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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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"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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Jaap Se Baai Fishing Spot

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Jaap Se Baai Fishing Spot at the Knysna lagoon you'll find Kabeljou, Steenbras, Musselcracker, Blacktail, Galjoen and Cape stumpnose
Bait: Pilchard, White mussel, Prawn, Red bait, Choka

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Green Hole Picnic Area

A Family friendly picnic spot situated in one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route. Dogs allowed, braai areas available and very safe for swimming.

A Family friendly picnic spot situated in one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route. Dogs allowed, braai areas available and very safe for swimming. Toilet facilities available and close to one of the best fishing spots around.

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Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg Peninsula is a Nature Reserve that offers great walking and hiking trails and is an excellent site for whale and dolphin sightings. There are a choice of three circular routes of increasing difficulty and distance. The trip around the Point takes about four hours.

- Fires only allowed at designated spots in the parking area.
- Open daily 7am to 5pm. Open till 8pm in December/January.
- Speed Limit 20 km/hr.

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The Shell Museum

This structure was erected in 1902. The building was also used as a furniture factory and garage for motor repairs. The building is still in a very good state of repair and the solid wooden pillars render a special atmosphere to this edifice.
On the lower level the “touch tank” and aquarium enables visitors and school groups to actively learn about sea life and the creatures along South Africa’s shoreline. A “man and mollusc” exhibition portrays the history of the use of shells by man.

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Victoria Bay Beach

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9km east of George on the N2 to Knysna. This little cove is world renowned for surfing, especially during winter. Great for fishing, swimming and has a tidle pool.

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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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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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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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Myoli whale watching Sedgefield

Myoli whale watching lookout point is situated at the entrance of Myoli Beach residential area. It has a deck with all the information you need.

Myoli whale watching lookout point is situated at the entrance of Myoli Beach residential area. It has a deck with all the information you need. Whales come visit the Garden Route between June & October. Parking is available at the hotel.

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Rondevlei Bird Hide Wilderness

Rondevlei Bird Hide is a rectangular wooden hide with windows on three sides and situated in reed-beds. This is one of several bird hides in the lakes area.

Rondevlei Bird Hide is a rectangular wooden hide with windows on three sides and situated in reed-beds. This is one of several bird hides in the lakes area. Highlights: Seasonal roosting of African Spoonbills, Southern Pochard, Hottentot Teal, Pied and Malachite Kingfisher.

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Sedge Links

Welcome to Sedge Links Golf Course, Sedgefield's premium short course.

The rolling fairways and testing greens boast a natural setting nestled next to the Swartvlei lake and the Outeniqua mountains in the distance. This short course is the perfect place to feel at peace to concentrate on your drives, short game or putting skills.
The course has 18 tee boxes, each with a junior, intermediate and advanced tee off section to suit players of any skill level, from novice to pro. These tee boxes allow players to vie for that allusive hole-in-one on one of the 9 greens.

The recently renovated club house has a beautifully crafted Blackwood bar area and small cosy lounge area.
Our club house has a pizzeria, coffee bar and ample seating outside under the covered deck. Should you be interested in hosting a function, be it an intimate family get together or a company team building, we have various areas available which can be tailor made to suit your requirements.

Our outside braai area has 3 built in braais for a more relaxed atmosphere and informal function. The upstairs venue offer a more private experience and can accommodate up to 40 people with a fireplace and stunning views of the golf course and surrounding area.

Sedge Links Golf
Whether it be a corporate year end function or team building, corporate or charity golf day, night golf or even just a place to stop for a cold beer, glass of wine, pizza or coffee and a cake. Catch up on the latest sport on our flat screen TV.... Consider Sedge Links as your next go-to destination.

Family Membership R 1600 (2 Members)
Local resident member R 900
Overseas member R 600 (spending less than 5 months in South Africa)

GREEN FEES:
Member Green Fee R 60
Children u/16 Green Fee R 40
Visitor’s Green Fee R 140

The Green fees are for unlimited holes of uninterrupted golf.

Sedge Links Short Golf Course and Club
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St Blaize Hiking Trail Mossel Bay

The Starting Point is at Bat's Cave and ends in Dana Bay. The distance is 15 km one way. The duration 4 hrs. Rating is average, high cliffs on one side. No permit needed, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
Cape St Blaize Hiking Trail features coastal views with towering cliffs and rocks and a number of bays and coves.

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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 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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Dolphin Point Lookout

Dolphin Point is situated on a wonderful rocky outcrop and as its name suggests, it is the perfect viewing point to spot pods of dolphins frolicking in the waves. The Wilderness is an untouched area of beach paradise, with its powerful foreboding waves and clean beaches, it is a tourist highlight.

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The Heads Lookout Point

The Heads lookout point are situated on the eastern side of The Heads. It has 3 decks over looking this beautiful estuary and magistic cliffs with it's caves.

The Heads lookout point are situated on the eastern side of The Heads. It has 3 decks over looking this beautiful estuary and magistic cliffs with it's caves.

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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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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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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.

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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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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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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Kingfisher Drive Slipway

This is a slipway located about 300m from the lagoon mouth. It is a popular slipway used by local fisherman. The area is also used for swimming; bait collecting, shore fishing and bird watching.

This is a slipway located about 300m from the lagoon mouth. It is a popular slipway used by local fisherman. The area is also used for swimming; bait collecting, shore fishing and bird watching. Ablutions block available next to slipway. Boats need permits which can be obtained at Nature Conservation.

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