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African Craft Market of Rosebank
14 May 2015
 
     

If you love markets for their vibes as much as their diverse wares, then you’ll love the African Craft Market of Rosebank. From its beginnings as a motley assortment of craft stalls, the African Craft Market is now a famous Johannesburg tourist destination. A one-stop shop for all things uniquely African, the atmosphere is lively and colourful. If you relish bartering and bargaining you’ll have a great time pitting your negotiating skills against the 70-odd highly persuasive craftspeople who showcase art and craft from all over Africa...

(GPS coordinates: -26.146429, 28.042576)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/african-craft-market-rosebank

Bezuidenhout Grave
14 May 2015
 
     

A cave on the farm Silverbrook at Glen Lynden, between Bedford and Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape, is the site of the death of one of South African history’s many controversial characters, Cornelis Frederik Bezuidenhout.  The cave is fronted by an obelisk of red dolerite, while a few hundred yards away lies Bezuidenhout’s grave, marked by a granite rock. The circumstances that led to his death sparked a famous Boer uprising in 1815 known as the Slagtersnek Rebellion...

(GPS coordinates: -32.433865, 26.059442)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/bezuidenhout-grave

Bar Bar Black Sheep
13 May 2015
 
     

A 45-minute drive from Cape Town, in the quaint Swartland village of Riebeek-Kasteel, is the Bar Bar Black Sheep Restaurant. The small-town bistro has attracted a cult-like following of Cape Town foodies, who come here for chef Mynhardt Joubert's rustic Cape soul food. Eclectic decor and professional but relaxed service, along with Joubert's ability to transform ingredients that other chefs overlook or dismiss, into meals that diners and food critics rave about, give this bistro the edge...

(GPS coordinates: -33.383436, 18.896399)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/bar-bar-black-sheep

Two Oceans Aquarium Diving
13 May 2015
 
     

Cape Town waters are cold, and the ever-present fear of bumping into a great white shark puts many divers off taking the plunge in the open ocean. But the good news is that if you really want to get up and personal with sharks, turtles and big game fish, there’s nothing to beat a dive in the I&J Predator Exhibit in the Two Oceans Aquarium. After a short briefing, you drop into the two-million litre, glass-fronted tank as the big-eyed children and other visitors to the aquarium gawp at your bravery. This has to be the easiest dive in the Cape – where else can you brush shoulders with sharks with just a Discover Scuba qualification?...

(GPS coordinates: -33.90775, 18.417509)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/scuba-diving/two-oceans-aquarium-diving

Monkeyland
12 May 2015
 
     

One of the best-known wildlife attractions near Plettenberg Bay is Monkeyland, which is well signposted off the N2 at The Crags. Here, primates that previously spent their lives in cages have been released into a free-roaming environment in 12 hectares of forest that closely resembles their natural habitat. There are a host of different species of monkeys, lemurs and apes swinging in the trees in what is the first and currently only multi-species primate sanctuary in the world...

(GPS coordinates: -33.964683, 23.483523)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/monkeyland

Deelfontein MTB Trail
12 May 2015
 
     

Deelfontein lies in the heart of the Vredefort Dome. The farm lies on the southern side of the Vaal River, nestled between two of the concentric ridges typical of the dome area. The mountain-bike routes include dirt road, farm tracks and at least 19 kilometres of single-track sections on which you can explore the mountain tops. Configured as a network of single-track loops branching off a jeep track backbone, the trails offer many options of distance and grading...

(GPS coordinates: -26.939582, 27.271261)

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

Elephant Eyes
12 May 2015
 
     

The old adage that the eyes are the windows to the soul seems especially profound when you are looking into the eyes of an elephant. They seem very wise old souls, and their slow, ponderous grace deepens your impression of meeting a venerable elder. This elephant’s delicate long lashes protect its eyes from dust and debris. The white ring around its iris is called the arcus lipoides and is a sign of ageing in elephants, like the circles in a tree trunk.

KZNSA Art Gallery
11 May 2015
 
     

The KwaZulu-Natal Society of the Arts Gallery is situated in the leafy suburb of Glenwood in Durban. The gallery was established 108 years ago as a small exhibition venue for local artists. Over the years, the ethos has changed considerably, as has the reach of this institution: it has become the province’s principal artistic and creative venue. Host to any number of exhibitions and events at any given time, there is always something fresh on the go...

