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Mount Anderson MTB Trails
28 May 2015
 
     

Mount Anderson Reserve offers some of the best single-track mountain-bike riding in South Africa, and it’s extremely popular with mountain-bike enthusiasts. With its rugged terrain and valleys with crystal-clear streams, the trails follow steep inclines, weaving up to alpine heights before winding down forested paths to the valleys below. Riding along dramatic quartzite escarpments and over rocky crescents, any mountain-biker is guaranteed a thrilling ride. Mount Anderson has world-class tracks for biking aficionados – from flowing and relatively easy to steep and very technical...

(GPS coordinates: -25.004864, 30.563611)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/mount-anderson-mtb-trails

Olive Grove MTB Trai
28 May 2015
 
     

This 7 000-hectare Karoo farm outside Beaufort West rates as a perfect mountain-biking escape, offering three route options suited to anyone from your stock-standard tarmac “trapper” to full-on fat-track superheroes. Most of the riding is along dual-track roads winding through the undulating and scrubby plains of the Karoo, with a handful of roughshod ascents, stony downhills and sandy river crossings. Expect some sand, although the overall surface is a well-packed combination of gravel, clay and stone...

(GPS coordinates: -32.507246, 22.582794)

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

St Croix Motor Museum
27 May 2015
 
     

With Port Elizabeth the heart of South Africa’s motor industry, it is appropriate that a motor museum showcasing vintage and classic vehicles dating back to 1901 has found its home in the city. The St Croix Motor Museum in Mowbray Street in the suburb of Newton Park houses the private collection of Eben de Vos.  It consists of 80 cars, most from the 1920s to the 1960s...

(GPS coordinates: -33.956288, 25.57569)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/st-croix-motor-museum

Hillfold Pottery
27 May 2015
 
     

Hillfold Pottery in Lidgetton, along the beautiful Midlands Meander, is home to renowned ceramicist and potter Lindsay Scott. One of the founder-members of the Midlands Meander Association around 30 years ago, Scott founded Hillfold Pottery to epitomise the quality ethos of the association. Accordingly, he runs a top class-facility, offering distinctive aesthetic and functional wares. A winner at the South African National Exhibition, and with works on show in a number of South African galleries, he has become well-renowned. Purchasing a piece from Hillfold Pottery is both a worthy acquisition and an investment...

(GPS coordinates: -29.443589, 30.06976)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/hillfold-pottery

Jonkershoek MTB Trail
26 May 2015
 
     

To understand Jonkershoek you really have to appreciate that it is a commercial forest and that it is regularly harvested. This means trails are always changing, disappearing, being rebuilt, morphing into different routes and generally keeping you on your toes. It never hurts to hook up with one of the locals to discover Jonkershoek’s secrets. Beware who you ask, because on any given day you will be sharing these trails with the world champions and professionals who train here. Jonkershoek is based around a 10-kilometre gravel road loop that runs in an anti-clockwise direction...

(GPS coordinates: -33.968527, 18.934314)

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

Umngeni River Bird Park
26 May 2015
 
     

Umgeni River Bird Park has long been viewed as one of the prime tourist destinations in Durban. A sanctuary for the humans that visit it as much as for the birds, the Bird Park has made visitor entertainment a long-standing tradition. For those interested in birds, the Umgeni Bird Park is an informative and spectacular viewing opportunity. For those who are not ardent birders, the huge variety of birds is still a source of marvel...

(GPS coordinates: -29.808585, 31.0178)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/umngeni-river-bird-park

Grey Crowned Crane
26 May 2015
 
     

The extraordinary Grey Crowned Crane is a very gregarious bird outside of the breeding season, and has been known to gather in huge flocks. These birds perform extravagant mating dances in which they dance, bow and leap around, pumping their blonde afros up and down to woo their chosen mates. They are also identifiable by their loud, honking call - ‘ma-HEM’ - a sound they have been named for in IsiZulu (uNohemu), Afrikaans (Mahem), Sesotho (lehehemu), and in isiXhosa (Ihem).

Birds of Eden
25 May 2015
 
     

Situated at The Crags, right next door to Monkeyland, is Birds of Eden. Spanning 2,3 hectares of indigenous forest, it is reputedly the largest single, free-flight aviary in the world. It is home to more than 3 000 birds from 220 African and exotic species freed from cages to once again feel the exhilaration of flying in the forest canopy. While wandering along 1,2 kilometres of walkways, some elevated, the darting streaks of coloured feathers and cacophonic squawks will keep you enthralled. There’s a mist system to add to the rainforest feel, and a small man-made waterfall you can walk behind...

