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Die Koppe – Knysna – The Heads

Rina Greeff

Jansenville, South Africa

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Die dorp Knysna dateer uit 1825 toe die goewerneur, Lord Charles Somerset besluit het om hier ’n dorp te stig. Die strandmeer is die enigste tuiste van die skaars Knysna Seeperdjie. In 1884 het die plaas, Melkhoutkraal, wat die gebied aan die strandmeer ingesluit het, in besit van George Rex gekom. Hy het besef dat die hout wat hier gekap is, per boot vervoer moes word. Hy het ’n hawe aan die strandmeer binne die Koppe ontwikkel. In 1817 het ’n Engelse skip die eerste skip geword wat tussen die Koppe ingeseil het. Die skip het egter ’n versteek rots getref en gesink. Rex het sy eie vaartuig, die Knysna, bedryf. Die skip was van Stinkhout gebou. Die spoorlyn van George het die gebied in 1928 bereik waarna die hawe in onguns geraak het. Die hawe is in 1954 gedeproklameer en die laaste loodse is na Port Elizabeth oorgeplaas.

The name Knysna is a Khoi word but it’s uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean ‘place of wood’, or it could mean ‘fern leaves’, but its most probable meaning is ‘straight down’ – an obvious reference to the Heads.

The Knysna Heads must be the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River. Knysna itself is a place of magical and mysterious beauty. It is the meeting place for the Indian Ocean, lush natural forests and the Outeniqua mountain range.

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