Canyon Swimming

The first waterfall

FULL DAY TRIP

MODERATE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes

PRICE:  R750 / person all inclusive

Canyon swimming at Drupkelders is a full experience for those that enjoy a physical challenge.

You will be transported from your place of accommodation to the edge of the forest.  From this point we walk for 30 minutes through pristine indigenous forest, approximately 3.5 km to the kloof. 

A well deserved lunch break and rest before the return leg through the kloof

Once at the waters’ edge you will get an idea of the beauty of the kloof.  The water is a very dark cola colour because of the tannins and humic acids in the roots and leaves of the vegetation.  It is fresh water with no settlement upstream so it is perfectly safe to drink if the need arises.  From this point we will put wetsuits and life jackets on and store our dry clothes for our return to this point.  During summer we often kloof without wetsuits but this is a personal option. 

Our lunch, refreshments, first aid kit and waterproof camera are transported in waterproof bags with us as we make our way upstream towards the first waterfall.  We clamber over the rocks and get back into the water from where we will swim 150 m through the Drupkelders, a magnificent still and quiet area where the cliff faces are so close on either side of you, you can almost touch both sides simultaneously.

The swim through the narrow gorge at Drupkelders

The sound of dripping water from a great height above breaks the silence and gives the kloof its name. Drupkelders.

We carry on in this way for 2.3 km upstream past three beautiful waterfalls, swimming, boulder hopping and climbing all the way until we stop for a lunch break.  Hereafter we do the return trip downstream past the waterfalls and through the Drupkelders until we eventually reach our starting point. 

We dry off, put our dry clothes on again and do the trek back up through the forest to the parked vehicle. 

All photographs taken by me on the trip will be emailed to the relevant party.

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Hiking

There are four different hikes available. Choose one depending on what you would like to experience, your level of fitness and the amount of time you have to spend on such an activity.

Please click on a hike for more information:

 

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Hiking  >  Kranshoek Hike - 3.5 km

Resting on the rocks at Kranshoek beach

HALF DAY TRIP

AVERAGE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

PRICE:  R500 / person all inclusive

You will be picked up at your place of accommodation and transported to the starting point of the walk at Kranshoek, approximately 20 minutes away from Knysna.

From the first viewpoint you will notice the v-shaped valley below you dense with vegetation. We will make our way along the top edge through the indigenous forest, passing over two narrow streams. We skirt alongside a pine plantation for approximately 50m where the combination of the fynbos and pine plantation make for an interesting aroma. The path turns down towards the valley and a gentle descent ensues. Here the foliage is different on the slope due to the run off, the trees are more gnarled and there is little if any ground cover.

The view from the ascending path at Kranshoek

There are breathtaking view points along the way down to the valley floor where we criss-cross over a gently bubbling river making our way finally to the coast. The scene that meets you here never fails to get a response of awe. There is no sand whatsoever only large stones that are perfectly smoothed off due to constant wave action. We will stop here for a short rest and enjoy our refreshments, take lots of photographs and then finally make our way along to the path where we will ascend to the second viewpoint.

This is a fairly steep ascent and is done at a leisurely pace in order to still enjoy the scenery and the view that unfolds from this pathway.

Once at the top we make our way back to the starting point along a footpath flanked by beautiful fynbos, you will then be transported back to Knysna to enjoy the remainder of your day.

Transport, conservation permits and refreshments are provided

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Hiking  >  Kranshoek Long Coastal Hike - 9.5 km

View of the coastline from the plateau

FULL DAY TRIP

ABOVE AVERAGE FITNESS, STRENUOUS WALK

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable hiking boots or shoes
  • Sunscreen and sunhat
  • Camera

PRICE:  R650 / person all inclusive

This hike can be extended to include the short Kranshoek hike if you want to experience indigenous forest as well. It will then be 11km long, but well worth it if you have the energy.

The scenery on this hike will captivate you. This entire area is undergoing geological changes albeit at an unnoticeable pace as the scree makes its way down the slopes, which explains the pebble beach as these rocks move down to the coast line at what seems to be an interminably slow rate.

This walk takes us along this rugged coastline zigzagging our way through montane coastal forest and back down to the rocky coastline.

