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WHAT'S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

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Rastafari Earth Festival starting this weekend

July 23rd marks the birthday (or what is referred to as the 'earth day') of the Rastafarian's spiritual messiah, His Majesty Haile Selassie I. The annual Earth Festival, which takes place from the 22nd to 30th July 2016, honours this special date on their religious calender and is a joyous and colourful celebration of this fascinating and vibrant Knysna community. It also serves as a platform for these residents to openly share with others the traditions and roots of their faith.

Read more here 

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Pumptopia Mania

Sedgefield is a utopia for adventure seekers, and the small town's fun-factor recently went up several notches with the opening of Pili Pili's 'Pumptopia', a pump track situated adjacent to the Pili Pili Beach Bar. Pump tracks are currently all the rage with two-wheeler junkies both young and old, and this latest one serves as yet another positive component to the ever-expanding culture of cycling in our region.

Read more here

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Sedgefield Lions Heritage Craft Beer and Braai Festival 2016

Beer and braai. Both are synonymous with being proudly South African, which is why the Sedgefield Lions Heritage Craft Beer and Braai Festival is the perfect way to celebrate Heritage Day this year, promising to bring people and good cheer together! The event takes place on the 24th September 2016 at the Sedgefield Village Green and, in exemplary Lions’ spirit, all proceeds from the event will be spent supporting local charities.

Read more here

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CHARITIES BENEFIT FROM KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW IN 2016

The Knysna motor show held on May 1 ,2016 and staged by the Garden Route Motor Club, was not only a huge success and enjoyed by all the petrolheads and the public , but also resulted in a record amount of money donated to charity.

Read more here

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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RASTAFARI EARTH FESTIVAL

July 23rd marks the birthday (or what is referred to as the 'earth day') of the Rastafarian's spiritual messiah, His Majesty Haile Selassie I.

 

 

 

Click here for more info

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CIRCLES IN THE FOREST RUN

Take on the 10km or 30km Circles in the Forest Run. This event forms part of the RCS SOX 3 day trail run. Come join in on the fun! Only 100 pre entries will be allowed.

 

 

 

Click here for more information

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LAKESIDE LODGE CROSS TRI

Start your triathlon season with an Cross Triathlon on Swartvlei Lake close to Sedgefield. Swim in the Swartvlei  Lake, cycle on jeep tracks and gravel roads, and run on the SANParks Molerat hiking route. The Cross Triathlon is an inaugural event from Lakeside Lodge situated on the Swartvlei Lake.

Click here for more information

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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.  NOTE: close for Winter & reopening in Spring 

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

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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

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Don't want to cook? Join Jenny & Albin at Kilzers Kitchen this Friday for their famous long table and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and delicious food.


For more information contact: 044 382 0135

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

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Nibbles Restaurant serves scrumptious breakfasts, signature meals, mouse and cheesecakes to die for, and beverages all day. 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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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

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

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The Knysna motor show held on May 1 ,2016 and staged by the Garden Route Motor Club, was not only a huge success and enjoyed by all the petrolheads and the public , but also resulted in a record amount of money donated to charity. The Knysna motor show is now recognised as one of the best motor shows staged in South Africa and continues to grow exponentially. While costs to stage the motor show has increased dramatically , the support that has been received from participants , sponsors and the public , has enabled the Garden Route Motor Club to maintain its commitment to support local charities . In total R60,000 has been donated to Hospice , Knysna Animal Welfare , E-Pap ( children feeding scheme ) , FAMSA , Change for Change , Epilepsy and BADISA ( Family Care Services )
THE KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW WILL TAKE PLACE IN 2017 ON SUNDAY APRIL 30.

Friday, 22 July 2016 01:51

Pumptopia Mania

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Sedgefield is a utopia for adventure seekers, and the small town's fun-factor recently went up several notches with the opening of Pili Pili's 'Pumptopia', a pump track situated adjacent to the Pili Pili Beach Bar. Pump tracks are currently all the rage with two-wheeler junkies both young and old, and this latest one serves as yet another positive component to the ever-expanding culture of cycling in our region.

