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Promoting the Garden Route & Klein Karoo in China                                        3 September 2017

IBTM China Expo

 

 

 

 

 

Andre’ Gauche of Myoli Beach Lodge in Sedgefield recently attended the IBTM CHINA EXPO – 23 & 24 AUGUST, 2017 in Beijing as an exhibitor along with Sun International, The City of Tswane, The South African National Convention Bureau, Northern Cape Tourism Authority and the Durban Convention Centre .

Andre’ was part of an incentive programme organised by SA Tourism to promote incentives, business travel and general tourism packages for the Chinese market.

Andre’ summarised his experience as follows:

Assessment Summary:

  1. China is a challenging market as it’s a long-haul destination and air travel is reasonable expensive
  2. Most buyers interested in Africa, and more specifically South Africa, are still testing the market. Language is obviously a major barrier.
  3. An important component of the expo is the quality of the follow-up with the various buyers that did show an interest in the South African experience
  4. Most buyers require confirmation of the product/s offered as many have not been to South Africa
  5. It is evident that long term business relationships are important in this market. This can only realistically be achieved over a period of time with pro-active participation from both parties.
  6. Undoubtedly the Chinese market offers massive potential for incoming tourists to South Africa but a stable base needs to be established where sectors of the market are geared to receive and effectively accommodate these tourists. Sun City is a case in point where Sun International pro-actively promotes to and makes provision to accommodate this market. The Chinese market also has no shortage of well-heeled travellers who primarily aim for 4 star + accommodation establishments.
  7. Group bookings, corporate incentives, conferences and business travel are largely the norm.

Issues Arising

  1. Security. There are certain concerns over visitor security to South Africa. There is obviously considerable negative press regarding crime and personal safety issues.

2. Logistics. Flight programmes, distances and locations. Ideally a China based tour organiser/operator with knowledge of the South African market needs to work in conjunction with local operators or organisers. They need to know up-front exactly where they are going, where they are staying, what they are doing and at what cost.

  1. Language and cultural barriers. There is a definite requirement for a Chinese-speaking interpreter/guide to either accompany Chinese groups or must be made available locally.
  2. It’s a special needs market and consideration must be given to food & beverage preferences and other specific needs.

Plus factors for incoming Chinese tourists to the Southern Cape region:

  1. Wide variety of quality accommodation options at affordable rates
  2. Diverse culinary options and a wide variety of restaurants
  3. Totally unique experience with mountains, forests, ocean, lakes, rivers and Karoo environment
  4. Most adventure/leisure activities in the world
  5. Most temperate climate in Africa and malaria free
  6. Safe, clean and friendly environment with good infrastructure
  7. Close proximity to Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Addo National Park etc

Andre’ owns  www.southcapetourism.com – a free internet portal established in 2010 to promote and market accredited accommodation establishments and adventure/leisure operators in the Southern Cape region. He also owns Myoli Beach Lodge in Sedgefield www.myolibeach.co.za

For further information Andre’ can be contacted on 082 4400200.

August – WHAT’S ON KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

 

 

Knysna Timber Festival will go ahead

The Knysna Timber Festival 2017 will go ahead as planned from 29 September to 1 October – and it’ll take place as usual at its traditional venue at Timber Village, despite the fact that Timber Village was burned to the ground during the town’s recent devastating fires.

Read more here

 

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Networking at Lakeside Lodge and Spa

South African Tourism Internal and Corporate Communications Manager, Mpho Mfenyana, and Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer were in Knysna last week at the invitation of the Benguela Collection who hosted a two-day launch of Benguela Cove wines at Lakeside Lodge and Spa in Sedgefield.

Read more here

 

‘DON’T FEED WILDLIFE’

SANParks scientists and civil society research groups have cautioned against feeding wild animals. This comes after volunteer groups had dropped vegetables and seeds for animals to eat in the national park and surrounds. This week, authorities detailed reasons for discouraging the feeding of animals in burnt areas.

Read more here

 

Flavours winner uses money to expand catering business

Local Green Chef Melven Mene, winner of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival event, Flavours of Knysna, has used his prize money of R10,000 as part payment on a car. The second hand Toyota Corolla, will help Chef Mene expand his business, Usatsho Tshisanyama & Catering.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

TREASURE HUNT

Join Hospice and Pam Golding Knysna for their annual Spring Maison Market from 29 – 30 September 2017.

