Said to be around 800 years old, this beloved king of the Knysna forest has seen its fair share of forest tales.

It was gifted to the Cape Colony, around 1870, by James Harry Templeman. The Outeniqua Yellowood was named after King Edward VII when a delegation of the  British Parliamentary Association was treated to a lunch at the tree in 1924.

You can take a short, circular walk (450 meters) through surrounding vegetation to stretch the legs or have a picnic under the forest canopy.

Small entrance fee charged.

I was fortunate to attend the launch of the tour route in that The Big Tree section included a talk by Professor Michael de Jongh on the languages of the historical tribes who lived here. You can listen to that recording at ‘Knysna’s Hessequa, People of the Forest’.

View Stop #6 of the ‘Rooted in Time’ self-drive Knysna Forest tour. Or view all the links on the main page.