Attractions IN Knysna

Nature Reserves

Featherbed Nature Reserve

A Natural Heritage site, the Featherbed Nature Reserve in Knysna is an utterly unique privately owned reserve that lies on the Western Head of the famous landmarks known as 'The heads' in Knysna, accessible only by ferry. Many people make a day of it, ...

Beaches

Garden Route Beaches

Your Garden Route accommodation will likely be close to some of the gorgeous beaches that dot this stretch of the South African coastline. The Garden Route connects the two provinces of the Eastern Cape and the Western Cape; and its shores are sprinkled ...

Nature Reserves

Goukamma Nature Reserve

The glorious Goukamma Nature Reserve is one of those unrivalled hideaways that, despite being on the popular Garden Route, manages to remain relatively obscure and unknown - a treasure trove near the mouth of the Goukamma River. Goukamma Nature and ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Homtini Pass

The Homtini Pass is one of several passes on the famous 7 Passes route. Back when it was constructed in the 1880s this route involving seven passes was the only route between George and Knysna. It was to remain so for almost 70 years before the N2 ...

Mountain Passes

Karatara Pass

Karatara is the fifth of the seven passes on what is known as the 7 Passes Road. Back when it was constructed in the 1880s this route involving seven passes was the only route between George and Knysna. It was to remain so for almost 70 years before the ...

Game Reserves / Nature Reserves

Knysna Elephant Park

Get up-close-and-personal with nature at Knysna Elephant Park. With the help of our resident African elephants and our well-informed guides- you will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The park offers a rare opportunity to ...

Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Knysna Estuary

The Knysna Estuary, better known amongst the locals as the lagoon, is one of South Africa’s favourite vacation spots, thanks to the stunning views and many adventures that it offers. More than this, though, it is an important part of ...

Forests / Landmarks

Knysna Forest

Across Africa are only a handful of sheltered, remote pockets of Afromontane forest; all that remains of huge tracts of ancient forest that covered large parts of the continent. On the Garden Route is one such forest. Knysna Forest, in some places so ...

Golf Courses

Knysna Golf Club

The Knysna Golf course is probably the only golf course in South Africa which can boast holes that are below sea level. The Knysna Golf Club is situated on the eastern shores of the tranquil Knysna estuary one of the most beautiful regions of South ...

Landmarks / Natural Wonders

Knysna Heads

The Heads are a stunning sight to enjoy from a number of restaurants, and provide the perfect backdrop for those indulging in water sports nearby. The East Head is the more accessible one, and visitors need only head to Leisure Isle and then follow the ...

Beaches / Lakes / Dams / Landmarks

Knysna Lagoon

The breath-taking blue of the Knysna Lagoon imbues the coastal town of Knysna with an allure that is quite irresistible. This lagoon opens between two massive cliffs, known as The Heads. These stand tall, acting as ...

Entertainment / Landmarks / Shopping

Knysna Waterfront

The town of Knysna is exquisite, perched conveniently on the Garden Route. It is situated on the banks of a magnificent lagoon, which stretches out to the Indian Ocean at a dramatic point between the towering twin peaks known as The Heads. In the heart ...

Lakes / Dams / National Parks

Lakes Area National Park

Formerly this national park consisted of the Wilderness National Park and Knysna National Lake Area. Because of their proximity and similarities they are currently managed as a single unit. The Knysna National Lake Area is home to the endangered Knysna ...

Golf Courses

Pezula Golf Course

Situated in the very heart of the Garden Route, on sweeping coastal cliffs, east of the charming town of Knysna, Pezula encompasses a world-class Championship Golf Course and Club. The Championship Golf Course lies high above the Indian Ocean and the ...

Nature Reserves

Pledge Nature Reserve

This 10 hectare local nature reserve functions as something of a green lung in Knysna, lying as it does just behind Main Road. Made up of forest, wetland and fynbos, Pledge Nature Reserve it is not only beautiful - filled with indigenous plants, cool ...

Golf Courses

Simola Golf Course

Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. It's also the first ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes / Popular Tourist Routes

Spitzkop Viewpoint

The Spitzkop viewpoint is the highest point above Knysna. Drive, or hike up there and you will find one of the best panoramic views of the town and outlying areas. Some have described it as the best view in the country. Spitzkop lies on the Prince Alfred ...

Nature Reserves

Steenbok Nature Reserve

Just four kilometres from the heart of the historical little town of Knysna, Steenbok Nature Reserve provides a refuge for those wanting to immerse themselves in nature, breathing in the fresh sea air and ...

Attractions AROUND Knysna

Nature Reserves / Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

Birds of Eden Bird Sanctuary

The world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a wonderful way of life for over 2000 previously caged ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Eden to Addo Biodiversity Corridor

The Eden to Addo biodiversity corridor connects the Western Cape and Eastern Cape with a far reaching dream that underlies the project – that of restoring the ancient elephant migration paths across the Cape, and the effects this would have on the ...

National Parks

Garden Route National Park

The Garden Route National Park, established by SANParks and also known as GRNP, spans an impressive 121 000 hectares and includes the existing Wilderness and Tsitsikamma national parks, the Knysna Lakes area and roughly 52 000 hectares of newly ...

Wine Estates

Garden Route Wine Estates

The Garden Route produces some fantastic wines. The cool, wet winters and temperate summers (with their own fair share of rains) make for the perfect conditions in which to cultivate a range of red, white and rosé wines. Popular wine farms include ...

Marine Protected Areas

Goukamma Marine Protected Area

The Goukamma MPA lies near Sedgefield, east of Cape Town; a designated portion of the ocean adjacent to the Goukamma Nature Reserve that protects the sea against harmful human activities like overfishing and oyster and mussel ...

