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Featherbed Nature Reserve: A Sacred Inheritance

Dawn Jorgensen | Traveller24   in  ·
November 19, 2014

Imagine inheriting a large piece of prime real estate and opting to keep it untouched, preserved, safe from development and sacred. In order that future generations will know the beauty of nature and be given the opportunity to appreciate it away from the fast paced ever-developing world… This in essence is the idea behind The Featherbed Nature Reserve and how it comes to stand as a protected heritage site.

Situated on the Western Head at the entrance to the Knysna lagoon, this privately owned nature reserve is only accessible by ferry. I took the four-hour tour option leaving the Knysna Waterfront by guided boat trip across the tranquil lagoon, to where sandstone cliffs tower over its entrance.

My local guide used the 20-minute cruise to share tales of Knysna’s history, the development of Thesen Island, early shipping days and the success of Knysna’s oyster industry. The tide was low and the water glistened calmly in the sun, yet it was deceptively cold.


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