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Voortrekker Monument in Winburg
10 Aug 2015
 
     

The northern Free State town of Winburg is steeped in Afrikaner history. Winburg was the first Free State town established by the Voortrekkers. Originally Winburg was intended as the site of the Voortrekker Monument. After the honour went to Pretoria, Winburg got its wish and a second monument was constructed in the 1960s. It was designed by Hans Hallen…

(GPS coordinates: -28.518063, 27.011347)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/voortrekker-monument-winburg

Cape Town - False Bay Shore Diving
10 Aug 2015
 
     

The good news is that the waters on the False Bay side of the Peninsula are warmer than those on the Atlantic side. The bad news is that they are still cold! The coastline between Fish Hoek and Smitswinkel Bay offers a good selection of interesting dive sites in kelp forests, in gullies and on boulders that are easily accessible from the shore. Although you can dive False Bay (particularly the sites of Simon’s Town that are sheltered from the southeast wind and swell) all year round, conditions are generally best in winter, when the sea is flat and visibility can be up to 10 metres...

(GPS coordinates: -34.239204, 18.476504)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/cape-town-false-bay-shore-diving

African Spirit Game Lodge
10 Aug 2015
 
     

The allure of an affordable Big Five safari lies in wait at the owner-managed African Spirit Game Lodge in the 24 000ha Zululand Rhino Reserve outside Mkuze. The lodge offers catered and self-catering accommodation in elegantly styled chalets. The communal areas are particularly spacious and showcase bushveld views...

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

(GPS coordinates: -27.730764, 32.028564)

Imhoff Farm
9 Aug 2015
 
     

Imhoff Farm is a historical farmstead set amidst the scenic surroundings of Kommetjie. It is a popular destination for family outings – and with good reason. The farm has three restaurants, organic food and craft stalls selling local products, and lots of entertainment for children. The farm is open seven days a week and there is ample, safe parking available...

(GPS coordinates: -34.143173, 18.351674)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/imhoff-farm

Summerhill Stud
9 Aug 2015
 
     

Summerhill Stud is the home of winners and winners in the making, set in the beautiful KwaZulu-Natal Midlands at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains. The stud has been breeding top international racehorses on this picturesque estate since the 1930s – a veritable blue bloodline of racehorses. The estate is open to the general public by prior arrangement only...

(GPS coordinates: -29.222694, 29.952512)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/summerhill-stud

The Clarens Country House
9 Aug 2015
 
     

Set amongst mountain-fringed willow trees in the Clarens Golf Estate just outside the village itself, Clarens Country House offers a mix of tranquillity and recreation, along with self-catering accommodation in a remodelled sandstone sheep shed and a romantic, separate loft room. Guests can immerse themselves the tales told by famous storyteller Herman Charles Bosman, with original artwork from his book displayed in the rooms and on the wide glazed verandah. Guests can play golf on the estate’s spectacular course at homeowner’s rates...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/clarens-country-house

(GPS coordinates: -28.511456, 28.431860)

Cape Town Abseiling
8 Aug 2015
 
     

This is arguably one of the world's highest commercial abseil - a 112-metre controlled descent off the summit of Cape Town's magnificent Table Mountain. Throw yourself off this ancient mountain and South African landmark and you will go home with the most awesome pictures of your holiday. Getting there, you can take it easy and jump in the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway (GPS Coordinates above), or you can test your resolve from the start by going up the hard (but incredibly rewarding) way of the Platteklip Gorge hike...

(GPS coordinates: -33.948142, 18.402963)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/cape-town-abseiling

Karoo Nuweveld 4x4 Trail
8 Aug 2015
 
     

The Karoo National Park attempts to capture an infinite piece of the vast and unforgiving landscape of the Great Karoo. The lofty Nuweveld Mountains dominate the rolling plains of the park. You will be fascinated by the diversity of life adapted to survive in these harsh conditions. The Karoo National Park is home to gemsbok, springbok, red hartebeest, black wildebeest and eland. The two zebra species, kudu and klipspringers are regularly seen on the Klipspringer Pass. The top sighting is undoubtedly the lions relocated here at the end of 2010. And of course the 4x4 trails are your chance to explore remote sections of the nearly 90 000ha Park...

