One of the best things about the long, shimmering days of summer is that fact that we can enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures, eating our meals “alfresco style”. We have more picnic spots in and around Knysna than you can shake a stick at. Below we have listed a few popular ones to help you on your way to picnicking pleasure!
One of the most popular picnic spots in the area, Jubilee Creek boasts with a gently flowing stream, lit by dappled light and embraced by the dense Millwood indigenous forest. There are many sites along this stream from which to choose, each equipped with a picnic tables and braai facilities. It is a great place for kids as the shallow stream is perfect for them to frolic in. Keen for a forest foray? There is a wonderful forest trail nearby, with a waterfall and swimming holes.
Where: Take the N2 towards George and turn right at the Rheenendal turnoff. After 12.6km, take the Bibby’s Hoek turnoff.
King Edward VII
Surrounded by a large tract of indigenous forest, this picnic site will delight anyone drawn to this rich forest realm. The ancient King Edward VII tree, which is more than 40m tall and close to 700 years old, stands sentinel over this picnic site and is an awe inspiring spectacle. Each site has picnic benches and braai facilities. From here you can enjoy the popular elephant hiking trails.
Where: Take the N2 from Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, turn left on the R339 Uniondale turnoff and continue along this road for almost 16km.
Valley of the Ferns
This picnic spot epitomises tranquillity. There is a short 450m walk in the forest under giant tree ferns and across small streams. The picnic site has lovely open grassy spaces that are ideal for children. There is also another walking path available. This leads up Spitskop, offering a more strenuous walk (which you can also drive) but promising the most transcendent views on a clear day over the entire region from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna. Spitskop certainly is a picnic area with the best view, but there are no facilities, so be sure to go prepared!
Where: Take the N2 from Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay, turn left on the R339 Uniondale turnoff and continue along this road for 25.2km, you will see site on your right.
This picnic site boasts indigenous forest, gorgeous tracts of coastal fynbos, a stunning waterfall and sublime sea views. Safe drinking water is available, as well as ablution, tables and braai facilities available. For those keen on some exertion, Kranshoek offers both strenuous trails and gentle meanders, all within the best of the regions flora.
Where: Take the N2 out of Knysna towards Plettenberg Bay. Turn right at the Sasol petrol station. Follow the gravel road for just over 1.5 kilometres and then turn right. This road leads to the site.
The Fish Eagle Green
Situated on the banks of the beautiful Swartvlei Estuary in Sedgefield, Fish Eagle Green is one of the town’s most popular swimming and picnicking spots. This large grassy common is great for kids and there are several braai facilities available.
Where: Turn left at the Engen Garage just outside of Sedgefield, and carry on with the road until you reach the water’s edge.