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De Pakhuys
22 Nov 2014
 
     

De Pakhuys is located 26 km from Clanwilliam, nestled in the picturesque Agter-Pakhuis Valley amidst the rugged beauty of the Cederberg mountains, and offers a variety of fully-equipped self-catering chalets and campsites situated in pristine natural surroundings in the heart of the magnificent Rocklands area. With its ancient natural labyrinth of sandstone boulders, towers and crags making it an internationally renowned rock climbing destination, the climbing area at de Pakhuys offers a huge range and variety of bouldering for climbers, while non-climbers will marvel at the incredible shapes carved by the elements in this silent landscape…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/de-pakhuys

(GPS coordinates: -32.120288, 19.059083)

Amathole Museum
21 Nov 2014
 
     

Amathole Museum

One of South Africa’s oldest museums - the sixth to be established in the country, in fact – is the Amathole Museum in King William’s Town. It has mammal, Xhosa ethnography, and local history collections, numbering tens of thousands of specimens.  Prized among the exhibits of mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and insects are the remains of Huberta, a hippopotamus whose 1 000 km journey from St Lucia in KwaZulu-Natal enraptured South Africans from 1928 to 1931, when she was shot by farmers in the Peddie district. One of the displays in the Daines Wing  tells the story of Nongqawuse and the Cattle Killing tragedy. There is also a fascinating outlook on the wagon trade. In the Xhosa Gallery, one can also learn about the humble life of Enoch Sontonga, composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, and the great warrior, Maqoma…

(GPS coordinates: -32.877082, 27.39141)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/amathole-museum

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre
21 Nov 2014
 
     

Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre

The Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre has the conservation of South Africa’s most rare and endangered species at its heart. Located just outside the town of Hoedspruit on about 100 hectares in the Kapama Private Game Reserve, the centre was initially established as part of a breeding programme for cheetah. With time, though, different species began arriving at the sanctuary, among them African wild cats, ground hornbills and wild dogs. The centre runs an education programme and a hands-on student programme for conservation and adventure enthusiasts from around the world. The sanctuary is open to the public and the money raised from visitors and volunteers helps to fund their work...

(GPS coordinates: -24.513777, 31.032525)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/hoedspruit-endangered-species-centre

Cosmos Cuisine
21 Nov 2014
 
     

Cosmos Cuisine lies in the heart of the charming Sundays River Valley in the Eastern Cape, renowned for its citrus products, rose farms, scenic drives, the Addo Elephant Park and other nature reserves. The guest house is an oasis of peace and tranquility and offers luxury accommodation in 13 deluxe rooms. A mere 10 minutes from Addo Elephant Park and 45 minutes from central Port Elizabeth, luxurious accommodation, fine cuisine and traditional countryside hospitality can be found at the welcoming Cosmos Cuisine. Come and enjoy the traditional and notably excellent service offered by this full service guesthouse, and embark on a variety of memorable outdoor excursions…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/cosmos-cuisine

(GPS coordinates: -32.826911, 28.118583)

The Great Synagogue
20 Nov 2014
 
     

The Great Synagogue

The "Great Synagogue" in Cape Town is affectionately called the "Gardens Shul" as it is situated within the Company's Garden. It is an historic landmark for both the Jewish and wider South African communities. The synagogue building, visited by thousands of tourists annually, is an architectural masterpiece, widely regarded as one of the most magnificent synagogues in the world...

(GPS coordinates: -33.929723, 18.416498)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/great-synagogue

Soetendalspoort 4x4 Trail
20 Nov 2014
 
     

Soetendalspoort 4x4 Trail

This route may be way off the beaten track, but the experience of venturing into the vastness of the Karoo will stay with you forever. Make at least a three-day break of this trip and come and enjoy the crisp air, the views over the vast Great Karoo, and the amazingly starry nights - so clear it feels as if you can reach up and touch the millions of stars in the onyx night sky. And of course the 4x4 routes through an incredible variety of Karoo succulents...

(GPS coordinates: -33.291239, 23.083177)

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

Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway
20 Nov 2014
 
     

Kirstenbosch Canopy Walkway

It is shorter than you expect, but who actually cares? I didn’t. The Boomslang Walkway, modelled after a twisting snake, sits above the trees’ canopy and, on its greatest curve, offers a view of Cape Town’s southern suburbs that sates your childhood wish of flying. It feels like that – when the walkway sways with people’s heavy steps, you can imagine yourself flying over the gardens and toward Cape Town’s southern suburbs. Then it twists back, under the thick branches, and leads you onto green lawns and blooming flowers. But, like me, you’ll probably deny the ending and circle back to experience it all over again.

- Brad Harris

Rouxwil Country House
20 Nov 2014
 
     

Rouxwil Country House places an emphasis on individual interests and comfort. Guests can savour excellent cuisine, experience a personalised farm tour, or relax in the extreme beauty. Rouxwil, nestled amongst vast, rolling hills of wheat fields, orchards and majestic mountains, and covered in protea fynbos, is a working wheat and sheep farm, situated in the heart of the Overberg, between Hermanus and Franschoek.  The farm is also close to the towns of Greyton and Caledon, and is a one hour drive from Cape Town. As you make yourself at home in the inviting suites at the heart of the friendly farm, you will be struck by how two worlds combine…

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

(GPS coordinates: -32.43516, 24.748903)

Johannesburg Zoo
19 Nov 2014
 
     

Johannesburg Zoo

The Johannesburg Zoo is one of the city’s best-loved attractions - the stars of which are its large collection of animals. The zoo contains over 320 species and, through numerous breeding programmes, it plays a significant role in the conservation of both indigenous and endangered animals. Johannesburg Zoo is foremost a place of fun and relaxation for the public. It’s thoroughly modern, with mainly open-air enclosures where the animals can be viewed behaving naturally in a natural setting... 

