In June of 2017, fires devastated large parts of Knysna in South Africa. Although Mother Nature did her part for the recovery of the ecosystems around Knysna, she had some help on Day 3 of Mr. Gay World Competition Week, when the Mr. Gay World 2018 delegates helped to clear invasive plant species in the Pledge Nature Reserve.

Some capable volunteers lead the delegates in their clearing efforts, and these were rewarded with a tour of some historical buildings and sites in Knysna, presented by Knysna Tourism. The heritage sites visited by the delegates included the Knysna Post Office, the Old Gaol Museum and the Knysna Museum.

A swimwear shoot at Brenton Beach followed lunch, and the delegates were lucky to have pleasant weather, even with winter on the doorstep.

With the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras and Arts Festival kicking off on 24 May, the Mr. Gay World delegates attracted quite a lot of attention from locals, and excitement around the weekend’s events seemed to be mounting.