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  • 04 Jan 2019

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Are you ready for something really special …

Join Carey and Namaste Yoga for a Yoga Retreat and refresh your soul with simple and healthy forest living.

What can you expect?
• Off-the-grid original dwellings deep in the Knysna forest
• yoga, meditation and informative talks
• amazing forest paths and a visit to the Italian 1891 Gouna Church featured in Dalene Matthee’s book ‘The Mulberry Forest’
• a delicious outside bath accompanied by birdsong overlooking forest and mountains
• shared vegetarian meals
• Star gazing, hammock time, reading and lots of good times
• **Optional extras include horse riding and pottery

We will be arriving Thursday evening and finishing Sunday after lunch.

The Investment?
Staying in the van Gogh Tipi or the field Tipi or the Geodome or Hobbit House:
Sharing: R2025pp (earlybird payment before 26 March 19 R1925)
On your Own: R2950 (earlybird payment before 26 March 9 R2850)

Camping Option:
Camping (with own gear) : R1700 - only R535 per day with food included (earlybird payment before 26 March 19 R1600)

**Prices cover accommodation and all vegetarian meals

  • Starting date Fri 01 November 2019
  • Ending date Sun 03 November 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Gouna Forest
  • Contact Person Carey
  • Contact Number 082 404 0990
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The magnificence of the site inspired golfing legend Jack Nicklaus to design a masterpiece amidst the rolling hills of the Simola Estate. Keeping your head down can be a challenge because the views around the course are awe-inspiring.

The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, it's free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses.

Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par-fives and five par-threes adds a new dimension to the game.

Every hole boasts exceptional views, either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to the Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.

  • Starting date Thu 31 October 2019
  • Ending date Thu 31 October 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Simola Golf and Country Estate
  • Contact Person Simola Golf and Country Estate
  • Contact Number +27(0)44 302 9600
  • Contact Email -

Crimson House is multi genre gypsy rock band that combine a number of styles including ska, Afro blues, hip hop, blues & rock. Originally based from Cape town, South Africa. Crimson House have become a festival & club favorite with their high energy interactive live performances becoming that of legends. They formed in 2010 and have since released 4 studio albums, with a collection of chart hitting tracks along the way.

---- as seen at The Knysna Blues Festival!!!! ----

Early career:
Crimson House initially begun as a bluegrass duo and by 2012 as a high octane blues quartet The group toured as "Crimson House Blues" and had released two albums under the name, "Smoke Dust & Whisky" (2012) featuring the cult hit “Breaking down low”, and “Red Shack Rock” (2013) featuring “Aphrodite” & “Pindrop Circle”. They dropped the “blues” in their name and released “Come Alive” (2015) which featured 16 songs with the addition of Nick Becker & Gareth Harvey as the newly added horn section that would change their sound forever.

After 2015 The group then featured as the band in a cabaret circus called “Trash Cabaret” in which they adopted a new found love for gypsy music to the likes of Gorgol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box. This new found love of offbeat gypsy influence lead the group to establish a new direction in their music and thus has begun the new journey in the making of Bounceology, their 4th Studio album.

  • Starting date Sun 20 October 2019
  • Ending date Sun 20 October 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Blend Country Restaurant
  • Contact Person Jackie
  • Contact Number 084 587 6665
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With 17 National Music Awards, over 50 International performances and countless appearances at important local events, including ‘Amnesty International’, ‘FIFA 2010', ‘HIV/AIDS Word Awareness Conference’, ‘Nelson Mandela 46664 concert’, ‘Celebration of 10 Years of Democracy’ and the ‘Olympic Torch Ceremony’ in Cape Town (as early as 2004), Freshlyground is arguably the quintessential ‘MUST SEE’ of our generation!

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13h00: Gates Open
13h00 - 14h45: Parking, Seating & Service
15h00 - 15h30: Opening Act (TBC)
16h00: Freshlyground
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***SUNDAY 8 SEPT SHOW ALSO AVAILABLE***
See our event page for details.

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Warning: Do not buy tickets from third parties. If you are unsure, please contact us directly - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Quicket Helpdesk on 021 424 9308.

BY ENTERING THIS EVENT AT BLEND RESTAURANT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT ALL THE CONDITIONS BELOW:

RIGHTS OF ADMISSION: The organisers, sponsors, agents or employees reserve the right of admittance to the event under all circumstances. No liquor may be sold to, or consumed by, persons under the age of 18. No weapons, drugs or any other illegal substances may be brought into the premises. By entering this event, you agree that you may be searched by any security agent or employee of the same sex at any time. INDEMNITY: The organisers, the artists, the venue, and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees of this event, shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss of, or damage to, any property of any person, nor for any personal injury or death of any person whatsoever, howsoever any loss, damage or injury or death shall arise, including that arising from any negligence, gross negligence, act or omission by the organisers, venue and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees or any other person duly authorised to act for and on behalf of the organisers.

