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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

expid

 

Expedition Africa brings massive exposure

 

The Garden Route, in fact the world has been gripped in adventure racing fever once the international adventure race, Expedition Africa kicked off on our beautiful Knysna estuary on Sunday, May 15 at 08:00.

Read more here 

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Comfortable win for Team Featherbed Painted Wolf at Expedition Africa

54 teams from around the world set of on a grueling 500km expedition, an adventure race through the Garden Route. After a gutsy start and early break away, Team Featherbed Painted Wolf consisting of brothers, Mark Collins - the team captain, John Collins -the navigator, Jeannie Dreyer and Darren Berry a volunteer for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), crossed the finishing line as winners of Expedition Africa in 3 days, 12 hours and 33minutes after the start.

Read more here

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Wonderful made a typewriter and it is awesome - #KnysnaMade

 

Wonderful Mwakandiwona made a typewriter and it’s awesome: a full-sized, wire replica of an early 1900s LC Smith & Corona 8 11 of the kind great-granny might have used if she’d been a stenographer back in the day.

Read more here

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KNYSNA OYSTER FESTIVAL JUST AROUND THE CORNER

 

In less than two months, from July 1 – 10, Knysna will once again be teeming with visitors. These visitors will be here to enjoy The Best Ten Days of the year, for the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

Read more here

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Paragliding Adventure in a nutshell

 

Deon Borettis is no new comer to taking to the sky. This accomplished paragliding pilot started flying 20 years ago and for the first 7 of those had heaps of fun while competing in formal Competitions against his peers.

Read more here

 

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Online entries open for Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour

 

“The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, has grown enormously since its inception and now comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. These take place on 2 and 3 July over the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (1-10 July 2016).”

Read more here

UPCOMING EVENTS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Cloud 9 live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 20 May from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday 15 May, SHAZA will perform from 1 - 4pm.

 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

BB Fathers Day display

FATHER'S DAY

Treat Dad to a delicious lunch @ Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. Sit back, relax and unwind. R350 - R395 pp

For more information or contact: 044 343 1844

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Don't miss the start of the Winter Long Table at Kilzer's Kitchen today 13 May 4pm - 9pm, every Friday for Winter.

For more information contact: 044 

382 0135

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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. For more information contact: 044 382 5316 NOTE: closing for Winter last day 27 May

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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

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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.

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

BM1

Caroline's Bistro & The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor brings you good food all year round.


For more information contact: 044 387 1055

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun by Georgio. For more information call: 044 389 0092

amani turbine

Spoil yourself with a 45 min a back, neck & shoulder massage, refreshing foot scrub & a pressure point foot massage at the Amani Spa @ Turbine for only R599 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

foodheritage

The Heritage Restaurant/Cafe where heritage, good food and great company comes together.

For more information contact: 044 382 1888

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. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) 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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AUTUMN SPECIAL: Get 10% off all your meals at the Island Cafe at Turbine Hotel & Spa until the end of May. 

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

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Our mailing address is: Knysna, Sedgefield & Surrounds 40 Main Street Knysna, Western Cape 6570 South Africa

Wonderful Mwakandiwona made a typewriter and it’s awesome: a full-sized, wire replica of an early 1900s LC Smith & Corona 8 11 of the kind great-granny might have used if she’d been a stenographer back in the day.

“I’ve never used a typewriter myself - I just copied it from an original,” said the quiet-spoken wire artist whose workshop is situated on the grounds of Shepherd’s Tree Store and Coffee Shop, at 61 Waterfront Drive (just off Main Road), Knysna.

Wonderful and his colleague Brenda Booysen at Novél Creations (a Crafted Eden initiative) produce a range of useful and decorative wire-based products - beaded chandeliers, wire baskets, picture frames, sculptures of animal heads (lion, buffalo, rhino, elephant, impala, horse), etc. - on commission and for sale to the public.

Commissions
He said that they work with as many as ten to twelve part-timers when they need to produce large orders on commission for decorators, retailers, or events planners.

His typewriter, though, was a once-off creation, which he built over a period of just four days - with great attention to detail (although the keys don’t strike, the platen or paper roller does move from side to side, just like the real thing).

The ‘original’ Smith Corona that inspired it is one of the earliest of the standard typewriters which were produced from about 1910. (Standard typewriters had QWERTY keyboards - like the ones still fitted to most computers - and were basically improved versions of the first commercially successful machine: the Sholes and Glidden or Remington No. 1 that came onto the market in 1874.)

