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Knysna is situated on the shores of one of South Africa's largest estuaries. Close by is the country's largest temperate evergreen forest.

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Specials

Knysna Warbler, Knysna Woodpecker, Victorin's Warbler, Narina Trogon, Orange-breasted Sunbird, Cape Sugarbird, Chorister Robin-Chat, African Emerald Cuckoo, Red-chested Flufftail, Buff-spotted Flufftail, African Finfoot, White-backed Night-Heron, African Cuckoo Hawk and Eurasian Hobby (summer).

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Habitats

Temperate evergreen forest, rivers and estuaries, south coast renosterveld, beaches and cliffs, floodplains, pastures and dams.

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Facilities

Include forest day walks, picnic sites, camping sites, caravan parks, canoeing, adventure companies, bed and breakfasts, guest farms, country lodges, holiday cottages and hotels.

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Birding

1. At Woodbourne Pan at low tide in summer you will find waterbirds and waders. These may include Pied Avocet, African Spoonbill, Marsh Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff, Common Greenshank, Kittlitz's Plover, Common Sandpiper, African Snipe, African Rail, Black Crake and Caspian Tern. Rarities sometimes turn up such as Pectoral Sandpiper .

2. From Leisure Island near the small boat Harbour one may see at low tide in summer Common Whimbrel, Grey Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Common Greenshank, Sandwich Tern and Common Tern.African Fish Eagle is present all year as they breed in the area and Osprey is present in summer.Juvenile birds stay over so they may be seen in winter.The African Fish Eagle is often seen perched on the oyster bed poles near Lake Brenton.

3. Pledge Nature Reserve includes Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Knysna Turaco, Olive Bush-Shrike, Knysna Woodpecker, Olive Woodpecker, African Emerald Cuckoo, Swee Waxbill .

4. The Knysna Warbler is present at the Heads. Try the walk from the restaurant through indigenous coastal bush toward the sea or the Coney Glen picnic site. It is essential to know the call.At the Western Head Cape Cormorants breed on the rocks

5. Canoe up the Knysna River at high tide for African Black Duck, Giant Kingfisher, Half-collared Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Black Saw-wing and the secretive African Finfoot and White-backed Night-Heron.

6. Kranshoek is situated on the coast. Access is through the Harkerville forest. In the fynbos between the view site over the cliffs and the first picnic site at winter breeding time, the Cape Sugarbirds are visible displaying over the proteas. Orange-breasted Sunbird occur as well as Amethyst Sunbird, Southern Double-collared Sunbird, Greater Double-collared Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Victorin's Warbler and Cape Grassbird. The forest includes Narina Trogon, Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher, Black-bellied Starling Forest Buzzard and other forest species. Kranshoek is 24 km east of Knysna. Turn off 19 km from Knysna to the right.

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General

A wide range of accommodation is available through Knysna Tourism, 20 Main Street, and they will provide directions and maps of Knysna tel:: +27 44 3825510, fax: +27 44 382 1646, email: knysna.tourism@pixie.co.za|knysna.tourism@pixie.co.za]

Water affairs and Forestry have a regional office in Knysna, Dewar Centre, Main Street, and will provide maps of forest walks (Tel : +27 44 382 5466).0443026900

SANPARKS Knysna Tel:044-3025600 email: website www.sanparks.org

Anne Brash 2007.

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