For more information contact: 083 448 1934

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Cloud 9 live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 04 Aug from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday, 06 Aug, Shaza will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

WOMAN’S DAY WORKSHOP

Belvidere Manor presents Woman’s Day make-up workshops on 8 August 2017 with make-up expert Debbie Jean. Two sessions available from 9:30 – 11:30 & 17:30 – 19:30. R120pp

For more information and to book contact: 082 804 2746

STEAK AND CHIPS

Join Pezula Golf Club on 25 Aug 2017 from 18:30 for a Steak and Chips evening with music entertainment. R85 pp.

For more information and to book contact: 044 302 5317

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

July 2017 WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

 

Rastafari Earth Festival – A Celebration of One Love

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 2017, 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

 

Oyster Festival message from Knysna Tourism

We are thrilled with the attendance numbers at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this year, particularly in light of the devastating Knysna fire which started on 7 June, just one month before the festival opened. The fire did not discourage our visitors who flocked in their thousands to support Knysna, the festival events and local businesses.

Read more here

 

BAYPORT PHOENIX RISES FROM THE ASHES

It was a trail running experience none of the 600 participating athletes will ever forget. The 4km of pristine unspoilt beach between the villages of Buffalo Bay and Brenton on Sea are one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world and it was never more spectacularly displayed than it was on Tuesday morning as the assembled participants gazed out across the beautiful blue waters of the bay and tried to envisage the scene of terror from just 34 days earlier.

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The Simola Phantom – a sell-out event

As the full moon performed its lunar showcase, close to 400 adventurous trail runners and trail walkers -equipped with their headlamps – went out into the Simola forests to meet the Phantom.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

GLOW IN THE DARK FUN RUN

Join Doodlebugs on Friday, 28 July 2017 @ 17:00 for a family fun run/Walk. Hot soup and drinks as well as glow in the dark goodies & face paint on sale. R50 Adults & R35 kids.

For more information contact: 084 548 4118

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Knysna Plett Concert presents a benefit concert on Monday, 31 July 2017 with Bryan Wallick on the piano playing composers like Bach, Brahms & Liszt. R120 – Adults / R30 – Kids. Show starts at 19:30. Tickets available at the door from 18:45

WOMAN’S DAY WORKSHOP

Belvidere Manor presents Woman’s Day make-up workshops on 8 August 2017 with make-up expert Debbie Jean. Two sessions available from 9:30 – 11:30 & 17:30 – 19:30. R120pp

For more information and to book contact: 082 804 2746

PUB, POT & PORT

Join Pezula Golf Club on 28 July 2017 from 18:30 for a Pub, Potjie & Port evening with music entertainment. R85 pp.

For more information and to book contact: 044 302 5317

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

Knysna Sedgefield Tourism Update 16 June 2017

This week has been busy for the staff of Knysna Tourism. While our front office staff are assisting the public with queries about accommodation for the Knysna Oyster Festival and in the longer term, our marketing team has been focussing on getting the message out to world that Knysna is open for business. In this newsletter, read the story behind our logo, #VisitKnysna #KnysnaRises, which was designed for us pro bono by local advertising creative Dominic Morel. 

We have had fantastic support from Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa, Minister Alan Winde from the Ministry of Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism of the Western Cape, and Sisa Ntshona CEO of South African Tourism, who will all help us to ensure that our message reaches international travel agents, tour operators and media. We are also taking advantage of the presence of local media in our town to get the message out to South Africans. 

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is on track and one of the highlights will be The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday, which brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

There was much excitement earlier in the week when 50 Qhubeka bicycles as well as handmade blankets, scarves and beanies arrived in Knysna to assist with relief efforts following the devastating fires. Read about this wonderful initiative for our local community.

Please ensure that you complete The Business Disaster Register for Knysna residents that is being sent out by Knysna Municipality so that they can assess the amount of damage done by the fires, including job losses and total loss to the economy.

KNYSNA BUSINESSES: Click here for the Business Disaster Register 

Click here to read more in this week’s newsletter

Have an awesome weekend.

Kind regards,
Team Knysna Tourism

 

Knysna & Partners 

Knysna, Sedgefield & surrounding towns

 

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Sedgefield Knysna update 16 June, 2017

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#KnysnaRises

On Thursday Knysna Tourism launched the #KnysnaRises logo which shows the Knysna loerie/ turaco rising like a phoenix from the “flames” and was inspired by the message that Knysna is rising, it is not destroyed, as many people believe, but is open for business and welcoming visitors.

Read more here

 

#KnysnaRises, #VisitKnysna, we are Open For Business!

