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Follow Gray St uphill and eventually you’ll leave town and emerge on the wooded slopes of the hills behind. On top is the sprawling township of Concordia, best visited on an excellent tour (R300) run by Eco Afrika Tours. The morning tour can include lunch (R45); proceeds go entirely to the family cooking for you. You can also stay overnight (per person R170). Knysna’s townships have a different look from others in South Africa: homes are built mostly with timber from the nearby forests. The two-hour tours are led by local guide Cynthia Gobeni and take you through the usual township sites – schools, a visit to a sangoma (traditional healer) and a shebeen (unlicensed bar) – but then add a twist. You’ll also get to visit the Grass Routes neighbourhood, the largest community of Rastafarians in the country.
If you want to stay overnight in either the Rastafarian community or in the township, contact Glendyrr at Knysna Tourism. It just might be the highlight of your Garden Route experience.