Novél Creations’ coordinator, designer Tanya Noble, said that the community-centred business was set up to put food on the tables of its employees - but, crucially, also to provide an outlet for their creativity.

“This is why I suggested the typewriter to Wonderful, and gave him complete carte blanche to make it however he wanted.

“Much of our work is standardised and made to specifications, but it’s very important to all of us who work here to understand that our creativity is valued and valuable, and to grow as individual artists,” she said.

For more about products from Knysna, follow #KnysnaMade on Twitter
Visit Novél Creations online at craftededen.wordpress.com or at Shepherd’s Tree, 61 Waterfront Drive. (And when you do - treat yourself to something yummy at the Coffee Shop. The carrot cake’s sublime.)
Telephone: 044 382 2066

In less than two months, from July 1 – 10, Knysna will once again be teeming with visitors. These visitors will be here to enjoy The Best Ten Days of the year, for the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival.

With more than 100 activities spread over the ten day festival there will be no shortage of fun. As part of the festival, the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon will be taking place and entries are officially open! (Although the Marathon entries are full, the charity auction for tickets will still give you the opportunity to get your entry). These two highly acclaimed races offer sport lovers some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery in the world.

This year the festival also brings you the all new Momentum Health OatWell DualX, powered by PeptoPro as well as the BIG5 SPORT CHALLENGE. The DualX events will challenge athletes across all levels of fitness, skill experience and ages through a number of events taking place throughout the Festival.

The rest of the programme includes many sporting and lifestyle events from swimming, bowls, and hiking to food and wine-tastings, live music, a special children’s programme and of course, lots and lots of oysters! Being one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party, this year’s event is bound to keep you and your visitors entertained.

“The festival offers an incredible variety of activities which is what makes it so appealing to the more than 50,000 visitors who travel to the area each year from all around the country. The festival has grown to include a huge charity component and the involvement of the local community which ensures that everyone in Knysna benefits from the huge boost to the economy that the festival brings every year,” says Nicci Rousseau-Schmidt, local festival coordinator.

Visitors can look forward to the festival’s classic events, such as the ever-popular road and mountain bike races, the Knysna Wine Festival and Night Market, mid-week signature events such as the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Flavours of Knysna presented by Tabasco, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle (where oysters and comedy take centre stage) and the Local Design and Food Market.

And then of course there’s the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk, Teen for Tots triathlon, the Featherbed Co Trail Run and much, much more that is bound to keep the whole family entertained at during this much-love wonderful festival.

Get in on the action and don’t miss out this year! For further information visit http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/

54 teams from around the world set of on a grueling 500km expedition, an adventure race through the Garden Route. After a gutsy start and early break away, Team Featherbed Painted Wolf consisting of brothers, Mark Collins - the team captain, John Collins -the navigator, Jeannie Dreyer and Darren Berry a volunteer for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI), crossed the finishing line as winners of Expedition Africa in 3 days, 12 hours and 33minutes after the start.

Expedition Africa, a 500km multi-sport, 4 person team, self-navigation, and self-supported race is considered to be the ultimate endurance sport. Teamwork, patience, strategy and incredible fitness get each team across some of the most demanding terrain in the world. Expedition Africa, now in its 6th year, took a different turn this year, as it added a small urban flavour to the typically remote mountain ranges. Over 3 days, Featherbed Painted Wolf kayaked, cycled and trekked through parts of the very scenic Garden Route in the Cape, to help raise awareness for the National Sea Rescue Institute.

From the get-go, Team Feathered Painted Wolf set off at an extremely fast pace, making a break from the pack on the first trek through the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

After 3 short kayak legs, their lead slowly opened up to what ended as a massive 7+ hour gap between first and second place.
Moving quickly from transition to transition, Team Featherbed kept hard at it, opting to race as hard as possible, forgoing sleep to achieve their aim – to win! Spectators and fellow racers wondered if this pace set was sustainable however the wait for the team’s strategy to implode was all in vain. The team slept for a total of 3 hours, only!

Putting their race strategy into play, with one and a half days racing without sleep, the team eventually had a 1h45min power nap mid way, which put them at the Canyon leg of the race at the best possible time. This enabled them to do the most difficult part of the race in daylight, which was best suited to the team allowing them to push really hard going into the long cycle leg after a short paddle.

As in all races of this nature, teams always deal with aching muscles and extreme fatigue causing lack of concentration which leads to injuries or unexpected/unfortunate events and Team Featherbed was no different!

