There is an aura of magic that permeates the extraordinary town of Knysna. Combining the historical with the modern, vibrancy with tranquility, energy with restfulness, it is little wonder that Knysna has become known as the artist Mecca of Southern Africa. Nestled within a horseshoe of lushly forested hills, the magnificent Knysna lagoon opens out through the awesome Heads into the Indian Ocean where even the whales seem unable to resist its lure. Here is Eden.
Begin by exploring the town with its fine restaurants, fascinating craft shops and unique yellowwood and stinkwood furniture stores. Visit the Angling Museum with its fascinating pre-historic Coelacanth. Then enjoy locally brewed Mitchell’s beer while feasting on delicious Knysna oysters.
If water sports are your thing then the Knysna lagoon is your place. Go diving at the Heads and explore the wreck of the Paquita, scuttled by its crew in 1903 because they too could not bear to leave this beautiful place. The activities are endless: yachting, canoeing, skiing, power boating. And if it’s the big one you’re after, go fishing for grunter or leervis which abound all year round.
For the more adventurous there are deep sea fishing charters and whale watching excursions. Or relax on a ferry trip to Featherbed Nature Reserve where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal before taking a walk along the spectacular Western Heads. On your way back, sip a cool sundowner while contemplating which pleasures to pursue next, for there are many.
Within easy reach are the ostrich farms of Oudtshoorn and the famous Cango Caves.
Knysna is also the proud host of many festivals:
The Famous Knysna Oyster Festival is an outdoor and leisure adventure which takes place in the first half of July. Activities include various off and on-road cycling events and, if you enjoy running, the forest marathon is an experience you’ll never forget. Unique to the festival are competitions involving the cooking and eating of the famous Knysna Oysters. A fun-filled experience for the whole family.
Sunrise and the forests beckon. Explore them on mountain bikes, on horseback or by foot. Here, one hundred year old yellowwood trees will dwarf you as you walk the sun-dappled trails, and perhaps you’ll glimpse a flock of bright red and green Knysna Loeries enjoying the tranquil shade of the leafy canopy above. Quench your thirst at one of the many mountain streams or find a pool and bathe your body. Let Nature rejuvenate you.
The rolling thunder of waves on white pristine beaches draws you to places like Noetzie, where eccentric millionaires have built castles fit for kings, and Buffalo Bay, where surfers from all over the world come to ride Neptune’s waves. This is Paradise found.