Knysna is the ideal base from which to explore the Garden Route.

Day trips to;

  • Oudtshoorn to visit the Cango Caves, ostrich farms and The Crocodile and Cheetah Ranch
  • Plettenberg bay and experience the Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Wilderness renowned for its tranquil sea
  • George the 6th oldest town in South Africa with its many historical landmarks including the Steam Museum
  • Tsitsikamma National Park offering forest and coastal walks, swimming, snorkelling and angling. On route along the N2 encounter the Bloukrans Bridge featuring the highest commercial bungy jump in the world.
  • Mossel Bay with its small harbour and great golf course

Fun stuff for the kids

  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Treetop Canopy Tours
  • Featherbed Eco Experience
  • Mashie Golf
  • Knysna Forests
  • Friday Market
  • Pledge Nature Reserve
  • Bendigo Mine

Arts & crafts shopping

  • African Attitude – African art & craft
  • Birds of Africa – wooden birds
  • Bitou Craft – woven & clay goods
  • Crazy Clay – clay products & collectables
  • Dale Elliott Gallery – fine art gallery
  • Forest Bears – hand made teddy bears
  • Frost Brothers – vintage cars
  • Hot Art – fireplaces
  • Knysna Fine Art – fine art gallery
  • Knysna Mall
  • Knysna Waterfront
  • SA Diamond & Tanzanite – designer jewelry & manufacturing
  • The Potter – pottery
  • Thesen Harbour Town – unique shopping experience
  • Woodmill Lane – shopping centre


  • 4 x 4 Drives
  • Abseiling
  • Air charter – scenic & whale watching
  • Animal Encounter
  • Birds of Eden
  • Botlierskop Game Reserve
  • Buffalo Hills Game Lodge
  • Buffelsdrift Game Lodge
  • Cango Wildlife Ranch
  • Chandelier Ostrich & Game
  • Garden Route Game Lodge
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Monkeyland
  • Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
  • The Elephant Sanctury
  • Birdwatching
  • Boat/Canoe hire
  • Bungy jumping
  • Canoeing & sea kyaking
  • Catamaran/yacht sailing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Eco-adventure/guided walks
  • Forest excursions
  • Golf
  • Helicopter flips
  • Horse riding
  • Lagoon cruises
  • Marine mammal watching
  • Paragliding
  • Quad biking
  • River excursions
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Tree Top Tours

Take to the water
Knysna estuary – swimming, boating, canoeing, fishing, scuba diving & snorkelling
Cruises on the estuary – ferry trips
Houseboats – hire a fully equipped houseboat and overnight on the lagoon
The Knysna Waterfront – fine vintage wine, fresh seafood, curios & much more. Shop, eat or simply sit on the quay-side and watch the boats

Enjoy the view
Eastern Head View Point – a panoramic view of the town, estuary and Indian Ocean
The Rheenendal Ramble
Featherbed Nature Reserve – a ferry ride across the estuary to the Nature Reserve

Local markets
Harvest Time Saturday Farmer’s Market – Harkerville
The Friday Market – Welbedacht
Thesen Island Sunday Market
Wild Oats Community Farmers Market – Sedgefield
Karatara Market

Annual festivals
Pink Loerie Mardi Gras
Oyster Festival
Rastafarian Earth Festival

Leisure Isle Beach
Knysna Heads
Coney Glen
Buffalo Bay
Brenton on Sea
Plettenberg Bay

Eat, drink and be merry – many restaurants, pubs and night clubs.