539463)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/marakele-national-park

Oystercatcher Trail
13 Dec 2015
 
     

This nature and archeological trail is rated highly by the BBC and National Geographic as well as by Getaway, Country Life, Star Travel, Slackpacking SA etc. The 4-day, 4-night trail combines a great variety of elements both natural, modern and historical as well as top notch guiding, accommodation and food. Every day is different and never too taxing. The standard of guiding is superb. These guides are not porters; they are passionate about the coast, the archaeology, history and traditions of the area and are fundis on indigenous plants and herbs and their uses...

(GPS coordinates: -34.1864, 22.1565)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/slackpacking/oystercatcher-trail

Karoo Pandok
13 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in the small Free State town of Bethulie, Karoo Pandok is a comfy farm-style retreat with five rooms and two cottages, along with a swimming pool. The guest house offers characterful, affordable farm-style accommodation on beautifully lush grounds in the arid Karoo, and is a perfect halfway stop between Johannesburg and Cape Town...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/karoo-pandok

(GPS coordinates: -30.493226, 25.982970)

Tembe Elephant Park
12 Dec 2015
 
     

This remote park, deep in an area of sand forests, pans and wetlands in northern Tongaland, lies on the border between KwaZulu-Natal and Mozambique, situated within the sandveld ecological zone and consisting mainly of closed woodland and secondary thicket formation. The park falls within a transition area between tropical and sub-tropical forms, and is therefore home to a great diversity of vegetation and a spectacular range of animal and bird life. Tembe is a special place with very basic day visitor facilities and a road system consistent with the wilderness management of the area...

(GPS coordinates: -27.048721, 32.422253)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/tembe-elephant-park

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