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Elandspad River Trail
5 Jan 2015
 
     

Elandspad River Trail

This scenic trail in the Klein Drakenstein Mountains between Paarl and Worcester runs along the Elandspad River, a tributary of the Molenaars River. The trail starts immediately after the Worcester exit of the Huguenot tunnel, where there is a fenced parking area for permit-holders. From the parking area, the trail turns back towards the tunnel and runs under the N1 up the left-hand side of the valley. After an initial steep climb, the route becomes easier. The trail is well defined and swings away from the river at places, ascending quite high and providing views over the valley and the majestic Cape Fold Mountains on both sides. The perennial river below has many beautiful pools, including a great swimming hole near the start of the trail, immediately after the first bend in the river...

(GPS coordinates: -33.733196, 19.114645)

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

Albatross Guest House
5 Jan 2015
 
     

Albatross Guest House, set in a lush tropical garden with a sparkling pool in Bantry Bay, offers spacious, immaculate B&B accommodation with excellent personal service and secure parking. Perfect for a seaside break, Albatross Guest House is ideally situated a stone's throw away from the Atlantic Ocean yet close to the CBD. It is near to restaurants, bars, shops, the Sea Point Promenade, and a mere 5 minute drive to the V&A Waterfront…

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

(GPS coordinates: -33.923338, 18.380502)

Aasvoëlberg Trail, Groenvlei Farm
4 Jan 2015
 
     

Aasvoëlberg Trail, Groenvlei Farm

The remote, elevated position of Groenvlei means it never suffers from the baking heat of the plains (the farm is 400 metres higher and, on average, eight degrees cooler than Graaff-Reinet), so it’s great hiking country. There are 10 hiking trails, ranging from 1 to 18 kilometres, which cater to hikers of different fitness levels and interests. The trailhead for the Aasvoëlberg trail is five kilometres from the farmhouse, so you can either drive to the start or walk along the flat farm road, wandering among fields spotted with Merino sheep until you reach a marked gate on the right hand side of the road at the foot of the mountain...

(GPS coordinates: -31.819463, 24.24748)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/aasvoëlberg-trail-groenvlei-farm

Irene Farm
4 Jan 2015
 
     

Irene Farm

For a convenient city escape it’s hard to beat the charming village of Irene. Situated near Centurion, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, Irene still has that small country town feel to it. On its doorstep is the historic Irene Dairy Farm. Foodies love the farm shop for its fresh farm milk, clotted cream and pantry full of jams, bakes and other scrumptious homemade goodies. Upstairs, The Nest is full of desirable homeware. For families with kids, the Irene Dairy Farm is everything you’d expect from an old-style working farm: country-style barns, lush lawns, shady oak trees and, of course, herds of cows... 

(GPS coordinates: -25.878309, 28.21347)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/irene-farm

!Xaus Lodge
4 Jan 2015
 
     

!Xaus Lodge, pronounced ‘kaus’, which means 'heart',  provides luxury accommodation in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, an immense desert area, a place of wide open spaces with a remarkable ecology and exceptional wildlife. There are many accommodation options in the Park, but !Xaus Lodge is the only one that offers full catering with all meals included. The accommodation comprises a central lodge building and 12 individual chalets, each with its own deck overlooking a vast saltpan and waterhole...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/xaus-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -26.149978, 20.256416)

Mike's Pass MTB Trail
3 Jan 2015
 
     

Mike's Pass MTB Trail

Ride or drive up to the Arendsig car park at the top of Mike’s Pass; you will need a 4x4 or high-clearance vehicle to get up there. Alternatively, start at the Didima camp and ride your bike up or begin from the bottom of Mike’s Pass to add an extra eight kilometres. From Arendsig you can enjoy about 25 kilometres of mountain-biking on real mountains along gravel roads and 4x4 tracks. Scenically, these are the most beautiful trails in the country. Once you reach the top of Mike’s Pass, you will understand how Cathedral Peak earned its name, for you are surrounded by an amphitheatre of soaring mountains with a canopy of blue sky. The experience is literally like stepping through the front door of a cathedral...

