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Shark Cage Diving Gansbaai
12 Jun 2015
 
     

Even if eyeballing the sharp teeth of these incredible creatures up close isn’t your thing, it’s still worth booking a trip. You can stay on the boat and still have an amazing experience, with great views from the elevated position. Shark cages hold a limited number of people, so the larger the passenger list, the longer the trip, as each client takes a turn. You don’t have to be a qualified diver to enter the cage, and will be supplied with all necessary diving gear. Remember to take sunscreen, warm clothes, and note that trips are weather-permitting only...

(GPS coordinates: -34.578151, 19.351851)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/shark-cage-diving-gansbaai

Augrabies MTB Trail
11 Jun 2015
 
     

Mount up in a place where kokerbome and lunar rockscapes rear up from plains as old as the continent itself. This is Planet Aukoerebis, but, even though this means “Place of Great Noise” in Khoi, the chances are you’ll hear little besides the slash of gravel below your bike tyres. Crank off from Main Camp along this undulating dirt ride...

(GPS coordinates: -28.593594, 20.33763)

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

Sphinx Hut Trail
11 Jun 2015
 
     

There are several day trails, as well as some stunning multi-day hikes, on this private game farm in the Witteberg Mountains near Ficksburg.  The Sphinx Hut day trail starts at the Langesnek hikers’ camp and winds its way up the slopes of the mountain behind Langesnek. Initially, the route passes through a ravine with shady indigenous forest before it ascends the ridge leading to the First Pyramid peak...

(GPS coordinates: -28.621974, 27.992698)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/sphinx-hut-trail

Tswaing Meteorite Crater
10 Jun 2015
 
     

Barely 40km north of Pretoria is the place where a meteor the size of half a soccer field, travelling at 4 000km per hour, hit the earth and vaporised on impact – 200 000 years ago. This remarkable ancient meteor impact crater awaiting inclusion in the World Heritage List, is Tswaing. Tswaing is not only one of the best-preserved meteorite craters in the world, it’s one of the most accessible. The Setswana people named it "Place of Salt", or Tswaing, because the bottom of the crater harbours a salt pan that was mined until the late 1950s...

(GPS coordinates: -25.408779, 28.082857)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/tswaing-meteorite-crater

Khayelitsha
10 Jun 2015
 
     

Khayelitsha is a large, bustling township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Created in the 1980s under then Prime Minister PW Botha, Khayelitsha, means ‘new home’ in isiXhosa. It has grown into the dynamic and evolving home of hundreds of thousands of South Africans from around the country, many of whom are in the Cape searching for a better life. Tours to Khayelitsha are a popular way to get a glimpse into the lives and cultures of those who call this sprawling mix of formal houses and shacks their home…

(GPS coordinates: -34.040729, 18.67914)

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

Kloofendal Trail
9 Jun 2015
 
     

Kloofendal is a small, 110-hectare nature reserve accessed from Christiaan de Wet Avenue in the Roodepoort suburb of Kloofendal on the West Rand. The reserve was one of the first nature reserves in Johannesburg and offers urbanites a welcome retreat from city life. The area constitutes a transition zone between the bankenveld and savannah ecosystems of the Highveld and provides an ideal destination for an afternoon or morning stroll with beautiful views over the city...

(GPS coordinates: -26.130026, 27.87975)

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

Cape Town Holocaust Centre
9 Jun 2015
 
     

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre lies on ‘Museum Mile’ in the centre of the city. It is a place of remembrance for the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust between 1933 and 1945 and highlights the South African context. Visitors to the Centre have said that it is "comparable with the finest Holocaust museums elsewhere, brilliantly and movingly put together” … “a sobering reminder of the disastrous consequences of prejudice, racism and discrimination"…

(GPS coordinates: -33.931138, 18.416071)

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

African Fish Eagle
9 Jun 2015
 
     

The African Fish Eagle is probably Southern Africa’s most well-known bird of prey.  Its striking white head and chocolate-brown body and its plaintive, echoing call make it easily distinguishable from every other bird of prey. Fish Eagles also nest along major rivers so they are not particularly difficult to find. Their favourite food is large fish, but they also eat baby crocodiles and snakes, and are known to snatch prey from other birds.

