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

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
  • Gastronomica


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

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