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22 January 2018On Sunday 29 January, Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will return to her home town, Sedgefield, for the first time since she was crowned, to a rapturous welcome from the Garden Route. In keeping with the Miss Universe tradition, a local committee, which includes her mother Anne-Mari Steenkamp, Knysna Municipality representatives and Sedgefield Tourism Manager Belinda Hobson, have been working hard behind the scenes to organise a homecoming parade through the streets of Sedgefield. “Demi’s homecoming parade is an opportunity for all those in Sedgefield and the Garden Route area to join in the celebrations and show her…
15 January 2018 Miss Universe’s hometown, the Garden Route town of Sedgefield, is pulling out all the stops to give her a fantastic homecoming welcome on Sunday, 28 January. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will be honoured with a street parade by the people who have supported her through her incredible journey to the Miss Universe crown. The parade will start at 3pm on the Sedgefield Primary School sport field from Parakiet Rd and continue down the Main Service Road which runs parallel to the N2, all the way to Vink Avenue where it will turn left and loop back via Flamingo Avenue…
Mountain bike enthusiasts looking for the ultimate physical test, but who still want to enjoy their creature comforts all while racing through one of the most picturesque regions of South Africa, better get their entries in for the new “kid on the block” in local mountain bike stage racing, the TransCape MTB Cycle Race. The seven-day event, set to be held for the first time from February 8 to 14, 2015, will see the field tested to their limits on a classic route that will take them from the start, in the quaint coastal town of Knysna, to the finish…
New look Leisure Isle Festival will have something for everyone New branding, a new logo and a partnership between Knysna Tourism and the 2014 Leisure Isle Festival committee will result in a much bigger, improved festival this year on 1 and 2 November, says marketing manager of Knysna Tourism, Johan van Schalkwyk. Van Schalkwyk and colleague Glendyr Fick have been working with the festival  committee to find ways to grow the festival and create opportunities for local crafts people and businesses. “We are certain that this year our joint efforts will attract new, unique, quality crafters to the festival so…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:49

A Pleasant Expo

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In support of the hospitality suppliers’ industry in the Garden Route, Lake Pleasant Living will host a Suppliers Expo on Friday, October 17. For the first time various suppliers, from food and beverage, kitchen appliance, furniture industries, to name but a few, will exhibit their wares at beautiful Lake Pleasant Living. “We decided to offer the opportunity to our suppliers to showcase their products that are so vital to the hospitality industry on the Garden Route,” explained John Knight, General Manager, at Lake Pleasant Living. Lake Pleasant Living sits nestled on the edge of Groenvlei, one of the few natural…
PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL RAISES R2, 1-MILLION FOR CHARITY For the first time in the 31-year old festival’s history, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has announced it breached the R2-million mark in money raised for charity in a single year. This brings the total amount raised by the festival for charity since 2007 to more than R11-million. Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt says that since every official event is required to contribute a portion of proceeds to charity, the festival has a long history of benefiting the local community. “The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:48

Working with Wood Festival resounding success

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Working with Wood Festival resounding success Around 2 000 wood enthusiasts made their way through the doors of the inaugural Working with Wood Festival from Thursday, October 9 till Saturday, October 11, and according to participants, they enjoyed experiencing the timber industry at its finest. "Not a single person I have spoken to or heard talking about the event had a negative word to say," said festival visitor, Roeleen Schofield. With the generous sponsorship from Vermont Sales, this inaugural festival gave more than thirty local wood / timber related industries and Vermont Sales the opportunity to exhibit their wares to…
For immediate release Open Gardens of Knysna returns this month after eight years Open Gardens of Knysna will be back this month after several years of drought and severe water restrictions forced the organisers to put the annual show on hold. Organiser Esther Townsend, who is chairperson of Knysna’s gardening club, Gardening at Leisure, said that the show will feature 11 stunning gardens, from a large farm garden to small town gardens, all charming with their own unique characteristics. “Knysna has many glorious gardens, none of which are normally accessible to the public. However, with the kind consent of the…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:47

Knysna has enough water

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   With the holiday season only a few weeks away, Greg Vogt, Knysna Tourism CEO says that the water situation in Knysna is not as dire as was reported recently in the media. "Recently the media reported that Knysna had only three months' supply of water. This was not an accurate interpretation of the town's water supply. Our dams are at capacity and right now, with the recent rains, and the Karatara weirs is capacity." With reference to the latest warning received from Gerhard Otto, manager Eden Disaster Management of predicted 18 months lower rainfall in the Eden District, Vogt…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:47

The countdown to Knysna SPLASH has begun!

