Summer is in full swing and over the next couple of months, Knysna & Partners will be highlighting many of the varied activities which can be enjoyed throughout the Greater Knysna region, from wild, adrenaline-fuelling pursuits to milder, more relaxing options.
Wild Adventure – Sandboarding with Dune Adventures
Our Greater Knysna coastline is well known for its long, sweeping beaches and sinuous coastal dune fields, which serve as the ideal playground for sandboarding - an adrenaline-peaking adventure sport which has seen a spike in popularity in recent years. It is somewhat similar to snowboarding in technique, but instead of carving up powder-white snow, one careens swiftly over soft sand dunes instead. Sound like fun? Well, if you are keen to test your mettle on our local dune fields, call local adventure company Dune Adventures. They offer sandboarding tours perfectly geared towards adventure seekers, kids and families looking for a great day outdoors. All their guides are fully trained to instruct you on how to ‘carve up your first tracks’ on these soft dune fields or to hone your existing sandboarding skills. They use only professionally built boards with high quality straps designed for the sole purpose of sandboarding. Instruction takes place on an ideally suited dune in Brenton on Sea which is well known among South African sandboarding enthusiasts as one of the most superior in South Africa for sand quality, dune heights and ease of riding
Cost: R350 per person for 2 ½ – 3hrs.
Bring along: Sunscreen, sun hat, sunglasses, tons of energy and a sense of adventure!
Mild Adventure – Bird Watching at Rondevlei Bird Hide
Are you looking to escape the madding crowds? Head out at dawn to the Rondevlei Bird Hide, the perfect place to enjoy quiet reflection and the pleasant observation of our avian wonders. Part of the Wilderness Lakes System, Rondevlei is a very special natural asset, and one of three interconnected lakes linked to the Indian Ocean. All three lakes support such an amazing variety of bird species that it was designated a Ramsar site in 1991; meaning that it has been acknowledged as a wetland of international importance and thus worthy of special protection.
These wetlands cradle immense biodiversity, supporting high concentrations of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrate species. They play an important ecological role, such as providing nursery areas for fish, and feeding and staging areas for significant populations of resident and migratory birds. At the Rondevlei Bird Hide, may be lucky to have sightings of Yellow Wagtails, Greater-crested Grebes, Red-knobbed Coots (which can number here in their thousands), Purple Herons, Blacksmith Plovers, Purple Swamphens.
Other birds seen here include the seasonal roosting of the African Spoonbill, and the Malachite Kingfisher, (this bird is a resident which is very often seen at the hide as it fishes from the dead stump). Other highlights of this small pan includes both the Black-eared and Great Crested Grebes, (the former is relatively rare, the latter nest on this pan and may be seen in fishing flocks of up 50, where they drive shoals of fish into the shallow water for capture.)
The bird hide is located about 5km from Sedgefield and is accessed via Wilderness National Park Research Laboratory at Rondevlei.