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Rebellie Game Farm MTB Trail
4 Jul 2015
 
     

The Rebellie Game Farm is nestled in the mountainous landscape of the majestic Maluti Mountains at more than 2 000 metres above sea level. Several 4x4 trails crisscross the reserve and most are also suitable for mountain-biking. The reserve is in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and the trails offer a number of serious sandstone and rock obstacles, rapid descents and steep climbs. It’s definitely not for the novice cyclist as it is a difficult 30-kilometre ride. Spectacular mountain scenery along the way provides the bonus of game-viewing opportunities... 

(GPS coordinates: -28.582411, 28.476992)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/rebellie-game-farm-mtb-trail

Amur Falcon
4 Jul 2015
 
     

This intense-looking juvenile Amur Falcon was most likely born in eastern Asia, and flew a long journey through India to enjoy the southern African summer. It is difficult to tell the sex of this bird at this stage. If it’s female, it will not change substantially, but if it’s male, its feathers will darken to a slaty grey.  This kestrel-like falcon is often seen with Lesser Kestrels, perching on telephone wires or fences.

Market Theatre
3 Jul 2015
 
     

In 1976 Mannie Manim and the late Barney Simon set out to convert the old  Johannesburg Indian Fruit Market, built in 1913, into a theatre. Little did they know they were building a playhouse that would become internationally known as South Africa’s “theatre of struggle.” A conviction that culture can change society keeps the Market Theatre evolving and culturally relevant to a new generation of theatre lovers and performing artists in post-apartheid South Africa. Much more than just a theatre, the Market is a multi-disciplinary complex for promoting theatre, drama, music, dance, and photography...

(GPS coordinates: -26.201823, 28.032348)

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

Strandloper Trail
2 Jul 2015
 
     

Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Strandlopers (or ’beach walkers’) and step into their world of wave-washed shores, tranquil tidal pools, pristine estuaries and leafy forests. The four-day Strandloper Trail starts at the Strandloper Ecotourism Centre at Cape Morgan then takes you over the dramatic cliffs of Morgan Bay along sandy beaches and rock cut platforms and through coastal forests before finishing, some 57km later at Gonubie. The trail is self-guided and clearly marked, with accommodation in rustic huts...

(GPS coordinates: -32.700247, 28.358481)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/strandloper-trail

Fort Selwyn, Old Provost
2 Jul 2015
 
     

Fort Selwyn is situated on Gunfire Hill, overlooking Grahamstown. It was named after Captain Charles Jasper Selwyn of the Cape Corps of Royal Engineers. Selwyn, who was responsible for the design and construction of the fort, was stationed in the Eastern Cape from 1834 to 1842. In 1925 it was converted into a domestic residence and tea garden. Declared a National Monument in 1936, Fort Selwyn has been restored, and has been run by the Albany Museum since 1977. It is very popular with Grahamstown’s locals for a few sundowners on warm evenings, and is the best spot to view the lights of the town at night…

(GPS coordinates: -33.318874, 26.518346)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/fort-selwyn-old-provost

Kerkenberg
1 Jul 2015
 
     

Kerkenberg, or church mountain, is where the Voortrekker leader Piet Retief's followers camped while their leaders went to Zululand to parlay with the Zulu chief Dingaan for land. The site is so named because the Voortrekker’s priest, Erasmus Smit, deemed the cluster of rocks at its base was worthy of a church. Indeed, the views are heavenly: the Maluti’s to the southeast, northwards gaze over the Eastern Free State with the Drakensberg behind you, eastward look over Colenso into northern KwaZulu-Natal...

(GPS coordinates: -28.505468, 29.109156)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/kerkenberg

Leopard Creek Golf Estate
1 Jul 2015
 
     

Leopard Creek Country Club near Malelane has established itself as arguably the best golf course in the country and was ranked as number one on Golf Digest’s rankings for six consecutive years between 2005 and 2010. In 2012, it again took top honours.

The course, situated in the heart of the African Bushveld and a stone’s throw from the Kruger Park, was designed by golfing legend Gary Player in 1996, and plays host to the Alfred Dunhill Championship, an annual European Tour event which attracts some of the world’s top golfers.

The name of the game at Leopard Creek is exclusivity - only members, guests of members, and visitors staying at the Malelane Sun Intercontinental Hotel on site or a select few lodges in the region are permitted to play here.

This means that those fortunate enough to play the course will feel as though they  are sharing it only with the giraffe, antelope and buffalo that often wander across the immaculate fairways. 

Green fees for guests at the Intercontinental are R1850 for 18 holes, while those staying at the various lodges pay up to R2500...

(GPS coordinates: -25.44185, 31.534827)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/leopard-creek-golf-estate

Howissen's Poort Rock Climbing
30 Jun 2015
 
     

Howissen's Poort, aka Scoops, is on the N2 about 12 kilometres out of Grahamstown in the direction of Port Elizabeth. Turn right into the parking area just after you cross the Berg River bridge and then scramble down the bank. It looks pretty unlikely that you’re going to find a decent crag at this point, but when you cross the stream you’ll see two caves with the giveaway chalk marks 30 metres from your car. Most of the climbing is on overhanging quartzite, with 42 bolted routes up to 15 metres long...

