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Friday, 19 May 2017 07:18

BRENTON BLUE NEWS – MAY 2017

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To all friends and neighbours of the Brenton Blue butterfly – welcome to your latest newsletter! Your management committee (MC) includes representatives from CapeNature, WESSA, EWT, LepSoc, the Knysna Municipality (KM) and the local residents. You can obtain more detailed information about the Brenton Blue on our websites:
www.brentonbluetrust.co.za and www.brentonblue.org.za.

Guided tours of reserve

The public is only allowed into the reserve with permission from the reserve manager Dr Dave Edge, contactable on 044 3810014 or 074 5807288. The adult butterflies only fly in November and February/ March. A charge of R200 per person is charged for a guided tour, and groups are limited to four maximum.

South African Red Data Book: Butterflies

In this book, published in 2013, the Brenton Blue was listed as “Critically Endangered”. Three other butterflies from the Knysna area are also listed (Thestor brachycerus found at Pezula; and Chrysoritis thysbe mithras and Aloeides thyra orientis found at Brenton-on-Sea). Knysna has therefore been identified by the authors as a butterfly biodiversity hotspot.

Copies of this magnificent 700 page A4 size book, describing, mapping and picturing all of South Africa’s 794 butterfly species, are available at the amazing price of R350 (plus postage if applicable) each. You can contact Dr Edge at the telephone numbers above or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Control of alien vegetation

Although the MC continues to actively control alien vegetation in the reserve, Kikuyu grass from neighbouring gardens is an ever present threat, and if you are one of our neighbours, we ask you to be vigilant and prevent this grass from escaping across your property boundary into the reserve.

Butterfly population

The adult butterfly population at the reserve is currently on a declining trend, having reduced from 150 in November 2008 to less than 50 in November 2016 and February 2017. The major reason for this decrease is undoubtedly the terrible drought over the last couple of years, and despite our best efforts populations of the butterfly caterpillars’ food plant Indigofera erecta have dwindled.

Expansion of the Butterfly Reserve

The MC has had a contract to manage Uitzicht 216/81 (a 10ha public open space north of the reserve across W K Grobler road) for over ten years. The habitat modifications we have made (opening up paths to let in more light and control the bracken fern) have eventually resulted in a good healthy population of Indigofera erecta and Uitzicht 216/81 is now almost ready to support a population of Brenton Blues. The only resource still required is sufficient nectar plants, and this is currently being addressed. The Knysna Municipality has agreed in principle to declare this piece of land, plus some other public open space to the west of the reserve, as a contract nature reserve, to be managed by Cape Nature and the Brenton Blue Trust.

How you can help

Donations can be made to the Brenton Blue Trust through our website www.brentonbluetrust.co.za. Neighbours can volunteer to assist in the management of the reserve.

 

Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 19/05/2017

Official #Knysna Communication: www.visitknysna.co.za

 

   
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Mitchell's craft beer announces new brand design

Mitchell’s has introduced fresh packaging designs for its familiar beers, known for the stories behind their names; Forester’s Lager, Bosun’s Pale Ale, Milk & Honey Ale, 90 Shilling Ale, Raven Stout, and Old Wobbly Strong Lager.

Read more here

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Oyster Festival Fever grips Featherbed

The Featherbed Company is bracing itself for an outbreak of Trail Running Fever as trail fanatics from across the country scramble for entries into one of South Africa’s most popular medium distance trail running events - the Featherbed Trail Run which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The family friendly event is the trail running event of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and is as famous for its festive atmosphere combined with the famous Ferry Ride across the Knysna Estuary as it is for its spectacular course.

Read more here

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The only Beachfront restaurant in Knysna

Butterfly Blu is perched on a dune top with beautiful panoramic sea views making it one of the most idyllic restaurants in Knysna with beautiful food, an outdoor/indoor deck, lounge areas, cocktail bar, and a contemporary interior. Directly below the restaurant is beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and rolling dunes covered with lush fynbos for which this part of the world is so famous. The setting is perfect to enjoy a rosy sunset after a stroll on the beach.