With the fire disaster hitting Knysna on the 7th of June there has been a lot of concern about the future of tourism and its impact on the economy and in particular job losses because of accommodation establishments and other businesses which have gone up in flames.

Read more here

 

Qhubeka and the #KnysnaFires

There was much excitement earlier in the week when 50 Qhubeka bicycles as well as handmade blankets, scarves and beanies arrived in Knysna to assist with relief efforts following the devastating fires.

Read more here

 

PLEASE HELP KNYSNA FIRE VICTIMS

The fire in Knysna is the largest and most destructive fire in a built up area in the Western Cape, and effected thousands of residents. OFFICIAL Bank accounts below can be used for danoations: 

NEDBANK

Acc. Name: Emergency Fund
Acc. NR: 1147 920 699
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: NEDSZAJJ

STANDARD BANK

Acc. Name: Eden District Municipality
Acc. NR: 401 719 790
Reference: KNYSNAFIRE
International Donations: SBZAZAJJ
Official FB Page: 
Knysna Fire – 7 June 2017

 

Sedgefielders pull together in Crisis

It has always been known that Sedgefielders pull together in a crisis – but in the last week the community more than outdid themselves, with hundreds of local volunteers building up a phenomenal effort to support fire crews, house evacuees and provide for those who have lost homes and possessions.

Read more here

 

Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday – Celebrating the best of seafood!

The highly-anticipated Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival takes place from 7 to 16 July 2017. The variety of events makes it a fabulous holiday for sports fans, families and anyone looking for the best 10 days of their winter. As part of the Festival, The Pick n Pay Seafood Wednesday brings together the best Knysna has to offer in one venue. From fresh seafood to wine and beer tastings, fish braais and music, there will be something for the whole family.

Read more here

 

 Ride with a Local in #TrailTownSA

There is a local group of riders in Knysna, who have been blazing trails for the past 30 years. These pioneers of our cycling world inspired routes in our area, like the red route and other routes in Harkerville. Robbie Powell and Dr Evil himself, Leon Evans, broke the cycling yolk and inspired these routes with SANParks.

Read more here

 

Mind, Body & Soul Connection Week in Knysna

For the first time ever there will be a Body, Mind and Spirit week of workshops included in the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival 2017. These will be amazing workshops presented by world class facilitators covering all aspects of holistic wellness. Never before has Knysna been able to experience such an exciting array of top class workshops and a limited number of private sessions all in one week!

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

FOOD & ENTERTAINMENT

Join Pezula Golf Club for a Pub & Curry evening with music entertainment on 30 June 2017 from 18:30 @ R85 pp.

 For more information contact: 044 302 5317

YOUTH DAY #LocalTalent SHOW

Knysna Municipality invites you to the Youth Day Entertainment Show on Friday, 16 June 2017 from 14:00 at Loerie Park. Official Ceremony: 16:00.

Special Guest: Mafa Bavuma

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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.  

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

WHAT’S ON SEDGEFIELD & KNYSNA MAY – JUNE 2017

 

 Our annual visitors has arrived – #WhaleTales

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 was very excited to report, on May 19, that 12 of these giant mammals had been sighted in local waters in the last week.

Read more here

 

Organic #FoodJourney @ The Grain Mill Bistro

All the buzz words and hashtags associated with fresh organic food and healthy eating are ticked off at the The Organic Market Bistro, situated in the Metelerkamp building off Waterfront Drive. Adelheid Schmidt and her team, started the project in 2012. From Germany, Adelheid ran a similar operation there before making the commitment to transfer the concept to Knysna, however a key difference here that the Knysna operation makes use of an imported cold stone grain mill.

Read more here

 

BIG5 Challenge attracts BIG name Elites

The 8th Annual BIG5 Challenge is fast approaching and the competition for podium spots is heating up with the likes of Bradley Weiss, Davide Del Fante, Dean Hopf and Theo Blignaut fighting it out over five events during the ten days of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival between 7 and 16 July.

Read more here

 

Operational Guidelines for Community-Based Tourism in South Africa

The role of communities in tourism in South Africa is strongly emphasised in a series of national policies and instruments that were established over the past two decades. For example, the 1996 White Paper on the Development and Promotion of Tourism Development in South Africa stressed that communities were expected to play a vital role in tourism development. The ground-breaking policy called on communities to identify potential tourism resources and attractions, to use them as a basis for exploring tourism development opportunities, and to seek partnership opportunities with the private sector, while supporting and promoting responsible tourism and sustainable development.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Tigger live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 26 May from 8pm – 11pm & no performances on Sunday. Please note: Blend is closed from Saturday for 4 weeks. 

