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Camdeboo Koedoeskloof 4x4 Trail
21 May 2015
 
     

The Camdeboo National Park‘s premier attraction is the Valley of Desolation, a 100-million-year-old geological formation, proclaimed a National Monument. The greater portion of the park is situated between 740 and 1 480 metres above sea level in the foothills of the Sneeuberg range. The Koedoeskloof Trail offers unique and spectacular views of the Nqweba Dam and the plains of Camdeboo. There is also an unusual back-angle view of the Valley of Desolation. The track heads up to the top of the mountain plateau in the Winterhoek area of the park before returning, following the same route…

(GPS coordinates: -32.219813, 24.505504)

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

Freedom Park
21 May 2015
 
     

Freedom Park is a heritage park and a monument to democracy located on Salvokop hill overlooking the city of Pretoria (Tshwane). Commissioned during the term of former president Thabo Mbeki, the memorial-cum-sanctuary commemorates the sacrifices made for freedom and human rights. Ideologically and architecturally, it’s a remarkable undertaking. Freedom Park consists of 5 interconnected symbolic sites named hapo, Moshate, Isivivane, Sikhumbuto and Uitspanplek. They are linked by walkways that lead visitors on a metaphysical and spiritual journey of forgiveness, healing and reconciliation...

(GPS coordinates: -25.763866, 28.187125)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/freedom-park

Umhlanga Lagoon Trail
20 May 2015
 
     

The small Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve north of Durban consists of an estuary, dune forest and coastal forest. Although right on the edge of the busy holiday town of Umhlanga, the little piece of wilderness is a refuge for many wetland and coastal forest birds, animals and plants and is a popular destination for families. The entrance gates are opposite the Breakers Hotel on Lagoon Drive. From here, the trail goes past the picnic area and crosses a beautiful wooden boardwalk and then cuts into thick coastal forest, which is home to vervet monkeys, small buck and many butterflies...

(GPS coordinates: -29.712991, 31.092054)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/umhlanga-lagoon-trail

Kurland Summer Run Trail & Event
20 May 2015
 
     

The Kurland Hotel lies east of the prime holiday destination of Plettenberg Bay and just inland of Natures Valley. The estate lies in the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains with vistas of the whole of Biai Formosa and The Crags. Beyond the manicured grounds of the hotel are hectares of mountains and valleys covered in indigenous forests, fynbos and some commercial forestry. The trail offers a mix of every type of terrain you could ask for. Single-track, jeep track and forestry roads will take you through forests, up mountains and across several streams...

(GPS coordinates: -33.94064, 23.486798)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/kurland-summer-run-trail-event

Whale Watching, St Lucia
19 May 2015
 
     

There are currently a small number of boat-based whale watching permit in Ismangaliso Wetland Park and one of them belongs to Danie Bennet of Advantage Tours and Charters. This specialised marine mammal guide and renowned researcher will take you out to visit one of the most loved and most endangered sea mammals, the humpback whale. You can climb aboard the Advantage Charter boat between June and November...

(GPS coordinates: -28.37184, 32.412873)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/whale-watching-st-lucia

Langberg Trail
19 May 2015
 
     

Adventurers who have not explored the Free State Province often labour under the impression that the generally flat landscape has little to offer outdoor enthusiasts. However, once you have had the pleasure of hiking a hidden jewel such as the Langberg Hiking Trail on Koefontein Farm, you are bound to change your mind. This trail traverses the flat-topped ‘koppies’ in the Memel/Vrede district, and hikers in the know rate it as one of the Free State’s best-kept secrets. On Koefontein there are a number of adventure options ranging from hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing to trout and bass fishing, caving and horse riding...

(GPS coordinates: -27.505645, 29.200759)

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

Trumpeter Hornbill
19 May 2015
 
     

The weird-looking Trumpeter Hornbill is a gregarious bird most commonly seen in groups of three to five birds, although they have been found in flocks of up to fifty birds. The enlarged section of beak atop their upper mandible is called a casque. Some hornbill’s casques seem to be simply for beak reinforcement, while others are very hard and used for aerial jousting. It is thought that the Trumpeter Hornbill’s hollow casque acts as a resonance chamber to amplify its call.

Shark Cage Diving KZN
18 May 2015
 
     

The Shark Diving Company launches from one of the safest launch sites in Kwa-Zulu Natal – Rocky Bay on the South Coast. Pioneers in what is dubbed the ‘cage diving’ technique, they have adapted the Great White diving methods from the Cape to the warmer conditions and varied shark species of the Kwa-Zulu Natal coastline. This is one of the ultimate marine adventure experiences, but beyond its entertainment value, the shark enthusiasts at the Shark Diving Company use the dives as a means of raising awareness and compassion and dispelling myths about these beautiful creatures...

