Wind: 17.70 km/h
Knysna Segway Tours is a combined green technology, sustainable and eco-friendly. Experience a unique and fun activity in Knysna for the whole family. We operate in the Greater Knysna Area with stunning views overlooking the Knysna Estuary.
Join Lakeside Lodge & Spa as they take you on a tour of the 80’s with this year’s Rocking the Lake - 80’s Revival Tour!
The Garden Routes local favourites, The Wellcast band will be putting on an extraordinary show, performing classic hits from the 80’s that will have guests dancing out of their seats.
Step back into the 80’s and join Lakeside Lodge & Spa on the 4th of November 2017 from 14h00 - 17h00. Tickets are on sale at R150 for adults and R100 for kids.
With street styled food available for sale, this event is the perfect 80’s styled affair.
Book online at: http://bit.ly/2ttJ3BA
Tickets are also available for purchase at the Sedgefield Tourism Office: 30 Main Street, Sedgefield
This Women’s Day, Knysna Tourism is focussing on some of the local women who have established or are involved in successful tourism businesses in the greater Knysna area.
Says Elmay Bouwer, Chairperson of Knysna & Partners: “I particularly respect women who empower other women. I really enjoy seeing women encouraging, supporting and educating their peers. We need more of that.
“It is important to me that women need to change their way of thinking from ‘I’m not ready to do that’, to ‘I want to do that and I will learn by doing it.’
“Thank you to all the women in Knysna who have a vision to empower women to do more, see more and be more.
“A huge round of applause to all the women playing a role in #KnysnaRises. I salute you. Have a blessed Women’s Day.”
Part one of our Women’s Month series, Women in Tourism, introduces Michelle Lencoe, Evelyn Pepler, Glendyrr Fick, Judy Dixon, Magdalene Moos and Elizabeth Vertue.
Look out for part two next week!
Michelle Lencoe is a qualified South African tour guide who operates as Li Themba Crafts and Tour. Her tour takes you through her home township of Smutsville in Sedgefield, highlighting the hidden gems of the neighbourhood and showcasing the artistic talent and cultural entrepreneurship of the community.
Michelle started her career in tourism at the Sedgefield Tourism Office and qualified as a tour guide in 2015. She is also a certified lifeguard and has helped to keep our beaches safe during the Christmas holidays.
Always an over achiever, Michelle has been selected to go on a SME speed market mentorship for representing Sedgefield at 2017 Tourism Indaba in Durban. As her mentor Charmaine Beukes explained when she did her presentation to win a place in the Durban Tourism Indaba, her passion for her home town Sedgefield was more than evident.
Her vision is to change the lives of those in her community for the better.
Evelyn first arrived in the Garden Route at 19 years old and, with a passion for the hospitality industry, started working in restaurants before she established her own B&B at the age of 23. She met and married Stephan, a yacht builder who was building a yacht in Plett, and in 1998 the couple launched the 50ft Outeniqua sailing yacht and started a yacht charter company, Spring Tide Charters in Knysna.
In 2012 she bought a small operation consisting of an old boat with two engines known as Ocean Odyssey Charters, the only permit holder for whale and dolphin watching in Knysna, which she has turned into a successful business.
Over the years Evelyn has been involved in many collaborative marketing initiatives and organisations including Plett accommodation association, Plettenberg Bay tourism, Active Garden Route, and Gartour. In 2014 she was elected chairperson of SABBWWA (South African Boat Based Whale Watching Association). She has also achieved Blue Flag status accreditation – under WESSA - for all Odyssey vessels for the last two years, and acquired SATSA (South African Tourism Services Association) accreditation for both Ocean Odyssey and Springtide Charters. She is a qualified nature site guide and whale-watching guide, and a member of SKAL Garden Route. She was recently elected to the newly formed Garden Route SATSA chapter.
She is mom to two boys aged 11 and 14, and describes herself as an energetic, outspoken, fearless, creative, inquisitive, driven person who is not easily intimidated.
