September is Tourism Month which is celebrated annually to encourage South Africans to explore their own country. Knysna & Partners (K&P) will participate with a programme which includes five different walks in the greater Knysna area.
Chairperson Elmay Bouwer says that “Walk Knysna” will encourage locals to get to know the area better and possibly do or see something they may not have done before.
“We live in one of the premier tourist destinations in the country, but many of us have not been tourists in our own town before. Let’s walk Knysna together and see the beaches of Sedgefield, visit Judah Square, stroll into the forest, and learn about our historical buildings,” she said.
Bouwer said that #WalkKnysna and #WalkSedgefieldZA is in support of the #IDoTourism and #WeDoTourism campaigns launched by South African Tourism which are a call to action to all South Africans to play a role in tourism.
“SAT CEO Sisa Ntshona said during the launch of Tourism Month that we are in a tight economic environment and tourism is one of the sectors that can pull us out,” said Bouwer. “He has urged each province to find what is unique about their region and how it could contribute to tourism. So that is what we are doing in Knysna.”
The walks will vary in length from one to three hours. Booking is essential. Click here for all the information!
In addition, three festivals planned for September – the Knysna Timber Festival (29 September – 1 October), the Heritage Day Sedgefield Craft Beer Festival and the Annual DCT Heritage Day Event (24 September) - will give locals and visitors the opportunity to experience local cultural, Knysna’s timber heritage and the local craft beer industry.
Knysna will also be represented by K&P at the annual Gauteng Getaway Show 23-25 September. “We are doing everything possible to promote our town,” said Bouwer, “and I would like to urge the community of Knysna do the same. Let’s focus on spreading positive stories about Knysna on social media. Tourism is everyone’s business - I feel very strongly about this. The onus is on each one of us to speak well of Knysna even in a negative situation, otherwise we are doing damage to tourism and to our town.”