Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna

Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna


Paying it forward. A special forest immersion experience was had with EDGE of AFRICA | Volunteer in Africa student volunteers in the beautiful Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna to thank them for the volunteer work they do here. They have been assisting with the newly re-launched Rheenendal Recycling Swop Shop and the soup kitchen among their projects. You can visit the Swop Shop page to find out what goods can be donated where.
๐–ฬณ๐กฬณ๐žฬณ๐ซฬณ๐žฬณ ฬณ๐ฬณ๐ขฬณ๐ฬณ ฬณ๐ญฬณ๐กฬณ๐žฬณ ฬณ๐†ฬณ๐šฬณ๐ซฬณ๐ฬณ๐žฬณ๐งฬณ ฬณ๐‘ฬณ๐จฬณ๐ฎฬณ๐ญฬณ๐žฬณ ฬณ๐žฬณ๐งฬณ๐ฬณ ฬณ๐ขฬณ๐งฬณ ฬณ๐ญฬณ๐กฬณ๐žฬณ ฬณ๐Ÿฬณ๐ŸŽฬณ๐Ÿฬณ๐Ÿฬณ ฬณ๐‚ฬณ๐ขฬณ๐ญฬณ๐ฒฬณ ฬณ๐ฬณ๐šฬณ๐ญฬณ๐ฎฬณ๐ซฬณ๐žฬณ ฬณ๐‚ฬณ๐กฬณ๐šฬณ๐ฅฬณ๐ฅฬณ๐žฬณ๐งฬณ๐ ฬณ๐žฬณ?ฬณ

Firstly, thank you to every person who in any way had a hand in making this CNC22 a success.

Some people acted individually.
Some people worked in groups.
Some people were conveners.
Some people did identifications.
Some people did training.
Some people where this there as moral support.
And others stood on the side-lines and thought us crazy.

Without each one of you we would never be able to achieve the outstanding results we do.

We would like to encourage everyone who participated, to continue to use the iNaturalist platform throughout the year ahead. To carry on using the platform and encourage more people to join as we head to the 2023 City Nature Challenge.
Think of this as a pyramid scheme. But a good one.
Encourage more people to join and build on our immense biodiversity wealth and knowledge.

Now for the final tally for the Garden Route District:
Out of 447 projects worldwide.

๐Ž๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“๐ญ๐ก ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ.
๐’๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ• ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐ข๐ง ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐ญ๐ก ๐ฉ๐จ๐ฌ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ
๐ˆ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ
๐Ž๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ: ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ•๐Ÿ‘ ๐ฉ๐ž๐จ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ—.๐Ÿ๐Ÿ” ๐จ๐›๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง. ๐“๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ž๐ ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ”๐ญ๐ก ๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ.

George Herald
Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna
Garden Route Botanical Garden
The Southern Cape Landowners Initiative
from today 4 feb 2022. Nice bird new tick!
At last we caught this Fynbos orchid just at the right time to photograph! Ceratandra grandiflora. ๐Ÿ€
Reconnecting with Nature by taking the time to sit quietly and let the forest slowly reveal herself - part of our forest immersion experiences in Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna
Spend GARDEN DAY with us at the Pledge Nature Reserve in Knysna.

DATE: 17 October
TIME: 10am-1pm
VENUE: Pledge Nature Reserve, Knysna
COST: R450

Itโ€™s a celebration of Spring and new possibilities, appreciation for nature, getting outdoors, enjoying Nutrilicious nibbles and trying your hand at crafting flower crowns.

Limited space available. Please contact [email protected] for bookings and enquiries.

Nanna Joubert
Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna

You can certainly see Spring is in the air just by looking at these gorgeous blooming flowers in our local botanical haven, Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna

This is a great opportunity!! - Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna
This Sunday afternoon, in the heart of nature, to enjoy a romantic afternoon with the sounds of the 60s, 70s & 80s music, whilst enjoying your picnic, sipping your sundowners!

R20pp (over 15years). All funds collected will go to the Pledge Nature Reserve Fund.
One of the beautiful grasses
Volunteers at Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna take a well-deserved break from alien clearing to enjoy in nature's garden.๐Ÿ’š

Itโ€™s very refreshing to explore Knysnaโ€™s hidden gem Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna What a beautiful view from this paradise in the heart of town.

Tourism month may be officially over tomorrow but nothing stops you from experiencing all the beauty the park has to offer. Thank you Stan Davis for showing me around.

Will Pledge Nature Reserve be opening to the public again soon? Any idea when?
Hi guys. Will you still be open in the current situation. It would be so lovely to be able to walk amongst nature and breathe in some air amidst all this chaos. Please advise. Even if we can buy a monthly ticket in advance??? What say you? Could also be a fantastic way to raise awareness of the Green heart of Knysna.
Daar was 'n boom vir elke kind en kleinkind geplan. My boom was ook daar maar ek d**k dis heeltemal vernietig in die brand.
My tannie Magaret Addinal het Pledge begin.

