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The Lilizela awards recognise and reward tourism players and businesses who work passionately and with pride to deliver a world class product and service and whose delivery grows South Africa’s global destination competitiveness. The awards are given following votes by the public for the best tourism experiences and products in South Africa. They give national recognition to establishments and raise their profile both here at home in South Africa and around the world and bring tourism businesses great publicity and profiling on a number of platforms.
Congratulations to our members who recently won Lilizela Awards:
• Knysna Herons Guest House - Best 3-star Bed & Breakfast in the Western Cape (for the second consecutive year)
• Afrovibe Beach House: Best 3-star Guest House in the Western Cape
• Afrovibe Experiences: Eyeya Award – (defined as Black entrepreneurs who operate small, micro and medium tourism or hospitality-related businesses. They must have been in operation for less than 10 years, employ no more than 50 people and have a turnover of not more than R10 million a year.)
Manager of Knysna Heron’s Guest House, Robert Quintin Collins, said, “We’re overjoyed. It’s been a very difficult couple of months for our beautiful town so winning this award for Knysna is amazing and I do hope it will attract more people to visit.” He said what sets them apart is creating an atmosphere that allows their guests to feel at home.
The new managers of Oaks on Main are doing great things at this beautiful historical building with an arts and craft market which is open every Saturday morning from 9am – 2pm.
Pop in for great coffee and pancakes then browse the stalls or do some early Christmas present shopping. There is also an exhibition in the main building featuring works by local artist Mady Truter.
Two distinguished soloists, recitalists, Artistic Directors and teachers will perform for the Knysna Plett Concert Series in October. Both Zuill and Bryan studied in the United States at the prestigious Juilliard School of Music, with Zuill going to the Peabody Conservatory and Bryan continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
They have performed all over the world with top orchestras and renowned conductors.
We are so fortunate to have these two outstanding musicians in Knysna. Don’t miss this concert, it will be wonderful music played by consummate professionals!
They will play pieces by Beethoven and Boccherini amongst others.
Venue; Dutch Reformed Church Hall, Fichat Street
Tickets; At the door from 6.45pm Adults; R120, Scholars; R30
Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 13/10/2017
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Knysna is proudly flying the Blue Flag following the 2017/2018 awards in Jeffery's Bay last week.
Congrats to Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching and Eco trips for 3 Blue Flags for their boats Sousa, Dolphin II and Oyster Catcher; the Knysna Municipality for 2 Blue Flag beaches - Brenton-on Sea and Buffalo Bay; and Thesen Islands for two Blue Flag marinas.
South Africa was the first country outside Europe to be granted Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches and the programme has been locally managed by WESSA since 2001 in partnership with participating coastal municipalities.
Chairperson of Knysna & Partners, Elmay Bouwer said: “We are thrilled that Knysna is waving the Blue Flag from its harbours, boats and beaches! This is great news for us as a destination. Congratulations to Ocean Odyssey, Thesen Islands and Knysna Municipality. We are very proud of them for achieving international recognition and for meeting the standards of excellence required by this prestigious award.”
South African Tourism has been incredibly supportive of Knysna & Partners’ effort to get the news out to the world that Knysna is welcoming tourists following the devastating fires in June.
Last week, a group of three top journalists from the US were in Knysna courtesy of SAT to see the town and experience some of the activities themselves.
The visit was coordinated by Judy Pillay, Operations Manager for South African Tourism in the USA who said that South African Tourism was fully behind Knysna and wanted to assist as far as possible in getting tourism back on track. “Knysna has so much to offer tourists and it’s wonderful to see that it’s business as usual here,” she said.
The journalists are all vastly experienced travel writers, who will be contributing stories to well-known high end media in the US.
Denise Mattia is on her first visit to South Africa and will be writing for Tripwich.com, JAX FAX and NY Lifestyles, covering all aspects of travel, as well as art and architecture, culture, food and wine, hotels and resorts, LGBT events, spas and sports activities.
Angela Fairhurst is also visiting South African for the first time and has a commission to write a destination and Luxe Lodgings story for PeterGreenberg.com, one of the most influential online travel guides in the world.
Chelsye Burrows will be covering the WBGO Joy of Jazz Festival, Johannesburg, Knysna, Cape Town and other itinerary highlights from South Africa for Atlanta Voice.
The group was welcomed to Knysna by Knysna & Partners who assisted with setting up their itinerary, and each journalist was presented with a #KnysnaRises t-shirt to take back home.
The “Flight for Birders” bird identification and conservation course by Dr Anton Odendal will be presented at the St Francis United Church Hall, Sedgefield on 10 & 11 November 2017.
We have been requested to develop regionally specific sections for this course and this has now been done. The feature on birding destinations will focus on bird-watching opportunities along the Garden Route and the Plettenberg Bay birdfinder web page will be practically illustrated highlighting the difficult to identify birds of the region. The section on birding tourism will focus on the critical role that the Western Cape in general and the Garden Route region in particular could play in this regard.
