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Oude Molen Eco Village
21 Jul 2015
 
     

Oude Molen Eco Village is a sustainable development project that has transformed once abandoned buildings and grounds belonging to the Valkenberg mental hospital. It’s become a community that encourages an environment of respect and consideration for people, nature and diversity. The 70 tenants in the village include artists, woodworkers, music studios, photographers, trainers and a frail-care centre. They collectively provide employment for about 300 people who share the vision of this community...

(GPS coordinates: -33.939112, 18.489988)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/oude-molen-eco-village

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square
21 Jul 2015
 
     

Sandton City is one Johannesburg’s oldest, largest and most exclusive shopping malls. Currently undergoing expansion to add another 30 000m2 of retail space, Sandton City has 300 stores. These boast the best in local and international designer and lifestyle brands to cater to those for whom life is one long fashion catwalk. Nearby, connected to Sandton City via a pedestrian mall bridge, is Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton’s most fashionable meeting place. It sports an open air fountain, notable steakhouses, a library and a theatre. Nelson Mandela Square’s piazza has a famous 6m-high bronze statue of Nelson Mandela...

(GPS coordinates: -26.107311, 28.054544)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/sandton-city-and-nelson-mandela-square

Greater Kestrel
21 Jul 2015
 
     

A Greater Kestrel devours a snake. They also eat insects, scorpions, spiders, birds and other reptiles, and have a slightly unusual habit of storing their prey under a tuft of grass or a stone. Greater Kestrels may be mistaken for juvenile Rock or Lesser Kestrels, but their cream-coloured eyes are distinctive. These birds of prey are at home in dry grasslands, cultivated land, and arid areas, and this is a typical sort of perch for them to alight on.

Lakeside Lodge and Spa
21 Jul 2015
 
     

Situated on the edge of Swartvlei Lake in the unspoilt Wilderness National Park, Lakeside Lodge & Spa is an ideal destination for travellers looking for an upmarket, tranquil stay on the famous Garden Route. Accommodation at the luxurious lodge offers direct access to a pristine saltwater lake, and the lodge allows guests to make use of canoes, kayaks, windsurfers, a pontoon boat and fishing gear. The tranquil surrounds of the nature reserve and a number of good facilities, including a spa and gourmet restaurant, make for an idyllic stay...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/lakeside-lodge-and-spa

(GPS coordinates: -33.990724, 22.73657)

Moolmanshoek 4x4 Trail
20 Jul 2015
 
     

If you consider yourself a 4x4 aficionado and have not yet been to Moolmanshoek, then you should get packing. This private nature reserve guarded by the dramatic sandstone formations of the Witteberg Mountains is set in a beautiful horseshoe valley. The four trails at Moolmanshoek will allow you to experience sandstone splendour at its best. A minimum of three vehicles and a maximum of 15 are allowed on the trails at once...

(GPS coordinates: -28.631951, 27.999811)

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

Newlands Sport Stadia
20 Jul 2015
 
     

Newlands, a 20-minute drive from Cape Town, is home to Newlands cricket stadium and Newlands rugby stadium. As such, the suburb holds a special place in the heart of Cape Town sports-lovers. Officially known as DHL Newlands, Newlands rugby stadium is the second-oldest test venue in the world. The first rugby match was played here in 1890 and DHL Newlands is where the Springbok rugby team plays its Cape Town tests. The stadium is also the home ground of the Stormers and the Western Province rugby teams, which regularly see the stadium’s 52 000 seats filled to capacity...

(GPS coordinates: -33.97068, 18.468597)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/newlands-sport-stadia

Onse Rus
20 Jul 2015
 
     

An attractive thatched Cape Dutch building, Onse Rus is located in the centre of Prince Albert at the foot of the majestic Swartberg mountains and offers guests a charming haven of history and comfort. The lovingly restored guest house is one of the oldest properties in town and perfectly reflects the old-world history of Prince Albert while mixing in just the right number of modern comforts. Onse Rus is ideally situated to explore all of the town’s attractions...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/onse-rus

(GPS coordinates: -33.22596, 22.03002)

Afrogem Jewellers
19 Jul 2015
 
     

When you are driving out of town on Buitengracht Street in the direction of Kloof Nek, just before you start leaving the CBD behind, there is a sign that winks at you. It is the sign for Afrogem, a local jewellery manufacturer. It is not a bad idea to give in to temptation. Here you will find Diamond, Tanzanite and semi precious stones set in both Gold and Silver. You will also find a range of loose Diamonds, Tanzanite and semi precious stones that can be transformed into your dream piece, usually within 24 hours...

