SEDGEFIELD ENDLESS BEACHES ! NATURE TRAILS ! BOATING ! FISHING ! The village of Sedgefield where the tortoise set the pace… and communing with nature is a way of life. Nestling between pine covered hills and beautiful unspoiled beaches lie Sedgefield, in the heart of the Lakes district and the Garden Route, between George and Knysna. This picturesque resort is a nature lover’s paradise, offering the visitor a rich and varied birdlife, including marine, estuarine and evergreen forest species, which can be viewed along many hiking trails, and bird hides. Nature has blessed this area with a pleasant temperate climate, moderate rainfall throughout the year, conducive to an abundance of natural forests, fynbos and a variety of wild flowers. A birdwatcher delight with over 250 listed species. On the West Side of the village lies Swartvlei, by far the largest of the lakes with the estuary forming a safe bathing area for young and old with ablution facilities. The estuary and endless beaches offer the bather and fisherman days of lazy sunbathing, fishing off the beach or estuary, as well as spearfishing off Gerickes Point, where interesting rock formations will delight the beachcomber who might even come across relics of prehistoric strandlopers. Sedgefield boasts some lovely paragliding sites. To the east of Sedgefield is Groenvlei, the only freshwater Lake in the district. The Lake is renovned for its Bass fishing and forms part of the Goukamma Nature Reserve stretching across to the Goukamma River estuary at Buffalo Bay. This reserve covers a diversity of habitats and the vegetation ranges from Knysna forest to the coastal dune fynbuos. The rich birdlife includes the famous Knysna Loerie. The Lakes in the area form an almost continuous water plateau, separated from the Indian Ocean by a narrow, dunelike strip of land. There are many trails in this area which is managed by the Rondevlei Wilderness National Park office, where maps of the various trails can be obtained. The Goukamma Nature Reserve which stretches to Buffalo Bay is about 2230 hectares and boasts a number of day walks which include trials along the banks of the lake, coastal forest, coastal
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