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Knysna Garden Route

Knysna very popular stop along the Garden Route

Knysna Garden Route. The friendly town of Knysna is one of the most popular places along the Garden Route. Many travellers plan a few days here to see the beautiful surroundings. It is a destination for bon vivants, but you can also do the necessary active things.

Knysna Garden Route

Knysna is known for its cosy character, The streetscape here is characterized by oyster restaurants, art shops and small-scale hotels. The town also has a beautiful location and is sandwiched by a bright blue lagoon and a vast primeval forest.

The town

Knysna is known as one of the best stops on the South African Garden Route. It is a tourist village with plenty of nice restaurants, boutique hotels and special shops. It is not big. The uncluttered centre consists of one main street and a cosy harbour with catering on the water. There’s no shortage of good restaurants. If we can give you one tip on food, at least you should have eaten a plate of oysters here.

Knysna is the most important oyster producer in the whole country and that means you can taste oysters everywhere. Visit a nursery or order a plate of oysters from one of the restaurants.

Knysna Lagoon

The main attraction in Knysna is the lagoon. The village is right on the water and used to be known as one of the most dangerous ports in the world. Fortunately, this is no longer the case and the Knysna lagoon is one of the highlights of a trip through South Africa for many travellers. The water is bright blue. In the area you will find some beautiful beaches and there are also the necessary sea creatures in the water. It will not surprise you that people from all over the country come to Knysna to make a nice sailing trip here.

Nature around Knysna

Knysna not only has to be of its cozy town. Also the surrounding nature reserves have a strong attraction to tourists. One of the most beautiful nature reserves is Knysna Forest which is located north and east of the village. Knysna Forest is a primeval forest full of ancient trees and plants, and quite vast. There are several hiking trails mapped out and it seems that you can sometimes encounter an elephant along the way. Another beautiful nature reserve is the Featherbed Nature Reserve.


Active people will definitely get their money’s worth during a stay in Knysna, because there is plenty to do. In the immediate vicinity are many beautiful hiking trails and there are short walks mapped out by the various nature reserves. In Diepwalle, for example, you can walk the fairly simple Elephant Walk, which consists of three different routes. If you are looking for a challenge, it is also recommended to take time out for the Harkerville Coastal Trail. This walk takes two days. True fanatics follow the Outeniqua Trail, which takes you no less than seven days.


Due to its convenient location compared to the lagoon, you can do a lot of active water sports in Knysna. One of the best things to do is kayaking. It is the ideal way to view the surroundings at your leisure and moor at secluded beaches around the village. You have to be careful not to get too close to the mouth to the sea. This because there the current can be treacherously strong.

Take a boat trip

Are you not so sporty, but do you want to spend a day on the water? Boat trips and mini cruises are offered all over the city. For example, go sailing with a catamaran, dolphin and whale watching. Or treat yourself to a luxury sunset boat trip where you can sip unlimited oysters and champagne on board.

Knysna Garden route

Knysna is located on the world famous Garden Route. Which is known as one of the most beautiful car routes in South Africa. The route runs along the coast from Mossel Bay to Port Elizabeth and combines rugged nature reserves with laid-back surf beaches. Apart from Knysna, there are many more beautiful places that are worth a look.

For example, it is highly recommended to schedule a stop in the Tsitsikamma National Park and the beaches in Plettenberg Bay are also recommended to visit. Finally, you can also combine a road trip along the Garden Route with a safari in the Addo Elephant National Park. One of the best places in South Africa to spot the Big 5 in the wild.

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