Subscribe to our newsletter!
Fouriesburg Town Dam MTB Route
7 May 2015
 
     

Against the majestic backdrop of the soaring Maluti Mountains, with the Lesotho border only 10 kilometres away at Calendonspoort, this is a place custom-made for cycling and a fascinating 15-kilometre “out and back” ride along tarred road, dirt road and jeep track awaits. Puncture-proof your tyres before setting out...

(GPS coordinates: -28.622204, 28.206225)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/fouriesburg-town-dam-mtb-route

Turtle Tours
7 May 2015
 
     

Come and explore the Maputaland Turtle Sanctuary, just to the south of the Mozambican border and within the iSimangaliso Wetlands Park, for an unforgettable wildlife adventure. This 100-kilometre section of coastline boasts an extremely high concentration of turtles that regularly nest on the beaches during the summer months. Turtle sightings are virtually guaranteed from December to February, with both loggerhead and leatherback species prevalent...

(GPS coordinates: -28.371653, 32.413037)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/turtle-tours

Table Mountain Cableway
6 May 2015
 
     

The Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Company was formed in 1929 to serve a growing number of people wanting to reach the summit of the mountain without having to climb. The earliest cableway, while safe and efficient, was primitive by today's standards. Nevertheless, it offered a safe way to ascend the mountain in less than 10 minutes. Since the launch of the cableway, more than 20-million people have taken the trip to the top in progressively improved cable cars. The company has been committed to providing visitors with a memorable experience and to delivering outstanding service. They are also responsible for helping to preserve the natural environment of the world heritage site in which it operates...

(GPS coordinates: -33.948357, 18.403215)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/table-mountain-cableway

Jan Harmsgat se Agterplaas
6 May 2015
 
     

JanHarm Vorster unplugged himself from a career as an accountant (and some might say reality) and returned as his alter ego, Jan Harmsgat. He tends to the Agterplaas - a garden-theatre-restaurant and cottage antique shop in the town of Cullinan. Wacky and whimsical, artist and entrepreneur, Jan is the ‘Wizard of Odd’. To meet him you’ll have to get past the full-metal drag queens that tower over the entrance to the Agterplaas...

(GPS coordinates: -25.670303, 28.515921)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/jan-harmsgat-se-agterplaas

Sabie River Rafting
5 May 2015
 
     

The Sabie River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in South Africa and runs eastwards through Mpumalanga, the Kruger National Park and Mozambique. Featuring spectacular scenery, birdlife and riveting whitewater covering 20 rapids, this is an iconic section of river in northern South Africa. Water levels can vary considerably along this section, with the summer months bringing the fullest river. Rafting is best from December to April, when the bigger grade-three rapids can necessitate six-man rafts. At other times, trips are done in two-man inflatable Crocs, and the river is usually accommodating all year round...

(GPS coordinates: -25.030356, 31.026174)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/sabie-river-rafting

Namaqualand MTB Trail
5 May 2015
 
     

Kamieskroon, situated about half an hour to the south of Springbok, arguably rates as one of South Africa’s best-kept mountain-biking secrets. Four routes traverse the Kamiesberg area to the east of the tiny town, and the riding here will delight novices and experts alike…

(GPS coordinates: -30.314487, 18.08267)

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

Bat Eared Fox
5 May 2015
 
     

It’s hard to be objective about the bat-eared fox. This small canid is pretty adorable with its densely furred body, fluffy tail, and oversized ears. However, bat-eared foxes are remarkably adaptable creatures. Fossil remains indicate that the bat-eared fox first appeared on earth 800 000 years ago! They are predominantly insectivorous and they get all their water from the insects they eat, so they can survive harsh desert climates. Their large ears assist them to avoid danger and find food.

Groot Marico Mampoer Farms
4 May 2015
 
     

Humourist Herman Charles Bosman (1905-1951) is considered one of South Africa's greatest writers and his stories about Oom Schalk Lourens and life in the Groot Marico bush have entertained South Africans for decades. Much of the mayhem in Oom Schalk's life was the result of mampoer. Mampoer is a home-made brandy distilled from fruit – generally peaches in this part of the country. There are farms in the area that still operate pot stills, such as M&M Mampoer and Sara Mouton's Mampoer Still. These can be visited for a demonstration on the production process and mampoer tasting sessions…

(GPS coordinates: -25.595374, 26.413574)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/groot-marico-mampoer-farms

Natal Lion Park
4 May 2015
 
     