(GPS coordinates: -33.926454, 18.411363)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/afrogem-jewellers

University of Cape Town
19 Jul 2015
 
     

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university. It is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions and was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys. The College’s tertiary education facility grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north led to an increased demand for mining skills. It developed into a fully-fledged university between 1880 and 1900, building its first dedicated science laboratories. In 1886 it admitted its first women students...

(GPS coordinates: -33.957831, 18.461215)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/university-cape-town

Tsala Treetop Lodge
19 Jul 2015
 
     

Built amidst the canopy of an ancient indigenous forest outside Plettenberg Bay, Tsala Treetop Lodge is a lavishly creative celebration of Africa, and offers full board accommodation in romantic treetop suites and villas. Guests will be delighted by the novelty of staying in luxurious suites suspended over the indigenous forest floor, and can enjoy gorgeous views from their own private infinity pools. The lodge’s spectacular architectural design, gourmet food and first-class service contribute to a highly memorable stay...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/tsala-treetop-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.052028, 23.270533)

Rietvlei Nature Reserve Trails
18 Jul 2015
 
     

Pretoria seems to brim with trail running routes within the proverbial stone’s throw from the CBD. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is one such destination. Situated 38km from OR Tambo International Airport and 18km from the Pretoria city centre, this 3 800ha reserve incorporates a mix of both grassland and undulating hills. Spectacular views combine with an antediluvian lava stream and the Rietvlei Dam to create an outdoor arena with massive appeal to trail runners. Rietvlei Nature Reserve boasts two main routes, each featuring completely different terrain. Both are nonetheless ideal for beginner trail runners or those in search of easy and relaxing runs…

(GPS coordinates: -25.866166, 28.264612

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/rietvlei-nature-reserve-trails

Red Trail, Kenneth Stainbank
18 Jul 2015
 
     

The Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is a mosaic of grassland indigenous coastal forest and riverine bush sandwiched within Yellowwood Park to the south of Durban. Both hiking and mountain-biking are popular and warning signs have been placed where the trails coincide to reduce the chance of hikers being swept off their feet by cyclists. The Red Trail, previously known as the Mkumbi Trail, is a circular route that takes about two hours to complete...

(GPS coordinates: -29.913084, 30.941687)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/red-trail-kenneth-stainbank

Kudu
18 Jul 2015
 
     

An alert female greater kudu with a maturing calf. Calves are often born around the rainy season when the grazing is good. Kudus usually bear one calf. Calves remain out of sight for the first two weeks after they are born, safe from predators because of their lack of scent. Their mothers return periodically to feed them until they are strong enough to permanently join the herd. Young male kudus become independent of their mothers more quickly than young females do.

Hunter's Country House
18 Jul 2015
 
     

Surrounding by forests in a secluded location outside Plettenberg Bay, the family-owned Hunter’s Country House is an exclusive retreat offering accommodation in 19 magnificent individually-decorated suites. Guests at Hunter’s Country House can enjoy enchanting accommodation in supremely luxurious chalets surrounded by magnificent gardens. Several of the rooms have their own private pools. Providing a charming taste of well-heeled country living, the lodge has been internationally acclaimed for its superb cuisine, impeccable service and outstanding facilities...

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

(GPS coordinates: -34.052455, 23.275352)

Miracle Waters Diving
17 Jul 2015
 
     

Just outside Brits, and only an hour’s drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg, Miracle Waters is located on the site of a former open-cast chrome mine. An altitude dive site (about 1 500 metres above sea level) with clear, spring-fed warm water, it enjoys a beautiful setting surrounded by natural bush, so is popular with all levels of divers, from novices embarking on their first open water dives to technical divers, who come to perfect their advanced skills and develop the team skills needed for complex wreck or cave dives...

(GPS coordinates: -25.677057, 27.757967)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/miracle-waters-diving

Mangwanani African Spa
17 Jul 2015
 
     

Mangwanani African Spa has been pampering those in need of TLC with its African-inspired therapies for over a decade. It’s situated at the Indaba Hotel, beside the tranquil Hennops River. On the outskirts of Johannesburg, it’s easily accessible from the city and from Pretoria...

(GPS coordinates: -25.795805, 28.011097)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/mangwanani-african-spa

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