All - Out & About

Myoli Beach

Myoli Beach borders Sedgefield's estuary on the east and is very popular for whale and dolphin watching (Whale watching deck on top of dune). Parking area at the hotel (Cabanas) with toilets and showers. Not safe for swimming, but excellent for long beach walks and is animal friendly.

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Garden of Eden, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Garden of Eden, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

The Garden of Eden in Harkeville Forest offers the visitor a chance to explore the moister forest tree species from the vantage point of a picturesque picnic spot.

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Knysna Oyster Festival 2013

Knysna Oyster Festival 2013 - The Best 10 days of your Winter!

The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!

More than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, are expected to draw about 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.

The festival’s two main sporting events, the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, will give participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests of Knysna and experience the scenic beauty of the area.

And if marathons are not your style, there’s a full programme of adventure and soft sports for the whole family to participate in, including paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, night biking and angling.

Oyster-related events include the annual oyster-shucking (opening) competition, the ever-popular oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras – a fabulous evening of oysters and wine tasting.

Oyster Hotspots will be selling oysters in a variety of tastes and flavours at give-away prices!

The South African Navy, which always plays a huge part in the success of the Festival, will once again be visiting Knysna, making a grand entrance through the Knysna Heads in their huge minesweepers. And the Navy’s internationally acclaimed band will entertain festival-goers during the street parade and live concert at the Waterfront.

There’s a great programme for kids too – the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival includes youth theatre, puppet shows, creative art workshops and cooking courses. The Knysna Sport School Sports Fair will give kids the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports, free of charge.

The Pick n Pay Oyster Festival Guide featuring the full programme and a list of all Hotspots, will be available soon from the Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism offices.
Watch the Press for details!

Events

Food and Drink

Woodmill Beer Classic
Whisky and Oysters
Wine Festival
Oyster Eating Competition
Flavours of knysna
Master Chef
Oyster Sucking Competition
Brandy and Oysters

Leentjies klip tot by Gerickes punt - Fishing Spot Wilderness

leentjies klip is 'n reedlike veilige hengel plek, waar jy die volgende vis soorte kan vind: Kabeljou, grunter, mosselkraker, steenbras, stompneus, kolstert, 'n groot verskeidenheid haaie en platvisse

Xtreme fishing verskaf 'n verskeidenheid goeie kwaliteit aas en toerusting wat benodig sal word.

tjokka/ pilchards (kabeljou, grunter) prawn/tjokka/ pilchards ( steenbras,belman,stompneus) rooiaas (bankvis)

kontak ons gerus vir enige inligting of navrae

Xtreme Fishing
044 874 1870 Hennie Kleyn

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Seven Passes Road (Saasveld Road)

The Seven Passes Road winds its way through an indigenous forest, over historic stone bridges, through lush farmlands and provides sweeping views over the sparkling Indian Ocean.
The historic pass built by the pioneer pass builder, Thomas Bain (in the
1890s) it takes about 90 minutes from George to Knysna, but you may elect to do just the section up to Wilderness, as the section is tarred.
Bain built stone bridges in 1892 to replace the drifts
over the Kaaimans River, the Touw River and Swart River.

How to get there:
From Knysna Road (at Pine Lodge) take the NMMU campus turn-off and continue along the Saasveld Road (past the great white entrance to the university campus) onto the old road between George and Wilderness for some lovely forest views, turning right towards Wilderness Heights (if you do not want to go all the way on the old pass).Continue on to view the ‘Map of Africa’ or go down into Wilderness.
Visitors can catch a glimpse of some of the loveliest farms in the area with the Outeniqua Mountains providing spectacular backdrop.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: the road was severely damaged during floods and is ‘fragile’. In several places the road sags or has potholes and these have been marked with signposts in the middle of the surface.

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Kranshoek Hiking Trail, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Kranshoek Hiking Trail, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

The Kranshoek Walk is laid out along a portion of the Harkerville coast. The walk starts at the Kranshoek Picnic Spot, the hiker moves through a range of contrasting environments: a picturesque cliff coast, the ever-changing sea and shoreline, quiet, forested valleys and waterfalls. Information boards which interpret certain aspects of the local environment are to be found along the route.

