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10 things to do when it rains

Friday, 16 January 2015 10:25 Written by  Johan van Schalkwyk
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Even when it rains, there are so many ways to enjoy what Knysna has to offer. Here are 10 quick things that we have dished up for you.

HIRE OR BUY A DALENE MATTHEE NOVEL

Dalene Mathee - an Afrikaans author of 13 books was best known for her four Knysna forest novels. Her final resting pace is at Krisjan-se-Nek, one of her favourite spots in the Knysna Forest. Her books are on sale at the Knysna Tourism walk-in offices in Main Road or available for hire at the newly revamped Knysna Library.

Knysna Tourism:
40 Main Road, Knysna

+27 (0)44 382 5510 telephone
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VISIT THE LOCAL LIBRARY

Knysna boasts an amazing 11 public libraries within its municipal area. The flagship library was recently revamped and visitors are invited to be inspired by the Knysna Collection hosted in a stinkwood cupboard donated to the town in 1893. A recent additional indigenous timber cupboard was donated by the Friends of the Library and Geo Parkes & Sons. Visit them at Memorial Square in Knysna Main Road.

Knysna Library:
Main Street, Memorial Square, Knysna

+27 (0)44 302 6382 telephone

 

EXPLORE THE ART AND CRAFT OF KNYSNA

Knysna is synonymous with a highly creative community that is inspired by its natural surroundings. Knysna offers various art galleries as well as the One Of A Kind Art & Craft exhibition situated in Shepherd Tree Trading Shop.

One Of A Kind:
21 Gordon Street, Knysna

+27 (0)44 382 2066 telephone
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TAKE A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE IN QUEEN STREET

On the corner of Main and Queen Street you will find the Old Gaol. It was the first building erected by the Colonial Government in Knysna and was built in 1859 to house convicts en route to the construction camp of the Prince Alfred Pass. Just two blocks down you will find the Millwood House, Parkes Shop, Pitt Street House and Parkes Cottage – each housing its own bit of Knysna history.

Old Gaol & Millwood House:
Queen Street, Knysna

+27 (0)44 302 6320 telephone
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HAVE A COFFEE IN THE OLD POWER STATION

The Thesen family moved from Norway to Knysna in 1870 and founded numerous business entities in Knysna. In 1904, Charles William Thesen bought Paarden Island (now named Thesen Islands) and began processing timber on the islands in 1922. The historic power station site used for electricity on Thesen Islands, now hosts the luxurious Turbine Hotel & Spa and Island Café - built in 1939/1940.

Turbine Hotel:
TH 36 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Islands

+27 (0)44 302 5746 telephone
www.turbinehotel.co.za

 

ENJOY A LOCAL CHAT AT SOME OF KNYSNA'S HISTORICAL PUBS

Knysna hosts various historical buildings and the smallest pub is housed on the site of the original Belvidere farmhouse and a feature of the pub is the wine cellar viewed through the window in the floor, where freshly caught game would have been hung in the early days of Knysna. With a yellowwood ceiling and ironwood block floor, The Bell at Belvidere Manor is a quaint favourite.

The Bell:
Lower Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate, Knysna

+27 (0)44 387 1055 telephone
www.belvidere.co.za

 

HAVE AN HISTORICAL RAKU EXPERIENCE

Raku - an ancient Japanese method of pottery glazing - has been enthusiastically adopted in Africa where its smoky, mysterious lustre fits perfectly into the African sense of style. You can experience this process at Crazy Clay in Knysna and have a demonstration of this very rare skill.

Crazy Clay:
10 Auction Mart Avenue, Knysna, South Africa, 6570

+27 (0)44 382 5394 telephone
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CHECK OUT OUR INDIGENOUS TIMBER FUNITURE SHOPS

Knysna is legendary for its timber industry and today hosts a number of world known indigenous timber furniture factories and stores. Timber Village is known for Indigenous Natural Wood Bespoke Furniture and established in 1985. Take a drive up Welbedacht and see craftsman in action while you explore the glorious work produced by rare skills.

Timber Village:
Welbedacht Lane, Knysna

+27 (0)44 382 5649 telephone
www.timbervillage.co.za

 

STROLL THOUGH A GREAT COLLECTION OF CLASSIC CARS

Norman Frost is a life-long motor car enthusiast and is well known in the classic and vintage car market. From a warehouse in the industrial area of Knysna we have a selection of cars from different eras for sale and transport can be arranged to anywhere in the world. Make sure you pop in to see their collection of cars, their car museum and an impressive collection of collectable display cars.

Frost Brothers:
5 Uil Street, Knysna Industrial Area

+27 (0)44 382 6074 telephone
www.frostbrothers.co.za

 

TASTE REAL #CRAFTBEER

If all else fails, grab a beer! Knysna is home to the oldest microbrewery in Knysna and in recent months added other breweries to its shelf of #craftbeer offerings. Originally from Knysna and still produced here, is the well-known Mitchells Brewery. Other local #craftbeer include the Red Bridge Brewing Co. and the Sedgefield Scarab Village Brewery. Visit Mitchells for a unique tour of their brews - all linked to our proud Knysna heritage.

Mitchells Brewery:
10 New Street, Knysna

+27 (0)44 382 4685 telephone
www.mitchellsbrewing.com

 

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