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Olive picking at Mount Ceder

First we brought you cherry picking at Klondyke, now you can enjoy picking your own olives at Mount Ceder.

If you have ever driven to the Cederberg via Ceres and Op-die-Berg you will no doubt have passed through Mount Ceder and its olive groves which line the district road. Guests of Mount Ceder can arrange with Reception to pick 2kg’s of olives.

Rows of the two varietals are planted in the same grove, and at first we were not sure if we would find any Frantoio. However, the difference is quite marked, with the Frantoio having a more rounded berry. The Frantoio were also far juicier, and the juice was a startling red as was the flesh; much like a cherry. The juices are intense and whilst acidic and green you can definitely recognise the characteristic olive oil flavour and scent.

Our olives are currently soaking in brine at home.

The grave of George Rex Esquire

George Rex Esquire once owned pretty much all of Knysna, which must have been pretty grand, even if there was no Mitchell’s Brewery to speak of in the mid-1800′s.

Getting there: as you leave Knysna on the N2 heading in the Plettenberg Bay direction, just after George Rex Drive, take the second right into Plover Road, and then immediately turn left onto a dirt road.
GPS Coordinates: 34°02’33.0″, S 23°04’43.0″E

I love Knysna and enjoy the fact that it has a super-colorful past which includes frontier-style fables of rough wood-cutter folk, even rougher sea-dogs and diggers with the glint of gold in their eyes! Admittedly, much of my interest is both fuelled and coloured by the characters in Dalene Matthee’s books, most of whom are fictional.

George Rex was rumoured to have been the illegitimate son of George III (Prince of Wales at the time) and a Quaker girl, Hannah Lightfoot. The theory is that he was sent to the Cape Colony to avoid a royal embarrassment.

Whilst the grave is no great sight to behold, it is close to the N2 and can be visited quickly and easily, so if you enjoy the history of the area it is worth popping by.

To learn more about this fascinating story, read “Timber and Tides: The Story of Knysna and Plettenberg Bay” by Winifred Tapson.

Goukamma Hike

The Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area offers 6 hikes: Blombos, Galjoen, Porcupine, Cape Clawless Otter, Bushpig and Buffalo Bay Trails.

Getting there: take the Buffels Bay turnoff from the N2 just before Knysna from the Cape Town side.
Distance: 9km

Almost all of the trails start off with the novelty of crossing the river via a hand-pulled pont. Please do not miss the lifejackets near the landing but on the other side of the road!

Easy to follow sandy trail heads inland with the river on your right.

Sandy track in the shade of the dune forest

We spotted a Knysna Loerie hopping along the branches in the canopy — always a treat!

Watch the tides if you are going on beach

We realised near the end that we had taken a jeep track that was actually closed; unfortunately the signage at the point where we reached the beach was a bit lacking.

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Matroosberg Trail Challenge 2014

The inaugural Matroosberg Trail Challenge was a huge success last year. This year the event returns with the promise of more pain!

When: 25 October 2014
Where: Matroosberg Private Nature Reserve
Website: www.matroosbergtrailchallenge.co.za
Facebook: MatroosbergTrailChallenge
Twitter: @MatroosbergTC

Race options:

  1. 14km Run
    • FUN and Fast run around the base of the Matroosberg Mountain.
  2. 24km Challenge
    • Possible route change for this Challenge
  3. 37km SkyMarathon®
    • Arguably one of the toughest mountain runs out there today.
    • Included in the SA SKyRunner® Series
  4. 50km Ultra Marathon (New) – Ultra SkyMarathon® classification pending
    • Many route options available but we will include the one with just the right amount hurt for you ;)
    • This run is not called Matroosberg Revenge for nothing!
    • Minimum 3700m accumulative elevation gain.
    • Easy-peasy : Up, Over, Down and return.
    • Limited field
Matroosberg Trail Challenge 2014

Matroosberg Trail Challenge 2014

Garmin Forerunner 910XT Auto Multisport mode

Primarily for swim bike run, the multisport mode can be configured to any format, and can be used in triathlon as well as events such as the 7-discipline Totalsports Challenge.

Crossing the timing mat after the swim, IronMan South Africa 2012

And T1!

This is how you access the settings:

  1. Mode » Training » Auto Multisport
  2. Select the option for Include Transition (optional)
  3. Add the sporting legs. If they exist from a previous workout, you can select and edit / remove them.

The important part now is to remember what to press and what not to press when actually competing! As simple as it may seem, I seem to get this wrong more often than not.

Quite simply, all you need to do is press the Lap button each time you want to progress to the next leg. If you selected “Include Transition” in step 2 then each transition counts as a leg. If you are coming out of the swim leg into T1, press Lap as you hit the timing mat and you will now be recording your transition time; hit Lap as you mount your bike and the unit will start recording your bike leg, and so on.

DC Rainmaker’s excellent review: http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2011/10/garmin-forerunner-910xt-in-depth-review.html

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Knysna Dragons Lagoonmile Swim 2014

An amazing event —  the Knysna Dragons Lagoonmile Swim 2013 was so successful that the organisers of the Knysna Big 5 Challenge have included it as an option in this years challenge!

Where: Cruise Café, Knysna Lagoon
When: 09h00, 06 July 2014
Facebook: Knysna Dragons Facebook Group

Join the Knysna Dragons Lagoon Mile Swim: a one-mile swim in open-water during still time of the tide by all competitors. The start and finish will be at the Cruise Café and the route will follow to the Waterfront entrance, the circle inside the waterway of the residential area, back out by the harbour entrance and back to the Cruise Café. The distance is one nautical mile (or 1.8km for land-lubbers) and open to all categories. NSRI will supervise safety and Knysna Canoe club the marshalling.

Entry and registration from 6am to 9am at the Cruise Cafe on 6th July 2014.

For more information contact: Steven Van Lier — 082 411 0950 — stevevanlier@gmail.com

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Forest Family Hike 2014

FNB Forest Family Hike 2014

We loved the Forest Family Hike so much last year we did it twice! My HI-TEC Dakota Microfleece is still one of my favourite fleeces for both outdoor and casual wear. [...]

#best10days: Win the ultimate Knysna Getaway valued at R10 000

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With 10 awesome days of festivities from 4-13 July, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is the perfect place to capture some great memories – but we don’t have to wait until then to start dreaming about what’s in store. From today until 13 July you can enter as many times as you like for your chance to win amazing prizes! [...]

Pick ‘n’ Pay Women’s Walk 2014

Pick 'n' Pay Women's Walk 2014

Show your support for breast cancer by joining the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk. A 5km fun family walk to raise funds for the PinkDrive who provide free breast cancer examinations and education.

Where: Festival Grounds, Knysna When: 08h00, 13 July 2014 Cost: R40, R20 (child under 18) Website: www.oysterfestival.co.za Facebook: Knysna Oyster FestivalTwitter: @oysterfestival | @ThePinkDrive

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Competition: Last Minute Dash with Knysna Hollow

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We are running a promotion for all who enter the Knysna Big 5 Challenge by 16 June — the “Last Minute Dash with Knysna Hollow” — the winner will be selected by random draw, and the prize is valued over R10 000! [...]