MINORS: Children (ages 5 - 12) welcome. All under 18's to be accompanied by a parent or guardian - NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

  • Starting date Sun 08 September 2019
  • Ending date Sun 08 September 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Blend Country Restaurant
  • Contact Person Jackie
  • Contact Number 084 587 6665
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

With 17 National Music Awards, over 50 International performances and countless appearances at important local events, including ‘Amnesty International’, ‘FIFA 2010', ‘HIV/AIDS Word Awareness Conference’, ‘Nelson Mandela 46664 concert’, ‘Celebration of 10 Years of Democracy’ and the ‘Olympic Torch Ceremony’ in Cape Town (as early as 2004), Freshlyground is arguably the quintessential ‘MUST SEE’ of our generation!

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13h00: Gates Open
13h00 - 14h45: Parking, Seating & Service
15h00 - 15h30: Opening Act (TBC)
16h00: Freshlyground
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***SUNDAY 8 SEPT SHOW ALSO AVAILABLE***
See our event page for details.

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Warning: Do not buy tickets from third parties. If you are unsure, please contact us directly - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use the Quicket Helpdesk on 021 424 9308.

BY ENTERING THIS EVENT AT BLEND RESTAURANT YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT ALL THE CONDITIONS BELOW:

RIGHTS OF ADMISSION: The organisers, sponsors, agents or employees reserve the right of admittance to the event under all circumstances. No liquor may be sold to, or consumed by, persons under the age of 18. No weapons, drugs or any other illegal substances may be brought into the premises. By entering this event, you agree that you may be searched by any security agent or employee of the same sex at any time. INDEMNITY: The organisers, the artists, the venue, and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees of this event, shall have no liability whatsoever for any loss of, or damage to, any property of any person, nor for any personal injury or death of any person whatsoever, howsoever any loss, damage or injury or death shall arise, including that arising from any negligence, gross negligence, act or omission by the organisers, venue and all sponsors, servants, agents or employees or any other person duly authorised to act for and on behalf of the organisers.

MINORS: Children (ages 5 - 12) welcome. All under 18's to be accompanied by a parent or guardian - NO EXCEPTIONS will be made.

  • Starting date Sat 07 September 2019
  • Ending date Sat 07 September 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Blend Country Restaurant
  • Contact Person Jackie
  • Contact Number 084 587 6665
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Farm CRAFT & VINTAGE Market!
All arts & crafts, home made items, home bakes, gift makers, original Vintage Jewellery and Farm goods etc

  • Starting date Sun 01 September 2019
  • Ending date Sun 01 September 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue The Farm, Old Cape Road
  • Contact Person The Farm
  • Contact Number 060 528 9232
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Embrace the unknown......the venue gets revealed on the day. The rest is a secret.

  • Starting date Thu 29 August 2019
  • Ending date Thu 29 August 2019
  • Entry Fee R
  • Venue Knysna
  • Contact Person Sasha Campbell
  • Contact Number 082 450 9301
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

After a winter break, the music society is ready to bring on the music once more and you should be there to be part of the magic of it all!

We welcome to Knysna for the first time a wonderful and internationally successful Violinist from China, Yi-Jia Susanne Hou and South African Pianist, Annalien Ball.

Yi-Jia performed the most challenging works ever written for violin when she was just 17 years of age. At three separate International Violin Competitions, the judges, unanimous in each case, gave her first prize which really established her reputation as an international musician of note.

Annalien is a professional pianist and accompanist who regularly performs with International visiting artists and tonight she will be with us in Knysna and on stage with Yi-Jia.

Composers will include Schubert, Beethoven and de Falla

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019
Venue: Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Time: 7.30pm
Tickets: At the door from 6.45pm; Adults R150; Scholars R50

Visit Knysna is pleased to announce that Fijnbosch Coffee Shop has been awarded a contract to partner with us in providing local tourism information in Sedgefield.   Colleen Durant, General Manager of Visit Knysna said “we are extremely excited about this new contract to deliver local tourism information of the highest standard on behalf of the community”. The contract is initially for 12 months, and Visit Knysna will ensure the service levels required by the town, and by the municipality, are adhered to.

Fijnbosch Coffee Shop is located at 31 Main Service Road which is in the middle of the business area and an ideal location for foot traffic.