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With less than two weeks to go before the first Knysna SPLASH event, the local organisers are gearing themselves up for the festival which is one of Knysna Rotary's annual fundraisers.Knysna SPLASH launches on Friday 19 December with the popular Mud Run. The following day will see two events, the Quack Attack and the Knysna Lagoon Mile, and the final event - the Dragon Boat Races - is on Sunday 21 December.Spokesman for Knysna Rotary, Andrew Finn, says that they have had a pleasing number of online entries but expect many more visitors and locals to register on the days…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:46

Service Excellence during the Knysna holiday season

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In an effort to create a more friendly Knysna experience for visitors and locals during the 2014 summer holiday period, Knysna Tourism embarked on the launch of a Service Excellence Campaign. The campaign kicked off with a public address by Knysna Tourism Chairperson, Jo Melville, stating: "One of the major concerns for our tourism industry and its growth is that of the extremely unsatisfactory level of service our visitors experience from many of our service providers." She continued: "I am not tarring every business with the same brush as there are exceptions. Unfortunately the exceptions do not solve the problem…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:46

The start of the 2014 Knysna summer holiday

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Schools are out and the summer holiday is upon us. Noticeable increases in feet at the local malls and the backlog of vehicles during peak times have been an indication of holiday makers making their way to our town. This follows after a successful season last year, where most of the tourism businesses reported a much better or better business performance than expected during December 2013. Knysna Tourism is confident that this increase in positive business growth will continue in 2014. The most recent statistics of the Knysna Tourism office confirmed 1713 walk-in clients between 10 and 28 November 2014…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:45

Award confirm Knysna as prime golfing destination

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Knysna, the jewel of the Garden Route has once again been recognised as a golfing mecca with The World Golf Awards awarding Conrad Pezula and Platinum Golf Tours as two of the best of the best. The World Golf Awards, coordinated globally by leading golf tourism professionals cast their votes in recognition of service excellence offered to golfers worldwide. “I believe that Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa winning the Best Golf Hotel in South Africa and Platinum Golf, Tours & Accommodation walking away as the Best Golf Tour Operator in Africa is testimony of the high quality Knysna has to…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:45

ANNUAL KNYSNA LITERARY FESTIVAL INSPIRES LOCAL TALENT

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ANNUAL KNYSNA LITERARY FESTIVAL INSPIRES LOCAL TALENT, 18-22 MARCH 2015 KNYSNA (February 10, 2015) – The 6th annual Knysna Literary Festival, presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna from 18-22 March, has a full line-up of events intended to showcase and inspire local talent, whether they are established authors or young learners with an interest in the written word. Festival founder Ling Dobson says the festival is focused on developing Knysna's literary future with programme highlights like the Children's Theatre, the Young Writer's Awards, motivational creative writing workshops, panel discussions and creative presentations hosted by local authors. Over the years, local…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:44

Sedgefield historic hotel introduced new menu

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Sedgefield historic hotel introduced new menu Lake Pleasant Living, a hotel belonging to the Mantis Collection, sits nestled on the banks of the pristine Groenvlei, one of the few natural freshwater lakes in the southern hemisphere, situated within the picturesque Goukamma Nature & Marine Reserve. Besides announcing that Lake Pleasant Living's Bistro on the Lake is offering a new menu, Lake Pleasant Living's general manager, John Knight said that they would be offering a 10 per cent discount on its food from Monday, February 23 to 15 March 2015, as part of the introduction of the New Menu. Knight further…
1.9 km of pure adrenalin with top speeds in excess of 200 km/h Series of tricky S-bends and fast corners with 160 m elevation change 2014 winner Franco Scribante averaged over 160 km/h KNYSNA, South Africa, 24 April 2015 – To the casual observer who makes a pilgrimage to play 18 holes on one of the world’s finest and most picturesque golf courses, the scenic drive to the Simola Golf Estate may seem a rather casual and relaxed affair. However, for the annual Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, taking place in Knysna from 15 to 17 May this year, this seemingly innocuous…
With just over two weeks to go to the 2015 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, Knysna is gearing up for what promises to be the biggest festival yet.
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:42

