Blogs from Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa, Africa


Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna May 31st 2019

I was just about to think about getting up to finish off the blog from yesterdays travel and the power went out. How could I tell that the power had gone out? Well, our lodge is out in the countryside and there are few other lights outside providing any indication of what time of the day it is. So when my world went completely black there could be only one reason. So this was our first experience of ‘load shedding’ which we had read was common in South Africa due to a shortage of generation in the country. The authorities are trying to overcome this but two new power stations being built are over budget and construction has slowed. Anyway an hour later the lights came back on and life returned to normal. After another bountiful ... read more
The special light evident on the distant mountains
And now a change to sunlight on the mountains
The centre line hand rollered by the road workers

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna August 8th 2018

Aah, a slow day at last. We get to sleep in until 0700. Today we have a 1000 start so a very causal breakfast and then a very short drive to the waterfront for a boat trip on the Knysna Lagoon. Dropped off at the start of a mini shopping strip. Almost like some of the crew hadn’t been near shops for an eternity. Some had to buy and buy they did. We looked, but not inclined to buy like some of the others. One bought new shoes (as her husband said, she is a shoeaholis), another had a table cloth, new hat (of the tourist and bowl variety) and a puffer vest, another a new frock and a ring, and others with general touristy bits. These shops must love coach tours. Anyway, we finally do ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna August 7th 2018

Standard start, up at 0600 - wait, I should be sleeping in today, it’s Chris who has the early start. Bugger me, never mind, awake now so up as well. Today Chris is doing a meerkat adventure and I am doing an elephant encounter. Whatever that means. Time will tell. Breakfast was very nice as we had the pace to ourselves. And better still, I could double up as the meerkat group left at 0745 and the elephants left at 0945. As if I need extra buffet breakfast.............. Wandered the grounds taking pics. Really nice establishment - main building was an old farm house with exposed beams and old style floor tiles that they polish with candle and bees wax every 6 months. Look magnificent. Then the sun turned grey. Our driver appeared looking very glum, ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna April 6th 2017

Sometimes it is hard to believe that so many good things happen in such a short time. Last night, I had a fantastic time in Wilderness, at the Backpackers. One Black guy was playing the guitar and signing beautifully. I sat there and listened to him for a long time. Then I went to my tent, my home away from home and fell asleep while I could still hear him sign. I woke up fully rested, had a cup of tea and packed while I was chatting with the night guard. Before I hit the road again, I stopped at the Green Shed cafe one more time. My croissant came right out of the oven, and the owner looked like she came right out of heaven. She actually looked like an angel, and when I left, ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna August 29th 2016

Geo: -34.0405, 23.0719In the morning we did a nature reserve called Featherbed. Spectacular views. After lunch we did the Birds of Eden free flight bird sanctuary.Tomorrow we head to Kariega our first game reserve. We are getting excited.... read more
View from West Head of Knysna Harbour Entrance
View from West Head of Knysna Harbour Entrance
View from West Head of Knysna Harbour Entrance

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna August 28th 2016

Geo: -34.0405, 23.0719Our first stop today were the Cango Caves. Yes CAVES! Not the desert that we expected in Africa. Next we stopped at Cango Wildlife Ranch. They are into conservation. After our tour, we decided to get close up and personal with 3 nine month old cheetah. We continued to Knysna. The Indian Ocean is now the coast. These are considered wetlands. More on that tomorrow after our tour.... read more
Cango Caves
Cango Caves
Cango Caves

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna March 14th 2015

We were invited by two friends of Alison, Sally and Henry, to come to their home for informal braai dinner. Their home is perilously perched on a hillside overlooking the pounding surf. We arrived after riding along rough bumpy gravel roads with names which sound a warning and say it all like "Turn Again Lane", "Turn Back Alley" and "Lands End Road." Phew. But once there, what a beautiful sight at sunset! The home was designed by Henry and is an architects dream, lovely open-plan concept, beautiful timber, designed for minimalist living. We sat around the balcony, seven of us in friendly conversation, enjoying the view while the braai cooked on an open grill. Then we moved inside .... For on the spot rum punches, great tasting food by Sally and Henry and more conversation. At ... read more
Turn Again Lane
Fabulous location for a hideaway home

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna March 6th 2015

We were allowed time for an hour’s extra sleep this morning, or at least time for lolling around in this very modern Protea Hotel Knysna Quays. Since we are on the waterfront, we walked the five minutes to “The Spirit of Knysna”, a tour boat that quietly motored over to the Feather Bed Nature Reserve, a privately owned conservation park. The eighty tourists from the boat got onto two vehicles: tractors pulling two trailers with bench seats. Slowly and with care the tractors hauled us up a steep road to the top of the “heads” above the mouth of the Knysna River. The sky was blue. The sea was turquoise, splashing white surf across dark orange and black rocks! Classic and forever beautiful! A guide led us along the path, with no commenta... read more
From the "Needle"
A deal on tomatoes

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna March 5th 2015

Today was our longest driving day – 400 km. Last night Chantelle, our local guide, convinced first us and then Duane that we should visit a big-cat breeding program to see leopards, which otherwise were “missing” from our “Big Five” list. Eventually, Duane came round, discovering that this route was 63 km shorter than his planned route. The drive was on secondary highways – patched asphalt and no hard shoulders. This country route allowed Duane to convey how the settler movement encountered this area. In the period of 1820 – 1827, shiploads of English men were brought to settle the area and establish the colony. (Later Irish “Colleens” were brought out to become wives – shows how desperate things were on all sides.) Most of the men quit the bush within a year, but those who ... read more
Sheep aka prey
Leopard focussed on the sheep

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Knysna December 20th 2014

Well Christmas is nearly here and for us it is a very strange time. We have normally been doing chrimbly shopping for weeks, organising gatherings and having lots of nights out with friends and family. This year the sun is shining we have no tree to decorate and no dinners or party nights to go to. We have bought ourselves a Christmas hat each as you will see from the pictures and we are making efforts to wear them and get a picture taken each time we go out. This week we have been to a carols by candlelight evening, it was in aid of the local hospice and is an event which takes place every year in the centre of Knysna. We had reserved our places the week before and our little table for two ... read more
Tree of Remembrance
Baz getting Tangoed
"Quack attack"

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