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India Venster Hike
8 Nov 2015
 
     

This hike takes a challenging and adventurous route up the face of Table Mountain. It takes its name from India Ravine, which resembles the shape of India on a map when seen from the city, and Venster, which is a framed window in the rocks offering views of Devil’s Peak. On the last part of the four-hour hike, you round onto the Twelve Apostles or Atlantic Ocean side of the mountain and head gradually up a peaceful ravine. Once you reach the top, you descend via the Cableway…

(GPS coordinates: -33.955054, 18.415314)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/india-venster-hike

Mariner Guesthouse
8 Nov 2015
 
     

Situated in Simon’s Town on the outskirts of Cape Town, Mariner Guesthouse offers seven beautifully-decorated guest rooms, a sea-facing dining room and a wide range of services. The triple-storey guest house is architecturally designed to showcase splendid views over Simon’s Town and the ocean, whilst offering maximum comfort. The beaches, shops and restaurants of the town are within easy walking distance...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mariner-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.195800, 18.440008)

Sandveld Nature Reserve
7 Nov 2015
 
     

Beautiful Kalahari thornveld characterises the 37 000-hectare Sandveld Nature Reserve, which lies on the Free State side of the Bloemhof Dam, at the confluence of the Vaal River and the Vet River. It is the closest to the Kalahari you can get within a few hours’ drive of Johannesburg, with tracts of the Kalahari’s signature camelthorn trees, a population of crimson-breasted shrikes and large sociable weaver colonies...

(GPS coordinates: -27.70268, 25.740795)

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

The Willow Stream
7 Nov 2015
 
     

Balloch is in the Wartrail district of the Eastern Cape Highlands, a region that lies roughly at the apex of an imaginary triangle where Barkly East and Lady Grey are at the either end of its base. The stream running through Balloch is the Vlooikraalspruit, more commonly known as the Willow Stream. It is divided it into two distinct beats by an impassable waterfall. There’s the tiny, mountain-top section above the falls that only has brown trout in it, while below the waterfall the river mainly holds rainbow trout...

(GPS coordinates: -30.719134, 27.697812)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/willow-stream

Spotted Thick-knee
7 Nov 2015
 
     

The Spotted Thick-knees’ large yellow eyes probably assist them to see better in the dark. They are predominantly nocturnal and are often seen on the road or on road verges at night, standing alert in the glare of a car’s headlights. Spotted Thick-knees are resident throughout most of southern Africa, even breeding in parks and fields in city environs. They are most vocal on cloudy and rainy days and have a recognisable high-pitched, repetitive call.

Mandyville Hotel
7 Nov 2015
 
     

Mandyville Hotel is an intimate establishment with 13 individually-decorated guest rooms and a range of facilities and services that enable a blissful stay in the vibrant holiday town of Jeffrey’s Bay. Mandyville offers classically elegant accommodation less than a kilometre from the Dolphin blue flag beach and various restaurants and shops. The barbeque area and firepit is a great place for jovial outdoor relaxation...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mandyville-hotel

(GPS coordinates: -34.045409, 24.925991)

Marloth Nature Reserve
6 Nov 2015
 
     

Marloth Nature Reserve lies in the majestic Swellendam mountains, between the towns of Swellendam, Ashton, Barrydale and Suurbraak. The reserve is 14,123 ha in extent and is managed together with another 16,532 ha of privately-owned proclaimed mountain catchment land, which visitors may explore on the Swellendam Hiking Trail...

(GPS coordinates: -33.970129, 20.390625)

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

Private Cheese and Wine Tour
6 Nov 2015
 
     

Wine and food go together like 'love and marriage'... In fact, wine is the perfect accompaniment to 'many good things' in life. Wine Desk has designed some speciality tours, some of which focus on wine and food, while others are themed around certain styles of wines. There are many excellent cheese-producing wine estates in the Western Cape, and this full day tour is a wonderful outing for visitors who have a fondness for good cheese with their wines. The tour includes collection and drop-off, a wine specialist guide and air-conditioned luxury transport with an optional lunch at a restaurant that has a particular focus on cheese...

(GPS coordinates: -33.903761, 18.407715)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/private-cheese-and-wine-tour

isiLimela Game Lodge
6 Nov 2015
 
     

Situated in the 40 000 hectare Balule Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park, isiLimela Game Lodge is an intimate thatched lodge accommodating guests in four self-catering chalets. The lodge allows guests to enjoy the independence of comfortable, private self-catering in a tranquil bushveld setting, while offering guided game drives where sightings of the Big Five game are a possibility...