Jeannie takes a moment to 'dig deep'.
During the 5th stage of the expedition, the long, grueling 12 hour trek, Jeannie Dreyer rolled her left ankle which caused her a fair amount of discomfort and swelling. After strapping it well, and not giving into her pain, she bit down and fought through it for the rest of the race, never letting her discomfort get in the way of the teams aim of finishing at the top.

Then came the big shock! At Transition 9, the team leader, Mark Collins, was informed that the team had missed Check Point (CP) 17 and would either need to return to find and fetch it, or they would face a 6 hour penalty. The team decided to take a detour to fetch CP17 allowing them to finish the race with all check points in hand earning them the official win.

Aching muscles, sheer exhaustion but smiling none the less Team Featherbed Painted Wolf crossed the finish line victorious. Mark explains, “Mark Collins had this to say about their race, We did our best from the word go, constantly worried about who might be on our tail. Expedition Africa has fast become one of the best Adventure races in the world and is acclaimed to be so by the best teams in the world, well, we have won Expedition Africa.”

For more updates and information check https://www.facebook.com/TeamPaintedWolf or https://www.facebook.com/kineticeventsafrica

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:42

Expedition Africa brings massive exposure

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The Garden Route, in fact the world has been gripped in adventure racing fever once the international adventure race, Expedition Africa kicked off on our beautiful Knysna estuary on Sunday, May 15 at 08:00.

To add to the excitement Greater Knysna locals, Team Featherbed Co Painted Wolf led the pack of 54 teams from the very first kayaking leg of the race. Chasing them were Team Merrell Adventure Addicts, another local adventure team who have kept locals cheering them on in previous adventure races.

This gruelling 500km race, however belonged to Team 39, Darren Berry, Jeannie Bomford, Mark and John Collins as they stepped across the finish line at Pine Lake Marina last night after a mere 3 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes!

Once the first paddle struck the water at the start of the race the Expedition Africa’s live tracking website started and fans could track there teams 27 / 7. Each team was represented by a red marker and their GPS reading was updated every three minutes.
Very soon Red Dot Fever (the compulsion to follow the team) gripped the world. “By Wednesday over 65 000 people were watching the event online. Statistics showed that by Wednesday just over 5.5 million people had been reached worldwide,” said Knysna & Partners CEO, Greg Vogt.

“Thanks to most of the 54 teams own media teams, the world has been shown the unbelievable beauty of our area. Visit Kinetic Event Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/kineticeventsafrica/?fref=ts and take a look for yourself. These are just examples of one Facebook page that has over 9 000 followers worldwide. Now multiply this by the many other teams that are posting their experiences on their social media and you’ll see what unbelievable exposure or area has received,” expressed Vogt.

Although the top teams would have crossed the finished line by the time you read this blog, there are still many that the race organisers refer to as “heroes” heading on the last leg of this amazing race. Continue to follow them on the live-tracking Website http://www.kineticgear.org/gps-tracking/

Greg invites all to pop into the race base camp, Pine Lake Marina to cheer on these heroes as they complete their race. Teams are expected to be in by Saturday at noon.

Friday, 20 May 2016 00:35

Paragliding Adventure in a nutshell

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Deon Borettis is no new comer to taking to the sky. This accomplished paragliding pilot started flying 20 years ago and for the first 7 of those had heaps of fun while competing in formal Competitions against his peers.
 
After several years he qualified as an instructor and tandem pilot and started developing his paragliding school, Dolphin Paragliding in Sedgefield. All the while Deon stayed committed to the Skywings Paragliding Club. Deon pays his paragliding experience forward by serving the paragliding community for the past 20 years. 
He explains that paragliding launch sites are of utmost importance to any paragliding pilot: "Without safe and well maintained launch areas we cannot operate safely."
He added that Tandem Flights within the area are of very high quality and the views outstanding. "We are also the cheapest in the land and have boast with some of the most scenic views in the world." The safety record from Deon's Tandem operation is excellent. They maintain a high safety rating and always fly using the latest equipment. 
 
Tandem Flights has pilots who are all seasoned veterans and most of them have more than 10 years’ experience. "We provide a professional service and take quality video and photos of flights," smiled Deon.
 
His company further provides accommodation to groups and individual pilots. "We are qualified paragliding guides and are doing tours with foreign groups within Southern Africa," he concluded.
 
