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Heroldsbay Picnic Spot

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A braai and picnic area right by the beach and fantastic tidal pools of Herolds Bay. Ideal for the family day out! Activities include swimming, fishing, braaing and sunbathing.

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Platbank fishing spot in Goukamma Nature Reserve

Between Buffalo Bay and Sedgefield, in the Goukamma Nature Reserve, lies a beautiful stretch of unspoilt beach. A popular spot for the shore angler with species of fish such as Blacktail, Steenbras and even Shark. As this is a Nature Reserve, no bait or Oyster collection is allowed.

You can get there from the N2 just outside of Sedgefield (Knysna side). Take the Groenvlei or Lake Pleasant turnoff. Continue on the gravel road to the parking area at the beach, about 3.3km from the N2.

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Herolds Bay Whale Watching

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In season, from June to November, the 65 km Whale Route along the greater Mossel Bay coastline is superbly suited to view whales. Four species are seen along this route, of which Southern Right Whales are the most commonly sighted when they come into Herolds Bay to calve. There are however also Humpback, Bryde's and Killer Whales frequenting the route. Herolds Bay also forms part of Four species of whales frequent to calve.

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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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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

Coney Beach

Coney Beach is situated at the bottom of The Heads and is one of only two beaches you'll find in Knysna. It is small but very scenic and is not safe for swimming, but a good place to go fishing.

Coney Beach is situated at the bottom of The Heads and is one of only two beaches you'll find in Knysna. It is small but very scenic and is not safe for swimming, but a good place to go fishing. At the top there are braais and tables and a board walk that leads to the beach.

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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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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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Half Collared Kingfisher Trail Wilderness

Half Collared Kingfisher Trail is situated in Wilderness and enters the indigenous forest. Lots of birdlife and very scenic. Permits at SAN Parks offices and at Ebb & Flow.

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Wilderness Lagoon

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Wilderness Lagoon is great for swimming, fishing, canoeing and on the northern edge a walkway/boardwalk which stretches for about 1km. It has benches every 50m and is great for those romantic sunsets or just to throw in a line.

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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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Elfgat Fishing spot Kleinbrak river mouth

* +- 150met. Links van Kleinbrak mond is Elfgat, daar is parkeer plek op die Duin.
* "Slide" Lewendige Harders of gebruik Sardien as Bodem Aas.(Gebruik Spons om aas te laat dryf.)
* Sardien kan ook as Dryfaas gebruik word.
* Silwer Lepels kan gebruik word vir Kunsaas
* gebruik Staaldraad vir 'n Strop.
* Onthou net 4 Elwe van min. 30cm per dag mag gehou word. Hou asb. daarby om te verseker dat daar nog vir ons nageslag oorbly.
* Onthou Elf toe Seisoen vanaf 1 Okt. tot 30 Nov.

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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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Grootbrak Tennisklub / Great Brak Tennis Club

Grootbrak Tennisklub / Great Brak Tennis Club

The Keys can be collected at the Grootbrak Superette.

A key deposit of R20 (Reclaimable on return of key.)

R10 p.p for 2 hours (For visitors)

Navrae ivm sosiale tennis en tye kan by volgende persone verkry word : Rassie Erasmus 082 885 3318 of Rina Welman 082 486 8343

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Skurwe Bankies Fishing Spot Mossel Bay

Skurwe Bankies(Regs van Hawe, Langs Viking Fishing) Haai, Geelstert en Elf kan daar gevang word

*Daar is 'n Pomphuis met "Rodholders" op die Tralies waarop 'n Hengelaar kan staan en hengel.
*Hou 'n spaar visstok byderhand met 'n Blink Lepel op, vir die Geelsterte wat elke nou en dan verbyswem.
*'n goeie lyn om daar te gebruik is Double X Hi Abrasion Hi Visibility .52mm of .55mm met
'n "wind on Leader" van minimum 1.33mm.
*Goeie tyd is om vis te vang is Skemer tot vroegoggend.
*Gebruik 'n Bonniekop of Makriel en "Slide" die aas uit.

Alle benodighede is verkrygbaar by

Tackle Shack - Mosselbay

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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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Gericke's Point Fishing Spot sedgefield

Gericke's Point Beach: Surf and rock for the angler. a Good spot for Musselcracker, Galjoen, Garrick and Cob.

Take Swartvlei Caravan Park turn off through the Links Golf Course.

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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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SAN Parks Wilderness

SAN Parks offices in Rondevlei is where you can get all the permits needed for fishing, boats and hiking trails, etc.

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RiverDeck Resort Buffalo bay

River Deck Resort

The RiverDeck group offers a full turn-key solution catering to all the needs around your specific requirements.

- Holiday Inn: (Basic)

This site is very sensitive as you must sign in before flying, and be registered with SAHPA to fly this site for insurance purposes, as there are a lot of lights and tourists around. No students may fly this site without their instructor. Clear take off area after take off unless you are the only one flying. Works on WSW to SW to S to SSE, from 18 to 27kph. Watch horizon for oncoming squalls. Basic pilots may not top land. Closed shoes.

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Grootbrak Rolbal Klub

SPEELDAE:

Dinsdae, Woensdae en Saterdae

Tabs in 13.45

Kontak persoon : Matilda

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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.

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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Wilderness to Victoria Bay on the Old Railway Line

The walk along the railway line from Wilderness to Victoria Bay is one of the easiest around.

From the N2 take the last/first exit in Wilderness (nearest to the Kaaimans river) and follow Sands Road to the carpark at the end, right next to the beach.

Make your way up the bank to the railwail line and follow it all the way to Victoria Bay. The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe used to travel this route before the line was badly damaged during the 2006 floods. The walk crosses the bridge over the Kaaimans river mouth and may be challenging for those with severe vertigo.

The walk is very scenic with plenty of photo opportunities - on occasion even whales and dolphins may be spotted.

The route meanders through a couple of tunnels and past an old restaurant tucked snugly into a cave. The beautifully kept premise is both eery and surreal. If Neptune or Ariel should show up, nobody would be too surprised. A special train cart used to deliver passengers to the restaurant and then return them to Wilderness station but now the tables only hint at the memories of merry.

The last tunnel brings a beautiful view of Victoria Bay spread at your feet and you will find a path down to the bay just past the forlorn sign announcing that you arrived at Victoria Bay. Make your way down and enjoy some refreshments, swim if the weather is nice and relax a little before you make your way back to Wilderness.

Remember to pack some water and plenty of sunscreen for this walk!

Should you be interested in more information about the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe: http://www.friendsofthechoo-tjoe.co.za

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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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