The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled scheduled passenger train operating in South Africa taking in the scenery between George to Knysna
A single costs R70 adults & R50 children with a return costing R80 & R60
during season 1/9 - 30/4 daily services except sunday
Off Peak 1/5 - 31/8 service monday, wednesday & friday
departs Knysna 9.45 arrives in George 12.30 so 2.5hrs journey
Departs George 14.00 arrives back in Knysna 16.30
We did not do the train journey but did catch the train as it crossed our path in Brenton near Belvedere
Situated close to Oudtshoorn, is one of the world's great natural wonders sculptured by nature through the ages - fascinating limestone formations in a wide variety of colours.
Guidlines when going to the caves :
Please wear comfortable footwear and light clothing as the cave is warm inside.
It's a one kilometer walk, with 416 stairs on a full tour, and lasts about one and a half hours.
Not advisable for small children.
Fee: R40 per adult and R25 per child
Tsitsikamma, bordering on the Garden Route of the Western Cape Province, is an area of splendid natural forests. Its name is derived from the Kho-Khoi expression for 'a place of abundant water', and no name could be more apt for this area.
The word effortlessly evokes meaning and beauty, entirely appropriate to this large area of rocky shores, ravines, sheer cliffs, ancient trees, dense undergrowth, a richness of verdant plant life, the din of insect life and the distant sounds of water falling in almost imperceptible screams over craggy edges, gurgling, flowing into and out itself, to the Indian Ocean below and beyond.
Originally christened "Bahia Formosa" (beautiful bay) by early Portuguese explorers.
Plattenberg Bay`s sweeping, unspoilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula, intriguing lagoons and estuaries, towering indigenous forests and unpolluted rivers and sea.
Plattenberg Bay`s Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months or a bustling holiday destination during the summer.
In my books its a must see for everybody.
Wilderness is situated about fifty kilometers from Knysna, about forty minutes pleasant drive through the what is often referred to as the Garden Route "lake district". Golden stretches of beach are washed by the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean.
Inland only a few kilometers from the sea, the Outeniqua Mountains form an impressive backdrop. Walks along the beach with swimming in the warmer months are a must for the day tripper. In the afternoon take a quiet stroll along the boardwalk which meanders through the reeds of the Wilderness Lagoon. Two spectacular view sites are; Map of Africa situated above Wilderness and Dolphins Point above the mouth of the Kaaimans river.
All I can tell you that its close to Knsyna , I can`t remember the places name .... I think its close to Keurboomstrand on the Garden Route.
Sorry for my info on this one but I`m sure someone at the Knsyna Waterfront will be able to give you directions.
George, nestling below the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains is the sixth oldest town in South Africa. The area consists of a remarkable blending of mountains, rivers, indigenous and cultivated forests, colourful shrubs and wild flowers, glorious beaches and rich farmlands. It is also home to the nostalgic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam strain, a crocodile park and a host of scenic walks, birdwatching spots and picnic and braai facilities.
The Knysna Waterfront is where everything happens here. Its a good place for Whale Watching, scuba diving, water skiing, canoeing and many other adventure sports.
Here is nice shops , Craft markets and great restaurants.
Oudtshoorn, the centre of the ostrich industry and the world's feather capital, is the Small Karoo's leading town. Feather palaces, large mansions built during the ostrich feather boom, form part of the area's architectural heritage. Ostrich and Game ranches offer plentiful opportunities for interaction with Africa's wild creatures.
We enjoyed a welcome break from the sun & decided to take a stroll in the Garden of Eden which is a short 1.5km boarded walk through the forest, very lush & peaceful.
The walk is wheelchair friendly with various picnic spots
Some of the trees are labelled making it an educational walk as well
Entry for adults was R5
Noetzie Beach is a stunning secluded beach famous for its castles which are available to stay in. The Noetzie river forms a pretty lagoon
Probably one of the reasons it is so secluded is to get there is approx 5km dirt road drive then about 100+ steps down to the beach & the climb back up is steep!!
Take a trip to the heads with your choice of one of five different boat tipes.
There is the Featherbed which is an 4 hour trip and includes a buffet lunch and leaves daily at 10h00, 11h15 and 12h30. Tickets cost more or less US$35 for adults.
With the Paddle cruiser a choice of a lunch cruise (leaves at 12h15 and tickets cost US$20 per adult) or the dinner cruise (leaves at 18h15 and adult tickets cost US$40).
Then there is the John Benn which is a 90 minute trip to the heads and it is a floating restaurant with full bar facilities. The boat leaves at 12h30 and 18h00 and during peak season there is an additional two trips.
Then there is the quick and fun ferry trip (which we did), this one actually goes INTO the heads and lasts about 75 minutes and there are 6 trips during the day, starting at 9h30 and the last trip at 17h00. Tickets cost US$10 per adult.
Then there is also Catamaran Yachting, with conditions permitting these boats can go beyond the heads and for a 90 minute fun sail tickets cost US$20 and for a 2 and a half hour sunset cruise tickets are priced at US$55.
Bollard Bay is a stretch of beach which offers safe swimming in shallow waters. There are not many waves on this beach & ideal for families with small children.
Leisure isle is a scenic nature reseve overlloking the Knysna heads
I think when in Knysna , going to see the Knysna heads is a must. When at the heads there is a trial there that you can walk which takes you to different view points of the heads and whats even better you have a very stunning view of Knysna itself. Definitely worth the visit.
Take a sunset boat trip on the John Benn to the Knysna Heads. The entrance from the sea onto the lake at the Heads is said to be the most dangerous known.
The boat doesn't go out onto the sea. It turns around at the Heads.
+- 2 hour trip- maybe a bit less.
There are bar-facilities on the boat and light meals are available.