The Knysna Lagoon

The Knysna Lagoon is tidal and safe for children of all ages. Its waters are warm and ideal for numerous activities such as motor boating, skiing, sailing, wind surfing, canoeing, scuba diving, fishing or just simply swimming. The lagoon and surrounding territory is part of a natural conservation area with indigenous forests and lakes.

Day Trips:

There are many interesting places perfect for day trippers, such as The Cango Caves, the Tsitsikama Forest, the Storm’s River Gorge as well as a host of interesting quaint beaches. Also of interest is the Addo Elephant Park, Cango Wildlife Ranch and Ostrich Farms at Oudtshoorn.

Sports and Golfing

Knysna is central to a host of sporting activities such as golf, cycling, mountain biking, hiking, para-gliding and microlite flying. In the immediate vicinity are three golf courses, namely the Knysna Golf Course, the Sparrebosch Golf CoursePezula Golf Course with its magnificent sea views and The Simola Golf Course with breathtaking views of the lagoon and mountains.

20 minutes away by car, in Plettenberg Bay, you will find both the Plettenberg Bay Country Club with its 18 hole Parklands golf course and other sporting facilities such as Tennis and Bowls, and also the magnificent Goose Valley Golf Club designed by Gary Player.

A 40 minute drive away is the Fancourt Golf Course near George.

Shopping and Restaurants

Knysna is dotted with a variety of shops and informal traders to suit every taste and every pocket. A trip to Garden Route is not complete without a visit to the famous Knysna Waterfront, arguably one of the most popular leisure and shopping destinations in the region. This shopper’s paradise has the perfect gift for everybody from books to boutiques, clothing to curios. Whether you require trendy clothes or an exclusive outfit, our clothing stores and boutiques have the perfect garment for you …

Whatever you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it on Thesen Harbour Town – from a wide selection of dining venues to clothing and jewellery boutiques, art, furniture and lots more.

Restaurants are plentiful and varied as well as coffee shops and bars. A must for oyster lovers is the Knysna Oyster Farm for its world famous Knysna Oysters. View the Tripadvisor recommended restaurants to visit during your stay.

Knysna Festivals:

Knysna hosts the annual Knysna Oyster Festival, (1 – 10 July 2016) featuring 10 days of fun, sporting activities, food and drink. The Pink Loerie Gay Mardi Gras will take place from 27 April – 1 May 2016.

A Wealth of Activities

Knysna and the surrounding Garden Route areas offers everyone young and old, fit and decrepit, all the outdoor activities one can think of. These include ocean and lagoon bathing, deap sea and lagoon fishing, bird watching, sailing, golfing, motor boating, water skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, whale and dolphin watching, wind surfing, kite sailing, hiking, paragliding, mountain biking – to name just a few! Rainy days may also see you in restaurants, pubs or shops, viewing wildlife or the amazing scenery on the many drives.

Knysna is a great place to base yourself for a few days so you can try to fit it all in. Our guests always leave us saying ‘if only we had stayed a few more days’. Also remember you still need a bit of quality time relaxing on a beach or having a drink around our swimming pool!

Whale Watching

Ocean Odyssey offers unforgettable marine adventures.  Our close encounter, boat-based whale watching tours and marine eco-tours are perfect activities to add to any itinerary in Knysna. We offer three daily departures and a fleet of ocean going vessels. This is the ideal experience for local visitors and international tourists.

Ocean Safaris based in Plettenberg Bay offers wonderful whale and dolphin watching excursions. Going out to sea in search of marine life is an awesome experience made all the more special when you encounter a school of dolphins or a breaching Humpback whale. Seals, dolphins and Bryde’s whales frequent our coast all year round, but the best time to spot Southern Rights, Humpbacks, and even the occasional Orca, is between June and October.

Wild Life

The Garden Route has offers a large variety of wildlife. A growing number of private reserves along the Garden Route have stocked up with game such as elephants, zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, buffalo, crocodiles – all of which were indigenous to the area once upon a time.

There are elephant sanctuaries in Knysna and the Crags in Plettenberg Bay, where elephants may be fed, ridden or walked with. Wild elephants in the Knysna Forest, once regarded as extinct, have been recently spotted. Other wildlife places of interest located near Plettenberg Bay includes Monkeyland and Birds of Eden. Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary educating visitors on wildlife conservation. Birds of Eden is the world’s largest free flight aviary and bird sanctuary.

Knysna Elephant Park

Here the legacy of the Knysna Elephants lives on. The experience is somewhat of a closer kind than that at Kruger or Addo. Get up-close-and-personal with nature at Knysna Elephant Park. With the help of resident African elephants and well-informed guides – you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants – the world’s Southern most elephants. The park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment in the heart of the famous Garden Route…

…and so many more things to see and do…

Abseiling | Air charters | Animal encounters: Elephants, monkeys & birds | | Arts and crafts | Art galleries | Bird watching | Boat cruises | Bungy jumping | | Cycling | Diving (old sailing wreck in Heads) and snorkelling | Eco adventures | | Featherbed eco reserve and trips | Fishing (fly, deep sea, lagoon or coastal) | | Forest walks, hikes, MTB rides and excursions | Golf courses near the Knysna Belle | Helicopter flips | Hiking and jogging | Horse riding in forest | Kayaking & canoeing | | Kite boarding | Lazing at the pool or beach | Mountain biking (easy or challenging) | Museums, historic churches and sites | Nature reserves | Off-road adventures | Paragliding | Sailing | Scenic drives | Shopping | Skydiving | Spa treatments | Spectacular, continuously changing views | Surfing | Swimming | Tennis and bowls on the Island | Tree top tours | 4 X 4 drives | Walks around the Island and our nature reserve | Water sports | Whale and dolphin watching | Wining and dining | Yacht sailing or charters