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Of course, we believe there’s no reason to leave the fun-filled surrounds of Pine Lake Marina but if you’re itching for a drive, we’ve listed a variety of family-friendly outings – some on your doorstep, others just over an hour’s drive away.

Sedgefield and Surrounds (within 25km of Pine Lake Marina)
Dolphin
  • Links Short Golf Course
  • Links Café
  • Beaches - Swartvlei and Gericke’s Point, Swartvlei Mouth, Myoli, Cola, Platbank - Kleinkrans, Wilderness
  • Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market (Saturdays)
  • Scarab Village Nursery, Market and Paper
  • Groenvlei freshwater fishing
  • Birding
  • Moonlight Meander
  • Utopia Fairy Garden
  • Hiking
  • Adventure – paragliding, kitesurfing, quad bikes
  • Goukamma Station Crafts and Coffee Shop
  • Goukamma Nature Reserve
  • Buffalo Bay
  • Timberlake Organic Village
  • Wilderness National Park
  • Wilderness Friday Night Market

Knysna to Storms River (30km to 120km from Pine Lake Marina)
paraglide
  • Bendigo Gold Mine at Millwood
  • Forest Horse Rides
  • Brenton Butterfly Nature Reserve
  • Knysna Forests
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Thesen Harbour Town
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Adventure Land
  • Eagle Encounters at The Heath
  • Lawnwood Snake Park
  • Skydiving
  • Whalewatching
  • Elephant Sanctuary
  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Tenikwa Wildlife Centre
  • Bloukrans Bridge Bungee Jumping
  • Tree Top Tours

George to Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn (30km to 100km from Pine Lake Marina)

Sedgefield is a coastal town on the Garden Route in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. It is situated on the N2 national road between George and Knysna. Just 30 minutes from the George Airport.
Boasting breath taking coastline beaches including Myoli, Cola, Groenvlei and Swartvei. Spoilt for choice, walk with the sea sand between your toes and the salty air blowing through your hair. Relax at Pine Lake Marina in this unique area. This is South Africas “Lake Districts” boasting 5 lakes, Groenvlei , Island Lakes, Rondevlei, , Swartvlei and Langvlei
This town offers bird-watching, hiking, horse riding, canoeing, paragliding, para motor trike flying, kite boarding, whale and dolphin watching. For the fishing enthusiasts there is deep-sea fishing; rock fishing or lake fishing, cast your lines for: Leervis, Garrick, Steenbas, Spotted Grunter and Cape Stumpnose are abundant in Swartvlei and the estuary. Suggested bait to use – Prawn to catch Steenbas & Spotted Grunter or bread. Pilchards or Prawn to catch Cob (Salmon), Garric k (Leervis) or Elf.

Sedgefield, was recently confirmed as Africa’s first Cittaslow Town. Inspired by the concept of ‘slow food’, Cittaslow is a worldwide membership organisation promoting quality of life and resisting fast-lane lifestyle.

The picturesque seaside town will also serve as headquarters of the slow town movement in Africa and will be the go-to town for others wanting to join this worldwide cultural trend and membership organisation.

Cittaslow (which literally means ‘slow city’) originated in Italy in 1999 and represents nearly 100 towns across the world. Abiding by a list of values aimed at improving quality of life, registered Cittaslow towns celebrate diversity of cultures and promote the specialties of their own people and surroundings. “Slow Towns look after their people, their visitors and the environment. Supported by its highest municipal representative – in our case Knysna Executive Mayor Eleanore Bouw-Spies and Sedgefield Ward Councillor Doris Nayler – Slow Town residents make a commitment to continually strive towards the kind of improvement that benefits its community and environment. It is not a fundraising organisation, but rather initiates projects for the betterment of the town,” said Sedgefield Slow Town founding member, resident and businessman André Gauché.

Gauché said the concept was first introduced to him by a friend who had visited several slow towns in Italy. “I immediately realised that Sedgefield might qualify according to the 50 goals and principles that the Cittaslow organisation ascribes to. Following an in-depth investigation into the movement and its requirements, it was clear that, although not perfectly, Sedgefield was already ticking off all the boxes.

“The town already has the tortoise as its logo and slow living comes naturally to its residents. It has natural breathtaking beauty, friendly people, active environmentally conscious residents, a small sustainable population, no heavy industry, limited urban expansion possibilities and a caring community,” he said. Cittaslow towns’ population may not exceed 50 000. Landlocked between expansive lakes, nature reserves and the Indian Ocean, Sedgefield’s population is expected to settle at around 15 000. The town has made several efforts to establish the town’s Slow Town identity including the building of several Tortoise Towers – cement pillars, topped with a sculpture of a tortoise and prominently displaying the Slow Town Pledge at local landmarks and main street intersections – and the establishment of an annual Sedgefield Slow Festival, which was held for the first time this past April (2010). ”The Pledge is self-explanatory and effectively acts as a guideline to retain the cultural identity of our town and to promote ourselves to visitors as a town that cares for its people and the environment.” The town also has a Facebook identity and a Sedgefield Slow Town website is being developed.

Other qualities that motivated the Slow Town accreditation included the town’s successful farmers’ and craft markets, strong adventure and outdoor tourism identity and several community upliftment programmes – specifically a mosaic project in which previously disadvantaged residents have been trained to decorate town landmarks, outdoor furniture and signage with mosaic tiles. In July this year (2010), Cittaslow headquarters representative Mario Castellari visited Sedgefield and confirmed that the town qualified for inclusion. The movement officially accepted and accredited the town in early October. A town representative will travel to Perth, Scotland at the end of November to attend the certification ceremony and formal welcoming function. Gauché said the Cittaslow accreditation would become a strong part of the town’s brand marketing and serve as a basis to expand its activities, functions and events. “As Africa’s headquarters, the town will also receive significant international exposure that will ultimately benefit local tourism and supporting business.

“Locally, we continue to promote and establish the ethos of Slow Town values among all our residents and pursue projects that will better the qualities that have earned us our status. We intend promoting the concept to as many eligible towns in the Garden Route, southern Cape, South Africa and ultimately Africa,” said Gauché.

Situated 25km from Knysna and 40km from George, Sedgefield was founded in 1929 and is known as a relaxed village with a temperate climate and strong outdoors tourism industry. It boasts unspoilt beaches, the Swartvlei River estuary, several smaller lakes, nature reserves, indigenous forests, plantations and a wide array of outdoor activities including paragliding, birdwatching, mountainbiking, fishing, sailing, surfing, kite surfing, rowing and more. The town is home to talented artists, crafters and artisans while the multi award-winning Wild Oats Community Farmers Market and Scarab Craft Market have established the town as a favourite weekend destination.

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