Read more here

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BRENTON BLUE NEWS – MAY 2017

To all friends and neighbours of the Brenton Blue butterfly – welcome to your latest newsletter! Your management committee (MC) includes representatives from CapeNature, WESSA, EWT, LepSoc, the Knysna Municipality (KM) and the local residents.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

blend

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch SUJO & Storm live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 19 May from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday, 21 May, Sam Hartman will entertain you from 1pm - 4pm

 

 For more information contact: 044 384 0493

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Join the team at Kilzers Kitchen every Friday from 12 May - 29 September, 4pm - 9pm for their exciting Winter Long Table in a relaxed setting with a log fire & affordable quality food

 

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

Elalini Youth Day

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don't miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.  

WildOM

WILD OATS MARKET

Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 - 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

harkerville

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am - 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

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Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp.

 

For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116

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Have you heard of Monday massage madness at our Spa? Get the massage you’ve been putting out for a while. 20% off our massages is more than enough reason to treat yourself to a Monday pamper session.
Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

For more information call: 044 389 0092

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Mother's Day off @ Turbine Botique Hotel & Spa. Champaign breakfast & Brunch - R185pp. 60-Minute-Soul-to-Sole pampering @ R600pp. Happy hour, Wed - Fri - 5pm - 6pm

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

CooknLook

Kilzers Kitchen Cook n Look Evenings are indeed a unique experience. The busy and extremely well equipped kitchen becomes centre stage for around 70 guests who get to watch a magnificent 3 course meal being prepared by chefs Albin and Jenny together with their professional kitchen personnel.

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

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Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

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THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331

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Join Blackwaters River Lodge & Mashie Golf Course - A great relaxation place for young & old. 
For more information & bookings contact: 044 383 0105

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Butterfly Blu is perched on a dune top with beautiful panoramic sea views making it one of the most idyllic restaurants in Knysna with beautiful food, an outdoor/indoor deck, lounge areas, cocktail bar, and a contemporary interior. Directly below the restaurant is beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and rolling dunes covered with lush fynbos for which this part of the world is so famous. The setting is perfect to enjoy a rosy sunset after a stroll on the beach.

Our philosophy is simple – to make your visit and dining experience as pleasurable as possible. We are passionate about what we do! With a commitment to sourcing the freshest produce seasonally, our chefs utilise locally-sourced ingredients across all areas of the continually evolving contemporary menu, to deliver a unique dining experience. Everything is made fresh in house under the watchful eye of chefs who have honed their skills for more than 25 years in various inspirational kitchens in Northern Europe. Suppliers are carefully selected based on their beliefs in sourcing/rearing, produce/animals, in a time-honoured natural way, free from chemicals and unnatural additives.

When you visit you’ll notice our handcrafted Croatian pizza selection. The roots of Croatian cuisine date back to ancient times, with many families still using similar cooking methods today. We are extremely grateful to Josip and Kiki, our very dear friends from the small island Vis in the Adriatic Sea, who have shared with us the baking methods that they have been fine-tuning for decades. Our pizzas are prepared with love and baked in a pizza oven built by Josip himself to deliver crisp, light, wood-fired bases.

In the bar we have a stellar team of proud mixologists serving an irresistible mix of cocktails inspired by the freshest produce at the time, as well as a broad range of South Africa’s favourite beers, and local artisanal coffee, perfect to enjoy in the Butterfly Blu lounge areas or restaurant. A cleverly curated South African focused wine list showcases the significant regions and best boutique producers. See you soon….

Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:54

Oyster Festival Fever grips Featherbed

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The Featherbed Company is bracing itself for an outbreak of Trail Running Fever as trail fanatics from across the country scramble for entries into one of South Africa’s most popular medium distance trail running events - the Featherbed Trail Run which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The family friendly event is the trail running event of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and is as famous for its festive atmosphere combined with the famous Ferry Ride across the Knysna Estuary as it is for its spectacular course. 

