Garden of Eden, Knysna

Pete took me to the most beautiful place in the world – well the most beautiful I have ever seen –  The Garden of Eden in Knysna.  If you are ever in the vicinity, I highly recommend a visit.  It costs a mere ZAR12.00 (± USD1.15) per person with all the costs going to preserving the forest.

Walking through this mostly untouched dense indigenous forest rejuvenated my soul and I will definitely return to take more photographs – for a mini retreat if you will.

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– A beautiful path leading into heaven

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– Imagine a romantic picnic in this magical secluded spot

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– I wonder if is hobbits live inside these trees

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– I love the way this fern is growing out of the broken tree stump

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– I was fascinated by the moss

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– A very tall and very old yellow wood tree – the two in our garden look very different seeing as they don’t have to fight their way through the thick of a forest to find light

Where is the most beautiful place for you?

54 thoughts on “Garden of Eden, Knysna

  1. Oh how beautiful and how wonderful that they are looking after this place with such love. The most beautiful place for me? That’s a tough one – anywhere I am happy with the ones I love I think! But my mountains in Spain come close to the top of the list 🙂

    • Such an incredible place this magical garden Tanya. Aah yes, I can imagine how beautiful your mountains are and I agree, being with the ones you love is perfect. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

  2. HI Mandy, I remember doing this walk or very close by a long time ago. We were escorted by a Game Ranger with a rifle as there was still one surviving Knysa Elephant Bull in the forest 🙂 I think he may have died since then, or was there any mention of him? Fabulous seeing that bit of cool forest again. Laura

    • Oh how lovely that you too have experienced this wonderful walk Laura. There has been recent sighting of the Knysna Elephant so they are still there! Wonderful! Although I don’t anticipate they are anywhere near the Garden of Eden – well not that we have heard of. Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping in. 🙂 xo

  3. I’m not sure where the most beautiful place is, but your Eden looks dream worthy – beautiful light, trees, greens, ferns and mosses, something about the tranquility of greens that brings happiness and ease to the mind and spirit. I could happily take a walk through these woods and get lost for a while

  4. So lovely, so peaceful. Reminds me of a certain place way on the other side of the globe, Mt. Rainier National Park—one of *our* very favorite places to decompress and renew, too. Great minds think alike! 😀

  5. Oh, pretty… I can imagine fairies and magical beings hanging out in your forrest. 🙂 Hmmm… there have been a number of really beautiful places, one of which was at a Summer camp in New Hampshire, USA. I remember sitting on a rocking chair by the lake, gorgeous accent trees lined the shoreline, it was so peaceful, I know this is strange, but it was almost like the place was smiling, it was brimming over with feelings of happiness and greatness. So pretty! I made a decision that day to find beauty where ever I was, and surprisingly I do. Canberra is one of the loveliest cities in the world I reckon. 🙂
    Hope you’ve had a brilliant week Miss Mandy. Hugs across the oceans. xxx

    • Oh how lovely Anna! I would love to appreciate your Summer Camp with you, wouldn’t that be brilliant! I can’t help thinking about when you are coming to visit! When can I start counting sleeps? Have a beautiful day friend. 🙂 xoxo

    • If Pete and I weren’t running to a time limit, I would have taken much better photographs (well I hope) so a second visit is crucial. The whole walk was on the board-walk but there were the odd dirt path here and there – I assume people heading off to take photos. Have a beautiful day Smidge. 🙂 xo

  6. Oh Mandy what a peaceful and magical place that is. You really took some great shots of it all – I feel like I was walking beside you. In one of those pictures I first thought that I was looking at an elephant (sorry no hobbits) but then realized that it was just the shading & way the tree was growing.

    • How lovely you thought you saw an elephant Diane – they are still there, not exactly where we were but in the Knysna forest. I slow relaxing walk around here would be wonderful for you once you are a little stronger. Have a lovely day. 🙂 xo

  7. It is surely a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Where is the most beautiful place for me? That’s a tough question. An answer that comes to mind is the Baths on Virgin Gorda. But honestly the most beautiful place for me is home. There’s no place like it. 🙂

    • Hi Bill, thanks for stopping by. I am so happy you enjoyed the forest as much as I did. I would love to photograph the Baths on Virgin Gorda – maybe one day. Have a wonderful week ahead. 🙂 xo

  8. Beautiful photos Mandy! It is always so nice to have your mini little retreat just near your home and love all the shade from the trees. Today it is just scorching hot in HK and my husband and youngest son went hiking in Sai Kung and almost got heat stroke. Just too hot to hike… Take Care, BAM

    • Thanks Bam! I can appreciate the heat you speak of from living in Mauritius. Not sure if you guys have humidity like Mauritius though. It was a killer. Not sure I would attempt a hike in that heat. Have a wonderful day. 🙂 xo

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