Rooted in Time tour 1- Templeman Station - Knysna HistoryThe Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site is the first stop on the ‘Rooted in Time’, self-drive Knysna Forest tour.

Take a short, magical walk along the old “Coffee Pot” railway line.

As you walk, discover remnants of this famous forest train which have been preserved by the green fingers of the forest

Standing under the canopy and gazing down the trail it is astonishing to think that this little train once ran from Deep Walls (Diepwalle) at Templeman Station all the way down to what is today known as Thesen Island on the Knysna Estuary, carrying logs from the majestic forest for local and international trade.

Entrance is free.

View Stops #2, 3 & 4 of the ‘Rooted in Time’ self-drive Knysna Forest tour. Or view all the links on the main page.


The Forest Timber Camping Decks can be found in the heart of Knysna Forest.

Situated in the Diepwalle Forest area, sleep over and enjoy some of the best day walks, mountain cycle routes that take you into the heart of the Knysna Forest, bird watching, picnic sites and scenic view points.

The decks accommodate a 3-man tent with braai and dining areas, and have electric points.

You can book a camping deck by e-mailing the park directly or calling +27 (0) 44 302 5606.

Rooted in Time tour 1- Ysterhoutrug Picnic Site Diepwalle Forest