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Birds of Paradise B&B
11 Feb 2015
 
     

Birds of Paradise is a cosy bed and breakfast and self-catering establishment in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal. Here guests will enjoy quiet surroundings, a homely atmosphere and friendly service. The guesthouse has a magnificent garden adjoining the indigenous Dhlinza Forest, a nature lover’s paradise. The tennis court, swimming pool and trampoline will keep people of all ages entertained...

Read More at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/birds-paradise-bb

(GPS coordinates: -28.88356, 31.45852)

Crocworld
10 Feb 2015
 
     

Crocworld in Scottburgh offers a good diversity of displays and activities. There is something for everyone - the expansive grounds of indigenous plant life and the animals it attracts being the simplest form of enjoyment in this beautiful area on the South Coast. Marvel at the size and power of the crocodiles and alligators - it’s an excellent place to see one of the oldest species on earth up close. Visitors can see eggs hatching, hatchlings and gigantic adults. The crocs, however, are only one aspect of the venue. Crocworld also has a reptile section and snake tunnel, an aquarium, a wetland and a cycad garden. Then there is the walk-through aviary...

(GPS coordinates: -30.255601, 30.772147)

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

Cape Recife Lighthouse
10 Feb 2015
 
     

On the southern tip of Algoa Bay towers a Port Elizabeth icon, the Cape Recife Lighthouse. The broad black and white stripes of the 24-metre structure have been guarding the bay since the 1850s, warning ships to give wide berth to the hazardous Thunderbolt Reef located here. The lighthouse rises up from a sandy beach and is adjoined by a maritime building. Alongside it is the Cape Recife Nature Reserve, an outdoor playground proclaimed as a protected area in 1973.  It has unspoilt beaches and natural dune vegetation, walking trails and excellent bird life...

(GPS coordinates: -34.027077, 25.6999)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/cape-recife-lighthouse

A Ballito Summer
10 Feb 2015
 
     

In the summertime the Durban beaches tend to get pretty crowded ­ which is the perfect excuse to take a 30 minute drive up the North Coast and spend the day on the vibrant shores of Ballito. It's fast become one of my favourite weekend­away spots.

You should definitely stop for breakfast at the Water Berry Restaurant and take a stroll through their mini­forest walk. If you're lucky you may even see the beautiful bushbuck that lives there! Then it's time to make your way down to Willards Beach and enjoy the sunshine, surf and friendly locals. Stay there for the rest of the day and return home ­hopefully with an enviable tan!

 - Daniella Toscano

Trees Too
10 Feb 2015
 
     

Situated in Komatipoort, within easy reach of the Kruger National Park and the Mozambique border, the owner-run Trees Too Guest Lodge has eight guest rooms around the swimming pool set up in formats to suit most needs. Guests at Trees Too can enjoy comfortable value-for-money accommodation in a characterful African-style lodge set under the shade of more than 20 majestic royal palm trees. Uniquely, the swimming pool has a magnificent cycad rising straight out of the water...

Read More at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/trees-too

(GPS coordinates: -25.42986, 31.95208)

Namaqua 4x4 Eco-Trail
9 Feb 2015
 
     

The Namakwa 4X4 route is assuredly the longest 4x4 route in South Africa. It starts at Pella, near Pofadder, and stretches for more than 600km along the Orange River to Alexander Bay, exploring one of the most isolated corners of South Africa. The beauty of the route lies in the contrast between rugged mountains, green riverbeds and sandy plains. It offers peaceful silence and a rich variety of succulent plants. The rugged kloofs, high mountains and dramatic landscapes that sweep away inland from the Orange River are worth the effort to get here...

(GPS coordinates: -29.033368, 19.155811)

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

Mananga Trail
9 Feb 2015
 
     

Mananga translates as 'wilderness'. The trail begins approximately 11km north of the Satara Rest camp. It first heads north for a short distance before turning east into knob thorn and marula savannah on basalt soils. This open flat savannah is where large herds of game concentrate at certain times of the year. This in turn attracts large numbers of predators, which is one of the biggest drawcards of the Mananga trail. The self-drive Mananga Trail gives you an opportunity to get off the regular tourist roads and have a real wilderness experience in the park. These roads do not require a 4x4 vehicle, but it is still preferable that you use one, to help minimise environmental damage...

(GPS coordinates: -24.352101, 31.761475)

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

Admiralty Beach House
9 Feb 2015
 
     

Located in the leafy upmarket suburb of Summerstrand in Port Elizabeth, Admiralty Beach House is one of the premium accommodation establishments in the area and is conveniently situated to enjoy some of the Eastern Cape’s top attractions. Guests will love the welcoming atmosphere, modernity and delightfully decorated rooms at Admiralty. The attractiveness of the rooms is complemented by sea views and manicured gardens awash with flowering plants and water features...

