Walking in the indigenous Knysna forest

Take a self-guided or guided walking tour through the Knysna Forests and experience the forest flora and fauna.

The 3.6 km easy trail to the Jubilee Creek Waterfall, and The Dalene Matthee 3.1km Krisjan se Nek “Circles in a Forest” moderate trail are well marked and easily accessible from the N2. Take the Rheenendal turnoff just outside Knysna heading in the direction of George, and about 15km along the road turn left to Bibby’s Hoek. At the T-junction, the forest will be straight ahead of you. You will need to show your annual permit at the cubicle or pay for a temporary one.

Explore the indigenous rainforest and revel in its wonders and elusive inhabitants – who knows which of them you might see! There are loeries and leopards, caracal and bush pig, honey badgers and bushbuck, sunbirds and Narina trogons. And of course, there are the elusive wild Knysna elephants… sightings are rare but there is indisputable evidence of the existence of at least one of these majestic creatures.

The Dalene Matthee “Circles in a Forest/Kringe in ‘n Bos” walk will allow you to step into the world of the Knysna woodcutters and their forest lore, the elephants, the ancient yellowwoods and onderbos that inspired Dalen Matthee to write her four famous novels set in the the Knysna forest.  You will discover old gold mining tunnels and woodcutter pits and experience the beauty of the pristine forest.


Old mine