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How can Outeniqua sail towards the wind?

It seems wrong: the wind is coming from the east (or the west, or the south-east – you know what we mean) – but here Outeniqua is, sailing TOWARDS the east. How can she DO that?

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Tourism in South Africa: authentic, personal, world-beating

“Oos, wes, tuis bes” – “east, west, home’s best.” But it sounds better in Afrikaans because, well… home.

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Crazy and brave: of ships and shipbuilding in Knysna

  They began building ships in Knysna nearly 200 years ago. But it wasn’t always a successful affair. 

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The Knysna Heads: our gateway to paradise

The Knysna Heads rate top among the list of things that make sailing in Knysna unique. Right up there with the huge number of whales and dolphins we regularly see after we’ve sailed through them…

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The energy that is Knysna

  There’s a special something about Knysna that no one seems quite able to describe – so it’s not surprising that people have given so much deep spiritual meaning to the area.

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Naming of (yachting) parts

  When it comes to yachting, how well do you know your port from your starboard, your galley from your keel, your head from your bulkhead? 

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Noetzie: one of our favourite holiday destinations

What are those strange castles and quaint little houses on the beach at Noetzie, just east of Knysna?

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The Pinheiro Compasses: remembering a seafaring family tradition

The seafaring force runs deep in the family of the owner of Ocean Odyssey and Springtide Sailing Charters – and the hospitality force does, too.

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Meet our skippers: David Shilton

Local boy David Shilton is one of South Africa’s top competitive sailors – and (we’re proud to say) one of our amazing skippers.

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Planning your 2016 Easter holiday in Knysna?

It’s almost Easter! And, since April has more public holidays than most in South Africa, it’s time to plan your autumn break-away to Knysna.

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Eish! Nostalgia! Hentie’s Botel & water skiing

  You know what we don’t see much of in Knysna these days? Water skiing. (Although perhaps it’s been replaced by SUPping?)

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A Springtide Valentine’s love story

It’s hardly surprising that Donald Dolphin loves Springtide Sailing Charters’ yacht Outeniqua so much: she has, after all, a particularly lovely bottom.

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The spirit of whale watching at The Heads, Knysna

  “If you go down to The Heads today You better go in disguise If you go down to The Heads today You’re in for a big surprise;

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Travel tips: visiting Knysna

Want to visit Knysna and its famous Estuary on the Garden Route Coast of South Africa? Here’re some tips for the newbie:

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LIP-LICKING LEKKERKRY IN KNYSNA THIS SUMMER!

4 November 2015 ~ Lekkerkry? Yip: an almost untranslatable Afrikaans word for ‘so-nice-so-much-fun-so-enjoyable-so-makes-my-toes-curl-with-delight.’

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ANNUAL SAFETY INSPECTIONS: OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU

29 October 2015 ~ One of our crew recently fitted a new outboard motor to his own personal sailing boat, and for a deckhand that day, he had with him his eight-year-old grandson.

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BLUE FLAG STATUS FOR OCEAN ODYSSEY BOATS

19 October 2015 ~ Woohoo! We’ve achieved another first!

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MARINE PROTECTED AREA – AN ECO-TOURISM DRAWCARD

25 May 2015 ~ Since being proclaimed a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 1990, Goukamma has been heralded as one of the country’s great marine success stories.

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THE PLIGHT OF THE AFRICAN PENGUIN

25 April 2015 - For the past few weeks, we have had many sightings of this fascinating and beautiful bird in our Knysna area.

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THE SOUTHERN RIGHT BEAUTY

22 April 2015 ~ Surely one of the most riveting sights in nature is a breaching whale; when it thrusts three quarters of its huge body out of the water, pivots onto its side and then crashes back into the sea.

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ANGELS OF THE SEA

9 April 2015 ~ With extremely long and distinctive pectoral fins, Humpback whales are often called the Angels of the Sea.

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HITCHHIKERS OF THE OCEAN

20 March 2015 ~ Certain species of barnacle can best be described as the ‘hitchhikers of the ocean’.

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THE WONDERS OF WHALES

3 March 2015 - It seems that seeing a whale in the wild is on many a proverbial ‘bucket list’.

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OUR SPECIAL DOLPHINS

26 February 2015 ~ We hear about it far too often these days; species losing their fight for survival.

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THE SONG OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE

18 February 2015 ~ One of the reasons we love humpbacks so much is because they love to sing.

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KNYSNA IS FOR THE BIRDS

14 February 2015 ~ Owing to the fact that Knysna is such a fusion of diverse natural habitats, a wide variety of birds call Knysna home, making it a genuine birding hotspot.

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FLUKES ARE THE FINGERPRINTS OF THE HUMPBACK WHALE

29 January 2015 ~ The fluke of a humpback whale is like their ‘fingerprint’. Unique is every way.

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KILLER WHALES VISIT KNYSNA

22 December 2014 - On Saturday the 20th December 2014, fourteen Orca’s (killer whales) were spotted close to the Knysna Heads.

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HANNAH’S BLOG

14 December 2014 ~ Hannah, Edge of Africa volunteer, tells us about her experience in Knysna.

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DIVING CHAMPIONS

12 December 2014 ~ Have you ever watched a Cape gannet catch fish? When you do, you will instantly be reminded of the incredible adaptations within the natural world.

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BLOOMING ALGAE

December 2014 ~ It is blooming algae out there and the sea is streaked the colour of lumo-orange.

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SAFETY FIRST. COMFORT SECOND

9 December 2014 ~ Ocean Odyssey has just acquired Sigma inflatable life jackets from LALIZAZ, one of the leading manufacturers of marine and safety equipment in the world.

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DOLPHIN DELIGHT

20 November 2014 ~ Watching dolphins in their wild watery world is an amazing spectacle.

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THE WHALES HAVE ARRIVED

28 August 2014 ~ Throughout the year a multitude of marine life can be seen here, but every winter and well into early summer, Knysna’s waters are absolutely teeming with humpback and southern right whales.

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PARTNERING FOR CHANGE

20 July 2014 ~ The latest acquisition of two new BF250 four-stroke Honda outboard motors by Ocean Odyssey

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WHY VISIT KNYSNA

12 May 2014 ~ Knysna boasts a list of accolades a mile long and features widely on travel itineraries for both local and international tourists.

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STALACTITES AT THE NEEDLE CAVES

20 June 2014 ~ During our Ocean Odyssey trips we often pause to observe certain geological features at the Knysna headlands

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TRUE’S BEAKED WHALE

27 May 2014 ~ Is it a whale or is it a dolphin?

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AFRICAN SPOONBILLS

21 May 2014 ~ African Spoonbills (Platalea alba) seen feeding during low tide on the Knysna Estuary.

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OUR BEAUTIFUL BRYDE’S

7 April 2014 ~ A pod of approximately 2 000 Common dolphins as well as a magnificent Bryde's whale

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SEA FOAM

1 April 2014 ~ Anyone for a giant bubble bath? Yesterday’s Ocean Odyssey trip revealed this crazy ocean phenomenon.

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ON 31 JANUARY A PROTRACTED WAR WAS WON!

2 February 2014 ~ Ocean Odyssey and campaigners for whales around the world had reason to celebrate

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Map & contact details

21 Waterfront Drive Knysna

21 Waterfront Drive
Knysna
6570

+27(44) 382 0321
+27(44) 382 0421
+27(82) 470 6022
info@springtide.co.za

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