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Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the 'Garden Route'. The Heads are soaring monoliths that guard the bay and the treacherous waters that lead into the lagoon. Knynsa is surrounded by lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.

Activities and sightseeing in the area

Forest walks

The nearby forests provide ample opportunity for leisurely walks or picnics, short hikes or, for the serious hiker, more strenuous day walks; plus a number of biking trails for levels of cyclists.

Restaurants

The diner has a wonderful choice of restaurants, dining in elegant surroundings by candlelight or looking out over the Knysna Lagoon. There are intimate bistros or the opportunity to eat "al fresco", a popular activity due to Knysna's gentle climate and warm evenings. A host of coffee bars and pubs offer good wholesome "pub-grub" or South African fare as well as the locally brewed beer Mitchells Brewery, a legend in its own lifetime.

Galleries, arts & crafts

As a result of a relaxed lifestyle, Knysna has over the years, attracted a wide variety of art and crafters, creating an artists' paradise. There are numerous galleries where one can enjoy the local arts and crafts and appreciate the talent and work that is produced here. The highly successful Knysna Arts Festival - a collection of visual and performing arts - takes place over a 10 day period from 27th September until 7th October.

Oysters

Oysters are cultivated right here in the Knysna Lagoon and served in most of the local restaurants. The Knysna Oyster Company established in 1949, is situated on Thesen Islands and offers daily educational tours, accompanied by fine cuisine.

Birdlife

More than 280 species of birds are listed in and around Knysna and many water birds abound Thesen Islands, Steenbok Park and further afield at Groenvlei and Swartvlei Lakes along the Rheenendal Ramble.


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    Elalini Backpackers

    Accommodation  > Knysna

    This establishment is an Incubator Member of SAYTC, the tourism organisation bringing your Travel Now Now. SAYTC would like to represent the diversity that tourism in South Africa has to offer, particularly start up or smaller accommodation establishments. Incubator Membership offers these establishments an introduction to the tourism industry and SAYTC as an organisation.

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    Island Vibe Knysna

    Accommodation  > Knysna

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    Knysna Charters

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > Knysna

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    Ocean Odyssey

    Tours & adventures  > Day tours  > Knysna

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