 For more information contact: 044 384 0493

WINTER LONG TABLE

Join the team at Kilzers Kitchen every Friday from 12 May – 29 September, 4pm – 9pm for their exciting Winter Long Table in a relaxed setting with a log fire & affordable quality food

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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 Welbedacht Lane.  

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD – May 2017

 
 

Mitchell’s craft beer announces new brand design

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 Ale, 90 Shilling Ale, Raven Stout, and Old Wobbly Strong Lager.

Read more here

 

Oyster Festival Fever grips Featherbed

The Featherbed Company is bracing itself for an outbreak of Trail Running Fever as trail fanatics from across the country scramble for entries into one of South Africa’s most popular medium distance trail running events – the Featherbed Trail Run which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The family friendly event is the trail running event of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival and is as famous for its festive atmosphere combined with the famous Ferry Ride across the Knysna Estuary as it is for its spectacular course.

Read more here

 

 The only Beachfront restaurant in Knysna

Butterfly Blu is perched on a dune top with beautiful panoramic sea views making it one of the most idyllic restaurants in Knysna with beautiful food, an outdoor/indoor deck, lounge areas, cocktail bar, and a contemporary interior. Directly below the restaurant is beautiful stretch of white sandy beach and rolling dunes covered with lush fynbos for which this part of the world is so famous. The setting is perfect to enjoy a rosy sunset after a stroll on the beach.

Read more here

 

BRENTON BLUE NEWS – MAY 2017

To all friends and neighbours of the Brenton Blue butterfly – welcome to your latest newsletter! Your management committee (MC) includes representatives from CapeNature, WESSA, EWT, LepSoc, the Knysna Municipality (KM) and the local residents.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch SUJO & Storm live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 19 May from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday, 21 May, Sam Hartman will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

 For more information contact: 044 384 0493

WINTER LONG TABLE

Join the team at Kilzers Kitchen every Friday from 12 May – 29 September, 4pm – 9pm for their exciting Winter Long Table in a relaxed setting with a log fire & affordable quality food

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Francois Haasbroek will be performing LIVE at Elalini Backpackers, Buffalo Bay, to celebrate YOUth day on the 16th of June 2017. Bring your own dop & chop. R50 pp

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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.  

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD – March 2017

 

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Living Jewels – #KnysnaMade

The Living Jewels project has given Sabine Woodward a new lease on life and it is all for a brilliant cause!
Sabine Woodward has been a resident of Knysna for going on 30 years and for most of that time she ran Emma Jayne Interiors, one of Knysna’s original and most successful interior design companies. She sold it several years ago and now dedicates her time towards worthy causes.

Read more here

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Bowls – #1Sport4Life

The 2017 All Cape Tournament hosted by Eden Bowls is just around the corner (Women’s Event: 23-29 April/ Men’s Event: 30 April- 6 May) during which time we will see some of the region’s best bowlers battling it out on the manicured greens of bowling clubs throughout the Eden District. The eastern zone comprises clubs like Sedgefield, Knysna, Leisure Isle and Plettenberg Bay. The western zone will be Great Brak, Vista (Little Brak), Hartenbos and Mossel Bay. George and Outeniqua will be utilized either west or east, depending on the number of entries per zone.

Read more here

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Slow Route #FoodJourney at Benguela Brasserie

This week’s Slow Route Food Journey takes us to Benguela Brasserie & Restaurant at Lakeside Lodge, situated on the reed-fringed banks of the Swartvlei Lake, just a few kilometres from the Slow Town of Sedgefield. The view alone sets it apart from many other restaurants in the area, but aside from that, they recognise and implement many of the slow food principles which we are seeking to promote on this culinary journey. Their mouth-watering bill of fare is inspired by the seasonality and availability of locally produced ingredients.

Read more here

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Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates 30 years

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 of a number of new routes and races. The Knysna Cycle Tour has grown enormously since its inception in 1987 and now comprises four popular events which will take place on 8 and 9 July, the first weekend of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival: MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride.

Read more here

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Knysna International Guitar Night

Seen as the precursor to the full-fledged international guitar festival 2018, the first ever Knysna International Guitar Night taking place at the Montessori School in Knysna on the 31st March features the extraordinary percussive guitarist Thomas Leeb who is Austrian but now hails from California USA.

