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Roodeplaat Dam Nature Reserve
29 Sep 2015
 
     

The Roodeplaat dam is about 25 km from Pretoria. Originally constructed to supply the surrounding areas with water, it is developed into a well-known destination for bird watching, game viewing and a range of water sports including fresh water angling. The northern side of Roodeplaat dam caters mainly for leisure activities such as fishing, rowing and canoeing. It has a number of rustic campsites situated along the edge of the dam, along with a club house, picnic sites and ablution facilities. The southern section of the reserve is quieter and features a well maintained 7km hiking trail and two bird hides... 

(GPS coordinates: -25.641178, 28.359811)

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

Elephant Sanctuary Tour
29 Sep 2015
 
     

Would you like to bond with an elephant? Get really close up and personal? Then this is the tour for you. The Elephant Sanctuary Group has 13 African elephants that have been rescued from various problematic situations, such as hunting, zoos and circuses. The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort is home to four of these elephants: Mosadi, Themba, Khumba and Mvuso, who you will get to meet. Each elephant has its own personality, likes, dislikes and temperament and your guide will facilitate your acquaintance with these gentle giants…

(GPS coordinates: -25.7196, 27.8089)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/elephant-sanctuary-tour

Ground Squirrel Snacking
29 Sep 2015
 
     

This ground squirrel seems delighted with this snack. Ground squirrels eat bulbs, fruit, grass, insects and shrubs. Since they prefer to live mainly in arid areas or semi-arid areas, they get all their water from the food they eat. They seek hard ground to burrow into because it provides good structural support and shade. Because they forage during the day, these squirrels need to keep cool. They use their magnificent fluffy tails to shade them, and also take dust baths.

Kapama River Lodge
29 Sep 2015
 
     

The stylish Kapama River Lodge, set along the banks of a river in the Greater Kruger National Park, offers luxurious full-board accommodation in 64 magnificently appointed suites, with game drives and bush walks included in the rates. A luxury game lodge of the highest calibre, Kapama River Lodge boasts incredible Big Five game viewing, exceptional service and a host of facilities to give guests the most comfortable, memorable safari experience possible. Elephant-back safaris and interactions are a particularly special experience...

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

(GPS coordinates: -24.426032, 31.027449)

False Bay Nature Reserve
28 Sep 2015
 
     

False Bay Park is situated along the Western Shores of False Bay, which is part of Lake St Lucia - a recently declared World Heritage Site. The reserve comprises a variety of habitats such as sand forests, thornveld and open savannah, and contains important marine fossils of both animals and coral which can be viewed in an attractive interpretive centre. The park’s diverse habitats provide excellent birdwatching and game viewing, and two self-guided trails have been established for visitors to enjoy these activities. Other popular activities are boating and fishing...

(GPS coordinates: -27.968142, 32.380394)

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

Lotheni River Fly Fishing
28 Sep 2015
 
     

The Lotheni River rises below the towering escarpment of the southern region of the Drakensberg mountain range, almost midway between the towns of Nottingham Road and Underberg. The trout population, which was first introduced into this stream about 120 years ago, is perhaps not as great as some of those found in the streams in the central regions. Nevertheless, they will provide the visiting fly-fisher with challenging and rewarding light-line fishing using small flies that imitate the aquatic and terrestrial insects found in these waters…

(GPS coordinates: -29.478861, 29.55293)

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

Glenview Guest House
28 Sep 2015
 
     

Set within a magnificent tropical garden in a tranquil crescent of Durban North, Glenview Guest House boasts a flexible range of homely guest rooms and is a peaceful venue to unwind in after a busy day in and around Durban. Visitors will be intrigued by the style of this imposing multi-storey guest house, which offers cosy and affordable bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation. The lush garden is a tranquil companion, and guests staying in the upper rooms are on eye-level with the birds flitting around in the tree canopies...

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

(GPS coordinates: -29.759998, 31.036929)

Golden Gate National Park
27 Sep 2015
 
     

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is nestled in the rolling foothills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State.  It is named after the amber sandstone cliffs towering high above the park’s grassland slopes. Especially impressive is Brandwag Buttress, a soaring pinnacle with craggy features which keeps vigil over the park’s Main Rest Camp. It is no wonder that Golden Gate rates as one of the Free State’s premier attractions...

