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    Thanks for all the info, we are planning to go down to Knysna later this week but still a little undecided after the speech last night.

    Question I have though, does anyone know the condition of Prince Alfreds pass, and will it be manageable with a X3. I would really like to rather use this pass then drive the tar road to George and then Knysna.

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    Default Re: beaches a no no in garden route...what else to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rapapanga View Post
    Thanks for all the info, we are planning to go down to Knysna later this week but still a little undecided after the speech last night.

    Question I have though, does anyone know the condition of Prince Alfreds pass, and will it be manageable with a X3. I would really like to rather use this pass then drive the tar road to George and then Knysna.
    You will be fine , the only problem is the idiots cutting the corners coming from the opposite direction , had quite a few near misses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapapanga View Post
    Thanks for all the info, we are planning to go down to Knysna later this week but still a little undecided after the speech last night.

    Question I have though, does anyone know the condition of Prince Alfreds pass, and will it be manageable with a X3. I would really like to rather use this pass then drive the tar road to George and then Knysna.
    I haven't been along the road since September but i do know the section between De Vlugt and Buffelsnek has quite a few small loose rocks in sections. In September there was an X5 at the Die Plaaskind Padstal in De Vlugt with 2 sidewall cuts trying to find some assistance.

    The route via George is quicker but down the pass should be doable in an X3 if you don't mind taking your time.
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    Default Re: beaches a no no in garden route...what else to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rapapanga View Post
    Thanks for all the info, we are planning to go down to Knysna later this week but still a little undecided after the speech last night.

    Question I have though, does anyone know the condition of Prince Alfreds pass, and will it be manageable with a X3. I would really like to rather use this pass then drive the tar road to George and then Knysna.
    great question and idea....I think I might just do the same...so you pass through uniondale...get onto the R339....touch base at Angie's G Spot and then youre on the Prince Alfreds pass...over the mountains and through the forest...looks like one hell of a road...im in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MUGmug View Post
    Seeing that alot of people will be affected by this "ruling". I was thinking since we dont visit the beach all that often anyway when traveling to the Garden route what other great places are there to explore and visit.

    So please share great sights and experiences in the garden route area here that dont include "the beach".

    I will share a few.....

    1. Driving up Montagu pass
    2. Ride on the Outeniqua Power Van
    3. Eat at Montecello Sedgefield
    4. See the views from atop the Sedgefield hill where guys paraglide from(sunset)
    5. Visit Sedgefield Farmers market
    6. Take a drive to natures valley(stunning)
    7. Take a drive Seven passes road.
    8. Do a easy hike..plenty to choose. (brownhooded kingfisher trailer wilderness)
    9. Walk on the old traintracks from wilderness to george(very scenic)
    10. Hire a canoe and paddle kaaimansriver

    Please be specific so forumites can easily find the suggestions.

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    You can make a day trip to the Hell, you need good ground clearance, via Outshoorn.
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    Some of the locals may have some well kept secrets they may share with us beachless bums 😁😎

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    Quote Originally Posted by MUGmug View Post
    great question and idea....I think I might just do the same...so you pass through uniondale...get onto the R339....touch base at Angie's G Spot and then youre on the Prince Alfreds pass...over the mountains and through the forest...looks like one hell of road...im in.
    LOL yes exactly that, sidewall thing scares me now though.

    When you going to be going over the pass then?

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    A comment on the Sanparks Garden Route Facebook page (i'm still looking for the original press release):

    "South African National Parks (SANParks) has introduced stricter measures to curb infections for three of its sections including Tsitsikamma, Knysna and Wilderness effective from the 16th December 2020.Vuyiswa Thabethe, General Manager for the Garden Route National Park says in an effort to curb the spread of the Corona virus and the safety of both staff and visitors, a rotation system to all non-essential staff based in the Regional office in Knysna is effective. A quota system will be implemented as from the 16th December 2020 at all entrance gates in the GRNP in Tsitsikamma, Wilderness and Knysna.

    Popular areas like Island Lake, Tarentaal and the Half-collard Kingfisher Trail will have a quota system, restricting the number of people entering the facilities.

    The Wilderness Lagoon area (Touw River Mouth), closer to the Wilderness beach, will be closed completely from the 15th of December 2020 to the 15th of January 2021. Thabethe says ‘although we understand that these are favourite spots for holiday-makers and local people, SANParks remains committed to responsible tourism. Other controlled access areas in Wilderness include those leading to Big trees like Krisjian se Nek, Dalene Matthee memorial and popular picnic spots. Visitors will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis.’

