Only 12km from Knysna is the rural community of Rheeenendal. It’s a mixture of pasture, ferns, forest and, depending which side of a hill you’re on, views of the Knysna Estuary and the Knysna Forest.

It’s dotted with superb B&Bs and self-catering accommodations for those seeking an escape from suburbia but with the conveniences of the town only a 15 minute drive away. Historians will love the Millwood Gold Mine which had a brief rush at the end of the 19th century. There are old shafts to and a museum commemorating that period to explore. You can also hike along trails in the area that inspired the famous author, Dalene Matthee, during parts of her four forest novels.

Cracking pool balls and sharing whiskey at Portland Manor or Sunday lunching at The Red Barn are just a few of the things you should consider. Ride a horse. Fly a microlight. have a picnic at Jubilee Creek. Just ensure that you experience the beauty and warmth of Rheenendal.

This amateur video will give you a taste of this beautiful part of Knysna from the air:

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