Well let’s first start with the word lekker for those who are not familiar with the Afrikaans language. It can be translated as a lot of things such as great, tasty, nice , scenic, pretty – it all depends in what sentence it is used – but what I mean with lekker is more the use of pleasurable and relaxing with a scenic view. There is not one word in the English language that can describe it quite the same.
SPOT #1 : EBB AND FLOW (NORTH)
Situated on the northern banks of the Touw river it falls within the Garden Route National Park, but day visitors are welcomed. You will be rewarded with some shade under old wild fig trees, a demarcated fire pit, clean ablution facilities and a Knysna Loerie (Turaco) or two.
Need to know: Report to reception and pay your day visitor fee. If you have a SANPARKS Wild Card you are exempted from the day visitor fee (Currently R40 per person for South African citizens).
SPOT #2 : GLENTANA BEACH
With great views over the beach and sea you will find this spot in Kusweg (Beach Road), Glentana. The chances are good that you will spot some dolphins frolicking in the waves.
Be prepared and take an umbrella as the trees do not provide ample shade for a whole day out and about enjoying the sun and sea. There are no facilities on the picnic spot itself, but a brisk walk down the road and you will find ablutions near the main parking area of Glentana beach. At the main parking area there is also outdoor showers to wash off all the sea water and sand.
This is also a great spot to take those sunset pictures!
Need to know: There are no shops in Glentana, so take everything that you need with you.
SPOT # 3 : JUBILEE CREEK
For a forest experience pack the kids and head for the forest behind Rheenendal. Relax on the grass with a blanket and a book while the children amuse themselves in the creek which flows through the picnic site.
Wooden picnic tables and ablutions are provided. Go early as this is a popular spot over weekends.
Need to know Obtain and pay your entry permit at the gate before you follow the gravel road to Jubilee Creek.
SPOT # 4 : KRISJAN SE NEK
Situated next to the road on Kom se Pad, Knysna This scenic drive was made famous by Dalene Matthee in her books. This is one of just a few spots where you can have a picnic on this route. Only three wooden tables with fire grids are provided. Ablutions are in the form of a long drop.
Need to know: Make sure your fire is doused when you leave as this is in a sensitive indigenous forest area. Fires can spread fast and wide as was the case in the recent Knysna Fires in 2017!
SPOT # 5 : ISLAND LAKE
When you travel from George to Knysna on the N2 you will spot this lekker picnic spot on your left-hand side. Follow the Hoekwil turnoff from the N2 and turn to your right on the gravel road just before the railway line. There are no trees, but thatched umbrella style structures provide shade …… if you arrive early. Otherwise take a gazebo to provide some shelter.
Pack everything you need for the day. The nearest shops and fuel is in Wilderness Village.
Need to know: This is a popular spot for water lovers with boats. Take care when you are in the water!!