    The Knysna estuary will remain open for water-based commercial tourism activities, recreational fishing and bait collecting (in allowed zones) as well as recreational water activities. Estuary users are requested to comply with the required Covid-19 prevention protocols, including social distancing, regular sanitising and use of masks. All permitted commercial operators on the Knysna estuary have signed COVID-19 declaration protocols to confirm they comply with all the necessary COVID-19 prevention protocols and hence provide a safe and enjoyable experience for guests.

    Estuary users are requested to comply with the required vessel capacity, both in terms of safety regulations and in terms of COVID-19 prevention regulations to ensure recreational use of the estuary does not become one of the sources of infections.

    All the Park’s hiking and cycling trails remain open and will implement a quota system.

    Picnic areas that do not have an entrance gate will remain closed.

    Vessel and boat permits, activity permits and other recreational permits are available at Park reception areas on Thesen Island office (Knysna), Ebb & Flow Rest Camp in Wilderness and de Vasselot camp in Natures Valley.

    Visitors are reminded to always be in possession of a valid permit to avoid a fine being issued.

    Fishing and bait collection permits can only be purchased from the South African Post Office (SAPO) during official operating hours. Annual or Seasonal Vessel Permits can be bought from the Thesen Island office (Knysna) Monday to Friday 8 am - 4 pm and Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm, only. Cycling permits (annual, monthly, family and daily permits) can be obtained from the Garden of Eden, Harkerville Office or Diepwalle Office.

    "We encourage visitors to observe social distancing at all times, wear their masks, sanitize hands at all our entrances and be willing to have their temperature checked", concluded Thabethe"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapapanga View Post
    LOL yes exactly that, sidewall thing scares me now though.

    When you going to be going over the pass then?
    It's not a trail in any way. You can do it in almost any car except those with dropped suspensions. The rockier sections are a small percentage of the route and there shouldn't be a problem if you are taking your time - it's just not a "shortcut" to Knysna, the 90km will take longer than going via George.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MediumRoast View Post
    It's not a trail in any way. You can do it in almost any car except those with dropped suspensions. The rockier sections are a small percentage of the route and there shouldn't be a problem if you are taking your time - it's just not a "shortcut" to Knysna, the 90km will take longer than going via George.
    Thanks, think Im going to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapapanga View Post
    Thanks, think Im going to do it.
    This was the condition of the road in September for probably 90% of the route. The 2 rockier sections are the 2.5km climb from De Vlugt and the 1km climb from Dieprivier (the next little river crossing after De Vlugt)
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    The Robberg peninsula, in Plett, makes a lovely day out. It's a Sanparks protected area, with three different trails: short , medium and long.

    Beautiful views over seal colonies.

    Take plenty water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jab2 View Post
    No, it is from Witsand in the West to the Bloukrans River in the East, and inland to the Swartberg Mountain range. There are many definitions from tourist websites but the above is the extent of the Garden Route District Municipality.
    Agreed, clutching at 'beach' straws not gonna help anybody

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    Quote Originally Posted by MUGmug View Post
    great question and idea....I think I might just do the same...so you pass through uniondale...get onto the R339....touch base at Angie's G Spot and then youre on the Prince Alfreds pass...over the mountains and through the forest...looks like one hell of a road...im in.
    Angie has passed away, I don't know if the pub is open.

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    Default Re: beaches a no no in garden route...what else to do?

    Have a picnic and a walk in the forest at Jubilee creek.
    Visit the gold mines at Millwood. Check the views from the top of Farleigh.
    Drive the 7 passes road and have lunch at Tottie's.
    Do the 4x4 route from Louvain across the mountain, or do a sand drive at paradise.
    Drive the 4x4 route at Bonniedale.
    Visit 1 of the Ostrich farms in Oudtshoorn.
    Cango caves.
    Do the Kingfisher trail in Wilderness.
    Drive fom Knysna to Gouna, Kom se pad, Dam se bos and visit the big tree.
    Check out the Woodcutters museum behind the library in George.
    Dias museum in Mosselbay.
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    Honeymooners wont even notice!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pieterk View Post
    If i tell you more secrets, i would have to kill you!
    Nice list Pieter...but I suspect youre holding back...the Garden route must have more to offer