One of the many rocky beaches on the long coastal hike

We will see dassies (hyrax) that live in and around the rocky outcrops, very secretive but also curious little mammals. Cormorants, gulls and the rare oystercatchers may be seen as well. During season there is always a chance of spotting whales and dolphins, a rare treat.

We will find a place to rest and enjoy our lunch and then continue along the coastline until we reach Crooks pool, here we make a sharp ascent up to the plateau where we will walk along the cliff edge through a fynbos path and see the coastline from a different perspective.

We walk along this path until we eventually reach the starting point where our walk comes to an end, as this is a circular route.

Transport, conservation fees, lunch and refreshments are provided.

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Hiking  >  Diepwalle Hike - 7 km

Elephant trail flanked by indigenous ferns

HALF DAY TRIP

MODERATE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable boots or shoes
  • Sunscreen and sunhat
  • Camera

PRICE:  R600 / person all inclusive

This is an interesting trip because it incorporates a few elements especially for those that don’t have private transport and stand to miss out on spectacular views and beautiful scenery.

We pick you up from your place of accommodation and take a slow drive through the township onto the old Uniondale road, this is all dirt track. Our first stop is at King Edward VII big tree. This is an Outeniqua yellowwood that is estimated to be 660 years old. When you stand beside it you are truly dwarfed by the size of it. There is also a short walk along a board walk behind the tree that is enjoyable to do, which takes about ten minutes from beginning to end.

After this we head off to the Diepwalle forest station where we will peruse the Forest Museum. This gives more insight into the history of the area, the indigenous timber, the woodcutter's lives, elephants and other animals that live in the forest.

The view from Spitskop

Once you are finished looking around the museum we start our 7km Elephant walk through truly enchanting forest, where one could encounter honey badger, bushpig, snakes, buck, Knysna loeries, Burchels coucal amongst tree ferns, black stinkwood, iron wood, yellowwoods and many other indigenous trees.

This walk is a circular route and once we return to the vehicle if the weather permits we will take a drive to Spitskop viewpoint. From this point on a clear day you can see from The Crags past Plettenberg Bay all the way to the Knysna heads. You have to see it to believe it. From this point we will return to Knysna and you will be dropped off at your place of accommodation.

Transport, conservation fees and light refreshments are provided

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Hiking  >  Robberg Peninsula Hike - 9.2 km

Hikers at the point

FULL DAY TRIP

AVERAGE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

PRICE:  R650 / person all inclusive

We will pick you up from your place of accommodation and drive through to Robberg Peninsula where we begin our walk on the east side of the peninsula, a lovely vantage point to view Plettenberg Bay.

As we make our way along you will see evidence of metamorphic rock, what was once sandstone that encapsulated pebbles has been turned into quartzite. Robberg’s rocks date back 130 – 110 million years.

There are several caves and sites with evidence of Stone Age occupation. There is a Cape fur seal colony that sport a good few adult bulls weighing in at 350kg, as well as rare blue duiker, the Western Cape’s smallest antelope approximately 30cm in height. We will also see shy dassies in amongst the rocks, and Southern Ocean seabirds such as albatross, broadbilled prion and sub Antarctic skua. The peninsula also protects a kelp gull nursery.

The Witsand sand dune in the middle of the peninsula is a climbing-falling dune and feeds Plettenberg Bay with sand.

A hiker at Strydom’s sloop looking into a cave

All along the walk we may chance upon dolphins and whales, two inshore species of dolphins, humpback and bottlenose, may be seen. Between May and November southern right whales come to our coast to calve and mate. Humpback and bryde’s whales also visit the coastline during the year.

Montane fynbos is prolific along the peninsula and between February and April the Candelabra flowers are in bloom, a most magnificent crimson flower.

This walk is fairly strenuous and takes about 4-5 hours but well worth every step and is undertaken at a comfortable pace to ensure that it is enjoyable for all.

We stop to have our packed lunch and a short rest half way through the walk.

Once we reach the end of the walk you will be transported back to your place of accommodation having had a glorious day!

Transport, conservation fees, lunch and refreshments are included in the price.

