Why Retire to Knysna?

Knysna is well known as a charming, energetic holiday destination throughout Africa but why is Knysna also such a popular place to retire?

Knysna addresses important concerns of retirees including practical considerations like safety, healthcare and convenience giving peace of mind to retirees and their families.  Knysna’s casual, fun-loving community where people go out of their way to be friendly and welcoming, combined with abundant natural beauty ensure that your retirement years are as carefree as possible.  

Retire to Knysna - Belvidere Park awaits you

Within Knysna are many retirement villages and care facilities but perhaps the most attractive, and certainly the most established is in the tranquil Belvidere Park looking over the lagoon and surrounded by beautifully maintained landscape. The newly built frail care facility and assisted living centre assures families and residents their care needs will be met in the same premises.

The cottages at Belvidere Park are surrounded by beautiful gardens - just what you need when you retire
Belvidere Park Retirement Village Cottages

Here’s Five Reasons to Retire in Knysna

  1. Knysna feels safe and boasts one of the lowest crime rates in South Africa possibly because, in addition to police and private security companies; many neighbourhood’s actively maintain the safety of their residents by participating in neighbourhood watch programs and installing their own security cameras. Belvidere Estate in particular is proud of maintaining their reputation as having one of the safest neighbourhoods in Knysna. Belvidere Park Retirement Village itself, not only has a double security fence around the entire perimeter with a security guard manned gatehouse and boom 24/7. The perimeter (in addition to the security fence) is covered by AI cameras that are manned 24/7 by a security company. Any alarm triggers the guards at the gate and a security vehicle is immediately dispatched. This vehicle is permanently based within a Kilometer radius of Belvidere Park. 
      Belvidere Park is situated in one the safest neighbourhoods in Knysna

      2. Knysna has a high standard of care. Knysna Private Hospital and Advanced Care centre is known for their friendly staff and excellent physicians, surgeons, and testing facilities, all on site. Top-notch dentists and specialists, as well as a wide variety of qualified therapists practice in the area. Not only that, but Mossel Bay, which is only about 100kms from Belvidere Park, has one of the best cardiac facilities in South Africa.

      Knysna has excellent health care for retirees

      3. Knysna is convenient. Nothing is more than about ten minutes away in Knysna which makes shopping, doctor appointments, or meeting friends an easy prospect.  For families visiting loved ones, it’s good to know that George Airport is less than one hour away from Belvidere and reliable, private shuttles can be hired for dropping off or picking up passengers at a cost cheaper than what you could drive there yourself. It’s also convenient that while there’s much to do in Knysna including a wide spectrum of classes, sports, lectures, groups, and clubs, reading, listening to the birds, and enjoying tranquil views from a comfortable seat are highly recommended pastimes.

      Things to do - The Bell Pub - Everyone needs a pub within walking distance when you retire
      The Bell Pub Belvidere Manor

      4. Knysna’s abundant natural beauty is treasured by all residents.  Knysna surrounds the estuary residents call a lagoon where sandy beaches, good for swimming and walks, and calm waters beckon boats from canoes to catamarans.  The peaceful ever-changing views of the water are spectacular from a variety of aspects including the viewpoint on the Heads or from the Belvidere Manors’ Hotel deck and patio. Embracing the town are ancient forests, some in protected nature reserves where sweet-smelling fynbos and wildflowers scent the air in spring attracting plentiful and varied birdlife.  Enthusiastic gardeners maintain lovely residential gardens; some of the most spectacular are the established flower gardens found in Belvidere Park. Belvidere bird sanctuary almost directly opposite Belvidere Park boasts its very own beautifully tended arboretum. Perhaps the best of all natural attributes is the oxygen-rich air, attesting to the low volume of traffic in Knysna, which makes even breathing a pleasure.