Knysna throws weight behind #Knys1 campaign

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The best 10 days of winter in Knysna, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is only a few days away. What better time to launch Knysna's hottest marketing campaign, the #Knys1 campaign and the offer of winning R3 000 in doing so.This newest Knysna Tourism campaign aims to get all residents and businesses of Knysna united in a bid to offer the best tourism, service and business sense in South Africa.
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:41

Knysna & Partners encourage Service Excellence

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Date: August 6, 2015 Knysna & Partners encourage Service ExcellenceFollowing on from the December 2014 Service Excellence drive initiated by the then Knysna Tourism, Knysna & Partners offered a fully accredited seven day SA Host Service Excellence Training Programme for its members. “Judging by the number of participants and the fact that everyone completed the training, there is proof that our members recognised the need for this course,” said Glendyrr Fick, Knysna & Partners Trade and Development manager and course facilitator. She added that this course was created after Knysna & Partners received requested for an accredited service excellence training…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:36

Knysna Festival celebrates timber history

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Date: 15 August, 2015   The Knysna Timber Festival 2015 was festively launched at the Premier Hotel onThursday, August 13 when several like-minded guests mingled while enjoying sponsored Mitchell’s Brewery beer and tasty snacks.   The 2014 Working with Wood Festival has been refreshed with a name and venue change, but definitely promises to offer the same successful format as the first 2014 festival. The festival will be held over the school holidays from October 8 – 10. "The Knysna Timber Festival belongs to Knysna, as it should, and promises to be bigger and better than before.” said Jock McConnachie,…
Wednesday, 07 October 2015 08:35

Member of Knysna & Partners board workshop

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Date: August 10   Board members of Knysna Tourism now known as Knysna & Partners gathered at Lake Pleasant Living Hotel & Spa during July to workshop various strategies and plans that time restraints during their monthly board meetings did not allow for.   “The board needed an entire day to focus on the finer details of our Knysna & Partners business plan, Municipal Service Level Agreement (SLA) and the portfolios of our directors. Issues that our usual monthly board meetings cannot cover,” said Kathy White, Knysna & Partners’ chairperson.   Board member, Ypie Kingma explained that the changing of…
Sunday, 07 December 2014 08:50

