Art festivals, annual Oyster festivals, surfing, camping and diving, is there anything you can’t do in Knysna – the South African town located in the Western Cape Province of the country.
In Knysna, The Garden Route, Knysna Lagoon, Buffalo Bay, Featherbed Nature Reserve and the Wild Oats Community Farmers Markets should be on everyone’s ‘to explore’ list.
A quick glance at the city’s Map reveals landmarks like Prince Alfred Pass, Margaret’s viewpoint, Cloud 9 and Dalene Matthee Memorial (a must for fans of Dalene Matthee’s books; read Fiela’s Child if you haven’t already).
With a variety like this, you can never run out of things to do in this town, whether it is visiting Knysna Elephant Park or bird watching in the Garden of Eden.
This beautiful serene environment, known for its beautiful beaches, idyll lakes, and mostly its indigenous forests is also home to over 200 types of fish, a surplus of forest birds, a wide array of sea horses, and the only Forest Elephant in the country. The environment and beautiful weather provides limitless opportunities for fun activities, especially fun outdoor activities. Flea Markets, cafes and craft shops add to charm and hospitality the small town provides.
The weather here is mostly warm all year round because of its oceanic climate. This is characterized by hot summers and chilly winters. It has one the highest rainfall percentages in South Africa and remains evergreen as a result of this. Its wettest season comes between June and August.
This moderate weather makes it an all year round tourist destination. The warm weather all through the year has been credited as the primary reason, senior citizens move to Knysna after retirement.
Accommodation In Knysna
Knysna’s subtle environment provides an experience that it is unique and wholly different from what other South African cities provide. The quiet, serene town that is currently home to 51, 078 citizens has been home to many notable people such as Theodora Lee, Casper Lee, Thomas Henry Duthie and George Rex who is largely credited as being the founder of Knysna.
Accommodation here is generally more on the affordable side than in the bigger cities, probably because the picturesque town attracts considerably less visitors than its more populous counterparts.
The town which is mostly located on the northern shore of Knysna Lagoon has a variety of accommodations ranging from boutique hotels to cottages and the likes; some of which include: Syringa Tree Cottage, the Paradise Heads Self-Catering Guest House and Knysna River club which offers free wifi; more include Protea Hotel Knysna Quays, Hillview Self Catering Apartments, and Hide Away Guest house.
Things To Do In Knysna
Known for having the largest forest in South Africa, explorations of the forests are fans’ favorites as it allows visitors venture into an era when elephants walked those forests.
Forest explorations also appear to be a favorite for those who’ve read Circles in a Forest by Dalene Matthee. There was an era when Knysna was home to a large number of elephants but as years passed and their numbers dwindled, elephants can now be seen at the elephant sanctuary.
Another fan favorite for visitors would be a visit to ‘the heads’. The Knysna heads are a pair of vividly colored cliffs which can be found at the base of Knysna’s lagoon. While the eastern head overlooks a dazzling view of the lagoon, the western head is privately owned by the Featherbed Nature Reserve.
The Knysna waterfront is another exciting attraction, mainly because it is chief residence to Knysna’s nightlife, housing several restaurants, clubs and bars where the patrons can enjoy their drinks while watching Knysna’s beautiful sunset.
It is also a chief destination town for those who enjoy golfing as it has many world class golf courses to brag of. Because of its plethora of outdoor activities, it is also known to attract runners, hikers, fishermen, kayakers and many other outdoorsmen.
Food enthusiasts and lovers of life in general should consider visiting the annual Knysna Oyster Festival which offers a tremendous selection of local delicacies to choose from.
The Knysna Elephant park extends a safari offer to all visitors with an opportunity to touch any of the three elephants that grace the park. There are also vehicles that leave the reception every thirty minutes so the wait is never long. The delightful experience of walking with the elephants is also tendered.
These are only a few of the many exciting features that a quiet town like Knysna has to offer, providing an unsuspecting good time.