PLedge Nature Reserve

Win a R15 000 Knysna getaway in support of Pledge Nature Reserve
During a recent meeting held at the Knysna Log-Inn to gather ideas and gain support for the survival of Pledge Nature Reserve and to determine a strategy for its future, a generous offer from local Knysna business, Endlovana Coastal Hideaway, was made. Folk are invited to enter a competition to help save "the green heart of Knysna" by buying tickets of R1000 each. Ticket sales will be limited to 50 only and all proceeds will go to the working committee of Pledge Nature Reserve - the only Peace Park in Africa.

Entrants to the competition will stand a chance to win a 3 day exclusive stay at Endlovana Coastal Hideaway to the value of R15 000! The prize winner will be able to bring 10 adults and 6 children on the getaway to this luxury tented accommodation establishment. Tickets are available from Pledge Nature Reserve or Endlovana and the competition will close on 31 October 2014. The winner will be announced on that same day at Pledge Nature Reserve.

Knysna Tourism will also support this fundraising initiative and spread the word of goodwill to its entire reach to increase exposure and support of this great incentive. Johan van Schalkwyk, Knysna Tourism Marketing Manager visited the reserve for firsthand experience. "It is an amazing experience to walk through indigenous forest and fynbos in the middle of our town. It just reiterates the Naturally Knysna brand that we are promoting to the world. The smell of Garlic Buchu plants and the great view of The Knysna Heads is definitely a must do activity - for locals and visitors."

Nanna of Pledge Nature Reserve enthusiastically invites folk to this green gem. "The public is invited to visit the reserve in the heart of Knysna CBD for only R20 entrance fee per person and have a self-packed picnic with magnificent views of the Heads, wander through amazing city forestry, experience the smells of indigenous plants and learn about our fynbos and trees. We currently also have an indigenous plant sale in aid of the reserve."

"Make sure you get your friend together and purchase your ticket to enter for this amazing prize. Who does not want to win a 3-day, R15000 getaway, that'll ensure memories for a lifetime?" concluded van Schalkwyk.

More info and ticket sales: or You can also contact Susan of Endlovana on 082 510 6894 or speak to Nanna of Pledge Nature reserve on 044 382 3712. Nature reserve details at

All Friends and Admirers of PLEDGE NATURE RESERVE
You are invited to a meeting on the 18th of September 2014 at 5pm at the Knysna Log Inn to discuss the future of Pledge Nature Reserve.
If you cannot attend but would like to know more please send an email to

To help with the funding of the maintenance of the Reserve the entrance fee will increase to R20.00 per person from the 1st of September 2014. Regular visitors can apply for a monthly (R50.00) or yearly (R120.00) permit - contact the Manager on 083 629 9201

To celebrate arbor week, Pledge Nature Reserve will have a tree sale of more than 30 different species of locally indigenous trees. This year's TREE OF THE YEAR is Vepris lanceolata, white ironwood or witysterhout. The white ironwood is a small evergreen tree of up to 5m but can reach 20m in a forest situation. It is an ideal garden tree, with a naturally neat shape that can also be pruned to you liking. It grows quite fast and the root system is not aggressive. As this tree belongs to the citrus family, the crushed leaves have a lemony scent and it is host to the Citrus Swallowtail Butterfly. The fruit is loved by a variety of birds. Traditionally the powdered root has been used to treat influenza and colic and the wood used to produce wheel spokes, furniture and ornaments.
The tree sale will be held for the month of September at the parking area of the Bond street entrance.
For more information please contact the Manager, Mervyn Crous on 083 629 9201

During a recent visit to Pledge Nature Reserve by SANParks employees, Johan Baard - (Scientist: GIS and Vegetation Ecology) and Maretha Alant -( Environmental Planner), it was determined that the Fynbos sections that occur on the upper areas of the reserve represent the critically endangered Garden Route Shale Fynbos [Mucina & Rutherford 2006] (The lower lying areas comprise of Groot Brak River floodplain and Groenvlei Coastal Forest [Vlok et al 2008]) Unfortunately this Fynbos vegetation type has been transformed by cultivation practices such as pasture and forestry elsewhere and that which is found in Pledge Nature Reserve forms part of only 4 % of this ecosystem protected in national nature reserves.

The management at PNR believe that the occurrence of this critically endangered vegetation type in the reserve validates their conservation efforts and will hopefully boost the chances of receiving adequate funding to maintain the reserve.

This Fynbos type also extends into the adjacent Correctional Services land and it is hoped that with their co-operation, the entire area could be managed and preserved as a whole.

To ensure the survival of this Fynbos, the area has to be kept free of invasive alien vegetation and it will have to be burnt within the next few years to regenerate growth and maintain species diversity.

This find is of special significance since the area where Pledge Nature Reserve is situated was once a brickyard and an informal dump. With the foresight of a few local residents it has been actively rehabilitated for the past 25 years, declared a Nature Reserve in 1991 and is now the crown jewel in the heart of 'Naturally Knysna'


In order to generate much-needed funds for the day - to - day running of Pledge Nature Reserve, it has been decided to initiate an entrance fee of R5.00 per visitor from the 20th of December 2013. This will be done on an honesty basis and visitors are asked to deposit the fee (or more!) in the donation box and complete a self-issuing permit. We believe that this will also give the management a more definite idea of how many visitors we are receiving.
Regular visitors or groups can contact the manager, Mervyn Crous on 083 629 9201 for special permits.

Every full moon - weather permitting - we have guided walks with snacks and drinks. Cost: R50.00 pp.
Booking essential, please call Mervyn on 083 629 9201

It will be greatly appreciated if any person with even a little time on their hands and who feels the necessity of preserving our natural heritage can contact us to help with various projects in the Reserve.
Call Mervyn on 083 629 9201

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