Attractions IN Thesen Island

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Thesen Harbour Town

Thesen Harbour Town is connected to the secure marina estate of Thesen Islands in Knysna, but is open to the public (unlike the islands, which have strict access control). This ‘town’ offers a central hub for locals and visitors to gather and ...

Attractions AROUND Thesen Island

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Nature Reserves

Spitskop Nature Reserve

The Spitskop Nature Reserve was named after Spitskop, an impressive granite koppie just outside the small town of Upington. Consisting mainly of sandy flats interrupted by two rocky outcrops, the Spitskop Nature Reserve is worth a visit not only for its ...

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 ...

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Thesen Island 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, Knysna, Lake Brenton, Little Brak, Mossel Bay, Noetzie, Pinnacle Point, Plettenberg Bay, Reebok, Rheenendal, Riversdale, Sedgefield, Still Bay, Tergniet, The Crags, Victoria Bay, Vleesbaai, Wilderness

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