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07/06/2017
Jeremy Loops

A sunset surf montage to the backdrop of a rising star from South Africa, Jeremy Loops. Watch this striking reminder of the beautiful moments the Western Cape offers.

This is what you get when you combine one of the most breathtaking sunsets I've ever captured with our local deep south surf break delivering incredible waves. Last Tuesday was something special! Oh, and it has a fun little soundtrack too. 👌🏼

South Africa, taken from the ISS, on Freedom Day, 27 April. Thank you Thomas Pesquet !
30/04/2017

South Africa, taken from the ISS, on Freedom Day, 27 April. Thank you Thomas Pesquet !

Side view! This is us flying around South Africa, on our way from the Atlantic into the Indian Ocean. Happy Freedom Day, South Africa! https://flic.kr/p/Tagi86

Spur-winged Goose ForagingA Spur-winged Goose grazes in a field of spring flowers. Sometimes it is difficult to understa...
14/03/2017

Spur-winged Goose Foraging

A Spur-winged Goose grazes in a field of spring flowers. Sometimes it is difficult to understand why, in the course of human history, some geese and ducks have been domesticated and others haven't. However, with regards to the Spur-winged Goose, this may be easier to guess. Some of these geese eat toxic bugs known as blister beetles. The toxin doesn't affect the geese but is stored in their tissues and can be poisonous to people that eat them.

Tortoise AmblingThis tortoise, known locally as the leopard or mountain tortoise, has the Latin name Stigmochelys pardal...
11/03/2017

Tortoise Ambling

This tortoise, known locally as the leopard or mountain tortoise, has the Latin name Stigmochelys pardalis. This comes from the Greek words stigma (marked), chelone (tortoise) and pardalis (spotted). Tortoises are reputed to be slow and meditative, but leopard tortoises can move quite fast, climb a little and even float in water. They are combative in mating season, with males ramming and overturning one another and butting females into submission. Anyone who has seen leopard tortoises mating will learn something about stamina.

Longhorn BeetleThis bug was photographed at Woodcliffe near Maclear in the South Africa's Eastern Cape province. The lon...
07/03/2017

Longhorn Beetle

This bug was photographed at Woodcliffe near Maclear in the South Africa's Eastern Cape province. The long antennae of these kinds of insects have prompted people to refer to them as 'longhorn' beetles. However, there are many beetles of this shape, colour and description and not all of them are equally harmless. Many beetles feed on poisonous plants and build up reserves of toxins in their bodies which they can secrete when threatened.

Leopard WarningLeopards earned their place in the famed 'Big Five' by being one of the most difficult and dangerous anim...
04/03/2017

Leopard Warning

Leopards earned their place in the famed 'Big Five' by being one of the most difficult and dangerous animals to hunt on foot. This is not only because of the fearsome teeth seen in this photograph but also because of their incredible mobility and the eighteen sharp claws with which they capture and lacerate their prey. They are mostly peaceful creatures but can be somewhat unpredictable if cornered, injured or old and hungry.

Lechwe HerdA herd of lechwe surge through the waters of the Okavango Delta. These antelope have special adaptions that m...
28/02/2017

Lechwe Herd

A herd of lechwe surge through the waters of the Okavango Delta. These antelope have special adaptions that make watery habitats easier for them to negotiate - providing some protection from predators. Firstly, their legs are covered with a substance that repels water, and secondly, their especially long hindlegs help them to dash quickly through swampy areas. They are grazers and feed on aquatic grasses.

Wolwedans SceneThe aching blue of the Wolwedans skies are not often disrupted by clouds, but occasional periods of high ...
25/02/2017

Wolwedans Scene

The aching blue of the Wolwedans skies are not often disrupted by clouds, but occasional periods of high rainfall are enough to sustain these hardy camelthorn acacias. The inselbergs seen here are one of four habitats typically found in the arid NamibRand Nature Reserve - along with sand dunes and sand and gravel plains. Despite the harsh conditions there are many creatures that thrive here. This image shows one of these - the Sociable Weaver - and there are also fluctuating populations of oryx, springbok, kudu, Hartman's and Burchell's zebra, giraffe, klipspringer, steenbok, hartebeest and baboon.