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Canoeing

Canoeing on the peaceful Goukamma River

HALF DAY TRIP

AVERAGE FITNESS LEVEL REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Swimsuit, clothes that may get wet
  • Sunhat and sunscreen
  • Camera

PRICE:  R500 / person all inclusive

Canoeing takes place on the Goukamma River in a nature and marine reserve, which ensures unspoilt surroundings, nature at its best.  This is a peaceful way to explore nature and get a bit of exercise whilst on holiday.

An early morning canoe trip

You will see some of the highest vegetative dunes in South Africa as well as a mixture of coastal fynbos, milkwood, candlewood and yellowwood trees.

The diverse habitat support mammals such as antelope, vervet monkeys, mongoose and otter.  Birdlife is prolific, you may see African fish eagles, the rare oystercatcher, the turaco also known as the Knysna loerie, weavers and kingfishers.

If you don’t have a camera, I will gladly take photographs for you and mail them to your e-mail address.

Transport from your place of accommodation and back, canoes, life jackets, conservation fee and light refreshments are provided.

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Township Tour

A visitor enjoying the kids from Nekkies

HALF DAY TRIP

NO FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

PRICE:  R500 / person all inclusive

You will be transported from your place of accommodation into the oldest informal part of the township where we will walk amongst the houses and inevitably be escorted by the sweetest children around who are always enthralled to see new faces. We will visit a local shop and witness the entrepreneurial skills around.

Hereafter we take a drive through the formal section of the township, and visit a high school, take a walk around and chat with the scholars if they are not busy.

Judah Square entrance adorned with content cows

We will also visit the largest Rastafarian community in South Africa, who live in Judah Square in the township. At this point one of their knowledgeable guides will show you around, share their history and future aspirations with you. This is indeed a privileged experience.

From this point we take a slow drive through the remainder of the township, stop at a few incredible viewpoints, arguably the best views of Knysna and end our tour with a trip to one of the local taverns to sample the most popular beer.

After this you will be transported back to your place of accommodation to enjoy the remainder of your day in Knysna.

Transport, gratuities and costs are all included in the price.

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Mountain Biking

A bridge over a stream in the indigenous forest

HALF DAY TRIP

MODERATE FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

PRICE:  R750 / person all inclusive

We pick you up from your place of accommodation. We provide you with good quality serviced bicycles to suit your height, as well as helmets. Safety is a priority. We ride through indigenous forest. The first 5km is narrow single track which is exhilarating but not difficult, proceeding at a comfortable pace that suits you. There is beautiful scenery here that will not fail to impress. Once we have completed the single track the remainder of the trail is on dirt road which is gently undulating. En route to the Southern loop we will stop at a rock pool that you are more than welcome to cool off in.

Riding along single track in the indigenous forest

We will then continue to the viewpoint at the coast where you will have unrivalled views of the rugged coastline and the ocean, where between May and November Southern right whales may be spotted swimming by.

We will stop here and enjoy the views while we have our refreshments and snacks for energy for the ride back to the starting point, this is a circular route so there is no chance of boredom.

You will then be transported back to Knysna where you can enjoy the rest of the day.

Transport, use of bicycles, refreshments and snacks are provided and included in the price.

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Personalised Tours

These tours have been tailor-made for visitors that stand to miss out on these attractions because they are travelling in a large group or are travelling by coach or bus and do not have their own vehicle to spend the day exploring. Read on and see why you should not be missing out on these opportunities.

Please click on one of the personalised tours below for more information:

 

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Personalised Tours  >  Crags Tour

A squirrel monkey at Monkeyland

FULL DAY TRIP

NO FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Comfortable flat shoes
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • camera

PRICE:  R1 800 / person all inclusive

You will be picked up at your place of accommodation and driven through to The Crags, where you will get the opportunity to visit Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, Birds of Eden, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and the Elephant Sanctuary.

Monkeyland is a 12 hectare primate sanctuary where 9 of the 15 species that are cared for here roam freely. This includes three lemur species, the spectacle langur, black and golden howler monkeys, brown capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys and Monkeylands only ape species, the white handed gibbon.

