Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Featherbed Nature Reserve located on the western head in Knysna offers visitors unspoilt views of the river mouth, Thesen and Leisure islands and the Outeniqua mountain range.

Tours depart daily from 10h00 and 12h00 and includes a buffet lunch. For those wanting a shorter tour experience, the afternoon tour will suit.

Not having been across the Knysna Estuary for 18 months, I decided to be a tourist and departed on the 10h00 tour. Our ferry guide, Gary, was presentable, friendly and provided sound commentary.

Once on terra firma, we took the journey by road to the top and then embarked on a gentle walk (if you are accustomed to regular walks) via the coastal caves back to the restaurant. A buffet lunch greeted us upon arrival and combined with cold draught beer (for own account) made a memorable lunch.

Featherbed is under new ownership, however the experience still rates as a must do. Booking is advisable and for those with weary sea legs, the morning trip is advisable as the wind does tend to get up in the afternoon.

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