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Van Stadens Gorge Rock Climbing
15 Aug 2015
 
     

The extensive crags of Van Stadens River Gorge have 154 sport routes ranging from grade 17 to grade 34. There are some easy routes at the Apple Express, under the train bridge, but the highest concentration of quality bolted routes is on the Cleopatra Wall. Climbing is largely on overhanging quartzite, and while there’s not much for beginners, there are plenty of classics in the 21-25 grade range...

(GPS coordinates: -33.889041, 25.21234)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/van-stadens-gorge-rock-climbing

Crowned Crane Foraging
15 Aug 2015
 
     

A Grey Crowned Crane forages for fallen grain in a wheatfield. Farmlands are amongst this crane’s favourite habitats. They also frequent wetlands, where they prefer to roost at night, and grasslands. Their favoured food sources include frogs, reptiles, and insects. This bird is currently listed as endangered - there are estimated to be only 6000 in southern Africa.

Crooked Tree Cottage
15 Aug 2015
 
     

Crooked Tree Cottage is located close to Umhlanga’s beachfront and offers bed and breakfast or room only accommodation in three comfortable cottage rooms, while the three studio suites are aimed at self-catering guests. At this cosy guest house, visitors can enjoy sea views, hearty breakfasts and friendly hospitality, while being conveniently close to the beach and the attractions of Umhlanga and Durban...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/crooked-tree-cottage

(GPS coordinates: -29.722900, 31.080897)

Groundcover
14 Aug 2015
 
     

The Groundcover leather company along the Curry’s Post Road has a solid reputation for the highest quality handmade leather products. The shop is located in a scenic setting with a vast mountain view, in a house with a rich and interesting history. The house was originally shipped to order from England. It has since been restored to its former glory and is admired as much as the products it contains...

(GPS coordinates: -29.388394, 30.175551)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/

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Calvinia Museum
14 Aug 2015
 
     

Housed in a former synagogue, the Calvinia Museum documents the lives of early Europeans settlers in the wide expanses of the Hantam Karoo. Along with their history, the intriguing exhibit illustrates the history of sheep-farming in South Africa. Its very relevant collection allows visitors to the Calvinia Museum to understand the trials and tribulations of the first inhabitants of this area...

(GPS coordinates: -31.47218, 19.77490

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

Aloe Ridge
14 Aug 2015
 
     

Set on a ridge overlooking the Breede River outside Swellendam, Aloe Ridge offers accommodation in five luxurious self-catering houses, and is an ideal holiday destination for families, couples or friends who are looking for privacy and all the creature comforts. Boasting a scenic riverside setting far away from the buzz of the city, the thatched self-catering houses at Aloe Ridge are magnificently appointed for indoor and outdoor entertainment, with each featuring its own swimming pool...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/aloe-ridge

(GPS coordinates: -34.125299, 20.501623)

Howick Falls
13 Aug 2015
 
     

Tempestuous Howick Falls is infused with history and has captivated those who have looked upon it for generations.  A number of trails are available for hikers interested in rambling down to the pool below, or in the surrounding bush. These are easily done alone, but guided tours are on offer. For those who feel more adventurous, abseiling down the falls is an option…

(GPS coordinates: -29.485977, 30.238677)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/howick-falls

Red Hill MTB Trail
13 Aug 2015
 
     

Red Hill will never rate up there with the likes of Tokai, but as it is within easy reach of Cape Town, it makes sense for the mountain-biking crowd to know where and what it is. With 4km tar, 6km gravel road and 2km single-track, there's an 18km return option. Winter is most fun when the sand is compacted. Start your ride from the Pine Haven Village...

(GPS coordinates: -34.182949, 18.414701)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/red-hill-mtb-trail

Lemoenfontein Game Lodge
13 Aug 2015
 
     

Conveniently situated just off the N1 between Johannesburg and Cape Town, Lemoenfontein Game Lodge offers comfortable country-style accommodation on a beautiful 10 000 hectare game farm in the Great Karoo outside Beaufort West. The lodge boasts modern comfort but has the charming features of old Karoo architecture. Exceptional tranquillity and authentic Karoo cuisine, along with a range of wonderful outdoor activities, contribute to a rejuvenating break from the trappings of modern life...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/lemoenfontein-game-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -32.284067, 22.599819)

Ondini Historical Complex
12 Aug 2015
 
     

King Cetswayo (iKhanda) was the last king of the Zulu empire before his death in 1884. Ondini was his final royal residence and the capital of the Zulu Kingdom until his demise. A replica of Ondini has been constructed on its original site, and the museum complex is aimed at giving visitors a greater understanding of the history, art and lives of the Zulu people…

(GPS coordinates: -28.319607, 31.458932)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/ondini-historical-complex

Cape Camel Rides
12 Aug 2015
 
     

Imhoff Farm has five camels: Jabulani, Izak, Ligman, Rambo, Barak - the most loved and pampered camels in the world. During the day they roam freely in large paddocks between Noordhoek and Kommetjie and only head to ‘work’ between 12:00 and16:00, with Mondays off. It’s an idyllic setting with views over the lake and Long Beach...

(GPS coordinates: -34.142982, 18.351583

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/cape-camel-rides

Valemount Country Lodge
12 Aug 2015
 
     

Valemount Country Lodge is a tranquil retreat located outside Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg, and offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in six spacious guest rooms, all with lovely views of the mountains and countryside. Laidback, luxurious country living is the order of the day at this meticulously-run lodge, which is located on a large property filled with beautiful gardens, lakes and forest. Guests can enjoy great trout fishing and are optimally positioned for trips up the spectacular Sani Pass...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/valemount-country-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -29.813764, 29.450072)

Taung Heritage Site
11 Aug 2015
 
     

One of the treasures in South Africa’s rich fossil heritage is the Taung Child skull fossil. When it was found in 1924 it yielded important evidence in the process of modern man’s evolution. It was unearthed at the Old Buxton limestone quarry at Taung in the North West Province. The fossil is now kept at the Medical School of the University of the Witwatersrand. A monument to its discovery has been erected at Taung, known as the Taung Heritage Site...

(GPS coordinates: -27.62419, 24.635403)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/taung-heritage-site

Pioneer Mine
11 Aug 2015
 
     

In the history-packed town of Barberton in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, visitors can get a rare chance to experience what it was like to be a miner during the gold rush of the late 1800s. The Pioneer Mine, where explorer French Bob discovered the first gold reef in the area in 1883, offers underground tours through three sections of the mine. With guide Andrea Botha leading the way, the tour take visitors on an educational journey into the heart of the mountainside, 80 metres underground...

(GPS coordinates: -25.782445, 31.049003)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/pioneer-mine

Pied Starling
11 Aug 2015
 
     

The quirky, cartoonish Pied Starling is endemic to South Africa and Lesotho. They are common residents in grassland, Karoo Scrub and agricultural areas, and over the last few years they seem to have increased their presence in cities. Like other starling species, they are resourceful and adaptable - sometimes eating ticks from livestock - and are known to consume a wide range of foods from insects and lizards, to seeds, fruit and aloe nectar.

White Shark Guesthouse
11 Aug 2015
 
     

Situated in the peaceful seaside village of Klein Baai on the Western Cape’s beautiful Danger Point peninsula, White Shark Guest House is a comfortable bed and breakfast with five individually-decorated guest rooms. The guest house offers affordable, tastefully-decorated accommodation and ocean views, and is within easy walking distance of the Kleinbaai harbour, where guests can embark on shark cage diving and whale watching trips...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/white-shark-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -34.615261, 19.352304)

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