Glendyrr Fick is a Tourism Development Consultant, with a passion for Community Tourism. She is a daughter from the Griqua, Khoi-San Tribe, and has strong ties with local communities in general.
She joined the Knysna Tourism team in 2001, managing Tourism Development Projects, and working with organisations like Fair Trade in Tourism South Africa (FTTSA), South Cape Land Claims, Open Africa Route Development, and the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT).
Her projects include Knysna Living Local (marketing initiative for local community tourism initiatives), and the Mothers of Creation Rural Tourism Route which she established through her collaboration with South Cape Land Claims, Open Africa and FTTSA.
Glendyrr joined the IIPT in 2011, after meeting the president, Louis D’ Amore. She introduced him to several of her tourism initiatives, including the Green Chefs Garden Route programme which the IIPT endorsed and presented at the most recent World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) General Assembly in Zambia/Zimbabwe.
In November 2017 Glendyrr spread her wings when she accepted the position of Manager of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.
Glendyrr holds a Bachelor in Development Studies from UNISA and a Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainable Tourism Destination Management from the West Flanders Economic Institute (Belgium).
Her dream is to extend the Green Chefs Initiative across National Parks throughout the world, and to connect indigenous peoples as a result.
After retiring from teaching and moving down to Rondevlei in Sedgefield, Judy Dixon soon found that she could combine her knowledge and passion by becoming a tour guide. She took a FGASA level 1 course and what initially started as a fundraising venture for the various organisations in which she was involved, became the unique encounters with Nature that she now offers.
Most popular are the Moonlight Meanders and Starlight Strolls, but forest trails, canoeing on the rivers, birding and hiking up the mountains are also on offer. With a knowledge of botany, zoology, astronomy and geology, Judy finds the Garden Route the perfect place to take people on infotaining ventures. “It also keeps me fit and allows me to enjoy another interest, swimming. In between I find time to travel, indulge in photography, breed clivias, play bridge, read, do stained glass creations and socialise,” she says.
Magdalene Moos describes herself as a self-made woman, born and bred in Concordia, Knysna. When she finished school, she started studying for a teacher’s diploma at Khomasdal College of Education in Namibia but had to give up her studies due to financial constraints.
Magdalene then become a community development worker. While she was doing upliftment work in her community she identified the need for early childhood development facilities in Concordia and in August 1996 she started a preschool there, where she worked for three years as a volunteer. Later that year, she opened her own preschool, Magdaleentjie, which she describes as a multi-purpose centre - over weekends it becomes a safe haven for women in need or victims of crime.
Magdalene is a single mom of two daughters, Alexis and Alexandre. She was the first female Provincial Chairperson of the Community Police Board, and is also Chairperson of Sinethemba, Deputy Chairperson of the Hospital Board, Chairperson of the SGB of Concordia High, a lay councillor of FAMSA, and a tour guide.
“My passion is to do good and leave a legacy of a fearless, selfless servant of the people,” she says. “My dream is to be an ambassador for my town and to share with others how privileged we are to live in an awesome town like Knysna.”
Elizabeth Vertue is Development and Marketing Co-ordinator/PRO for Emporium Knysna.
An avid foodie, wine lover and entertainer, Elizabeth is passionate about the hospitality industry in which she has been working for 25 years. She started her journey as a waitress at the age of 15, and after gaining some experience overseas, returned to South Africa to be part of the training team at Spur Head Office, helping to set up new restaurants and doing all the owner and staff training.
Elizabeth returned to Knysna to join the family business as part of the management team at what was then Peddlars on the Quay. It was floundering at the time, but a change of name, chef and philosophy, turned it into one of Knysna’s favourite eating spots, The Drydock Food Co.
She was also part of the team that opened Sirocco and Lush (now Tapas&Oysters) and, although not actively involved in the day-to-day running of restaurants anymore, does all the staff and management training as well as the appointment of senior staff for 34 South, Drydock, Tapas&Oysters, Sirocco and the Project Bar.
