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Travel Guide of Knysna in South Africa by Influencers and Travelers

Knysna is a town with 85,708 inhabitants as of 2019 in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and is part of the Garden Route.

The Best Things to Do and Visit in Knysna


1 - Plettenberg Bay

   29 km away

Plettenberg Bay, nicknamed Plet or Plett, is the primary town of the Bitou Local Municipality in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. As of the census of 2001, there were 29,149 population.

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2 - Robberg Nature Reserve

   33 km away

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3 - Wildlife Experiences in Knysna

Hop onto our boat and learn all about the geological characteristics and the biodiversity of Knysna's estuarine and marine environment. The Knysna Estuary has been named a Hope Spot by the organisation Mission Blue, which aims to protect ecologically...

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4 - Keurboomstrand

   36 km away

Keurboomstrand is a resort town near Plettenberg Bay on the Western Cape of South Africa. It takes its name from the indigenous keurboom tree which grows in the region. The Keurbooms River runs nearby.

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5 - Map Of Africa View Point

   45 km away
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6 - Sailing in Knysna

Experience an enchanting Knysna sunset aboard the beautiful Outeniqua whilst sipping on a glass of chilled bubbly! Our Sunset Cruise showcases all of the natural beauty that Knysna offers. We depart from the Knysna Quays into the diverse estuary, out...

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7 - Mountain bike in Knysna

Enjoy an exhilarating downhill adventure on a Monster Mountain Scooter on this guided tour in Knysna Forest! Part of Garden Route National Park, explore the dense forest, sweepy bends and single track paths on this guided tour in Knysna Forest. Usin...

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8 - Zip-Lining in Knysna

   16 km away

Our Knysna Ziplines have especially been designed and installed to enhance the natural beauty of the Kranshoek Sanparks picnic site. The ziplines are some of the longest you will experience and certainly not for someone with a fear of heights. Extrem...

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9 - Surfing in Knysna

   9 km away

Learn to surf in the waters of Buffels Bay in the stunning coastal town of Knysna. Just south of Knysna Heads you will find Buffels Bay, a beautiful protected beach perfect for a day spent surfing! This sand bottom beach is a highlight of Knysn...

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Why should you visit Knysna ?

Travel to Knysna if you like:

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Learn More about Knysna

Knysna is a town located in the Western Cape Province in South Africa. Knysna is a must for those who are exploring the Garden Route. It is surrounded by forests, with landscapes always more impressive than the others.
During a trip to Knysna, you can visit the highest point of The Heads, which offers a splendid view of the lagoon, it is really worth it. Watching the ocean rush against the rocks and mix with the water of the lagoon is a wonderful sight. At sunset, the cliffs take on pink or orange colors while the watercolor gradually darkens.
The lush forests of Knysna are also a must for nature lovers and walkers. They cover a total area of 149498,76 acres (60,500 hectares). For example, you can go to Jubilee Creek for a picnic along a stream, and a short walk will take you to a waterfall where it is possible to swim. The Circles in the Forest trail is accessible to all, with a 1.8 miles (3 km) option or a longer 5.6 miles (9 km) one, and offers a total immersion in the forest and frog-filled streams, which you can cross thanks to small wooden bridges. We also recommend the Garden of Eden located near Plettenberg Bay. In addition to the incredible flora, the forest is also home to an abundance of wildlife, such as leopards, wild pigs, baboons, monkeys, badgers, bushbucks and duikers, and an elephant that is the last survivor of the herd that lived in the forest. Many birds also live in the forest.
Take a moment to walk around Knysna's waterfront where you will find small stores, cafés, and restaurants along the marina. The harbor is a great place to relax and enjoy the view of the boats while exploring the town. The oyster lovers will be able to taste those of the lagoon, which are very famous in the country.

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What to visit in Knysna ?

The city offers many visits to nature reserves to be in contact with the animals. If you love nature, we highly recommend a half-day trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve across the lagoon from the town. Knysna Elephant Park is a private reserve away from the city. You can feed and pet the elephants (if they agree), the setting is sumptuous, just like the rest of Knysna.

Cape Town and Knysna are 6 hours away by car. The bus takes 8 hours, while the plane from Plettenberg Bay takes between 3 and 4 hours, it remains the fastest solution but the most expensive one.

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