Activities

With river, lagoon, beaches, forest and mountains, Belvidere and the Knysna area present numerous opportunities for outdoor activities, including boating, sailing, paddling, fishing, birding, walking, hiking, cycling, mountain biking and tennis.

Golfers are spoilt for choice with three top class golf courses. Children enjoy the quiet streets and dogs love the free space.

The community organises social events, making the most of the lovely surroundings, and plays an active role in supporting local communities in adjacent areas, through uplifting and sustainable projects.

Boating, Sailing & Paddling

Belvidere is ideally situated for many water sporting activities – canoeing, power boating, windsurfing, kite boarding – to name but a few. There are certain areas around the Belvidere lagoon location which are restricted to non motorized water activity – one corner of Belvidere bay is a restricted area due to it being a breeding location for the famed knysna sea horse.

Belvidere has 108 jetties on its sheltered shores. These jetties are available to Belvidere property owners and to neighboring estates within a 12 kilometer radius. The jetties are secured under lock and key and a camera security system is in place.

The jetties are administered by the Belvidere Jetty Association, who can furnish a register of berths that are available for sale or rent and at what prices. The Association will also provide details of the sizes and type of boat that is permissible at Belvidere. An annual levy is payable by members for the maintenance and regular upgrading of the facility.

Birding

Birding in Belvidere is endlessly rewarding.  With a recorded total of over 120 species and the habitat varying  between the well treed gardens and  the water’s edge, opportunities for the  birdwatcher abound.

While walking through the Estate, the avid birder is guaranteed to see the iconic and colourful Knysna Turaco and with luck  a Chorister Robin or  the  secretive Knysna Warbler. Cape Sugarbirds and a variety of sunbirds  take advantage of the well developed gardens while the call of the African Fish Eagle by day and the Fiery Necked Nightjar at night, hint at so much more to be found.

Walking

The attractive layout of the Estate lends itself to multiple walking routes between the linked parkland areas, and through the country lanes of Old Belvidere. Hiking clubs regularly visit the area, particularly for gentle ambles along the lagoon edge and into the hills above Belvidere.

Early morning runners are frequently observed, enjoying more strenuous exercise. Rutherford Walk is a 4km trail from the jetty, in and out of mostly indigenous trees and shrubs, with intermittent snatches of views of Knysna across the lagoon

Tennis

Two all-weather tennis courts are well used by permanent residents, overseas swallows and families on holiday. The informal tennis club features ladies, men’s and mixed tennis,with the occasional round-robin tournament. Social activities include the gathering and festivities on Wimbledon Day. Professional tennis coaching is also available.

Residents can either play individually, or, if they join the social tennis club, can enjoy some afternoons of tennis with residents and their friends.

Fishing

There are several areas in close proximity to Belvidere Estate which provide for excellent angling and include deep-sea, rock and surf, fresh water as well as the Knysna estuary which borders the Belvidere Estate.

Fishing permits are required which are obtainable at post offices. There are local fishing regulations which include daily bag limits and minimum size restrictions for the coastal and bait species as most of the fishing locations are controlled by SanParks.

Some of the more commonly caught fish in the estuary include the Spotted Grunter, Cape Stumpnose, Garrick/Leervis, Elf/Shad, Kob plus several smaller sized fish. Other species include the White Steenbras, Black Musselcracker, Galjoen, Musselcracker and Bronze Bream. There are several fishing charter options available as well.

Cycling

The area in and around Belvidere Estate is a cyclist’s dream in terms of  options available. This, coupled with a Mediterranean Maritime climate (mild),  makes it possible to enjoy year round cycling.

There are several beautiful scenic road rides and many spectacular mountain bike trails within easy access. You can choose to do your own thing by exploring the surrounds or by riding one of the many recognised routes which range from beginners up to ‘Difficulty level 8’.

There are a good number of avid cyclists who live on the Estate who will gladly impart their knowledge to anyone interested. Kiddies cycling on the Estate is ever popular and offers the relative safety of a virtual gated estate.

Community Projects

These are generously funded by home-owners in support of ventures improving the lives of those in nearby communities. Each year specific projects are identified and are seen through to completion. For many years we have helped Humpty Dumpty Pre-primary school with various items they needed like a new stove and hob, painted the jungle gims, covering the mattress and giving them blankets for the kids during nap time.

We have also paid for two young girls to go to College in Oudtshoorn for teacher training to be able to assist at the school.  The Winter Roses Netball team was kitted out with new gear and with the Homeowners help, two girls could join the Western Province Netball team. Mandela Day is also well supported by local residents, with loads of fresh food being packed and delivered to the most needy aged people in the Rheenendal area.

Exploring Nature

Belvidere is surrounded by Nature, flora and fauna. The region is especially famous for the Knysna Turaco often seen around Belvidere.

Despite being an urban environment Belvidere Estate boasts an amazing amount of fauna and flora . The lovely gardens, many of which are filled with the beautiful fynbos for which the Cape is famous, attract a huge array of birds, butterflies and smaller  creatures, such as the Dwarf Chameleon.

On a bigger scale Bushpig and Porcupines are frequently seen at night, as they forage on the Estate. There have even been occasional reports of Caracal (Rooikat), no doubt attracted by the resident Guinea fowl.

Exploring Nature

Belvidere is surrounded by Nature, flora and fauna. The region is especially famous for the Knysna Turaco often seen around Belvidere.

Despite being an urban environment Belvidere Estate boasts an amazing amount of fauna and flora . The lovely gardens, many of which are filled with the beautiful fynbos for which the Cape is famous, attract a huge array of birds, butterflies and smaller  creatures, such as the Dwarf Chameleon.

On a bigger scale Bushpig and Porcupines are frequently seen at night, as they forage on the Estate. There have even been occasional reports of Caracal (Rooikat), no doubt attracted by the resident Guinea fowl.

Exploring Nature

Belvidere is surrounded by Nature, flora and fauna. The region is especially famous for the Knysna Turaco often seen around Belvidere.

Despite being an urban environment Belvidere Estate boasts an amazing amount of fauna and flora . The lovely gardens, many of which are filled with the beautiful fynbos for which the Cape is famous, attract a huge array of birds, butterflies and smaller  creatures, such as the Dwarf Chameleon.

On a bigger scale Bushpig and Porcupines are frequently seen at night, as they forage on the Estate. There have even been occasional reports of Caracal (Rooikat), no doubt attracted by the resident Guinea fowl.


The photographs used on this site were supplied in a collective effort by the local community to contribute to the look and feel of the website. Photo credits go to: Caron Grundlingh, Estiaan van der Merwe, Charles Hopkins, Val Morton, Sjoerd Schaaff, Marie Pollett, Joan Rounce, Oliver Price,  Barbara Burgess, Barbara George & Don Forsyth.