National Parks & Reserves
Garden Route National Park
The Garden Route National Park: is an area of approximately 1210 km2 and is located between George and Storms River along the south coast of South Africa. It is considered by many as one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. The Garden Route National Park encompasses Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks and the Knysna Lakes section. This area consists of mountain catchment areas, indigenous forests, lagoons, rivers, beaches and estuaries which combined offer spectacular scenery. There are many varieties of unique Fauna and Flora to be discovered in this National Park. Walking, hiking and mountain biking are popular activities in the Garden Route National Park.
Featherbed Private Nature Reserve
Featherbed Private Nature Reserve: this private nature reserve is located on the Western head of the well known Knysna Heads. It is also a registered South African Heritage Site. It is owned and operated by the Featherbed Co. Sadly it is not accessible currently due to the damage caused by the Knysna fires in June 2017.
GouKamma Nature Reserve & Marine Protected Area
Located a short distance from Knysna just before the town of Sedgefield. This reserve is a World Heritage Site and is managed and operated by Cape Nature. Goukamma offers a diverse array of interesting habitats as well as a wide variety of birds, fish and smaller wildlife. Canoeing, fishing, whale watching, hiking and accommodation are available in the reserve.
Robberg Nature Reserve (Plettenberg Bay)
Located a short drive (25 minutes) from Knysna to Plettenberg Bay and then a further 8 km’s south of Plettenberg Bay. A very popular nature reserve which offers incredibly beautiful surroundings and views. This nature reserve is also a national monument as well as a World Heritage Site so we recommend a visit to this pristine reserve. Activities in Robberg Nature Reserve include hiking and walking, whale watching, picnicking, bird watching, fishing and swimming. Scientists have studied rocks from this area and these have been dated back approximately 120 million years. These rocks have been linked to the break-up of Gondwanaland and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitants has been found in a few of the caves along the Robberg Peninsula. Visitors are able to visit the Nelson Bay Cave interpretive centre to gain a better insight and understanding. A small entrance fee is payable to gain access to Robberg Nature Reserve.
The Cape Seal Lighthouse also lies within the Robberg reserve and is considered the highest navigational light on the South African coastline (146 m above sea level). If you lucky you may get a glimpse of the rare blue duiker – the smallest antelope found in the Western Cape. The reserve also extends 1.8 km’s off shore providing protection to a range of vulnerable fish species. Accommodation is available in the reserve via Cape Nature.