The contract was awarded following a rigorous process.

  • Initially, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was issued for the Sedgefield Tourism Office, and a tender process followed. This was done as we believe it was the most transparent process to follow and in line with the provisions of the Public Finance Management Act that needed to be adhered to.
  • Adverts were placed locally and local suppliers particularly were encouraged to apply. Two proposals were received but unfortunately neither proposal had the relevant compliance documents attached. Further requests were made to the applicants and an extended deadline given, but compliance could not be met.
  • In light of this, the evaluation committee stopped the process, and it was decided to change the scope of to a smaller and more manageable concept.
  • A Request for Quotations (RFQ) was therefore drafted, and the original applicants were encouraged to apply and for transparency, the RFQ was also published on the e-Tender platform. 
  • On 27 June, a bid committee made up of senior staff from Wesgro and Visit Knysna convened to review and discuss each of the proposals received. Their task was to:
    • Ensure that the correct information had been submitted in terms of the requirements of the PFMA process
    • Ensure that the requirements of the RFQ were properly understood and could be met by the bidders
    • Review and compare the proposed costs
  • The price was calculated according to the 80/20 BEE Level contribution.  The cost aspect was calculated for the full costs, which included the monthly cost for 12 months as well as start-up costs.
  • The points for each proposal were calculated and highest scorer was the proposal submitted by the Fijnbosch Coffee Shop.
  • The Committee agreed that not only was the proposal submitted by the local Coffee Shop the most cost effective, it also showed the best understanding of the requirements of the project and met all of the relevant requirements.
  • Fijnbosch Coffee Shop demonstrated that they have the required experience and space to be able to meet the need for the satellite tourism outlet at a very competitive monthly cost.

Durant commented further to say that she is “very happy to have finally reached this point of appointment for a satellite office is Sedgefield.  As we will work closely with the stakeholders in the Sedgefield community, tourism can now be the winner.  Fijnbosch will be an outlet for information on behalf of Visit Knysna and the products in the vicinity, whilst also being a platform for collating statistics.  The staff will be expected to work hand in hand with the main office and we welcome their interaction and support”.

Media Enquiries:

Colleen Durant

Visit Knysna :  General Manager
044 382 5510

083 786 7559

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The ever-popular annual Leisure Isle Festival will be held on the weekend of 9th and 10th November 2019. A week later than usual to avoid a clash with the Rugby World Cup Final, the organisers are looking to do even better than last year’s Festival which raised over R300,000 for 8 local charities. Booking of Festival sites opens on Thursday 1st August and can be done online from our website  www.leisureislefestival.co.za. Paper application forms will be available at Sotheby’s offices on Leisure Isle, Thesen Islands and at Woodmill Lane as well as at Sedgefield.

The Festival will be held on the ‘village-green’ atmosphere of Kingsway Park on Leisure Isle. This is the 17th Festival which has raised a total of nearly R2.0M for charities since its very small beginnings in 2003. The event, organised by a group of volunteers, aims to provide opportunities for local charities to participate and raise funds to benefit the wider Knysna community and to provide local crafters and small businesses with a market-place for their high quality products. Once again special efforts will be made to provide local emerging crafters with an opportunity to showcase their products. This year there will be 9 beneficiary charities - Knysna Animal Welfare, e’Pap Children Feeding Scheme, Hospice, Steenbok Nature Reserve, Vermont Old Age Home, LoerieHof, Die Werkswinkel and Ithemba

There will be a mouth-watering array of food and drink, as well as art and crafts, toys, a huge array of books, indigenous and other plants and many other delights. A number of the stalls including book sales, pancake stalls, the wine and beer bar and tea garden will be run by participating charities. A strong focus this year will be on the provision of learning activities for children. Queen Bee, Knysna Basin Project and Steenbok Nature Reserve stalls will provide environmental displays, face painting, colouring competitions and treasure hunts in addition to more energetic activities such as a jumping castle.

The organising committee convenor, Niall Johnston, said he was delighted that the Festival’s founding sponsor, Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna, is continuing its vital support and wished to thank them and all the other sponsors and supporters. Without their help, said Johnston, there would be no Festival. Leisure Isle Residents Association have again endorsed and facilitated the event. Each year the Festival becomes more costly and complex to stage -if other organisations or businesses would like to support the Festival in some way please contact Niall Johnston – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The organising committee this year comprises: Niall Johnston (convenor), Peter Smith, Bob Hunt, Chris Kay, Sheena Mare, Natalie Scanlen, Libby Gibb and Iain Butchart.

For further information please contact:

Niall Johnston - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Peter Smith - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.