Knysna nestles on the banks of a beautiful lagoon in the heart of the ‘Garden Route’ of South Africa. It is surrounded by a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and golden beaches, making it a real natural wonderland.
A moderate climate and a fine selection of accommodation, restaurants and enjoyable activities make Knysna the perfect holiday destination.
Fat Susi's Coffee Place and Bistro is Knysna's most historical coffee shop.
Enjoy a European side -walk cafe ambience set under shady oak trees.* The cakes as well as the freshly prepared Mauritian spicy curries are a must..
The coffee's are excellent and well worth the visit.
Fat Susi's is fully licensed ,
open daily from 8 to 5.*
Take a trip to Plett
If you have a car or you fancy jumping on the bus and travelling 30mins or so down the Garden route you will come to the town of Plettenberg Bay, a beautiful town with stunning beaches and air it's safe to breath in!
"It's all about the lagoon"
Everything about the town is built around or related to the vast Knysna Lagoon. Because this is an upscale town, things are more expensive here than at other sites between Cape Town and PE. That certainly includes the resataurants, but it's still easy to get a good meal in a good restaurant, with wine, for much less than you would pay in the EU or US.
There are places to swim in the lagoon, but mostly that's not what the lagoon is about. The bottom is more muddy than sandy (especially the farther in you go from the Heads).
If you go boating, be aware that sand bars are everywhere and you really have to follow your charts exactly, or you will run aground. Also, because of the great size of the lagoon, it can get very windy, which on the water means very choppy!
"A different kind of B&B"
We stayed in B&Bs all along the Garden Route, but in Knysna we rented a little houseboat. The renting company, Lightley's, gives some short instructions and you're on your way.
You can cruise around the lagoon, but you can only get near the ocean end by going under the railroad bridge, and you can only do that when the tide is right. They will tell you when that is. And while you can go to various mooring spots, you can't take the boat to Knysna marina.
The boat itself is a sweet craft and very comfortable to sleep in. The very best part, for us, was late at night: we lay on the roof of the boat and saw the stars as we've never seen them before.