San Ambroso Chapel Museum

The San Ambroso Chapel Museum is a small building in Gouna. The Chapel was built as a Roman Catholic church in 1891 for the Italian immigrants who came to establish a silk industry in South Africa based on the misinformation that Mulberry trees grew plentifully in the Knysna Forest.

Getting there: from the N2 in Knysna, take the Old Cape Road north past Simola, take a left at the Gouna signpost onto Gouna Road, cross the Gouna River drift [-33.990768, 23.040388], take a left into Church Street
GPS Coordinates: -33.969053, 23.053824

The San Ambroso Chapel Museum is a little museum listed on the Rooted in Time Self-drive Tour. For the Dalene Matthee fans, this is a must-see. Her book “Moerbeibos” (Mulberry Forest) is steeped in the history of this area and deals with the Italian immigrants who settled here to set up a silk industry, and readers will recognise the names from her book in the museum display.


Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.