(GPS coordinates: -33.369616, 26.476678)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/howissen’s-poort-rock-climbing

Elements Private Golf Reserve
30 Jun 2015
 
     

Situated in a 490 hectare game reserve near Bela-Bela, Elements Private Golf Reserve is bounded by the mountainous splendour of the Waterberg Region in Limpopo. Tis lush Peter Matkovich designed course is a seamless blend of nature’s beauty and man’s orderly designs.  Masterfully landscaped, the course zigzags its way through a fertile valley bursting with resplendent indigenous trees and surrounded by bushveld plains filled with a variety of wildlife. With some unusual holes, the course is challenging and fun to play and has some good birdie opportunities, making it friendly enough to accommodate golfers of all abilities. Only one and a half hours’ drive from Pretoria, the course’s private nature means that it can only be played with a club member, or by guests staying at the luxury accommodation on the reserve. Green and golf cart fees per person are only available upon request...

(GPS coordinates: -24.792048, 28.134462)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/elements-private-golf-reserve

Cape Rock-thrush
30 Jun 2015
 
     

Cape Rock-thrushes are endemic to South Africa. Unlike many other birds, they are aptly named as they are often sighted flitting from boulder to boulder on rocky hillsides or ravines. This scene is particularly typical for this rock-thrush: they favour the low scrub vegetation pictured here and, when alarmed, will often perch on a rock in this manner. Cape Rock-thrushes feed on insects, spiders, millipedes, and centipedes and enjoy the nectar of flowering aloes.

Skilpad Trail
29 Jun 2015
 
     

During the flower season (August and September), the drive along the rough gravel road to the Skilpad Wild Flower Garden, part of the Namaqua National Park, is simply mind-blowing. We’ve all heard about wild flowers “carpeting” the veld – but there is nowhere quite as impressive as this. The plains and lower slopes are a mass of magnificent oranges, yellows and purples, while great granite domes jut into the dark blue sky then turn burnt orange in the evening sun. Two short trails from the reception office allow you to enjoy the annual floral displays on foot...

(GPS coordinates: -30.16607, 17.797904)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/skilpad-trail

Donkin Lighthouse
29 Jun 2015
 
     

Erected in 1861, alongside the Elizabeth Donkin Memorial on Donkin Reserve, the Donkin Hill lighthouse operated for over 100 years. It was decommissioned in 1973 when it became apparent that the expansion of Port Elizabeth was making the lighthouse less effective as a beacon for shipping. It was replaced by the Deal Lighthouse further up the coast. The lighthouse, managed by the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, is a well-maintained building with interesting historical information displayed on each floor. It is a popular destination among foreign visitors wanting different angles from which to view and photograph Port Elizabeth...

(GPS coordinates: -33.962343, 25.620461)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/donkin-lighthouse

Fort Eshowe / Fort kwaMondi
28 Jun 2015
 
     

When the British invaded Zululand in January 1879, Lord Chelmsford led the central column across the Buffalo. Meanwhile, Colonel Charles Pearson proceeded up the coast from Durban with 4 500 men and orders to attack Ulundi from the east. Turning inland at Gingindlovu, he repulsed a Zulu impi at Nyezane on 22 January. The following day, he reached a mission station called kwaMondi. This station was named after the Norwegian missionary, Reverend Ommund Oftebro, who was known by the Zulus as ‘Mondi’. The site of the Norwegian mission and British fort is marked by a stone cairn just outside Eshowe...

(GPS coordinates: -28.893319, 31.496644)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/fort-eshowe-fort-kwamondi

Hartebeespoort Dam Snake And Animal Park
28 Jun 2015
 
     

The Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park is somewhat of an institution – it has been in existence on the water's edge for some 40 years. It is particularly known for its snake, seal and animal demonstrations, which take place twice daily on weekends and public holidays. Besides an extensive collection of reptiles, the privately-owned park has a large variety of animals to view - big cats, primates, hyenas, wild dogs, otters and birds...

(GPS coordinates: -25.728975, 27.857855)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/hartebeespoort-dam-snake-and-anima...

Arts on Main
27 Jun 2015
 
     

Arts on Main, in the Maboneng Precinct, was a disused 1900s industrial warehouse that’s been revamped into a creative hub for artists, poets, dancers and filmmakers. The aim is to lure suburban art lovers back into the city. Arts on Main’s original industrial structures remain intact and provide an interesting contrast to the modern mix of art galleries, shops, a rustic restaurant and artists’ studios. All of them centre on a courtyard of lemon and olive trees...

(GPS coordinates: -26.20465, 28.057508)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/arts-main

Hermanus Diving
27 Jun 2015
 
     

The pretty Overberg town of Hermanus promotes itself as the best land-based whale-watching location in the world but it’s not just the famous seasonal visitors that make marine experiences so enjoyable. The area between Kraal Rock in Walker Bay and Rietfontein in Hermanus is a protected reserve (closed to all boating traffic during the whale season) where removal of marine life is prohibited, so it boasts an impressive array of sponges, hard and soft corals and fish species, as well as large numbers of crayfish and perlemoen (abalone). The dive sites are easily accessible...

(GPS coordinates: -34.433306, 19.224765)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/hermanus-diving

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