The costs include the course notes and a certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa – roughly 1,600 slides and drawings will be used. In many cases images of similar and potentially confusing species have been combined on the same slide in order to illustrate differences. The development of an infrastructure for birding tourists in local areas will also be highlighted. In the vast majority of the slides English and Afrikaans names of species are printed onto the slide. The course focuses on basic steps in the identification of birds, places heavy emphasis on where to find the rare and often endemic birds in southern Africa and illustrates how ordinary bird-watchers could become involved in the conservation of birds and their habitats.
WHAT PARTICIPANTS SHOULD BRING ALONG:
· One of the bird guide books (Newman's, SASOL or Robert's), preferably one that you are prepared to make notes in to illustrate key identification features of species
· Notebook and pen
· Comfortable walking shoes (Second day only)
· Hat and sunscreen (Second day only)
· Lunch picnic basket
· Coffee and tea will be provided.
DAY 1: Friday 10 November
(Kindly note that short breaks will be taken on the hour).
08h30 to 09h00: Registration
09h00 to 10h00: The basic approach to Flight for Birders and what to look for when trying to identify a bird
10h00 to 10h15: Tea
10h15 to 11h15: The identification of garden birds
11h15 to 12h30: The Art of Deception: A special section on some of the brood parasites of southern Africa and their host species
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 13h30: How to prepare when visiting a new birding area: Illustrating the Plettenberg Bay Birdfinder web-page
13h30 to 14h00: A focus on birding tourism - the critical role that the Western Cape Province in general and the Garden Route region in particular could play in this regard
14h00 to 15h00: How to prepare before visiting a new area – a case-study on birding in the Tankwa Karoo
15h00 to 15h45: An overview of some threatened birds in Southern Africa: what are conservation agencies trying to do about the problem through conservation programs and how can ordinary birders help?
1. The Dyer Island Conservation Trust: Working towards saving AFRICAN PENGUINS
2. BLSA's ALBATROSS Task Force
3. There is hope for AMUR FALCONS migrating through India
15h45+: Practical outing in small groups applying the principles taught – weather permitting
DAY 2: Saturday 11 November
09h00 to 10h15: Those difficult to identify species – the “Little Brown Jobs” of the Western Cape
10h15 to 10h30: Tea
10h30 to 11h00: The identification of raptors and birds of prey
11h00 to 11h45: The identification of raptors and birds of prey (Continued)
11h45 to 12h30: A special focus on the Owls of southern Africa
12h30 to 13h00: Lunch
13h00 to 14h00: The identification of the fairly common waterbirds in the Garden Route region.
14h00 to 15h00: An introduction to coastal birds and waders
15h00 to 15h30: The 101 species in southern Africa that every avid birder needs to be able to identify – how to distinguish between the various families of birds. (An open-ended participatory discussion on photographs of the most common birds representing different families of birds).
DETAILS IN BRIEF:
DATES: 10 & 11 November 2017
VENUE: St Francis United Church Hall, Sedgefield
COSTS: R 550-00 for adults that include the course notes & certificate endorsed by BirdLife South Africa.
Kindly note that gift vouchers for attendance of the course are now also available – an ideal gift for friends and family members interested in nature in general and birds in particular.
TO REGISTER AND SECURE YOUR PLACE:
The entry process for the ninth running of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb opened today, 3 October 2017. The event takes place in the stunning Garden Route town of Knysna from 3-6 May 2018.
This is the earliest that entries have opened in the event’s history, being a month earlier than for the 2017 event, and stems from the huge demand for places on the starting grid. With participants limited to 64 for Classic Car Friday and 84 cars for the King of the Hill category, it is sure to be oversubscribed as was the case for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimbs.
The 2018 event’s entry procedure has changed from a two-stage process this year to a single stage process. Competitors wishing to enter are invited to register their Expression of Interest to enter the event via the online portal at www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com from 3 October 2017 until the closing date of 26 January 2018.
Expressions of Interest will be duly considered by the Organisers who will then issue an Invitation to Compete to successful applicants by no later than 9 February 2018.
With limited entries available, the Organisers have the difficult task of selecting the final entries. The event is significantly over-subscribed each year, resulting in a number of hopeful competitors being disappointed. In determining which competitors make the final cut, the Organisers consider a number of factors, the overriding consideration being “What is best for the event as a whole.”
The format will be like the 2017 event, with Classic Car Friday for older cars competing on the Friday, and individual King of the Hill titles for the three main types of competing vehicles on Saturday and Sunday. As introduced in 2017 for the first time, King of the Hill will consist of Road Going Saloons and Supercars, Single-seaters and Sportscars, and Modified Saloons. Each category will carry the same level of importance and stature.
This will be the fifth edition of the event with Jaguar South Africa as the title sponsor. Jaguar’s partnership over the past four years has helped lift the event to a new level, with unprecedented interest across the board resulting in a record crowd of over 15 800 attending the event in 2017.
