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Sibuya Game Reserve & Tented Camps
17 Jul 2015
 
     

Reached via boat transfers from nearby Kenton-on-Sea in the Eastern Cape, Sibuya Game Reserve has three camps unobtrusively tucked away in the riverine vegetation, treating guests to full board accommodation and a variety of exceptional outdoor activities. Occupying secluded locations in dense forest along the Kariega River, Sibuya’s camps offer luxurious accommodation far away from the trappings of modern life. Guests can immerse themselves in a unique safari experience revolving around boat cruises, game drives and canoeing on one of the most diverse and beautiful game reserves in South Africa...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/sibuya-game-reserve-tented-camps

(GPS coordinates: -33.678189, 26.677076)

Eselfontein MTB Trail
16 Jul 2015
 
     

Mountain-bikers in the know rate this route as one of the best places in SA on which to ride single track. They are right on the money too, as the trails - the brainchild of Eselfontein Farm owner Deon Malherbe – constitute 45 kilometres of cycling ecstasy. The route starts off flat through the orchards, but this will not be a leisurely ride…

(GPS coordinates: -33.401602, 19.433699)

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

Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum
16 Jul 2015
 
     

Located 40 kilometres from Cape Town, the Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum is a memorial to the system of migrant labour, single sex hostels and the control of black workers under apartheid. It bears testament to how far South Africa has come since holding its first democratic elections, and pays homage to the daily struggles of ordinary South Africans living under the apartheid system...

(GPS coordinates: -34.120409, 18.865446)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/lwandle-migrant-labour-museum

Earthbound B&B
16 Jul 2015
 
     

Set on a property with lush gardens, Earthbound B&B is situated in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn, known as South Africa’s ostrich capital, and offers cosy accommodation in five well-appointed rooms. The guest house has warmly decorated, modern accommodation which provides ample comfort, while guests have the advantage of enjoying a private morning meal in their own breakfast corners or breakfast rooms. Situated in the town, on the road to the enthralling Cango Caves and Swartberg Pass, the guest house is conveniently located to explore the area...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/earthbound-bb

(GPS coordinates: -33.590595, 22.1862)

The Company's Garden
15 Jul 2015
 
     

The Company's Garden is located right at the heart of Cape Town's city centre and is a must-see on any visit to Cape Town. Access to the public park, which contains a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond, aviary and tea garden, is free. The Company's Garden was established by the first Dutch settlers in the 1650s. South Africa's first cultivated pear tree has stood here since 1652, while various developments have taken place around it...

(GPS coordinates: -33.926603, 18.417474)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/companys-garden

Buffalo Gorge
15 Jul 2015
 
     

Buffalo Gorge Eco Adventure Centre, just outside Middelburg, offers a range of adventure activities including sport climbing, abseiling, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking and hiking. And while you probably wouldn’t go there just to climb, it’s a great, easy escape from Gauteng – and its ideal for families...

(GPS coordinates: -25.514177, 29.567208)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/buffalo-gorge

Monate Game Lodge
15 Jul 2015
 
     

Situated in a huge, wildlife-rich private game reserve in the province of Limpopo, Monate Game Lodge offers luxurious full board accommodation which allows guests to immerse themselves in the bushveld while being treated to top-class service. Guests are accommodated in contemporary African-style luxury, and apart from offering twice daily game drives and bush walks, the lodge has a multitude of other entertaining activities to keep all members of the family busy. The game reserve is home to three members of the Big Five and has a host of other wildlife to view...

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

(GPS coordinates: -24.745336, 28.667369)

Simon's Town to Klein Swartkop Trail
14 Jul 2015
 
     

This little-used path heads up the slopes above Simon’s Town onto the spine of the mountains of the southern peninsula. Although the path goes all the way to Smitswinkel Bay, it’s probably best to turn around at Swartkop to avoid a very long and strenuous hike. Park your car on Jan Smuts, near the big bend in the road, then head up towards the mountain on a dirt road until you come to a sharp left-hand bend. A footpath leads off to the right. It’s a steep climb but the exquisite fynbos and the changing views provide ample distraction...

