Remax Coastal Knysna Heads Marathon

The Routes have been carefully chosen to allow you to enjoy your qualifier and set you up for a good time as the highest point is only 30 m above sea level. Fast and scenic does not always go together but here it does. Take a tour of Knysna that hugs the water for all but 2.4 km of the entire route.

Distances available:
5 Km Fun Run.
10 Km for Club Members
21.1 Km for Club Members
42.2 Km for Club Members
Temporary License number required if not a club member @ R35 available with your entry (Does not apply to the 5km)

Starting date: Sun 17 March 2019
Ending date: Sun 17 March 2019
Venue: Remax Coastal, Thesen Island
Contact Person: Gavin Bezuidenhout
Contact Number: 083 502 7935
Contact Email: gavbez@gmail.com

Knysna Literary Festival

Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna to promote South Africa’s rich literary heritage, the Knysna Literary Festival is now in its 10th year. It is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary.

Knysna Literary Festival (#KnysnaLitFest) will be hosted from 8th – 10th March 2019, offering a diverse and inspiring programme.

Visit www.knysnaliteraryfestival.co.za for more information

Intimate Affair with Andrew Young

Award winning, UK Saxophonist, Andrew Young, invites you and your Valentine to share a special evening of music and romance. 
Accompanied by René Piet on piano they will perform a collection of love songs and popular classics. 

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  • Starting date: Thu 14 February 2019
  • Ending date: Thu 14 February 2019
  • Entry Fee: R180
  • Venue: Knysna Yacht Club
  • Contact Number:044 382 5724
  • Contact Email:secretary@knysnayachtclub.com

Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival -High Schools

There is great excitement building as water polo players from a wide range of schools across South Africa prepare to visit Knysna at the 9th annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals.

Both the College and Prep offerings continue to have a wide appeal and attract hundreds of visitors to Knysna. The continued support from Knysna Waterfront and local businesses is overwhelming and together we are able to give festival participants and spectators a truly magnificent ‘Knysna’ experience.

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14-17 February 2019

  • 15 boys teams
  • 15 girls teams
  • 22 schools participation from Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London and George.
    1. Camps Bay High
    2. Clarendon High
    3. Collegiate Girls High
    4. DSG
    5. Fishhoek High
    6. Graeme College
    7. Grey High
    8. Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
    9. Kingswood
    10. Oakhill
    11. Parklands College
    12. Paul Roos
    13. Pinelands
    14. Rhenish Girls High
    15. Somerset College
    16. St Alban’s College
    17. St Andrew’s College
    18. St Cyprians
    19. St Dominic’s Priory
    20. WGHS
    21. Woodridge
    22. York High
  • Starting date:Thu 14 February 2019
  • Ending date:Sun 17 February 2019
  • Venue:Knysna Waterfront
  • Contact Person:Oakhill School
  • Contact Number:044 382 6506
  • Contact Email:k.trollip@oakhill.co.za

Knysna Bull

Head out into the forest on your solo mission! For the Pros, the Bull provides a unique opportunity to test form over a multiday stage race, without being affected by riding in a team.

Dates: Evening Lagoon Prologue 3 Forest Trail Stages 20-23 February 2019 (Wed to Sat)
Venue: Starts at the Knysna Waterfront
Times: Wednesday, 20 February, 16h00 – 21h00 Registration
Races start at 08:00
Enquiries: ride@knysnabull.bike

Things to do and see

Angling
Musselcracker are prolific in Mossel Bay. Along the entire coast elf, kob and leervis run in autumn and winter and off the cliffs are many big rock feeders. Knysna lagoon offers sport for the fisherman with light tackle – galjoen, hottentot, roman, grunter and kob.
Plettenberg Bay is a favourite of fishermen. Gillies – or guides – can be hired. Large rock feeders are common. In autumn there are shoals of elf and notably large yellowtail. Big catchers are often taken.

Canoeing
The rivers of the Garden Route are ideal for canoes. The upper reaches simply lose themselves in forest. The Kaaimans waterfall can only be reached by canoe. The chain of lakes between Wilderness and Knysna is linked by serpentine waterways.

Camping and caravanning
There are caravan and camping grounds within easy access of all towns listed in this section.

Diving
Marine plants are rich along the coast, matching the beauty of the flora on shore. Small fish are numerous and many sea-horses live in Knysna lagoon.

Rail journeys
A pleasant way to see the wonders of the Garden Route is from the windows of a train. The line from George to Knysna passes through marvellous scenery. The trip from George over the Outeniqua Mountains to Camfer and Oudtshoorn includes one of the grandest railway passes in Africa, with tunnels, cuttings and tremendous views.

Surfing
The waves at Victoria Bay are majestic, especially in winter. There is also surfing in Mossel Bay and Buffalo Bay.

Swimming
The beaches at Plettenberg Bay are particularly safe. Mossel Bay also has fine swimming beaches with little trouble from sharks. The rivers of the Garden Route, free of the parasites of tropical rivers, provide excellent fresh-water swimming.

Walking
The whole Garden Route is memorable walking country. The walker sees the best of it. One of the most rewarding of all South African wilderness trails is the Outeniqua Trail. It takes 7 to 14 days to complete. The Otter Trail in the Tsitsikama national park is a 3-day hike.
Exploring any part of the high forests by foot takes the walker along scenic paths, silent, solitary, cool and lovely.