      Things to do when you retire - The Yacht Club in Knysna is a popular venue amongst retirees
      The Knysna Yacht Club

      5. Knysna is a friendly and welcoming community. Locals love to gather in casual venues and flock to one of several weekly markets to catch-up with neighbours, share a meal, and mingle among the stalls of organic produce, artisan bread, locally made jams, yoghurt, and cheeses. Peppered throughout the year are several festivals that attract holiday-makers like the Literary Festival in March, the Oyster Festival in July, and the Leisure Island Christmas market in November. The café culture thrives here and many excellent cafes such as the popular Ile de Pain café and bakery, East Head Café where views of the mouth of the lagoon are served along with
      breakfast and lunches, and the charming Oak Leaf café located within walking distance of Belvidere Park. No one says no to sundowners, when locals enjoy colour-saturated skies while sipping something cheerful at the nearby, very popular Bell Pub, also within walking distance or seated on the Belvidere gazebo over the water of the beautiful peaceful lagoon.

      Retire to Belvidere and enjoy the friendly community

      Big News – Six New Assisted Living & Frail Care Units

      Belvidere Park Retirement Village is excited to announce the recent opening of six new upmarket Frail Care and Assisted Living Suites.

      New Care Centre

      Belvidere Park Care Centre has evolved dramatically over the last 30 years. Originally it was a only a very simple set-up contained within two of the parks residential cottages. We then built a more sophisticated eight-suite centre which over time, has often had a long waiting list of occupants waiting to move in.

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      Over the recent months, we have been heavily involved with the architects and builders planning, designing and constructing this exciting new extension. The residents of Belvidere Park were also encouraged to get involved and together with their valuable input, we now have six beautiful suites. 

      We now have a total of 14 Assisted Living / Frail Care suites.

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      The new extension comprises six spacious and bright suites, each with their own little patio. The suites are designed to accommodate both frail care and assisted living requirements. One of them is a double room to comfortably accommodate a loving couple. 

      Each new suite has a large bathroom and the rooms are completely wheelchair friendly with all the mod cons like large walk-in showers and adequate heating facilities. The suites are airconditioned and a number of them have a small kitchenette for in-suite catering.

      The Care Centre is staffed with trained staff and carers headed by a BSc graduate nursing sister.

      If you, or your loved ones are ready to move into Assisted Living or for more information and full specifications of the new suites, please visit our Care Centre page using the link below.

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      Belvidere Park craft group gives a helping hand

      The Belvidere Park Craft group meet in the lounge every Wednesday from 10-12 for coffee and cake and a chat. Not just social though, Martie Burger – a knitter of note – organises the morning and the ladies knit or crotchet garments and blankets for the needy.

      Each year the group decides on an organization that will be helped. Donations of toiletries, sweeties, biscuits and chocolates are collected and packed into parcels for Christmas. This year the residents at Vermont each received a parcel together with a cool drink and cake which was donated by Belvidere Park. Please join in on a Wednesday next year.

       

      Belvidere Cook-Off

      Belvidere Cook-OffDon’t for one minute think that an acclaimed, world famous “cook-off competition” is reserved for celebrities & TV shows. Right here in our very own dining room at Belvidere Park Retirement Village, on Friday the 16th November, we hosted our very own “cook-off” between the management  committee and the activities committee.

      Organised by our extremely capable, willing and enthusiastic office team, the residents at Belvidere were treated to a hugely memorable night filled with laughter, prizes, a taster of the finished meals and a full dinner after the competition winners were announced. Congratulations to our winning team; the management committee who scored a whopping 9/10 with their delicious impromptu concoction created out a number of select ingredients. Congratulations too, to our activities committee for their excellent 6/10 score. We are sure they will return with a vengeance.

      Thank you to all organizers, all prize sponsors and the residents themselves for supporting this incredibly fun event at Belvidere.

      Here’s to many more. CLICK to view the cook-off photo gallery.

