Places To Visit In Knysna

(Article by Caitlin W)
Situated along the Garden Route between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains, Knysna is one of South Africa’s favourite towns. 

It has a friendly atmosphere and is packed with loads of things to do. Shops, forest escapes, beach walks, township tours, bird watching, and much more, Knysna is a must see for all vacationers. 

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The great thing is, real estate in Knysna has hit high popularity and is reasonably priced. So you can become a resident and enjoy all these wonderful mini-adventures all year round, whilst enjoying the jovial attitude of the town’s residents. 

With so much to do in Knysna, we narrow it down to some of the must-do activities:
Forest Night Game Drive

If you’re a nature lover or just keen on some extra special adventure, why not book yourself and your family a forest night game drive. You’re likely to see a whole host of wildlife including the fabled Knysna Lourie bird. You’re in for a treat on this one, because you’ll encounter wild boar, blue duiker, bush baby, chameleons, and maybe even a Cape mountain leopard! 

This once in a lifetime experience will cost you R295 per person and at least four people need to book together for a drive. It’s all worth it if you want to experience the gorgeous surroundings in the forests around Knysna. 

Township Tours 

What better way to experience our South African culture and heritage than to book yourself and your family a township tour? Those who take hold of this opportunity will get to pay a visit to one of the local pre-schools, consult a real life sangoma and enjoy a taste of proper traditional beer. You’ll also have the opportunity to have lunch with a Xhosa family, should you so wish. 

This can serve as a cultural and educational experience for the whole family.
Knysna Heads

The Knysna Heads are the scenic mountains which overlook the entrance to the Knysna lagoon, and are mandatory for any visitor to the town. The scenery is simply breath-taking. The Eastern Head looks out over the lagoon, Knysna and Leisure Isle, whilst the Western Head is only reachable by ferry. 

Cruises and tours to these heads are available daily, and can be both relaxing and entertaining. Whilst on a catamaran cruise, visitors can enjoy some champagne and oysters. Yum!

Knysna Elephant Park 


The Knysna Elephant Park is home to African elephants, and presents visitors with the ideal opportunity to get close to these gorgeous and gentle creatures. The park is a controlled environment, but allows its occupants (the elephants, of course) to roam freely. The park has accommodation for those who wish to book and stay overnight. 

Touching base with the Elephant Park and the elephants themselves is an almost spiritual experience, and not one to be missed. 

Brenton On Sea 

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Brenton On Sea overlooks the ocean and is perfect for a leisurely stroll along the beach. Its own ‘Castle Rock’ is a favourite spot for fishermen, though swimming should be avoided at all costs because of the dangerous rip tides – so perhaps not the place to go with the kids for a day of swimming fun. It is, however, very popular with paragliders and is a great place to enjoy a sundowner after a long day of activities and sightseeing. 

With all these great attractions and places to visit, it’s no small wonder that Knysna has been voted South Africa’s favourite town twice! It’s an ideal place to visit or live. So, don’t miss out. 

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