LAUNCH OF THE KNYSNA HOPE SPOT 7 DECEMBER 2014

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TO COINCIDE WITH THE VISIT OF INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED OCEANOGRAPHER DR. SYLVIA EARLE TO LAUNCH KNYSNA AS AN INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNISED HOPE SPOT: A GUINNESS BOOK WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT WILL BE MADE TO CREATE THE LARGEST UNDERWATER SCULPTURE OF THE ICONIC KNYSNA SEAHORSE RECORD ATTEMPT NUMBER 464262 What is a Hope Spot and Why Raise Awareness Hope Spots are special places that are critical to the health of the ocean — Earth’s blue heart. Some of these Hope Spots are already formally protected, while others still need defined protection. About 12 % of the land around the world is now under some…
Orange here, orange there, we’re seeing orange everywhere – and do you know what that means? It means it’s time to get stuck in to some silly fun with family and friends at this Easter Weekend’s much anticipated Sedgefield Slow Festival which has been marked over the past few weeks with residents dressing up themselves, their pets, houses and businesses in celebration of “Orange Thursdays.” Ever evolving, this quirky festival packs in the fun every year with a growing calendar of wacky events – barefooted bowling, a fashion show featuring recycled attire and a Street Parade with a difference –…
Maintaining his composure despite 12 pairs of eyes staring at him in polite silence, Sedgefield Mosaic Tour Leader Philip stands in front of an artwork installed on a public street corner, delivering carefully prepared talking points as part of the very first Mosaic Tour in all of South Africa. Gingerly, he delivers each sentence of his presentation, but sometimes skips over the words in an upwelling of nervous pride. Stopping himself, he regards the A4 sheet of notes gripped in his hands – and then suddenly relaxes. He looks back determinedly at the group, smiles and says, “Don’t hurry me,”…
LOCAL ART, CULTURE & PERFORMANCES ADD CREATIVE FLAIR TO PICK N PAY KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL Exhibitions by local artists, markets bursting with handcrafted goods, musical talent and stand up comedy – these are just some of the creative highlights in store from 4 to 13 July at the 31st annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, recently featured on Business Day TV’s Business of the Arts programme. Festival manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt says the festival offers creative talents a natural platform. “With so many visitors coming to Knysna from around the country, the festival presents artisans with an opportunity to showcase…
Sedgefield’s much anticipated annual Slow Festival took place over Easter Weekend with an expanded programme of fun events aimed at entertaining the entire family. Johan van Schalkwyk, Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager, says it was great to see all the locals and out-of-town visitors in Sedgefield for the weekend, which was characterised by perfect weather and a bigger number of attendees than ever before. “People were out in their numbers and the streets were filled with orange. We say the festival is all about having fun the old fashioned way, and it’s easy to see why from the growing programme of…
New Experience in the Cards for Big5 Sport Challenge Participants Now in its fifth year, entries to the Big 5 Sport Challenge, taking place 5 to 13 July 2014, officially opened 17 February. Fast becoming one of South Africa’s top multi-sport events, the organizers at Magnetic South say this year they are preparing for the biggest and best year yet. Christine Collins, Magnetic South Director explains, “Following the 2013 challenge, we conducted a post-event survey and received some great feedback on how the competitors would like to see the Big Five Sport Challenge evolve. As a result we have a…
Formal Appointment Process for Knysna Tourism CEO Announced – Position to Be Advertised Within Days In a special session held on Tuesday 08 April 2014, the Knysna Tourism Board appointed Nan Raturat as interim Acting Chair, and announced that it will now initiate the formal process of appointing a new CEO. The announcement means the interim period, lasting since the departure of the previous Knysna Tourism CEO in mid-2013, will soon come to a close. Over this time consultant Greg Vogt was appointed by the Board to temporarily oversee operations. Vogt also assisted with the brand revitalization by compiling a…
Improved Routes offer Stunning Views for Cyclists at the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour Race, part of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, 4 to 13 July 2014 The Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour is a well-known attraction for those attending the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, and this year the MTB and Road events – to be held on 5 & 6 July respectively – will offer riders a scenic view of Knysna with newly improved routes. Andrew Finn, a founding member of the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, explains “Mountain…
Diary Snippet:  Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, 04-13 July 2014 South Africa’s premium sport and lifestyle festival, the 31st annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place during the school holidays from 4 to 13 July 2014. The festival is expected to raise more than R1.5-million for charity. With more than 100 lifestyle and sporting events spread over 10 days, the festival offers a diverse programme of sport, gourmet offerings and family activities. The BIG5 Sport Challenge, South Africa’s most scenic multi-disciplinary competition, offers an all new entry-level ‘Lite’ option as well as prestigious Yellow Jersey ceremonies for…
When visitors to the 2014 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival aren’t cycling or running through the forests, paddling the lagoon, slurping oysters or sipping wine at one of the more than 100 events, they’ll be tapping their toes and shaking their hips at the Festival Pavilion, thanks to the fantastic line-up of live entertainment set to take to the Heineken Stage on the festival grounds over the 10-day period. Some of South Africa’s most talented performers will travel to Knysna. Tigger Reunert will be the first act to get things grooving to some amazing original songs during registration for…
One of South Africa’s most-loved festivals, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, is set to take place for the 31st time during the upcoming school holidays, from 4 to 13 July 2014. Festival Manager, Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt, says one of the main reasons the festival is the destination of choice for winter breaks for families in particular, is not only the fact that the Festival’s diverse programme has more than 100 events on offer, but that it also caters for every age group. “The Festival offers great-value entertainment, activities and heaps of fun for all ages,” said Rousseau-Schmidt. “For example,…
The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which runs from 4 - 13 July 2014 this year, is one of South Africa’s most anticipated winter festivals. For 31 years the festival has proven its appeal to fitness fanatics and families; but judging from the size of the food and wine programme this year, it’s clear the Festival has become just as popular among those of us who prefer a different kind of sport…! SPICY SOPHISTICATION AT SIMOLA HOTEL AND SPA Awarded the American Express Platinum award for fine dining, visitors can look forward to the following events at the Simola…
From cultivated and wild, to au naturel and the Flavours of Knysna, more than 100 000 oysters will be shucked and slurped at the 31st annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, between 4 and 13 July 2014. A delicacy often reserved for special occasions, oysters can be enjoyed to the fullest during the festival thanks to a programme of events that puts them front and centre. Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt says it's important that festival goers have the opportunity to sample oysters prepared in many different styles at an affordable price. "The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is…
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, adventure seeker, discerning gourmand, or are just looking for the perfect family breakaway, the 31st annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will deliver with a diverse programme of over 100 events during the school holidays from 4 to 13 July 2014. Entries for the Big5 Sport Challenge open on 17 February, including the first-ever Big5 Sport Challenge LITE, which offers an entry-level version of what has become South Africa’s best known multi-disciplinary competition, while entries to the Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon…
The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival attracts more than 60 000 visitors each year, and many new events are planned for this year’s festival from 4 to 13 July 2014. Festival Manager Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt said, “With over 100 events each year, we strive to present a diverse programme that offers something for everyone, whether you’re attending the festival as a family, as a foodie, or to participate in one of our many sports competitions. “This year we will see the re-introduction of past favourites like the Fun Fair – taking place on George Rex Drive – as well as the…
Thursday, 21 August 2014 12:04

