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Yesterday, Executive Mayor Mark Willemse and Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, officially opened the annual ‘Knysna Loving Local Collective Pop-Up Shop’. Infamous as a creative hub…
Today, Wesgro exco members visited Knysna and Sedgefield to review the work done after the first month of the contracted relationship with local government to…
Organisers of the 2019 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour and the Knysna Forest Marathon have confirmed that plans for next year’s events are on track. The…
Thirteen deserving students from Plettenberg Bay, sponsored by Bitou Municipality, are joining Greenpop’s Eden Festival of Action. In order to make the Eden Festival of…
The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, taking place this year between Friday, 29 June and Sunday, 8 July, has long been an annual pilgrimage…
If you aren’t already planning to be at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from Friday, 29 June – Sunday, 8 July, here are…
Knysna Tourism’s new destination marketing campaign, #SpiritofKnysna, kicks off this week with the launch of our video on Thursday 7 June. The two-minute video was…
Thursday, 22 March 2018 11:53

The orange airline turns PINK for global contest

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Johannesburg, South Africa (March 2018). – The Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival has announced that local airline, Mango will be its official aviation…
If the sights and sounds of exhilarating high-performance road and race cars gets your heart beating faster, then there’s one event you simply must add…
Five Knysna Tourism board members had the opportunity to meet with Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism when he was in Knysna last weekend to visit…
Elmay Bouwer, Chairperson of Knysna Tourism has been awarded the Karl Twiggs Floating Trophy by Skål International South Africa, in honour of “a valuable contribution…
The Amazing Race, an event which aims to raise funds for well-known local Sedgefield charity, Masithandane, is back and now in its fourth year. Masithandane…
Thursday, 01 March 2018 14:04

SA Canoe Polo Champs for Knysna

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The Knysna Canoe Polo Club will host the 2018 South African Canoe Polo championships at the Knysna Waterfront over the Easter Weekend, 30 & 31…
Held in prime holiday season in the heart of the glorious Garden Route, the 2018 Knysna Motor Show will be hosted for the seventh successive…
Tuesday, 27 February 2018 14:01

Greenpop Eden Festival of Action

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Striving to repair damage caused by fires in 2017, the festival brings eco-warriors together to learn, plant trees and take part in collective action KNYSNA,…
There has been an overwhelming response to the Tourism Ambassador Course that is being sponsored by Skål International and coordinated by the Francois Ferreira Academy,…
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 07:53

Free Tourism Ambassador Course for Knysna

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Knysna Tourism is working with the Francois Ferreira Academy, a cookery school based in George, and Skål International Garden Route, to bring a free Tourism…
Tuesday, 13 February 2018 10:15

Segway launches tours in Sedgefield

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On Friday 9 of February, Segway Sedgefield was launched at the Mosaic Market where it will be operating from every Saturday morning, which is Market…
Friday, 09 February 2018 11:20

See Mr Gay World 2018 being crowned!

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You are hereby cordially invited to attend the Mr Gay World events that will be held in Knysna this May to celebrate the crowning of…
Friday, 02 February 2018 06:54

