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KNYSNA (article first published : 2005-09-14)

Leon Nell has had a career in nature conservation and reserve management for well over a decade, and his book on Knysna is evidently well-researched and documents the history of this little town along with its current tourist attractions and potential.

Nell has categorized Knysna into geology; history; forest; coast and lagoon; wildlife; tourist attractions and arts and crafts. Ultimately focusing on the area more as a natural reserve than as an economic goldmine inviting development, he outlines what makes Knysna so special and worth a visit.

The pictures alone are testament to the rich and varied flora and fauna that inhabit the area and it is plain to see why anyone who has a passion for nature would venture to this coastal town that is nestled in a protected harbour to enjoy tranquillity and sight-seeing.

There are also great historical pictures of years gone by showing gold miners of the 1880s as well as ships with sails that used to frequent the harbour until it was de-proclaimed in 1954. You can also see some of the beautiful architectural structures of the day, most of them having been preserved as monuments.

Most tourist attractions revolve around outdoor activities, concentrating on the importance of preservation. And of course there is mention of the Oyster festivals that attract so many visitors!

Published by Struik Publishers. Knysna is a true treat for nature lovers and conservationists alike. ISBN 1770071539. - Ruby Bernard




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