Dalene Matthee Memorial
Dalene Matthee Memorial
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Dalene Matthee, author of 13 books, is best known for her four "Forest books" on the Knysna Forest: Circles in a Forest, Fiela's Child, The Mulberry Forest and Dreamforest.
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Krisjan-se-Nek Bibby's Hoek Goldfields, Knysna 6576 South Africa
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lucygF457WH
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa47 contributions
Oct 2020
It was a lovely drive to the memorial (in the nature reserve, so there is a entrance fee to the area). The big tree and memorial stone are a beautiful homage to Dalene Mathee. Flush toilets and a lovely picnic area and short walks are available from the memorial.
Written November 15, 2020
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NomadsNature
Pretoria, South Africa213 contributions
Oct 2020
A small memorial stone was erected in this acclaimed author's memory because of her love of the Knysna forest.
Written October 14, 2020
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zerwickrenatevictor
Centurion, South Africa2,443 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
My husband and I had the privilege to pay a visit to the Dalene Matthee Memorial on Sunday, 3 May 2015.
How to get there: Go to the Dalene Matthee Memorial website. You will find the directions there. The winding road to Rheenendal itself provides breathtaking scenery. The last 4 kilometers is a dirt road.
The entrance fee (SANParks) is R19.00 per person and it is in my opinion almost nothing in comparison to the magnificent experience.

The huge Yellowwood tree, which was named after the late Dalene Matthee, is a sight to behold! Standing under the thick canopy at the Circles in the Forest Trail we were deeply moved by this majestic and magical forest. We were humbled to experience one of the most inspirational places that we have been to. To quote the quote on the Memorial in Dalene’s own words: “The Knysna Forest is a living entity which we must respect and preserve”.

Both my husband and I have read most of the Dalene Matthee books and enjoyed her writing immensely. Dalene Matthee was one of the best South African authors and she had the ability to make a story come to life.

Also worth mentioning is the beautiful picnic area which boasts the most serene and tranquil ambience.

Although it is quite off the beaten trek to get there, we can highly recommend a visit to this magical, majestic and very special place!

Not to be missed!
Written May 19, 2015
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@MynhardtD3
Cape Town Central, South Africa41 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
Visited the memorial next to one of the largest trees I have ever seen. Had a walk and braai with friends and family in Jubilee creek. What a stunning and peaceful place to go and sit next to the creek and enjoy family time. Very impressed with the recycling initiative
Written April 7, 2017
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EL1802
George, South Africa117 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
A visit to this mystical forest and one can easily see what inspired Dalene Matthee's writings. A magestic 880+ year old yellow wood towers over the monument, nature at its very best. Pack a picnic and take the time to visit if in the area.
Written January 21, 2017
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Chantelle V
Bloemfontein, South Africa196 contributions
Dec 2014 • Couples
A nice place to visit if you are a Dalene Matthee fan. Nice memorial and a another big tree. Worth a visit if you're a fan. You only pay entrance to the park, R19 pp.
Written December 15, 2014
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Keiskama
Port Elizabeth, South Africa14 contributions
Oct 2019
Beautiful area to visit. We were so inspired by our visit that we even watched the movie, "Fiela se kind" on DVD that evening.
Written October 25, 2019
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Gerhard
12 contributions
Jun 2019
We spend a very relaxed, serene day at Krisjan se Nek and further to Jubilee Creek and even got to see a "Knysna Loerie". The Dalene Mathee Memorial and Great Yellow Wood Tree is easy to reach, well kept and there are well marked hiking trails in the area for the fit and not-so-fit. Bring your picnic basket and relax in the forests that made Circles in the Forest a masterpiece.
Written August 7, 2019
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Sheena OKeeffe
Port Elizabeth, South Africa5 contributions
Mar 2019 • Friends
This forest trail is magnificent! We loved being guided through the forest and learning about the trees. Lovely waterfalls and pools too!
Written April 1, 2019
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Leon and Dorothy
Roodepoort, South Africa27 contributions
Jun 2017 • Family
It is where you do find peace. The serenity feels "Holy" Ons can stay a whole day or as Dalene a lifetime. Eternity.
The Calm Giant of looks over you forever
Written May 28, 2018
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