A pump track is, essentially, a looping trail system with a continuous succession of dirt berms and “rollers” (smooth dirt mounds for pumping). The name comes from the pumping motion used by the cyclist's body, the purpose of which is to maintain one’s speed around the track without the need for pedalling and thus allowing for gravity, combined with the fluid, sinuous nature of the specially designed track, to maintain momentum.

Pili Pili owners Neels Swanepoel and Craig Robinson are best known locally as leaders of the region's kite surfing industry and are most at home carving out waves along our dynamic coastline. This is the first land-based venture in which they have become involved, so the whole project has been quite a learning curve for them. The design plans and the precise method of construction for this particular track was purchased online from a pump track design specialist. “In order for the pump track to be effective”, said Neels, “the entire track needs to be moulded in a very precise manner. We trucked in about 60m³ of compacting gravel and it took about two weeks to sculpt the course according the design specifications.”

The course is still being tweaked and fine tuned and they have had some valuable input from Rob Dormehl, owner of the legendary Garden Route Trail Park up in Barrington near the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountain, which boasts a much larger pump track along with a series of expertly designed mountain biking trails.

Pili Pili's Pumptopia aims not only to entice cycling enthusiasts and families to Sedgefield,but also to promote the cycling industry of the Greater Knysna as a whole. By linking experiences and like-minded people together, our mission to become THE ultimate cycling destination (#trailtownsa) in South Africa is certainly becoming a reality!

Pili Pili is planning a Pump Track & Volleyball Festival on the 13th & 14th of August 2016, where all profits generated will be in aid of the NSRI's Sea Rescue Boat House at Myoli Beach. Stay tuned for more details.

For more info email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Beer and braai. Both are synonymous with being proudly South African, which is why the Sedgefield Lions Heritage Craft Beer and Braai Festival is the perfect way to celebrate Heritage Day this year, promising to bring people and good cheer together! The event takes place on the 24th September 2016 at the Sedgefield Village Green and, in exemplary Lions’ spirit, all proceeds from the event will be spent supporting local charities.

Craft beer lovers will have the opportunity to sample the golden nectar from various Garden Route Craft Breweries which have been invited to participate in the event, including Sedgefield Craft Brewery and Mitchells Brewery. Both Route 62 Wines and Plett Wines have been invited to attend, so wine lovers will be rather spoilt for choice.

The main activity of the day is centered around our favourite national pastime – braaiing! National Braai Day, of course, falls on Heritage Day and so there will be a huge braai and potjie competition for those serious braai-masters out there to show off their cooking clout. “We know how serious South Africans are about braaiing,” says Lions member Jurgens van der Walt, the head organiser of this event, “so this is going to be big. Each competing braaier will be issued a small plot to work on. They need to bring their own braai, potjie pot, wood and charcoal – whatever they need to produce the tastiest food they can. Contestants will be judged on the both presentation, and of course, the taste of the dish.” “There are some fabulous prizes to be won, including the first prize of a R15 000 specialised, stainless steel gas braai, “ said van der Walt.

Judging will be done by several well known foodies, including our community star and local restauranteur Gary Atkinson; Cape Town Chef and co-author of The Real Meal Revolution, Jonno Proudfoot; and the Vice- President of the Francois Ferreira Academy and Director of the Ginja food magazine, Denise Lindley.

The Lions Clubhouse itself will be set up as a restaurant, serving braai dinners made by the Lions members to folks who would like to merely sit enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner.

No festival would be complete without good tunes.“We have invited a host of local bands to come and 'jam'”, says van der Walt. So be sure to polish your dancing shoes before you arrive.

The organisers would like to invite local crafters to set up stalls for trading at the event, either for a minimal fee of R200 to trade inside the main tent, or R120 to trade outside.

