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Gately House Historical Museum
9 Mar 2015
 
     

Gately House is an excellent example of a Victorian home, and one of the only house museums in South Africa that contains all its original furniture. Magnificent antiques such as balloon-back chairs and a mahogany dinner table are on display. It was acquired by the East London Museum in 1966, and proclaimed a National Monument in 1973...

(GPS coordinates: -33.014952, 27.897753)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/gately-house-historical-museum

Cloudbase Paragliding, Wilderness
8 Mar 2015
 
     

On any good weather day you can enjoy the thrill of a tandem flight and soar with the seagulls above the magnificent Wilderness coastline - with Cloudbase Paragliding. The most exciting option is to take off at the Map of Africa viewing site, known as one of the best and safest paragliding spots in South Africa. If the sport catches you, Cloudbase Paragliding also offers paragliding tuition, licence courses, powered paragliding tuition, tours, and equipment sales and rental...

(GPS coordinates: -33.99326, 22.559888)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/cloudbase-paragliding-wilderness

St James Beach
8 Mar 2015
 
     

St James Beach, one of the smaller beaches along the False Bay coastline, is characterised by colourful beach huts and large tidal pools. The latter are as popular with sea creatures as they are with children who spend sunny afternoons exploring them...

(GPS coordinates: -34.118875, 18.459215)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/st-james-beach

11 Worcester on Durban
8 Mar 2015
 
     

11 Worcester-on-Durban is a guest house located in large gardens on a quiet street close to the centre of Grahamstown, a town renowned for the annual National Arts Festival and its magnificent university.

At 11 Worcester-on-Durban, guests have the rare chance to stay in an original Victorian Gothic-style dwelling that has been renovated to house four comfortable, modernistic rooms. The guest house is part of the Stately Homes and Old School Ties tour and is within walking distance of most of Grahamstown’s historic and arty attractions...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/11-worcester-durban

(GPS coordinates: -33.30829, 26.51568)

Knysna Quays
7 Mar 2015
 
     

The Waterfront at the Knysna Quays is one of the town’s main tourist shopping and dining hubs. Situated off Waterfront Drive at the bottom end of town, it is built around the small-boat harbour, where yachts big and small bob dreamily on the swell. For shoppers, there is a host of outlets selling arts and crafts, jewellery, curios, souvenirs and specialist items. There’s also a good selection of restaurants so, when all that shelf-browsing results in an appetite, you can pick a table overlooking the water and relax...

(GPS coordinates: -34.039965, 23.045154)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/knysna-quay

Magoebaskloof Adventures Kloofing
7 Mar 2015
 
     

Generally speaking, kloofing is a relatively challenging activity and this trip on the George’s Valley gorge is no exception. You have to be relatively fit, you have to be able to swim, and a fear of heights will be very limiting indeed. But you also get rewarded by some of the most amazing mountain scenery...

(GPS coordinates: -23.97622, 29.994433)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/magoebaskloof-adventures-kloofing

Milkwood Manor on Sea
7 Mar 2015
 
     

Milkwood Manor is stunningly situated right on Plettenberg Bay’s popular Lookout Beach, where the lagoon meets the ocean, and rooms have awe-inspiring views of the surrounds. The Georgian-style building offers luxury accommodation with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean, Keurbooms River Mouth and lagoon, and the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The guesthouse provides kayaks for guests to explore the lagoon and river, while the on-site Lemongrass Restaurant has received international acclaim for its food and spectacular seaside setting…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/milkwood-manor-sea

(GPS coordinates: -34.0501, 23.37592)

Waterfall Trail
6 Mar 2015
 
     

The Waterfall trail is an undulating circular route with a spectacular waterfall and five-star swimming hole at the halfway mark. You can also leave a car at the start of the Moeras River trail if you want a shorter one-way hike. Take the ring road out of Barrydale past Smitsville and leave your car at the Waterfall hike signpost under a lone tree near the municipal dam...

(GPS coordinates: -33.920612, 20.740648)

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

P.E.M.A.D.S. Little Theatre
6 Mar 2015
 
     

Built in the 1850s, the Ford Little Theatre, originally known as the Athenaeum, was founded with the intention of promoting cultural activities. The building was declared a National Monument in 1980, and has become a centre for cultural and social life. The Ford Little Theatre is home to the Port Elizabeth Music and Drama Society (P.E.M.A.D.S.) and stages small productions and modern musicals...