10 hectares of pure nature in the heart of Knysna


Erica discolor (Two-colour Heath) is currently in flower, you can find this beauty on the Eastern section of Fynbos Trail - visit us and see it for yourself! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 11/03/2023

On Thursday our postponed Full Moon Walk was a beautiful wind-still balmy evening, but the moon did not get a chance to show its face - the clouds did not even allow us a glimpse! ๐ŸŒšNevertheless, we had a great time in good company and experienced the sights, sounds, and smells of the evening. โ˜๏ธโœจ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿ„๐Ÿฆ‰๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 07/03/2023

Thank you Rotary Knysna Environmental Committee for this great initiative of collecting e-waste and saving electronic equipment from ending up in a landfill. To those who have donated to the reserve, THANK YOU!!๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒณโ˜˜๏ธ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿƒ๐ŸŒฑ
Rotary District D9350

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 02/03/2023

BOTANICAL ART/NATURE JOURNALING workshops at Pledge Nature Reserve. Join the incredibly versatile, talented, and experienced artist and teacher, Lyn Beaton, who will share her skills and techniques for capturing natural subjects on paper. The number of participants is limited to only eight. To book your spot at the first workshop on Tuesday the 21st of March from 9h00 to 11h30, and for information about the materials you will need, please WhatsApp 082 773 4118. R200 per person. Here are a few photos of Lyn's art as inspiration! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š


๐—ฆ๐—”๐—ฉ๐—˜ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐——๐—”๐—ง๐—˜: ๐Ÿฐ ๐— ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—–๐—› ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฏ
Itโ€™s time to declutter your home/office! Get rid of unwanted/broken items powered by electricity or batteries.
The Rotary Club of Knysna is holding an E-Waste Recycling Day, working in partnership with LG-Waste Specialists.
๐˜—๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜™๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฆ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ง๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ค๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜ง๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ท๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.

Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna
Rotary District D9350

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 27/02/2023

The Garden of Eden

The Pledge Nature Reserve team recently visited the Garden of Eden with two members of the Dendrological Society.

This presented a great opportunity for the staff to experience firsthand and at close range, a mature high moist Afromontane forest. The Garden of Eden showcases some of the locally indigenous tree species.


Environmental Education

Knysna Primary's Eco Club joined us for a quick educational talk about our locally indigenous trees and enjoyed a treasure hunt afterwards.

Each student also received a Veld & Flora edition to take home. Thank you to Botanical Society of South Africa for these beautiful and informative magazines.

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 13/02/2023

For the last five years Garyn Townsend, a PhD student from the University of Pretoria, has been using the reserve as one of his test sites for studying the spread of the Polyphagous Shot-hole Borer Beetle, an invasive ambrosia beetle species, Euwallacea fornicatus, into natural forested areas. This is the final year of his research, and to further inform his work, he has been capturing other small ambrosia beetles (Scolytinae) to identify and study this group of species, of which very little is known. We look forward to the results of this very important study, but the good news so far is that, although some of our pioneer species, like the Fountain Bush (Psoralea arborea), are reproductive host trees, our other species seem to be quite resilient against infection. Garyn can be contacted at [email protected]



My Planet ๐ŸŒฑ

Sign up & make a difference in your community!

๐ŸŒˆ Sms "join" to 31231

๐ŸŒˆ Select "Pledge Nature Reserve" as your charity of choice.

๐ŸŒˆ Swipe your card at any of their partners and a percentage of your spend will be donated to Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna


The Pledge Nature Reserve team working hard at keeping the reserve in prime condition for our visitors.


Visit Pledge Nature Reserve

โ— We are only 200m from the Knysna CBD!

โ— 5km of beautiful walking trails through forest and fynbos

โ— Spectacular views of the iconic Knysna Heads from the upper sections of the reserve

โ— See and/or hear some of the 101 species of birds that have been observed.

โ— Picnic areas

We are open seven days a week from 7am - 6pm.



Join BioWise living - Nature reconnect for a much anticipated walk & talk on The Secret Lives of Trees.

Photos from Rotary Knysna's post 04/12/2022

Photos from Rotary Knysna's post


It's snake season!
Join us for a snake awareness talk on Saturday, 10 December in the green heart of Knysna ๐Ÿ’š

This is a great opportunity to learn more about our local snakes, an animal that is highly misunderstood and plays a crucial part in the functionality of our ecosystems.

Bookings are essential as seating is limited. Please contact 073 997 4720 to secure your spot.

Entry fee is R150 per person and proceeds will support local PBO's; Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna & The EDEN Empathy Initiative

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 17/11/2022

The iNaturalist Great Southern Bioblitz is done and dusted and the Garden Route excelled!๐Ÿคฉโญ๏ธ We came fourth with 11,737 observations and 2,334 species. At the reserve, we had 346 observations and 191 species, not bad for the little green patch in the heart of Knysna! ๐Ÿ’šFor the overall results see this link:
Here are a few of the observations made in the reserve.