CLICK HERE for the Regulations and to register your intent to enter the Classic Car Friday and the King of the Hill races.
General Entry, Pit and Hospitality tickets will go on sale in November 2017.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Organising Team
From total destruction in the fires of 7 June, to “most successful festival ever” in just three months: the 2017 Knysna Timber Festival (29 September – 1 October) has been hailed as both a triumph, and a cathartic, life-affirming experience.
“The Knysna Timber Initiative decided at its very first meeting after the fires that the Festival would go ahead by hook or by crook – despite the fact that both the venue, Timber Village, and my home and office – with all the Festival documents and records - were completely burned to the ground,” said Festival manager, Picca de Bruin.
“It was a massive effort, but the spirit of cooperation and the incredible support we received from everyone paid off on the day.
“Our visitor numbers were up (more than 2,000 people came into the festival grounds on Saturday alone); a number of visitors – including bowl-turners from Pretoria - flew in specifically for the event; the Fechters/Woodoc Food for Wood/Ezigro Karata Nurseries children’s programme was sold out; Chef Melven Mene of Usatsho Tshisanyama & Catering ran out of supplies on at least one occasion and had to go into town to get more to feed the amazing crowd of people who seemed to kuier and kuier; and the number of out-of-town exhibitors grew from about 5% of the total on show last year to 25% this year,” she said.
Ms. de Bruin said that media coverage generated by the Festival for Knysna as a timber destination exceeded all expectations.
“SABC sent a reporter and cameraman who put together a 2-minute, 11-second slot that was screened on prime-time TV news, and Derrich Gardner interviewed me on his RSG programme, Brêkfis met Derrich, on Saturday morning – and, together with exposure in Timber IQ and SA Forestry magazines, as well as in our local Knysna-Plett Herald and the many on-line publications that supported us, this year’s festival drew more media attention than any we’ve done in the past.
“In terms of the #KnysnaRises campaign, this was invaluable coverage, and we’re sure that we can directly attribute it to the goodwill that surrounded the Festival from the day we decided that it had to go ahead,” she said.
Exhibitor Cheryl Liepner of Country Ways – a Knysna-based business that restores furniture, and makes new furniture from old wood – wasn’t ready to exhibit at first. She and her husband, Nick, lost their house on the family farm near Karatara, outside Knysna, and their shop on Old Cape Road, and their son, Zak, lost his home next door to Timber Village in the fires.
“I couldn’t face it,” she said. “My biggest fear was that everyone would be talking about the fires, and we’re still trying to come to terms with losing everything – including all the stock from our 28-year-old business.
“But Daniel (Hennessy, one of the owners of Timber Village) called and offered us a sponsored stall, and persuaded us to come – and I’m so pleased we did.
“It was ten times better than last year, even though we had very little on show. It was just fantastic.
“We saw a very different crowd of people this year, and we did have to speak about the fire, but everyone was genuinely interested in our work, and how we’re rebuilding, so it was good to talk about it after all.
“And that genuine interest means so more than when people say things like ‘I’m sorry.’
“We were also positioned next to Barry Foulkes of Ciranova floor coatings from Cape Town, and it was fantastic to see and share his enthusiasm for wood and timber products.
“Losing everything in a fire teaches you not to become too comfortable. If I’d watched the farm animals, I would probably have known that it was coming our way, and made different arrangements – but now I know I must never get comfortable again.
“Nevertheless, the Knysna Timber Festival was a wonderful experience that’s helped us all enormously,” she said. (All Ms. Liepner’s farm animals – horses, pigs, turkeys, and even a chicken with a damaged leg – fled the fires, but returned to the farm two days later.)
For his part, Barry Foulkes of Ciranova High Quality Woodcare Products – which exhibited for the first time at the Knysna Timber Festival this year – was “hugely impressed with the show.
“Whenever we exhibit in the big cities, everyone’s only interested in price – but here, we found that the people we met wanted to understand our products, and they were genuinely curious about what they can do.
“There was a such a great community spirit, too, and it was a rare opportunity to meet the local trade, and to speak directly to the people who make the decisions,” he said.
“We’ll definitely be back next year.”
And that, said Ms. de Bruin, was exactly why the Knysna Timber Initiative went to such extraordinary lengths to present the 2017 Knysna Timber Festival with the help of the Knysna Municipality and Wesgro.
“The festival’s slogan is ‘Our heritage rooted in wood,’ and its job is to remind us that we grow together when we work together,” she said.
Media release for the Knysna Timber Festival by
Martin Hatchuel CPRP
084 951 0574
Knysna Manor House guesthouse is housed in a charming Victorian mansion, is centrally located and offers amazing views of the stunning Knysna Lagoon. A mere 2-5 minute walk of local shops, banks, craft markets, restaurants and the Knysna Quays Waterfront.