Vista Trail, Mont Rochelle Reserve
8 Jun 2015
 
     

Permits to hike in the Mont Rochelle Reserve overlooking Franschhoek must be purchased in town, either at the Tourism Info Centre or Protea Hotel in Huguenot St, or at the Huguenot Museum in Lambrechts St. The trails are not well marked, so invest in one of the informative reserve maps at the same time...

(GPS coordinates: -33.904273, 19.157949)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/vista-trail-mont-rochelle-reserve

Gowrie Village
8 Jun 2015
 
     

Gowrie Village in Nottingham Road is a quaint, country complex and golf course on Gowrie Farm. Designed as a country escape, the complex is ensconced on a working farm that gives it a truly pastoral feel. The nine-hole golf course is modelled on some of the best course features in the world. It has a natural layout, which ensures that guests play against a Midlands backdrop dotted with trout dams. With 180 bird species having been identified on the farm, bird lovers can combine a round of golf with a bit of birdwatching...

(GPS coordinates: -29.354504, 29.997922)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/gowrie-village

Golden Horse Casino
7 Jun 2015
 
     

The Golden Horse Casino offers all-round entertainment in one complex. Nestled against the racecourse in Pietermaritzburg, it is a prime viewing spot to watch glistening racehorses kick up some turf. Recently refurbished to combine the colour and styling of the 1960s with modern glamour, Golden Horse focuses squarely on the guest experience, with its host of entertainment choices...

(GPS coordinates: -29.61386, 30.399741)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/golden-horse-casino

Moletadikgwa MTB Trail
7 Jun 2015
 
     

Moletadikgwa (pronounced Mo-let-a-deeg-wa), in the heart of the Waterberg, is at an altitude of 1400 metres above sea level. This wildlife sanctuary has 420 hectares of woodland, savannah, plains and cliffs – fascinating rock features being a characteristic of the geology here. The farm is ideally suited to mountain-biking. One formal route of about 10 kilometres has been laid out and marked on a map, but there are numerous other vehicle and game tracks that can be used...

(GPS coordinates: -24.103229, 28.387041)

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

Sun City Water World
6 Jun 2015
 
     

Sun City is about as close to Disney World as an African destination can get, but few people realise that another world exists within this fantasy realm. This is Sun City Water World, an exhilarating aqua wonderland boasting an array of adventures. Adrenalin is the name of the game and all you need to do to experience the action is dare to visit the man-made lake situated below the Cabanas at the Lakeside...

(GPS coordinates: -25.359122, 27.107155)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sun-city-water-world

Spookdraai Trail
6 Jun 2015
 
     

The circular Spookdraai Hiking Trail, indicated by "ghost" signs, starts on Marine Drive on the outskirts of the town of L'Algulhas. Initially, it follows the coastline to the east and then leads through the town before climbing steeply over the limestone hill and into L'Agulhas Nature Reserve, where you can enjoy the magnificent fynbos as you stroll back to the start at Spookdraai...

(GPS coordinates: -34.815065, 20.02912)

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

Thick-tailed Bushbaby
6 Jun 2015
 
     

Thick-tailed bushbabies are the largest of Africa’s smallest primates. They are nocturnal woodland-dwellers, and their huge eyes assist them to see in the dark. During the day, they curl up in furry bundles in hollow trees. They have a sweet tooth, and at night they emerge from their nests to snack on acacia gum, fruit and insects. Bushbabies are named for their plaintive, baby-like shrieks and cries.

Coasteering
5 Jun 2015
 
     

The coastline of the Cape Peninsula is flanked by the warm Indian Ocean on the False Bay side and the cold Atlantic on the other. The rocky coast, sandy beaches and rolling surf make for a rugged playground for many adventure addicts. The options include scuba-diving, paddling, shark cage diving and now a new activity: coasteering. Coasteering is one of the fastest growing adventures worldwide, but Gravity is the first company to offer it in and around Cape Town. A combination of kloofing, canyoning, body surfing and cliff jumping into the sea, it’s wet and wild, yet safe...

(GPS coordinates: -34.239282, 18.476032)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/coasteering

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