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Basotho Cultural Village
30 Aug 2015
 
     

The Basotho Cultural Village is situated in the QwaQwa National Park. It offers visitors insight into the culture and traditions of the Basotho people. A living museum, the village shows reconstructions of the Basotho lifestyle from the 16th century to the present. The circular huts, vibrantly decorated by the women of the village, are especially eye-catching. Accompanied by a resident tour guide, you’ll be taken into the 'khotla', the gathering place of men, and welcomed by the village chief with a sip of traditional maize beer. Thereafter, you’ll visit his wives’ houses to learn how Basotho people conduct their day-to-day activities...

(GPS coordinates: -28.488792, 28.743826)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/basotho-cultural-village

Stinkhoutsbos Trail
30 Aug 2015
 
     

This circular trail is on the Flower Valley farm, renowned as a centre for showcasing sustainable fynbos-harvesting practices, environmental education and conservation projects. The trail incorporates beautiful fynbos landscapes, as well as the Stinkhoutsbos indigenous forest. To reach the start, drive for 13 kilometres past Stanford on the R43 and then take the Grootbos turn-off. Follow the gravel road for five kilometres until you see the Flower Valley turn-off to the right. The parking is 2,5 kilometres down this road. The trail starts at the amphitheatre and heads up the fynbos-clad hills on the eastern side of the valley...

(GPS coordinates: -34.548303, 19.470896)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/stinkhoutsbos-trail

Whale Rock Luxury Lodge
30 Aug 2015
 
     

Set in lush gardens in the Westcliff suburb of Hermanus, the thatched Whale Rock Luxury Lodge offers a variety of tastefully-decorated rooms and suites, a solar-heated swimming pool and warm hospitality, ensuring a pleasant, hassle-free stay for guests of all ages. The lodge is perfectly situated close to the New Harbour and famous Cliff Path, acting as a convenient, comfortable base from which to embark on whale watching outings and experience everything else that Hermanus has to offer...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/whale-rock-luxury-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.431214, 19.223734)

KwaDukuza Museum
29 Aug 2015
 
     

Stanger, or KwaDukuza, along the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, is an area rich in history. The final capital of the Zulu Kingdom under Shaka’s rule, the area is steeped in Zulu culture. It is the final resting place of Shaka and part of the Zulu Heritage Route. The KwaDukuza Museum, formerly known as the Natal North Coast Museum, gives visitors a comprehensive glimpse into the early days of Stanger, and maps its development over time...

(GPS coordinates: -29.339917, 31.294636)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/kwadukuza-museum

Lesser Striped Swallow
29 Aug 2015
 
     

The names of the Lesser and Greater Striped Swallows are initially confusing, because Lesser Striped Swallows have greater stripes - they are both bolder and more numerous than the Greater Striped Swallow’s markings! It comes down to size before beauty: Lesser Striped Swallows may have more intense colouring, with brighter orange heads than their larger cousins, but they are around a centimetre smaller than the Greater Striped Swallow, which is a lot in ornithological terms. Southern Africa has populations of resident and migrant Lesser Striped swallows, mostly in the eastern half of the region.

Wolfberg Arch Trail
28 Aug 2015
 
     

The striking sandstone cliffs of the Wolfberg dominate the Dwarsrivier Valley and are a popular playground for hikers and rock-climbers. Permits and maps are issued at Dwarsrivier farm. Please note that the trail is on private property, so permits have to be obtained before the hike, even if you have a WildCard. The hike to the Arch and back is challenging and will take eight hours, so start early in the day, before the sun hits the steep path up. You can either hike from the camping site, or park your car at the trailhead at the top of the rough dirt road...

(GPS coordinates: -32.480497, 19.272891)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/wolfberg-arch-trail

Mossel Bay Abseiling
28 Aug 2015
 
     

Amazing destinations such as the Kaaimansriver, Knysna and nearby Mossel Bay boast some hair-raising and scenic abseils. A rocky coastline and amazing forests provide diversity and great options to choose from. Take a peek at the Knysna Heads from a totally different perspective. Some of the abseil options combine hiking or mountain biking to remote points, from where you can abseil into a river gorge to then canoe the rest of the way...

(GPS coordinates: -34.183075, 22.153791)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/mossel-bay-abseiling

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge
28 Aug 2015
 
     

Madi-Madi Karoo Safari Lodge can be found tucked away next to the Kammanassie River in a remote valley just off Route 62, and offers a unique safari experience and exclusive accommodation in luxurious suites and cottages. Set alongside a river running through the enchanting Karoo landscape, this stylish luxury lodge is remarkably secluded. Guests can enjoy game viewing, boat cruises and superb stargazing, all while being spoilt to the best in modern-day comfort and personalised service...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/madi-madi-karoo-safari-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -33.679386, 22.455613)

Tara Rokpa Buddhist Centre
27 Aug 2015
 
     

Some 25 kilometres from Groot Marico in a peaceful valley traversing some small farms is the Tara Rokpa Centre, a Buddhist inspired sanctuary.  Along with a programme of meditation retreats and activities that support spiritual growth, the centre hosts events directed at healing, using a relatively recently developed therapy known as Tara Rokpa. This psychotherapy, rooted in Mahayana Buddhism and traditional Tibetan medicine, melds East with West and has been developed by a Tibetan Lama in collaboration with western health professionals...