The Lions are appealing to local companies (it is a perfect platform for a team building exercise), friends and families to enter the braai competition, in support of the Lions as they raise funds for our community and serve to make a difference in the lives of others in need.

For more information or competition entry forms contact:
Jurgens van der Walt 082559826/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A Beautiful new Cross Triathlon in the Garden Route of South Africa. Start your triathlon season with an Cross Triathlon on Swartvlei Lake close to Sedgefield. Swim in the Swartvlei Lake, cycle on jeep tracks and gravel roads, and run on the SANParks Molerat hiking route. The Cross Triathlon is an inaugural event from Lakeside Lodge situated on the Swartvlei Lake. Lakeside Lodge has a five star rating, the highest award by the TGCSA (Tourism Grading Council of South Africa). The TGCSA star grading is an independent quality assessment and official ranking system recognised around the world for the standard of service and facilities that hotel guests can expect The picturesque town of Sedgefield is 8 kilometres from Lakeside Lodge. It is Africa’s first official Slow Town and when you go there you will understand why. The scenery whilst you cycle and run will be amazing with the lake and the mountains in the background. You can enter as a solo or as a Relay team. Sanctioned by WP Triathlon.

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Lakeside Lodge Cross Triathlon

(Please note, this event is on SANParks property and R80 of your entry fees below are paid to SANParks for the privilege of using the Swartvlei Lake and Molerat Hiking route)

A new exciting entry level Cross Triathlon in the Garden Route, the most beautiful area in South Africa. Swim in the Swartvlei, Cycle between the Lakes and Run on the Molerat Hiking trail. The scenery are awesome, with the Outeniqua Mountains in the background and you will be surrounded with the Lakes while you cycle and run. Swartvlei Lagoon stretches over 10.73 kilometers. It is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Enter as a Solo or just do it with 2 other friends as a Relay Team.

Date: 17th September 2016
Venue: Lakeside Lodge, Sedgefield
Options: Standard and Sprint Cross Triathlon
Event Format: Individual or Relay Team (Standard only)
Time: 8:00 Start of the Sprint Tri
8:00 Start of the Super Sprint Tri
10:00 Start of the Standard Tri

Distances:
Super Sprint: 200m swim, 5km MTB, 1 km run
Sprint: 500 swim, 13km MTB, 2,1 km run
Standard: 1000 m swim, 26km MTB, 5,5 km run Entry Fees:

Super Sprint: R180
Sprint: R280
Standard:
Individual: R380

Relay Team: R550 Please note: If you are not registered with TSA you will unfortunately have to pay an extra fees for a day License. Day License for the Super Sprint and Sprint Distance is R30 pp extra and for the Standard is R100 extra and will be collected at Registration by TSA Referees.

  • Starting date Sat 17 September 2016
  • Ending date Sat 17 September 2016
  • Entry Fee R180 - R550
  • Venue Lakeside Lodge
  • Contact Person Janine
  • Contact Number 0836622022
  • Contact Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The forest run. Take on the 10km or 30km Circles in the Forest Run. This event forms part of the RCS SOX 3 day trail run. Come join in on the fun! Only 100 pre entries will be allowed. NO Day entries. All Athletes must collect their race numbers at Fairy Knowe Hotel on Friday the 5th of August.

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Date: 7 August 2016

Venue: Mother Holly Tea Garden, Millwood State Forest, Rheenendal Event Format: Solo’s Distances: 10km or 30km Trail Run (Forest Run) Entry fees (include light lunch and race apparel) Please note, NO late entries or on the day

Entries: 10km – R250 30km – R490

Circles in the Forest Trail Run, included in the entry fee:
– Permission from Sanparks and Cape Pine to use their area
– Events fees to Sanparks and Cape Pine for using their areas
– Unforgettable trail running along the scenic Outeniqua Hiking Trail and Knysna Forest
– Well marked and set out route
– 2 water tables on route for the 30km trail run and 1 water table on route for the 10km
– Water table at the finish
– Light Lunch at Finish
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Sweeper
– Finishers medal
– Generosity and great atmosphere of Materoli Tea Gardens
– Professional Photographer and Videographer Registration only at Fairy Knowe Hotel Hotel, No Registration on the Day at
Pre-entries will close on 30 July 2016. NO Late Entries
5 August, 13:00 – 18:00, at Fairy Knowe Hotel

