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Welcome to Knysna

Knysna is a captivating town that charms the nature lover in you with a variety of great outdoor activities and wildlife sightings. The Garden Route’s most famous town is a place of wild coastlines, dramatic ocean views, and ancient forest that’s home to the rare forest elephant. On your trip along the coast, enjoy fresh cod fish and a beach stroll after kayaking across ocean waters on your holiday at the southern tip of South Africa.    

  1. Featherbed Nature Reserve

  2. Knysna Forest

  3. Knysna Elephant Park

  4. Knysna Heads

  5. The Waterfront Knysna Quays

  6. Leisure Island

  7. Mitchell's Brewery Knysna

  8. Millwood House Museum

The Top Attractions in Knysna

1. Featherbed Nature Reserve

On the Western Cliffs of the Knysna Heads is the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Hike the Outeniqua Mountains after a morning boat cruise across the Knysna Lagoon. In order to enter the restricted nature reserve a local guide must be with you, meaning less people than is more common in busier parks. Look up to spot African bird species and then out towards a horizon where whales pass in ocean waters.

2. Knysna Forest

Located close to the Garden Route, The Knysna Forest is an evergreen of seemingly unfathomable ancient trees and the elusive Knysna Lourie bird. As you trek through this remote forest take pause and look up in awe at 800-year old Yellowwood trees towering over you, remember to peak between them and see if you can spot a forest elephant.

3. Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park is a place of caring and nurture where you can feed habituated elephants from your hand. The park is fenceless with short grass plains and the elephants who roam in herds do so with freedom. Enjoy a tour complete with a guide as you enjoy the awe-inspiring presence of these animals, creating memories that, much like an elephants, you’ll never forget.

4. Knysna Heads

Knysna Heads are a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate a lagoon from the Indian Ocean. You can expect the spectacular while looking out from several excellent viewing points as tidal waves crash against the coastline. Enjoy a picnic on the beach, or venture to East Head and watch as water swirls in rock pools.

5. The Waterfront Knysna Quays

A popular leisure and shopping destination, the Waterfront Knysna Quays is a harbourfront location with a marina of luxury yachts, boutique stores, and fine-dining. Enjoy a plate of excellent seafood after a day spent spoiling yourself with a little retail therapy. In the evening, wander a marina full of bobbing boats that reflect the good life enjoyed at the Knysna Quays.

6. Leisure Island

One of two island suburbs, Leisure Island is surrounded by the waters of the Knysna estuary. On the north shore is the Steenbok Nature Reserve, where walking nature trails and bird watching make for a lovely afternoon. Views of the Knysna Heads from here are excellent, as are the beaches that encourage you to kick off your boots and go barefoot.

7. Mitchell's Brewery

Mitchell’s Brewery was originally built to please lumberjacks working in nearby timber forests. The brewery has been producing award-winning beers since 1983. Enjoy a taste as you tour an independent brewery where locally sourced ingredients produce crisp, clean and hoppy larger.

8. Millwood House Museum

The Millwood House Museum is one of five buildings that make up the Knysna Museum. The museum was relocated once the Millwood gold mines were exhausted. Today the focus of the museum is the timber industry, while also detailing Knysna’s involvement in the Anglo-Boer War and the town’s founder, George Rex.

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