Mountain Passes

Hoogekraal Pass

The Hoogekraal Pass lies more or less midway on the 7 Passes route between George and Knysna. Back when it was constructed in the 1880s this route involving seven passes was the only route between George and Knysna. It was to remain so for almost 70 ...

Mountain Passes

Kaaimans River Pass

The Kaaimans River Pass connects the towns of Knysna and George on the Garden Route. It lies on the N2, a tarred pass that during the 2006 heavy rains in the area was placed under severe strain when a huge chunk of the pass slipped into the sea, forcing ...

Nature Reserves

Keurbooms River Nature Reserve

Head off towards Nature’s Valley from Plettenberg Bay on the N2 and Keurbooms River Nature Valley lies roughly 8 km along the major route of the N2. The beautiful Keurbooms River nature reserve that stretches over a distance of 2500 hectares, is bisected ...

Landmarks / Miscellaneous

Map-of-Africa Viewpoint

The Map-of-Africa is situated at Wilderness Heights, which is between the Garden Route towns of Knysna and George. From the N2 motorway (heading from Knysna and towards George), turn left into Wilderness. Then, follow the road to the T-junction before ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary

Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Monkeyland, is unique in that the sanctuary caters for several species of primate, and they are not caged, they are free to move about the forest, and do so in harmony ...

Nature Reserves

Noetzie Conservancy

Noetzie Conservancy is all the surrounding vegetation and beautiful Noetzie Beach, roughly fifteen minutes outside of Knysna. It is the major reason why Noetzie Beach remains one of few beaches in the country free of development. The only run-in with ...

Lakes / Dams / Miscellaneous

Outeniqua Choo Tjoe

It is with great sadness that we need to report that the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is no longer in operation. Information supplied here for historical purposes only: One of the few remaining steam trains in the country. Steam enthusiasts are in their element ...

Landmarks / Mountain Passes

Prince Alfred Pass

The Prince Alfred Pass is another built by the indefatigable Thomas Bain, between 1860 and 1867. It was to be one of his biggest challenges, as the road cut through dense forest and climbs 700 metres in just 14 kilometres. The pass links Knysna with the ...

Nature Reserves

Robberg Nature Reserve

Just outside Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route is a beautiful, remote rocky peninsula touted as the most popular walking destination in and around Plettenberg Bay. Robberg Nature Reserve is a charged booster of outdoor living - incredible scenery, ...

Mountain Passes

Swartrivier Pass

The Swartrivier Pass forms the initial part of the historical Seven Passes drive, athough it is not officially one of the seven passes because it has changed so much from the historical Swartrivier Pass. Today one hardly notices one is on a pass at all, ...

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Mountain Passes

Attakwaskloof Pass

The Attakwaskloof Pass lies in the heart of the Outeniqua Mountains, a gravel off-road between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn. Most of it runs through the Attakwaskloof Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Outeniqua Nature Reserve and is closed to day ...

Mountain Passes

Ballots Bay Pass

Ballots Bay Pass is a beautiful drive. If it weren't private, every man with a bike would use this over weekends, at least for the scenery, but also for the continuous descent that makes it rather exciting to drive. For those intent on a visit to Ballots ...

Nature Reserves

Ballots Heights Nature Reserve

Ballots Heights Nature Reserve is nestled in the rich foliage of the Western Cape, between Wilderness and George. This is part of the breath-taking Garden Route, famed around the world for its exquisite mountains, ...

Landmarks / Museums / National Monuments

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

The Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is dedicated to celebrating the rich history of this region, and the contributions that it has made to the culture of modern Mossel Bay. It was originally established in the 1960’s, but was officially opened under ...

Mountain Passes

Bloukrans Pass

Bloukrans River Bridge, just beyond Nature's Valley in the Western Cape, is famous for its bungi jump, reputed to be the highest commercial bungi in the world at 216 metres. But the Bloukrans Pass is one of several passes found in the Tsitsikamma. These ...

Activities

Bloukrans River Bridge

Bungi jump the highest commercial bungi jump in the world! The Bloukrans Bungi Jump surpasses the position previously held by the Victoria Falls as the 'highest bungi in the world". The Bloukrans bridge is 216 m high, the jump is approximately 160 ...

Nature Reserves

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area

Boosmansbos Wilderness Area lies in the beautiful Langeberg Mountains, over 14 000 hectares that is, in turn, part of the Grootvadersbosch Nature Reserve. It is regarded as a hiker's domain, a great space in which to scale peaks to reach views that are ...

Game Reserves

Botlierskop Game Reserve

Botlierskop is named after one of the spectacular rock formations on the reserve. Botlierskop is a well stocked, free roaming private game reserve, which gives visitors the opportunity to view South African wildlife from the safety of 4x4 vehicles, in ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Landmarks / Popular Tourist Routes / Uniquely South African / World Heritage Sites

Cape Floral Region

Cape Floristic Region is a South African UNESCO World Heritage Site: Cape Floral Region Protected Areas in the Western Cape Province, South Africa also known as The Cape Floral ...

Mountain Passes

Cradock Pass

The Cradock Pass, a route over the Outeniquas north of George, has been described by some as 'trecherous'. The adjective more than aptly describes the steep and often dangerous path that rose quickly to a saddle in the mountains and left visible evidence ...

Knysna as a destination

Also in the neighbourhood

Albertinia, Ballots Bay, Belvidere, Boggomsbaai, Brenton On Sea, Dana Bay, George, Glentana, Gouritsmond, Great Brak, Harkerville, Hartenbos, Herolds Bay, Hoekwil, Keurboomstrand, Lake Brenton, Little Brak, Mossel Bay, Noetzie, Pinnacle Point, Plettenberg Bay, Reebok, Rheenendal, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Tergniet, The Crags, Thesen Island, Victoria Bay, Vleesbaai, Wilderness

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