A bustling coastal town, Knysna is the an incredible, all encompassing destination and ideal for a self-drive vacation along the scenic Route 62. Nestled on a tranquil lagoon and surrounded by lush forests, Knysna is situated in spectacular natural surrounds.
Enjoying small town charm and warm, friendly holiday hospitality, Knysna is filled with craft shops, flea markets and cosy cafes. Boasting mountains, beaches, rivers and lakes, Knysna provides endless entertainment and the perfect escape for families, nature lovers, golfers, outdoor enthusiasts and those looking to discover the Garden Route.
The ancient, indigenous woodlands in Knysna constitute the largest closed-canopy forest in Southern Africa. They were once the home of many forest dwelling elephants. No visit to the Garden Route will be complete without a trip to the Knysna Heads - a striking geological feature made up of a pair of huge, brightly coloured cliffs that tower above the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon. Take a ferry and explore the natural heritage site of the Featherbed Nature Reserve, which provides scenic views of Knysna and the Heads. If you're lucky you may spot the elusive Knysna Loerie and the endangered blue duiker.
The Knysna Waterfront is a popular leisure attraction and is home to most of the town's nightlife with several bars and restaurants, offering visitors the perfect place to sip on a cocktail, while enjoying the magnificent surroundings. For lovers of the good life, a visit planned during the Knysna Oyster Festival (July) provides opportunities to sample these locally farmed delicacies, plus constant fun and activities for the whole family. Knysna accommodation is abundant and ranges from luxurious hotels to more affordable options.
A Knysna holiday can easily be combined with a trip to the Whale Coast & the Overberg or an Eastern Cape safari.