Rooted in Time is a self-drive tour through the Knysna Forest that takes you back to an era when elephants wandered and woodcutters’ axes echoed. Alida Kieser was enthralled.
Most people who visit Knysna only go to the waterfront and the Heads viewpoint, but that’s just a smidgen of the town’s appeal. For me and my husband Robert, the real drawcard is the magical forest that stretches all the way to the mountains on the other side of the N2. It’s a landscape jam-packed with history and stories, as told by Dalene Matthee in her iconic Knysna novels, Circles in a Forest, The Mulberry Forest and Fiela’s Child.
There’s darkness – elephants hunted to extinction; woodcutters living in hardship – but also hope: the discovery of gold, modern conservation efforts and the promise of a better tomorrow. Many landmarks in the forest have remained preserved for hundreds of years. Rooted in Time is a self-drive route that consists of 10 historical sites where you can learn more about the forest. It starts at the Templeman Station (1), about 20 km north of Knysna.