Few visitors venture off the beaten N2 into Knysna’s rainforest. Justin Fox opts for the Forest Timber Camping Decks at Diepwalle over the Garden Route’s tourist glitz.
Just east of Knysna, I turned off the N2 onto the R339, bound for the deep forest. After half an hour of climbing along a rough road, I reached Diepwalle, a remote SANParks forest station and camp tucked away in the heart of Knysna’s subtropical backwoods. My accommodation comprised of a raised deck with a lean-to eating area, a braai spot and a platform to pitch my tent.
The beautiful rocky coastline at Kranshoek.
Forest timber camping decks at Diepwalle.
A dwarf chameleon at Diepwalle.
Ranger Wilfred Oraai has lived in the Knysna Forest for 29 years.