A windy day on the Garden Route

Knysna is a coastal town situated in the Garden Route.  Wind, mist and rain all play a big role in our town and especially interferes in our guests plans.

A member of our team, Carla, took it upon herself to plan and execute a windy day in the Garden Route and she’s sharing her findings with all of us.

“Spending a windy day along the coast is not always the most fun one can have.  I enjoy an adventure but it is never fun to be struggling with the wind so our day took us on a mini road trip.  We got in our car and headed towards Timberlake Organic Village where we took a ‘shot left’ to Oysters ‘R’ Us.

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The oysters are sourced from the Garden Route as well as the West Coast.  Here they shuck the oysters and present them to you with a variety of condiments.  They leave a menu with a selection of 6 ways for you to enjoy your oyster – you will have to visit and share your favourite option with us.

Oysters ‘R’ Us has a deli fridge with delightful goodies for the people who prefer to steer clear of the oysters.

We took to the road again, which lead us to Gericke’s point, a beach area where the landmark point looks like a crouching lion.  Here we spent time admiring the intricate work done on the mosaic bench, got wind swept while watching the kite surfers play on the waves, took a walk to the point and climbed to the top of the crouching lion where we took in the views over the Indian ocean.

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Next stop, Upstairs at Rosie’s.  En-route back to the N2 we noticed this restaurant opposite the Sedgefield Links golf course (which by the way is a course better left for a wind still day).  We stopped and was bowled over by this simple yet delicious steak restaurant.  On offer on the menu is different cuts of steak all served with an egg, garlic butter, chips or salad or half & half.

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The vibe was fun, the service was great and we ended up sitting with crazy hats while enjoying our early steak dinner.

The end of the road led us back to The Lofts.  The sunset which can be viewed from the lounge area with a glass of wine or (as we chose) a cup of TWG tea with a piece of carrot cake was the perfect sweet end to our windy day.”

Other tips for windy days:

  1. Play a game of ‘Find the Knysna elephant’ in the forest surrounding our town. The forest is dense which would provide some protection from wind.
  2. If it is a South Easterly wind (better known to us as the Cape doctor due to the wind blowing very strongly along the coast) there is a secluded beach on the Eastern Head by the NSRI station that will be wind still and feel like you are on your own private island.
  3. Our own (The Lofts) sundeck area is also protected against the Cape doctor so you can spend a day lounging around the pool enjoying the beautiful views and watching the sail boats play in front of you.
  4. For the gin and beer enthusiast an afternoon can be spent at Knysna Gin and Redbridge Brewery, both in our industrial area, where you can experience our local craft drinks.
  5. A pamper session at Le Spa Tranquille is a must during your time in Knysna especially if you can spend a windy day on it.
  6. If you are into classic cars, a day with Brett from The Safari Club – Classic Drives is the thing for you. He, himself, is a classic car enthusiast and will drive you around in a classic car from his collection during this educational adventure.