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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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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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Island Lake Slipway Wilderness

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The Island Lake Slipway is situated between Wilderness and Rondevlei on the Rondevlei back roads. It is part of Wilderness National Park and is thus not only a slipway but a haven for birdwatching and other interesting indigenous plant and animal life. Activities include rowing,fishing, and other boat-related activities. Permits are required for boats and are available from Wilderness National Park offices.

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Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail

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Brown Hooded Kingfisher Trail is situated close to Island Lake and enters the indigenous forest. This is a mild 2km walk to the waterfall. Lots of bird life and very scenic with a fairy-like feel. Permits at SAN Parks offices.

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Long Barn Tavern Knysna

Long Barn Tavern in Knysna is a locals pub - BIG SCREEN TVs, a sunny BEER GARDEN, great specials including LADIES NIGHT, POOL TABLES etc. We open at 9am TILL LATE and offer great music, food and a sociable atmosphere any time of the day. We also have a BACKPACKERS LODGE - cheapest rates in Town!! Strictly no under 18's.

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PETRUS-SE-BRAND CYCLE ROUTE - Diepwalle Knysna

This route has been planned for mountain bikers of average fitness and covers a distance of just over 24km or 48km return.

The ride begins at the Diepwalle Forest Station office (where you obtain your permit) to Garden of Eden.If you are cycling fit, the route can be ridden in 2 hours.
The route starts at Diepwalle descends a few kms down the Uniondale road. It breaks away to the left at 2.8km. Keep a sharp look out for the marker on the left. The track now follows the contoured bed of the old narrow-gauge forest railway which used to run from Ysterhoutrug to Knysna. (Features in Dalene Matthee’s “Toorbos’)

The route turns left into the petrusbrandpad and begins to descend to the Petrusbrand River. One climbs from the stream, winding toward Petrusbrand eiland.On this section one rides through some beautiful medium- moist to dry type forest. Many of the old yellowwoods (Podocarpus latifolius) are crowned with “old mans beard” (Usnea spp.)

Passing through more moist and medium-moist high forest, one breaks out into fynbos of Kleineiland (“small island”) – a island of Cape Fynbos surrounded by indigenous forest. The contrast is amazing. This is a good resting point and on a clear day the view over the Tsitsikamma mountains.

The route descends to the Kleineiland River valley. The surface is very cobbled- take care! This is the lowest point of the route and the start of a fairly severe climb over 4km.

The last section of route, through the forest on an old timber slip-path, is the most exciting. It winds it’s way down to Garden of Eden, offering some fast single-track. The alternative route follows the Fisanthoek road to the N2.

For your information:
1. Carry your permit on you.

2. The route is open from dawn to dusk. Do not, however, start your ride after 14:00 in winter or 15:00 in summer.

3. Please do not leave marked trail!

4. Tel: Regional office 044-3825466. Maps available at Diepwalle Forest Station and Garden of Eden kiosk

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Mini Magic Horse Riding

Buffalo Bay Horse Rides offer Horse Trails and Rides for young and old and is situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai / Buffels Baai rd, halfway between Knysna and Sedgefield. The stables as less than 1 km from the N2, the yard lies on the bank of the Goukamma river, right next to River Deck Manor.

We facilitate horse rides for big and small, on horses ranging from Thoroughbred down to Miniature. We have selected our horses for temperament and dependability and they are all truly wonderful, each in his own way.

Buffalo Bay Horse Rides offer 1 Hour Forest Horse Trails and 2 Hour Forest Horse Trails. We plan to start beach rides soon!

For under 6′s we offer rides on some our mini horses. The aim is for an experience that is enjoyable, fulfilling, and encourages better insight. They are eternally fascinating creatures!

Horse Riding lessons - single private lessons group lessons

1 Hour Horse Trail through the beautiful forests situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai road, between Knysna and Sedgefield.

Trails cater for beginners as well as competent riders.

We can accommodate 4 riders at a time.

R 250 pp

2 Hour Horse Trail through the beautiful forests situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai road, between Knysna and Sedgefield.

Trails cater for beginners as well as competent riders.

We can accommodate 4 riders at a time.

R 450 pp

Mini horse ridesBuffalo bay horse rides offer horse rides for big and small.
Mini horses selected for their lovely temperaments give a gentle introduction to under 6’s into the wonderful world of horses.
For bigger children & grownups we offer forest rides on a selection of cross breeds.

R 85 pp

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Mini Magic offer beach horse riding on Buffalo Bay Beach, Forest Rides Garden Ro
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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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The Cape Dune Molerat Trail Wilderness

The hiking distance of the trail is approximately 8 km and takes about 2- 4 hours complete. The hike in terms of difficulty is average. Enjoy the lakes, fynbos, dunes, bird and animal life.

