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Colona Castle
27 Nov 2014
 
     

Colona Castle is a splendid Mediterranean-style retreat from which to explore Cape Town and its surrounds, and offers character, exclusivity and charm. Gracing the mountainside in tranquil Lakeside Heights on the warmer False Bay coastline, majestic panoramic views from Colona Castle stretch from Table Mountain across the Peninsula and Winelands to False Bay and the South Atlantic Ocean. For discerning clients who wish to distance themselves from the hustle and bustle of a city and stay in a quietly luxurious place, while having easy access to all places of interest in and around Cape Town and its Winelands, Colona Castle is a luxury boutique hotel with exceptional personal service and attention to detail...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/colona-castle

(GPS coordinates: -33.503202, 25.627981)

Meulspruit Dam
26 Nov 2014
 
     

Meulspruit Dam

Situated some five kilometres from Ficksburg, between Ficksburg and Clocolan, the Meulspruit Dam Resort is a water sport and angling venue with camping and caravan facilities. An unusual and popular leisure attraction at the resort is the 'White Mischief', a luxury floating cigar bar. Trips last two to three hours and guests cruise in style though the privately owned Thaba Sediba Private Nature Reserve where they are treated to a game drive and gourmet meal. Work off any extra calories by walking Meulspruit's 23-kilometre long trail and hike up the Imperani Mountain that overlooks Ficksburg to see San rock art and admire the region’s indigenous fauna and flora. Alternatively, Meulspruit has some fantastic mountain biking and quad biking trails...

(GPS coordinates: -28.874084, 27.835257)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/meulspruit-dam

Bat's Cave Trail
26 Nov 2014
 
     

Bat's Cave Trail

The Bat’s Cave Trail is the most popular walk in the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve and follows in the spirit of the early beachcombers. It passes an excavation site, where human fossil footprints (dated at 124000 years old) were found in 1964. The trail starts at the Coastal Education and Visitor Centre boardwalk and leads down to a sandy beach. After a short distance along the beach, you encounter the first of a number of quiet sandstone coves - the home of rock hyraxes and the nesting sites of giant kingfishers. Walkways and stairways made from recycled plastic snake over and around the fascinating sandstone formations, which makes entering and exiting the coves easier...

(GPS coordinates: -32.99658, 27.94982

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/bat’s-cave-trail

Isola Bella
26 Nov 2014
 
     

Isola Bella is a luxury villa located on the water’s edge of Leisure Isle with a commanding view of Knysna's spectacular lagoon. Step out of the front door onto the beach, constantly changing with the ebb and flow of the tides rolling through the majestic Knysna Heads, and enjoy generous hospitality from Italian-speaking hostess Marisa. The luxurious Isola Bella, with its close proximity to adventure and leisure activities, is ideally located for those wanting to explore all that the beautiful Garden Route has to offer, and is a comfortable base for your stay...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/isola-bella

(GPS coordinates: -32.049311, 20.410575)

Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine Trail
25 Nov 2014
 
     

Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine Trail

The scramble up Myburgh's Waterfall Ravine is a wonderful adventure, particularly on a hot day, when the cool shade of the ravine provides respite from the searing sun. It is tricky in places but its pristine indigenous vegetation and wonderful narrow upper gorge make it thoroughly worthwhile if you're comfortable with a bit of steep rock scrambling...

(GPS coordinates: -34.009421, 18.379)

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

Cannon Rocks Trail
25 Nov 2014
 
     

Cannon Rocks Trail

This seven-kilometre free trail is one of the best-kept secrets of the Sunshine Coast. The trail starts at the southernmost end of the town of Cannon Rocks and takes you right into the Alexandria sand dunes, which can otherwise be accessed only on the two-day trail from the Woody Cape Section of the Addo Elephant National Park. The trail, which leads through three distinctly different environments - coastal vegetation, coastal dunes and seashore - is wonderfully diverse so, although it's short, allow plenty of time to take in the changing scenes and really enjoy it...

(GPS coordinates: -33.752493, 26.529595)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/cannon-rocks-trail

University of Cape Town
25 Nov 2014
 
     

University of Cape Town

Any place that’s 185 years old is probably a must-see. The University of Cape Town fits into this assumption well. Six campuses make up the school, but Upper Campus, lying against the famous mountain and just below Rhodes Memorial, is where I sit to admire the fiery city. It’s night, something like eight thirty: the sky is black with little white spots, the city is sparkling in coloured lights, and UCT is lit softly. Only corners of the vine-covered Elizabethan buildings catch the light, or just the fronts of Jameson Hall’s giant pillars, and darkness finally eats the never-ending stairs descending into the city. It isn’t only a place for academics – between the cobbled paths and tiled roofs is kept a piece of Cape Town’s history. It’s the city’s personality.

