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“Very average”

Pledge Nature Reserve
Ranked #38 of 82 things to do in Knysna
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Owner description: Visit Pledge Nature Reserve in the heart of Knysna to view indigenous plants to the area and some history. Before Knysna was officially named a town, it was made up of small settlements, one of which was Newhaven, just east of today’s Long Street – the lo g straight roadthat bisects the town and runs down to Thesen Island.
Reviewed 27 May 2016

If you do not have time to venture into the woods surrounding Knysna, this should give you a ( very) small idea of some of the fauna.


I did not really think it was worth a visit after walking through some of the woods in the area.

Thank 8joan
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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

A ideal walk for those wishing to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city. A short easy walk among beautiful Protea flowers and sceneries.

Thank Leon F
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Reviewed 22 March 2016

It doesn't take long to walk every path in this nature reserve but it's worth it. There are lots of pretty plants. It's a great walk and the view at the top is really nice.

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Reviewed 31 December 2015 via mobile

It could be a really nice was but I found it to have so many small problems that I couldn't fully enjoy it. Some of the signs have been pulled out. The colours on the feet marking the paths do not correspond with the ones on the map. Also, Urban DVD has closed so the notice at the entrance which says you can buy tickets there needs to be changed. The exit mechanism isn't very clever either. Just the small things could make it so much better.

Thank matthew d
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Reviewed 4 December 2015

When I arrived in Knysna I was disappointed to find my hostel was too far from the forest and famous national parks to get there without my own transport. Discovering the Pledge Nature Reserve right near Main Road was exactly what I needed. It's easy to get to - behind Pledge Square - and get your tickets (R20 adults, R10 children) from the tourism office, Polvo Coffee or the music store there.

At the entrance to the park, you get buzzed in by pressing the button and reading out your ticket number. You can buy a map and info booklet at the entrance for R10, which might be worth doing if you're in a rush and want to make sure you follow the right paths down. I followed the trail on the right side up to the viewing point (which is very lovely) and then wandered back down taking random paths. I spent a couple of hours there, reading by the streams and ponds, but you could be in and out within 45 minutes.

The walks are easy and covered by trees, and I had the whole place to myself - as other reviewers have pointed out, it seems surprisingly devoid of tourists. It's not a "must see" in Knysna - you're not missing something by not going - but it's a pleasant way to spend some time if you want to get away in nature and the view from the viewpoint is definitely worth it.

Thank CountryHopper09
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