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Linkside2 Guest House
20 Sep 2015
 
     

Situated on the doorstep of the stunning Mossel Bay Golf Course, Linkside2 offers luxurious bed and breakfast accommodation and is well positioned to explore the town of Mossel Bay and its surrounding attractions. Guests can expect fantastic service from owner Petra du Toit, who has an illustrious record in the hospitality industry. The guest house features imaginative modern styling and gorgeous views over Mossel Bay. Loungers on the rooms’ private decks allow guests to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the peaceful garden, which attracts a multitude of birds...

Read more  at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/linkside2-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.189885, 22.138234)

Ithala Game Reserve
19 Sep 2015
 
     

This magnificent reserve, tumbling from the heights of the Ngotshe Mountains a thousand metres down into a deep valley, carved over the eons by the Phongolo River, revealing the world's oldest rock formations, is a game viewer’s paradise. Situated in the rugged, mountainous thornveld of northern KwaZulu-Natal, the reserve's multitude of habitats host a spectacular array of wildlife species. Its scenic beauty aside, Ithala's most characteristic feature is its astonishing geological diversity. Some of the oldest rock formations in the world are found here, dating back 3,000 million years...

(GPS coordinates: -27.544198, 31.282432)

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

Umkhomazi River Fly Fishing
19 Sep 2015
 
     

The Umkhomazi River lies in the valley to the west of Lotheni and about 30 kilometres from Underberg in the southern Drakensberg area. It is an underrated stream as far as fly-fishing is concerned and is infrequently fished. The trout population is considerably smaller than other similar waters and the fishing requires a more technical approach. For these reasons, it is not recommended for beginners…

(GPS coordinates: -29.527519, 29.452377)

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

Purple Heron
19 Sep 2015
 
     

The rich, tawny colours and long black plume and eye-stripes of the Purple Heron are particularly beautiful when this bird is in flight. This heron has a wide range, with subspecies breeding in Africa and parts of Asia and Europe. However, it prefers to remain out of sight in its wetland habitats, and thus is a little more difficult to see than other heron species.

Nauntons Guest House
19 Sep 2015
 
     

Nauntons Guest House is located just outside the historical town of Ladysmith and offers comfortable accommodation in a variety of classically styled guest rooms. Nauntons prides itself on high levels of service, flexible accommodation and quality cuisine. Guests have free use of a huge living area with a home theatre system, and on hot days can take a plunge into the swimming pool...

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

(GPS coordinates: -28.521834, 29.813975)

Sophie's Choice Coffee Shop
18 Sep 2015
 
     

If there is one thing that makes us peevish, it’s a bad cappuccino. It’s not that hard, after all: grind the beans properly, don’t over fill the portafilter, and don’t boil the milk. Yet, few establishments can be bothered to get it right. Imagine our surprise then, to find the perfect cappuccino in the dusty little Karoo town of Willowmore! Paired with a moist carrot cake, and a delectable pumpkin cheese cake, it was the perfect respite from the long drive between Cape Town and Graaff-Reinet. The food is apparently outstanding (so we are told - we never got further than the obesity of cakes)...

(GPS coordinates: -33.294992, 23.48664)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/sophies-choice-coffee-shop

Durban Country Club Golf
18 Sep 2015
 
     

Considered by the majority of the golfing fraternity as the best classic course in South Africa, the grand old layout at Durban Country Club, with its world class pedigree and masterful design, continues to outshine all but the best modern courses. The course is a favourite amongst golfing legends such as Jack Nicklaus, Ernie Els and Nick Price, but provides the sort of fair test - for both high and low handicappers - that rewards good shots and punishes errant ones.

The signature hole is the par five 3rd, which is widely regarded as the best third hole in the world. Heading through a dune valley, the hole plays from a high tee, with dense bush on the right, trees to the left and a menacing fairway bunker heading up towards a narrow green. The cost for a round at DCC is R395 for affiliated visitors...

(GPS coordinates: -29.826804, 31.034734)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/durban-country-club-golf

Coweys Corner
18 Sep 2015
 
     

Coweys Corner is centrally situated in Durban’s Berea suburb, offering pleasant bed and breakfast accommodation in well-appointed double rooms on a secure property. The lovingly-restored guest house is ideally suited for visitors seeking comfortable suburban accommodation within touching distance of Durban’s attractions. The wide verandah is especially welcoming and a large, well-equipped guest kitchen is available to guests who want to self-cater...

