Robert Louis Stevenson
And so we decided to pay a visit to the very famous Knysna Big Tree. This BIG TREE is a 800 year old Kalander or Outeniqua Yellowwood. This species is the tallest and most spectacular tree in the forest.
For those of you crazy about trees here is the 411 on the Kalander. (Afrocarpus falcatus, commonly known as the Sickle-leaved Yellowwood and False Yellowwood (formerly also Outeniqua Yellowwood; syn. Podocarpus falcatus)
The 'hike' here is actually just a VERY short forest walk. We did it in flip/flops but I have to say we were very tempted to kick off our shoes and just go barefoot.
There is a lovely picnic spot and people are encouraged to stay a while and enjoy the beautifull and peacefull surroundings.
The 'Big Tree' is approximatelly 800 years old, 34m high and 2m thick! It is at this tree that I also saw the best sighn. Asking people not to mutilate the trees with their 'art'.
The water looked cool and fresh and very inviting on a warm spring day...
Being here in this forest lifted our spirits and made us smile from ear to ear. :)
If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything. Alan Watts
The undergrowth is grean and in some places the tree-ferns reached almost to my shoulder.
I could not help getting up close and personal with one of the big grand daddies of the forest. Kinda like sitting on your grandfathers knee. O if only he could tell me his stories...
At least I wasn't the only facinated one. :)
What a fantastic way to spend a lazy afternoon.