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The Smalblaar and Molenaars Rivers
12 Dec 2015
 
     

The Smalblaar (or Smallies) is probably the most popular river in the Western Cape because of its easy access and good fishing. It flows alongside the Du Toit’s Kloof pass section of the N1 yet once you are on the river you can neither hear nor see the traffic. The Smalblaar holds a good head of fair-sized rainbow trout. Trophy fish of 3 pounds or even heavier are still caught every year. At the end of spring, the Smalblaar attains a certain charisma that distinguishes it from most other trout rivers in the Cape...

(GPS coordinates: -33.713647, 19.196456)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/smalblaar-and-molenaars-rivers

Trumpeter Hornbill Calling
12 Dec 2015
 
     

Trumpeter Hornbills are the size of crows and they really make their presence known, flapping about in forest canopies giving the unique braying, wailing, squealing calls for which they are named. They generally prefer to remain in lowland, coastal and riverine evergreen forests and well-wooded suburbs, where they hop from branch to branch foraging for insects and fruit, especially figs.

A Villa de Mer
12 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in the friendly seaside town of Port Alfred, the modern Mediterranean-style A Villa de Mer has six comfortable contemporary rooms, a swimming pool and great sea views, promising a wonderfully laidback, pampered beach holiday. This spacious villa offers elegant, luxurious accommodation right across the road from the spectacular Kelly’s Beach. Amongst a range of facilities, a large balcony offers panoramic views of the dunes, beach and ocean...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/villa-de-mer

(GPS coordinates: -33.605963, 26.893702)

Queen Elizabeth Park
11 Dec 2015
 
     

This small nature reserve serves as the headquarters of KZN Wildlife (KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Service). Situated on the northern slopes of Pietermaritzburg, this reserve provides an environmental education and outdoor recreation area for the Natal Midlands. Of special interest amongst the large number of indigenous and exotic plants growing throughout the park, are the numerous species of cycads growing around the Douglas Mitchell Centre and the endangered Hilton daisies which grow naturally in the grasslands in the park. A model 'environmentally friendly' bird garden and the iDube trail, a circular, self-guided walk, are available to visitors...

(GPS coordinates: -29.569333, 30.321085)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/queen-elizabeth-park

Cape Point Cruise
11 Dec 2015
 
     

Described by Sir Francis Drake as the finest cape in the circumference of the world, you’ll no doubt agree after this trip. You depart from Simon’s Town and the first stop is at Boulders penguin sanctuary to view the African penguins from the seaward side. Next, you visit a small cape fur seal colony at Partridge Point and then move on to exploring the cliffs and caves of Cape Point. The final climax is when you "round" Cape Point to enjoy the spectacular mountain and ocean views. The return trip heads back to Simon's Town on an offshore route with the hope of encountering dolphins or whales along the way...

(GPS coordinates: -34.192917, 18.43229)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/cape-point-cruise

Ama Amanzi Game Lodge
11 Dec 2015
 
     

An authentically African game lodge, Ama Amanzi is situated on a pristine piece of land in the heart of the Waterberg Biosphere, a spectacular World Heritage Site. The Dutch owners have placed particular emphasis on preserving the bush and providing organic fruit and vegetables grown on the farm. Unobtrusively set in the beautiful Waterberg region of Limpopo, the lodge’s affordable bed-and-breakfast or all-inclusive luxury accommodation is complemented by a holistic mix of activities ranging from bush walks and game drives to wildlife courses, painting and cooking classes...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/ama-amanzi-game-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.06113, 27.9772)

Harold Porter Botanical Garden
10 Dec 2015
 
     

This beautiful, secluded garden, renowned for its waterfalls and amber pools, is set between mountain and sea in Betty’s Bay, which is a small town at the heart of the Cape Fynbos region within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. It comprises 10ha of cultivated fynbos garden, and covers 3km of nature trails, providing scenic views of pristine natural fynbos, deep gorges and forests...

(GPS coordinates: -34.35273, 18.927485)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/harold-porter-botanical-garden

Bell River, Middle Section
10 Dec 2015
 
     

This hallowed stream rises on the escarpment near Tenahead Lodge. Closer to its source, the Bell River flows through a valley with a relatively small, one-sided flood plain with a few contributing wetlands. The river then flows into a gorge and through a schism in the landscape, losing altitude rapidly over a relatively short distance. The Bell picks up a few tributaries on the way downstream, namely the Kloppershoek, Carlisleshoek and Maartenshoek streams...

