Knysna, also known as “The Pearl of the Garden Route” is an ideal Garden Route destination, offering a selection of luxurious accommodations, restaurants, activities,  natural encounters and cultural experiences. Its proximity also makes for an excellent base to explore the surrounding areas  which include Oudtshoorn, Wilderness, Plettenberg Bay, The Crags, Natures Valley, Tsisikamma Forest and Storms River.

Experience the soothing feeling of being touched by an elephant or the thrill of a walk with a cheetah. Ride a high-speed mountain bike through indigenous forests or dive in the depths of the lagoon. Take a cruise across the lagoon or out to sea on a stylish yacht or hire a kayak to tour the winding Knysna river. Play golf at three premier golf courses on offer. Raise the heartbeat with an abseil above the ocean’s crashing waves. Ride a horse along the water’s edge. Try rock and surf angling or deep-sea fishing, or, kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon or paraglide over the hills and lakes. Shop at the many interesting shops tucked away around every corner.

Knysna is also famous for many local festivals:

  • “Pink Loerie Mardi Gras” in April/May a Gay Pride celebration
  • “Knysna Oyster Festival” in July to celebrate Food, Wine and Fun.
  • “Knysna Woodworkers Festival” in September to celebrate an ancient tradition
  • “African Experience Golf Festival” in October to enjoy the many golf courses
  • “Knysna Speed Festival” to celebrate speed and its many car enthusiasts in the area
  • “Slow Festival” to celebrate slow food and quality of life
  • “Rastafarian Earth Festival” to celebrate the largest Rastafarian community outside of Ethiopia
  • “Knysna Literary Festival” to celebrate learning and the many writers and poets the area inspires