Leopard ClamberingA leopard navigates its way down a tree - off to find a cooler resting place to hide from the noonday ...
21/02/2017

Leopard Clambering

A leopard navigates its way down a tree - off to find a cooler resting place to hide from the noonday sun. Once a leopard lies down in a shaded grassy area its camouflage is so good that it's likely to utterly blend into the scenery, hence the anecdotes about tourists who take photographs of themselves in what seems to empty bush - only to discern later the mottled outline of a leopard lurking in the background of the photograph.

Zebra PeeringA zebra grazing in long grass takes a break to peer curiously at the photographer. When one has been travel...
18/02/2017

Zebra Peering

A zebra grazing in long grass takes a break to peer curiously at the photographer. When one has been travelling in African national parks for many years, it is easy to become accustomed to the striking looks of the zebra. Occasionally though, it occurs even to the most avid bushwhackers that these animals are right out of the psychedelic 1960s. Of course, the zebra's stripes are a vital survival tactic and play an important role in 'psyching out' predators, who seemingly cannot easily discern one zebra from another when they herd together.

CicadaCicadas are tinnitus in insect form. They are famed for their intense, piercing 'song' which they produce by vibra...
14/02/2017

Cicada

Cicadas are tinnitus in insect form. They are famed for their intense, piercing 'song' which they produce by vibrating the rib-like tymbals on their abdomens. There are about 150 different kinds of cicadas in South Africa and about 2000 worldwide. Cicadas have an unusually long lifespan for an insect - they stay in nymph form for about 13 to 17 years before venturing above ground.

OryxA herd of very healthy-looking oryx trundles across brittle scrubland. These antelope are at home in arid areas and ...
11/02/2017

Oryx

A herd of very healthy-looking oryx trundles across brittle scrubland. These antelope are at home in arid areas and don't need drinking water, surviving on the moisture they find in roots and tubers. Their Latin name is 'oryx gazella' and it is the large dark-chocolate patch on their rumps that makes them very distinct from 'oryx beisa' - the east African species. 'Oryx gazella' are more commonly known in southern Africa as gemsbok. Male gemsbok are huge and may weigh up to 240kg.

Leopard AloftThis is one kittycat that no fireman would try to fetch down from a tree. This leopard is looking very aler...
07/02/2017

Leopard Aloft

This is one kittycat that no fireman would try to fetch down from a tree. This leopard is looking very alert and watchful. Trees form useful vantage points for leopards as they can identify advancing threats very easily. However, they have been known to hunt from trees as well. If the timing is right, they will leap down on the unsuspecting prey beneath them and enjoy a relatively effortless meal.

Overberg SheepSheep graze in mown wheat fields in the Overberg. This region is named for its location: to get from Cape ...
04/02/2017

Overberg Sheep

Sheep graze in mown wheat fields in the Overberg. This region is named for its location: to get from Cape Town to these fertile farming lands, one has to go 'over' the Hottentots Holland mountains ('berge' in Afrikaans) via Sir Lowry's Pass. These rolling wheat fields are typical of the area which is known for its wheat production and fruit crops. The Elgin Valley in the Overberg produces 60% of South Africa's apple crops. The major towns in the Overberg area are Hermanus, Caledon, Bredasdorp and Swellendam.

Northern Black KorhaanIn this photograph one can clearly see the large white patches along this korhaan's wings that dis...
31/01/2017

Northern Black Korhaan

In this photograph one can clearly see the large white patches along this korhaan's wings that distinguish it from its endemic southern cousin. The Northern Black Korhaan has a wider range than the southern species as it is found not only in the drier grassland and scrub areas of South Africa and Lesotho, but also in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Angola and Namibia. Male birds like this one are particularly distinctive because of their striking colours, noisy calls and aerial displays.

