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Witsand MTB Trail
12 Oct 2014
 
     

Witsand MTB Trail

Few eco-destinations in the Northern Cape are as scenic as the Witsand Nature Reserve. The reserve's name is derived from the colour of the sand, which contrasts against the surrounding red Kalahari sands. It teems with birdlife, but gemsbok, red hartebeest, springbok, duiker and steenbok are also abundant on the reserve. It is only here that you can ride among the sensual, flowing white dunes – 20 to 60 metres high - surrounded by copper-red Kalahari sand, Acacia woodland and the Langberg Mountain range. Keep your ears tuned to the roaring sands as you explore to your heart's content; the reserve and the surrounding roads are your playground...

(GPS coordinates: -28.563115, 22.488928)

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

Diaz Cross Memorial
12 Oct 2014
 
     

Diaz Cross Memorial

Portuguese navigator Bartholomew Diaz erected this padrão (stone cross) at Kwaaihoek, just outside Alexandria, near the mouth of the Bushman's River on the Eastern Cape coast. This was when he rounded the Cape in 1488, making the original cross South Africa's oldest European monument. It is believed that Diaz was the first European to set foot on South African soil...

(GPS coordinates: -33.709811, 26.615882)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/diaz-cross-memorial

Kanonkop House
12 Oct 2014
 
     

Kanonkop House is owned and managed by the Conyers family and offers personal, family managed, and award-winning boutique accommodation in five beautiful suites with breathtaking views of the Knysna lagoon and the giant sandstone cliffs of the famous Knysna Heads that dominate the entrance to the Indian Ocean. Yet it is tranquilly positioned in a private indigenous forest only 5 minutes drive from the centre of town...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/kanonkop-house

(GPS coordinates: -34.036242, 23.022169)

National Zoological Gardens
11 Oct 2014
 
     

National Zoological Gardens

A visit to Pretoria’s National Zoological Gardens is a must-do for families and animal lovers. Established in 1899, the zoo received national status in 1916. Pretoria Zoo, as it is known to the locals, was voted among the top 10 zoos in the world. Covering 85ha, the Pretoria zoo is the largest in the country with thousands of indigenous and exotic species of mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish...

(GPS coordinates: -25.738862, 28.18903)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/animals-nature/national-zoological-gardens

Het Posthuys
11 Oct 2014
 
     

Het Posthuys

Het Posthuys – the Post House in English - is one of the oldest buildings in South Africa. It was built in the 1670s by the Dutch East India Company and is the oldest standing building on the False Bay coastline. The house has now been turned into a museum and is cared for by the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society. It contains a small collection of photos and items of interest relating to the early days of Muizenberg...

(GPS coordinates: -34.110425, 18.467132)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/cultural/het-posthuys

The Mine Rock Climbing
10 Oct 2014
 
     

The Mine Rock Climbing

A steep, pumpy crag with several routes going through a big roof, The Mine is composed of smooth hard sandstone, which can get very greasy when the south-easter blows. It’s a popular winter crag, particularly since it’s one of the few places in the Cape where you can climb when it’s raining. This is a hard man’s and woman’s crag. Apart from “Yebo!” (15), there’s nothing for beginners here and only a few, testing, routes under grade 21...

(GPS coordinates: -34.084414, 18.433803)

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

Fordsburg and The Oriental Plaza
10 Oct 2014
 
     

Fordsburg and The Oriental Plaza

The Oriental Plaza in Fordsburg is one of Johannesburg’s favourite shopping destinations – popular with everyone from brides-to-be to brand-conscious bargain hunters. Covering 17ha, the Oriental Plaza opened in the 1970s, and many of the shopkeepers are the descendants of Victorian era stallholders who sold produce at Newtown’s central market. Leave the Oriental Plaza and walk or drive west to Mint Street, the main road in Fordsburg. Colourful and bustling, multi-ethnic Fordsburg is a shopping and food lover’s paradise...

(GPS coordinates: -26.202689, 28.024959)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/fordsburg-and-oriental-plaza

Kinmel Guest Farm
10 Oct 2014
 
     

Kinmel Guest Farm is perfectly situated just outside the historic, delightful and secluded village of Rhodes, and surrounded by the magnificent landscapes of the Drakensberg mountains. Experience the breath-taking beauty and spectacular views of mountain peaks and valley gorges, while staying in relaxed, comfortable accommodation. This working farm offers a variety of outdoor activities which cater to everyone, from young to old, the more adventurous or those looking for unrivalled peace and quiet, and is also a convenient base from which to visit the nearby Tiffendell Ski Resort...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/kinmel-guest-farm

(GPS coordinates: -30.79003, 27.97738)

Khamkirri Horse Riding
9 Oct 2014
 
     

Khamkirri Horse Riding

The 7 500-hectare Khamkirri Private Game Reserve lies where the Orange River meets the unspoilt Kalahari, creating a lush oasis on the green northern banks. Astride trusty horses - Gus, Dash, Boesman and Rabiel - horse riders can enjoy an hour-long trot from Khamkirri Main Camp via the vineyards, or opt for a four to five day horseback safari to experience the vast desolation of Arrie-se-Put and the Augrabies Falls National Park from the saddle...

