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Kaapsehoop Horse Trails
26 Jul 2015
 
     

You will find Kaapsehoop Horse Trails at the end of a 7km forest track meandering through the Berlin Forest on the edge of the quaint gold mining village of the same name. Here you can take time to breathe in the fresh pine-scented forest air. Often, swirling mist transforms the landscape into a place of mystery. Beginners should book for the easier one hour ride, while the half-day ride or the three-day Wilderness Horseback Trail are suitable to more experienced, relatively fit riders...

(GPS coordinates: -25.557697, 30.73185)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/kaapsehoop-horse-trails

Guild Theatre
26 Jul 2015
 
     

The East London Guild Theatre produces and presents performing arts in East London (Buffalo City) in the Eastern Cape. It has been home to some of the country’s local and leading artists and performers, and numerous internationally acclaimed acts for nearly 50 years. The guild engages in arts and education opportunities for previously disadvantaged youths in the Eastern Cape. It also creates and organises art and theatre experiences for the diverse communities that reside in the area...

(GPS coordinates: -32.994339, 27.897162)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/guild-theatre

KhashaMongo Guesthouse
26 Jul 2015
 
     

KhashaMongo Guest House is situated in Somerset West, in close proximity to the Western Cape’s best attractions. Accommodation is provided in characterful African-style rooms and apartments with self-catering facilities. The guest house offers comfortable, affordable accommodation with scenic views of the mountains surrounding Somerset West. The temperature-controlled pool offers the opportunity to swim in any weather conditions, while barbeque facilities allow guests to enjoy a braai in the tranquil surrounds of the garden...

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

(GPS coordinates: -34.077274, 18.83033)

Fernkloof Nature Reserve Green Trail
25 Jul 2015
 
     

A network of marked trails, which includes a dog-friendly trail and an overnight hike to the hut on Galpin Peak, radiates out from the small visitor’s centre in the mountainous Fernkloof reserve behind Hermanus. You can pick up a map here and study the display of typical floral species before heading out. The 1500-hectare reserve has an astonishing variety of plants, with six of the seven endemic plant families of the Cape Floral Kingdom and about 1 600 fynbos species...

(GPS coordinates: -34.398925, 19.266095)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/fernkloof-nature-reserve-green-trail

Otters' Haunt MTB Trails
25 Jul 2015
 
     

Numerous trails of varying distance and difficulty are organised in the Dome Bergland and Vaal River Valley from Otters’ Haunt. Some of these routes are closed to the public but you can get access via Otters’ Haunt, although in some cases this is on guided trails only. The area is a paradise for mountain-bikers. The annual Crater Cruise around the Vredefort Dome is one of the best mountain-biking races in SA, and trail-wise there is something to suit every level of fitness and interest from competitive trainers to family outrides with the kids...

(GPS coordinates: -26.909887, 27.428361)

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

Cape Weaver
25 Jul 2015
 
     

The male Cape Weaver’s ruddy face and staring yellow eyes always makes them appear a bit hot-tempered, even deranged, and their angry calls deepen this amusing impression.  This species is polygynous, so male Cape Weavers have their talons full tending to their harems during breeding season. Nesting is a raucous business for Cape Weavers, as they live in large, noisy colonies that buzz with hysterical ‘swizzling’ and ‘chacking’ sounds. You will usually hear a Cape Weaver colony before you see it - a special southern African treat since these birds are endemic to this region.

Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guesthouse
25 Jul 2015
 
     

Situated in the quaint West Coast fishing village of Paternoster, Paternoster Dunes Boutique Guesthouse can be found tucked among white sands overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The guesthouse offers exclusive accommodation in five luxury guest rooms and two self-catering units. Brimming with character, the vibrant atmosphere of this luxury guesthouse matches that of the idyllic village in which it is located. Guests here can enjoy stylish, welcoming accommodation a stone’s throw from the white sands of the beach...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/paternoster-dunes-boutique-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates: -32.8095, 17.88396)

Mac Mac Adventure Zone Quads
24 Jul 2015
 
     

Mac Mac Adventure Zone is situated on the Mpumalanga escarpment halfway between Sabie and Graskop. It’s within walking distance of the beautiful Mac Mac Falls. The quad bike trails traverse an 18 000ha exclusive concession that offers terrain ranging from an easy doddle to somewhat more challenging. There is something for everyone – easy family rides for the less confident, and faster, trickier rides for the more adventurous. The emphasis is on responsible riding, so even the adventurous rides are not a wild free-for-all...

