Knysna. Oyster Festival. – The Western Head at the entrance to the Knysna lagoon is privately owned and protected, safe from development it serves as a necessary sanctuary to small game, offers walking trails, caves for exploring, beaches and coastline, a breeding ground for oyster catchers and endless vistas both inland and South to where there is nothing but blue waters. And eventually, Antarctica.
We took the four hour all inclusive excursion, something I’d always wanted to do. Leaving by guided boat trip across the lagoon towards the sandstone cliffs that tower above its entrance. The tide was low and the water glistened calmly in the sun, yet it was deceptively cold.
On disembarking we took a slow drive up to the top of the reserve for a linger to take in the views before hiking the 2,2 km down through the Milkwood forests. We visited an ancient Khoi Khoi sea cave before reaching the coastal path fringed with aromatic fynbos and flowering aloes.
Our walk was followed by a delicious buffet meal under a canopy of indigenous trees before returning to the waterfront by ferry.
Like the perfectly sculptured legs of a french poodle, these black mussels clung to the jetty at low tide. Such fun.
On the tractor-pulled drive up to the top of the reserve, a stop to take in the views. This with Natalie Roos and Misha Coetzee.
A bush buck spotted on the way up the mountain.
View towards the lagoon and beyond.
Kayaking on the lagoon looks like a wonderful option.
I couldn’t resist what turned out to be a rather serious selfie as I took my time walking back to the main area. A chill on the air, gentle light, sea breeze. This is the feeling of being alive that only nature gives me!
Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.
Note – You’ll need good walking shoes, your camera, hat, sunblock in summer and a warm jacket in winter. Its cold on that water.