Knysna Travel Tips: Exploring the Pearl of the Garden Route

Knysna Travel Tips: Exploring the Pearl of the Garden Route

Situated on South Africa’s glamorous Garden Route and boasting all the principle features of a high end vacation destination, Knysna is a charming resort town clustered around a dazzling lagoon fed by not one but five pristine rivers.

Twin headlands crafted out of ochre stained rocks form a natural gateway to the Indian Ocean creating a unique natural habitat capable of sustaining over 200 fish species, cultivated oyster beds and the endangered Knysna sea horse.

The lagoon is also a playground for increasing numbers of tourists who flock to the area to sail, kayak, hike, sunbathe, swim and generally chill out in surroundings that can only be described as pure magic.

You’ll find large tracts of near impenetrable forests that are still home to rare forest elephants, sweeping golden beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and fresh water lakes, estuaries and rivers stained with the tannins of restios that grow on the verdant slops of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains.

In short, Knysna is the HQ of a perfect piece of paradise!

Once a bustling ship building centre and tiny port, exporting hard woods, ivory, wool and seal fur, Knysna is a favourite holiday hideaway. Legions of enthusiastic travellers come from all over the world to enjoy its favourable climate, extensive menu of outdoor activities, fine food restaurants and the spectacular beauty of the natural surrounds.


As Knysna is such a prodigiously popular choice amongst holiday makers, I’ve compiled a couple of travel tips that should enhance an already spectacular experience:

•    If you’re looking for a more relaxed break, well away from the madding crowds, avoid local school holidays and high season (early December to the end of January)

•    With a mild climate all year round you can enjoy all the attractions of Knysna at any time of year. Swimming is more fun in summer though.

•    Shop around for the best deals online especially out of season when accommodation and activity rates are substantially reduced. Keep in mind however that during the Oyster Festival (end of June into early July) most places charge high season rates.

•    If you’re into awesome whale and dolphin watching from both land and sea make for the Knysna Heads, Brenton on Sea or a local charter boat from June to September when Southern Right whales make for the southern waters to breed

•    Drive to Harkerville to explore the depths of the indigenous forest on demarcated hiking or mountain bike trails. You may catch a glimpse of rare forest birds and animals such as Knysna Loerie, Narina Trogon, Blue Duiker, the occasional elusive leopard and the last remaining forest elephants.

•    Select accommodation situated on the hill above the town or at the Knysna heads. It is more peaceful and secluded, the views are to die for and you’ll find a varied choice of lodgings including comfortable yet rustic log cabins ideally suited to the forest, ocean and lagoon ambience


Travel Tip shared by j.meister