As towns go, Knysna stands heads and shoulders above others, but it’s still a town, during peak season it is a crowded busy town. Traffic jams can make visitors feel like they’re back in rush hour traffic. In choosing Nieu Wherry Meadow as our accommodation, Cliff secured a space with access to forests, rivers and beaches without the mayhem of Knysna in December.
Nieu Wherry Meadow is a stones throw from Lawwood Forest, Millwood Forest and Goudveld. Home to sneaky ellies and the Dalene Matthee tree. After a picnic at Krisjan se Nek picnic site we hiked a short way but turned back frustrated when the path seemed to disappear.
This holiday inspired our children to new levels of treasure hunting. Visiting both Gold (Knysna) and diamond (Kimberley) prospecting sites fueled wild imaginings.
We had planned to take the children on a boat ride to Knysna heads but after sitting in traffic into Knysna for what felt like an eternity we changed plan and direction heading out on the road to Buffalo Bay.
At RiverDeck Restaurant Cliff and the children explored the Goukamma river on a paddle boat. A quiet beach outside Buffalo Bay was not ideal for swimming but was perfect for fun in the sun. The children were fascinated by jellyfish washed up on the shore.
For supper Cliff had a very specific wish, to eat somewhere overlooking or on a beach. Amazingly a search on Twitter led us to Pili Pili in Sedgefield. With Toes in beach sand we ordered pizza and drinks. Remarkably our totally excellent pizzas were not spoiled by even a grain of beach sand. As we commented on this at the end of our meal, a howling wind came up and dumped half a dune on the last 2 slices. Perfect timing! The only negative was rather shitty background music. None the less, we may not have found gold in the forests but struck gold at Pili Pili.
An hour or more after leaving Nieu Wherry, Cliff realized that he had left his cell phone there. Hanlie very kindly couriered it to him in Somerset West where we stayed with his family.