(GPS coordinates: -25.744279, 26.349936)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/tara-rokpa-buddhist-centre

Suikerbosrand Trail
27 Aug 2015
 
     

If there’s one spot to add to your upcountry to-do List, it is Suikerbosrand. This arresting nature reserve, more than 11 595 hectares in size, is named for the Transvaal Suikerbos, or Protea Caffra, which grows in profusion here along the slopes of the eponymous mountain range. Pick up your permits and keys for the overnight huts from the reception, then boot up to explore a network of 66 kilometres of hiking trails. Either crisscross the whole of the reserve in six days or opt to do sections of the trail at a pace that suits you and your group...

(GPS coordinates: -26.517162, 28.193375)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/suikerbosrand-trail

Cape Diem Lodge
27 Aug 2015
 
     

Cape Diem Lodge offers five immaculate guest rooms situated in a modernised historical farmhouse in Green Point, on the slopes of Cape Town’s Signal Hill.  A seamless blend of contemporary design and Victorian charm sets this luxury establishment apart. Guests will be treated to sumptuous cuisine, pampered by modern-day comforts and spoilt by comprehensive services, while being only minutes away from Cape Town’s top attractions...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/cape-diem-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -33.910993, 18.411992)

Sani Pass
26 Aug 2015
 
     

Once considered a treacherous and nearly insurmountable route to the Lesotho highlands, Sani Pass has been the first choice of trails for adventurers for decades. In recent years, however, the road has become less of a challenge and the superb views have been opened up to many more tourists. Offering unparalleled views of the southern Drakensberg, Sani Pass is still best tackled in a 4x4. Although less of an adventure drive now than before, the hairpin bends and river crossings are still demanding...

(GPS coordinates: -29.596745, 29.305859)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/sani-pass

Mankele MTB Trails
26 Aug 2015
 
     

Mankele, with its awesome scenery of luscious mountains, rivers and springs, is a great place to be a mountain-biker! The trails are complemented by wooden boardwalks and bridges that have been carefully constructed over the terrain. The adrenaline-pumping trails have an excellent balance: from lung-bursting climbs, disc-burning descents, big drops, river crossings and fast, smooth single track. There is a network of trails to cover all needs, no matter what your riding skill, fitness level or age may be...

(GPS coordinates: -25.388746, 30.712028)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/mankele-mtb-trails

65 on Cliff
26 Aug 2015
 
     

65 on Cliff is a modern seafront guest house and whale watching haven in Gansbaai, offering bed and breakfast accommodation in four classy rooms equipped with all the comforts of home. The guest house is a supremely stylish, contemporary haven of luxury, and boasts a magnificent location on the cliffs of De Kelders, one of the best land-based whale watching spots in the world. All of the rooms have balconies where, in season, guests are almost guaranteed to see whales swimming by in the ocean below...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/65-cliff

(GPS coordinates: -34.553594, 19.367077)

44 Stanley Avenue Precinct
25 Aug 2015
 
     

A refreshing alternative to the copy-and-paste shopping malls that have proliferated in Johannesburg’s retail scene, 44 Stanley is a collection of over 25 boutique stores. It’s located in a repurposed industrial depot between the historic suburb of Richmond and the business district of Milpark. Suburban mall-crawlers are likely to dismiss 44 Stanley’s drab façade. Those in the know relish the treasure trove of bespoke clothing and furniture stores, art galleries, restaurants, bookshops and more, masked by the warehouse-like walls. With a vibe that’s part Greenwich Village, part Notting Hill scruffy-chic...

(GPS coordinates: -26.185413, 28.019214)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/44-stanley-avenue-precinct

Muizenberg Peak Trail
25 Aug 2015
 
     

Park opposite the sign indicating Pecks Valley above Muizenberg and go through the stone arch and up wide stone steps for 100 metres or so, to a contour path. Turn right and follow the path up the valley. Initially it climbs gently, then more steeply alongside a stream (where there is water almost year round) before finally zigzagging to the plateau. Soon (about 45 minutes from the start) you’ll come to a junction. Muizenberg Peak is signposted off to the right and some easy scrambling gets you to the summit beacon (at 507 metres) in another 15 minutes...

(GPS coordinates: -34.107394, 18.465303)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/muizenberg-peak-trail

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