10 things needed to fly successfully: 
•Training with SAHPA rated instructor 
•Wing or Canopy this is the aerodynamic wing that flies above much in the same was as a birds wing but made from synthetic materials. Brands such as; Sky , Axis , Gin 
•Harness is the seat that attaches to the wing .The Harness also has back protection 
•Helmet is compulsory used for protection and reducing chance of head injury 
•Reserve parachute this utilized in emergency situations to bring pilot safely to the ground 
•Instruments like GPS , Variometer and Wind meter to assist pilot to fly especially cross country 
•Launch sites - need to launch from a dune or hill to fly 
•Ridge lift wind from the ocean creating a wave of lift over a hill or dune 
•Thermals these are balloons of warm rising air which we use to turn in and gain altitude 
•Paragliding Clubs who help manage the launch site and interact with the community to resolve any issues 
 The Garden Route is well-known as the mecca of coastal flying in the World. Our area has several world class launch sites that have been developed by local pilots, clubs and private landowners. More than 25 registered paragliding sites exist in the Garden Route, ranging from Mossel Bay to the Plettenberg Bay. We have the best sites in the world for training of students as well as for Tandem flights.
The most well-known sites to fly are:
•Brenton on Sea ( Skywings Paragliding Club ) Ridge soaring site over a beautiful Bay 
•Sedgeview in Sedgefield private owned site .Thermic site getting high over the lakes, lagoon and river over Sedgefield while enjoying the sea view 
•Kleinkrantz Launch sites (Skywings Paragliding Club) ridge soaring over beaches
•Wilderness Beach Hotel (Skywings Paragliding Club) ridge soaring over beaches 
•Map of Africa in Wilderness a private owned site. Ridge soaring over Dolphins Point.
 
Each site is used according to the days wind speed and direction of the day. Some days multiple sites can be used. 
For further information contact Skywings Paragliding Club’s Jeff Ayliffe on 082 798 1100 for list of launch sites or any professional operator in the area.
 

Online entries for the 2016 Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour are open and if you enter online before 4 May you stand a chance of winning the Early Bird Entry prize of two nights for two people at the Simola Hotel, Country Club & Spa in Knysna. 

Tour director Elwin Thompson said that the Knysna Rotary Club, which coordinates the tour every year is looking forward to the biggest and best event ever.

“The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, has grown enormously since its inception and now comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. These take place on 2 and 3 July over the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (1-10 July 2016).”

The MTB event is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. The 50 km and 80 km MTB races are official premier seeding events of the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

There are four different MTB races in total for varying technical abilities - 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km, and routes include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public.
Says Thompson: “The routes are set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil and, while cyclists will be riding through one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route, they will also have their skills tested to the maximum.

“The 109 km road race follows a new route introduced in 2014 which was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and will keep you working all the way to the finish line.”

The route takes cyclists from Knysna to Sedgefield, Karatara and Barrington, and back to Knysna. The 50 km route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children's Cycle Tour is a safe, scenic race for children from 2 to 10 years of age and consists of three events which start and finish at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, for 2-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds.

The successful 25 km Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 3 July, is a relaxed MTB ride. It is open to a limited number of riders, 12 years and over with some experience, and takes riders past Knysna’s three dams and through scenic forest areas.

The Knysna Cycle Tour is a one of the biggest and most popular events on the cycling calendar and a highlight of the Knysna Oyster Festival.

Says Thompson: “There is an incredible vibe in Knysna over this weekend as families from all over South Africa pour into Knysna for a weekend of cycling for mom, dad and the kids. Before and after events there’s lots to do at the Festival Grounds and in the Knysna area. We are looking forward to a great event this year.”

To enter the race online go to www.knysnacycle.co.za. All the information about entry fees is available here as well as travel packages for cyclists and their families travelling from Johannesburg for the Knysna Cycle Tour.

This year, for the second time, cyclists can Pedal with Purpose and raise funds while doing the Knysna Cycle Tour with a special charity entry. Cyclists purchasing a Hospice Charity Entry will receive:
• Preferential seeding
• A Hospice 'goodie bag' filled with fantastic cycling goodies including an awesome cycle shirt
• VIP registration at the Hospice stall

Follow the Knysna Cycle Tour on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about all the events.

