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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

blend

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

bazaar

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

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.  

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

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

Read more here

 

 

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!

Read more here

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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.

Read more here

 

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:

Read more here

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.

 

 

Click here for more information

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!

Click here for more information

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

 

 

WHAT’S ON #KNYSNA & SEDGEFIELD @ 21 October ‘16

 

Exciting Eden Kite Festival this weekend!

Hundreds of people are expected to turn up to witness the eclectic and colourful display of kites which are set to punctuate the aerial space above this rural town, which is characterised by pastoral scenes and set against the lofty backdrop of the Outeniqua Mountains, making it the ideal venue for an event of this nature.

Read more here

 

AMAZING “CHANGE.”

At 10h00 on Saturday the 22nd of October the first Help Cent-re Bin in South Africa will be commissioned at Woodmill Lane. You are invited to bring the collection of copper coins you have at home, and to come and deposit them into the Help Cent-re bin.

Read more here

 

Knysna to hold Timber Festival at crossroads moment

Knysna’s annual timber festival – from 11 to 13 November, 2016 – will take place at a crossroads moment for the economy of the Garden Route. “The Knysna Timber Festival focuses on the experience – what forestry and woodworking have to offer in terms of skills, jobs, and tourism, and how massively they impact on the local economy,” said the vice-chairperson of the Knysna Timber Initiative, Jock McConnachie.

Read more here

 

 Leisure Isle Festival – for two days it is ‘Treasure Isle’

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 on which a large hoard of gold has been hidden. For the past fourteen years Leisure Isle has presented a festival that encourages thousands of eager treasure seekers to search for their piece of treasure.

Read more here

 

Gorgeous Goukamma – Paradise on our door

It was a fresh, early October morning and I was on a mission – to capture through the lens and best paint a picture with words, the beauty of the Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area. So there I was, standing on the blissfully deserted Goukamma beach, during a spring-low tide, staring out at the big blue as it collided with the shoreline.

Read more here

UPCOMING EVENTS

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

Catch Kaz & Chris live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 21 Oct from 8pm – 11pm & on Sunday 23 Oct, Ian Hall will entertain you from 1 – 4pm.

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

KNYSNA PLETT CONCERT SERIES

Knysna Plett Concert Series presents an exciting evening with Jerome Pernoo (cello) & Jerome Ducros (piano) on Mon 21 Nov from 19:00 in the Dutch reformed Church Hall.

R120 pp or R R30 per child. Tickets on sale from 18:45 at the door.

KNYSNA TIMBER FESTIVAL

Join in the celebration of Knysna’s rich woodworking heritage from 11 – 13 November 2016 with a new and improved format!

 

 

 

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LEISURE ISLE FESTIVAL

This year’s festival from 5 – 6 November will once again provide ample opportunity for visitors to stock up on Christmas shopping, and to take in convivial company and fare accompanied by top-notch entertainment provided

 

 

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HARKERVILLE FOREST RUN

A great 10km or 26km forest run on 01 December 2016!  This event forms part of  the Quteniqua Quest, but is a separate event on its own. Start from Harkerville Hut on Sunday and end at Harkerville Hut.  Registration and Late Entries on Sunday morning 06:30-07:30, followed by Race Briefing at 07:45 with the race starting at 08:00.

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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.  

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.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

Sedgefield Knysna and Surroundings 1 September, 2016

 

D’s Soul Designs – #KnysnaMade

The beach is Danielle Williams’ happy place. It is easy to understand why, considering Sedgefield, her home for almost 9 years now, has some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. During her regular beach jaunts with friends or her bulldog Oscar, she often happens upon a variety of shells scattered all along the shoreline.

Read more here

 

 Free Access at CapeNature Reserves

Spring is here and the great outdoors is beckoning. It’s a really special time in the Garden Route when the wild flowers emerge in colourful profusion throughout the region. We have an incredibly diverse palette of natural assets; mountains, lakes, rivers and dynamic stretches of coastline – all of these are just begging to be explored.

Read more here

 

 Outeniqua Choo Tjoe Line repairs update

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 the section between Knysna Station and Keytersnek Siding, while at the same time attending to the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase of the project, which will establish its actual capex requirement.

Read more here

 

 Tourist guides: Too many? Too few? Not good enough?

Look, it’s simple: the law requires anyone who works as a guide to be properly trained and registered and blah, blah, blah… But do we have enough guides? And are they good enough?

Read more here

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Catch MINX along with Shaza live at Blend Restaurant on Friday, 02 Sept from 5pm – 8pm & on Sunday 04 Sept, Suzi & Glynn will entertain you from 1 – 4pm. On Fri 02 Sept come celebrate our 1st official birthday with half price pizza & music from 5pm. 

 

For more information contact: 044 384 0493

 

LAKESIDE LODGE CROSS TRI

Start your triathlon season on 17 September 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.

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KNYSNA ARTS FESTIVAL

The festival, which runs from 1 to 9 October 2016, is underpinned by the philosophy of stimulating locally-produced art whilst also supporting the greater Knysna community and numerous charitable organisations.

 

 

Click here for more information

KNYSNA TIMBER FESTIVAL

Join in the celebration of Knysna’s rich woodworking heritage from 11 – 13 November 2016 with a new and improved format!

 

 

 

Click here for more information

LEISURE ISLE FESTIVAL

This year’s festival from 5 – 6 November will once again provide ample opportunity for visitors to stock up on Christmas shopping, and to take in convivial company and fare accompanied by top-notch entertainment provided

 

 

Click here for more information

 

HARKERVILLE FOREST RUN

A great 10km or 26km forest run on 01 December 2016!  This event forms part of  the Quteniqua Quest, but is a separate event on its own. Start from Harkerville Hut on Sunday and end at Harkerville Hut.  Registration and Late Entries on Sunday morning 06:30-07:30, followed by Race Briefing at 07:45 with the race starting at 08:00.

Click here for more information

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: REOPENING ON 02 SEPTEMBER 2016 

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.

For more info contact: 084 510 9939

 

Baby seal at Myoli Beach

This past weekend saw a baby seal beach itself at Myoli Beach and after posing for a few pics, happily made its way back into the ocean.

Tertia Kemp=-D.