“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heart of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”
From – Jeffery’s Bay, staying on the Indian Ocean, it is only 198 km to Knysna. K for Knysna.
On the way to Knysna you will travel through the Tsitsikama National Park, remember Storm’s River? And before that you will pass, (or could stop at) Plettenberg Bay. We will be a considerable way along the Cape Garden Route, by the time you reach Knysna.
This view from the ocean, shows the huge expanse of water around which Knysna is built. The town is built mostly on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands.
As far back as 1787, Knysna estuary gave shelter to as many as 50 ships. Timber was an export from this region, due to large forest areas.
A Norwegian family, Thesen, played a considerable role in the development of Knysna from 1869 onwards, Charles Thesen founded and expanded the family timber and shipping business there.
Some of the local residents might say, sadly, ‘ it is a huge tourist area now’; but if they are not prepared to share somewhere so beautiful, they would be selfish! International visitors are buying homes in Knysna.
There are holiday steam trains in South Africa to many destinations, and the Garden Route was one. The “Outenique Choo Tjoe”; but sadly since storm damage in 2006, this train no longer runs, as there are no the funds to do the repairs.
And who can resist this one legged captain! Had to share him!
The garden route of the Cape is a wonderful honeymoon destination. There are so many different and exciting things to do together. Visit the Cango Caves which are amazing.
Based in Knysna, you are not too far from the Ostrich farms at Outshourn, 108km away, where riding an Ostrich is good fun!
Honeymooners might like this one. It must top the charts; how about staying in a tree house!
But there are loads of ‘back to normal places’ to stay too. Follow this link to accomodation of all kinds.
Or simply stay by the ocean, always my choice!
That’s all for this week on Jenny’s Alphabe Thursday, letter K.