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

(GPS coordinates: -24.153543, 30.92264)

Songimvelo Game Reserve
5 Nov 2015
 
     

Songimvelo Game Reserve is one of Mpumalanga's most exciting reserves, both for its beauty and for its geology. Songimvelo lies deep in the Barberton mountainlands and covers over 50 000 hectares of a remote green corner of Mpumalanga near Swaziland. This is one of the oldest regions on earth, with rocks dating back some 3.5 billion years. Rolling mountains, wide open plains, forested kloofs and hidden valleys - Songimvelo has a wild beauty. It's botanically diverse...

(GPS coordinates: -26.042609, 31.003718)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/songimvelo-game-reserve

Riflespruit
5 Nov 2015
 
     

Although the Riflespruit has its source on the escarpment, it has a very different character to its two neighbours, the Bell and the Bokspruit. It is drier and the vegetation is different. This stream feels the rage of floods more so than others and changes ever so slightly every time it sees a large run-off of precipitation. The Rifle flows off a plateau and into a gorge. The gorge section is well vegetated with shrubbery and ouhout. After passing through Mt. Mourne, the gradient tapers off and the stream flattens out to be generally quite shallow as it flows through a pastoral setting with the occasional tree lining the banks...

(GPS coordinates: -30.859799, 28.01489)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/riflespruit

Emily Moon River Lodge
5 Nov 2015
 
     

Set on the banks of the Bitou River outside Plettenberg Bay, Emily Moon River Lodge is a boutique establishment offering accommodation in ten secluded suites and a self-catering house. Additional facilities include two exquisite restaurants and a swimming pool. Guests will love the mystique and romance of this luxurious lodge, which is filled with rare artefacts collected from across Africa, Asia and Polynesia. The lodge occupies a magnificent setting overlooking a river, wetlands and distant mountains, and guests are able to make use of canoes and mountain bikes to explore the area...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/emily-moon-river-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.010014, 23.373379)

Spitskop Nature Reserve
4 Nov 2015
 
     

This 5 641ha nature reserve is situated on the R360, 13km north of the Green Kalahari town of Upington, en-route to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. It is named after a spitskop, or pointed hill, made up of boulders balancing atop one another. This stands near the entrance gate. Early travellers moving through the region used this naturally created mound as a beacon. The reserve encompasses a swathe of the flat grasslands that are a feature of the area. There are 37km of gravel roads accessible to all vehicles, which make for a pleasant drive. There are three hiking trails if you like getting closer to nature...

(GPS coordinates: -28.371616, 21.167221)

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

Sani Top Overnight Tour
4 Nov 2015
 
     

This two-day tour departs from the Sani Pass Tours office in Underberg at 9.30am and takes about two-and-a-half hours to reach the summit, climbing a grand 2874 meters above sea level and stopping at breathtaking view sites along the way. Once at the top, you will visit a Basotho Village, where an experienced mountain guide will educate you on the lifestyle and traditions of the hardy mountain people. Should you wish to go horse riding or go on a guided walk in the mountains in the afternoon or on the following morning, Sani Mountain Lodge, your overnight stop, will make all the necessary arrangements…

(GPS coordinates: -29.79263, 29.49492)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sani-top-overnight-tour

Thula Meetse
4 Nov 2015
 
     

Situated in the Waterberg Mountains outside the town of Mookgophong in Limpopo, Thula Meetse Mountain Lodge is a quiet breakaway accommodating guests in nine homely self-catering chalets, with attractions including a swimming pool and a range of outdoor activities. The lodge offers magical seclusion in the pristine bushveld and mountains of the Waterberg, with the farm even playing host to a 20 metre high waterfall, which makes a superb picnic spot. Each well-appointed chalet allows guests complete privacy and has its own braai area...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/thula-meetse

(GPS coordinates: -24.378348, 28.480496)

Fernkloof Nature Reserve
3 Nov 2015
 
     

Fernkloof Nature Reserve covers 1800 hectares in the beautiful Kleinrivier Mountains above Hermanus. It protects fynbos, a coastal strip and a small patch of evergreen forest. A botanist’s paradise, Fernkloof Nature Reserve proudly claims the highest species diversity of plants in the world for such a small area. The area is also home to mammal species such as baboon, klipspringer, dassie and shy antelope such as the grey rhebok and Cape grysbok...

(GPS coordinates: -34.398031, 19.266222)

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

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