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Sea Five Boutique Hotel
7 Dec 2014
 
     

Sea Five Boutique Hotel is the epitome of luxury and offers seven exclusive en-suite rooms with clear, sweeping mountain and ocean views. Capitalising on its outstanding location just 300 metres from Camp’s Bay, South Africa’s most glamorous beach, Sea Five Boutique Hotel is aimed at the discerning traveller and highlights the real likeness between Cape Town’s Atlantic coastline and the European Riviera. Not content to rest on the laurels of its spectacular location, Sea Five Boutique Hotel pays particular attention to the finest details. This is a ‘beach house’ with a difference…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/sea-five-boutique-hotel

(GPS coordinates: -33.566823, 23.977097)

East Fort to Blackburn Ravine Trail
6 Dec 2014
 
     

East Fort to Blackburn Ravine Trail

This gentle walk on the mountains overlooking Hout Bay starts at East Fort and ends at the beautiful indigenous forest in Blackburn Ravine. It’s ideal for dog-walkers – and there’s even a poo-bag dispenser at the start! Park at the East Fort car park just before the toll gates on Chapman’s Peak Drive. The fort itself is worth a quick look before you head up the steps then turn left on to a wide gravel path. This is the only strenuous part of the route, for the rest of the way you follow the old forestry road as it climbs gently then contours around the mountain...

(GPS coordinates: -34.055006, 18.364809)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/east-fort-blackburn-ravine-trail

Mouille Point Lighthouse
6 Dec 2014
 
     

Mouille Point Lighthouse

Green Point lighthouse is the oldest lighthouse in the country and is protected as a provincial heritage site. It is popularly – but mistakenly – known as Mouille Point lighthouse, which refers to a light house that was demolished. The oil of the red and white candy-striped beacon at Green Point was first lit in 1824, but has since been replaced with a more modern light source that can be seen up to 23 km off-shore. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of this distinctive landmark, while outside, the grassy common beside the Mouille Point promenade is a kids’ playground, equipped with jungle gyms...

(GPS coordinates: -33.901575, 18.40004)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/mouille-point-lighthouse

Kob Inn
6 Dec 2014
 
     

Kob Inn is a family resort that offers the perfect mix of Wild Coast hospitality, adventure, relaxation and homely comforts. Situated at the mouth of the Qora River, Kob Inn has one of the closest ocean-hugging settings on the Wild Coast. Highlights include quad biking through the rural farm lands down to the cliff edge, looking down and seeing the great white sharks and dolphins, and taking the 6km beach walk to Mazeppa Bay, returning in time for the renowned seafood dinner. The two honeymoon suites are two of the most private units you will find anywhere along this coastline...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/kob-inn

(GPS coordinates: -32.4453, 28.6776)

Bloukrans Monument
5 Dec 2014
 
     

Bloukrans Monument

For battlefield enthusiasts and avid historians, the Bloukrans Monument 13km from Colenso forms an important part of the South African battlefield experience. The Monument itself marks the communal grave of the Voortrekker men, women and children and their servants killed during the negotiations for land with the Zulus in 1837. After reaching Natal from the Cape the Voortrekkers, under the leadership of Piet Retief, drew up a treaty with the Zulu chief, Dingane. After signing, Retief and some of his men were clubbed to death, and Dingane sent one thousand Zulu warriors to kill the Voortrekkers between the Bloukrans and Bushmen Rivers…

(GPS coordinates: -28.8506, 29.843)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/bloukrans-monument

Lion's Head & Signal Hill
5 Dec 2014
 
     

Lion's Head & Signal Hill

The prominent peak to the right of Table Mountain is Lion's Head, while Signal Hill is a prominent landmark from which Cape Town's historic noonday gun is fired. It forms the "lion's body" for the adjacent Lion's Head. Both landmarks are favourite hiking spot for locals. The hike up Lion's Head takes about 90 minutes each way, with 360-degree views of the city unfolding as you spiral up the "lion", as well as from the top. Signal Hill is easier to climb and rewards hikers with spectacular views across the Cape Town harbour, the city and the Atlantic Ocean. Many family-friendly picnic spots here are favoured by tourists and locals all year round…

(GPS coordinates: -33.917785, 18.402808)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/lions-head-signal-hill

MannaBay
5 Dec 2014
 
     

From MannaBay, you can experience the Mother City in comfort and privacy, with a team of friendly staff dedicated to making every guest’s experience as special as possible. In the heart of Cape Town, bordering Table Mountain, the immaculately modern MannaBay is a contemporary boutique hotel and a work of art that inspires, enlivens and delights, with  eight uniquely designed rooms that set the bar for contemporary luxury. From its prime setting, guests are immersed in an experience which makes them feel like privileged princes, heroic explorers or orchid hunters, complemented by dazzling views from virtually every vantage point…  

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/mannabay

(GPS coordinates: -33.473366, 21.627042)

Koeberg MTB Trail
4 Dec 2014
 
     

Koeberg MTB Trail

The Koeberg Nature Reserve was officially proclaimed a private nature reserve in 1991, and Eskom has built and now maintains a fantastic network of hiking and mountain-bike trails on the land. As a mountain-biking venue, it is strictly a “beginners and family affair”, with no single track at all. Rather, trails are wide and there are perfectly maintained gravel roads. There are two official trails: a seven-kilometre loop and a 21-kilometre route to which you can add four kilometres by following the road down to the beach. The trails are well marked and the direction markers even include the distance, thus avoiding any nasty surprises...