"Feathers fly as Trail Fanatics Flock to the Featherbed Trail Run"

Additionally to the established distances of 11km, well-known as the SEAHORSE run and the 15km distance, known as the Coelacanth Run, organisers have added another longer distance event of 21km which will go into the Featherbed books as the GREAT WHITE.
This race promises to be a tough but exhilarating run. Not only will athletes be able to enjoy those exclusive trails on the privately owned Featherbed Nature Reserve with breath-taking views across the sheer cliffs of the Knysna Heads but they will also descent to the rugged beaches of the Indian Ocean east of Brenton on Sea and along the beautiful Fisherman’s Trail. This route is certainly one of the most spectacular trail running courses that South Africa has to offer – so if you are a proficient medium distance trail runner – this is the one to do.
The Featherbed Trail Run is also part of the BIG5 Sport Challenge with a strong field of MultiSport athletes who will be competing against Featherbed athletes on the15km Coelacanth course.
The all inclusive experience gained by an entry to the event includes a ferry trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve, an experience in its own right, a Unimog trip up the mountain (For Seahorse Runners), a choice of one of the three running courses which differ slightly in technical challenge, distance and one beast of a climb, the well-deserved finisher medal and a post-race meal at Knysna’s exclusive Cruise Café. The event is organised into 3 departures; a morning, midday and afternoon run with breakfast, lunch or supper afterwards.
According to Christine Collins from event organisers Magnetic South, the demand for tickets is once again enormous and she is expecting another sell out run. She urged local runners to get their entries in early to avoid disappointment as entries are being snapped up by upcountry athletes. “Entry is stringently limited by the number of places on the ferries,” she said.
A very special mention must also go to the Featherbed Company, who once a year allows the organisers to present this exhilarating event within their pristine protected area. “It is a privilege for us to run here every year”, said Event Director Mark Collins, “and we pride ourselves on instilling an ethos of respect for nature in each of the runners at our event”.

The Featherbed Trail Run is part of the Trail Town Concept which offers a multitude of trail running events over the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and caters for all age groups, fitness levels and one can even choose the perfect time of the day to go out and enjoy the trails!
All info and booking on www.trailtown.net

Mitchell’s has introduced fresh packaging designs for its familiar beers, known for the stories behind their names; Forester’s Lager, Bosun’s Pale Ale, Milk & Honey Ale, 90 Shilling Ale, Raven Stout, and Old Wobbly Strong Lager.

Mitchell's craft beer announces new brand design
Hein Swart, managing director of Mitchell’s Brewery, says the first beer he ever tasted was from Mitchell’s when he was on holiday in Knysna as a young man, “long before craft beer was even a thing.”

Swart’s first taste later led him to join South African Breweries and achieve the status of SAB Master. “It’s given me the experience, knowledge, and know-how to take a brand like Mitchell’s, who has a craft brewing history of more than thirty years, to drive it forward, commercially," he says.

Apart from the brand-new packaging design, there has also been an investment in optimising quality, consistency, and production processes at the sub-20 000 hectolitres per annum (HLPA) brewery in the heart of Knysna. A fermentation tank farm extended with additional fermentation vessels to ensure reliable supply.

International brew master, Jörg Finkeldey, who consults to the production team at Mitchell’s, says, “The range continues to remain true to original ingredients, and we’re constantly refining processes to ensure the best brew across our entire range.”

The ability to source high-quality ingredients locally remains core to Mitchell’s philosophy. “We’re in the prime Southern Cape agricultural region where hops are cultivated, so we have access to the finest raw ingredients on our doorstep. We only use 100% natural ingredients, which are locally sourced, using original recipes and a unique brewing process, resulting in full-bodied, thirst quenching flavours for our discerning clientele,” says Finkeldey.

With a permanent staff complement that has been at the brewery for the past 15 to 18 years, and nurtured in the skill of craft beer production, Swart adds, “getting craft beer right is part science and part art; it takes a high level of commitment from everyone at the brewery, and we’re very fortunate to have such a long-standing and dedicated team of people involved with the local community.”

For more information: www.mitchellsbrewing.com. Alternatively, connect with them on Facebook.

Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 12/05/2017

Official #Knysna Communication: www.visitknysna.co.za

 

   
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Are you ready for the Best 10 Days of Winter?

Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, are you ready for the fun-filled Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival? Taking place from 7 – 16 July with more than 100 activities spread across 10 days there will be no shortage of fun. From sports, to music, obstacle courses, kids entertainment, gourmet food and of course loads of seafood and oysters, topped with the stunning Knysna Scenery.

