Tourism, Wildlife and Safaris

Woodville Forest Walk

An 80m stroll to the 850-year-old giant yellow- wood ‘Big Tree’ is followed, if you’re in the mood for it, by a very easy 2km walk through the for- est. For the peace and quiet alone, it’s worth the half-hour excursion. Fill in your permit at the start of the trail.

Cycleworx

Cycleworx If you’re an active traveller, then the best option to explore all the forests and back roads would be the self-guided, self-propelled cycle tour. Mountain bikes are available for hire (and repair). Hours: Shop 9am-5pm Mon-Fri; 9.00pm-1.00pm Sat; 9.00am-noon public holidays. Rates: R75 per day, mountain bikes only. Cycleworx accepts all major Credit Cards:

Lightley’s Holiday Houseboats

A delightfully different way to experience Knysna is from the water on a self-catering little houseboat available with from 2 to 6 berths. They’re fully equipped – just bring the rations! No skipper’s licence is required to captain through these tranquil waters where you can swim, snorkel and fish or just kick back as you take in the luscious scenery. Rates:R1025 (sleeps...

The Knysna Waterfront

The Knysna Waterfront A leisurely walk around will reveal the same sort of stuff you’ll find in town – African crafts, touristy knick-knacks and by-the-sea sorts of apparel. But the boats do float close enough to touch, so browse around, enjoy an ice-cream cone and watch the kiddies attempt the climbing wall. Carries a good selection of deli items including wine. Worth a look, especially if...

Boat cruises on the Klein River

River cruises are a great way to get up close and personal with Stanford’s natural surrounds taking you from the wide upper reaches of the river down to the narrow waterways closer to the estuary. The African Queen: R100 per person/minimum 20 people) has space for 40 people and is the biggest riverboat offering cruises, and you can braai as the world drifts by (fires,...

Halfaampieskraal

Halfaampieskraal You’ll be forgiven for not wanting to leave this picture-perfect rural retreat situated on a working farm. Not only is your host Jan Georg Solm an utterly charming individual, he is also a superb cook and since the rate includes a three- course meal, more’s the pleasure! The homestead has been in Jan’s family for generations and his decorating talent extends to mixing...

Stony Point Penguin Colony

Apart from Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town, this is the only other shore-based breeding colony in South Africa. At Stony Point early last century, 300 whales were killed each year for their oil, but when the whaling station closed in 1930, the penguins started to breed at the abandoned station. Best viewing times: early morning or late afternoon when they return from their...

Harold Porter Botanical Garden

Harold Porter Botanical Garden This particularly pretty botanical gem inside the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve is the perfect place for a picnic (get a picnic basket from their new deli). The garden is open every day of the year, and is at the centre of one of the first-ever UNESCO- protected areas in South Africa due to the abundance of coastal fynbos here. Take a hike along mountain slopes with...

Heritage Square

Heritage Square Dating back to the late 18th century, this cluster of Dutch and Edwardian structures is about as close as it comes to Cape Town's first shopping centre. Back in the day it housed everything from all manner of businesses including a rope warehouse, tobacconist, snuff maker, baker and even an undertaker. Today, the only reminder of this time is the solitary vine, which was...

Waenhuiskrans Cave

The Waenhuiskrans Cave, (the name translates to ‘barn’ – specifically a barn big enough to house an ox wagon – and ‘cliff’, referring to the cave’s size and position) is the main attraction of the Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve, which is an extended area of sand dunes. There are some lovely, peaceful walks through the reserve. The cave is only accessible at low tide, but a...

Southern tip of Africa

You’ll have to generate your own enthusiasm for the geological significance of standing at the southernmost tip of the continent, but it’s still worth putting on your traveller’s CV. Just east of the tip are fish traps created by Khoikhoi inhabitants of the area thousands of years ago – they were made by building dams across shallow gullies so that fish would be stranded...

Coastal Tours & Safaris

Coastal Tours & Safaris Take a guided eco-tour along the coast and through the scenic Agulhas National Park. Take in any of the CapeNature reserves in the area, and you’ll get to enjoy the hospitality of the locals at some of the historic farmyards and villages. Coastal Tours has a government permit to drive along the coast to visit historic archaeological sites – a perfect opportunity to learn...

Matroosberg Nature Reserve

Matroosberg Nature Reserve This is the one-stop destination for all those strenuous outdoor activities – hiking, bird-watching, mountain bike trails, bass-fishing and a shooting range are all available for day visitors. The reserve contains a popular 4x4 trail as well as quad bike trails. Also available are snow safaris, water- skiing on request and kloofing excursions. A variety of overnight...

Klondyke Cherry Farm

Klondyke Cherry Farm Cherry-picking in summer, snow in winter – Klondyke is hugely popular with day trippers who come to pick their own cherries between mid November and the end of December. There are well-equipped self-catering cottages and a campsite. Admission R15. No credit cards are accepted.

Inverdoorn Game Reserve & Safari Lodge

About 60km outside Ceres, Inverdoorn covers about 11 000 hectares of bushveld, with free-roaming game including cheetah, hippos, rhinos, giraffe, blue and black wildebeest and various buck. Lions rescued from illegal canned hunting operations are kept in a sepa-rate enclosure as are cheetahs, which are part of a breeding and rehabilitation programme. Overnight guests...