Knysna is a painting of turquoise ocean lapping against golden beaches, backdropped by emerald canopies of lush forest and jagged cliffs. An ideal retreat for honeymooners, backpackers or those in search of a wildlife safari, Knysna is the perfect gateway to exploring the famous Garden Route.
The coastline is a mosaic of coastal paths, rugged cliffs, hidden caves and caramel beaches. Its two Blue Flag beaches – Buffalo Bay and Brenton-on-Sea – are pristine hotspots for long walks and surfing. See houseboats dotted along the Knysna Lagoon, fringed by the famous Heads. Hop on a ferry to the privately-owned Featherbed Nature Reserve, where you might spot a rare blue duiker amid the lush vegetation.
Hike through Knysna Forest, brimming with ancient and exotic trees, including yellowwood, milkwood, wild fig and Cape beech. This sweeping forest is home to the endemic Knysna Loerie. Adventurers can tackle the Garden Route Trail, a 5-day hike through diverse terrain of forests, beaches, cliffs and rivers, from Wilderness to Knysna.
For spectacular views over the coastal peninsula, pack a picnic and head up to the Spitzkop Viewpoint, the highest point above Knysna on the Prince Alfred Pass.
For a family outing, the Knysna Elephant Park is home to orphaned elephants, where you can touch and feed these gentle giants.
Golfing enthusiasts can tee off along the sculpted fairways of the Simola Golf Course and Knysna Golf Club.
Discover the town’s charm, bustling with art galleries, cafés and souvenir shops. Read up about Knysna’s founder and involvement in the Anglo-Boer War at the Old Gaol Museum. The Waterfront is a hub of activity and dining, lined with boutique stores and seafood restaurants. Sip on a cold beer as you watch the yachts depart for sunset cruises. The Wild Oats Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday morning – a must for fresh, organic treats!
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