Forest Edge - Nature-lovers' Retreat

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Escape Outdoors! TOP 10 Forest Edge Activities and Attractions

There is much to do in Knysna and around Forest Edge. Attractions that Forest Edge and Knysna are famous for, involves water, woods, walking and wads of fun! If you only have time for the Top 10, we most enthusiastically encourage guests to try and experience at least the following while you visit Forest Edge:
  1. Walk in the Forest - from gentle trails to energising hikes, imagine the bird- and wild-life...
  2. Picnic under a tree near your cottage or at Jubilee Creek where the Magic will find you
  3. Delight in the Wild Oats Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning
  4. Swim in Drupkelders Rock Pools in the forest
  5. Explore the Knysna Heads - on foot or via the lagoon on a Featherbed Ferry or charter boat/yacht or even a canoe
  6. Bodysurf at Buffalo Bay Beach or at Adventure Land Slides
  7. Ride your bike or a horse on stunning trails
  8. Eat your heart out on your veranda overlooking the braai, self-catered or pre-ordered breakfast baskets, braai packs etc or in great restaurants
  9. Experience wildlife parks - Elephants / Primates / Predators / Raptors / Snakes / Wolves / Exotic Birds and more - see Wildlife park links below
  10. Be thrilled at any of the incredibly popular and successful Knysna Festivals and Events
  11. Do nothing while indulging your senses (bed, couch, hammock, deck, or on a massage bed, under a tree, around a fire, under the stars)  :- )
Birdwatching - a nature-lover's haven - only one of many Knysna activities Escape outdoors on Forest walks or biking trails, laze in a hammock or braai under the stars Picnic at Jubilee Creek deep in the forest - ideal for young families & lovers alike; another option is The Drift Knysna attractions abound if you are wondering what to do in Knysna Mountain biking - even mountain biking packages, available - great mountain biking trails including single-track Walk with Elephants, Ride an Elephant, Learn about Elephants at Knysna Elephant Park

On-site at Forest Edge - Activities; What to do at your Forest Edge home base:

BE your most peaceful self
Enjoy an in-cottage or Forest professional massage
Relax as your kids explore Forest Edge & the jungle gym
Cool off in our splash pool, while the cows graze nearby.
Laze in a sheltered hammock while the braai gets ready
Stay in and pre-order breakfast baskets/ braai packs for your convenience
Sit and watch our pet chickens - highly entertaining and therapeutic !
Have sundowners on the verandah
Find peace at our Forest Facing Meditation Corner with a yoga deck and bamboo fountain.
Star-gaze at the night sky or thaw your soul by a flickering fire
Share a movie or read or sleep or do nothing... Relax and re-connect...
Let you inner child escape while you watch our resident bunnies frolic in our magical gardens.

DO what brings you adventure
Delight in bird watching (even some game), a true nature-lover's haven!
   Reference our: Tree List, Bird List, Mammal List
Feed or brush our tame pet donkeys (Hansel & Gretel)
Explore our on-site eco-edu-trail or a short walk into the forest
Imagine the exotic lost forest era at our Woodcutter graves
Inspire your body on beautiful, safe running routes & marathons
Mountain bike - safe farm roads and stunning forest trails
Investigate our Self-sustainability corner (Fruit&Veg, worms, compost etc)

Reading to prepare for the Adventure:
"Circles in a Forest" Dalene Matthee;
"Elephantoms" Lyall Watson

Most often recommended activity: Do Nothing, or as Osho said 'Don't just do something, sit there' The best meal ever is a braai under the stars... after you've kicked off your hiking boots from the walking trails, even the Outeniqua hiking trail passes nearby, as well as Krisjan-se-Nek Knysna attractions and Knysna activities to delight.  Attractions Knysna for the active Knysna adventurer! Kids enjoy the jungle gym, canoeing, our pet donkeys and the freedom of a space to run or cycle in unhindered Activities Knysna include Gamewatching - buck, monkeys, baboon, bushpig, porcupine and badger sighted Knysna treelist is huge and does not even begin to capture all the flora's beauty - also see our birdlist and mammal list

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Around Forest Edge - within a 10-20 minute radius:

Knysna is all about water - canoying, yachting, whale tours, dolphin tours, fishing trips and more

Further afield: the beach including Buffalo Bay beach, Monkeyland, the Elephant Park
DO what brings you adventure
Explore the forest right by Forest Edge, down to a babbling Forest stream with small pools
Horse-ride - from beginners to accomplished riders, and kiddies rides are catered for
Learn about vermiculture at the Mother Earthworms farm - right in our own neighbourhood
Swim or canoe at The Drift
Buy some organic herb plants from the Heatherhill Herb Farm and Nursery
Eat at the marvelous country restaurants near us - best quality and value for money!
Get active on the Circles in the Forest walking trail
Cycle the back roads or challenge yourself on the Homtini cycle route

BE your most peaceful self
Experience a unique, healing studio massage
Savour a mouth watering meal, buffet or take-away at Totties' Eatery or the Red Barn restaurant
Marvel at one of the oldest Big Trees at Krisjan-se-Nek, by Dalene Matthee's memorial
Take a sunrise or sunset stroll down quaint country roads
Walk down to the weekly Rheenendal Barter Market - fresh organic veg, eggs, seeds, bread, yoghurt etc
Have a chinwag with real olde-worlde Woodcutters - they are a living monument!!