Knysna Celtic Festival 2018

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We have a very exciting line up again this year including renowned international artists from Scotland and also for the first time a 32 piece…
Presented by Pam Golding Properties Knysna, the ninth annual Knysna Literary Festival (#KnysnaLitFest) will be hosted from 9 – 11 March 2018, offering a diverse…
Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters paid a brief visit to her home town on Sunday and received a rapturous welcome from the locals of Sedgefield…
A team of ten people - including quantity surveyors, project managers, environmental consultants, and engineers - is currently working in the Garden Route to assess…
The Environmental Management Workstream of the Garden Route Rebuild Initiative (GRRI) has implemented a pilot project to train a team of previously unemployed people in…
22 January 2018On Sunday 29 January, Miss Universe 2017, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will return to her home town, Sedgefield, for the first time since she was crowned, to a rapturous welcome from the Garden Route. In keeping with the Miss Universe tradition, a local committee, which includes her mother Anne-Mari Steenkamp, Knysna Municipality representatives and Sedgefield Tourism Manager Belinda Hobson, have been working hard behind the scenes to organise a homecoming parade through the streets of Sedgefield. “Demi’s homecoming parade is an opportunity for all those in Sedgefield and the Garden Route area to join in the celebrations and show her…
The organisers of the 4th Knysna Celtic Festival Sponsored by Lew Geffen | Sotheby’s International Realty Knysna have announced the line-up for the Festival’s highlight…
15 January 2018 Miss Universe’s hometown, the Garden Route town of Sedgefield, is pulling out all the stops to give her a fantastic homecoming welcome on Sunday, 28 January. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters will be honoured with a street parade by the people who have supported her through her incredible journey to the Miss Universe crown. The parade will start at 3pm on the Sedgefield Primary School sport field from Parakiet Rd and continue down the Main Service Road which runs parallel to the N2, all the way to Vink Avenue where it will turn left and loop back via Flamingo Avenue…
Cooperation and a shared dream to ‘Build Back Better’ are key ingredients as the Garden Route recovers from the destruction caused by wildfires that tore…
Thursday, 05 October 2017 07:21

Knysna Timber Festival: the Phoenix soars

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From total destruction in the fires of 7 June, to “most successful festival ever” in just three months: the 2017 Knysna Timber Festival (29 September…
Two major industry players have signed up to exhibit at this year's Knysna Timber Festival (29 September to 1 October). “The event will take place…
Monday, 12 June 2017 07:37

Business as usual in Knysna

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It’s business as usual in Knysna. That’s the message from Elmay Bouwer, chairperson of the Knysna Tourism board, who today confirmed that despite the extensive…
Knysna Tourism has confirmed that the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is going ahead as planned. Speaking on behalf of the sponsors, the Knysna…
Knysna & Partners welcome the decision by the council to renew their support for tourism in Knysna and surrounds. Tourism is an integral part of…
Southern right whales have come into Knysna waters, the earliest in five years for this time of the year. Ocean Odyssey's Evelyn Pepler said she…
Mitchell’s has introduced fresh packaging designs for its familiar beers, known for the stories behind their names; Forester’s Lager, Bosun’s Pale Ale, Milk & Honey…
Oyster enthusiasts, fitness fanatics and lovers of the good life, are you ready for the fun-filled Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival?Taking place from 7…
The Knysna Wine Festival is the premiere showcase for local wines at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival held annually in Knysna. Dates 10th&11th…
Andre Bezuidenhout claims King of the Hill title in the Single Seater and Sports Car category, setting all-new Hillclimb record of 37.695 sec Wilhelm Baard…
Widely regarded as South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event, this year’s running lived up to its proud reputation, producing a simply dazzling array of road…
The Best 10 Days of your Winter is fast approaching, with many sporting and family events taking place during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster…
Were you one of the almost 6 000 people who visited the Knysna Motor Show this weekend? If not, you missed out on one of…
In all the excitement around the launch of the Knysna Bull I’ve neglected to tell you about the reinvigoration of my favourite event, the GR300.…
Join us as we return to “once upon a time in Eden…” where it all started with Bears, Fairies, Princes, Princesses, (frogs too), Kings and…
Tuesday, 25 April 2017 14:31

Past meets future at 2017 Knysna Motor Show

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“Probably the finest gathering of historic, modern, and futuristic vehicles ever seen on the African continent.” That’s the verdict on the displays registered for this…
Fans of high-performance road cars and exclusive supercars will have plenty to look forward to when the King of the Hill action commences at the…
Friday, 21 April 2017 02:07

Purpose built trails for GR300

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Riders can look forward to some interesting, fast-paced descents and several short, sharp climbs when they tackle stage two of the Garden Route 300 mountain…
Thursday, 20 April 2017 13:58