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 30/10/2022

With a variety of shades from yellow through orange to red, our beautiful and bountiful Burchellia bubalina (Wild pomegranate) is putting on a show this year. This species is not related to pomegranates at all but is in the same family as Gardenia.๐Ÿค“


It is Bioblitz time again! If you are new (or not) to iNaturalist you are very welcome to join us for a very slow walk in the reserve looking for plants, mushrooms, insects, spiders etc. to photograph and post on iNaturalist. This Friday the 28th of October at 8h00. Bring a hat, water and camera. For more info WhatsApp 082 773 4118. ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿฆ‹๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒบ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿชท๐ŸŒ

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 25/10/2022

U3A's Botanical Matters group led by Judy Dixon visited the reserve to 'meet' our threatened species, which we saw a few of, but also many other plants! The showstopper was at the viewpoint, the Golden Orchid, Disa cornuta in full flower๐Ÿคฉ

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 24/10/2022

Teamwork makes the dream work

Something exciting brewing at the Green Heart of Knysna.

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 19/10/2022

Our stroll in the ๐Ÿ’šof Knysna!


Spring is here, and so are our locally indigenous plants!!!

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 23/08/2022

Back where he belongs!

On Sunday afternoon an African Wood Owl was released in The Pledge Nature Reserve after being rescued by The Raptor Rescue Team from Plettenberg Bay.

Early Friday morning, this poor fella was trapped in The Knysna Mall and was first reported by Hannelie Kemp of the Hearing and Health Centre in the Mall, but with the help of local business man, Neil Lurie, The Lakes Bird Club and The Raptor Rescue team, he was safely caught and rehabilitated.

Please report any concerned bird of prey sightings to Raptor Rescue Plett team.

Many thanks to everybody involved ๐Ÿ’š



Join Robert Smith and Ina Engelbrecht for a guided tree walk in the Green Heart of Knysna.

Date: Saturday, 9 July 2022
Time: 10:00 - 12:00
Price: R100 p.p

Please contact the Curator in advance and book your spot - [email protected] or 073 997 4720


REWILDING... Back to belonging

Join & .living for a memorable experience in the diverse .

Also be sure to stop by for your needs!


Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 16/06/2022


Today we celebrate our youth & the progress we have made in rebuilding a prosperous
South Africa ๐Ÿ’š



Many congratulations to Interact club for their powerful contribution to the Knysna Eco Schools Challenge during the Global City Nature Challenge ๐ŸŒฑ

All observations taken during the Knysna Eco Schools project was automatically uploaded to the Nature Challenge project as well as the Garden Route CNC.

The Garden Route CNC did amazingly well and achieved the following:

Observations: 16208
Species: 2773
Participants: 276

Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna updated their phone number. 08/05/2022

Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna updated their phone number.

Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna updated their phone number.

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 08/05/2022

Searching for subjects to photograph for the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge one realizes, yet again, how much there is to see when we take the time to look!!

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 05/05/2022


Photodump of the recent Global City Nature Challenge.

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 01/05/2022

Literally littered with hearts!! Dioscorea burchellii growing on and alongside the shady parts of Protea path....๐Ÿพ ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š


The City Nature Challenge starts in two days!

Be sure to join the "Knysna Schools" Project on iNaturalist and post observations to "Friends of Pledge" & win Eco related prizes.

Individual with most observations will win first prize ๐Ÿ’š

Free entry to the reserve for any CNC participants between (29 April - 2 May).


Knysna Eco schools (Friends of Pledge) Project:

City Nature Challenge 2022: Garden Route

Garden Route District (South Africa):

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 27/04/2022

The City Nature Challenge starts in two days!

Be sure to join the "Knysna Schools" Project on iNaturalist and post observations to "Friends of Pledge" & win Eco related prizes.

Individual with most observations will win first prize ๐Ÿ’š

Free entry to the reserve for any CNC participants between (29 April - 2 May).


Knysna Eco schools (Friends of Pledge) Project:

City Nature Challenge 2022: Garden Route

Garden Route District (South Africa):

Photos from Garden Route INaturalist's post 27/04/2022

Participate in the City Nature Challenge 2022 and win ๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 22/04/2022


Today we celebrate our vast oceans and diverse landscapes that make up planet earth. Protecting our environment is a group project and together we can create change for a sustainable future.

How can you do your part:

๐ŸŒฟ Get involved
Volunteer at organisations that protect the environment ๐Ÿ‘‰ Email [email protected] for opportunities

๐ŸŒณ Spread the word
Let your voice be heard and extend your passion for our natural world.

๐Ÿƒ Spend time outdoors
Appreciating the smaller things in life.
Smell the flowers, touch the leaves or allow your feet to touch the ground.

๐ŸŒŸDon't miss out ๐ŸŒŸ

As part of Earth Day Being of the Earth will be hosting an amazing experience to honour our planet and its wonders. The event is scheduled for tomorrow (23 April), reserve your spot now ๐ŸฆŠ

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 18/04/2022

Earth Day 2022

Reconnect with nature this Earth day. Being of the Earth is offering a restorative event this Saturday (23 April) at the reserve to reconnect you with our natural world.

Don't miss out and reserve your spot.

We hope to see you there ๐Ÿ’š

Photos from Pledge Nature Reserve - Knysna's post 14/04/2022

Calodendrum capense

The easter bunny came early this year ๐ŸŒฑ Cape chestnut seed pods found nestled under the majestic mother tree.

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