Read More at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/admiralty-beach-house

(GPS coordinates: -33.992, 25.67409)

Wait A Little Horse Safaris
8 Feb 2015
 
     

Wait a Little specialises in Big 5 horseback safaris for small groups of experienced riders. When you are actively seeking the opportunity to see big game like elephants, rhinos, buffalos and even lions on horseback, there is no room for beginner riders. The trails all start from the Wait A Little camp and traverse 30 000ha of prime African bushveld in the Karongwe and the Makalali private game reserves. Animals likely to be seen include the Big 5 (although leopard sightings are rare), cheetah, wild dog, wildebeest, zebras, baboons and lots of different antelope including the impressive kudus and nimble impalas...

(GPS coordinates: -24.184266, 30.617118)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/wait-little-horse-safaris

Loftus Versfeld
8 Feb 2015
 
     

Loftus Versfeld is a rugby and football stadium situated in Pretoria. The stadium has undergone various name changes and renovations. During the ‘70s and ‘80s, four spectator pavilions were added. Thus only minor improvements were required to bring the stadium up to FIFA standards for the FIFA 2010 World Cup. Affectionately called ‘Loftus’ by local sports fans, the state-of-the-art stadium is the home ground of the Bulls Super Rugby franchise (and Blue Bulls team that plays in domestic competitions). Fanatical supporters pack the stadium to capacity whenever their team takes to the field...

(GPS coordinates: -25.753187, 28.221763)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/loftus-versfeld

Table Mountain Rock Climbing
7 Feb 2015
 
     

With over 3 000 trad climbing routes on its sheer sandstone cliffs, Table Mountain is a paradise for rock climbers from around the world. It has spectacular routes of varying grades on top quality rock - all set within pristine natural surroundings. The diversity and quality of climbing are on a par with anywhere else in the world. Despite the easy access the routes are uncrowded - even on weekends and public holidays - making the area a favoured destination for overseas visitors...

(GPS coordinates: -33.9476, 18.4021)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/table-mountain-rock-climbing

Cape Columbine - Tietiesbaai to Lighthouse Trail
7 Feb 2015
 
     

Cape Columbine Nature Reserve is on the West Coast near the fishing village of Paternoster. The rugged 263ha reserve runs along a very rocky stretch of coastline, which is wonderfully indented with inlets and coves. Tietiesbaai is a sheltered beach in a cove flanked by beautifully granite boulders. The turquoise waters look really inviting but don’t be fooled - they’re always freezing. Walking is a much better idea. To get to the lighthouse from Tietiesbaai you can either follow the road or be more adventurous and rock hop at least some of the way...

(GPS coordinates: -32.839145, 17.862053)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/cape-columbine-–-tietiesbaai-lighthouse-trail

The Old Jail
7 Feb 2015
 
     

Located on the outskirts of the small farming town of Willowmore in the Karoo, The Old Jail offers luxury accommodation within the town’s bygone Victorian jail. Guests have the unique opportunity to stay in a beautifully renovated old jail that retains its nostalgic atmosphere while offering comfortable luxury. The art gallery on site doubles as a characterful dining room…

Read More at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/old-jail

(GPS coordinates: -33.29677, 23.4943)

Golden Gate Horse Trails
6 Feb 2015
 
     

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is situated in the Eastern Free State close to the Lesotho border. It’s mostly montane grassland, which consists of bright green rolling hills in the summer. These contrast spectacularly with the immense concave golden sandstone cliffs that give the park its name. One of the best ways to explore it is on horseback. The park offers one- and two-hour guided rides. These are more about scenery, sightseeing, birding and game spotting than an equestrian experience. They are quite slow and suitable for relative beginners...

(GPS coordinates: -28.503038, 28.582842)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/golden-gate-horse-trails

Fortified Gangers Cottage
6 Feb 2015
 
     

The Fortified Gangers Cottage was built in 1878 during the Frontier Wars between the European settlers and the Xhosa people. It was meant to protect railway workers (gangers) from being attacked by marauding Xhosa warriors. It was declared a National Monument on 3 December 1976...

(GPS coordinates: -32.545398, 27.46235)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/fortified-gangers-cottage

Headlands House
6 Feb 2015
 
     

Headlands House is a luxurious Garden Route guesthouse and bed & breakfast located on dramatic cliffs overlooking the Knysna Heads, lagoon and Outeniqua mountains. The opulent and spacious rooms offer comfort, comprehensive facilities and balconies to capitalise on their stunning location. The guesthouse occupies the highest point on the Knysna Heads, offering the most spectacular views of the cliffs and ocean from virtually every vantage point. Guests will feel thoroughly spoilt by uncompromising quality of service and attention to detail...

Read More at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/headlands-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.07828, 23.06469)

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