Off the beaten track find  the stunning Rheenendal  district. Rheenendal is a pastoral country district about 10 km west of the town of Knysna and was named after the farm of the prominent Van Rheenen family.  The area is home to many artists and crafters. Take time to explore the attractions along the Rheenendal Ramble, where you will come across ceramicists, painters, woodcarvers, bowl turners, screen printers, plant nurseries, tea gardens and restaurants. Explore the wonders of the indigenous forests or hike the many historical trails in the area - you might even catch a glimpse of the elusive Knysna forest elephants! Visit the old goldmine at Millwood to discover the history around the area's gold rush, and have some refreshments at the Millwood Coffee Shop. Jubilee Creek one of Knysna’s top picnic spots.   Situated alongside a stream in two forest clearings, this site is very popular with young families. The stream is perfect for playing, exploring and walks along the river. Dalene Matthee, author of 13 books, is best known for her four "Forest books" on the Knysna Forest. Should you wish to retrace her steps and those of her characters then follow one of the hiking trails to experience the forest first-hand. Two trails start at Krisjan-se-Nek. This route was previously known as the Woodcutter's Trail but was named after Dalene Matthee during the unveiling of Her memorial. Hence, these routes are now known as the Circles in a Forest trail. Rheenendal Sunset Hundreds of fortune hunters flocked to Millwood to dig for gold.  By May 1888 1400 claims were being worked on behalf of 40 syndicates and companies.  A town mushroomed within weeks.  Six hotels sprang up together with houses and shops.   However, not enough gold was recovered to sustain the town.  Machinery was abandoned where it stood and, within five years, it had become a ghost town.  Jubilee Creek Picture by Ian Fleming Knysna Elephant Picture by Hylton Herd (Sanparks) Other Pictures & Info Knysna Tourism & Goldfield Society