When in Knysna, you must do three things:
Sail on the Knysna lagoon, through the Knysna heads and out into the vast Indian ocean
Watch a magnificent sunset whilst sipping on chilled bubbly
Springtide charters offer exclusive and unique sailing cruises that showcase the natural beauty of Knysna, whilst you sit back and soak it all up. Join us on the beautiful Outeniqua yacht and allow our experienced crew to take the helm, while you sit back and enjoy the splendor and combination of salt, air, and scenery – what we like to call vitamin-SEA! OUR COMPANY
The Outeniqua is a beautiful 50-foot sloop, the yacht that was built in Plettenberg Bay and launched in Knysna in 1998 by the current owner of Springtide Charters, Steff Pepler. She is a magnificent vessel that boasts a 21-meter mast with a 4-meter beam and a luxurious teak deck.
With daily departures from the Knysna waterfront, the Outeniqua is no stranger to the Knysna Estuary and the famous rugged Headlands. Offering various charters, she never disappoints, from a romantic sunset sail to exhilarating 4-hour day sail, there is never a dull moment aboard the Outeniqua. When our crew is not showing off their impressive sailing skills, they are treating you to an amazing Mediterranean spread paired with chilled South African bubbly. There is no better way to experience the unique Garden Route coastline than from the deck of the Outeniqua while making memories with the people you love.
Come sail with us.
REA OF OPERATION
The Garden Route has been identified as one of the most important conservation areas in the country in terms of biodiversity. Its sheer beauty continues to attract a major amount of local and international tourists. Often referred to as nature’s playground, the Knysna Estuary is iconic in many ways. Covering a vast area and permanently open to the sea, it is the richest in terms of estuarine biodiversity in all of South Africa, the life found above and beneath its surface is spectacular.
The adjacent Indian Ocean is show-stopping with its abundance of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals, sharks and a host of pelagic bird species which are just some of what can be seen on an Ocean Odyssey tour.
Our area of operation is a very significant one, stretching from Gericke’s Point near Sedgefield (Western Boundary) to two nautical miles off the Robberg Peninsula near Plettenberg Bay. This 54.75km (29.56 nm) stretch of coastline is considered one of the most spectacular along the South African coast and boasts soaring sandstone cliffs, rocky formations extending into the Indian Ocean, unique caves and Buffels Bay.
This area is also considered a critical area since it includes the Knysna Estuary, which is ranked above the St Lucia World Heritage site in terms of biodiversity significance. The Estuary is home to 43% of South Africa’s plant and animal life and supports rare fish species such as the Grunter, White Steenbrass, Dusky Cob and Cape Stumpnose.
The Estuary contributes some 21.6% of the total economic value of the 249 national estuaries. So conserving it will draw South Africa a step closer to achieving its set national biodiversity targets. Research confirmed the Knysna estuary’s total economic value was approximately between 2.8 and 3.4 billion per annum making it is easy to understand why the Estuary is the lifeblood of many subsistence fishers and numerous recreational activities.
This area is also very significant since it forms part of the Garden Route National park, an area that spans 121 000 hectares and includes the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma National Parks, the Knysna Lakes area and 52 000 Hectares of newly proclaimed land. (Gazetted March 2009)