This trail has a couple of steep ups and downs, so be careful here and wear appropriate footwear.

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Gericke's Point Beach Walk Sedgefield

Distance: A brisk 20 to 30 minute hike there. Casual stroll there and back: 2 hours. It is recommended that the hike be done during low tide. Beautiful tidal pools, rock formations, bird-life and great fishing and snorkeling opportunity. No permit required. Safe for swimming in the bay.

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Anna Stone Gallery

Anna Stone Gallery is an art studio where I work and exhibit original oil paintings, pastel paintings and charcoal drawings. I also give one on one lessons in portrait studies by appointment. Come and have a wonderful visual experience!

Anna Stone Art Gallery Sedgefield
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The Barn Mossel Bay

The Barn in Mossel Bay provides live entertainment in Mossel Bay. Situated just 10 minutes from Mossel Bay on the Herbertsdale road, The Venue, now known as The Barn, Mossel Bay has been in operation for the past 14 years and is well known and loved by locals and visitors alike and has hosted most of South Africa’s top artists and performers.

With a capacity of 220 for live music events or plays and up to 150 people for weddings and functions where a sit down meal is served, it is the ideal venue to host your event.

View Pinnacle Point Mansion - Luxury Holiday Home

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Harkerville - cycling trail

Harkerville has four(4) colour-coded Harkerville routes offer a range of routes to suit all ... Please be aware that all the trails except the Yellow Route may be closed if heavy rain has fallen. ...

Situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville forest is the ideal location for recreational mountain-biking to suit all levels or riders.
The relatively easy gradients and diversity of the rides offer some of the finest cycling in the Southern Cape. All four start and finish at the Garden of Eden, on the N2, where permits must be obtained. Alternative access roads are available, starting from the Forestry Office, Kranshoek Road Gate, or the Kranshoek Picnic Site. Permits may also be obtained at the Kranshoek Road Gate

Yellow Route (14km) : An easy ride along reasonably level gravel service roads – perfect for the not-so-fit. This may be the only ride permissible when the other forest trails are closed due to wet conditions.

Blue Route (12km) : An easy option, with sections of singletrack, the route meanders through the forest before looping back through a glade of giant redwood trees planted in 1927.

Green Route (15km) : An intermediate, circular route passing a shady swimming hole making this a great ride for a hot day. A southern loop bangs onto a breathtaking view of the rugged coastline before returning through a , a delightful section of off-road track which passes through some tall, coastal forest with a number of the finest examples of hard pear.

Red Route (24km) : this tougher ride must be rated as one of the most scenically diverse MTB trails in SA. Get ready for wicked stretches of singletrack and a vertigo-inducing coastal cruise along towering fynbos cliffs. Two steep downhill sections require due caution while the climbs will get your blood pumping. This route will take anything from 2-4hours, depending on your fitness. An overnight hut allows riders to opt for a two-day forest ride, that must be booked in advance. Keep in mind that heavy rain might cause the routes (except the Yellow option) to be closed.

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Jubilee Creek Picnic Spot

Jubilee Creek is a beautiful picnic spot in the Knysna forest.Named after Queen Victoria in 1887,this was the site of much activity during the Millwood gold rush and the evidence can still be seen.Situated alongside a stream, this site is very popular for all, with braai facilities and toilets.The stream is perfect for the children to splash about and there are walks along the river.Hidden in the forest,you might even sight a rare Knysna elephant-one of them was seen here in March 2007!

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The Gap Trail - Robberg Nature and Marine Reserve

Just outside Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is a beautiful, remote rocky peninsula touted as the most popular walking destination in and around Plettenberg Bay.

Vegetation varies from thickets to coastal scrub and mammals in the reserve include the common Duiker and Grysbok.
The self-guided trails mainly follow the cliff edges and include a pristine white beach at Percy’s Bank and a number or rock pools at The Point. The view from the cliff affords trailists an expansive view of the beaches to Plettenberg Bay and a spectacular view of the coastline to the west.

