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Steenbok Nature Park and Kingfisher Creek lie on the northern shores of Leisure Isle in the beautiful town of Knysna. These small but precious areas of water-edged nature have a wealth of flora and fauna, and an abundance of tranquility.

In a joint initiative by the Leisure Island Residents Association and the Knysna Municipality, these two areas have been combined to form one stretch of natural parkland, called Steenbok Nature Reserve.

Whilst SNR is correctly described as a nature reserve (i.e. land managed so as to preserve its flora, fauna, physical features, etc) it is not solely representative of local historical indigenous flora. Although it contains most beautiful areas of original salt marsh, coastal dune and coastal thicket vegetation and probably one of the finest areas of the former, it also contains an indigenous garden featuring flora representative of the Garden Route and the coastal regions of the Eastern Cape, tree copses featuring Knysna forest trees, small “cultivated” gardens mainly along Links Drive and Imperata cylindrica (Cotton grass) and Pennisetum clandestinum, (Kikuyu) prolific alien grasses not indigenous to the area. It is also a paradise for dog walkers and fisher people, is a cricket and soccer pitch for children and a large alien tree (Myoporum tenuifolium) in the centre of the Park has been retained as a jungle gym for the younger kiddies.

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We have a comprehensive list of flora found in the Steenbok Nature Reserve:
  • Plants
  • Salt Marsh
  • Grasses
  • Trees
  • Plant List
    as well as a comprehensive list of fauna:
  • Birds
  • Butterflies
  • Other
  • Frogs
  • Aquatics
  • Indigenous Garden
    Relax in the shade in the expanded indigenous garden.
    Nature Walk
    This walk runs through indigenous trees and onto the upper salt marsh.
    Interpretive Board Walk
    Stroll on the boardwalk and view the fascinating salt marsh plants.
    © Steenbok Nature Reserve 2009
    P O Box 676, Knysna, 6570
    Tel (083)754 5390 or 044 384 1896
    Email: info@steenboknaturereserve.org.za

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