For all information contact Janine on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 0836622022

  • Starting date Sun 07 August 2016
  • Ending date Sun 07 August 2016
  • Entry Fee R250 - R490
  • Venue Mother Holly Tea Garden, Millwood Forest, Rheenendal
  • Contact Person Janine
  • Contact Number 083 662 2022
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Beautiful Beaded Creations - #KnysnaMade

On the sunny stoep of a red-framed house in Smutsville, a group of local women which make up the Vukani Beading Group sat gathered around a table chatting idly while stringing together tiny, multi coloured beads. I sat down among them, admiring their overflowing baskets of beaded creations; traditional style necklaces, bracelets and what hippies have dubbed, 'the barefoot sandal' (a decorative foot adornment).

Read more here 

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2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Wrap

For the past 33 years, visitors have joined local Knysna residents in celebrating all the town has to offer during the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, fondly known as The Best 10 Days of Winter, and this year was no different.

Read more here

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Rooted in Time - A Journey of Discovery

On the 29th of June 2016, the Garden Route National Park (assisted by various key stakeholders) launched an historical self-drive route titled 'Rooted in Time', which takes you to 10 marked, historically significant locations in the Knysna forest. You are invited to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers and those who played an integral part in shaping not only Knysna's natural world, but the very fabric of our town.

Read more here

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Trash Warriors inspire change in Knysna

There have been a great line up of new events at this year's Oyster Festival, but none perhaps quite as inspiring (and environmentally significant) as the Artful Waste Challenge which took place on Wednesday, July 6. On certainly one of the coldest days of the winter, a morning coupled with sporadic rain and icy winds, a total of six teams along with a unit of SANparks rangers, braved the elements to take part in an event that the Knysna Basin Project – the organisers of the event - hope will inspire change. A wave of change!

Read more here

 

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The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX in Knysna

The penultimate event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX powered by PeptoPro, took place today at the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival with Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn clocking the fastest times in the overall and BIG5 Sport Challenge men’s and ladies races.

Read more here

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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RASTAFARI EARTH FESTIVAL

July 23rd marks the birthday (or what is referred to as the 'earth day') of the Rastafarian's spiritual messiah, His Majesty Haile Selassie I.

 

 

 

Click here for more info

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CIRCLES IN THE FOREST RUN

Take on the 10km or 30km Circles in the Forest Run. This event forms part of the RCS SOX 3 day trail run. Come join in on the fun! Only 100 pre entries will be allowed.

 

 

 

Click here for more information

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LAKESIDE LODGE CROSS TRI

Start your triathlon season with an Cross Triathlon on Swartvlei Lake close to Sedgefield. Swim in the Swartvlei  Lake, cycle on jeep tracks and gravel roads, and run on the SANParks Molerat hiking route. The Cross Triathlon is an inaugural event from Lakeside Lodge situated on the Swartvlei Lake.

Click here for more information

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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.  NOTE: close for Winter & reopening in Spring 

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

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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

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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

Nibbles Restaurant serves scrumptious breakfasts, signature meals, mouse and cheesecakes to die for, and beverages all day. 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

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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. Click here for breakfast & lunch specials (Poster Attached) 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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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

OTHER NEWS & EVENTS

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Friday, 15 July 2016 03:33

Beautiful Beaded Creations - #KnysnaMade

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On the sunny stoep of a red-framed house in Smutsville, a group of local women which make up the Vukani Beading Group sat gathered around a table chatting idly while stringing together tiny, multi coloured beads. I sat down among them, admiring their overflowing baskets of beaded creations; traditional style necklaces, bracelets and what hippies have dubbed, 'the barefoot sandal' (a decorative foot adornment).