Beer tasting

An absolute must visit is Mitchell’s Brewery, here you can discover all there is to know about brewing fine natural ales. The tour guide will enlighten and excite you with terms such as Mash Tun, Whirlpool and Grist Hopper. After your tour you will be taken to the sales area for a tasting and a chance to purchase some of the ale to take home.

Since 1983, Mitchell’s Brewery have been brewing small quantities of craft beer in Knysna, using only natural ingredients; water, barley and locally sourced hops which makes them the original South African craft beer. Perfected over time, their range of beers are full bodied, refreshing and tasting better than ever.

Mitchell’s Brewery is also known for its tastings, tours and their restaurant. Make a booking at 044 382 4685 and enjoy pure natural beer!

Properties for sale

Brenton-on-Sea is a small coastal town about 15km South of Knysna. The town offers upmarket houses and beautiful landscaped vacant land for sale.

To purchase your next home, contact Sophie Joubert at 082 572 2729 right now!

Pledge nature reserve

Before Knysna was officially named a town, it was made up of small settlements, one of which was Newhaven, just east of today’s Long Street – the long straight road that intersects the town and runs down to Thesen`s Island. To the west was Eastford, a large farm that formed part of the extensive estates of George Rex. The”Founder of Knysna” In 1820 Rex gave 40 morgen of Eastford to the Admiralty. Some of this land was used by the Admiralty to set up a small boat building yard on the edge of the lagoon. The rest of the 40 morgen was used as commonage. In 1825, permission was given for the village of Melville to be built on the common. The village grew slowly at first, and by mid-century only a handful of simple houses had been erected. It became evident, however, that as the settlement of the Cape Colony increased, and the demand for the timber resources of the Knysna area grew rapidly.

As the area flourished, the settlements of Newhaven and Melville experienced their first “housing boom”. Woodcutters, furniture makers, coastal traders and related service providers settled in the area. It was to feed this boom and the subsequent demand for the kiln-dried bricks, those brickfields sprang up around the edge of the settlements, where there was abundant raw material and firewood available. One of these brickfields, on the northern edge of the town limits, as they were then, was an area called Bok-se-kloof. It is here, today, more than 100 years later, that the Pledge Nature Reserve lies, being restored, where possible, to its original natural beauty.

Just when Bok-se-Kloof brickfield closed down, is not known. Certainly, by the 1920’s, the area was known as “the old brickfield”. Daisy Eberhard, whose family was among the pioneers of the area, took over the “Brownie” movement in 1927 and, wanting a suitable meeting place for her group, she approached the Knysna Town Council to allow her to use a portion of Bok-se-Kloof.

In 1929, in support of her application, 500 yards of fencing was built on the hillside and the valley floor for her use. The area was adjacent to the old brickfield with a clear stream flowing through it. It was here that, under the guidance of Daisy Eberhard, generations of Knysna’s youth first discovered the diversity of the Cape`s botanical heritage.

Daisy Eberhard’s stream did not remain clear for very long. Ravaged by urban encroachment, the stream silted up and stopped flowing regularly. However, with its banks bare and sterile, it would flood after heavy rain. This caused silt and urban rubbish to be dumped into the fragile Knysna lagoon. The land itself, being part of a valley and largely unsuitable for housing, escaped major development. But it was left as waste ground — an informal dump, where invader vegetation soon took root and was spreading at an incredibly high rate. In 1988, Kito Erasmus, a local forest officer and a town councillor, encouraged the idea of getting the public involved in the eradication of plant invaders as an Arbour Day project.

His proposal received the full co-operation of the local branch of the Wildlife Society, under the Chairmanship of Margo Mackay, who inspired public interest and organised hacking parties. Their attention was focussed on the Bok-se-Kloof valley which by then was infested with 14 different exotic invader species.

The following year, the Department of Forestry received notice of an offer of sponsorship for a non-commercial forest conservation project in the Southern Cape. The Wildlife Society agreed to adopt Bok-se-Kloof as an environmental rehabilitation project for the Branch and a project presentation was drawn up which resulted in a generous grant from S C Johnson & Son whose range of household products include Pledge furniture care range.

The Community Project that became Pledge Nature Reserve received widespread publicity through popular environmentalist magazines and radio and TV programmes. This culminated in the project receiving M-Net’s Nature Foundation Award in 1991.

The Reserve has also received praise from botanists and environmentalists alike. An officer of the South African Botanical Society pointed out that Pledge’s situation so near to the Town’s centre made the Reserve both exceptional and of high value to Knysna that it should never be underestimated.

The Great “Spring Clean”!!

There are few rites of spring more satisfying than the annual clean. For many people, however, the pleasure comes only after the work is finished. Your spring cleaning may never become effortless, but you can make the project more manageable — and even enjoyable. This printable checklist offers an overview of everything you need to know — including information on cleansers, stain removal, fabric care, and storage — to zip through the process and arrive at a happy end.

After you read through the tips and techniques, tailor the list to your home and yard. Create a realistic schedule, keeping in mind that a single weekend won’t suffice, as you’ll need several days for more involved projects, such as shampooing carpets and organizing closets. Whether you prefer to proceed from the attic to the basement or start outdoors and wind your way inside, focus on one task at a time. And be sure to enlist the help of family members.

The information on this checklist was excerpted from “Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook” (Clarkson Potter/Publishers; 2006).