2017 Eden Kite Festival

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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…
Jaguar fans and performance car enthusiasts are in for a treat at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. The event mark the South African debut of…
Sedgefield turned up the colour on Good Friday, the 14th of April 2017, which started off at the Steam Whistle Stop. The misfit Colour Run…
The exhibitors' list for the Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth is filling up - and the organisers say that this year's event…
For motoring and motorsport enthusiasts, their love of the automobile has been fostered over years of dreaming about iconic cars and the drivers that made…
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb continues to grow in stature, having received its second consecutive nomination for the prized Discovery Sport Industry Awards, and being included…
The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour will celebrate its 30th anniversary this year and the Knysna Rotary organising committee will mark the occasion with the introduction…
Thursday, 02 March 2017 08:09

KNYSNA INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT

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The first ever Knysna International Guitar Night takes place at the Montessori School in Knysna onthe 31st March featuring the extraordinary percussive guitarist Thomas Leeb…
Wednesday, 22 February 2017 11:38

Knysna Celtic Festival draws international interest

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Three of Scotland's top Celtic musicians joined pipe bands and Celtic dancers from around South Africa this weekend to celebrate the third Knysna Celtic Festival…
Although the organisers are expecting a turnout of more than 500 exceptional vehicles, the Knysna Motor Show sponsored by Sanlam Private Wealth promises three very…
The Southern Cape economy has, over the past two decades, absorbed a number of major challenges and changes, as well as number of sectorial implosions.…
Thursday, 24 November 2016 13:36

Knysna and Plett Blues Festivals

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Organisers of the sold-out 2015 Knysna Blues Festival have included Plett in their "Blues & Blues-Rock" roadshow this year – and they'll be events that…
Wood workers, artisans, members of the timber industry, and local and national businesses agree: the third Knysna Timber Festival, which took place from 11-13 November,…
 The Knysna Timber Initiative has announced the final programme line-up for the Knysna Timber Festival, which starts this Friday (11 November). CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD…
It’s all happening on Leisure Isle this weekend when the island turns into a sparkling Treasure Isle for the annual two-day Festival in aid of…
Wednesday, 02 November 2016 09:55

Knysna races to complete its first wooden bicycle

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A group of volunteers keen to ensure that Knysna’s timber heritage flourishes well into the future is racing against time to complete South Africa’s first…
Thursday, 27 October 2016 13:03

Flying high for charity

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Masithandane’s second Eden Kite Festival was as big a success as was hoped. Gasps of appreciation and awe could be heard as local, national and…
The theme of the Knysna Timber Festival - ‘Timber is in our nature’ - might currently by true. But will it always be so? Many organisations…
Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:26

Exciting Eden Kite Festival this weekend!

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Everyone is excitedly gearing up for this weekend's Eden Kite Festival, which takes place on Sunday 23 October 2016 on the sportfield in Karatara. Hundreds…
The Leisure Isle Festival brings to mind the children's classic novel 'Treasure Island' by R L Stevenson. Stevenson's novel relates a story of an island…
Knysna’s annual timber festival - from 11 to 13 November, 2016 - will take place at a crossroads moment for the economy of the Garden…
Friday, 14 October 2016 04:48

2016 Eden Kite Festival

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The second Eden Kite Festival takes place at the Karatara Grounds on 23 October 2016. After a tremendously successful inaugural event in 2015, this year…
Knysna will celebrate its timber heritage - and consider how to ensure its future as a timber destination - during this year’s Knysna Timber Festival.…
Thursday, 13 October 2016 14:11

Talent and brilliance at Knysna Arts Festival

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Knysna & Partners has congratulated the organisers, artists and performers for delivering exceptional ‘Displays of Brilliance’ at the Knysna Arts Festival.   The second edition…
This week the restless surface of the beautiful Swartvlei Lake was punctuated by the gleaming white sails of laser yachts during the 2016 South African…
For the past 15 years, Western Cape Rowing has hosted the Knysna Midway Rowing Regatta, bringing together the competitors, supporters and spectators of rowing schools…
Friday, 30 September 2016 02:39

Knysna Arts Festival - #DisplaysOfBrilliance

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Lew Geffen Sotheby’s International Realty will again host the Knysna Arts Festival for the second consecutive year. The festival, which runs from 1 to 9…
Friday, 23 September 2016 02:44

THE BACHELOR IN SEDGE

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The Finnish franchise of the popular reality TV series The Bachelor is due to be filmed in the Garden Route in October November this year,…
After investigation, it’s now known that the fire that damaged the offices of Knysna & Partners at 40 Main Street on Tuesday night was caused…
Friday, 09 September 2016 02:24

Vodacom charity drive tees off!

