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Discover Sedgefield South Africa

Have you found it yet, this secret gem of the Garden Route, Sedgefield South Africa? By venturing in a mere 200 metres from the N2 highway, you will discover the relaxed way this village leans against the bends of the Swartvlei Estuary as it follows a course around ancient sand dunes to the Indian Ocean.

If you look beyond the unprepossessing buildings bordering both sides of the main road that cuts through the central business district, you will be surprised to find many facets to this understated jewel. Sedgefield naturally fulfills many stipulations of the Italian CittaSlow "Slow Town" tenets and is why the Tortoise is our emblem.

You will find it takes time to discover Sedgefield's multiple treasures hidden in plain sight. It requires you to be an astute observer, have a genuine love for nature and a keen sense of adventure. 

Slowing down to nature's paceCanoeing and cycling are two ways to slow down in Sedgefield.

If you come to live here, know that you are privileged and understand nature is fragile. Tread lightly to maintain the delicate balance between human interaction and the natural environment for the benefit of both. Only take from the sea what you need. Do your part to keep the ocean, rivers and beaches free of plastic waste and discarded fishing gear. Go out of your way to preserve the endangered indigenous vegetation.

Fynbos is the most threatened and diverse biome in the world and 69% of its species are found nowhere else on earth. It is home and a retreat for many endemic birds, insects, small wildlife and our resident guineafowl and tortoises. Trees too are important as more and more are being lost to urban sprawl. Be considerate and compassionate towards all sentient beings. They are also entitled to their space on our planet and humans would have no quality of life without the biodiversity of nature.

Discover Sedgefield and immerse yourself in Nature

The invitation is to take your foot off the accelerator and slow down to the speed of nature, ease up on your busy life and daily work load, your regular chores and responsibilities. Take a breather and revitalize yourself with soothing sounds of the sea and the tangy taste of salt air.

Unwind in nature’s playground. Realise you are far more than your physical body. Let peace and contentment flood your soul until it oozes out your pores. Appreciate that only unspoiled nature can offer you this timeless all-encompassing restoration of body, mind and spirit, and only its pristine preservation will allow it to continually provide this ineffable service to humanity.

Boats rest in morning tranquillity at the  Kingfisher Drive launch-site on Swartvlei Estuary.Perfect Photographic Scene at the Kingfisher Drive boat-launch site on the Swartvlei Estuary.

Breathe in fresh unpolluted air as you engage in any number of enjoyable outdoor activities...

  • Picnic next to the lagoon. 
  • Laze under an umbrella on any one of 5 beaches. 
  • Swim in the invigorating water.
  • Kite-surf along the length of Myoli and Cola beaches. 
  • Throw a fishing line from the rocks. 
  • Surf the waves on Swartvlei beach.
  • Canoe the rivers.
  • Snorkel in the amazing tidal pools at Gerickes.
  • Surge on the incoming tide at the Swartvlei Rivermouth.
  • Enjoy some lazy stand-up paddling on the peaceful lagoon.
  • Hike the nature trails of Goukamma Nature Reserve.
  • Cycle wherever your fancy takes you.
  • Take a paragliding lesson or enjoy an exhilarating tandem experience from Cloud 9. 
  • Explore the back roads.
  • Familiarise yourself with our village by simply walking its streets.
  • Browse our famous three outdoor Saturday markets.
  • Experience life in the inter-tidal zone on a Moonlight Meander with Judy Dixon.
  • Hike a guided trail of beach, river and forest with experienced local guide, Mark Dixon. 
  • Do an art workshop with a known South Africa artist hosted by Zanne Small.

If you are visiting my site for the first time, go to the task-bar below the header photo and click on the sitemap. There you will find nearly 200 pages about this area under specific categories. It is an easy way to orient yourself on how to find what you're looking for on my website. 

Photographers - don't go anywhere without your cameras! And birdwatchers, you can enjoy all of the above while adding to your lists! can do nothing at all! Just sit and let the peace of the place soak in!

All types of holiday accommodation are available from timeshare and self-catering to B&B's and caravan parks but expect no multi-storie hotels or bright city lights here.

There is little organised entertainment, one "smallish" shopping mall, no cinemas but fabulous Saturday markets can easily provide an enjoyable outing for the whole family. Near-by, the delightful outdoor mosaic 'Octopus Garden under the Sea' holds regular events through-out the year to raise funds for Masithandane, a multi-branched local charity.