(GPS coordinates: -26.169598, 28.037512)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/johannesburg-zoo

Wolraad Woltemade Statue
19 Nov 2014
 
     

Wolraad Woltemade Statue

The Woltemade statue by I. Mitford-Barbeton was erected in honour of Wolraad Woltemade, who saved 14 crew members of the De Jonge Thomas, a ship that ran aground in Table Bay in 1773. Both Woltemade and his horse died during this heroic attempt. The statue can be seen in the grounds of the Old Mutual, Pinelands. Woltemade was born in Hesse-Schoumberg Germany at the beginning of the18th century and immigrated to the Cape Colony as an adult. He was employed by the Dutch East India Company as a dairyman...

(GPS coordinates: -33.923803, 18.513202)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/wolraad-woltemade-statue

Muweti Bush Lodge
19 Nov 2014
 
     

Muweti Bush Lodge is located in the animal-rich Balule Game Reserve, part of the greater Kruger National Park. Named after the magnificent Leadwood, one of Africa’s most revered trees, the extremely intimate Muwetu Bush Lodge accommodates a maximum of 4 guests in tented chalets and 4 guests in a self-catering cottage, all of which are completely immersed in the African bush. Guests are given an all-rounded safari experience where wildlife, including encounters with the Big 5, is plentiful…

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/muweti-bush-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -28.792727, 32.081346)

Marrick Safaris MTB Trail
18 Nov 2014
 
     

Marrick Safaris MTB Trail

The Marrick Safari Ranch, an easy drive from Kimberley, offers 3 000 hectares of pristine African savannah to explore. The mountain-bike routes basically follow an extensive network of 4x4 trails and roads within the Marrick Safaris area, but occasionally ascend along a variety of hiking paths for an exhilarating single-track blast. Trails are perfect for mountain-bikers keen to get close to nature; several route options allow riders to select distances and terrain suitable to their individual level of fitness...

(GPS coordinates: -28.778385, 24.612111)

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

Boven Rock Climbing
18 Nov 2014
 
     

Boven Rock Climbing

With more than 700 routes from “nursery slopes” for kids to several routes in the 30s, Boven, also known as The Restaurant, or The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, is South Africa’s climbing Mecca, consistently rated as one of the top rock-climbing destinations in the world. Less than three hours from Johannesburg, Boven is the perfect spot either as a quick introduction to climbing or for an extended holiday, with a vast area of distinctive, vertical orange cliffs begging to be climbed. The crags next to the waterfall are particularly spectacular and have graced many a climbing magazine, helping to put Boven on the climbing map. Both sport and traditional climbing are fantastic...

(GPS coordinates: -25.653133, 30.34667)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/boven-rock-climbing

The Creamery
18 Nov 2014
 
     

The Creamery

I have absolutely no idea what to choose. Lemon Curd or Melktert? What about S’mores and Peanut Butter? I mean have you ever heard of such mouthwatering flavours? I had been told this was the best ice cream in Cape Town – famous for it’s unique flavour notes, creamy texture and being made from 100% pure ingredients.  It’s not often that “Choc Mint” actually tastes like the mint in your back garden. People of all ages swarm around me and I hear an array of different accents – it seems that The Creamery really is the place to be on this hot Spring day. I make my choice, Chocolate Malt, and sit outside, enjoying the bustle of weekend freedom.

- Daniella Toscano

African Oceans Manor on the Beach
18 Nov 2014
 
     

African Oceans Manor on the Beach is situated virtually on the unspoilt shoreline of Mossel Bay. The spectacular seafront, welcoming rooms, delicious breakfast and unique picnics and snack platters make African Oceans Manor a destination that will create lasting memories for the entire family. Superb staff and attention to detail are a trademark of this beautiful guest house. At African Oceans, an uninterrupted view of the azure ocean, the Outeniqua mountains and the sandy-coloured beaches perfectly complement this luxurious Garden Route venue...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/african-oceans-manor-beach

(GPS coordinates: -29.92796, 31.014323)

Mzoli's Place
17 Nov 2014
 
     

Mzoli's Place

It’s all about the meat at Mzoli’s Place, arguably Cape Town’s best known township restaurant, located in Gugulethu, about 15 kilometres southeast of the centre of Cape Town. Mzoli's is a 'do-it-yourself' market and eatery, which sells meat to patrons who in turn hire entrepreneurs running braai stalls on the grounds to grill the meat and prepare their meal. This unique concept is the brainchild of local entrepreneur Mzoli Ngcawuzele, who says that it brings together a passion for his country, enthusiasm for food and a love for his people...

(GPS coordinates: -33.976401, 18.569719)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/food-wine/mzolis-place

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