The hiking distance of the trail is approximately 8 km and takes about 2- 4 hours complete. The hike in terms of difficulty is average. Enjoy the lakes, fynbos, dunes, bird and animal life. Pack a picnic bascket for a perfect sundowner.

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- Swartvlei: (Basic - 5 sign offs)

Opposite Pine Lake Marina Sedgefield. Sign in and pay min. All persons obey site board and drive slowly. Also a magnificent site. Turn left just before the owner's house and continue until you come to car park overlooking the sea. Fynbos reserve. No SMOKING, LITTERING OR FIRES. Works on light E to SE.From 9 to 22kph. Hugh lift band. Good for practicing your safety techniques, as it's almost impossible to drop out. Top landings reasonably easy, just don't go too far back on the ridge. Talk to the LOCALS, otherwise land near bathrooms at the beach.

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Terblans Hiking Trail

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The Terblans Hiking Trail is a stunning and easy 6,5 km walk in the middle of the Knysna Forest. Very nice picnic spots with toilets, braai areas and tables. Here you find bush pig, bush buck, leopard, baboons, a variety of birdlife and many spesies of mushroom. Entrance to the hiking trail is with self-issued permits at the start of the trail.

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The Outeniqua Saturday Farmers’ Market in George

The Outeniqua Saturday Farmers’ Market in George

The Outeniqua Farmers’ Market in George is located opposite the Garden Route Mall on the N2. The five-hectare site is the home to nearly 80 food and craft stalls offering produce and goods created by local farmers and skilled craft people. From berries to bread, fish to flowers, and everything in between, local residents and international visitors find carefully selected goods to suit the most discerning tastes, at consistently reasonable prices.

The Outeniqua Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 08:00 to 14:00.

Rondevlei Culvert Wilderness

Reedbeds and channel between with access to open shallow water with waders.

Reedbeds and channel between with access to open shallow water with waders. Highlights: African Purple Swamphen, Little Grebe, Pearl Throated Swallow, Bokmakierie, Orange Throated Longclaw, African Stonechat, African Fish Eagle, Levaillants Cisticola

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Cape Seal Lighthouse, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Cape Seal Lighthouse, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

At 146 m above sea level, this is the highest navigational light on the South African coast. It’s solar powered rotating beam has a range of about 27 km. Siituated on the Robberg Nature Trail.

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Grootbrak Rolbal Klub

SPEELDAE:

Dinsdae, Woensdae en Saterdae

Tabs in 13.45

Kontak persoon : Matilda

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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).

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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"Die Punt" Fishing spot in Mosselbaai

* Die Spot is by "Die Punt" in Mosselbaai en is redelik veilig vir kinders ook.
* Kan Elf, Kabeljou, Mosselkraker, Geelstert, Galjoen, Leervis en Kolstert daar vang.
* Daar was al Bonito vanaf die punt gevang.
* Omdat daar baie Rotse is, is dit beter om met kunsaas te hengel.(Of gebruik 'n baie ligte Sinkerstrop.)
* Gebruik Blink Lepels en "Dropshot" kunsaas om Kabeljou, Geelstert, Leervis en Elf te vang.
* Gebruik Rapala's of Halco Laser Pro's om Bonito te vang.
* Gebruik Rooiaas of Rooi Krap vir Mosselkraker en Rooiaas of Mossels vir Kolstert en Galjoen.
* "Slide" met Lewendige Aas vir Kabeljou, Leervis en Elf.

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Asante Garden Route Talent Market

Garden Route Talent market

All of our beautiful crystals are on display! Insence Holders, Beautiful crystal jewelery, Second hand books and clothing at amazing prices. Belts and other amazing things from Bali Shelf Space available to display your for sale items, come visit in Wilderness Heights, Erica Rd at asante between 10 and 4, we are around most days! Come for a coffee or tea, or pizza on market day..EVERY LAST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH.. stalls more welcome

Check out www.ces.org.za and check out this amazing way of trading Globally!

Outeniqua Transport Museum

Experience a day down memory lane and visit Outeniqua Transport Museum.

Experience a day down memory lane and visit Outeniqua Transport Museum. Inside the museum is a variety of 13 steam locomotives, a photo gallery depicting some of the most breathtaking photos of South Afican steam. Various models of steam locomotives, steam locomotive number plates, model train room and road motor vehicles.
Mon - Fri: 08h00-16h00
Sat : 08h00-14h00
Entrance fee: Adults: R20.00. Children under 12yrs: R10.00. Children under 3yrs: Free

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- Map of Africa: (Basic)

This site is situated behind the Protea Hotel at the western end of the beach (up the heights road). It works on a SE wind between 16 & 27kph. Please obey the site rule board as the property owner is reasonably sensitive. " for further information please contact Jan Minnaar from Cloudbase Paragliding 082 777 8474".