Read more here

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Second Discovery Sport Industry Awards Nomination for Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

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 in two categories for the first time. The Official Shortlist for the 2017 awards covers 17 categories that recognise the very best in the business of sport, comprising everything from events to activations, sponsorships and communications. It truly represents the epitome of excellence for the industry.

Read more here

EVENTS & MARKETS

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch SAFF live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 03 March from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday, 05 March Deja Vu will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

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BAZAAR

Come enjoy the Vermont Bazaar on 29 April 2017 from 9am – 2pm at Vermont centre in Hornlee. There will be something for young and old to enjoy.

For more info contact: 044 385 0593

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GOLF FUNDRAISER

Vermont Old Age Home is calling all golfers to join them for a Golf Day at Knysna Golf Club on 11 March 2017 to raise funds. Book your 4 Ball now. 

For more info contact: 044 385 0593/044 384 1150

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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.  

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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

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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

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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Have you heard of Monday massage madness at our Spa? Get the massage you’ve been putting out for a while. 20% off our massages is more than enough reason to treat yourself to a Monday pamper session.
Call: 044 343 1844 to make your booking.

totties

Experience the Rheenendal country-side at Totties Farm Kitchen with an unforgettable @ R195pp on Sunday & Live Music on Sat & Sun.

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

CooknLook

Kilzers Kitchen Cook n Look Evenings are indeed a unique experience. The busy and extremely well equipped kitchen becomes centre stage for around 70 guests who get to watch a magnificent 3 course meal being prepared by chefs Albin and Jenny together with their professional kitchen personnel.

For more info contact: 044 382 0135

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. 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

34Southnl16

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

WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD in FEBRUARY

 

 

 

 

Sanlam Private Wealth joins Knysna Motor Show as naming sponsor

The organisers of the Knysna Motor Show have announced that Sanlam Private Wealth has come on board as the show’s naming sponsor for 2017. The Sanlam Private Wealth Knysna Motor Show will take place on Sunday, 30 April, 2017.

Read more here

 

Mild & Wild Adventures – 10th Edition

Every week Knysna & Partners highlights activities which can be enjoyed in the Greater Knysna area, from wild (sometimes adrenaline-fuelling) pursuits to milder, more relaxing options. Featuring Acrobranch & Garden of Eden

Read more here

 

DarkFEST – Week2 Building

The 2nd week of building at DarkFEST is seeing massive progress, despite a bit of rain the jumps are almost done. A few measurements and tweaks and they’re ready for testing! The end of last week saw the birth of a 82ft long and low that goes over the berm leading to the step up. Nico was on duty on that right line and spent the week dialing it in and making another slightly shorter set up jump for a massive booter at the bottom.

Read more here

 

A Slow Route #FoodJourney – 2nd Edition

For the first blog of our Slow Route Food Journey, we paid a visit to” Green Road “(situated next to the Mosaic market in Sedgefield) which serves as a non-profit central hub for a wide range of healthy, free- range, organic and organic-in-conversion produce. Everything they do at this humble food fare gem is guided by the fundamental principles of the Slow Food movement and truly epitomises that which we are seeking to explore and promote on this journey.

Read more here

 

Forest Therapy @ Diepwalle

More than thirty years ago the Japanese coined a poignant phrase to explain the sense of well- being one experiences when spending time in the heart of a forest. It’s called shinrin-yoku or “forest bathing”. Based on ancient Buddhist practises, the philosophy is quite simple: go to a forest, walk slowly, breathe and open all your senses. There is mounting scientific data on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest. It is the best medicine for the mind, body and the soul.

Read more here

 

 

2017 Tortoise Tuff

The 20th Tortoise Tuff (takes place on Saturday, 11 March 2017 and for the 7th year the host club, Sedgefield Striders, are offering four races: 10km | Run and Walk / 21km | Trail Run / 30km | Run and Walk / 2,5km | Fun Run

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And We’re Off for Slow Festival number EIGHT!

The Organising Committee are delighted to announce that the town will indeed once again be turning Orange over Easter, with the eighth annual Slow Festival inviting and encouraging locals, visitors and tourists alike to celebrate “Family Fun The Way It’s Meant To Be” in our beautiful seaside town! So diarise the dates 14-16 April and start planning/training for all your entries into all those events that you so enjoyed last year and perhaps a few more!