Spotted Eagle OwlA Spotted Eagle Owl demonstrates its brilliant camouflage: its mottled brown and white feathers closely...
28/01/2017

Spotted Eagle Owl

A Spotted Eagle Owl demonstrates its brilliant camouflage: its mottled brown and white feathers closely resemble the bark of the tree next to it. This owl is also demonstrating the famed ability of its kin to rotate their heads up to 270 degrees. Spotted Eagle Owls are found throughout southern Africa and are very adaptable. While they are seldom seen during the day because of their nocturnal habits, they are found urban, rural and wild areas. They mate for life.

Mopane WormThis worm looks quite similar to the Mopane Worm - one of the most famous worms in South Africa. The Latin na...
24/01/2017

Mopane Worm

This worm looks quite similar to the Mopane Worm - one of the most famous worms in South Africa. The Latin name of the Mopane Worm is Gonimbrasia belina and it is a species of emperor moth. During the worm stage of the emperor moth it can almost defoliate mopane and mango trees. However, mopane worms are a reliable source of protein in some African rural areas and it is quite a fun communal event to gather these worms. They are dried and eaten as a snack, or cooked with onions, and are also available canned in tomato sauce.

Leopard RelaxingA leopard relaxes in a tree in the morning sun. The ability to climb and rest in trees is hugely benefic...
21/01/2017

Leopard Relaxing

A leopard relaxes in a tree in the morning sun. The ability to climb and rest in trees is hugely beneficial to leopards. Just like other cats, leopards like to sharpen their claws on the bark of tree trunks. These sharp claws and their incredible strength and agility enables them to drag their prey into treetops, giving them an advantage over opportunistic lions and hyenas that may try to steal it from them. Leopards can haul into trees animals that are twice or three times their body weight - even gangly young giraffes.

Happy Penguin Awareness Day!Meet the African #Penguin, one of our favourite beach bums. These adorable tuxedo-wearing sw...
20/01/2017

Happy Penguin Awareness Day!

Meet the African #Penguin, one of our favourite beach bums. These adorable tuxedo-wearing swimmers are nicknamed Jackass #Penguins because of their donkey-like bray. Sadly endangered, only 18 000 pairs are living on South Africa's coastline, mostly on St Croix Island in Algoa Bay, but also on Boulders Beach in Cape Town and at Stony Point in Betty's Bay

Follow us on instagram.com/nightjartravel for a few more penguin photos

#AllBirdsAreBeautiful

Lechwe Pair on AlertSome alert-looking male lechwe sensing danger. These two lechwe are clearly male since female lechwe...
17/01/2017

Lechwe Pair on Alert

Some alert-looking male lechwe sensing danger. These two lechwe are clearly male since female lechwe do not have horns. These two probably belong to a bachelor herd of young males that have not yet successfully defended a territory and are therefore not in competition. Lechwe are interesting because the females form breeding herds which move through the territories of different rams, mating on the go.

Quiver Tree ForestThe famous 'quiver trees' of Namibia's Quiver Tree Forest are so-named because the 'Bushmen' or 'San' ...
14/01/2017

Quiver Tree Forest

The famous 'quiver trees' of Namibia's Quiver Tree Forest are so-named because the 'Bushmen' or 'San' people hollowed out the branches of these aloes to make their quivers (arrow-holders). These quiver trees grow near Nieuwoudtville in South Africa's Northern Cape - an arid area with less than 200mm of winter rainfall and even less in summer. According to biodiversity researchers the range of these hardy aloes is shifting south to escape rising temperature in these hot regions of South Africa and Namibia.