The Natal Lion Park is home to some of the most unexpected wildlife in such close proximity to a city. Beautiful and endangered animals live in a natural bush environment. Guests are guaranteed sightings of them lying in the shade of the thorn trees, and can also see them up close. They are remarkably used to close contact with humans from their daily interactions with park officials, so guests get to see them in a relaxed state. A number of white lions are included in the population…

(GPS coordinates: -29.653654, 30.522916)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/natal-lion-park

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
3 May 2015
 
     

Jukani is home to a number of rescued predators and other wildlife where the focus is on conservation and education, specifically on the plight of predators both in captivity and in the wild. At Jukani you can see most of the larger cats such as lion, Bengal and Siberian tiger, jaguar, leopard, cheetah, puma, caracal and serval together with rarer species such as white lions and tigers and black leopard. The sanctuary is also home to other predators such as African wild dog, hyena, jackal, honey badger and zorilla together with other wildlife such as zebra, springbuck, raccoons and a variety of species of snake...

(GPS coordinates: -33.977905, 23.436186)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/jukani-wildlife-sanctuary

Off-Camber 4x4 Trail
3 May 2015
 
     

Off-Camber Adventures 4x4 boasts some spectacular off-road 4x4 trails on one of the oldest farms in the area. It’s situated close to Port Elizabeth, in the heart of the scenic Elandsriver Valley. The trail actually consists of four sections, of which the first three are actually more short obstacle courses designed to test you and your vehicle. You can expect a range of challenges, from pole crossings to cross-camber sections. The fourth and more scenic section of trail winds along the kloof and river, over koppiesand through mountains, following in the tracks of old ox-wagon trails...

(GPS coordinates: -33.824061, 25.232232)

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

Shark Viewing & Cage Diving
2 May 2015
 
     

South Africa is one of only three places in the world where you can go cage diving with great white sharks (the others are South Australia and Isla Guadalupe off Mexico). During the winter months (mid-April to mid-September) shark fundis Chris and Monique Fallows of Apex Shark Expeditions take trips out from Simon’s Town to watch great whites breaching and hunting for seals off Seal Island in False Bay. April, May and June are usually the best months for seeing sharks around the boat – the prime time for cage diving. If you want to see natural predation (sharks preying on seals), July, August and early September are best. The summer months (December to May) offer a different shark viewing experience – the opportunity to view pelagic sharks such as mako and blue sharks in the Agulhas current off Cape Point…

(GPS coordinates: -34.192884, 18.432419)

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

Die Winkel op Paternoster
2 May 2015
 
     

Die Winkel op Paternoster (the shop at Paternoster) is a general dealer with a designer twist. From the outside, it looks like a typical weather-beaten corner shop - the kind you see everywhere in the quiet, isolated villages of the Cape West Coast. The rusty bicycle, old straw broom in the doorway and the rustic fishing boat turned container garden are all convincing props. It’s the super expensive 4x4s and convertibles in the car park that expose the masquerade. Die Winkel is really a trendy family-run emporium famous for its West Coast designer chic and gourmet goodies...

(GPS coordinates: -32.809712, 17.894379)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/die-winkel-op-paternoster

Crested Guineafowl
2 May 2015
 
     

Crested Guineafowl love forested areas and they often follow a troop of monkeys through a forest, feeding from the half-eaten fruit the monkeys drop from the trees. The Crested Guineafowls’ slick pompadour hairdos, weird red eyes, and clucking, neurotic movements are endearingly comical, while the mosaic of white spots on their dark chocolate feathers is so exquisite it boggles the eyes.

Wildcoast Wildrun Trail
1 May 2015
 
     

The Wildcoast Wildrun is a three day, 112km trail running stage race along one of the most rugged and beautiful coastlines in South Africa. The Wildrun is not marked. Simply keeping the sea on your right will be enough to guide you into the finish of each day (however, there will be a GPS track log available). Between points is some of the most incredible wilderness scenery in South Africa...

(GPS coordinates: -32.679552, 28.384549)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/wildcoast-wildrun-trail

The Rand Club
1 May 2015
 
     

The Rand Club was founded in 1887. Today it harks back to an era of Kipling and Churchill. The history of the Rand Club is closely linked with the development of Johannesburg and the world’s greatest gold field. Now in its third incarnation, the present Rand Club, built in 1904, is set in a grand building in downtown Johannesburg. Once an unassailable bastion of English culture - a corner of Johannesburg that was forever England – the Rand Club contains a remarkable mélange of memorabilia...

(GPS coordinates: -26.206018, 28.04144)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/rand-club

Pages

Welcome Message

Nightjar

Welcome to our website. South Africa is awesome and you've come to the right place to help you explore it!

Enjoy the site
Erik