Robberg Nature Reserve is a marine reserve and national monument roughly 4 kilometres in length that sweeps out into the ocean, something like a mini Cape peninsular. Rocks here date back to the early Cretaceous period - roughly 110 million years old - and during the whale season the point is an ideal place to spot whales and dolphins.

There is a boardwalk which crosses the reserve to protect and rehabilitate the vegetation as well as breeding sea birds. Trailists are urged to follow the boardwalk in the interest of conservation.

The 2,1 kilometre circular self-guided trail via The Gap, forms part of the greater Point Trail and crosses challenging rocky terrain and high cliffs. As such inexperienced trailists are advised to take exceptional care as the terrain may be dangerous. Due to strong currents and rogue waves, swimming is not advisable. The trail provides no shade, water or ablution facilities. Trailists need to bring their own water and prepare for protection against sunburn.

Distance: 2,1 km

Duration: ½ hour

Difficulty: Moderate

Features: Spectacular scenery, coastal views, an opportunity to encounter mammals such as the common Duiker and Grysbok, abundant bird life and indigenous flora.

Permits: Bookings for the trail can be made online and permits are available online from Cape Nature at www.capenature.co.za. A sketch map of the trails is also available.

Facilities: Picnic sites and an interpretative centre as well as braai facilities on a wooden deck, offering spectacular sea views. Should trailists choose to overnight, facilities are available at the Point Shack. Reservations may be made at +27 44 802 5300.

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Cape Saint Blaize Surfing Spot

In the Mossel Bay area the most popular surfing sports are at Cape Saint Blaize and Die Bakkie. Situated at the Point, Inner Pool is the playground for most locals. It has a great peeling, consistent top-to-bottom wave, or hotdog wave, which means you can pull about any saucy maneuver on it.
Young and old thrive here, from the competitive rising stars, to the legends of Mossel Bay.
Works best: 3-5ft – Pushing tide – SW winds

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Post Office (Placid Waters) Fishing Spot

Post Office (Placid Waters) Fishing Spot in Sedgefield is very popular among the locals. Species of fish: Grunter, Garrick (leervis), Stompneus, Steenbras, Kabeljou and Mullet.
All species can be caught on Pilchards, Pink prawn, Squid, Mud prawn or Live bait. Bait available at Sedgefield Sports and Hobbies prawn can be pumped out the lagoon with a prawn pump.
Fishing permits are available at Sedgfield Post Office or SAN Parks.

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Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe George

The Outeniqua Choo-Thoe steam train is regarded as South Africa’s premier tourism icon.
A concerted effort is being made by the Western Cape minister of tourism Allan Winde and
other role players to put together a business plan to ensure the ongoing viability of the
service as a private-public enterprise.

The George to Mossel Bay route is currently the only one in operation. The George to
Knysna line had to be closed following extensive flood damage in 2006.
Exciting vistas over Glentana, Great Brak and Hartenbos as well as Mossel Bay are worth
the trip. Mossel Bay town has a special old-time atmosphere with several lovely museums
and restaurants offering wonderful opportunities to while away an afternoon.

Time Table:
During the winter holidays the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train departs on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday from the Transnet Heritage Transport Museum in Mission Street for
the duration of the school holidays from 16 June to 9 July. After that it will run only on
Fridays if there are enough bookings.

Arrival and departure times are as follows:
Depart from George at 10:00, arrive at Hartenbos: 11:30; depart at 11:35 for Mossel Bay
arriving there at 12:00.

Return trip departure from Mossel Bay station at 14:15 arriving in George at 16:10
Fares: adults R 140(single) and R 180 (return) Children from three to 11 years pay R 70
(single) and R 90 (return). Children under three years travel free.

PLEASE NOTE: Advance reservations are essential, at least 24 hours prior to departure,
Phone 044 801 8288, 801 8202. When there is fire danger, steam locomotives will be
replaced with diesel locomotives.
Latest reporting time is 30 minutes prior to departure. Kindly note that smoking is not
permitted on the train. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.