(GPS coordinates: -28.96857, 29.234614)

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

Bayworld Museum Complex
3 Jan 2015
 
     

Bayworld Museum Complex

On Port Elizabeth’s beachfront in Beach Road is the Bayworld Museum Complex, one of the city’s leading tourist attractions. The complex combines a natural and cultural history museum with a snake and dinosaur park. Among its special attractions is a life-size model of the locally found Algoasaurus; a 1640 bronze cannon recovered from a Portuguese galleon; and the 15-metre skeleton of the last southern right whale harpooned in Nelson Mandela Bay. The snake park has some leading stars too – the longest species of snake on earth; the species responsible for the most human deaths in Africa; and a snake that plays dead as a method of defence. Lizards, crocodiles, tortoises and terrapins are also on show...

(GPS coordinates: -33.9775, 25.649423)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/bayworld-museum-complex

Wildekrans Country House
3 Jan 2015
 
     

Wildekrans Country House, an historic 1811 homestead situated in the village of Houw Hoek in the Western Cape, is the perfect country weekend getaway. The house is furnished with antiques and contemporary South African art. It overlooks a rambling garden that cascades down to the river. Wildekrans is a member of the Green Mountain Eco Route, the region's first biodiversity wine route, offering scenic beauty and a wide range of wine styles. The family make their own wines and olive oil, and visitors are encouraged to try these wines which are available for purchase at the guest house. They also support local empowerment initiatives, such as the Elgin Learning Foundation...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/wildekrans-country-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.203524, 19.148137)

Sishen Golf Course
2 Jan 2015
 
     

Sishen Golf Course

Kathu is best known for the large hole in the earth that is the Sishen Iron Ore mine just outside town. However, there is one other thing the town is known for, in certain circles anyway, and that is the Sishen Golf Club. Many visitors to the town bring along their bag of clubs to play what is without doubt the nicest golf course in the Northern Cape. The par 72, 18-hole championship golf course has been rated among the top 20 courses in the country. It is not surprising when you see the picturesque fairways curving away between the majestic camel thorn trees, many of which are centuries old. The clubhouse sports dining facilities, a bar and lounge, as well as modern changing facilities…

(GPS coordinates: -27.69128, 23.058211)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/sishen-golf-course

Nambitha's Restaurant
2 Jan 2015
 
     

Nambitha's Restaurant

The first things that usually capture the attention of a first-time visitor to Nambitha’s restaurant are the enigmatic photographs by world-acclaimed photographers Peter Magubane and Jurgen Schadeburg that line the walls of this upmarket tavern in Orlando West, Soweto. But not for long - because you’ll soon be distracted by the chatter and laughter of tourists, business executives and trendy 20-somethings, all happily squeezed together. Nambitha means ‘something tasty’ in Zulu, and the delicious aromas of sizzling steaks and spicy mutton curry promise exactly that. The restaurant’s location on famous Vilakazi Street is undoubtedly a drawcard for those who’d like to see the former homes of Nobel Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. However, it’s the traditional menu and the convivial ambience at Nambitha’s that keep punters queuing for second helpings…

(GPS coordinates: -26.237937, 27.903565)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/nambitha’s-restaurant

Indlovu River Lodge
2 Jan 2015
 
     

Indlovu River Lodge is located on the tranquil banks of the Kuvjename River and draws inspiration from the unsurpassed peace of the bush, providing exceptional game viewing, relaxation and comfort in a luxury African lodge of the highest standards. Set in the heart of the 9 000ha Karongwe Private Game Reserve, which features seasonal rivers, rocky outcrops and pure bushveld ecosystems adjacent to the Kruger National Park, this luxury lodge has all the ingredients for guests to experience an all-inclusive, prime safari experience and a true connection with the bush...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/indlovu-river-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.202486, -24.202486)

