Books

Recent books about Knysna

Knysna 250 Years of History - Steve Collinson

A timeline of historical events and interesting information from 1770 to 2020.

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Crossing the Knysna River - Murray Douglas

The stories of the drifts, causeways, ponts, ferries, and bridges that have connected Knysna to the world to its west.

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The Old Roads Between George and Knysna - Murray Douglas

A history of the 7-Passes Road and its predecessors - from 1752 to the 1940s - with a kilometre-by-kilometre guide for anyone using the route today.

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The Story of the Millwood/Knysna Goldfield by Allen Duff

A detailed look at the history and the people of one of South Africa's earliest gold rushes

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Boer War narratives of the Cape Colony - Allen Duff

The South African War (1899-1902) through the experiences of some of the men who saw action in the Cape Colony.

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The Woodcutter Settlements of Knysna - Philip Caveney

The distribution of the woodcutters of the Knysna Forests in the 1860s, and early attempts at relocating them

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Karatara - Philip Caveney

Karatara: A story of poverty, people & plantations by Philip Caveney

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For the People - Anelia Schutte

A true story and researched memoir of Knysna under Apartheid

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A Forgotten First People: The Southern Cape Hessequa - Mike de Jongh

The Hessequa pastured their cattle along the south-east Cape coast between the present-day towns of Swellendam and Albertinia - and beyond - long before the arrival of the European colonists. 

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Beyond the Secret Elephants - Gareth Patterson

The continuing story of Gareth Patterson’s almost two decades of research into the secretive Knysna elephants. It reveals his startling discovery of a much more mysterious being than the elephants – a relict hominoid known to the indigenous forest people as the Otang.

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Older books & movies about the Knysna Forests

Follow this link for books and movies about the Knysna Forests published before 2019

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