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Snorkeling with Seals in Cape Town
24 Oct 2015
 
     

Think “adventure in Cape Town” and your first thoughts will probably be along the lines of shark cage diving, hiking up Table Mountain and kite surfing in Blouberg. Now, along with a helicopter flip around the Atlantic, there’s a new activity to add to your adventure bucket list. Just 20 minutes out of the Cape Town city bowl, in the quaint harbour town of Hout Bay, you’ll find Animal Ocean’s boat, ready and waiting to take you just offshore to Seal Island (or Duiker Island), home to a colony of close to 7000 Cape Fur Seals. Animal Ocean are the seal snorkeling experts and are dedicated to getting you in the water with these fantastic creatures. Their 8m Rib (inflatable boat) takes up to 10 snorkelers...

(GPS coordinates: -34.04873, 18.347097)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/outdoor-activities/snorkeling-seals-cape-town

Yellow Weaver
24 Oct 2015
 
     

In the breeding season Yellow Weaver nests can be found suspended from branches over dams and estuaries. Their nests are distinguishable from other weaver nests because they have an entrance hole rather than a woven spout. The contrast between these weavers’ bright yellow feathers and their vivid red eyes make them one of the most distinctive and easily identifiable weavers. In southern Africa they are found in a narrow strip of woodland and savannah that runs along the region’s eastern shorelines, from the Eastern Cape to Mozambique.

Harfield Guest Villa
24 Oct 2015
 
     

Located in the historic Harfield Village in the heart of Cape Town, Harfield Guest Villa is an intimate establishment which combines the cosiness of a bed and breakfast with the impeccable services of a luxury boutique hotel. Guests will enjoy top-class accommodation made special by personalised service and thoughtful touches. Situated in a secure, sought-after residential area, the villa is a luxurious base from which to explore Cape Town...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/harfield-guest-villa

(GPS coordinates: -33.986303, 18.472304)

Amatikulu Nature Reserve
23 Oct 2015
 
     

Amatikulu Nature Reserve is situated on the Indian Ocean coastline in Northern KwaZulu-Natal between the Tugela and Amatikulu River mouths. The reserve is approximately 100km from Durban and is one of the few places in Southern Africa where wildlife can be viewed feeding on forested dunes overlooking the sea. Visitors can indulge in a variety of game drives (4x4 required) and self-guided walks through the many vegetation types found in the reserve. Other popular activities include canoeing on the Amatikulu Estuary and Nyoni River and easy access to the best surf-angling beach. Fishing in the estuary is also extremely rewarding and a whale and game watching tower is situated quite close to the camp…

(GPS coordinates: -29.114788, 31.59713)

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

Sunset Cruise Knysna
23 Oct 2015
 
     

Indulge your inner romantic and come aboard the "Oyster Boat" as you head off slowly towards the impressive Knysna Heads and take in the splendour of the tranquil lagoon as the sun sets on another perfect day in Africa. Relax while enjoying a glass of wine with a few local, fresh oysters. The cruise is slow and leisurely and ultimately relaxing, so you can't help but just sit back and take it all in! From September to April, one-and-a-half-hour cruises depart at 5pm daily from the jetty in front of Quay Four Restaurant on Thesen Island, Knysna...

(GPS coordinates: -34.048844, 23.047012)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sunset-cruise-knysna

St Lucia Wetlands Guesthouse
23 Oct 2015
 
     

Situated within the pristine iSimangaliso Wetland Park, just a kilometre from the Indian Ocean, St Lucia Wetlands Guest House offers accommodation in six homely guest rooms, and is well-positioned to explore an incredibly diverse array of natural and cultural attractions, and tropical coastline. The lush gardens are especially pretty and provide all the tranquillity needed for a peaceful stay...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/st-lucia-wetlands-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -28.37521, 32.417604)

Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve
22 Oct 2015
 
     

Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve offers organised day walks and hikes in the area and entrance to the reserve is free throughout the year. Overnight excursions in the surrounding Cederberg and Du Toit’s Kloof mountains are also recommended. The reserve gives visitors the opportunity to assist in the preservation of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, as well as working with the reserve on educational programs, improving the facilities, and fundraising. Apart from fun events such as family braais (barbeques) and concerts, there are also evening talks given by experts in the field of conservation and related sectors. Visitors may wish to take part in birdwatching outings in conjunction with the Robertson Bird Club...

(GPS coordinates: -33.917745, 19.877567)

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

Redcliffe Stream
22 Oct 2015
 
     

Redcliffe Stream lies just one valley over from the Little Pot River. It is easily accessibly in a vehicle with high clearance, or about a 30 minute walk from the Woodcliffe farmhouse. Unlike the Little Pot, this stream is quite short. You can almost see the waterfall at its source as you turn up the valley. Redcliffe Stream is tiny and really only meant for small stream aficionados. The one big draw-card of this stream is its setting. The valley is compact and ends in one of the more spectacular waterfalls in the area. The pool that it plunges into is one of the favourite swimming holes of the locals...