(GPS coordinates: -33.675211, 18.439221)

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

Norm-Hudlin Trails & Event
4 Dec 2014
 
     

Norm-Hudlin Trails & Event

The Merrell Norm-Hudlin Trail Centre was established in 2010 on approximately 150ha of privately-owned land. It lies close to Seaview on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. All the trails are purpose-built, hand-cut and maintained by the owner of the property, Lex Holmes. Together they offer a safe and friendly running destination to trail runners and mountain bikers, catering for all levels of outdoor athletes...

(GPS coordinates: -33.969856, 25.455527)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/trail-running/norm-hudlin-trails-event

Nature’s Valley
4 Dec 2014
 
     

Nature’s Valley, Garden Route

The conserved paradise is beyond Knysna, but before Plettenberg Bay. We hiked it on a not-so-sunny day and still left impressed. We climbed out of our cars onto a pebble-lined beach and stumbled over jagged boulders with waves crashing against them to reach the dense indigenous forest. The magic never began suddenly. It built up from that pebble-lined beach and so, when the golden orioles began chanting in the canopy of the forest’s tall trees, the goosebumps were expected. It isn’t a hike on which you aim to reach the end, but rather to sit down midway and simply think.

- Brad Harris

Walkersons Hotel & Spa
4 Dec 2014
 
     

Walkersons Hotel and Spa lies in the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highlands, just outside the fascinating hamlet of Dullstroom. This location presents with endless vistas, unrivalled serenity, and wonderful outdoor activities. Take a drive down a discreet valley and discover this successful boutique hotel, formally a family home, which offers the pleasure of fine living and has become one of the most reputable accommodation establishments in Dullstroom. Walkersons offers the very best in-house luxury and service for both catered and self-catering guests...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/walkersons-hotel-spa

(GPS coordinates: -34.0938, 18.4783)

World of Beer
3 Dec 2014
 
     

World of Beer

Even teetotallers and those who abstain should not miss a visit to the World of Beer near Fordsburg. As you’ll discover, it isn’t a jumped-up excuse for a pub crawl, but a fun, fascinating look at one of humankind’s oldest beverages. Before you ask, the 90-minute tour is absolutely suitable for children - two complementary pints and a beer glass at the end of the tour excepted. Located in Newtown, the World of Beer gives visitors a taste of beer’s heritage – all the way back to ancient Egypt - but in essence keeps the tour local. Visitors learn how traditional ‘umqombothi’ is fermented. You can experience a township shebeen and visit a replica drinking tavern…

(GPS coordinates: -26.204152, 28.033698)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/world-beer

African Horse Company
3 Dec 2014
 
     

African Horse Company

The Overberg, with its ancient history and a natural grandeur, will transport you into a rural landscape crisscrossed by gravel roads and dotted by tiny (and often forgotten) small towns. The “big sky” spaces and endless horizons make it a region best explored on horseback. Outrides with the African Horse Company, based near Stanford, range up to 45 kilometres a day. They cover terrain ranging from long beaches and sand dunes to rugged fynbos ridges and marshy wetlands. Canter along mountain slopes or gallop along the high-water mark on well-trained horses. Those who love the botanical realm will bliss out on the extraordinary range of plant species making up the “fynbos” floral kingdom…

(GPS coordinates: -34.574924, 19.491935)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/african-horse-company

Carnarvon Dale
3 Dec 2014
 
     

Carnarvon Dale is an 1820's settler farmhouse and offers owner-managed, comfortable and affordable all-inclusive accommodation in the Amakhala Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, a malaria-free wilderness area featuring exceptional game viewing and direct access to the highly-acclaimed Shamwari Game Reserve. Become part of Africa as you experience a Big 5 safari adventure at Carnarvon Dale, where morning and evening drives on the 18 000 acre Amakhala Game Reserve will reveal abundant wildlife. Satisfied, guests then retire to the historic farmhouses which once provided lodgings for travellers whose journeys had been halted by the flooding of the Bushman’s River…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/carnarvon-dale

(GPS coordinates: -25.785174, 28.249417)

Towerkop Rock Climbing, Nel's Cave
2 Dec 2014
 
     

Towerkop Rock Climbing, Nel's Cave

The Klein Swartberg Mountains rank high on the list of climbing destinations for the mountaineering community in South Africa, boasting five of the eight highest peaks in the Western Cape within a 15-kilometre radius of Ladismith. The distinctive split peak of Towerkop, which stands sentinel over the town, has more than 50 routes on its daunting western and eastern pinnacles, ranging from easy to strenuous (grade 10-24). The best known is Nefdt’s Route – the first recorded rock-climbing route in South Africa, opened by a local farmer, Gustaf Nefdt, in 1885. In a gully on the dark, cold, south side of the mountain, the two-pitch Nefdt’s route is by no means the best route on Towerkop, but it is worth climbing if only to gain serious respect for the brave young man who soloed up it in his socks 127 years ago...

(GPS coordinates: -33.423723, 21.206894)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/towerkop-rock-climbing-nel’s-cave

Vioolsdrif Rafting I
2 Dec 2014
 
     

Vioolsdrif Rafting I

The best-known paddling section on the Orange River passes through the famous Richtersveld Transfrontier Park in the extreme northwest corner of South Africa. The logistics for this trip take place on the Namibian side of the river, so a valid passport and time to cross at the border post are essential. There are options for a four-day or a six-day journey through this pristine environment, with the emphasis very much on relaxation, enjoying the scenery and getting back to nature - away from cellphones and city noise. Sleep under the stars, bath in the river (with bio-degradable soap) and look out for birds and animals. The trip is well suited to families and groups, although it is recommended that children be older than eight, and you need to be reasonably fit...

(GPS coordinates: -28.688244, 17.558545)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rafting-kayaking/vioolsdrif-rafting-i

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