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Knysna EstuaryDo you wish to know more about your town and surrounds? Do you have staff that you would like to empower with knowledge? Do you know all the interesting facts about your town? What are the correct facts ?

Can you answer the following questions?

– Why are the rivers in our area ‘black’ in colour?

– What is the population of Knysna?

– What do the names Outeniqua, Knoetzie, Goukamma and Knysna mean?

– Who were George Rex, Henry Barrington, James Duthie & John Benn?

– What is the most common species of tortoise found in the Sedgefield area?

– Why are the Knysna Heads so dangerous?

– What is the largest and smallest antelope found in our area?

– Where have all the elephants gone?

– How many Wilderness ‘lakes’ are there?

Join the Knysna-i-Course to find out the true answers and much more! Send your key front office staff so that they can learn more and give informed answers / information to your guests.

  • DATE OF COURSE: Tuesday 11 December and Thursday 13 December 2012
  • VENUE: SEAFORD HOUSE, No 247 Thesen Hill, Upper Central Knysna (next to Falcon View Manor)
  • DURATION: Over 14 hours, 2 full days
  • TIMES: First session: 09H00 – 12H30/12h30 – 13H00 lunch (provided) /Second session: 13H00 – 16H30

COURSE FEE: Knysna Tourism members: R450.00 pp. Includes: training / facilitator fee, copy of course manual, certificate, refreshments, light lunch X 2, VAT.



– Importance of knowing the correct facts about your town and area.

– Demographics and population dynamics of the area.

– Tourism and environmental awareness.

– Economic activities.

– What does tourism mean to our area?

– Defining eco-tourism.

– Natural resources / conservation.

– General knowledge: find out what you never knew about your area.

– Cultural diversity / heritage of the area.

– Geography (geology, map reading / orientation – getting to know Knysna / Sedgefield & surrounds).

– History.

– People history – cultural & economic.

– Natural history.

– Flora biomes of the area (temperate rainforests / fynbos).

– Estuarine / wetland / forest / riverine eco-systems;.

– Animals / birds / fish endemic to this area.

– Customer relations.


– worksheets.

– group work.

– visit to Knysna museums.

Participants will each receive a certificate of participation endorsed by Knysna Tourism.

The course will be presented by:

– Debbie Stanley from Eco Ed – an experienced educator / tour guide & facilitator in the Garden Route.

– Hatti Thesen (Eco-Ed) – born in Knysna and passionate about the history of the area, with an in-depth knowledge on the endemic fauna.

For questions relating to course content, or to book your space, contact Debbie Stanley (ECO-ED: 078 526 7733) or Glendyrr Fick (KT: 044 382 5510), eco-ed@cyberperk.co.za or development@knysna-info.co.za.

Limited space, so book now!

Feedback from the Blackwaters Lodge staff who attended the last course held in Sedgefield in September 2012:

Debbie & Hattie,

Thank you so much for such an informative course – especially sharing that store house of knowledge.

Went into Knysna on Saturday and looked at the village with completely new eyes.

Bought the “Garden Route Guide” – love it – shared it with guests from the Netherlands over the weekend. They were amazed!

Feston is now seeing things at night – he’s had us in fits of laughter – I think the “Gansvlei” leopard is on his mind!

Anyway thanks again – Its even brought Feston and I closer together – we have something in common we can share

Lots of love,

Brenda & Feston ( Black Waters Lodge )

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