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Afternoon Stellenbosch Wine Excursion
3 Nov 2015
 
     

Departing from Cape Town at 2pm, this tour covers three fantastic Stellenbosch wine estates: Meerlust, producer of the Rubicon, South Africa's first Bordeaux-style wine; Jordan, with its classic Chardonnay and gorgeous views; and the boutique Peter Falke winery, where you can leave your worries behind you. This tour offers wines for all tastes and returns to Cape Town at about 7pm. Included is collection and drop-off at one of 2 meeting points, a wine specialist guide with air-conditioned luxury transport, and all standard tastings...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933622, 18.856141)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/afternoon-stellenbosch-wine-excursion

Kudu Browsing
3 Nov 2015
 
     

A female kudu browses on a thorn tree. Kudu have the ability to digest plants that other animals may avoid, but they can succumb to tannin poisoning. When kudu nibble at acacias, the tannins in the leaves increase. This makes them unpalatable and discourages browsing antelope from denuding a whole tree. The nibbled leaves also release ethylene into the air which stimulates nearby acacias to increase their tannins within a few minutes. This means kudu have to be free to roam over a large area to avoid being forced to eat toxic levels of indigestible tannins.

Dreamhouse Guest House
3 Nov 2015
 
     

Dreamhouse Guest House is a classy retreat perched on a hill overlooking Hout Bay just outside Cape Town, offering 12 beautiful rooms, a splendid breakfast and discreet but warm service. The guest house is an oasis of colourful modern luxury and boasts stunning views of the mountains and ocean, especially from the two saltwater pools and large adjoining deck. Each individually-decorated room is exceptionally stylish and comfortable...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/dreamhouse-guest-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.018038, 18.348619)

Wolkberg Wilderness Area
2 Nov 2015
 
     

The Wolkberg Wilderness Area is one of Limpopo’s most dramatic reserves – offering adventurers over 22 000ha of mountains, grasslands and thick indigenous forests to explore. It is popular with climbers, hikers, ramblers and picnickers, who come here in search of its cool forests, rivers and glorious mountain scenery. There are various trails through the reserve, including overnight options, which can be pretty tough. For day visitors there are many lovely picnicking spots, like Die Ackers. This is a shaded spot alongside a river near the famous Bob’s Glyvalle, a waterfall that you can slide over into a pool below...

(GPS coordinates: -24.050383, 30.012245)

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

Fly Fishing Sterkfontein
2 Nov 2015
 
     

Sterkfontein embodies four main elements that make the fishing really exciting: dry fly surface action, sight fishing, terrestrials and our local pride, the yellowfish! The best way to explore this large body of water is with local guide Dennis De Klerk, a legend in his own right. The most daunting aspect about fishing for Sterkies yellows is learning not to strike on a pickup. The key is to stay calm, to wait for your line to move with the fish...

(GPS coordinates: -28.490902, 29.048229)

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

Blaauwheim Guest House
2 Nov 2015
 
     

Situated at the foot of the Helderberg Mountains in Somerset West, Blaauwheim Guest House is an upmarket, owner-managed retreat which welcomes guests to enjoy bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation in three opulently styled rooms. Immensely spacious, superbly appointed rooms cater to the whims of every guest at Blaauwheim. The guest house is environmentally-friendly and visitors will be struck by the beauty of the gardens, which are home to indigenous yellowwood trees and cycads, along with birds, lizards and chameleons...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/blaauwheim-guest-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.051495, 18.826682)

Lowveld Botanical Garden
1 Nov 2015
 
     

The character of the Lowveld Garden is shaped by the two main rivers that cut across it, the Crocodile and Nels Rivers, which, before converging in the garden, form spectacular waterfalls at the Cascades and Nels viewpoints. The garden is a haven for walkers, birders, picnickers and tourists and plays a critical role in conservation of rare and endangered species. It had a pivotal role in establishing the cycad gene bank and has one of the best tree collections in South Africa...

(GPS coordinates: -25.443904, 30.96642)

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

Kasteelpoort Hike
1 Nov 2015
 
     

This four-hour route starts by heading up the jeep track from the stunning Twelve Apostles side of the mountain in Cape Town. You connect to the historical pipe track and head up a route called Kasteelpoort, which is a steady climb up a beautiful ravine. Once you reach the top of Kasteelpoort, you make your way to the historical Old Cableway, from where you go up the back side of the mountain to the Valley of the Red Gods and the Valley of Isolation, which has interesting rock formations that create a bowl-like valley. Then you head down into Echo Valley and up the back of Table Mountain, climbing up three ladders. When you are finished, you make your way to the cableway and head down in the cable car... 