Elizabeth says she is passionate about training and watching people grow and reach their full potential, “one of the most satisfying aspects of my work. I believe the people in our businesses are key to our success. Some skills can be taught but passion, dedication and good people skills are essential ingredients to what we do.”
Knysna Newsletter: What's on - 04/08/2017
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The Knysna Timber Festival 2017 will go ahead as planned from 29 September to 1 October - and it'll take place as usual at its traditional venue at Timber Village, despite the fact that Timber Village was burned to the ground during the town's recent devastating fires.
The Knysna Timber Initiative - the organisers of the event - see this year's festival as an important milestone during which members of the industry can meet and help one another in restarting and re-growing the Garden Route's hard-hit timber economy. "Everyone was affected by the fires, and everyone's rebuilding with a strong spirit of community," said the initiative's chairperson, Morné Smith.
"The timber industry provides jobs and incomes for thousands of people in the region, and the festival is an opportunity to showcase the deep level of skills - and the high quality of the products - for which Knysna has become famous."
The exhibitors at this year's festival have been drawn from a broad spectrum of the timber economy - furniture manufacturers, timber growers, wood millers, timber buyers and members of the timber construction industry. Indoor and outdoor exhibitions and demonstration areas will provide spaces for conversations, talks, presentations, and films about wood and working with wood.
And with an entertainment area with live music, a beer tent, and children's play space, this year's Knysna Timber Festival will cater for the whole family.
About those owls
One of the most important aspects of the festival is that it's a platform for training and the transfer of skills. This year Woodoc Food for Wood will be sponsoring the training programme. Woodoc will also present their Woodoc Owl Box Project - which is particularly appropriate this year as people around the Garden Route do whatever they can for the birds, bees, and wild animals that were also severely affected by the fires.
Visit www.timberfestival.co.za for detailed information.
SANParks scientists and civil society research groups have cautioned against feeding wild animals. This comes after volunteer groups had dropped vegetables and seeds for animals to eat in the national park and surrounds. This week, authorities detailed reasons for discouraging the feeding of animals in burnt areas.
According to Garden Route National Park manager Paddy Gordon, the fire scar thus far illustrates an elongated line, which suggests animals could have moved to either side of the fire.
"Feeding wild animals may lead to an increase in animal conflict with one another. Once all the feeding programmes and volunteers withdraw relief effort, animals will keep coming to usual spots to collect food, which could lead to a conflict with other wild animals, domestic pets and also with humans," Gordon said.
Further points he highlighted were as follows:
• Feeding habituates animals to humans.
• Spreading fodder over burnt areas might lead animals to eat both fodder and any new growth of plants or shoots. This might delay the growth of plants in those areas.
• As feeding animals can also have an influence on breeding patterns in some animal species, should the feeding suddenly stop, animals will be severely affected.
Gordon said SANParks staff are part of the "ground-truthing exercise" with other stakeholders to determine further assessment after the fire. Once this is completed, certain areas will be identified for rehabilitation but other areas will regrow. – Supplied
* Residents who spot injured animals as a result of the recent fires can contact the Knysna Animal Welfare Society on 044-384-1603 during office hours or, in case of an emergency after hours, phone 073-461-9825.
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The International Year aims to support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute effectively to the SDGs.
"This is a unique opportunity to build a more responsible and committed tourism sector that can capitalize its immense potential in terms of economic prosperity, social inclusion, peace and understanding, cultural and environmental preservation” said UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai.
Accounting for 7% of worldwide exports, one in eleven jobs and 10% of the world’s GDP, the tourism sector if well managed can foster inclusive economic growth, social inclusiveness and the protection of cultural and natural assets.
The International Year will promote tourism’s role in the following five key areas:
(1) Inclusive and sustainable economic growth;
(2) Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction;
(3) Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change;
(4) Cultural values, diversity and heritage; and
(5) Mutual understanding, peace and security.