(GPS coordinates: -31.011022, 28.163441)

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

Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel & Spa
22 Oct 2015
 
     

Located in a leafy street in the heart of Stellenbosch, Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel is a renovated national monument which has become renowned for its superb service, impeccable accommodation and good facilities. Guests will be delighted by the refined classic luxury of the hotel. The spa, sauna and steam room are utterly rejuvenating, while Helena’s Restaurant offers top quality creative cuisine and an expansive wine list...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.938006, 18.861962)

Midmar Dam
21 Oct 2015
 
     

This beautiful dam on the Umgeni River is situated next to Howick in the middle of the Midlands Meander (an association of rural businesses selling curios, art, crafts, foodstuffs and furniture and providing restaurants and accommodation). This tranquil setting provides opportunities for a wide variety of sporting activities, including water sports, cycling, walking, game viewing, angling or just lying back at one of the many picnic sites with the tantalising smell of many barbecues wafting through the air, and the green hills of KwaZulu Natal framed between water and sky...

(GPS coordinates: -29.523421, 30.200998)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/parks/midmar-dam

Vinehopper Northern Route - Day Pass
21 Oct 2015
 
     

The Vinehopper is a full-day hop-on, hop-off service on the Stellenbosch Wine Route for those with an inquisitive mind, healthy appetite and a sense of humour. The Northern Route has spectacular views of the Winelands and you can enjoy the splendour of the Western Cape. This route also offers some great restaurants and wines to be enjoyed! You will visit the following six farms on the Northern Route. Remember, you can decide if you want to go to all six estates or just visit a few and stay longer at certain farms. This route can be booked on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays...

(GPS coordinates: -33.933604, 18.856137)

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

Dongola House
21 Oct 2015
 
     

Dongola House is situated in Constantia, one of Cape Town’s most prestigious suburbs. The guest house offers accommodation in a range of beautifully appointed bed and breakfast rooms and a spacious self-catering suite. Luxury accommodation with all the frills means that guests will want for nothing, while the experience is enhanced by some wonderful mountain views, particularly from the large swimming pool. The guest house borders a lush nature reserve and is conveniently close to Cape Town’s attractions...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/dongola-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.041554, 18.43439)

Groenkloof Nature Reserve
20 Oct 2015
 
     

On the southern outskirts of Pretoria near the Fountains Valley, just 5km from the city centre, is the Groenkloof Nature Reserve. Surrounded by high-rise buildings and busy highways, few city dwellers are aware of the wildlife sanctuary and green belt hiding in their backyard. Groenkoof Nature Reserve offers an enormous variety of activities - from birding, hiking and mountain biking to 4x4 trails, game drives (including night drives), and guided horse trails. Amenities for day visitors include picnic and barbeque facilities - or dine in style at Moyo restaurant. If it’s been a while since you roused yourself in the morning to be greeted by a bushveld sunrise and the sight of antelope grazing on your doorstep, Groenkloof also has self-catering huts for hire...

(GPS coordinates: -25.7786, 28.1947)

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

Karnemelk Spruit at Lammergeier
20 Oct 2015
 
     

For many years Dick and Margy Isted have won conservation awards for their farm Lammergeier Reserve, a point that may well have a bearing on the high quality of the water in the Karnemelk Stream and its main tributary on the farm, the charming Unity stream. There is 17km of river on the farm and two attractive tributaries, of which the Unity Stream, 8km upstream of the main farmhouse, is a rare gem and a must visit place. The streams run in rugged sandstone landscapes that are typical of the natural splendour of this unique part of the world. This is a beautiful freestone stream with the reputation of being one of the very best trout streams in South Africa...

(GPS coordinates: -30.756544, 27.329023)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/fly-fishing/karnemelk-spruit-lammergeier

Tortoise
20 Oct 2015
 
     

An African leopard tortoise goes on its lumbering way. As with a leopard’s spots, the marking on this tortoise’s shell are totally unique. This is the most common and widely-distributed tortoise in southern Africa. It is a herbivore and emits a strange hiss when retracting into its shell, and wheezes comically when it’s mating. Its lifespan is usually between 80 and 100 years.

Cascades on the Promenade
20 Oct 2015
 
     

Located on Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard, Cascades on the Promenade is within easy reach of the city’s attractions and offers fine dining and comfortable rooms for energetic, curious travellers. This boutique hotel is run with superb efficiency and attentiveness, and is totally focused on allowing guests to experience the wonders of Cape Town before they return to modern, beautifully appointed rooms...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/cascades-promenade

(GPS coordinates: -33.916688, 18.387629)

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