Birds of Eden

The remaining six species are divided into two enclosures, Birds of Eden and a special monkey home for socially unfit monkeys. They live in a large forested free roaming enclosure.

You will be guided through the forest by a well-trained informed guide who will share interesting facts about the species you encounter.

Birds of Eden is a short walk from Monkeyland and is the largest free flight aviary in the southern hemisphere, a massive two hectare aviary. You will be amazed at the variety of African birds you will see, they are healthy and happily interact with one another. There is a boardwalk that meanders throughout the entire aviary that starts in indigenous forest and ends in a wetland area where you will see pelicans and blue cranes. There are over 3500 birds that live at Birds of Eden. Birds of Eden have an excellent restaurant as well that may come in handy for the hungry traveller.

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary has African elephants and with the help of their guide you will enjoy an interactive experience by being allowed to touch and feed these magnificent animals and leave with a broader insight into the lives and anatomy of elephants.

Our last stop is Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary where all the animals that live here have either been rescued or donated. Their primary concern is the wellbeing of the animals in their care and conveying important information regarding the animals to the public. The animals are in large enclosures and the guides are well informed. Jukani have wild dogs, a honeybadger, lions, leopards, cheetah, caracal, black leopard and hyena to name a few. This is a must see sanctuary and well worth the time!

Once we have visited all the main attractions in The Crags we will drive back to Knysna.

Transport and entrance fees are included in the price.

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Personalised Tours  >  Knysna Tour

The Heads viewpoint

HALF DAY TRIP

NO FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Sunscreen
  • Camera

PRICE:  R600 / person all inclusive

The tour starts with you being picked up at your place of accommodation and taken to the heads to take in the views of Knysna and the Indian Ocean, always with the possibility of spotting whales moving past our coastline. Thereafter we will visit the African craft market and see what the traders have to offer.

Then we head for Mitchell's Brewery, our micro-brewery that makes exceptional beer. You will get to taste all of their different brews and decide for yourself which is your personal favourite.

Rasta Paul enlightening an Australian visitor

After this we take a drive up to the township for you to meet the Rastafarians in Judah Square, the largest Rastafarian community in South Africa. A Rasta tour guide will show you around and explain in detail the reasons for the existence of the village and their plans for the future.

This is a wonderful way to spend the morning, sightseeing in Knysna, enjoying the people, their wares and the magnificent views. We then take a slow drive through the township and return you safely to your place of accommodation.

Transport, costs and gratuities are included in the price.

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Personalised Tours  >  Oudtshoorn Tour

Montagu Pass

FULL DAY TRIP

NO FITNESS REQUIRED

BRING ALONG:

  • Comfortable clothes and warm top
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Camera

PRICE:  R1 800 / person all inclusive

The day starts with you being picked up at your place of accommodation at 8am. We will drive through to George and then depending on the weather I like to drive over the Outeniqua mountains via the old Montagu Pass, the oldest unaltered pass in the country. This pass was opened for traffic in 1847. On the return trip we will use the new Outeniqua pass which takes 15 minutes to travel through.

The Cango Caves

Once in Oudtshoorn which is in the Kleinkaroo, a semi-arid region, we will head for the Cango caves where you will join a guided tour of the caves. There is a standard tour and an adventure tour available. The adventure tour takes you along the narrow sections that involve scrambling and crawling, a very popular tour. Once we have had our fun at the caves we will drive back towards Oudtshoorn and stop at one of the Ostrich farms to join a guided tour and learn more about the history and farming of ostriches. For those that are interested in riding an ostrich, here is your opportunity. We will enjoy lunch here at the farm and then carry on driving to the Cango Wildlife Ranch where you will join an informative guided tour of the ranch. You will see a diverse range of animals, from crocodiles to large cats such as lions, cheetahs as well as flying foxes, snakes, lemurs and much more.

This is our last port of call and then we will head back to Knysna, this time going over the Outeniqua pass enjoying the view that unfolds before us as we descend from the mountain.

From this point it is an hour’s drive back to Knysna where you will be dropped off at your place of accommodation.

Transport, cost of tours and lunch is included in the price.

The Outeniqua Mountains

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