Garden Route, South Africa
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon – it offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety.
Knysna is easily recognised by it’s two heads – two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views of the lagoon and the town. The Western Head is a privately owned Nature Reserve known as Featherbed Nature Reserve.
The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places in the world that supports an oyster hatchery. Knysna oysters are known as some of the tastiest in the world, and one of the largest festivals of the town are rightly the Knysna Oyster Festival taking place in the month of July every year. The lagoon is also home to the Knysna Seahorse, a 12cm tall aquatic creature that is only found in the south-western coast of South Africa but mostly found only in the lagoon. The Knysna seahorse is a highly protected species and can only be viewed by scuba-diving during high tides.
As a town with various cultural influences, Knysna also has it’s own Rastafarian hotspot, well worth the visit. Judah Square is a Rastafarian community situated in a small valley in Khayalethu South, a suburb of Knysna, a town in South Africa. Guided visits to this community takes place daily.
Knysna has many attractions in the surrounding area as well, one of the most spectacular being the Knysna Forest. It is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa comprising of local and foreign tree species, including famous types such as stinkwood, yellowwood, blackwood and Cape chestnut. Add to this other greenery such as the ferns, creepers and wild flowers and it makes an extremely beautiful natural environment. Interestingly, it was home to great herds of Knysna Elephants, but it is believed that only one lonely cow remains today.
Tourism in Knysna is one of the main business activities. With an extremely large collection of accommodation – from budget backpacker establishments to exclusive 5-star resorts, you can find an overnight stay matching your every wish.
Island Vibe Knysna
Our accommodation here is small and personal; choose between comfy en-suite doubles or small cosy dorms. Rooms are all comfortably made up with crisp clean linen, towels and soap. The large wooden deck to the front of the rooms is a great sunny place to enjoy breakfast. The best way to end your day is to join in our “social BBQ” – fires are lit every evening and coals ready for you to personally cook the authentic SA way.
B My Guest
B my Guest is the answer for those looking for affordable accommodation without sacrificing comfort. This is a well-appointed self-catering establishment which will provide be perfect tranquil getaway after a day exploring Knysna and surrounds. Conveniently situated 2km from the town centre & walking distance to the Lagoon walkway, it will be easy to get around on foot, bicycle or shuttle.
If you need a break-away to an elegant and romantic setting, we are ready to treat you and your loved one, in our brand new lodge! Some of the rooms has entrance to a balcony, where you'd have an exquisite view, over the tree tops with rich birdlife, and the lagoon, right into the heads! 4 Bed & Breakfast Rooms and 4 Self Catering units to pick from, all elegantly fresh and clean!
Conveniently situated in the heart of Knysna on the Western Cape’s scenic Garden Route, Knysna Glampackers @ 52 on Main is the perfect accommodation choice from which to explore the surrounding attractions. With an interesting history and lush garden setting right in the heart of town, you will definitely be a happy glampacker staying here. Shuttle services in and around town are available.
Salt River Lodge
Salt River Lodge is set in a supremely tranquil location, situated on the northern side of the lagoon with its natural ebb and flow of the tide. It is part of a natural bird sanctuary which includes the Knysna Lourie, Heron and the Egyptian Geese which often visit for a drink from the swimming pool! With four flats only we ensure it not to be crowded. Each flat sleeps 4 to 6 people and is fully equipped.
Bamboo Guest House
What word or phrase would best describe Bamboo, the Guest House? Relaxed, friendly, unpretentious, quirky, artistic, tranquil, laid back, hospitable, homely, inspirational?…… all of these, in fact, combine to make Bamboo ‘a magical hideaway’. Guests arrive as strangers and leave as family – Owners Gordon and Jaynie, together with their team, leave no stone unturned in ensuring you have the perfect Knysna experience.
For a little bit of luxury that is kind on your pocket, our boutique backpacker/lodge offers exactly that. Tucked away in the heart of the Garden Route, here at Jembjo’s we take pride in making you feel at home. We are both experienced travellers with a wealth of knowledge in travel and tourism in Africa. Jembjo’s has a range of accommodation to offer... from Dorm beds, twin/double/triple/family standard rooms that use shared bathrooms to en-suite rooms with their own private bathrooms.
Birds of Eden
|Birds of Eden's unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors. The decision to develop Birds of Eden stems from the need to create a safe environment in which to release a large collection of free-flight African birds and miniature monkeys. Read More|
Face Adrenalin Bungy
|That pretty much sums up why we are doing what we do. How we do that is by keeping everyone safe, treating everyone with respect and helping people have fun! We do all this with a long bungy cord attached to Africa's largest bridge! The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquillity of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below. Read More|
|Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 700 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. Read More|
|A unique and true forest experience. Enjoy an exhilarating downhill on the Monster Mountain Scooter, descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and single track. A scenic minibus ride takes you into the heart of the forest to the best hills to start your descent in the Garden Route National Park. All of this while on the lookout for the our local wild life, the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck and wild boar. Read More|
Rastafarian Township Tours
|Judah Square is a Rastafari community situated in a small valley in Khayalethu South, a suburb of Knysna, a town in South Africa. It was an informal settlement which developed into a formal one. It’s began in 1993 when the municipality responded to a request by the local Rasta’s to allocate them their own area. As per the development plan happening in the area, the Rastas still had to apply individually for lots but they were accorded beside one another. Read More|
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