Read more here

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MG CAR CLUB GATHERING IN SEDGEFIELD

The local South Cape Centre will be hosting the 2017 MG Car Club Cape Centres Gathering in Sedgefield from 25 to 28 May 2017.

Read more here

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Garden Route Birding

Situated between the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian ocean lies the magnificent Garden Route. Named due to its beauty being compared to the “Garden of Eden” , this diverse section of South Africa has much to offer both the resident and the visiting birder.

Read more here

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12th Knysna Wine Festival held at 2017 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival

The Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere showcase for local wines at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival held annually in Knysna.

Read more here

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SCRIBANTE CEMENTS CLASSIC CAR FRIDAY DOMINANCE WITH HAT-TRICK OF VICTORIES

Widely regarded as South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event, this year’s running lived up to its proud reputation, producing a simply dazzling array of road and race-bred machinery, along with drivers of equally esteemed pedigree.

Read more here

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THRILLING CLIMAX TO RECORD-SETTING 2017 JAGUAR SIMOLA HILLCLIMB

This year’s 8th running attracted an estimated 15 000 spectators over the duration of the weekend, who were treated to an awe-inspiring line-up of cars – from showroom-specification hot hatches to exotic supercars and some of the wildest track-attack machines in South Africa.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

blend

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch DEJA VU live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 12 May from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday, 14 May, MINX will entertain you from 1pm - 4pm

 

 For more information contact: 044 384 0493

looooong table

WINTER LONG TABLE

Join the team at Kilzers Kitchen every Friday from 12 May - 29 September, 4pm - 9pm for their exciting Winter Long Table in a relaxed setting with a log fire & affordable quality food

 

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

Elalini Youth Day

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

fridaymarkett

FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

Don't miss the Friday Night Market this Friday from 4pm - 8pm for some good local food, entertainment, stalls or just good company. Follow the scarecrows up Welbedach Lane.  

WildOM

WILD OATS MARKET

Don't miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market blending people from diverse backgrounds, uniting urban and rural in a mix, every Saturday from 07:30 - 12pm.

For more info contact: 044 883 1177

harkerville

HARKERVILLE MARKET

Join the rural and rustic, but vibey and vital Harkerville Market it's definitely all you could ever hope for in a typical South African Saturday Market. Saturdays 8am - 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

SPECIALS

leeuwensbosch

Don't miss out on a 3 course SUNDAY LUNCH at Leeuwensbosch Farm Stall at only R95 pp.

 

For more information call: Gerhard/Jane on 044 386 0116

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Have you heard of Monday massage madness at our Spa? Get the massage you’ve been putting out for a while. 20% off our massages is more than enough reason to treat yourself to a Monday pamper session.
Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

For more information call: 044 389 0092

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Mother's Day off @ Turbine Botique Hotel & Spa. Champaign breakfast & Brunch - R185pp. 60-Minute-Soul-to-Sole pampering @ R600pp. Happy hour, Wed - Fri - 5pm - 6pm

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

CooknLook

Kilzers Kitchen Cook n Look Evenings are indeed a unique experience. The busy and extremely well equipped kitchen becomes centre stage for around 70 guests who get to watch a magnificent 3 course meal being prepared by chefs Albin and Jenny together with their professional kitchen personnel.

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

mitchbrew

Mitchells Brew Pub presents Thurday Pint Night - Buy one get one free & from 6pm - 8pm get a free 340ml draft with any gourmet burger.

For more info contact: 044 382 4685

oystersthirty

THE HOME OF THE KNYSNA OYSTER: make sure you visit 34 South in the Knysna Waterfront to enjoy a fantastic oyster experience. For more information contact: 0443827331

BlackwatersRiver

Join Blackwaters River Lodge & Mashie Golf Course - A great relaxation place for young & old. 
For more information & bookings contact: 044 383 0105

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Join 34 South for lunches, business lunches, lunch breaks, light lunches and most of all LUNCH SPECIALS. everyday we have something different. Click here for more information

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Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, are you ready for the fun-filled Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival?
Taking place from 7 – 16 July with more than 100 activities spread across 10 days there will be no shortage of fun.
From sports, to music, obstacle courses, kids entertainment, gourmet food and of course loads of seafood and oysters, topped with the stunning Knysna Scenery, What more do you need? Come and experience the best 10 days of your winter with us.