The work done by these bead artisans is diverse in design and some boast quite complex bead-work that take many, many hours to complete. While this craft requires a certain mindfulness and a good dose of patience, the women all agree, that it is both meditative and extremely rewarding. “Several of us are unable to work due to certain health issues, says Mavis Krwetshe, one of the group's members, “and this beading group is helping us not only generate an income for ourselves and our families, but when we get together we tend to forget about our troubles.”

They were taught the craft of making beaded jewellery by passionate Swiss local Marianne Dobrautz, and initially it served merely as a way for some of these women to pass their free time productively. Before long they had mastered this traditional craft and the beading bug had bitten. About 4 months ago they decided to form Vukani, which means "Wake up" in both the Zulu and Xhosa language.

One of the group's spokespersons, Michelle Lencoe, (who is also a registered tour guide) says the name is symbolic for the way each of the members of the group decided to rise above their adversity, by essentially “waking up” to the fact that they can “do it for themselves”.

They are working industriously to produce enough stock and their goal is to set up a trading stall at the Mosaic Market in Sedgefield. A portion of the profits from the sale of each item will be generated back into the business to buy stock and for marketing purposes. They have been greatly assisted in this department by Ian Perryman,the local business owner of Pelican Lodge, who has helped them set up a Facebook Page and has offered help in other areas too.

The inspirational women which make up the Vukani Beading group include: Mavis Krwetshe, Sarah Davids, Sylvia Zondani, Michelle Lencoe, Sophie Nguma and Chrissie Bokbard.

For any more information call Michelle on 082 22 60 863 or Mavis on 063 153 6967.

Friday, 15 July 2016 03:11

2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Wrap

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For the past 33 years, visitors have joined local Knysna residents in celebrating all the town has to offer during the popular Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, fondly known as The Best 10 Days of Winter, and this year was no different.

The festival is not only about oysters, the luxurious delicacy known for its aphrodisiac powers, but also for the more than 130 wonderful events aimed to entertain over 70 000 visitors and locals of all ages. Besides being a major sporting festival, it also caters for family entertainment.

Festival a resounding success
Festival manager Nicci Rosseau-Schmidt said that once again the festival was considered a resounding success.
"Despite the wet and windy start to this year's festival it was fantastic. New events, such as the Casper Kids Adventure Run and the Simola Phantom Forest Night Run, saw an astounding 700 entries between the two.
Midweek lifestyle events were all well attended with the Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco and Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle being sold out. The Seafood Wednesday had a great start. Its specials were popular and restaurants reported good sales and interest.

"Unlike the start, the last weekend of the festival basked in beautiful weather that the close to 8 000 runners that participated in the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon runners really enjoyed."
Main sporting events attract many

The main sporting events include cycling, running, kayaking, swimming and several adventure races. Two of the main sporting events, the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Momentum Cape Times Knysna Cycle Tour showcased the magnificent natural beauty of Knysna with participants getting to see some of the most beautiful parts of the Garden Route.

The new family events, the Kids Adventure Run and the Phantom Forest Night Run, exceeded all expectations and saw hundreds of entrants enjoying the beauty of the Simola Hotel Country Club & Spa estate while opera singers sang along the route.

Focus on youth this year
Tourism entity Knysna & Partners' chief executive Greg Vogt explained that this year the focus of the festival was on the youth. "The diversity of events on offer certainly provided a little something for everyone. A very special moment for me personally was to experience the initiative for the disabled to compete."

Another new event, the Dare 2 Dash obstacle course, gave families and friends an opportunity to get down and dirty while raising much needed funds for the Knysna Education Trust. This year's Imperial Auto Festival of Golf and the Blackwaters Lodge Golf Tournament saw both adults and children showing off their golfing prowess; sadly nobody managed to win the new Sprite Caravan with a hole-in-one during the festival's Europcar Knysna Classic.

