Knysna Elephant Park
Recommended Day Trips From Hope Villa
Brenton-on-Sea is found nestled in the hills of Knysna’s West Head and is home to the “Brenton Blue” butterfly. The beach is ideal for sunbathing, walking and fishing. The Brenton-on-Sea Beach Walk is a pleasant 4,5 kilometre walk along the pristine coastline to Buffalo Bay. Buffalo Bay offers safe swimming and perfect waves for surfing.
Noetzie was declared a conservancy in 1999 and is renowned for its’ castles that were built from stones found in the area. The first castle was built in the 1930’s. The beauty of Noetzie’s beach surrounded by forest and the dark waters of the lagoon make this a magical place to visit.
Rheenendal can be found 10 kilometres west of Knysna. The Rheenendal Ramble is a place to explore – there you will find a number of artists, crafters as well as restaurants and even a garden nursery. There are many trails through the forest in the area or hike to the old gold mine at Millwood and Bendigo Mine where you can learn about the gold rush in the area.
Sedgefield offers attractions for the whole family. There are four beautiful beaches which are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Sedgefield is also a paragliding Mecca for the more adventurous! The highest fossil sand dune can be seen from Myoli Beach and Gerickes Point and is home to two colonies of Cape and White Breasted Cormorants. Something not to be missed on a Saturday morning is the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market!
A mere 30 kilometres from Knysna, has some fantastic beaches for swimming. For the more active type we recommend one of the many hikes on Robberg Peninsula. A choice of three circular routes of increasing difficulty and distance are available. This peninsula is a national monument, nature reserve and marine protected area.
Storms River Mouth
Storms River Mouth is found in the magnificent Tsitsikamma section of the Garden Route National Park and is the starting point for the Otter Trail. This area is home to the African Black Oyster Catcher, Knysna Loerie, Cape Clawless Otter and the Blue Duiker. Here snorkelling, scuba diving, hiking, kloofing and many more adventure activities are on offer. Try the 2,5 – 3 hour “foofie slide” tour through the forest from Storms River Village. And of course a walk across the suspension bridge over the river mouth is something not to be missed.
Bloukrans Bridge lies 40 kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay. If you are looking for more of an adrenalin rush, why not bungy jump from Bloukrans Bridge which is the highest bungy jump bridge in the world!