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July 2021

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Birdwatching
7:00 am - 12:00 am
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
7:00 am - 12:00 am
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
8:00 am - 12:00 am
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
8:00 am - 12:00 am
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
9:00 am - 12:00 am
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
10:00 am
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
10
Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
11
Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
13
Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
All Day
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
All Day
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
All Day
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
All Day
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
All Day
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
All Day
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
All Day
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
All Day
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
All Day
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
All Day
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
All Day
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
All Day
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
All Day
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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Birdwatching
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and along the Knysna River. Forest and fynbos birds can be spotted on the Diepwalle and Harkerville hiking trails, mountain bike trails and at picnic sites. https://www.sanparks.org/parks/garden_rout , ...
King Edward VII – Big Tree
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
The King Edward VII Big Tree The Big Tree, also known as the King Edward VII tree, is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of , ...
Kayak Hire : kayak on the Knysna Estuary
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Knysna Estuary offers a quiet open lagoon canoeing. Explore the waters of the most biodiverse estuary in SA from the open stretches to the quieter meanderings up the Knysna River. Stay away from The Heads on the outgoing tide as the strong tidal influence can become dangerous. Single and Double Kayaks can be hired , ...
Dal Van Varings Picnic Site
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Simply translated as The Valley of the Ferns, this magic stop speaks for itself. This is a good place for sunny picnic or refreshing walk under the cool green ferns on a small walkway which leads passed an even smaller stream on a miniature 400m route. Entry is free. , ...
Spitskop View Point: take a drive
All Day
At 918 meters, Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. Entry is free. , ...
Perdekop Trail: 9,5km, easy to moderate
All Day
Perdekop Trail | 9.5km | Circular | Easy-moderate | 3-4 hours This Trail is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A wonderful natural swimming pool below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. https://www.s , ...
Forest Legends Museum
12:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Forest Legends Museum at Diepwalle reveals some of the forest’s best kept secrets. A timeline room helps visitors review the tug of war between exploitation and conservation in these ancient forests while the woodcutter’s room explores the lives and times of the fabled woodcutters of the Knysna forest. The elephant , ...
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail: 26km, overnight
All Day
Harkerville Coastal Hiking Trail 26km This two day, hiking trail, starts and ends at the Harkerville Forest Office. It passes through some prime examples of high forest, crosses sections of coastal fynbos and takes the hiker along some breath taking natural scenery along a cliff coast with low water pools, eerie coasta , ...
Witels Forest Picnic Site
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Witels Forest Picnic Site Next to the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay, an ideal stop to relax and rest. Braai facilities, ablutions and fresh water available and the entry is free. , ...
Petrus-se-Brand Mountain Bike Route: 24km
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
The Petrus-se-Brand trail is a 24km, linear, mountain bike route starting at the Diepwalle Forest office and ending at the Garden of Eden along the N2 between Knysna and Pletternberg Bay. It offers great forest scenery and exhilarating downhills with ample streams to refill your water bottle. Day, monthly or annual cyc , ...
Elephant Trails : walk / run 7, 8 or 9km
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Elephant Trails This epic trails follow old woodcutter paths in some part, taking the hiker past some stately Outeniqua Yellowwood trees. The White Elephant is 8km long and has an entic rock pool. The Black Elephant Trail is 9km long and it passes through the King Edward VII picnic site. The Red Elephant Trail is 7km a , ...
Garden of Eden: ± 1km, wheelchair-friendly
All Day
Garden of Eden | 1km| 30min The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and provides a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is wheelchair-friendly. Conservation fees (entry fees , ...
Harkerville Mountain Bike Routes : 11, 13, 14 or 22km
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Five distinct routes have been laid out through the indigenous forest, surrounding plantations and coastal fynbos. They are colour coded as such; Blue Route: 11km | Yellow Route: 13km | Green Route: 14km | Red Route: 22km | Graspad/Black Route: 12km. All routes are circular. Day, monthly or annual cycling permits are a , ...
Grootdraai Picnic Site
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Located outside Gouna Forest and near the Terblans Trail is Grootdraai Picnic Site, equipped with braai and ablution facilities, a lawn picnic area, picnic benches and fresh water. Entry is free. , ...
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail: 1 km, easy to moderate
All Day
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail | 1km | One-way | Easy | 20 – 30 min A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley. Conservation fees (entry fees) apply. Kranshoek Flora Trail | 1km | Circular | Easy | 20 – 30 min Starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. A perfect introduction t , ...
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail: 9km (moderate to tough)
12:00 am - 6:00 pm
Kranshoek Coastal Day Trail | 9km | Moderate – difficult | 4-5 hours The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge. This is a moderate to difficult trail not suitable for young children or frail people. Conservation fees (entry , ...
Outeniqua Hiking Trail
12:00 am - 5:00 pm
Outeniqua Hiking Trail 108km The Outeniqua Hiking Trail is a 7 day trail with 7 overnight huts. Hikers don’t need to hike the full 7 day trail but can choose how many sections of the walk they wish to complete. The last 4 days of hiking on the Outeniqua Trail traverse the Knysna area with sleepovers at Rondebossie, Die , ...
Thesen Island Heritage Walking Tour
12:00 am
Meet at SANParks jetty, Seahorse viewing at SANParks offices, visit the Old Power Station & Boatshed. , ...
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