(GPS coordinates: -33.964059, 25.620053)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/pemads-little-theatre

Naries Namakwa Retreat
6 Mar 2015
 
     

A true off-the-beaten-track destination, Naries Namakwa Retreat offers exceptional peace and quiet in the vast Namaqualand semi-desert. The retreat is located on the edge of the Spektakelberg mountain range in the Northern Cape province, housing guests in a variety of catered and self-catered accommodation. The dome-shaped Mountain Suites provide a unique and memorable luxury stay in a natural environment of unsurpassed colours, views and textures. Naries is well positioned to explore the unspoilt Namakwa Region, from the Richtersveld in the north to the shipwrecks on the western coast of South Africa…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/naries-namakwa-retreat

(GPS coordinates: -29.70149, 17.6655)

National Library of South Africa
5 Mar 2015
 
     

South Africa had two national libraries, the South African Library in Cape Town (founded in 1818), and the State Library in Pretoria (founded in 1887). In November 1999, the two national libraries were amalgamated to form the National Library of South Africa (NLSA). This dual library in Pretoria contains a wealth of information. To ensure that knowledge is not lost to posterity, the NLSA collects and preserves published documents and makes them accessible to the public, libraries, publishers and authors for research purposes...

(GPS coordinates: -25.74339, 28.18933)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/national-library-south-africa

Houses of Parliament
5 Mar 2015
 
     

Although Cape Town is not the capital of South Africa, it is home to the Houses of Parliament. The entrance to the seat of democracy in the country lies in Parliament Street, in the uppermost corner of the historical Company Gardens. Visitors can buy tickets to sit in the public gallery during parliamentary sessions between January and June. There are guided tours though the Houses of Parliament buildings during the week…

(GPS coordinates: -33.927845, 18.419464)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/houses-parliament

Jamila Game Lodge
5 Mar 2015
 
     

Set in the northern side of the Welgevonden Private Game Reserve, this malaria-free Big Five private game lodge is set in pristine African wilderness. Surrounded by the ancient Waterberg Mountains, abundant wildlife and unspoilt African bush, Jamila Game Lodge offers guests an intimate and relaxed safari experience only 3½ hours’ drive away from Johannesburg, making Welgevonden one of the most accessible premier malaria-free wilderness reserves in the country....

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/jamila-game-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.24303, 27.71808)

Aansluit MTB Trails
4 Mar 2015
 
     

The 700-hectare Aansluit Landgoed, right next to the Free State village of Verkykerskop, is a working farm with a conservation focus on which you can explore 30 kilometres of track with the most stunning views. All the trails can be accessed by foot, on bicycle or on horseback. A 7,8-kilometre hilly track with tracks that branch off to secluded cliffs, a steep 6,8-kilometre track down to the old farmhouse picnic spot, and a 6,8-kilometre flat and easy ride along the edge of the Meul River escarpment should keep any mountain-biker happy…

(GPS coordinates: -27.920781, 29.280399)

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

Groundcover MTB Trail
4 Mar 2015
 
     

This is a 40km MTB circuit or you can choose your own route. From the Groundcover Leather Company parking area, turn left onto the main road from Howick towards Curry’s Post, where you can stop for some refreshments at the general dealer tucked away behind a hedge on the right. After another kilometre or so, the road turns onto dirt. Keep left, where you will be rewarded with a fantastic view over the valley below and a fast but smooth downhill with nicely cambered corners...

(GPS coordinates: -29.388455, 30.17564)

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

Algoa Guest House
4 Mar 2015
 
     

Algoa Guesthouse is an owner-managed bed and breakfast in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth. It is ideally positioned to explore the city, beaches and nature reserves of this beautiful city. Algoa Guesthouse exudes all the charm of an owner-managed establishment and is an ideal base from which to explore the many attractions of the area, including the beachfront, which is just a 200m stroll down the road…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/algoa-guest-house

(GPS coordinates: -33.99241, 25.67299)

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