(GPS coordinates: -34.199493, 18.448636)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/simon’s-town-klein-swartkop-trail

Fern Forest Trail
14 Jul 2015
 
     

This walk starts at the far end of the chalets on the Drakensberg Sun property, which replaced the old Cathkin Park Hotel. The hotel is hiker friendly, working on the wise assumption that they'll see you in the bar afterwards. The hike basically follows the Kwa-Ndema River upstream from the dam on the hotel grounds, which it feeds. With a low shoulder of the Little Berg on your left, you soon enter the Kwa-Ndema forest...

(GPS coordinates: -29.008305, 29.419155)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/fern-forest-trail

Black-headed Heron
14 Jul 2015
 
     

A Black-headed Heron intently feathers its nest. These herons like to roost colonially with other waterbirds in trees, reeds or cliff ledges, and are conscientious parents. With their yellow eyes, and black, grey and white plumes and markings, they are one of the most beautiful and regal birds in Southern Africa. They can roost up to 30kms from their feeding grounds, so they are frequently seen flying slowly and elegantly across the sky.

Glen Avon Lodge
14 Jul 2015
 
     

One of Cape Town’s grandest colonial homesteads, the family-run Glen Avon Lodge offers accommodation in 15 beautifully-decorated suites, and prides itself on providing impeccable service to guests. Guests will enjoy a nostalgic stay in this historic homestead, which has been renovated to offer elegant luxury accommodation on manicured grounds in prestigious Constantia. The laidback country-style ambience is complemented by fine gourmet dining and a solar heated swimming pool...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/glen-avon-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -34.03127, 18.439261)

Irma Stern Museum
13 Jul 2015
 
     

Irma Stern is one of the most prominent South African artists of the 20th century. Stern (1894-1966) achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime with her paintings, sculptures and ceramics. As well as being able to view an extensive collection of her work, the Irma Stern Museum is a good place to learn more about the fascinating life of the artist. Born in Schweizer-Reneke, a small town in the North West Province of South Africa, she travelled extensively in Africa - her travels are reflected in much of her work...

(GPS coordinates: -33.952925, 18.469219)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/irma-stern-museum

Sandstones Estates
13 Jul 2015
 
     

When travelling in the Eastern Free State don’t rub your eyes in disbelief if you see a cherry-red steam train chuffing merrily across the plains. Instead, follow it to Sandstone Estates and discover a treasury of vintage modes of travel. The Sandstone Heritage Trust, which is based on a 170-year old farm, is a private preservation initiative with a passion for doing things the old-fashioned way. The Trust preserves collections of traction engines, historic agricultural machinery, earth-moving equipment, classic cars that you’re unlikely to see together on display anywhere else in the world. It also has the world’s largest collection of two-foot narrow-gauge locomotives…

(GPS coordinates: -28.823912, 27.984881)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/sandstones-estates

Kouga Wilderness Rock Climbing
12 Jul 2015
 
     

If you’re looking for a good climbing venue for the family, Kleinrivier farm in the beautiful Kouga Wilderness is just perfect. There are climbs of all grades and the secluded valley is a wonderfully relaxed spot for non-climbers. Leopard Rock stands imposingly above the campsite, so spectators can lie around watching the action. The rock is a solid sandstone and quartzite mix. There are currently 99 trad lines and 15 bolted routes, offering superb climbing - particularly in the intermediate grades...

(GPS coordinates: -33.724088, 23.849897)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/kouga-wilderness-rock-climbing

Museums of Graaff-Reinet
12 Jul 2015
 
     

The village of Graaff-Reinet is often called the gem of the Karoo, and with good reason. It is the fourth oldest settlement in South Africa (after Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Swellendam), and has 220 buildings with heritage status and a wealth of historical monuments and museums. Many consider the town to be one big museum with its streets lined with a variety of architectural styles, which include fretwork and deep stoeps in their design...

(GPS coordinates: -32.2508, 24.53541)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/museums-graaff-reinet

Hippo & Croc Boat Cruise
11 Jul 2015
 
     

Advantage cruiser double-deck passenger ferry is the most comfortable way to get up-close to hippos and crocs. The ferry is spacious, with enough space for the enthusiastic photographer to “chase” his prey from the safety of the deck.  The ferry is equipped with silent eco-friendly running engines, and ambles along a walking speed to allow you to take in the scenery at a relaxed pace. The routing takes you all along the shoreline of Lake St Lucia and the tour duration is two hours…

(GPS coordinates: -28.362439, 32.411857)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/hippo-croc-boat-cruise

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