All - Out & About

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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Keurbooms Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Keurbooms Beach, Plettenberg Bay, Garden Route

Extremely beautiful and a little bit more private than the other beaches.

Facilities include: a restaurant, public toilets and parking

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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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Mossel Bay Harbour

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Mossel Bay Harbour is situated halfway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and is the smallest of the commercial harbours along the South African coast. Today Mossel Bay is an active harbour catering for the local fishing industry. An increasing number of ships for the emerging oil industry call at Mossel Bay. In keeping with this industry a full diving service is available for underwater inspection, hull cleaning, salvage etc.

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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.

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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George Arts Theatre

PROGRAMME OF COMING EVENTS

George Arts Theatre in George was built in 1905 as the first girls' school. In 1968 it was bought by the George Society of Arts and converted into a theatre, the first production held in April 1969.

Social evenings are often held on a regular basis and consist of play readings, music and dance excerpts, quizzes, story telling and many other theatre related items. A number of full length productions are held throughout the year and every other December the Society’s pantomime is one of the town’s most popular holiday attractions. The Arts Theatre is also a popular venue for many productions given by both national and international artists

George Arts Theatre
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Old Post Office Tree

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The Old Post Office Tree in Mossel Bay at the Dias Museum is a 500 year old Milk wood Tree, where you can still post a your letter in the first 'post office' in South Africa.

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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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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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- Kleinkrantz: (Training)

Excellent student and basic site. Car park or dunes good for take off.
Works when Holiday Inns to strong. Works between 26 to 30kph. At 25kph good place to fly to Paradise Ridge. Be careful, the wind does not come up and you get stuck down the ridge. A few have been blown over the back, but fortunately have landed safely. If you do get stuck, it is best to land at the end and walk out at the eastern end which is Swartvlei where there is a car park for easy retrieval. Secure sandals.

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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.

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Tackle Shack - Mosselbay

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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Theatre@Brak -Great Brak River

Art Gallery in Great Brak River
We have a very nice and fresh collection of works by upcoming and already established artists

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Hartenbos riviermond Fishing Spot

Haaie, Kabeljou en Wit Steenbras kan daar gevang word.
*"Slide" met Lewendige Harder(mullet) vir Kabeljou. en Bonniekop of Makriel vir Haaie.
*Sny Bonnie se stert af, sny vanaf stert kant teen ruggraat albei kante tot by kiewe. Vou vleis oor kop en bind vas met rekgare.
*Gebruik .50 of .55 Double X Hi Abrasion Hi Visibility met 'n minimum 1.2mm "wind on" Leader. Sirkel Hoeke werk ook baie goed, moet net nie Vaskap"Strike" nie.
*Hou spaar "Spinning" Visstok byderhand vir Elwe wat verby swem.
*Gebruik Witkrap vir Wit Steenbras.

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Tackle Shack - Mosselbay

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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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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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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

Garden Route Art Galleries and Artists

Art Gallery, Local Artists, Art Exhibitions, art society's, Art lessons & Classes, Artwork, art supplies and Art shops.

Variety of Art Galleries, artists, art shops and tutors giving lessons & classes in the Garden Route - Mossel Bay, Great Brak, Hartenbos, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay

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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The Maritime Museum Mossel Bay

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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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