(GPS coordinates: -29.859999, 30.997036)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/kznsa-art-gallery

Home of Klipdrift
11 May 2015
 
     

Right in the heart of Robertson stands The Home of Klipdrift, producer of one of South Africa’s favourite brandies. Here, you can get an idea of the brandy-making process on tours of the large distillery. These informative guided excursions include a stop in the maturing rooms laden with oak barrels. Here, the air is permeated with the sweet spicy aroma of the evaporated spirit, known as the “angels share”...

(GPS coordinates: -33.811461, 19.881882)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/home-klipdrift

Hlatikulu Nek Trail
10 May 2015
 
     

Once you have collected your permit from the Ezimvelo KZN Wildlife office at Monk's Cowl and filled in the mountain register, find the path leading off from the car park up the Sterkspruit/Mpofana River course behind the offices. About 500 metres on, you should see a sign, where you head left towards Crystal Falls and The Sphinx. This is one of the most heavily used paths in the Drakensberg, which explains why it has been "engineered" to minimise erosion, and you might also find entrepreneurs from the nearby kraals selling walking sticks and other curios en route...

(GPS coordinates: -29.049386, 29.40627)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/hlatikulu-nek-trail

Forever Resorts Bela-Bela
10 May 2015
 
     

The hot mineral springs at Bela-Bela (formerly Warmbaths) have long appealed to South Africans who wish to “take the waters” and benefit from their therapeutic effects. They are said to produce 22 000 litres of hot water an hour, at a temperature of 53 degrees Celsius. The springs were developed into a spa and holiday resort many years ago and are currently operated by Forever Resorts.  The spring waters are fed into indoor pools at a hydro...

(GPS coordinates: -24.888923, 28.290938)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/forever-resorts-bela-bela

Pholela River Trail
9 May 2015
 
     

The Pholela is among the most popular fishing and hiking valleys of the southern Berg, not least for the stupendous, sweeping views up to the prominent Giant's Cup formation. Starting from the Cobham KZN Wildlife camp site, this hike takes you to the Lake District, an area on top of the Little Berg much favoured by the eland herds that roam the high plateaus. It gives you access to some of the finest rock paintings in the Drakensberg...

(GPS coordinates: -29.70124, 29.41349)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/pholela-river-trail

Naval Hill and the Franklin Game Reserve
9 May 2015
 
     

One of Bloemfontein’s favourite chill-out spots, Naval Hill in the centre of the city, earns extra brownie points because it’s one of the few cities in the world where wildlife occurs in the centre of a major urban environment. Naval Hill, the highest point in the city, was first used as a camp by a British naval brigade in 1900. In the southern part of the reserve energetic visitors can walk the nine kilometre Madiba Trail...

(GPS coordinates: -29.09738, 26.236151)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/naval-hill-and-franklin-game-reserve

Golden-tailed Woodpecker
9 May 2015
 
     

From a distance, the Bennett’s Woodpecker and the Golden-tailed Woodpecker have similar colouring, so it can be hard to tell the difference between the two. Both of these woodpeckers inhabit roughly the same woodland territories in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the northern parts of South Africa, Namibia and Mozambique. Luckily, the Golden-tailed Woodpecker has a striped throat, breast and check, which is clearly visible in this photograph, while the Bennett’s has clearly-defined white areas on its throat and cheek.

Swartberg Pass MTB Trail
8 May 2015
 
     

Ride from Prince Albert’s Main Street until you see the sign to the Swartberg Pass on your right. From here, it is gravel all the way as you sweat it out along 18 kilometres of relentless climbing. Drop down for a few hundred metres until you see the sign to Gamkaskloof (Die Hel) on your right, but only head in here if you are feeling brave. This challenging 50-kilometre slog up dirt passes and down hair-raising switchbacks will eventually take you into Die Hel. Brutal road conditions, extreme weather and an accumulated climb of about 3,6 kilometres for the return journey make this a ride you shouldn’t attempt lightly...

(GPS coordinates: -33.225271, 22.030238)

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

Hellfire Rock Climbing
8 May 2015
 
     

These inviting orange cliffs are on the lower slopes of Du Toit’s Peak. The superb mountain setting offers long bolted single-pitch routes on top-quality rock, and since it’s only an hour from Cape Town, Hellfire is a great day out in the country. Although best in spring and autumn, Du Toit’s Kloof often enjoys better (read drier) weather than the peninsula, so it can also be a good winter crag or a rest day for those spending some time in the area challenging themselves with the long trad lines at Yellowwood Amphitheatre on the Witteberg...

(GPS coordinates: -33.723837, 19.174203)

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

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