South Africa tourists' world is their oyster

26th Jun 2013

The world could be your oyster if you're a seafood and sports lover travelling to South Africa this week.

Knysna Oyster Festival launches on Friday (June 28) and runs until July 7 under the advertising slogan "the best 10 days of your winter".

But one of South Africa's most popular festivals and events is so much more than just a shellfish jamboree.

Every year around 60,000 visitors descend on the already bustling southern Cape town of Knysna for a cavalcade of food, booze, music and sport.

The Knysna Forest Marathon and cycle tour are among the celebration's biggest events.

Holidaymakers on group tours will notice that Knysna makes a massive effort to keep prices down.

There's also no shortage of fine restaurants, with the town's trademark gastronomic delicacy the focus of many an eatery's signature dish.

If you want a change of scenery during the 10-day festival, then an inspired choice would be a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park just outside Plettenberg Bay, where you can interact with a small herd of elephants.

There are several other adjacent wildlife sanctuaries, most notably Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Tsitsikamma Wolf Sanctuary.

You could also brave negotiating your way through the tricky Knysna Heads and into the open ocean - to find yourself flanked by a pod of dolphins or within 50 metres of a breaching whale.

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