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The Outeniqua Pass

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If you are in the mood to take a leisurely drive, the Montagu Pass is one of the most
rewarding, meandering mountain pass that formed an important historic link between
George and the Karoo after it was built in 1848.

You can take the Cape Nature Conservation / Witfontein turn-off on the road to Oudtshoorn
or alternatively watch out for the Montagu Pass sign (a little further on) to get onto this
scenic route.
Keep an eye out for the Knysna Loerie and waterfalls and enjoy a picnic along the way, get
a look from up close of the fynbos and indigenous trees and let your thoughts wander back
to the road pioneers who had to blast away rack to construct the road with the help of
convicts. Drive slowly - this historic pass is narrow and preferably only stop at the top
where there is enough room to park and enjoy the panoramic view.
The building of the pass was a milestone in the history of South African road
communications and a mammoth task that begun in 1844 and was completed under Henry
Fancourt White, a qualified surveyor, in 1845.
You will find a few Historic landmarks on your way, the firs historic landmark you will
encounter is the Keur River Bridge which is built of stone and was designed by Charles
Michell. Further along you will encounter the ramshackle old Toll House (1890). There is a
move afoot to restore it. Every twist and turn in the road were given names by the
wagoneers who cracked their whips to warn of their approach. Evocative names like
Moertjiesklip or Helluva Stone, Die Noute, Haarkantdraai and Remskoendraai are but a few.
Panoramic views are to be had at the top of the pass. As the pass begins to descend to the
Karoo, North Station is one of the historic landmarks that you will encounter. From here,
glance up at the Outeniqua Mountains and see traces of the Cradock Pass, the first pass to
be built across the Outeniquas.

North Station (1844) was used as a convict station, later as a post office, shop, stables and
police station. But it was probably best known as a hotel where travellers and transport
riders could overnight. Many George couples spent their honeymoon in this hotel, wrote
local author Helena Marincowitz.
More recently, several attempts were made to revive the tradition of hospitality, but the
restaurant and guesthouse, which were housed in the restored building, regrettably closed
down.
Herold, a sleepy hollow in the Outeniqua Mountains, has a feeling of being in a time warp.
This village was turned into a quest house complex by the late Michel Joubert, a hop farmer
with an entrepreneurial spirit. Joubert was a story teller of note and was responsible for the
restoration of all the buildings, including the old police station, court house and post office.
Perhaps, if you are lucky, the tea garden may be open.
Along the pass you can also visit the Cracock Wine Farm. There are quite a few ghost
stories told by colourful locals, one being of two slave girls haunting the pass. Their
out-of-control wagon careened down the mountain and being tied to it, they were unable to
jump free.
The Montaqu Pass joins up with the scenic Langkloof from where you can do a return
journey to George via the Outeniqua Pass, a modern road with a number of lookout points.
Ledgend has it that the Langkloof is also haunted. A white apparition is said to be the
restless spirit of a bride who is forever hitching a ride.
Photo's Supplied by Willie Du Plessis

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Outeniqua Power Van’s railbus

A unique experience awaits you when you travel on the Outeniqua Power Van’s railbus from George on the Oudtshoorn railway-pass.
Panoramic views over the Outeniqua Mountain Nature Reserve can be enjoyed whilst listening to the commentary of an experienced tour guide.
The stunning beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains unfolds as you travel one of South Africa’s most scenic routes. Experience the forest, four passes, water falls, seven tunnels, fynbos, proteas, bird, animal life and the panoramic picnic site. Take a picnic basket.

Trips start from 07:30. Tariffs are: R95 (adults) and R75 (children, ages 3 to 15).
Booking is essential.
A picnic stop is usually made at a former steam train watering point called 'Power’
Departure is from George’s Outeniqua Railway Museum at 2 Mission Street.
To book, call 082 490 5627 or send an e-mail to opv@mweb.co.za.
Special trips for special occasions or functions can be arranged.
You may take your own mountain bike on the Power Van and cycle down the scenic Montaqu Pass, a trip of 15km back to the Railway Museum. Group
bookings for 20 passengers may be made. Trips are also offered from George to Great Brak of Mossel Bay on which route splendid views may be enjoyed, especially at Maalgate Bridge and Glentana Heights.
Special excursions are also offered to Camfer (over the Outeniqua Mountain).

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Ebb and Flow Nature Reserve Wilderness

Ebb and Flow is a beautiful camping site with hiking trails, canoeing, bird watching, fishing, caravan park and is part of SAN Parks.

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The Cape St Blaize Cave Mossel Bay

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People have long since found shelter in this cave: Artifacts 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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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