Once again the Western Cape department of cultural affairs and sport became involved and sponsored the boccia game for the physically disabled, as well as festival rugby and soccer tournaments.
Food, wine and party time

For the nonsporty types, the festival offered plenty to keep them entertained. The Pick n Pay Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Shuckle, and the all-new Featherbed Opera Cruise were all sellout events.

Another first, the festival saw an entire day dedicated to seafood. Seafood Wednesday offered festivalgoers the opportunity to visit restaurants throughout greater Knysna to enjoy the many seafood specials offered on the day.

For dinner, seafood-lovers moved to the festival pavilion where they enjoyed the Sassi Fish Braai, Flavours of Knysna as well as oyster shucking and eating competitions.
Another firm favourite, the Knysna Wine Festival, was packed to capacity on both evenings.

Young Oyster programme a success
As with previous years, the Knysna-Plett Herald Young Oyster programme was a great success. Children were hosted at all greater Knysna libraries and the Khayalethu and Smutsville community centres, where caregivers entertained them with several cooking, baking, and arts and crafts activities.
Parents could also safely drop off their children at the festival pavilion's Momentum Health Kids Zone. Here the children spent hours being entertained with face painting, jumping castles, videos and several other activities that helped work off some of their energy.

The SA Navy once again played an important role in the festivities. Their appearance is an enormous attraction as festivalgoers flock to the Knysna Heads to witness the dramatic entrance. The Navy parade and band performance at the Knysna Waterfront was, as usual, a world-class display.

The organisers and sponsors of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival know that this festival is not only about frivolous fun. Rather, they ensure that their event benefits the community and its charities.
Great help to local charities
Visitors who enjoyed the flavours and festivities of the festival can rest assured that they helped nonprofit organisations and the underprivileged to benefit.

Last year the festival raised R2-million, and in the past seven years, a grand total of R13-million has been donated to local charities. This year, Momentum Health once again donated 2 000 high-quality, fleece blankets to greater Knysna's underprivileged.

Vogt, who participated in a number of festival activities, said, "Having been in the mix and participating in the Big5Lite, I had the privilege of being with participants and festivalgoers, and hearing first hand of their experiences." He added that the festival is unique and that visitors found the event/s worthwhile and unique.

The Knysna municipal local economic development department, he said, ran a research study once again. "We took the time to work with the data capturers and it was interesting to get input from those people surveyed on how they perceived the festival. There is a growing number of people coming to Knysna not only to enter events, but for other festival offerings and entertainment," said Vogt

"Greater Knysna locals certainly offered incredible hospitality to our visitors, and it is always important to recognise how important this great service is to ensuring that visitors return to our beautiful area. There were many acts of kindness by locals towards visitors that will be remembered by those visitors.

"One such incident was when a local cycle race marshal recognised a participant's mountain bike was faulty and took the participant to their house nearby.
"The local offered her husband's large-sized bike and insisted that the local complete the race with this bike. Random acts of kindness like this go a long way," concluded Vogt.

* For further information pertaining to the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, visitwww.pnpoysterfestival.co.za.

Friday, 15 July 2016 03:03

Rooted in Time - A Journey of Discovery

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On the 29th of June 2016, the Garden Route National Park (assisted by various key stakeholders) launched an historical self-drive route titled 'Rooted in Time', which takes you to 10 marked, historically significant locations in the Knysna forest. You are invited to walk in the footsteps of our forefathers and those who played an integral part in shaping not only Knysna's natural world, but the very fabric of our town.

Scattered throughout the far reaches of the great Knysna forest are traces of this vast heritage - rich artefacts and anecdotes which give us an insight into the exploration and exploitation of this once untamed wilderness. Reading accounts from the past and gazing upon the grainy black and white images from years ago, hints at the toil and hardship faced by both the indigenous people and the early settlers. They also speak volumes of their strength and courage.

In order to really immerse yourself in this magical journey of discovery, I recommend a whole day be set aside for this route. The truth of the matter is, that many places you will visit along this route will enchant you so much and will encourage you to linger, as this route also offers a window into the wonders of Knysna's complex forest kingdom.