Read more  at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/coweys-corner

(GPS coordinates: -29.842149, 31.008692)

Bedrogfontein 4x4 Trail
17 Sep 2015
 
     

The Bedrogfontein Trail is a historic route between Darlington Dam and the Kabouga section of the Addo Elephant National Park. This route was once used by the Boer commandos and British soldiers during the Anglo-Boer War. Driving here will immerse you in breathtaking scenery and early 20th-century history. The rugged mountains will test your vehicle while increasing your respect for the early pioneers' perseverance as they crossed these mountains in ox wagons. The route travels through a variety of vegetation types: from riverine thicket, to afromontane forest, to fynbos on the peaks and into the arid Nama Karoo vegetation of the Darlington area...

(GPS coordinates: -33.376287, 25.460992)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/bedrogfontein-4x4-trail

Flights of the Giants Whale Watching
17 Sep 2015
 
     

For the ultimate whale viewing experience head out with African Wings, offering over 17 years of experience in aerial whale watching tours. Based in Stanford, a picturesque town sandwiched between Hermanus and De Kelders, it is ideally positioned for some of the best sightings in the world. African Wings has dedicated whale watching aircraft, giving you an eagle eye view of whales up to 18 metres long and weighing up to 80 tons, as they breach and mate. Particularly special are the tender moments between calves and mothers...

(GPS coordinates: -34.426576, 19.473159)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/flights-giants-whale-watching

Loxley House
17 Sep 2015
 
     

Situated in the village of Nottingham Road in the heart of the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands, Loxley House offers comfortable accommodation for guests wanting to enjoy a tranquil stay in the pastoral countryside. Guests are assured of comfort in the luxurious country-style rooms, all of which face the pretty gardens. Owner-manager Angie Hunter ensures that guests receive warm and personalised service, and is known for her excellent cuisine, which caters to suit all tastes. Golfers can practise their game on the putting green before heading out to one of the golf courses in the area...

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

(GPS coordinates: -29.35326, 29.985004)

Chimpanzee Eden
16 Sep 2015
 
     

The Jane Goodall Institute is the force behind Chimpanzee Eden, a sanctuary for chimpanzees misplaced from their natural habitats.  It is located in the Umhloti Nature Reserve outside Nelspruit and aims to reintroduce ill-treated chimps, our closest human relatives, to the wild, where they can once again interact on a social basis with members of their species. A guided tour takes place three times a day...

(GPS coordinates: -25.575427, 31.004609)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/chimpanzee-eden

Lions River Trading Post
16 Sep 2015
 
     

Lions River is a tiny district along the Midlands Meander, surrounded by beautiful views. The Lion’s River Trading Post presents visitors to the area with a taste of yesteryear. Housed in historic buildings, the Trading Post is worth visiting for its antiques and collectibles shop. These include pieces such as furniture - primarily from the Victorian era – old farm implements, art works and smaller trinkets...

(GPS coordinates: -29.463178, 30.164316)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/lions-river-trading-post

Thabile Lodge
16 Sep 2015
 
     

Situated outside Oudtshoorn - South Africa’s ostrich capital - Thabile Lodge is a rustically luxurious establishment that offers accommodation in 12 comfortable rooms decorated with subtle African flair. Guests will enjoy the peace and quiet of the 600ha Karoo wilderness at Thabile Lodge. The lodge is a comfortable, warm and characterful country retreat offering beautiful mountain and landscape views and plenty to keep guests busy...

Read more  at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/thabile-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -33.54342, 22.4102)

Hout Bay & Mariner's Wharf
15 Sep 2015
 
     

Scenic Hout Bay retains the character of a lively coastal town, with a lovely swimming beach, a picturesque harbour and some of the best fish and chips in the Cape. The town lies in a protected bay between Chapman’s Peak and Mount Sentinel. It was given its name by the first governor of the Cape, Jan van Riebeeck in 1652. "Hout Bay” means “Wood Bay”, which reflected the dense forests that characterised the area at the time. Aside from the beach and harbour, visitors can visit the Hout Bay Museum and the Hout Bay Craft Market, where you can pick up a range of African curios... 

(GPS coordinates: -34.046877, 18.348214)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/hout-bay-mariners-wharf

Kings Park & Zoological Gardens
15 Sep 2015
 
     

It’s no coincidence that Bloemfontein, which translates literally as “fountain of flowers”, is fondly known as the City of Roses as you’ll discover when you visit King’s Park where more than 4 000 rose bushes have been planted. Opened in 1925, during a visit by the Prince of Wales, Edward VIII, King’s Park is the city’s largest green space and its floral bounty is celebrated in October with a magnificent rose festival. Kings Park’s other attractions include a monthly Artists in the Park exhibition and a zoo...

(GPS coordinates: -29.113082, 26.20692)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/kings-park-zoological-gardens

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