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    Try the Paradise 4X4 trail just outside Wilderness. Great views from the lapa at the start of the trail.
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    Default Re: beaches a no no in garden route...what else to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by MUGmug View Post
    Nice list Pieter...but I suspect youre holding back...the Garden route must have more to offer
    1. Visit Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
    2. Visit Knysna Elephant Park
    3. Take the ferry ride to Featherbeds Nature Reserve
    4. Drive over Swartberg Pass, visit Prince Albert for lunch and back via Meiringspoort
    5. Take a day visit to The Hel.
    6. Drive through Seweweekspoort and down to the Gamkapoort Dam
    7. Bungy jump at Bloukrans River bridge
    8. Canyoning the Crags kloof
    9. Visit Gondwana Private Game Reserve
    10. Hike the Robberg trail
    11. Take a whizzline canopy tour at Stormsriver with Outeniqua Canopy Tours
    12. Do the Circles in the Forest Hiking Trail (from Dalene Matthee's Kringe in ‘n Bos)
    13. Take a ride on the Knysna Paddle Cruiser
    14. Enjoy Mitchell’s beer and maybe take a brewery tour
    15. Visit the Redberry Farm and pick your own strawberries
    16. Take the Outeniqua Power Van to the top of the Outeniqua Mountains
    17. Visit Radical Raptors and see our native raptors up close
    18. Visit the Mohair Mill Shop near the Elephant Sanctuary and spoil the wife.
    19. Pay the cave under the Point Lighthouse in Mossel Bay a visit
    20. Do the world's longest slide over the ocean at the Mossel Bay Point.
    21. Visit the Pinnacle Point Cave (By appointment)
    22. Drive the Fragrance Route from Mossel Bay out to Friedersheim and stop at the Shweshwe Shop, Lavender Nursery, Kattekwaad Olive Farm and see the historic Friemersheim church
    23. Visit Inverroche Distillery and learn how to make gin
    24. Visit Snakes of Africa at THe Crags and still your inner fear
    25. Visit The Big Tree near Strormsriver
    26. Visit the Map of Africa viewpoint above Wildernis
    27. Visit THe Old Gaol Museum in Knysna
    28. Taste and buy some wine at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar near Herbertsdale
    29. Drive Gysmanshoek Pass
    30. Drive Montagu Pass
    31. Do a kayak trip on the Stormsriver
    32. Work up a sweat with your mountain bike at the Garden Route Trail Park between George and Knysna
    33. Visit Bramon Wine Estate in The Crags


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    Quote Originally Posted by jab2 View Post
    1. Visit Birds of Eden, Monkeyland, Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
    2. Visit Knysna Elephant Park
    3. Take the ferry ride to Featherbeds Nature Reserve
    4. Drive over Swartberg Pass, visit Prince Albert for lunch and back via Meiringspoort
    5. Take a day visit to The Hel.
    6. Drive through Seweweekspoort and down to the Gamkapoort Dam
    7. Bungy jump at Bloukrans River bridge
    8. Canyoning the Crags kloof
    9. Visit Gondwana Private Game Reserve
    10. Hike the Robberg trail
    11. Take a whizzline canopy tour at Stormsriver with Outeniqua Canopy Tours
    12. Do the Circles in the Forest Hiking Trail (from Dalene Matthee's Kringe in ‘n Bos)
    13. Take a ride on the Knysna Paddle Cruiser
    14. Enjoy Mitchell’s beer and maybe take a brewery tour
    15. Visit the Redberry Farm and pick your own strawberries
    16. Take the Outeniqua Power Van to the top of the Outeniqua Mountains
    17. Visit Radical Raptors and see our native raptors up close
    18. Visit the Mohair Mill Shop near the Elephant Sanctuary and spoil the wife.
    19. Pay the cave under the Point Lighthouse in Mossel Bay a visit
    20. Do the world's longest slide over the ocean at the Mossel Bay Point.
    21. Visit the Pinnacle Point Cave (By appointment)
    22. Drive the Fragrance Route from Mossel Bay out to Friedersheim and stop at the Shweshwe Shop, Lavender Nursery, Kattekwaad Olive Farm and see the historic Friemersheim church
    23. Visit Inverroche Distillery and learn how to make gin
    24. Visit Snakes of Africa at THe Crags and still your inner fear
    25. Visit The Big Tree near Strormsriver
    26. Visit the Map of Africa viewpoint above Wildernis
    27. Visit THe Old Gaol Museum in Knysna
    28. Taste and buy some wine at Jakkalsvlei Private Cellar near Herbertsdale
    29. Drive Gysmanshoek Pass
    30. Drive Montagu Pass
    31. Do a kayak trip on the Stormsriver
    32. Work up a sweat with your mountain bike at the Garden Route Trail Park between George and Knysna
    33. Visit Bramon Wine Estate in The Crags


    Enough, Mug?
    Unfortunately going to the beach is way cheaper than most of the things you mentioned, 4 persons can go to the beach/muddle around the rocks/take long walks everday for 5 days and it will cost you less than those 4 people taking one bungy at Bloukrans.
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