EVENT ENQUIRIES
Megan or Linda | Cell: 079 796 7834 | Tel: 044 382 1129 (mornings only) | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES
Jeannine Orzechowski | Cell: 082 881 9468| Tel: 044 388 4793 | Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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SUPPORT THE ADVENTURERS

 

Expedition Africa 2016 has brought 54 teams of four from 19 countries to our shores. These 216 competitors will call Sedgefield’s Pink Lake Marina home until the start of the race on Sunday. But before the seriousness of the adventure racing starts, all participants will be cycling to the Mosaic Village & Outdoor Market carrying their country’s flag this Saturday at 11:00.

Read more here 

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Sharp Art - #KnysnaMade

 

In a humble workshop in Belvidere, overlooking the broad sweep of the Knysna Estuary, Graham Sparks has been hand crafting knives of extraordinary quality for many years. From the blade to the handle, each component of his knives is flawless and a mark of superior workmanship.

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Visit Knysna – and have an eco-friendly stay

 

We live in a region blessed with rather extraordinary illustrations of nature's bounty: large areas of unsullied natural assets which draw thousands of visitors each year. Our tourism industry is one of our most valued economic sectors and we boast a multitude of accommodation options to suit all tastes and budgets. Fortunately, there is also a rising trend to cater for the eco-conscious traveller.

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Diarise the date! Oyster Festival packaging workshop

 

The Festival will run from 1 - 10 July, 2016, and the organisers have identified the midweek period - Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6, and Thursday 7 July - as an ideal opportunity for people from places like Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, and Port Elizabeth to enjoy in the culinary experiences of the Festival.

Read more here

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Niche marketing pays off for Knysna at Indaba 2016

 

Knysna & Partners’ niche marketing strategies drew serious attention at South African Tourism’s Indaba 2016 - which resulted in serious enquiries from tour operators and other organisations.

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Knysna entrepreneur charms Tourism Indaba

 

Artist and tour guide Peggy Dlephu of Peggy’s African Art & Tours attended this year’s SA Tourism Indaba as a newbie - and came back as a star.

Read more here

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Top 10 Activities for Kids in Knysna

 

The Greater Knysna Area is the perfect playground for a child. There are a wide range of entertaining activities which promise not only rip-roaring fun but which also afford children the opportunity to connect with - and gain an appreciation of - our natural environment.

Read more here

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The Kiting adventure in a nutshell

 

Local Sedgefield restaurateur and kite surfer, Neels Swanepoel started kiting around 2006. “This was before we had any instructors in the Garden Route and it was a pretty perilous learning curve,” he explained.

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FANTASTIC KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW DRAWS THOUSANDS

 

The Knysna motor show held on Sunday May 1, 2016 turned out to be a real blockbuster event and beating all expectations.

Read more here

UPCOMING EVENTS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch SUZI & GLYNN live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 13 May from 8pm - 11pm & on Sunday 15 May, SHAZA will perform from 1 - 4pm.

 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

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EXPEDITION AFRICA

Don't forget to follow Expedition Africa, the 500 km adventure race taking place in our area. Please support the 54 teams from 19 countries competing in this event.

 

Click here to follow the race

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WINTER LONG TABLE

Don't miss the start of the Winter Long Table at Kilzer's Kitchen today 13 May 4pm - 9pm, every Friday for Winter.

For more information contact: 044 

382 0135

 
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WORLD BELLYDANCE DAY

Celebrate World Bellydance Day on Sat 14 May from 7 pm @ Knysna Angling Club. R40 pp. Bring a cushion to sit on.

 

For more information contact: 072 369 1911

 

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FATHER'S DAY

Treat Dad to a delicious lunch @ Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge & Spa. Sit back, relax and unwind. R350 - R395 pp

For more information or contact: 044 343 1844

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Gordi Brown's Big Time Blues Harmonica will be performing Live at Belvidere Manor on 17 May 2016. Tickets are R100.00, available from FAMSA Knysna - 

For more information contact: 044 382 5129

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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. For more information contact: 044 382 5316

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.

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

BM1

Caroline's Bistro & The Bell Tavern at Belvidere Manor brings you good food all year round.


For more information contact: 044 387 1055

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun by Georgio. For more information call: 044 389 0092

amani turbine

Spoil yourself with a 45 min Chocolate infused back exfoliation including a back, neck & shoulder massage at the Amani Spa @ Turbine for only R399 pp.

For more information contact: 044 302 5746

foodheritage

The Heritage Restaurant/Cafe where heritage, good food and great company comes together.