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Haven’t booked your accommodation yet for the best 10 days of your winter?
Don’t worry we have some amazing packages just for you from the relaxed views of the Knysna Hollow, to the hidden serenity of the Hideaway Guest House and the lush tranquillity of Belvidere Manor you will be spoilt for choice.
Click here to find out more on our exclusive accommodation packages.
Be Relaxed and let us take care of you!

 

 

 

 


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Now in its eighth year, the BIG5 Challenge is the only multisport event covering five disciplines and boasting a field ranging from world class elites to first timers. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be named the BIG5 race winner.

There are limited entries available. Entrants have access to race day hospitality with complimentary massages and refreshments within the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds.
If you are entering any of the BIG5 events, you need to complete only one online entry form for all 5 events.
DO NOT ENTER ANY OF THE EVENTS INDIVIDUALLY/ SEPARATELY.


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The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is a fun, secure play area tailored specially for the littlies! The area is supervised by qualified child minders and offers loads of awesome, age appropriate activities to keep the kids entertained during the best 10 days of your winter, leaving Moms and Dads free to enjoy the Festival and to Be Relaxed*.
The fun includes, face painting, arts and crafts, jumping castles and loads more. Open to kids from 2 to 12, there is no charge, but children must be checked in by their parents/guardians.
*The Momentum Health Kiddies Area is open daily with the following extended hours on key event days. Click here for full schedule.

The Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere showcase for local wines at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival held annually in Knysna.

Dates 10th&11th July 2017

It has a proven track record of 11 years, and is associated with quality South African wines.
“We originally wanted to launch an exclusive Wine Festival in the Garden Route. One which would allow guests to interact with high profile vintners while tasting their wines,” explained Belinda. And so the Knysna Wine Festival was born and it joined the successful Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival in 2005.

Not only does this festival allow participants to enjoy the best South African wines, but a portion of the door takings are donated by the Hobsons to a local Sedgefield charity, this year being Sedgefield Animal Matters.
Hundreds of wine lovers flock to this beautiful Wine festival to enjoy the over 200 wines from more than 50 different wine estates. Wine connoisseurs and quaffers will have the pleasure of tasting the many wines and champagne, as well as single malt whiskies presented by Hector McBeth, chocolates and cheeses. These wines and whiskies will be available for purchase at special cellar door prices and cheeses at low celebratory prices.

The now long standing Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere social event of the Knysna Oyster Festival which enjoys more than 100 other events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to gala evenings, and is expected to draw more then 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.

The festival lives its dream of being ‘the best 10 days of winter’ and the entire period fills the greater Knysna to capacity & surrounding towns and local’s benefit immensely.

This year we welcome on board Audi, George a dream machine for a dream festival.
Come view their beautiful cars while sipping on quality wines from Estates such as Bramon; Packwood; Steenberg; Graham Beck; Ernie Els; Saxenburg; De Grendel; Journey’s End; De Krans; Kranskop; Benguela Cove; Avondale; Mellasat; Profumi D’ Italia –Bottega; Bosman; Rooiberg; Perdeberg; Peter Bayly; Cape Point Vineyards; Lanzerac;Kaapse Liqueurs or why not have an olive oil tasting with De Rustica Olive Oil.

Tickets will be available online from 21st May on www.webtickets.co.za, with limited early bird tickets at R120.00 each

For further information contact www.knysnawinefestival.co.za or Phone Belinda 0744562253

Friday, 12 May 2017 03:39

MG CAR CLUB GATHERING IN SEDGEFIELD

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The local South Cape Centre will be hosting the 2017 MG Car Club Cape Centres Gathering from 25 to 28 May 2017.

MG enthusiasts will be traveling from Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Johannesburg to join the local members at the event that will be based in Wilderness.
On Friday 26 May participants will be driving through Sedgefield town on their way to Rheenendal. Local residents are likely to see quite a number of little sports cars driving around.
On Saturday 27 May, they will be visiting the local Sedgefield markets and the cars will be ‘on show’ at the parking area behind the Mosaic Market.
This event takes place every second year and is hosted by a different centre each time.

