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City Sedgefield

Sedgefield is an art town on the famous Garden Route, situated between George and Knysna in the Western Cape Province. The name Sedgefield comes from the same place in England. John Barrington bought this piece of land at the ocean and named it after his father's birthplace: Sedgefield. It started as a peasant village but now tourism is the main source of income, not surprising with several beautiful beaches, great water sports and surrounded by green nature with rare birds. Sedgefield strives to be the perfect holiday destination for the whole family along the Garden Route.

Sedgefield Beach is the safest when you're traveling with small children. In high season there are life-guards present and the places with little flow marked so that you know where it is safe for swimming for small children. There are showers and toilets and it is close to restaurants and cafes. Popular activities at this beach include surfing and other water sports, horseback riding, dolphin watching and fishing. Here you even have a chance to catch African black oyster (by obtaining a license!).  Sedgefield Beach runs into Swartvlei beach suitable for swimming, fishing and surfing for both beginners and advanced. Furthermore, it is popular with joggers and horse-riders. You can also walk to Gerickes Point from the river mouth for a nice view of a lion-shaped rock in the water and you have a chance to see dolphins and whales (whales between June and October). At Myoli Beach many activities take place, such as surfing, kite surfing, wake boarding and kayaking. There is a restaurant along the beach and a beach bar for delicious summer cocktails. Again, the view is wonderful, so keep your eyes open for dolphins and whales with your feet in the soft sand. Cola Beach is reached via a 'boardwalk' and it is a beach that is quiet even in high season in terms of visitors. Here you can relax in the sun and enjoy the view over the water. There are a number of sites which are suitable for surfing and fishing.

Sedgefield is not just a place to go off to the beach and do water sports, but also very suitable for walking and hiking. Visit one of the surrounding natures and choose a scenic route through the woods or along the water. For example, choose the 6.5 km long Bush Pig Trail which takes about 2 hours and good to do for less experienced hikers. The route begins with the crossing of the river in a small boat and then you take a walk through so-called 'Melkbos. You can choose a route for the way: through the sand dunes, Groenvlei reserve or through the woods to Skimmelkrans Beach.

In the Goukamma Nature Reserve just outside Sedgefield there are several hiking trails which take you to the beautiful flora and fauna: The beach walk of 14 km, the Goukamma to Groenvlei route, Lake Walk and Circular route. This nature reserve is a paradise for birdwatchers and you have good chance to see whales during whale season from June to October along the coastline. Another route is feasible for virtually everyone, the Cape Clawless Otter Trail which has a length of 6.5 km and runs along the Groenvlei Lake. The more experienced hikers can opt for the 20-kilometer Blombos Trail. Alternatively you can picnic, go fishing (license required) or rent a canoe.

It is a special walk to the 'Moonlight Meander' running from Swartvlei Beach to Gericke's Point. You walk with flashlights in the dark through the shallow waters and over the rocks along the coast. The walks take place only at full moon and new moon because it is low tide. When you visit Sedgefield on a Saturday you cannot miss the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market. At this market, more than 60 stalls sell a variety of delicious foods. Go in the morning and eat a nice breakfast outdoors and listen to live music.

Not enough to do in Sedgefield? There is also a golf course, tennis courts, mountain bike trails or you can book a horseback riding trip at Cherie's Riding Centre. It is also a real hot spot for parachuting for those who dare! Do not forget to take a look at the artists' shops full of carvings, paintings, mosaics and more. Alternatively spend one day in the nearby Wilderness National Park.

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