(GPS coordinates: -33.961061, 23.484722)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/birds-eden

Sudwala Caves
25 May 2015
 
     

The ancient caves of Sudwala are estimated to have formed at a time when this area of Mpumalanga was covered by a shallow inland sea.  Scientists say they formed over a period of 3 000-million years. This network of caverns, carved from dolomite rock, is filled with still-forming stalagmites and stalactites. Once shelter for pre-historic man, the caves have been used as a fortress by a Swazi kings, as an armoury by the Boers and a source of fertiliser (bat guano) by local farmers.  Rumours persist that the missing Kruger millions might be found in its depths, but fortune-hunters have been disappointed...

(GPS coordinates: -25.37014, 30.699255)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/sudwala-caves

Doringkloof 4x4 Trails
24 May 2015
 
     

The Baviaanskloof is a narrow valley, just less than 200 kilometres in length. It is bounded by two mountain ranges: the Baviaanskloof Mountains on the north and the Kouga Mountains on the south side. Doringkloof, in the heart of the Baviaanskloof, offers five interesting 4x4 routes in this spectacular environment. The longest trail, also known as the Rus en Vrede Trail, is about 78km long. Of the other four trails on Doringkloof three are out and back trails…

(GPS coordinates: -33.572361, 24.087948)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/doringkloof-4x4-trails

Cango Caves
24 May 2015
 
     

Oudtshoorn’s biggest drawcard is quite probably the world-famous Cango Caves, one of Southern Africa’s Seven Wonders and an archaeological and historical highlight of the area.  The rugged and picturesque Cango Valley, in the lee of the Swartberg Mountain, hides the access to one of Africa’s grandest cave systems. Discover the spectacular subterranean wonder world of the Cango Caves, undoubtedly one of the jewels within the tourism crown of the Klein Karoo. Set within a limestone ridge running parallel to the Swartberg range, this is one of the finest examples of a dripstone cavern you will ever see...

(GPS coordinates: -33.3933, 22.2147)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/cango-caves

Rio Elefantes Canoeing
23 May 2015
 
     

“Paddling the Rio Elefantes” (the section of the river between the confluences of the Shingwedzi and Limpopo Rivers) is a new canoe trial located within the Parque Nacional do Limpopo. This huge 1,1-million hectare Mozambique sector was recently added to the Kruger National Park to create the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Park. Paddle for four days and three nights along the muddy roil of the Rio Elefantes, camping wild in a range of rustic bush camps lining its tree-lined banks. Cast for wily tiger fish, skirt pods of hippo or scan the banks for rare aquatic birds along a 50-kilometre journey sure to enthral you…

(GPS coordinates: -23.809219, 32.073898)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/rio-elefantes-canoeing

CP Nel Museum
23 May 2015
 
     

The C.P. Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn dates to 1907, when it served as the Oudtshoorn Boys’ High School. Designed by Dutch architect Johannes Egbertus Vixeboxse from the firm Charles Bullock architects, the building, with its prominent clock tower, reflects the ornate style of architecture popular in Oudtshoorn during the ostrich-feather boom. The C.P. Nel museum has one of the best preserved collections of period furniture and antiques in the country. Another interesting facet to the C.P. Nel Museum is that it houses a working synagogue...

(GPS coordinates: -33.592101, 22.202259)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/cp-nel-museum

Warthog
23 May 2015
 
     

Warthogs are often a favorite with visitors to the bush because of their charming ugliness and their predilection towards making adorable babies. Warthogs are usually involved in some or other interesting pastime: on their front knees drinking water; enjoying mud baths which stifle parasites and keep them cool; or mating, with blissed-out faces, as their youngsters wander around them. Other times they can be seen streaking across the bushveld in an anxious line demonstrating what ‘hightailing it’ really means.

Kiepersol Trail
22 May 2015
 
     

This semi-urban trail in the Faerie Glen Nature Reserve lies right in the centre of Pretoria East and yet is a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Situated between Generaal Louis Botha Drive and Lynwood and Atterbury roads, the little natural haven of Faerie Glen Nature Reserve is a wonderful spot to bring the family to enjoy large patches of protea, umbrella trees, the abundant birdlife and beautiful views...

(GPS coordinates: -25.774668, 28.291329)

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

Eastern False Bay Diving
22 May 2015
 
     

The Eastern side of False Bay, between Gordon’s Bay and Hangklip, offers some varied and exciting diving and is usually best in summer, when the southeaster cleans up the water. Many of the sites are fairly close in so can be accessed by boat from Gordon’s Bay or from the shore. That said, the rocky coastline is steep and difficult to negotiate, so entry and exit can be tricky, particularly if there is a swell. Top spots include...

(GPS coordinates: -34.152216, 18.858199)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/eastern-false-bay-diving

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