Friday, 12 May 2017 03:32

Garden Route Birding

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Situated between the Outeniqua mountains and the Indian ocean lies the magnificent Garden Route.
Named due to its beauty being compared to the “Garden of Eden” , this diverse section of South Africa
has much to offer both the resident and the visiting birder. Habitats can range from Pelagic to
Afro-Montane forest , from Karroo to Alpine, from Estuarine lakes to Fynbos.

A few of my favourite birding routes in the area would be:

1 Knysna Forest route - Starting at the Deep walls(Diepwalle) forest station, birding in and around the
forest camping decks. Reliable birds here include White Starred Robin, Narina Trogon, Grey
Cuckooshrike, Black Headed Oriole, Chorister Robin Chat and Yellow Throated Woodland Warbler. From
here , drive along Kom se Pad, stopping frequently to look and listen for bird parties, often indicated by
the cackling of the Green Woodhoopoes. Olive woodpecker is often seen here. Cleared Patches of
bracken and Fynbos here are good for Victorin's Warbler. Look up while going through these cleared
areas as Forest Buzzard is often seen soaring here.At Gouna head back towards Knysna. Large areas of
mature Fynbos lie along the road, perfect for Cape Sugarbird, Orange Breasted Sunbird, Victorin's
Warbler as well as Cape Grassbird.
Time +- 4 hours

2 Wilderness Lakes route - The area between the towns of Sedgefield and Wilderness offer spectacular
birding that encompass Fynbos, Forest, Grassland and Estuarine lakes. Best started early, this route
begins at the “Big Tree” forest walk at Woodville outside the hamlet of Hoekwil. This is great forest birding
that includes species such as Scaly Throated Honeyguide,Knysna Turaco, Narina Trogon, White Starred
Robin, Lemon Dove, Knysna Warbler and Buff-spotted Flufftail. It is an easy, circular forest walk that
allows for easy access to tricky forest birds. As with all forest birding, knowledge of calls helps
immeasurably. From here continue towards Knysna and then take the Rondevlei road that branches to
the right. This area is reliable for Black winged lapwing as well as Denhams Bustard, especially around
the “Baboons Rest” junction. Continue down the pass to Rondevlei village and turn left at the Sedgefield
junction. You will shortly cross a channel that links to 2 sections of the IBA and Ramsar site. This channel
is a very good photographic spot as well as being good for Little Bittern, Malachite Kingfisher, Purple
Heron and Hottentot Teal.Continue along and then take the left fork to the SAN Parks offices and the
Rondevlei hide. The car park area is good for Olive Bush Shrike as well as Knysna Woodpecker.The hide
is very good for Kingfishers, Purple Swamphen, general waterbirds, African Fish-Eagle as well as African
Rail.
Time +-4 Hours

3. Woodbourne marsh - Follow the N2 through Knysna, as you come through the town look for George Rex
drive. Turn here and the pans are about 3 km along the road on the Eastern side(left if coming from
Knysna).Great for Ducks and Waders.
There are a couple of very good full day trips from the Knysna area. My 2 favourite are
Voelvlei Mossel Bay - A fantastic spot outside Mossel bay for waterbirds. Highlights here is having both
Lesser and Greater Flamingo together as well as large numbers of ducks and coots. Best visited at the
end of Winter. Fynbos thicket birding is also very good and is one of the more reliable spots for Southern
Tchagra as well as Grey Necked Francolin. The surrounding fields are very good for Agulhas Long Billed
Lark, Large Billed Lark , Blue Crane and Secretary Bird
Time +-8 Hours

4. Swartberg Pass - Definetly some of the area's best birding as well as most scenic drives and offering a
mix of Fynbos, Alpine and Karoo birding. Highlights are Protea Seedeater, Cape Siskin,Orange Breasted
Sunbird, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Rockjumper, Sentinel and Cape Rock Thrushes, Pririt Batis,Faery
Flycatcher, Layards and Rufouse Vented Titbabblers, Vereauxs Eagle, Victorins Warbler and Cape
Sgarbird
Time +-10 Hours