(GPS coordinates: -24.991625, 30.812144)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/mac-mac-adventure-zone-quads

Solms-Delta Wine Estate
24 Jul 2015
 
     

Not your ordinary wine estate, Solms-Delta is at heart a philanthropic enterprise, which also produces wonderful, unusual wines. In an industry that, despite huge strides to address historical injustices to people and land ownership, remains largely feudal, Solms-Delta is the poster child for social justice and restitution. The genuine intent on the part of the farm’s owners to acknowledge and honour the socio-historical heritage of the Delta and its people makes this farm a special and heart-warming place to visit...

(GPS coordinates: -33.864073, 18.989782)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/solms-delta-wine-estate

Idwala Game Lodge
24 Jul 2015
 
     

Situated on a private game reserve just outside the Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Idwala is a characterful, stylishly designed game lodge that offers luxury full board accommodation and superb game viewing. Eco-sensitively designed to blend in with the dense indigenous bush, Idwala occupies a stunning location on a mountain ridge, overlooking a verdant valley filled with wildlife, including the Big Five. Lovely wooden walkways lead you to one of only four privately situated freestanding chalets, so you are guaranteed exclusivity and an intimate safari experience during the twice-daily game drives...

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.4276, 26.17049)

The Junction
23 Jul 2015
 
     

The Junction in Nottingham Road is a popular stop on the Midlands Meander. The centre is more of a shopping village that has retained its origins as a country farm stall. With big, shady trees, pruned gardens and a view over the Midlands countryside, The Junction invites guests to browse through its shops. Its country restaurant is a relaxing place to enjoy a light lunch or snack – or skip straight to dessert. In the meantime, children will enjoy the jungle gym area…

(GPS coordinates: -29.357211, 29.997252)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/junction

Drakensberg Boys' Choir School
23 Jul 2015
 
     

Few experiences in the world can convey the emotion and purity inherent in a performance by the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in Champagne Valley. Enclosed by the stunning mountains of the central Drakensberg, the school hosts a weekly concert every Wednesday during term-time, in a modern auditorium boasting fine acoustics and the very latest equipment. The Drakensberg Boys’ Choir has a formidable reputation, and has regularly been named one of the top choirs in the world...

(GPS coordinates: -29.022312, 29.435951)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/drakensberg-boys-choir-school

Moonstruck On Pringle Bay
23 Jul 2015
 
     

Moonstruck on Pringle Bay is a contemporary beach house situated in the village of Pringle Bay in the Southern Overberg, offering accommodation in four luxurious rooms with panoramic views of mountains, sea and fynbos. In season, guests can watch whales and dolphins swimming in the bay from the comfort of their luxury rooms, while admiring the grandeur of the surrounding mountains. The guest house has direct access to the pristine beach via a fynbos path, while the rimflow pool is a wonderful place to soak up the views with a drink in hand...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/moonstruck-pringle-bay

(GPS coordinates: -34.348514, 18.824821)

The Marutswa Forest Trails and Bird Boardwalk
22 Jul 2015
 
     

The Marutswa Forest Trails and Bird Boardwalk in Bulwer are among KwaZulu-Natal’s finest treasures. This is a richly populated birding spot in a historic indigenous forest where ancient trees soar overhead in a whispering canopy of subtly changing hues. One of the many tree species found are giant yellowwoods that attract the endangered, rare and joyfully noisy Cape parrots. On the approximately two-hour full walk through the forest trails you will find quiet picnic spots, jetties, and towers that give birders different perspectives in the canopy. The trails are full of surprises...

(GPS coordinates: -29.807696, 29.784217)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/marutswa-forest-trails-and-bird-bo...

Voortrekker Monument
22 Jul 2015
 
     

The Voortrekker Monument is a substantial piece of architecture in an imposing location, with stunning 360-degree views of Pretoria. These are even more impressive if you take the staircase or lift to the very top of the monument. The monolith is a Pretoria landmark, designed by South African architect Gerhard Moerdyk, to commemorate the movement of pioneers from the Cape to the Transvaal - the Great Trek. The grounds of the monument are a nature reserve and visitors can walk through the indigenous gardens…

(GPS coordinates: -25.775332, 28.175809)

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

Mackaya Bella Guest House
22 Jul 2015
 
     

Situated in the quiet Durban suburb of Glenwood, Mackaya Bella Guest House is an efficiently run establishment which offers well-appointed accommodation with all the modern comforts needed for a hassle-free stay. The guest house provides upmarket modern accommodation, discreet but warm service and a perfectly peaceful setting in which to unwind, while still being in touching distance of Durban. Guests will particularly enjoy relaxing on the covered deck, which overlooks a lush park...

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

(GPS coordinates: -29.873578, 30.984731)

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