(GPS coordinates: -30.3356, 30.734)

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

Monteseel Rock Climbing
18 May 2015
 
     

Monteseel, situated on the southern edge of the Valley of A Thousand Hills, halfway between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, is one of the most accessible trad climbing areas in the country. There are about 320 routes across the grade range, most of which are single pitch - including some long routes up to 30 metres high - with a few two-pitch lines and one three-pitch route. With plenty of routes in the really easy grades, it’s a fabulous place for beginners and kids, who can progress from top-roping to lead-climbing on excellent rock...

(GPS coordinates: -29.735944, 30.680713)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/monteseel-rock-climbing

Moffat Mission
17 May 2015
 
     

An escape into the tranquil gardens and historical buildings shaded by ancient trees is a sublime experience. The mission exudes an eclectic mix of traditional African and colonial, old and new, and is popular with local and international visitors. Situated 5km from Kuruman, the mission is often described as the Northern Cape’s fount of Christianity, as it was a staging post for many ventures into the interior. It is named after Robert Moffat, a Scottish missionary who lived and worked here from 1820 to 1870. It was also explorer David Livingstone's first home in Africa. Among its attractions is the Moffat homestead, which is now a museum...

(GPS coordinates: -27.421624, 23.426489)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/moffat-mission

La Chocolaterie Rococo
17 May 2015
 
     

No ordinary chocolate shop, Chocolaterie Rococo in the Klein Karoo town of Oudtshoorn sells Belgian chocolate confections created by master chocolatier Marita Lamprecht. Marita describes herself as a chocolate artist and when you see her indulgent collections of chocolate stilettos, wedding cakes and other novelties, you'll agree. Marita uses only imported Belgian couverture to hand craft her seasonal chocolate ranges, so chocoholics can look forward to floral pralines in summer and spice-spiked truffles in winter. What makes this chocolate shop more unusual is Marita’s flair for matching chocolate and wine...

(GPS coordinates: -33.604252, 22.20967)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/la-chocolaterie-rococo

Free Flying Adventures Tandem flights
16 May 2015
 
     

This has to be one of the best ways of seeing the Magaliesberg and Hartebeespoort Dam. It’s a tandem hang-gliding flight so you don’t have to do any thinking and you need no skills whatsoever. All you have to do is rock up at Aviator’s Paradise, take a deep breath and commit yourself to it. Aviator’s Paradise is close to Johannesburg and Pretoria so it’s an easy day trip. There are so many other fun things to do in the area that you may decide to stay longer...

(GPS coordinates: -25.694444, 27.783485)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/free-flying-adventures-tandem-flights

Luphisi 4x4 Route
16 May 2015
 
     

The Luphisi 4x4 trail starts at the Luphisi Tented Camp next to the Mthethomusha Nature Reserve. This reserve embraces 8 000ha of unspoiled nature on the south-western border of the Kruger National Park. It is home to Africa's Big 5 and an exceptional array of birds. Winding its way through the rural area and rugged terrain, the trail offers an invigorating mix of scenery and local cultural activities. One of the highlights on the route is a thrilling climb up a huge granite boulder to an ideal picnic spot right at the top of it…

(GPS coordinates: -25.419875, 31.262026)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/4x4/luphisi-4x4-route

Lilac Breasted Roller
16 May 2015
 
     

Lilac-breasted rollers are often very easy to see because they sit atop telephone poles or tall branches, and as they swoop down to catch their prey, their wings and forked tail feathers flash an incredible electric blue. In the dry winter season they are often amongst the only brilliantly-coloured things in their savannah and woodland habitats, so seeing this bird is sometimes a bit like seeing an ice-cream shop in a desert - their pastel loveliness is truly breathtaking.

The Feather Market Convention Centre
15 May 2015
 
     

The Feather Market Convention Centre is a multi-function venue, used for concerts, exhibitions and conferences. With stylish and elegant architecture, the centre caters for a diverse range of functions, from luncheons and formal banquets to weddings. Feather Market Hall derives its name from its initial use as a market for ostrich feathers...

(GPS coordinates: -33.96352, 25.623935)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/feather-market-convention-centre

Birds of Prey Centre
15 May 2015
 
     

The Birds of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre in Dullstroom considers its main purpose to be the education of the public about raptors and the plight of many birds of prey that are rapidly becoming more endangered. Founded in 1997, the centre is a place of refuge and recovery for raptors that are casualties of road accidents, fence collisions, traps or other factors. As a visitor to the centre, you can see the rehabilitation process close-up and photographers and bird enthusiasts can revel in close encounters with many species of raptor that are often only seen from a distance...

(GPS coordinates: -25.438859, 30.095423)

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

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