For more information contact: 044 382 1888

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. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) 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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This weekend, why not visit 34 South by boat and make use of our repurposed jetty. First boat to arrive and park at out jetty will receive a complimentary 34 South breakfast for four people. Click here for more info /call 044 302 5750

 

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Thursday, 12 May 2016 23:41

Sharp Art - #KnysnaMade

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In a humble workshop in Belvidere, overlooking the broad sweep of the Knysna Estuary, Graham Sparks has been hand crafting knives of extraordinary quality for many years. From the blade to the handle, each component of his knives is flawless and a mark of superior workmanship.

He started making knives more than 30 years ago when he was living and working as a fitter for Sappi in the Lowveld. His first knives were made using old power saw blades but later he started making folders using spring steel. He began by carefully dismantling a pocket knife, studying the design and composition piece by piece. Folding knives, similar in style to that of a Joseph Rogers pocket knife, has since become one of his fortes. He is also well known for his gorgeous carving sets, which are presented in handmade wooden boxes made from a variety of indigenous timber.

Graham has been a member of the Knife Makers’ Guild of South Africa for 20 years now, which is a serious benchmark for success as a knife maker. It is no easy feat to make the cut with the Guild and applying for membership is a major step forward for any serious knife maker. Each aspiring member has to submit five knives of varying styles, which are then evaluated according to a strict set of criteria. Only if your knives fit the Guild's standard of excellence, will you be allowed membership.

Being a member also allows one the opportunity to showcase one’s work at the annual Guild show, which serves as a platform to present your knives for peer acknowledgement and to offer your knives for sale to collectors, special guests and members of the public.

He uses only the finest quality specialised steel, imported from the US, for his knives and a range of assorted materials to make the handles, particularly hardwoods such as Sneezewood, Red & Black Ivory and Candlewood. He also occasionally uses bone.

Knife making is considered a genuine art and many are made merely to be on display. While Graham appreciates the artistic side of knife making, his greatest wish is that his knives be used for practical purposes. They are functional pieces of art and make great gifts!

All of Graham's knives come with a Knife Makers’ Guild of South Africa certificate. For more information call: 044 387 1304

Thursday, 12 May 2016 23:28

The Kiting adventure in a nutshell

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Local Sedgefield restaurateur and kite surfer, Neels Swanepoel started kiting around 2006. “This was before we had any instructors in the Garden Route and it was a pretty perilous learning curve,” he explained.

A few friends gave Neels some pointers and hooked him into some of their oldest equipment. “The words ‘Safety’, ‘Depower’ and ‘Quick release’ did not yet exist anywhere in the kiting vocabulary at that time,” he said.

It took him three months of getting continuously bruised before he got the hang of Kite surfing. It soon became an obsession to Neels and by 2008 he realized that if people are shown how to kite surf it wouldn’t have to be a painful three months ordeal as it had been in his case.
“I already had Elemental Sport Shop that specialised in free-diving and spearfishing, so a kite shop and school was the obvious next step. People were now kiting after three days of training rather than the three months of pain,” he smiled.

Together with Craig Robinson who imports Ozone kites and in Neels’ words: “an all-round troublemaker”, PiliPili Xtreme Sport Centre relocated to the Myoli Beach front in 2009. “Here we have a beach bar and restaurant and facilitate the local and international kiting community. We further have a free shuttle service that delivers us and other kiters to Groenvlei beach in the Goukamma Nature reserve, from where we make our way down wind while wave riding and having a general j?l all the way to the home base at Myoli beach.”

During 2013 Craig and Neels opened a second PiliPili Xtreme Sport Centre in Witsand on the Breede River. “Witsand is a world class flat water kiting spot, so we moved the training facility there. We have our own harbour, boat and international instructors to take care of the growing number of kite enthusiasts in Witsand, and a bar and restaurant to replenish yourself after the day’s work,” explained Neels.

Below are the top 5 kite surfing spots in the Garden Route:
1. Witsand, Breederiver. This spot is rated as one of the top flat water spots in the world.
2. Myoli Beach, Sedgefield. Cross-shore winds and serious waves make this a world class spot for advanced riders.
3. Still bay. Lots of wind, but mostly on-shore conditions.
4. Lake Brenton, Knysna. Great flat water training area.
5. Buffalo Bay. On-shore wind, but fun kiting.

For further information about kite-surfing, contact PiliPili Beach Bar and Xtreme Sports at Sedgefield - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and/or +27(0)44 343 3087 

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Tony Cook Adventures 

Knysna - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 082 783 8392