(GPS coordinates: -33.951441, 18.393599)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/kasteelpoort-hike

O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa
1 Nov 2015
 
     

Aimed to meet the needs of selective travellers, O on Kloof Boutique Hotel and Spa is an exclusive establishment overlooking the Atlantic Seaboard, offering stylish luxury rooms, an exquisite dining experience and superb facilities. The hotel is a classy urban haven filled with designer pieces, and boasts an indoor swimming pool and spa. Several outdoor relaxation areas allow guests to enjoy the laidback Cape Town vibe and beautiful sea views...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/o-kloof-boutique-hotel-spa

(GPS coordinates: -33.924839, 18.382867)

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
31 Oct 2015
 
     

Voted Gauteng’s best picnic spot 5 years in a row, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens cover almost 300 hectares of landscaped and natural veld areas. For quality family time or peace and solitude, it’s hard to beat “Walter Sisulu”, as locals call the gardens. The garden’s most outstanding feature is the spectacular Witpoortjie Falls, where a breeding pair of Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the water feature. Botanists could spend hours eidentifying the reserve’s over 600 naturally occurring plant species. Most families, however, come to enjoy the fresh air and walk among the wild flower, woodland, succulent, cycad, and bird and butterfly gardens...

(GPS coordinates: -26.086619, 27.844983)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/walter-sisulu-botanical-gardens

Greater Double-collared Sunbird
31 Oct 2015
 
     

These baby Greater Double-collared Sunbirds will one day grow up to be so beautiful that they will often be described as living jewels – ones that can only be found in southern Africa. Adults are resplendent with shimmering emerald-green heads and brilliant scarlet chests. For now, these little ones remain adorable, nondescript fluffballs. Well cared for by both of their parents, they enjoy a healthy diet of nectar, insects and spiders.

Villa Capri
31 Oct 2015
 
     

Situated in the seaside town of Ballito, a 45 minute drive north of Durban, Villa Capri offers seven comfortably-appointed guest rooms and hands-on service. The villa is perfect for couples, families or groups who want a hassle-free stay at the seaside. The villa’s Italian architecture creates an exotic atmosphere, which is enhanced by the huge swimming pool. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast in the adjoining lapa, and can make use of the braai facilities to take advantage of Ballito’s balmy climate. The beach is a short walk away...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/villa-capri

(GPS coordinates: -29.537718, 31.219929)

Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve
30 Oct 2015
 
     

The Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve is at the top of the famous Long Tom Pass. The pass is part of a scenic mountain route between the towns of Lydenburg and Sabie, on Mpumalanga's Panorama Route. Just over 2 000ha in size, the reserve is best known for its hiking, birding and beautiful mountain views. The habitat here is montane grasslands, plateaus with beautiful protea woodlands and thornveld and bushveld lower down. There are wonderful kloofs and krantzes to explore where the Klipgatspruit cuts its way through the mountains. Put on your hiking boots and head out on one of the four hiking trails... 

(GPS coordinates: -25.099085, 30.506587)

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

The Elandspad River
30 Oct 2015
 
     

Some of the finest trout rivers in the Cape are merely an hour’s drive from the city centre. The Elandspad in Du Toit’s Kloof is one of those mind-blowing rivers that will see you returning for more, again and again. Populated only by rainbow trout, the extent of the water inhabited is phenomenal. The average size of fish ranges between 10 and 12 inches, depending on the beat, but fish longer than 20 inches have been taken as high as Beat Four. Less pressured trout in the higher reaches are understandably more gullible than those in the lower kloof area, where the rainbows are renowned for being very picky at times...

(GPS coordinates: -33.733027, 19.121021)

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

River Place Manor
30 Oct 2015
 
     

Set on the banks of the mighty Orange River in Upington, a town known as the Kalahari’s Oasis, River Place Manor offers luxury bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation, a swimming pool and a range of activities. Most of the manor’s luxurious, modern rooms have patios or balconies with views of the Orange River, which flows right past the lush grounds. The river is the perfect setting for canoeing, fishing and bird-watching, while there are tranquil relaxation areas on its banks...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/river-place-manor

(GPS coordinates: -28.453057, 21.264912)

Namaqua National Park
29 Oct 2015
 
     

As if by magic, a tapestry of brilliant colours unfolds enticingly along the winding roads of the Namaqua National Park. Butterflies, birds and long-tongued flies dart amongst the flowers, and every turn in the road paints an unforgettable picture. Situated in one of only two arid biodiversity hotspots, the park conserves the world's richest succulent flora and is world-renowned for its spectacular spring flower displays. During early August and September, seemingly overnight, the dusty valleys of Namaqualand are transformed into a wonderland, carpeted with wildflowers...

(GPS coordinates: -30.117735, 17.590485)

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

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