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Quatermain's 1920's Safari Camp
22 Oct 2014
 
     

Quatermain's 1920's Safari Camp is an intimate and rustic, expedition style tented camp situated on the stunning malaria-free Big 5 paradise of the Amakhala Game Reserve. Quatermain's offers the very best that an African safari can: authentic tented accommodation, candlelit dinners, warm fireside company and exciting game drives. This 6 bed camp offers you the opportunity to experience 'Africa under canvas', with three crisp white 1900's style safari tents. The mission is to offer guests an exceptional safari, transporting them back to the charming simplicity of a bygone era, with the emphasis on personal attention and wildlife viewing. Guests can enjoy the excitement of Big 5 safaris on both the award winning Amakhala and the world renowned Shamwari Game Reserve...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/quatermains-1920s-safari-camp

(GPS coordinates: -33.483228, 26.125745)

Elsie’s Peak Rock Climbing
21 Oct 2014
 
     

Elsie’s Peak Rock Climbing

If you look up at Elsie’s Peak from the north or east you can’t fail to notice a spectacular amphitheatre. Four kilometres from Simon's Town, this is the arena for some of the most exciting trad climbs in the Cape Town area - including iconic routes such as ‘Winds of Change’, ‘Wild Kingdom’ and ‘Dream Street Rose’. The side buttresses and walls boast some of the most spectacular easy routes on the Peninsula, notably the easy classic ‘Suspension Face’. Despite all of this, Elsie’s Peak is not climbed as often as Muizenberg Crag. One of the reasons is that the rock can get slippery, particularly during or after a south-easter...

(GPS coordinates: -34.148967, 18.438478)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/elsie’s-peak-rock-climbing

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm
21 Oct 2014
 
     

Wilgewandel Holiday Farm

The Wilgewandel Holiday Farm outside Oudtshoorn is all about family fun. The holiday camp is located on the historic farm, Grootkraal, adjacent to the famous Cango Caves. Wilgewandel offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, including putt-putt golf, a 100-metre foefie slide (zip line), donkey-cart rides, pedal cars, rowing boats, trampolines and quad bikes. There is also a petting zoo for children and hiking trails. Wilgewandel's star attraction is its camels, and the Wilgewandel Pioneer experience lets you discover how the early pioneers of South Africa survived, how they lived, the clothes they wore, what they ate and how they sang and danced...

(GPS coordinates: -33.403237, 22.217389)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/entertainment/wilgewandel-holiday-farm

Mabu Vinyl Record Shop
21 Oct 2014
 
     

Mabu Vinyl Record Shop

You may be wondering what’s so cool about a record shop in Cape Town and why it’s worth visiting? Well, if you have watched the world-renowned documentary, 'Searching for Sugar Man', you will understand. The owner of Mabu Vinyl features prominently in the documentary about the life of singer, Rodriguez. I visited here after watching the movie and became lost for about an hour in a world of vintage records, second-hand books and old movie classics. The shop doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside is a magical place and if you’re lucky, you can get the owner, Stephen Segerman to tell you about his encounter with Rodriguez and what it’s like having “documentary-fame”.

- Daniella Toscano

Cliff Lodge
21 Oct 2014
 
     

Cliff Lodge is a stylish seafront Hermanus guest house, and an idyllic retreat with all rooms a stone’s throw from the ocean. It offers luxurious accommodation and excellent personal service, with the added bonus of sea views that will take your breath away. From its spectacular clifftop location, Cliff Lodge provides panoramic views over the great sweep of Walker Bay, where whales flirt and laze, and white sand dunes rise in stark contrast to the blue mountains of the coastal range...

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

(GPS coordinates: -34.550243, 19.372061)

Valleyflights Microlighting, Hekpoort
20 Oct 2014
 
     

Valleyflights Microlighting, Hekpoort

There’s no better way to see the world than from a bird’s eye perspective. With Valleyflights you fly oveIr the Magaliesberg mountain range in a microlight exploring all the secret nooks and crannies, through the gorges, and valleys, and over waterfalls. You get to soar with the vultures before gliding down to photograph eland, wildebeest, giraffe and buffalo. The trip takes you just above the water of the Hartebeespoort Dam, over its wall and down along the Magaliesberg river before circling the birthplace of mankind – Maropeng. If you’re game you can even take the controls and experience the true joy of flight...

(GPS coordinates: -25.896171, 27.613044)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/valleyflights-microlighting-hekpoort

Wildebeestkuil
20 Oct 2014
 
     

Wildebeestkuil

Wildebeestkuil in Kimberley is a wonderful example of the rock engraving tradition found throughout the Karoo areas of the country, most notably in the Western Cape. A visitor centre was opened at the site in 2001, which is operated by San people living on the farm. The site is an easy walk from the visitor centre but a lack of shade requires you to take some form ofprotection from the harsh sun and to make sure that you stay hydrated. Guides are available and the visitor centre provides audio tours that have multiple levels of information...