(GPS coordinates: -28.503488, 28.6093)

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

Zip Lines Hermanus
27 Sep 2015
 
     

For some, a gentle stroll through the forest will suffice. For those who need a bit more adrenaline, however, there are few better ways to experience the forest than hurtling through the trees, manically following the route of the zip-line you are attached to, hoping quietly that the designer was lucid when it was built. Hermanus, on the Overberg Coast, is as picturesque a location as you could wish for with the ocean a stone's throw from the mountain and woodlands in between. The Hermanus Zip Line will take you over a small waterfall and down a canyon among the poplar trees...

(GPS coordinates: -34.398172, 19.215215)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/zip-lines-hermanus

Babbling Brook Bed and Breakfast
27 Sep 2015
 
     

Surrounded by tall trees in a quiet suburb of Pietermaritzburg, Babbling Brook offers intimate, characterful bed and breakfast accommodation, with several of the rooms equipped for self-catering. The guest house has been warmly decorated and is a cosy haven of traditional comfort. Rooms are privately situated in the leafy, colourful garden and guests are guaranteed smiling service at all times...

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

(GPS coordinates: -29.610173, 30.334587)

Tankwa Karoo National Park
26 Sep 2015
 
     

As luminous clouds of dust swirl through the ancient landscape, a tortoise patiently ambles around in search of a succulent morsel; a lizard basks in the sun while gemsbok and red hartebeest share the arid plains with mongooses, orb-web spiders, skinks and leggy toktokkies. Tankwa Karoo National Park is situated on the southern boundary of the Northern Cape with the Roggeveld Escarpment in the East, Cederberg in the West, and Klein Roggeveld Mountains in the South. This truly unique national park is a four-hour drive from Cape Town...

(GPS coordinates: -32.333477, 19.716736)

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

Scenic Flights
26 Sep 2015
 
     

Departing from Cape Town International Airport, the Atlantic Seaboard scenic flight routes past the southern suburbs of Cape Town and the stunning Constantia winelands, through Constantia Nek, passing Hout Bay with its small but beautiful harbour. On the return flight it takes in views of Camps Bay and the Twelve Apostles mountain range. The highlight of the flight is the view of Table Mountain and the City of Cape Town, with Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years of his life, on your left. Other scenic flights cover the Cape Peninsula, Chapman's Peak, the Cape Winelands and Hermanus whale watching… 

(GPS coordinates: -33.978439, 18.598305)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/scenic-flights

Secretarybird Sagittariidae
26 Sep 2015
 
     

The Secretarybird is literally in a class of its own - it has its own taxonomic family, Sagittariidae. This bird’s name has an interesting linguistic history: its distinctive black crest-feathers are said to resemble erstwhile secretaries, who stuck quill-pens behind their ears. The name may also stem from the Arabic word for both hunter and hawk, saqr-et-tair. It is a privilege to see one of these singular birds moving through the veld, especially because they are on the IUCN list of vulnerable animals.

Pictures Guest House
26 Sep 2015
 
     

Decorated with characterful modern flair, Pictures Guest House is a luxury establishment which will impress the most discerning of travellers looking for a peaceful stay in the Klein Karoo town of Outdshoorn. Offering premium luxury in beautifully-decorated rooms, the guest house has a wide range of facilities for guests to enjoy and is situated close to Oudtshoorn’s attractions. Since there are only three rooms, privacy and personalised service are assured...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.589949, 22.185315)

De Mond Nature Reserve
25 Sep 2015
 
     

De Mond Nature Reserve is situated 26 km south-east of Bredasdorp on the south-western Cape coast. The reserve is 954 ha in size and lies at the mouth of the Heuningnes River, between the coastal villages of Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) and Struisbaai. The vegetation is mainly coastal, ranging from dune milkwood forests to teeming salt marshes which sustain the estuarine environment. Further inland, dune fynbos borders limestone fynbos heathlands, making for a fascinating composition of vegetation. The reserve supports small mammals with the only notable predator being the rarely-seen caracal...

(GPS coordinates: -34.710799, 20.10534)

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

Umlambonja River Fly Fishing
25 Sep 2015
 
     

The Umlambonja River rises and starts its journey deep in the folds of the earth below the Umlambonja Buttress in the Drakensberg mountains. It is situated in the central Drakensberg region in one of the most beautiful, rugged places. The higher reaches above the trout hatchery are not generally recognised as productive water. Here, the stream is tiny by any standards and severely affected by dry weather. The better stretch to fish for rainbow and brown trout, as well as Natal scaly, is from the Cathedral Peak Hotel property down to about a kilometre or so below the confluence with the Umhlwazini stream…

(GPS coordinates: -28.938923, 29.234388)

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

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