Situated along South Africa's famous Garden Route, Knysna is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Not only does this coastal town have a dazzling lagoon filled with impossibly turquoise water, but it also has a spectacular, rugged landscape, making it a must-see for anyone travelling along South Africa's Southern coast. One notable feature that draws in curious visitors is the mystical Knysna Heads, two rocky cliffs that form a sort of gateway to the bay. Staggering vistas of the area can be had from the top of either of the heads, although they have a treacherous side as many ships have met their doom whilst attempting to navigate through their narrow and dangerous opening.Read More
Yet, Knysna doesn't just have beauty and legend going for it, it's also a culinary capital in South Africa thanks to the abundance of oysters that grow in the lagoon. Every year the town hosts the Pick'n'Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which features all kinds of events and activities from gourmet oyster sampling to a variety of different races. In addition to these delicious creatures, Knysna is the home of other exciting wildlife and from the top of the heads the Southern Right whale can often be seen breaching in the water.
For even more flora and fauna, the Featherbed Nature Reserve, which is only accessible by boat, is a great way to see and learn all about the indigenous animals of Knysna. You might even catch a glimpse of the Knysna Loerie if you're lucky. Once you've got all of your adventuring out of the way there's nothing better than kicking back in the sun on one of the area's most pristine beaches, Buffalo Bay, or taking a dip in the cool, refreshing waters of the lagoon.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Knysna
If you are planning a Knysna holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Belvidere Manor Hotel Knysna
A nature lover's paradise, Belvidere Estate is the ideal place to rest and relax whilst on the Garden Route. The 28 private Cape-style cottages are well furnished with comfortable beds, spacious living quarters and some have stunning views of the lagoon. The hotel is home to the famous Bell Tavern, Knysna's smallest pub, which serves excellent food including the delicious bell pies and local bobotie. There is also a beautiful pool in which guests can relax. The hotel is located on the western shore of Knysna's lagoon.
Knysna Log-Inn Hotel Knysna
Built in 1998, the Knysna Log-Inn Hotel embodies an "indigenous" concept that combines the character and the spirit of the surrounding indigenous forests with Knysna's romantic history. The hotel is very centrally located, right in the middle of town, and is ideally situated for sight seeing. Within easy walking distance of the hotel - about 200m - are the Knysna Quays (better known as the Knysna Waterfront), as are the ferries to the Knysna Heads.
Rex Hotel Knysna
The Rex Hotel in Knysna offers the best in self-catering comfort with a choice of five standard hotel rooms and luxury studio apartments with open plan lounge and kitchenette. The chic urban ambience of contemporary decor and rich fabrics is complimented by the range of amenities. The Rose Cafe offers a casual atmosphere in which to enjoy superb cuisine inspired by the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East, beautifully presented and using only the freshest of ingredients. The outdoor terrace is an ideal spot to unwind with a good coffee and light snack.
The Graywood Hotel Knysna
Set around a central courtyard, the Graywood Hotel is a charming accommodation that boasts beautiful woodwork throughout. Guest rooms are tastefully decorated with crisp, white linen and warming tones that perfectly compliment each other. There is a gorgeous outdoor pool with an accompanying sun deck where guests can unwind. Ask the helpful staff about which of the local restaurants they would recommend. The hotel is centrally situated and is walking distance from both the vibrant town centre and Knysna Waterfront.
Knysna Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Knysna.