Lion DozingA lion rests sedately in the shade. The honey-coloured eyes of a lion are breathtaking to behold at close ran...
10/01/2017

Lion Dozing

A lion rests sedately in the shade. The honey-coloured eyes of a lion are breathtaking to behold at close range, especially when you are the object of this level stare. The short length and tawny colouring of this lion's mane indicate that it is probably a young male, however, this is not always the case. The male lions of Tsavo in Kenya are maneless, while in northern Botswana it is not uncommon to find maned lionesses. Studies suggest that the growth of a mane is related to a lion's testosterone levels, since castrated lions do not really develop manes.

Springbok PosingA springbok models its striking looks for the camera - this season's colours are dark chocolate, toffee ...
07/01/2017

Springbok Posing

A springbok models its striking looks for the camera - this season's colours are dark chocolate, toffee and cream. These dainty little antelope have had three million years to evolve into the beautiful and agile creatures they are today. A fossilized springbok-like antelope found in Herold's Bay cave in South Africa's Western Cape is between eighty and one hundred thousand years old! Springbok are resilient creatures ñ they don't need to drink much water and can stand quite high temperatures.

BeetleIt is amazing when, even in the driest and most arid of lands, one finds beetles like this one scuttling over the ...
03/01/2017

Beetle

It is amazing when, even in the driest and most arid of lands, one finds beetles like this one scuttling over the rocks with somewhere important to go. Whether gathering dung or breaking down the local plant matter, these beetles play an important role in balancing the ecosystems around them, not to mention providing substantial snacks for the predators that feed on them.

Nxamaseri SunsetA blazing sunset at Nxamaseri Island Lodge. This established lodge is situated in the Okavango Panhandle...
31/12/2016

Nxamaseri Sunset

A blazing sunset at Nxamaseri Island Lodge. This established lodge is situated in the Okavango Panhandle on the northwestern side of the Delta. Tiger-fishing in Nxamaseri is its most well-known attraction, but it is also a serene and remote place to relax. Each of the seven chalets is secluded in the surrounding indigenous forest and has its own deck overlooking the water. The incredible birds attracted to this beautiful environment include Pels Fishing Owls, African Skimmers, Wattled Cranes and Lesser Jacana.

Olive WoodpeckerAn Olive Woodpecker peers out from behind a lichen-covered tree trunk. These birds can easily be mistake...
27/12/2016

Olive Woodpecker

An Olive Woodpecker peers out from behind a lichen-covered tree trunk. These birds can easily be mistaken for tree stumps when they perch like this. Olive woodpeckers have very few of the white and black speckles that are so typical of other southern-African woodpeckers, and are therefore quite easy to identify. They have a limited range, confining themselves to evergreen forests and coastal or riverine bush where they subsist on insects.

Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre
26/12/2016

Cape Town Holocaust & Genocide Centre

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre is OPEN on the following days: Sun 25 Dec: Christmas Day
Mon 26 Dec: Day of Goodwill
Tues 27 Dec: Public Holiday
Sun 1 Jan: New Year’s Day
Mon 2 Jan: New Years Day public holiday

Visit our new exhibition about Anne Frank's step sister, Eva Schloss. Entrance is free. We look forward to seeing you!

Wolwedans WeaverVery few birds have thatching skills that rival those of the Sociable Weaver. These nests are frequently...
24/12/2016

Wolwedans Weaver

Very few birds have thatching skills that rival those of the Sociable Weaver. These nests are frequently seen in the gnarled camelthorn trees of the Namib Desert. Up to a hundred pairs of weavers may breed in individual chambers in these warm, well-built nests. Sociable weavers generally prefer to build their nests with stiff grasses in areas that are not prone to veldfires. There are at least 150 species of birds in the unique terrain around Wolwedans, including the endemic Dune Lark.