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As the single biggest series of tournaments on the Sunshine Tour, the Vodacom Origins of Golf series is also one of the bedrocks of the…
The performing arts, visual arts, workshops, lectures and discussions - the second independent Knysna Arts Festival (1 - 9 October, 2016) is brought to you…
Friday, 02 September 2016 04:23

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Line repairs update

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Classic Rail - the private consortium that’s working to restore train services on the historic Knysna-George railway line - is pressing on with repairs to…
Hash Tag Lottering! - Marc Lottering’s hilarious new single-handed stand-up comedy show - will headline the performing arts programme at this year’s Knysna Arts Festival.…
An unlikely pair of musicians unearth a heavenly collaboration South Africa’s iconic trumpeter Hugh Masekela, and MiCasa front-man J’Something, set off on a journey to…
Thursday, 18 August 2016 08:44

New Knysna Museum: The Motorcycle Room

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Beautiful bikes standing in polite lines greet you when you walk into Knysna’s new motorcycle museum - but if you look deeper, you’ll agree: the…
The revived Knysna Arts Festival - returning for its second season from 1 - 9 October, 2016 - will bring international standard visual arts and…
Friday, 05 August 2016 01:53

RAILWAY LINE UPDATE

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With teams of people clearing the railway line between the Knysna Station and Keytersnek (near the Rheenendal turnoff on the N2), it’s obvious that something’s…
The Cross Cape cycle route - which will eventually join Cape Town to Plettenberg Bay - is finally on a roll. The Western Cape Government’s…
Knysna, 26 July, 2016 – Two small local businesses, Glass Roots and Liberty Lockers, are getting ready to scale their operations to meet new levels…
The date for the third edition of the TransCape MTB Cycle Race has been confirmed for February 5-11, 2017 and mountain bike enthusiasts are urged…
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…
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…
(South Africa, 7 July 2016) The penultimate event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX powered by PeptoPro, took place today at…
Two of last year’s Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour road race winners, were back on the podium again this year following today’s 115 km…
Nearly 4,000 riders competed in the first major sporting event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this morning - the MTB events…
Thursday, 30 June 2016 12:57

Knysna Cycle Tour is this weekend!

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Knysna Rotary is ready for this weekend’s Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour, the opening sports event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster…
Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival will be spoiling all seafood lovers with a brand new event, Seafood Wednesday.Many restaurants in and around Greater Knysna…
Thursday, 30 June 2016 01:57

Big5 junior challenge for charity

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During this year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, taking place from 1 – 10 July, children can now also be part of the BIG5…
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 14:55

Young Oyster Festival provides entertainment

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Now that the schools have closed for their winter break, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is bound to keep the children and their…
Thursday, 23 June 2016 13:34

Knysna’s Big5

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During this year's Pick n Pay Oyster Festival visitors and residents alike will be exposed to the Big5. Although this Big5 does not refer to…
Friday, 17 June 2016 01:12

Chuckle through the Oyster Festival Shuckle

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Once again the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (from 1 – 10 July) will be jam-packed with entertainment to ensure the best 10 days…
A team of specialist contractors has moved into Knysna to repair the George-Knysna railway line in preparation for the opening of a new tourist train…
With less than three weeks to this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour on 2 & 3 July, cyclists have just one week left to enter one…
Following the enormous global interest and recent success of the international adventure race, Expedition Africa held within the Garden Route, Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster…
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