Roc 'n Rope
1 Jan 2015
 
     

Roc 'n Rope

The cliffs surrounding the town of Waterval Boven are known to climbers far and wide as “The Restaurant (at the End of the Universe)”. These crags undoubtedly rate as one of Africa’s (and the world’s) premier rock climbing sites. If you are looking to go climbing in one of the Top 10 spots on the planet, this definitely rates as one of them. Even rookies will have a blast. Close to 700 routes await climbers - even those with limited experience. Your first step is to book into the Climbers' Lodge and then you can climb to your heart's content. Most of the good routes range within a difficulty rating of 17 – 27. Novices can book a proper beginner's course or do one of the guided day trips. Booking is essential...

(GPS coordinates: -25.642999, 30.330347)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/roc-n-rope

Drakensberg Ice Climbing
1 Jan 2015
 
     

Drakensberg Ice Climbing

Come get your Alpine buzz right here at the southern tip of Africa! Ice-climbing courses will instruct you in “French-style” climbing, including how to front-point, ice-axe arrest, place ice protection, do snow belays and assess objective dangers. The ice forms every year, with suitable conditions generally existing from mid-June through to mid-August. For climbing in snow gullies, no prior roped experience is required. Documented routes include pure water-ice routes (formed by streams and seepages icing up on south-facing slopes) or névé snow routes (hardened snow found in long, deep gullies on the south or east slopes), although some of them may demand mixed-discipline climbing. Your destination will depend on which route or course you will be doing, so confirm this on booking...

(GPS coordinates: -29.271791, 29.520671)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/drakensberg-ice-climbing

Shipwreck Hike
1 Jan 2015
 
     

Shipwreck Hike 

On a sunny day in Cape Town, we decided to go for a hike on a beach. Out of a hat we drew Llandudno, and so we decided to hike from Llandudno through Sandy Bay and onto the two famous shipwrecks around the corner. The hike is glorious. Looking back, you can see the mountain peaks tempting you to return to the city that is only thirty minutes away… yet, we wouldn’t give in. After bounding over large boulders, averting our eyes while passing through Sandy Bay, and climbing slippery rock faces, we came to a rocky point. At the end of this point lies the first shipwreck, orange and grey against the breaking waves, and then the second appears on the next beach, allowing you a view of only broken pieces in the sand. The short, hot hike to the wrecks makes their nostalgic tragedy all the better.

- Brad Harris

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel
1 Jan 2015
 
     

The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel, with its matchless style and subtle elegance, provides the ultimate in understated Cape hospitality across a wide variety of accommodation options. Guests enjoy superior service and value for money, and the convenience of being minutes from the excitement and sparkle of Cape Town. Ideally situated on Cape Town's Platinum Mile, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and shadowed by the majestic Lion’s Head, the Peninsula is internationally acclaimed and plays host to discerning visitors from around the globe...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/peninsula-all-suite-hotel

(GPS coordinates: -33.921718, 18.379491)

Ardmore Ceramics
31 Dec 2014
 
     

Ardmore Ceramics

The epitome of the South African collectable, the artwork available from Ardmore Ceramics is the result of the perfect coupling of western technique and local influence. Under the tutelage and high standards of excellence of founder Fee Halsted-Berning, the inimitable masterpieces created in the Ardmore studio have come to be internationally-acclaimed and highly sought-after in the art world. Ranging from functional domestic ware to fine art pieces in a similar style, these ceramics are unmistakably unique. Unconventional in the use of colour juxtaposition, there is a certain humour to each work, conveying the distinct individuality of every artist in the stable. Working in the Caversham studio, with the beautiful Natal Midlands for inspiration, Ardmore is a skills development hub for local communities and provides a workplace for the creative minds of the area...

(GPS coordinates: -29.4138, 30.0945)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/art-craft/ardmore-ceramics

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