Working With Wood Festival 9 – 11 October

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Reawakening the Knysna Wood industry “When I was a young man and wanted to become a cabinet-maker, there was no question about it, I had to go to Knysna. In those days all wood related businesses and careers started in Knysna.Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we can get that reputation back?” said Richard Henley, owner of Full Circle Furniture, Bibby’sHoek. Several wood merchants in Knysna share Henley’s sentiments and so the Working with Wood festival came to light. This three-day festival will run from 9 – 11 October 2014 and the organisers are mindful to include a variety of products,…
Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:57

Entries now open for 2015 GR 300 MTB race

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Entries for the prestigious Garden Route 300 (GR300) 2015 mountain bike race opened on 23 July, and according to event organisers, Garden Route Events, a record number of opening day entries were received by them. This race, which takes place over a three-day period, 27 February 2015 - 1 March 2015 will follow a shorter route through the Garden Route’s pristine forests. “The 2015 route is still being kept a secret, but what we can say it will be shorter, making the ride even more attractive as both the recommended ABSA Cape Epic prep ride, but still accommodating riders keener…
Thursday, 21 August 2014 09:25

Knysna Tourism CEO Announcement

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FORMAL APPOINTMENT PROCESS FOR KNYSNA TOURISM CEO ANNOUNCED – POSITION TO BE ADVERTISED WITHIN DAYS In a special session held on Tuesday 08 April 2014, the Knysna Tourism Board announced that it will now initiate the formal process of appointing a new CEO. The announcement means the interim period, lasting since the departure of the previous Knysna Tourism CEO in mid-2013, will soon come to a close. Over this time Greg Vogt was appointed by the Board to manage the transitional process to transform the entity and have a focused mandate for the future of Knysna Tourism and to temporarily…
You are invited to join the Mini Wood Indaba at the Knysna Log-Inn on 18 August 2014 from 17h00. Please join the Working With Wood Festival committee for some local beer and finger snacks as they introduce the 2014 inaugural festival planned for 9 to 11 October in celebration of the industry and its rich heritage. Knysna Tourism CEO, Greg Vogt, will do a short presentation on the exciting future of this industry within the tourism marketing strategy. Please RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, August 15, to ensure sufficient catering.