      Spring Fever Garden Party; a one hit wonder

      Spring Fever Garden partyThe Spring Fever Garden Party celebrated to kick off Spring and blow away the cobwebs was such a hit this year, it will be difficult to repeat. Residents not only got their dancing shoes on to the beats blasted out by volunteer deejay of Fisanthoek but also their karaoke voices & party tricks rounded off by raucous laughter, good food and fantastic raffle prizes made this event a real hit.  Despite the wind blowing off the table cloths and hats the residents of Belvidere sure wouldn’t let that get in the way. Thank you to all involved for a magnificent start to Spring and a special thank you to the prizes donated by The German Shop, Penhill Nursery and Bucky Brill! Click this link to view the photo gallery from this wonderful Saturday garden party. 

      Welcome Moira

      Moira, our new nursing sister to join the staff at BelvidereDear Resident’s,

      We would like to welcome Miss Moira Scott our new Registered Nurse who started in the Care Centre on the 1st August 2018. She joins our expert team of staff with lot’s of experience and we will enjoy having her working together with our ever dedicated team.

      We trust she will enjoy her employment in the Park.

       

      Long service award

      Long service awardWhat a pleasure to be able to celebrate our staffs many years of service.

      This month we presented Ursula Ruiters with a 5yr Service Award. Ursula has dedicated the last 5 years of her life to the Belvidere Care Centre

      Thank you Ursula for your hard work and loyalty

      Pictured here with Derel, Belvidere Parks general manager

      Staff Vacancy – Kitchen Supervisor Retirement Village Care Centre

      Belvidere Park Home Owners Association has a permanent position available for Kitchen Supervisor to join their team at Belvidere Park Retirement Village.

      Key Requirements

      • Assisting with preparation and cooking of meals
      • Supervision of kitchen staff
      • Monitoring & Maintain Quality Control
      • Hygiene Standards
      • HASAP
      • Planning & Supervising of Staff Shifts
      • Menu Planning and Costing
      • Stock Audits
      • Computer literate (intermediate level or above)
      • Some knowledge and experience with special diets
      • Ability to work under pressure
      • Good administrative skills
      • Neat and professional in appearance
      • Salary negotiable

       

      Kindly email a detailed CV with the required documentation and three (3) contactable, professional references to the general manager:

      Derel Human – belparkmain@telkomsa.net

      Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Non-reply within 14 days after closing date indicates an unsuccessful application.

      Closing date for applications: 26 June 2018

       

      Staff Vacancy – Registered Nurse Retirement Village

      Belvidere Park Home Owners Association has a permanent position available for a dedicated Registered Nurse to join their Healthcare Team at Belvidere Park Care Centre and Retirement Village. The successful candidate must have a passion to work with and care for the elderly, including dementia care. The successful candidate must be adaptable, professional, have a history of self-study and have a strong nursing and work ethic.

      Key Requirements

      • SANC Registered Nurse
      • Clean Police Record
      • Be in good health
      • Experience in Elderly Care, palliative care, frail care, dementia care, wound care and stroke management
      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with English being the main language.
      • Computer literate (intermediate level or above)
      • Able to work in a multi-disciplinary team and independently
      • Ability to work to work under pressure
      • Good administrative skills
      • Current management and administration of medication
      • Neat and professional in appearance
      • Valid First Aid certificate
      • Working knowledge of relevant Acts and Regulations; Evidence based Nursing and Individual Care Plans
      • Salary negotiable

      Kindly email a detailed CV with the required documentation and three (3) contactable, professional references to the general manager:

      Derel Human – belparkmain@telkomsa.net

      Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Non-reply within 14 days after closing date indicates an unsuccessful application.

      Closing date for applications: 26 June 2018

       

      Gary Player visits Belvidere Retirement Village

      The residents of Belvidere retirement village in Knysna were very privileged to be able to welcome the renowned, world famous Golfer, Gary Player, for a talk at the care center.

      On the 16th May legendary golf player, Gary Player visited Belvidere for an informal chat about his life and to discuss general topics of interest using a casual “question and answer” type approach.

      The turn-out was impressive as residents streamed in for this special occasion to meet, greet and chat with the golfing star.

      Thank you to our management team for organizing this treat to inspire us and reward us with this fascinating talk. On behalf of all the residents may we thank Gary for taking time out of his busy schedule to spend some time with us.