Stall scenes at the internationally acclaimed Saturday Outdoor Wild Oats MarketWonderful Wild Oats Saturday Farmers' Market

And, the outdoors constantly beckons with unforgettable vistas whichever way you look. You may be halted in your tracks by the shining stillness of the morning that reflects off the lagoon.

Breath-taking sunsets can amaze - the colours get richer as evening darkens to night.

Sandy beaches stretch for kilometers beckoning you to lengthen your stride and explore the shoreline finding caves and rocky pools and sheltered coves to while away the hours.

Up on the dune cliffs, you can whale watch or spot dolphins leaping effortlessly through the surf.

Winter sunset reflecting in the Swartvlei Lagoon and silhouetting the Outeniqua Mountains.Winter Sunset shining in the Swartvlei lagoon and silhouetting the Outeniqua Mountains

 Experience profound Connections

Sedgefield is an ongoing parade of special moments found when we slow down to appreciate the most fundamental things. Things that matter deeply but are not monetary.

To appreciate the intrinsic value of our relationships with each other and the natural world around us, we need to take the opportunity to find soul space.

This allows us to rest our overworked minds, rejuvenate our stressed bodies and relax into a sense of well-being and harmony.

This is the kind of place that reminds something deep within us of how life ought to be lived - more simply and serenely. It's about finding quality not in things but in experiences, perhaps most of all, by connecting with nature!

Somehow this helps us connect better with each other too and why Sedgefield has the reputation for being a village of friendly, generous-hearted people who care about each other and have a strong sense of community!

Friends picnic together at Monkey Beach on New Year's DayOutdoor cameraderie with family and friends on New Year's day

"Conservation without Boundaries"

The Garden Route National Park has evolved from a new concept of “conservation without boundaries”. Sedgefield is one of the many towns falling within it's boundaries.

This offered the potential to protect the whole Garden Route region from damaging exploitation by establishing innovative mechanisms allowing people with all their associated complex human activities to sustainably interact with this fragile and beautiful nature-oriented environment.

Many people from all walks of life have been actively and deeply invested in materialising the next step which was to apply to UNESCO to gain recognition for this unique area to qualify as a Biosphere Reserve. 

It required buy-in from government departments, municipalities, businesses, farms, specialised groups and private individuals - files and files of correlated information were submitted to justify such an application. After several years of dedicated effort by Vernon Gibbs-Hall at George Municipality who headed and coordinated the application between these diversified groups, it was no small accomplishment to have the Garden Route area proclaimed a Biosphere Reserve in 2018! 

definition of  biosphere reserves is: "They are learning places for sustainable development, for testing interdisciplinary approaches to understanding, and managing changes and interactions between social and ecological systems, including conflict prevention and management of biodiversity."

Overall, this is being willing to actively acknowledge we are an integral part of all that happens to our planet and responsible for the effects we have on it.  It is giving consideration to the roles played in our wellbeing by indigenous forests, fynbos, mountains, water sources, clean air and all the other creatures this environment is home to. It includes  our  ocean and vulnerable coastal landscape which merges two Marine Protected Areas and two Hope Spots.

As Sue Swain of Biowise says,

“Humanity is seeing that we are one part of 1 trillion species but  to our detriment we have acted as though we are the only part. Instead of having only one vote, we have had the only vote."   Sue Swain - Biowise

In recent years, exciting geological discoveries of pleistocene fossil evidence (spanning the period from 2,580,000 years to 11,700 years ago) of thousands of animals have been identified along our coastline including Sedgefield beaches. They reveal bygone ages when this region transitioned from desert to grass plains, then sinking below the ocean before rising up again to become the coastal topography we know it as today. Other geological findings indicate the area is awash with imprints of human species at the very dawn of their existence.

Our planet, as it exists today, is but a singular snapshot of time in its 6.4 billion-year journey. All on earth now, have their ancestral participation in that journey catalogued and encoded in their DNA.

Information of such antiquity can only increase our appreciation of what it has taken for all of the multiple species that clothe and walk upon this planet, to have evolved to be here in their current form, at this present time of Earth's history-in-the-making.

Discover Sedgefield - the Mosaic Capital of the Garden Route

There are now 66 beautiful mosaics through-out the town and more on the way. People can do a self-drive with a brochure giving directions or they can opt for a guide who will give them more information about the town and life here as they explore the area visiting the mosaic artworks.

Sedgefield 1 Volksie at the slipway on Kingfisher Drive
The Edge Community Newspaper Counter
The Octopus Garden Outdoor Entertainment Park

A Community Upliftment Project orchestrated by Sedgefield NPO, Masithandane