(GPS coordinates: -32.330681, 22.500032)

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

Lechwe
8 Aug 2015
 
     

A group of lechwe surge through a swamp. Although these handsome antelopes are grazers, they feed on aquatic plants and are far better at running and swimming through water than at running on land. Lechwe are found in Botswana, Zambia, and in parts of the DRC, Namibia, and Angola. They are commonly seen in the Caprivi, Okavango, Kafue and Bangweulu Swamps. This antelope is sometimes referred to with more specific names such as southern or red lechwe.

Ko-Ka Tsara Bushcamp
8 Aug 2015
 
     

Set in the Nuweveld Mountains of the Great Karoo outside Beaufort West, Ko-Ka Tsara Bushcamp has seven self-catering chalets catering to couples, families or groups, complemented by facilities such as a swimming pool, outdoor boma and bar. Guests can enjoy a private self-catering holiday at this secluded bush camp, which offers game viewing and a variety of other exciting activities on a beautiful 10 000 hectare private game reserve...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/ko-ka-tsara-bushcamp

(GPS coordinates: -32.255546, 22.573776)

Ronnie's Sex Shop
7 Aug 2015
 
     

Ronnie’s Sex Shop sounds like an icon along the highways of America’s mid-west rather than a platteland curiosity on Route 62 in South Africa’s Little Karoo. Contrary to what the name implies, it has nothing to do with the goings-on usually associated with a brothel, although there is the odd suggestive item within. It is, in fact, a novelty country bar that has become a regional legend of international renown. So much so that it has almost become a compulsory stop for travellers along the route...

(GPS coordinates: -33.778893, 20.93223)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/ronnie's-sex-shop

Roseate Tern Trail
7 Aug 2015
 
     

The Roseate Tern Hiking trail is in the 366-hectare Cape Recife Nature Reserve just west of Port Elizabeth and is regarded as one of the prime bird-watching venues around the city. In addition to beautiful unspoilt beaches, the nine-kilometre circular trail takes in natural dune vegetation, rocky outcrops, a lighthouse, an old military observation post and a bird hide...

(GPS coordinates: -34.013358, 25.690756)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/roseate-tern-trail

Edenwood Guest House
7 Aug 2015
 
     

Situated in George’s idyllic Eden suburb, Edenwood Guest House is an owner-managed establishment which offers comfortable bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation, complemented by a relaxed atmosphere and high standards of service. Surrounded by tranquil gardens overlooking a nature reserve, this lovingly renovated haven is the perfect place to return to after a busy day on the Garden Route. The balcony and sunroom are wonderful places to kick-back and enjoy the views, while the swimming pool provides refreshment on hot days...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.957297, 22.493862)

Poenskop Drive
6 Aug 2015
 
     

Port St Johns is quite a run down little town and one’s first inclination is to quickly marvel at the setting (which is spectacular), but then move on to greener pastures. But don’t succumb to this temptation before you have explored the bit of town, or more correctly, the dirt road that runs on the other side of the river. From Poenskop (which is the name of a local fish and translates as “Bald head”), you can explore the area along numerous foot and cattle paths, or simply drop down onto the beach in front of you for your own piece of paradise…

(GPS coordinates: -31.595589, 29.603155)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/poenskop-drive

Sailing on the Knysna Lagoon
6 Aug 2015
 
     

Knysna is the top travel destination on the Garden Route. It lies on a picturesque lagoon, surrounded by indigenous forests, fynbos-covered mountains, rivers and a ruggedly beautiful coastline. Springtide Sailing Charters run daytime and sunset cruises on the lagoon. Its boat, the Outeniqua, is stable, smooth and fast. Launched in 1998, it’s a sleek 50ft monohull with a beam of four metres and interior clearance of 1.9 metres - perfect for cruising...

(GPS coordinates: -34.04145, 23.045583)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sailing-knysna-lagoon

88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse
6 Aug 2015
 
     

88 Baron van Reede Guesthouse is a charming bed and breakfast offering accommodation in a range of cosy, colourfully decorated rooms. Situated in a quiet street conveniently close to the attractions of Oudtshoorn, the 150 year old sandstone building has been classily renovated while losing none of its rich historical charm. The refreshing swimming pool allows guests to take full advantage of Oudsthoorn’s 330 days of sunshine per year...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/88-baron-van-reede-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -33.585214, 22.204344)

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