(GPS coordinates: -28.66723, 24.650412)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/rock-art/wildebeestkuil

Bushwillow Collection
20 Oct 2014
 
     

Bushwillow Collection offers intimate catered or self-catered accommodation in a variety of unique luxury rooms at the Lodge, Boutique Chalets and Cottage set in Kuleni Game Park near Hluhluwe. Guests can expect warm hospitality and comfort in this nature lover’s haven, with a variety of outdoor activities on offer. Bushwillow offers opportunity to spot plenty of wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, and other ‘safe’ game, and for ultimate relaxation guests can recline on the expansive decks or sit in a plunge pool and view animals that pass by to visit the cunningly hidden small waterhole...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/bushwillow-collection

(GPS coordinates: -27.905153, 32.355149)

Swartberg Pass
19 Oct 2014
 
     

Swartberg Pass

The Swartberg Pass forms part of a pleasant day drive from Oudtshoorn to Prince Albert, returning via Meiringspoort and De Rust. If you’re not scared of heights, enjoy winding gravel roads and are enthralled by stunning mountain scenery, then the Swartberg Pass will do you nicely. This sinuous road climbs over the peaks of the Swartberg Mountains between Oudtshoorn and Prince Albert. It was constructed by South Africa’s road-building maestro, Thomas Bain, and opened to horse carts and wagons in 1886. This is not your standard basic mountain pass that enables travellers to get from A to B. On the contrary, it is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular mountain roads in the world, rivalled, some say, only by the Darjeeling Pass in Tibet...

(GPS coordinates: -33.351072, 22.048252)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/swartberg-pass

PWC Cycle Park
19 Oct 2014
 
     

PWC Cycle Park

Situated in Bryanston, this secure cycle park offers custom-built single-track trails for mountain bikes that are suited for all ages and all skill levels. All the routes are graded, clearly signposted and include beginner, intermediate and advanced circuits. Besides the many kilometers of man-made trails, there’s also a world championship-standard BMX track at the park. The obstacles increase in number and complexity as the grading goes from novice to advanced level...

(GPS coordinates: -26.038314, 28.026461)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/mountain-biking/pwc-cycle-park

Woodstock: Cape Town
19 Oct 2014
 
     

Woodstock: Cape Town

You don’t always see South Africa’s rainbow nation revelry when you travel the country. That’s why Woodstock is so attractive to the person wanting a taste of what the culture has to offer. I decided to walk down Albert Street to experience it for myself. There are the hip spots like Woodstock Foundry and Woodstock Exchange with artisan logos plastering their walls, then the little antique shops and second-hand stalls that cluster together before the Old Biscuit Mill famously attracts a young adult crowd in the suburb’s heart. But, the backstreets hold my interest. Graffiti plasters these walls, children play soccer in the streets and the adults talk on their patios. Further along, a lady cuts a man’s hair on the sidewalk while an unkempt line waits beside her, and then I’m offered pavement-special boerewors rolls. This is what South Africa’s about.

- Brad Harris

Elephant Plains Game Lodge
19 Oct 2014
 
     

Elephant Plains Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve offers excellent Big 5 game viewing, luxurious accommodation and sumptuous cuisine. The owner-run lodge accommodates a maximum of 24 guests, ensuring personal service and attention to detail, and guests can enjoy two game drives and a bush walk per day. The lodge offers a variety of accommodation options varying from rondavels and luxury suites to the Manyeleti honeymoon suite, all within a tranquil riverbank bushveld setting... 

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/elephant-plains-game-lodge

(GPS coordinates: -24.744656, 31.478308)

Kenneth Stainbank MTB Trail
18 Oct 2014
 
     

Kenneth Stainbank MTB Trail

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve is an extension of the Durban Metropolitan Open Space Systems (D’Moss) green lung in the southwestern suburb of Yellowwood Park. The reserve has become a refuge for the city's mountain-bikers as well as a rare species of Natal owl and migratory birds. There is a five-to-seven-kilometre circuit depending on whether you ride the technical sections. After a lap, you will want to ride it again, as there are quite a few variations...

(GPS coordinates: -29.913374, 30.942178)

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

Cango Wildlife Ranch
18 Oct 2014
 
     

Cango Wildlife Ranch

If you’re one of those people who need to try everything once just because you can, you’ll enjoy this. If you’re willing to enter the water with creatures that sport huge teeth, the Cango Wildlife Ranch just outside Oudtshoorn offers the chance to “Wet Your Pants” and take part in the world’s only crocodile cage-diving. The ranch offers a host of other great attractions, such as Jumping Jaws, in which crocodiles get to snatch at keepers holding out food; Valley of Ancients with its colonial African theme; reptile encounter; and, if you enter the Nyami Nyami gates, you’ll get really close to giant fruit bats in an artificial Mangrove forest setting...

(GPS coordinates: -33.566521, 22.21438)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/cango-wildlife-ranch

South African Climbing Academy
17 Oct 2014
 
     

South African Climbing Academy

This small gym (previously known as The Cage), at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School on Witkoppen Road near Bryanston, is unlike most climbing walls in that it’s primarily a training centre rather than a recreational facility, with the emphasis being on introducing people, particularly kids, to the sport and facilitating their development. In keeping with this philosophy, the wall is open only during the week - at weekends, you should be on real rock! Owner Neil Margetts is a rock-climbing guide so most weekends he takes groups to local crags. Essentially, this is a 4,8-metre-high bouldering gym (with top-roped climbing for beginners) with about 100m2 of climbing area...

(GPS coordinates: -26.025165, 28.036838)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/climbing/south-african-climbing-academy

Duneboarding - Port Alfred
17 Oct 2014
 
     

Duneboarding - Port Alfred

There are a host of adventure activities on offer in Port Alfred, including duneboarding (also known as sandboarding) - a very popular sport that’s easy to master and open to all ages. Outdoor Focus offers two-, four- and six-hour expeditions to the easily accessible golden dunes at East Beach. When you pop into the offices to collect a board they’ll give you an explanation on how to wax it and master the basics, then direct you to the dune fields. Although high on adrenalin, duneboarding is suitable for the whole family. Make sure you pack sunblock and a costume - you’ll need a dip in the ocean to wash the sand out of your hair and teeth before heading home... 

(GPS coordinates: -33.597112, 26.892211)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/duneboarding-port-alfred

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