It is a piece of blissful countryside on the edge of the Knysna forest and home to many artists and skilled crafters. Rheenendal has always been popular with nature lovers and since the establishment of the Rheenendal Ramble – a tourist route which encompasses forest walks, beautiful craft centres, mountain bike trails and where foodies can enjoy farm fresh goods and local preserves at quaint farm stalls.
Visitors can expect to explore the exceptional fauna and flora of the area which infuses every part of Rheenendal with a magical quality. The forests, rivers and coastline of Knysna are all home to many bird species, monkeys, porcupines and small buck and there are plenty opportunities for hiking, mountain biking and picnicking.
History buffs will be entertained by the Millwood mining town established in 1888 after gold was discovered here. Take along a torch to visit the Bendingo shaft and browse the shed alongside containing old mining equipment. The Rheenendal Mill was declared a monument on 19 August 1977. By 1989 the building needed serious attention and with substantial sponsorship from SASKO the restoration of the mill began.
Rheenendal and the surrounding area offers plenty of holiday accommodation from Hotels, B&B’s and Guesthouses to self-catering, camping and caravaning options.
Things to do and see
- Rheenendal Ramble Route
- Homtini MTB Trail
- Homtini Pass
- Jubilee Creek Picnic Site
- Circles in the Forest Walk
- Garden Route Beaches
- Harkerville MTB Trail
- Garden Route Trail Park
- Rheenendal Mill
- Millwood Mine Tours
- Mother Holly’s Museum
Rheenendal receives approximately 735 mm of rain annually with rainfall occurring throughout the year.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 26˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 7˚C and 21˚C.
It was in 1920 that the Van Reenen Family purchased the Rheenendal farm. Registration of the farm was due to be made at the Deeds Office in Cape Town, as it was necessary for the farm to have its own name.
Florence Eleanor Van Reenen (Tottie), suggested that the farm be named Rheenendal, and so have some connection with the family name, and also with the place Rheenen in Holland which had family connections with her husband’s forebears.
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