22/12/2016
Travel Concept Solution

How stunning is this footage?! We are so fortunate to have so much beautiful variety to explore in South Africa. Safe travels over the holiday everyone :-)

Back in October, we got to travel along the South African, Garden Route and with the help of Spotteddog productions we shot this round up #video for Cheapflights as part of their #CheapFlightsExplorers project ... The trip was made possible by our friends from Aroundabout Cars | Car Hire Afrovibe Adventure Lodge Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve Face Adrenalin Africanyon Untouched adventures Bootlegger Coffee Company Eden Adventures Belvidere Manor Hotel Monkeyland and Birds of Eden Tube 'n Axe Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures Marloth Lodge Swellendam SpringTide Charters What do you think? ....

Secretarybird IntentA Secretarybird stalks through the veld like it means business ñ it seems to be scanning the grass f...
20/12/2016

Secretarybird Intent

A Secretarybird stalks through the veld like it means business ñ it seems to be scanning the grass for prey. It will most likely stamp its feet to flush potential prey out of the grass, and then catch it with its hooked bill and swallow it whole. Secretarybirds are capable of killing rodents and snakes by stamping on them with their powerful feet and talons. These majestic raptors are found throughout southern Africa in open areas such as grassland, farmland and semi-desert regions. They like the company of other Secretarybirds and are usually found in pairs.

Great news for microbreweries and beer lovers throughout South Africa! Good luck Beerhouse, that's an exciting and chall...
20/12/2016
Lakeside Brewing Co.

Great news for microbreweries and beer lovers throughout South Africa! Good luck Beerhouse, that's an exciting and challenging goal

Beerhouse to champion the craft beer revolution in SA by opening 20 new outlets by 2020!

White Rhino and CalfInseparable. A white rhino mother keeps an eye on her calf. This female was probably pregnant for al...
17/12/2016

White Rhino and Calf

Inseparable. A white rhino mother keeps an eye on her calf. This female was probably pregnant for almost a year and a half. She is undoubtedly fiercely protective of her calf, and will often keep it in front of her for safety's sake. The white rhinoceros is more accurately called the square-lipped rhinoceros, and one can clearly see the strong square lip of this little calf. White rhinos also have particularly wide nostrils and their sense of smell is excellent, which makes up for their poor eyesight.

Darkling BeetleThis rather fearsome-looking beetle has similar characteristics to the species of beetles with the Latin ...
13/12/2016

Darkling Beetle

This rather fearsome-looking beetle has similar characteristics to the species of beetles with the Latin name of Tenebrionidae. There are thought to be about 20,000 species of beetles in this family! They are colloquially called 'darkling beetles' because they are attracted to dark spaces. These beetles are scavengers and omnivores and may feed on decayed leaves, rotting wood, fresh plant matter, dead insects, and fungi.

Saddle-billed StorkThe Saddle-billed Stork is named for the bright yellow saddle-shaped wedge that one can clearly see a...
10/12/2016

Saddle-billed Stork

The Saddle-billed Stork is named for the bright yellow saddle-shaped wedge that one can clearly see atop this bird's huge bill. No matter how many times one sees this stork, it is always a pleasure to marvel at its piercing yellow iris, the striking contrast between its bold red and white markings, and the iridescence of its seemingly-black feathers. This stork frequents wetland areas and uses its celebrated bill to forage for fish, frogs, crustaceans, reptiles, molluscs and even small birds.

Vervet MonkeyThis vervet monkey has the look of a very old soul. Vervets actually look quite grave most of the time, eve...
06/12/2016

Vervet Monkey

This vervet monkey has the look of a very old soul. Vervets actually look quite grave most of the time, even when they are happily snacking on the food they nicked from your picnic table. Interestingly, they actually do have a tendency towards anxiety which manifests in high blood pressure. This is not surprising given that they are preyed on by leopards, eagles, pythons and baboons, as well as the odd trigger-happy human. When vervets are frazzled they can destress by having a nice mutual grooming session.

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Wat is die geskiedenis van die kalksteenhuisie op die klipkop in die Weskus Park?
Hi all . Going to be staying at Marloth Park for a few day and was Wondering if there was any Abseiling / Climbing spots near there for the days we are not in the kruger park . please let me know Regards Bjorn