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Magazine Blogs | Nightjar Travel - if you're curious as to what Mama Nightjar and her friend / tour victim had to say :-)

Magazine Blogs | Nightjar Travel - if you're curious as to what Mama Nightjar and her friend / tour victim had to say :-)

We took a winding route, up through Franschhoek (enjoying the rich white wines) and the exquisite passes around Worcester and up from Ceres. The lush valleys transform into the real Cederberg from here. Completely isolated boulders stand as if fallen from the sky.    Our small oasis of Mount Ceder finally appeared, the green grass and olive groves in contrast to the deep rocky terrain.     We braaied; the river flowing past of the cottage. Fearless bright yellow birds dropped down beside us.

We took a winding route, up through Franschhoek (enjoying the rich white wines) and the exquisite passes around Worcester and up from Ceres. The lush valleys transform into the real Cederberg from here. Completely isolated boulders stand as if fallen from the sky. Our small oasis of Mount Ceder finally appeared, the green grass and olive groves in contrast to the deep rocky terrain. We braaied; the river flowing past of the cottage. Fearless bright yellow birds dropped down beside us.

At the tasting with Paul La Cock, we get taught about the entire whisky making process, with a focus on the difference in peatiness. Having never known exactly what peat is, I found this fascinating – peat is basically plant matter that has spent centuries decomposing slowly in the cold, because Scotland has more rain than Cape Town! A heavily peated whisky is quite the surprise on the palate, and immediately makes me think of braaivleis. Also, nice to see a local whisky included in the mix!

At the tasting with Paul La Cock, we get taught about the entire whisky making process, with a focus on the difference in peatiness. Having never known exactly what peat is, I found this fascinating – peat is basically plant matter that has spent centuries decomposing slowly in the cold, because Scotland has more rain than Cape Town! A heavily peated whisky is quite the surprise on the palate, and immediately makes me think of braaivleis. Also, nice to see a local whisky included in the mix!

My first piece :-)   -->  CAPE TOWN TO THE ‘BERG - THE LONG WAY AROUND | Nightjar Travel

My first piece :-) --> CAPE TOWN TO THE ‘BERG - THE LONG WAY AROUND | Nightjar Travel

This photo was the undeniable highlight of not just our Northern Cape trip, but of the entire year as well!  We found these gorgeous Bat Eared Fox cubs waiting for the water from a rainstorm to drain out of their burrow, and looking so unimpressed at being wet and cold!  For more photos, check out http://nightjar.travel/BatFox    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

This photo was the undeniable highlight of not just our Northern Cape trip, but of the entire year as well! We found these gorgeous Bat Eared Fox cubs waiting for the water from a rainstorm to drain out of their burrow, and looking so unimpressed at being wet and cold! For more photos, check out http://nightjar.travel/BatFox - Nightjar Travel Blogs

As we left the Northern Cape, we were treated to this farewell...  We found these Bat Eared Fox cubs waiting for the recent rainstorm to drain out of their burrow, and looking highly unimpressed at being cold and wet!  For more pics, check out http://nightjar.travel/BatFox    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

As we left the Northern Cape, we were treated to this farewell... We found these Bat Eared Fox cubs waiting for the recent rainstorm to drain out of their burrow, and looking highly unimpressed at being cold and wet! For more pics, check out http://nightjar.travel/BatFox - Nightjar Travel Blogs

Giraffe on the banks of the Orange River...  it is hard to describe how surreal it is to see these graceful creatures in such an arid landscape.    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

Giraffe on the banks of the Orange River... it is hard to describe how surreal it is to see these graceful creatures in such an arid landscape. - Nightjar Travel Blogs

We experienced the most incredible cloudscapes in the Northern Cape throughout the week - with a much appreciated drop in temperature as well!    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

We experienced the most incredible cloudscapes in the Northern Cape throughout the week - with a much appreciated drop in temperature as well! - Nightjar Travel Blogs

A horse that mysteriously appeared by the roadside in the wild mountain pass outside Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape.    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

A horse that mysteriously appeared by the roadside in the wild mountain pass outside Riemvasmaak, Northern Cape. - Nightjar Travel Blogs

On day 4 we traded the bakkie for a boat.    - Nightjar Travel Blogs

On day 4 we traded the bakkie for a boat. - Nightjar Travel Blogs

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