(GPS coordinates: -28.653236, 20.448217)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/activities/khamkirri-horse-riding

Garden Route Roadtrip
9 Oct 2014
 
     

Garden Route Roadtrip

It was the best season to travel the N2 east. Spring. Farm stalls and distant coastlines are too numerous to count on this stretch just before the Garden Route, but what caught my eye was simpler than that. Like an expertly made sandwich, the country is spread with greens and yellow and brown only shows itself now and again. Or a sea of greens with yellow sun reflecting off of it… except the land is still and the only waves are far-off blue mountains. The canola fields are mature during the first weeks of Spring and their bright yellow flowers make it near impossible to travel the road smoothly. Stopping on the roadside in awe of the fields isn’t only satisfying, it’s inevitable.

- Brad Harris

Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse
9 Oct 2014
 
     

Aa’Qtansisi means 'We welcome You', and guests can prepare to be spoilt and delighted with the personal attention, unique décor and scrumptious food offered by this affordable boutique-type bed and breakfast with a variety of cosy rooms styled in themes ranging from Moroccan to French Huguenot and traditional Karoo. Aa’Qtansisi Guesthouse is family, pet and wheelchair friendly and is conveniently situated on a peaceful street in the heart of historical Graaff-Reinet...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/aaqtansisi-guesthouse

(GPS coordinates:  -32.252111, 24.53261)

Marakele 4x4 Trail
8 Oct 2014
 
     

Marakele 4x4 Trail

The Marakele National Park in the heart of the Waterberg Mountains has become a place of sanctuary for an impressive variety of wildlife. This is due to its location in the transitional zone between the dry western and moister eastern regions of South Africa. Called the “wilderness experience on wheels”, the Marakele Eco-trail is your chance to explore the contrasting majestic mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys of this park...

(GPS coordinates: -24.53101, 27.498313)

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

Buffalo Gorge 4x4 Trail
8 Oct 2014
 
     

Buffalo Gorge 4x4 Trail

Though Buffalo Gorge is in Mpumalanga it is only a short drive from Pretoria; north of Middelburg on the road to the Loskop Dam. The routes here will take you through grasslands, wetlands, bushveld and riverine forests. They cut through dense indigenous forest past interesting rock formations, crossing several streams and into deep dongas. On the way you could see kudu, klipspringer, duiker, warthog and baboon, but this is not a nature reserve so they won't be standing on the trail...

(GPS coordinates: -25.514167, 29.566813)

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

Cathedral Peak Hotel
8 Oct 2014
 
     

The Cathedral Peak Hotel, one of South Africa’s premier resort hotels, offers a feast of activities for the entire family. Situated on 400ha of pristine mountain grassland lying right up against the spectacular Cathedral Peak range, the award-winning hotel features luxury rooms and top-class facilities, together with the fantastic natural attractions of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. Whether your aim is a relaxed family holiday or a romantic mountain getaway, the hospitable staff and management look forward to welcoming you to an unforgettable Drakensberg experience...

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/accommodation/cathedral-peak-hotel

(GPS coordinates: -28.947894, 29.20646)

Beachwood Mangroves Trail
7 Oct 2014
 
     

Beachwood Mangroves Trail

This 76-hectare swamp and forest area has the largest population of black and white mangrove trees in the Durban area. Park your car near the thatched gazebo and environmental centre. A fantastic circular boardwalk has been built through the forests and over the swamp channels, making it easy to explore this fragile, rare and scientifically interesting ecosystem. There’s a short detour to a rustic bird hide 60 metres beyond the car park - a good place to watch waders feed as well as to see the mangrove kingfisher, curlew and water dikkop. From here, the boardwalk meanders in and out of the forest, giving you a taste of life in the swampy area...

(GPS coordinates: -29.807634, 31.039834)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/hiking/beachwood-mangroves-trail

Century City
7 Oct 2014
 
     

Century City

This 250 hectare mixed-usage development combines office, retail, residential and leisure components in an integrated, urban space. As well as being a sought-after address for businesses and home to a growing and thriving residential community, it is popular with visitors too, who enjoy its world-class recreation and shopping facilities. Century City’s attractions facilities include the Canal Walk Shopping Centre, the Ratanga Junction Theme Park, four hotels, a number of restaurants and Intaka Island, an award-winning wetlands conservation area, as well as eight kilometres of navigable canals that meander throughout the development…

(GPS coordinates: -33.896245, 18.510879)

Read more at www.nightjartravel.com/shopping/century-city

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