Knysna Log-Inn still standing strong…

Knysna Log-Inn still standing strong…

Inferno Wednesday, 07th June 2017, would be a day that no one in Knysna will ever  forget.

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It is with a sad heart that we look upon our beautiful town and see all the sadness and destruction everywhere.  It felt as if Knysna became a reality show, no, more like a survivor show set in a sea of flames.  Words cannot describe to anyone what it feels like as you drive through town and you see the reality as the smoke subside for an hour or so.

But, (and for all the Grammar -fundi’s… and my high school English Teacher, I know one do not start a sentence with “but”), BUT, there is a big “but” to this.  When you drive through town and you also see how people are getting together, people helping each other, you get shivers that run down your spine.  People that have lost their homes and everything they own, still come and ask you if you are okay and need anything or any help.

Trucks from here, there and everywhere, Gauteng, Cape Town, you name the place and they have sent something.  Water, blankets, toothbrushes, eye drops and the list just go on.  When you see a nation that all step in and help everyone.  Small kids helping to pack hampers for the homeless, handing our water and blankets.  This is when you just stand still for a moment and realize that we live in a country where people still care for people.

A BIG BIG thank you to all of the hardworking men and women out there that are constantly fighting to stop the inferno that was surrounding our little town and keep flaring up here and there.  (I have typed this sentence ten times already, but I just cannot get a word that is big enough to say just how thankful we are.)

The Knysna Log-Inn Hotel is still standing strong.  Untouched by the flames and thankful for it.  We thank everyone that has taken the time to drop an email, called or popped in.  Agents, Tour Operators, previous guests, suppliers, even some of the Consulates (this one made me feel really important).  You guys (and girls) are the reason we do what we do.

THANK YOU             


Fluffy, sweet, and full of air….no, not me…Marshmallows!

Fluffy, sweet, and full of air….no, not me…Marshmallows!


Fluffy, sweet, and full of air, marshmallows as we know them are an unhealthy treat…..or so we were told.

What we do not realise, is that our favourite “sweeties”, originate from Althaea officicalis, a PLANT. Grown in Europe and western Asia, this plant grows up to 6 feet tall and have light pink flowers.  It is a member of the mallow family and grows in wet marshy areas…..ta-da….making marshmallows.

When did people start using this plant:  around 9th century BCE.

Who:  the Greeks.

How:  Made a balm from the sap and also grounded the leaves.

For what:  to heal wounds, soothe sore throats, toothaches, bee stings, used as Anti-inflammatory , a laxative, a treatment really for everything from upset stomachs to chest colds and insomnia.

The Ancient Egyptians were the first ones to make a sweet treat from the plant, when they combined marshmallow sap with nuts and honey. The dish bore no resemblance to today’s marshmallows, and was reserved for the nobility. The gods were supposedly big fans, as well.

So, what is the model of this story?  Eat more Marshmallows!             


Why visit Knysna….

Why visit Knysna….because local is lekker and all the locals are even more lekker.

When you can travel the word, why choose Knysna.  Knysna, situated in the heart of the Garden Route, the pearl of the oyster.

One get onto the Knysna spirit the moment you drive along the N2 and start seeing the Knysna Lagoon.  Joggers and cyclists and parents with kids and dogs walking all along the lagoon.  The forest, the mountains, the Knysna Heads, the beaches.


We are going to take our time and explore our beautiful Knysna….WHY?  Because Local is really lekker.           

I dread Mondays more than Friday the 13th!


I dread Mondays more than Friday the 13th!  For most people who consider Friday 13th unlucky, it is more a question of what they avoid doing, rather than what they do on this day.

I have rearranged my brain by now and I believe this should be called Happy Friday the 13th.  Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive person anticipates happiness, health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty.

So let us make a bet.  On the next Friday the 13th, we all try to do something that we would never have done – something like Skydive, Bungy Jump (the highest in the world) or ride an Elephant.

Make sure you book your stay at the Knysna Log-Inn Hotel now before the next Friday the 13th, and we will send you on an adventure.


Back to School…

So, 2017 has finally begun and finally time to set all of those promised New Year’s resolutions to work.  We all have them, even if we say we don’t, we still secretly have them, telling everyone that we do not make them.  We do this so that we do not feel disappointed for not keeping them.

Well, mine has started with a bang.  A Bang, but nothing else.  Let’s just get the year started.  Let us wait for the 4th… and I am still waiting for myself, but I work with a plan.  The kids have gone back to school and it is time for all of the parents to take a break.

Back-To-School-Special-Banner.jpg Let things settle back in and remember:

28th January 2017 is Chinese New Year – that is when our resolutions will all kick in.


Book our Back to School Special now:   

Where is the reset button again?

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Bring it on…. As the sun is about to set on 2016, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal readers for following our blog.  Hope you had as much fun as we had this year with it, sometimes with a bit of “tongue it cheek humour”.

Best wishes for 2017.  Enjoy you New Year’s Party wherever you might be and whatever you might do.

And remember:   You can reset your resolutions on January 14th (Orthodox New Year) and February 8th (Chinese New Year). After that, not even I can’t help you.