- Brad Harris

Cape St Francis Resort
25 Nov 2014
 
     

Cape St Francis Resort is the ideal family holiday destination and the perfect base from which to explore all that the greater St Francis Bay has to offer - from golf, canal and river cruises, surfing, whale and dolphin watching watching, cultural experiences, walking and hiking to their very own penguin rehabilitation centre, all of which can be booked at the front desk. The resort is located in a tranquil eco-destination and provides a huge variety of accommodation and catering options which suit every pocket while hosting guests in comfort. From the Cape St Francis Resort, visitors can enjoy the glorious beaches, excellent water sports activities and the small town atmosphere of this Eastern Cape village…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/cape-st-francis-resort

(GPS coordinates: -33.502386, 26.118641)

Melville Koppies Rock Climbing
24 Nov 2014
 
     

Melville Koppies Rock Climbing

Melville is a small steep buttress, which has about 17 climbs ranging from 14 to 24 in grade, so is a good beginner-to-intermediate crag or somewhere to work out after work. The routes are fairly short and bouldery (10 to 12 metres), and the very polished white quartzite takes some getting used to, but it’s worth persevering as the climbs are very good quality once you get the hang of them. The biggest appeal of this crag is its proximity to Johannesburg’s northern suburbs, but it has some outstanding lines...

(GPS coordinates: -26.175924, 28.000444)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/melville-koppies-rock-climbing

Queen Rose Trail
24 Nov 2014
 
     

Queen Rose Trail

This overnight trail, which starts at the Queen’s View hut in the mountains outside Barberton, can also be walked as separate day walks. From the hut, the 13-kilometre route of the first day winds through a plantation for a couple of kilometres to the highest point on the trail, from where there are magnificent views, and then descends on a steep path through grasslands dotted with aloes into the forested Montrose River gorge, finally bottoming out at Alvin's Falls and a big pool that makes for a great swimming hole...

(GPS coordinates: -25.855442, 30.839114)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/queen-rose-trail

The Historic Hogsback Inn
24 Nov 2014
 
     

The Historic Hogsback Inn is beautifully situated amongst the trees in the Amathole mountains, and is one of the longest-standing establishments in the area, giving an old-world feel that is steeped in history and tradition. The hotel has kept the country charm and elegance that has made it a local landmark, while offering a variety of affordable accommodation options and facilities. Beautiful trees and mountain walks, tranquillity, and some of the most luxurious accommodation in the area are trademarks of this historic establishment…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/historic-hogsback-inn

(GPS coordinates: -29.534095, 30.053679)

Ingungumbane Trail
23 Nov 2014
 
     

Ingungumbane Trail

The 3 257-hectare Umtamvuna Nature Reserve is KwaZulu-Natal’s southernmost reserve. It lies on the northern banks of the Umtamvuna River and forms the provincial boundary between KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. There is a wide variety of wildlife in the reserve, including leopard, and the bird count, which includes Gurney's sugar birds, brown scrub-robin, forest canary, Barratt's warbler, southern tchagra and breeding colonies of both Cape vulture and fish eagle, stands at 250 species. Although the Ingungumbane Trail is only a four-kilometre circular route, don’t underestimate it. Allow about three hours, as the hike back out of the valley is steep...

(GPS coordinates: -31.006369, 30.176815)

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

Boesmanskloof Trail
23 Nov 2014
 
     

Boesmanskloof Trail

This scenic trail through the Riviersonderend Mountains was once the only direct link between the historic town of Greyton and McGregor. It can be walked in either direction, or you can book into one of the guesthouses in either of the two towns and return the next day. The trail is fairly strenuous, so starting at the higher trailhead – about 15 kilometres from McGregor – makes it a little easier, particularly in summer when it is very hot and there is limited water. The other advantage is that the end of the trail is very close to Greyton, which has a choice of guesthouses if you plan to overnight...

(GPS coordinates: -34.011179, 19.713791)

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

Elephant Hide Guest Lodge
23 Nov 2014
 
     

Elephant Hide Guest Lodge, situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops, is an exclusive Knysna establishment that offers secluded, peaceful, luxury accommodation only 3 km from the town centre. Easy to reach but tucked away in pristine natural surroundings, Elephant Hide is themed around natural beauty with stone and wood architecture and has comprehensive features while being close to the multitude of Knysna attractions. Overlooking the Knysna Lagoon, the Outeniqua Mountains and indigenous forests, guests will feel an intimate connection with nature while being pampered by modern luxuries and personal service...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/elephant-hide-guest-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.744656, 31.478308)

Jozi Food Market
22 Nov 2014
 
     

Jozi Food Market

Featuring a variety of the freshest foodstuffs and with plenty of grass for the kids to play outdoors, the Jozi Food Market is one of Jo’burg’s favourite gourmet meeting places. Food made or grown sustainably and with love is the common ingredient among the jovial stall holders who’re only too keen to give you a taste of their wares and send you on your way with a basket full of yummy items and recipes for good eating. So grab your earth-friendly shopping bags and allow your appetite to lead you around the Pirates Sport’s Club grounds – the home of the Jozi market…

(GPS coordinates: -26.14542, 28.01544)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/jozi-food-market

Zip Zap Circus School
22 Nov 2014
 
     

Zip Zap Circus School

Located in downtown Cape Town, the Zip Zap Circus School provides circus and performing arts training for young people from all walks of life. Youth training targets 13- to 16-year-olds and focuses on team work and developing discipline. Youngsters can chose which circus act they'd most like to master and receive specialised training. The skills training offered at Zip Zap is not all aerial, by the way. If you've long wanted to learn to juggle, climb a pole, clown around or ride a unicycle, you can do that too. Adult classes are aimed at aspiring circus performers and participants learn much more than how to be an awesome acrobat...

(GPS coordinates: -33.918622, 18.431175)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/zip-zap-circus-school

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