(GPS coordinates: -30.793244, 27.961927)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/bell-river-middle-section

Oceana Palms Luxury Guesthouse
10 Dec 2015
 
     

Set on the mountainside in the idyllic seaside village of Gordon’s Bay, Oceana Palms Luxury Guesthouse is a tastefully-styled contemporary guest house with seven individually-decorated guest rooms, and offers everything a visitor will need to melt away life’s stresses. Colourful décor and modern amenities create a luxurious home-from-home atmosphere at this modern guest house. The lofty location makes the house an excellent vantage point for sundowners and whale watching, with the rooftop sundeck offering panoramic sea and mountain views...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/oceana-palms-luxury-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.169986, 18.848649)

Nwanedi Nature Reserve
9 Dec 2015
 
     

The Nwanedi Nature Reserve lies in the foothills of the Venda mountains, near the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park. It is known for its dams and waterfalls, baobabs and ancient Venda mythology. The Nwanedi Nature Reserve is 9 300ha in area and includes two dams, the Nwanedi Dam and the smaller Lupepe Dam. There is also the picturesque Tshihovhohovho Falls. The reserve is home to many animals, including giraffe, white rhino, assorted antelope and leopard. There is great outdoor action...

(GPS coordinates: -22.586079, 30.415446)

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

Rhino and Lion Park
9 Dec 2015
 
     

The Lion and Rhino Park is ideal for urban wildlife enthusiasts and families who are eager to catch a glimpse of Africa’s famous wildlife. Here you can view four of the Big Five - lion, rhino, leopard and buffalo - and see other rare and endangered species too. This park has breeding programmes for white lions, Siberian and Bengal tigers, and conservation programmes for cheetahs, wild dog and a colony of Cape vultures – all highly endangered endemic species. Herds of plains game roam the reserve and graze freely. There's also a separate facility for hippos...

(GPS coordinates: -25.9736, 27.7929)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/rhino-and-lion-park

Winterton Country Lodge at Rose Cottage
9 Dec 2015
 
     

Guests at Winterton Country Lodge can breathe in the crisp mountain air while partaking in activities such as fly fishing and canoeing. The beautifully decorated country-style rooms are surrounded by huge trees, and the lodge is a perfect gateway into the magnificent Drakensberg. Situated in evergreen gardens just outside the little town of Winterton, Winterton Country Lodge offers ten individually-decorated guest rooms, fireplace-warmed living areas and beautiful views of the Drakensberg Mountains...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/winterton-country-lodge-rose-cottage

(GPS coordinates: -28.795001, 29.534827)

Mkhomazi Wilderness Area
8 Dec 2015
 
     

The Mkhomazi section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of the most isolated and least explored mountainous areas in KwaZulu- Natal. The area is not attached to the main escarpment and comprises a number of elevated ridges protruding towards the Midlands. The Mkhomazi section of the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park is one of the most isolated and least explored mountainous areas in KwaZulu-Natal. The area is not attached to the main escarpment and comprises a number of elevated ridges protruding towards the Midlands. Two caves are available for overnighting...

(GPS coordinates: -29.622713, 29.373322)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/mkhomazi-wilderness-area

Samrec-2-Sacramento Tour
8 Dec 2015
 
     

The half-day tour starts with a pick-up at your hotel or the airport, after which you head to the South African Marine Rehabilitation Centre (SAMREC), which is situated in the Cape Recife Nature Reserve and serves not only to rehabilitate animals, but also to educate the community. SAMREC can house about 200 penguins, and also has facilities for birds, seals and turtles. Later, you’ll enjoy an eight-kilometre walk along the Sacramento trail through the Schoenmakerskop-Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve. The area offers attractive seascapes, landscapes and, depending on the season, some remarkable displays of dune vegetation and wild flowers...

(GPS coordinates: -34.028353, 25.700197)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/samrec-2-sacramento-tour

Nile Monitor Lizard
8 Dec 2015
 
     

Nile monitor lizards often have exquisite charcoal and yellow colouring and can grow quite large – up to 1.6m in length. They are usually found near or in rivers, although they have well-developed claws and can climb trees. They use their forked tongues to sniff out food, which includes insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles (including crocodiles), eggs, birds, and carrion.

Azalea Bed and Breakfast
8 Dec 2015
 
     

Situated in a country-style garden in the town of Howick, Azalea Bed and Breakfast is an intimate recluse which offers bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation in rooms of traditional comfort, and is suited for couples, families and groups alike. Both of the cosy rooms at this charming guest house open onto the leafy garden, which has a small swimming pool. Guests are guaranteed personalised service and are well positioned to explore Howick, the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands and the Drakensberg mountains...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/azalea-bed-and-breakfast

(GPS coordinates: -29.480823, 30.218438)

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