Something I saw for the first time as a young adult, but it left quite an impression on my mind. The river forms the outline of the Southern Part of Africa as it flows through the mountainous forest area's. From Wildernis, you just follow the road signs and you will not be dissapointed.
I loved visiting the Birds of Eden even though I had a bit of a scary visit with one of the birds coming to sit on my shoulder without any warning! The world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged birds.
This is the med of South africa. All youngsters come here to celebrate their freedom after finishing school and students carry on the tradition. If you own a beach house in Plettenberg Bay you are made. Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. It is a nice daytrip from Knysna. Visit the Castles at Nutzi and from there drive to Plett. Beacon Isle hotel is the most well known in Plett.
The Elephant Sanctuary is situated approx 16km east of Plettenbergbay just before the turn-off to Nature's valley. at the moment they have 6 elephants there. Three from Botswana & three rescued from culling at the Kruger National Park.
The cost for 2 people to walk with the elephants thru the "forest" and then to ride the elephant for approx 40min is R990.
On the way back from Natures Valley we visited a craft stall selling African crafts.
I managed to bag an absolute bargin 4 ethnic placemates for R100 only $16
My friend also got some great gifts - also bargin with the sellers they can only say no
Natures Valley is a small piece of heaven offering a tranquil enviroment, birdwatching & a safe beach with stunning views. The town is not spoilt by many shops & as far as I am aware the town still only has a general store & a few eateries. So this is a place you can genuinely say is cut off from the hustle bustle.
The drive down to Natures valley is R102 off the N2 a steep windy mountain pass.
On saturday mornings take a drive down to Sedgefield to visit the farmers market - Don't be fooled it is huge. Also arrive early if you want to fresh bread as we saw a queue as long as the market by the local bakers stall. All fresh foods, eggs, olives, veges, cheese, bread, quiche, jam - if its homemade its sure to be here.
Sedgefield has some beautiful unspoilt beaches & is a lot quieter then knysna so plan a day trip
Between Wildernis and George is this beautiful little bay. Accomodation is basically on the beach.
It's nice for a daytrip to the beach. IT's between Wilderness and George. Wilderness, George and Knysna is very close to each other. A beautiful drive along the coast.
If you own a beach house in Plettenberg Bay you are made.
Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers.
Nice daytrip from Knysna. Visit the Castles at Nutzi and from there drive to Plett.
Beacon Isle hotel is the most well known in Plett. There is even a helipad if you don't feel like driving there. The hotel is virtually on the beach (actually more like a little bit in the sea)
On the photo the hotel was on the right. Never took a pic of the hotel. You can see it on the Plett website if interested.
About 30 km northwest of Knsyna you find yourself in a beautiful forest area, that once was an important gold mining area. We had a picknick in the area of former minint town Millwood. All that is left of this town are the names of the streets; all the buildings have been demolished or relocated. The place is completely overgrown and it's kind of bizar to watch a photograph on an information panel of the former town. During our picknick at a designated area near Millwood we came across a group of baboons.
The Jubilee Creek Trail takes you right through the creek that in the late 1800's was the scene of a mini gold rush in Knysna! The trail is very flat and well cared for with picnic areas at the start. If you are lucky you will see the famous Knysna Loerrie bird (as we did from afar) or canaries (as we did by the dozens) as well as some ancient trees. There are more difficult trails in the Goukamma Forest, too. This one took about an hour. The Forest is a very short drive from Knysna.
The big tree is an outiniqua yellowwood tree that is older than 800 years. It is 33 meters high, and its base is 12 meters wide. You really feel very small when standing close to it.
When we stopped at the church, we met this old man. He was so colourfull in his dress code and had the sweetest face. he was more than willing to pose for us.
Nice for a day trip. 15 km away from Knysna.
Beautiful beach. Good for surfing. Watch the whales and dolphins at play.
Take a drive on the coastal route from Knysna to George pass Wilderness. Breathtaking views. Along the way stop at some of the artists at Widerness.