Templeman Station – The first stop along this route is on the R339, about 15km off the N2 highway, where you will soon find yourself at the fringes of indigenous Knysna Forest. It is situated at the Ysterhoutrug picnic site, an ideal spot for families and also the starting point of the circular 8km White Elephant Hiking Trail. This first stop has much historical significance due to the fact that it contains some of the preserved remains of the original “Coffee Pot” railway line, which once carried both timber and people from deep in the forest to the banks of the Knysna Estuary. A short amble will lead you to some of the last remaining evidence of this old forest railway.
Route markers 2,3 and 4 are all situated just 2km away, where you take a right off the R339 and ascend through breathtaking forest up towards the lovely setting of the Diepwalle Forest Station.

Forest Legend Museum – This museum is a rich historical resource for our region, housing a fascinating collection of photographs, artefacts and stories about the lives of the foresters, woodcutters and the gold diggers that once lived here. It also has on display a skeleton of a forest elephant. Once numbering in their many hundreds, they were hunted to near extinction. The jury is still out on exactly how many still remain, but they remain largely unobserved amongst the forest's dense labyrinth, moving through it using ancient elephant pathways.

“Old Suzie' Steam Engine - Stationed just outside the Museum is the engine used from the 1900's by woodcutters to extract and process the colossal tree specimens into transportable timber. With a bright new lick of paint, she stands as a proud reminder of our steam rail heritage.

Old Forester's House – This impressive example of the old stone houses from the past, was once the home of a forester by the name of D.E Hitchins. He was responsible for the construction of a series of houses built in stone at numerous forestry stations across the region. The quaint little tea garden serves lovely tea-time treats, so be sure to take some time to relax here before heading back down to the R339. Make sure to pop into the indigenous plant nursery while there.

Big Tree – Just opposite the entrance to the Dipewalle Forest Station and rising up past all the other stately trees in the forest, is one of the region's most legendary Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. It was named after King Edward VII after a delegation of the British Parliamentary was treated to a traditional South African lunch at this location back in 1924. This tree has been rooted here for about 800 years and it stands more than 40m tall with a bole circumference of 7m. It stands sentinel over this protected tract of forest like a living natural monument, one that has stood the test of time. This is definitely a place to revive the soul and uplift the senses.
Velbroeks Draai – Further up the R339, this location (originally known as Veldhoeksdraai) was once known for the fact that it was a notorious spot for drivers, with narrow fish hook-like bends that were very tricky to navigate. The perfect place to relax and unwind, this stop offers a short 1km circular trail where you will see more ancient forest giants.

Spitskop - Situated in the Ysternek Nature Reserve, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the area, rising up 918m above the Diepwalle Forest. On a clear day you will enjoy expansive views of mountains to the north and to the south you can see as far as Plettenberg Bay and Mossel Bay. From this summit, you will be able to drink in a scene which I believe to be one of the most magnificent I have ever gazed upon.

Kom Se Pad – This road which meets up with the R339 and will take you on a journey deep into the Knysna Forest. These forests were exploited prior to 1939, after which the Government decided to close them to the woodcutters’ system. The forest has since revived itself and is the largest indigenous forests in South Africa. There is something quite magical about driving through this lush forest realm. Along this route are sign boards highlighting the history of the Knysna forest elephants.

San Ambrosa Chapel – This is the last stop on the historical route. Situated in Gouna, this chapel is of great significance to many of the descendants from this particular area. In the late 19th century, the colonial government sponsored the immigration of 32 Italian silk farmers, hoping that they could establish a silk industry in the Knysna Forests. Little did they know back then, that the indigenous mulberry tree was in no way related to the white mulberry, which is the silkworm's only source of food. There was never to be any spinning of silk in these parts. Uprooted from their homes and culture, these immigrants were largely forgotten and eked out a meagre existence. The chapel is full of old photographs and artefacts of these Italian families.