Every now and again we all need a little breather from the demanding treadmill of life. So, if you are in need of some soul restoration, log out of Facebook, switch off your devices, silence your phones and head out into Knysna’s great outdoors. It will revive, rebalance and restore your very being.
To help you on your way, Knysna & Partners has made up a list of five places to go to restore your soul.
1. The Knysna Heads is an iconic landmark, where powerful aquatic forces play out in perpetual daily rhythms. Head to the top of the Eastern Head and enjoy views of one of the most impressive geological features on the Garden Route: massive sandstone headlands which flank the opening of the Knysna Estuary. Watch as the sea unites with the lagoon and then drive down to the bottom of the Heads where if conditions are good, you can visit the small little beach called Coney Glen, from which you can enjoy further views of this dynamic coastline.
2. If you are looking for the perfect beach, head to the Goukamma Nature Reserve, where an uninterrupted, untamed union of sand and sea extends for 14km between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay.Apart from a few lone fishermen, it is usually very quiet and a good place to go to escape the ‘madding crowds’. With an adjacent Marine Protected Area (MPA) which sweeps seaward for 1,8km, on the one side and some of the highest vegetated dunes in the country on the other, this reserve is a breathtaking example of an unadulterated natural world. Further inland, the reserve boasts ancient milkwood forests, fynbos and the fresh water Groenvlei Lake.
3. The country’s finest examples of indigenous forests are found in the Garden Route and there are few things as mood lifting as being in the heart of one. It is often the elders of these virgin forests which steal the show! These Outeniqua Yellowwood trees have managed to stand the test of time. Rising above the forest canopy, some of these specimens are more than 800 years old. One of our big daddy forest wonders is the King Edward VII tree which is rooted in the Diepwalle Forest. It rises 40m metres from the forest floor, has a spreading crown of 32m and a bole circumference of 7m. It will take your breath away.
4. Go and sit on top of the world. Spitskop, situated in the Ysternek Nature Reserve, is one of the best places to absorb the visual splendour of our region. It rises up 933m above the Diepwalle Forest, and on a clear day you can enjoy expansive views of mountains to the north and to the south you have a vista from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay.
5. At low tide, crystal clear rock pools dot the weathered coastline near Gericke’s Point in Sedgefield. They hold a massively impressive web of life. You will be mesmerised by the vivid colours of creatures such as starfish, nudibrands, octopus, anemones and sea urchins. Take a walk up to the top of Gericke’s Point and enjoy the distant views of the shoreline uniting with the big blue and in so doing allowing yourself to become a part of this natural paradise.
For more information, contact: Knysna & Partners on 044 382 5510