Use the Tourist Information centres
This tip applies to the whole of the Garden Route not just Knysna. If you haven't booked your accomodation in advance then use the Tourist Information Centres to find somewhere to stay. You can go into these places and they will have lists and pictures of lots of local accomodation . They will call around to find out where there are vacancies and what the rates are. In Knysna they are located at 40 Main Street right in the centre of town. It can be identified by the elephant skeleton in the window.
Excellent cuisine and Superb service
The Restaurant is in an Old Victorian Home with this old world feel which is kinda nice.
There is Two different styles of Dining to choose from - a fine dining a la carte menu or the more sociable Tapas version, where customers share from an array of 30 - 40 Mediterranean/South African dishes. 300g Sirloin smothered in a pepper sauce.
If you have not done this before, then you must seize the moment and drive to the Elephant Sanctuary (not to be confused with the Elephant Park). The Elephant Sanctuary is situated approx 16km east of Plettenbergbay just before the turn-off to Nature's valley. at the moment they have 6 elephants there. Three from Botswana & three rescued from culling at the Kruger National Park.
The cost for 2 people to walk with the elephants thru the "forest" and then to ride the elephant for approx 40min is R990.
The name, Knysna, is believed to be of Khoikhoi origin, meaning "ferns". Knysna is situated in the Western Cape Province of South Africa and forms part of the beautiful Garden Route. It is about 72 kilometres east from the town of George on the N2 highway and 25 kilometres west of Plettenberg Bay on the same road.
The town is primarily built on a lagoon which opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands, referred to as the "The Heads". It is also surrounded by the most wonderfully thick forests!
"What to do..."
Other than the breathtaking beauty of Knysna, the town also recently become a preferred destination among golfers, since the town now boasts with several world class golf courses. There is in no means any lack of restaurants and accommodation and a favourite to eat, is always some of the Knysna (wild or cultivated) oysters. During July every year there is the Knysna Oyster Festival during which time the town becomes incredibly busy and oysters are available everywhere, starting from R5 (less than US$1)!
Knysna is also home of the well known Forest Elephant and the Choo Tjoe train (which has currently been damaged by heavy rainfall, but will hopefully be up and running soon).