UNWTO invites all partners to join the celebrations by sharing their activities and initiatives to advance sustainable tourism for development at www.tourism4development2017.org
UNWTO Media Officer Rut Gomez Sobrino
UNWTO Communications & Publications Programme
South African Tourism Internal and Corporate Communications Manager, Mpho Mfenyana, and Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer were in Knysna last week at the invitation of the Benguela Collection who hosted a two-day launch of Benguela Cove wines at Lakeside Lodge and Spa in Sedgefield.
It was attended by a number of local tourism providers and tour operators who were treated to canapés and bubbly, cheese and wine pairings, a delicious three course lunch in the Benguela Brassiere and a cruise across the Swartvlei Lake on the boutique hotel’s pontoon boat.
Owner Penny Streeter said the aim was not just to showcase the lodge and wines but also to provide a platform for networking and collaborating on how to improve tourism and the tourism experience in the greater Knysna area.
“Many operators are not aware of what we offer guests visiting the area. Likewise, we need products and experiences to promote to our own guests. It is also very important to hear from other local properties and operators about the things that they are doing well and things that they are battling with. There is no need for everyone to make the same mistakes; we can all learn from each other.
“I think that the event was extremely successful and I certainly feel a lot more connected to the local operators and full of ideas for the forthcoming season.”
Elmay Bouwer, Chairperson of Knysna & Partners tourism board said that it was wonderful to see local tourism products in the private sector showing off their experiences and offerings. “This is the way that we are going to get the message out to the world that Knysna and Sedgefield and the surrounding areas are still open for business after the fire,” she said. “We need to work together to ensure that we stay top of mind when tourists are planning a holiday, and once they are here, educate them about all the activities and experiences available so that they keep coming back,” she said.
Local Green Chef Melven Mene, winner of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival event, Flavours of Knysna, has used his prize money of R10,000 as part payment on a car. The second hand Toyota Corolla, will help Chef Mene expand his business, Usatsho Tshisanyama & Catering.
A delighted Mene said that he almost cried with happiness when he heard he had won the Best Dressed Oyster prize because it has been his dream to buy a vehicle. “It means that I won’t have to walk such long distances when I deliver my home cooked lunches to businesses throughout Knysna, from Main Road to Thesen Islands,” he explains.
“I couldn’t believe it because when they called 3rd prize I thought, well I didn’t win,” says Mene. “Then they called 2nd prize and I thought, I definitely didn’t win. Then they called 1st prize and they couldn’t pronounce the name of my business so I didn’t realise I was the winner. But then everyone around me started clapping and they gave me a mic and I didn’t have words. Now I can take my business to another level and start selling lunches in the industrial area.”
Mene’s winning oyster dressing was a Pineapple Vodka Salsa made with cucumber, chili, fresh dill and coriander, and topped with ‘caviar’. This fresh, simple style is reflected in his lunch menus which he says are based on the weather and are cooked with the freshest possible local produce. “My food is seasonal, so when it’s cold I make soups, lasagnes, curry and rice, and spaghetti bolognaise. On a hot day I will service sandwiches, quiches, pies and salads.
Presently Mene employs full time helper, Simthandile Mpayipheli, who he is teaching to cook. He has others on standby for functions and busier periods and says that with a vehicle he will be able to expand his business and employ more people. “The competition was a very good promotion for me and my outside catering business,” says Mene. “I have a lot of interest in my food now and have two weddings booked!”
You can contact Chef Mene for orders on 081 059 3683.
The third Eden Kite Festival takes place at the huge Eden Lawns fields in Sedgefield on 22 October 2017. Building on the amazing success of the first two events, this year should see at least another doubling in terms of attendance thanks to the new location along the N2.
The list of kiters that will entertain this year with their mind-boggling kites isn’t complete yet, but confirmed already are 8 from around South Africa as well 7 international flyers from Poland, England, Germany and Tasmania. Eden is attracting increasing international interest, being seen as an exciting and enjoyable stop for kiters en route to the longstanding Cape Town International Kite Festival. And let’s not forget our Garden Route kiters who regularly decorate the local skies during the year.