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EVENTS & MARKETS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Tigger live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 03 Feb from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday 05 Feb, Shelly Hammond will entertain you from 1pm – 4pm

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

BAZAAR

Come enjoy the Vermont Bazaar on 29 April 2017 from 9am – 2pm at Vermont centre in Hornlee. There will be something for young and old to enjoy.

For more info contact: 044 385 0593

GOLF FUNDRAISER

Vermont Old Age Home is calling all golfers to join them for a Golf Day at Knysna Golf Club on 11 March 2017 to raise funds. Book your 4 Ball now. 

For more info contact: 044 385 0593/044 384 1150

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.  

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

 

December 9 – WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD

 

 

Handmade in Sedgefield, South Africa

Nikki Jones is passionate about Sedgefield. She is also a keen crafter who devotes much of her free time to sewing, knitting or crocheting a wide range of unique items from children’s soft toys to sewing accessory bags. She first started crafting when she was still living in her native Zimbabwe. After the birth of her twins she decided to become a stay at home mom and started crafting as a way to supplement the family’s income. It wasn’t very long before she had a thriving home industry and at one point she had seven women working for her.

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Adhere to Blue Flag rules

Greater Knysna’s Buffels Bay and Brenton-on-Sea beaches are amongst the 58 South African Blue Flags that are proudly flying at coastal sites across South Africa for this South African Blue Flag season. These beaches received their Blue Flag status because they met an international standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.

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Precious Drops

Before I met with Johnny Snyman of Heartwood Bows, I scanned his website in the hopes of gaining a little insight into his unique craft. To be honest, I know very little about archery, but I do recall as a young child being wide-eyed and enthralled by the Native Americans in the TV series Bonanza and the way they could shoot an arrow whilst moving at high speed on horseback.

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Mild and Wild Adventures – 3rd Edition

Summer is in full swing and over the next couple of months, Knysna & Partners will be highlighting many of the varied activities which can be enjoyed over the season throughout the Greater Knysna, from wild adrenaline-fuelling pursuits to milder, more relaxing options.

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Please support 39 fire victims in Knysna

Eighteen families recently lost everything in a dreadful fire in Witlokasie. The Knysna Municipality is in the process of providing replacement homes for these victims. In the meantime Greater Knysna residents are and have shown their compassion by donating much needed items to the victims.

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The Gift of Giving

It appears the spirit of Christmas is alive and well in Sedgefield! A couple of weeks back, the Sedgefield branch of Knysna & Partners, in association with local NGO Masithandane, sent out an appeal to locals to open their hearts and pledge a Christmas package for several vulnerable children in our community who have experienced particularly difficult times during 2016. The community responded in typical fashion and amazing care packages poured in from many generous members of the public.

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StreetSmart diners raise R50 000 in Knysnaa

StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape, Garden Route and Gauteng, has handed over R50 000 to their Knysna beneficiary, Sinethemba Projects, for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA for beneficiaries in the various regions.

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Beach Safety Tips

The ocean is dynamic and often unpredictable by nature so caution needs to be exercised at all times. Below is a list of things to keep in mind when enjoying the ocean environment in our beautiful area:

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UPCOMING EVENTS

KNYSNA BLUES FESTIVAL

Don’t miss the Knysna Blues Festival this Summer showcasing both world-renowned musicians and local talent. Taking place on the 17th December 2016 from 13h00 at the Mitchell’s Brewery.

 

 

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LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch Suzi & Glynn live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 9 Dec from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday 11 Dec, Paul Zeman will entertain you from 1 – 4pm.

 

 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

ROTARY KNYSNA SPLASH FESTIVAL

Knysna SPLASH, the annual festival presented by the Rotary Club of Knysna, will be back on 27 & 28 December 2016 with four fun-filled events for the whole family. Four exciting events provide enjoyment for both participants and spectators and challenges for the whole family!

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CHRISTMAS FAIR

Knysna Bowling Club presents a Christmas Fair on 16 Dec 2016 from 09:00 – 14:00 with 17 stalls, gifts, drinks, grand raffle etc.

 

For more information contact: 072 346 3182 

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Red Bridge Brewery presents #LiveEntertainmentFridays with great beer, cafe food and awesome live entertainment!

 

 

For more information contact: 083 671 9399

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Elalini Backpackers presents a New Years bash for the whole family on 31 Dec starting with an open mic session from 6pm & Live performance by Jonty Hendrix from 8pm. R50 gets you in incl. Welcoming drinks. Bring your own xyz  & braai.

For more information contact: 044 383 0005

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.  

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 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. Saturdays 8am – 12pm.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939