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Around Forest Edge - within a 20-30 minutes radius:

Forest Edge is the perfect base from which to explore then return to rest in tranquil surroundings...

These activities are not far; however, set aside a couple of hours to experience the attraction fully.

BE your most peaceful self:
Luxury Ferry boat rides to the Featherbed Reserve
Soak up fresh variety at the Wild Oats Farmer's Market
Picnic at Jubilee Creek where gold used to be panned
Explore Millwood museum, tea garden and the gold mining tour

DO what brings you adventure:
See Knysna as never before on the 2-Island / Lagoon Breeze Luxury Electric Bike Tours (all fitness levels)
Try tandem Paragliding in Sedgefield
30min walk to Drupkelders' rock pools & waterfalls - quite steep as it approaches the gorge
The spotless Buffalo Bay Beach (bypass peak season traffic!)
Sea kayaking, rock climbing, abseiling, golf - various service providers and premises
Knysna's restaurants, waterfront, skateboard park, shops/curios
Whale Watching and Dolphin Ocean safari tours
Outeniqua Hiking Trail or professional guided birding- / eco-trail

Withing 30-60 minutes away

Not far away, but set aside a couple of hours to trawl the little stalls you will pass
on the N2 between Knysna and Plettenburg Bay and slightly beyond:

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary
Birds of Eden Bird park
Wolf Sanctuary (N2 between Knysna and Plet)
Knysna Elephant Park and The Elephant Sanctuary
Radical Raptors for flight displays and close encounters with magnificent raptors (one of our personal favourites)
Walk with Cheetahs and more at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
See a variety of big cats from around the world, plus a few other surprises at Jukani Wildlife Predator Park.

Monkeyland is a great outing for children and adults alike Birds Of Eden - a world class free flight bird centre and long-standing favourite of our guests Radical Raptors is one of our personal favourite Garden Route Attractions - we also got both our owl boxes from them See Africa's wild cats up close or even take a Cheetah for a walk at Tenikwa
The Heads, a favourite landmark, can be seen on foot, or from one of the Featherbed ferries or a boat charter

Swim at Drupkelders or splash at Jubilee Creek. Families will also enjoy the Farmers Market

Whether you whalewatch from Buffalo Bay Beach or a safari boat - this is a magnificent experience

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From Forest Edge - Day Trips & Half-days - measure in time rather than distance:

Garden Route Activities - Tsitsikamma Canopy tours - treetop tours

Garden Route Activities - Red Berry Farm near George Airport

Garden Route Activities - Cango Caves near Oudtshoorn!

Garden Route Activities - Bartholomey Dias Museum in Mosselbay

Garden Route Activities - Jukani Predator park

Garden Route Activities - Prince Alfred Pass between Uniondale and Knysna

Note some of these attractions are only 30-60min drive away, but here it is categorised by the time you'd need
to set aside to DO the actual activity, or experience the attraction.  If you plan your trip and stay long enough, you can explore wider than you think without having to re-pack and unpack your suitcases each time! Enjoy the scenic drives (the only kind we have!) on these outings and then return to your homely, peaceful forest cottage:


Adventure-land Water-slide park and pools with quad-biking
Tsitsikamma Falls adventure - slides across waterfalls Tsitsikamma Forest Canopy tree top tours
Dare yourself to a Sky Dive near Plettenburg Bay
Bungy Jumping from the world's highest bungy bridge at Bloukrans


Great options for exploring the heart of the Garden Route; also make handy alternatives when you are wondering what to do on rainy days near Knysna (if you really don't want to laze in front of the log fire)...

The Strawberry Picking fields; Outeniqua Power Van and Transport Museum; Large Malls; perhaps take the Seven Passes back-road on your way there or back, as it starts/ends right near Forest Edge.

Enjoy spectacular views as you travel through the Outeniqua Pass, then Cango Caves; Cango Wildlife Ranch; Meerkat farm and more.

Explore the antique shops and river estuaries along GrootBrak on your way to the attractions of Mosselbay, including Bartholomeu Dias Museum complex with a life-size replica of the Dias Caravel (the early explorer ship that first landed in Mosselbay in 1488), the Post Tree, the Shell museum, Botanical Garden with Braille Trail and more.

Take in Jeffreys Bay, Tsitsikamma and Stormsriver; ideal for exploring new places on a rainy day. Blackwater Tubing at Stormsriver makes for an adrenaline alternative to Bungy Jumping.

Uniondale / Langkloof valley:
If the road is open and you feel adventurous, go to Uniondale via the beautifully historic Prince Alfred Pass and explore Uniondale and the picturesque Langkloof (part of Route 62) before returning via the Outeniqua Pass and George (or vice versa).

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Map of Knysna Town & Map of Broader Knysna Area

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Knysna Area Map; Greater Knysna Area Map - Map of Knysna Area; Map of greater Knysna area

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I battle to keep up with the developments of each and every attraction on the Garden Route : )
If you feel your attraction needs to be represented here, please contact us. If any links are broken, please let me know too? Thanks!

AND THIS IS NOT ALL; THERE IS MUCH MUCH MORE!!!! A single web page cannot possibly list every attraction on the Garden Route, there are several websites dedicated to this. Suffice it to say that there is no need to wonder what to do in Knysna, you will never get through the list of things to do...
(We haven't done all we want to do on the Garden Route, even after all the years of living here!)