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Sedgefield Mouth/Estuary

Sedgefield Mouth/Estuary is a very popular spot for estuary/lagoon fishing. Light tackle when mouth is closed and fair tackle (sinker wait) when open. Bait can be pumped out the lagoon with a prawn pump (need a bait licence)
Species of fish: Grunter, gerick(leervis), Stompneus, Steenbras, Kabeljou and Mullet. All species can be caught on: Pilchards, Pink prawn, Squid, Mud prawn or Live bait (mullet).
Fishing permits are available at Sedgfield Post Office or SAN Parks.

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Groenvlei Dam Fishing spot Sedgefield

Groenvlei Dam is 2km from Sedgefield on the Knysna road.

This fresh water dam (Lake Pleasant) contains the big mouth black bass and it's extremely popular with anglers through-out the year.

Fishing licences for boat and angling are obtainable from Sports and Hobbies - Sedgefield

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Buffalo Bay Beach

Buffalo Bay Beach is about half way between Knysna & Sedgefield. Offers unspoiled seaside scenery, safe swimming and superb surfing conditions. Dolphins are frequently spotted and Southern Right whales visit this section of the Cape coast annually between May & November. Here you'll see some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world.
This is a stunning beach in a small bay. Safe for swimming and there are life gaurds in season. Very popular for fishing off the rocks,surfing, paddle skiing, kite surfing and has a jetty.

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The Maritime Museum Mossel Bay

The building as originally erected in 1901 to serve as a grain and sawmill. It has now been adapted to serve as a unique Maritime Museum. A life-sized replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel is on display together with all aspects of the maritime history of the early Portuguese, Dutch and English navigators.

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Goukamma Nature Reserve

The Goukama Nature Reserve starts at Groenvlei and ends at Buffalobay. This is one of the most scenic beaches on the Garden Route and is a must see. Fishing is allowed as long as you bring your own bait (nature reserve) and if you're up to it,it's about a 4hr beach walk to Buffalobay Beach. Whale & dolphin watching from the parking with information boards on marine life.

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Herold's Bay

Only 15 kilometres from George, the bay literally nestles in a sheltered rocky cove with a wide stretch of beach and inviting waters. It has two tidal pools,life gaurds, is wheelchair friendly, has braai areas and toilets. Popular for fishing, surfing and whale watching.

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The Art Shop

Art gallery in George

The art shop in George offers a unique art gallery with beautiful paintings, choose your favorite painting from our variety of beautiful paintings we have on display, our paintings will bring life int

The art shop Art gallery in George

The Cape St Blaize Cave Mossel Bay

People have long since found shelter in this cave: Artefacts found here date back eighty thousand years.Also known as Bat's Cave this name was given by occupation of the area when thousands of bats still lived there.The roof of the Cave is over 10m high, it is 12m deep and 22 metres wide at its mouth. This is a superb lookout point.

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The Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery

The Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery was founded and is run by the Knysna Arts & Crafts Society - a non profit organization. The aim behind the gallery is to provide local artists an opportunity to display their work, a new exhibition shows every 2-4 weeks.

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Map of Africa Wilderness

The Map-of-Africa is an extraordinary viewpoint at Wilderness Heights. Wilderness is situated approximately 15km from George, driving on the N2 highway towards Knysna.
Having traveled this road several times, I can vow it is very likely that you will see paragliders just as you have passed the Kaaimans River Bridge.

The bright and colourful paragliders, soaring against the open blues skies, make a beautiful picture.
The Wilderness turn-off to the left, takes you to the road that leads to Wilderness Heights. Just follow the road to the T-junction and turn left again.

An information board shows the direction to Map-of-Africa. The last stretch to the view point is gravel road, but is very well maintained. This is a popular view point and a long row of cars are parked to the side of the road over a weekend.
The views on both sides are awesome. To the right is the Map-of-Africa view point and to the left is a paragliding take-off spot.

Map-of-Africa is a spectacular scenery of mountains and forests . It is amazing how "nature has shaped" this map image of Africa. The outline is because of the way the Kaaimans River flows. What a beautiful sight!

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