FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE
The world famous landmark, the spectacular Knysna heads are two giant sandstone cliffs which mark the Knysna River's entrance.
Featherbed Nature Reserve, a unique 150 ha private Nature Reserve, encompasses the whole of the Western Head of Knysna and is one of South Africa's Natural Heritage Sites. It is home to two of the Garden Route's icons, namely the Knysna Loerie and the Blue Duiker, one of Africa's smallest antelope species. Other wildlife found on the Reserve include Cape Mountain Tortoises, Blue Cranes (South Africa's national bird), rare Black African Oyster Catchers (listed in the endangered Red Data List), White breasted cormorant, Bushbuck and more!
Where else could you have lunch under the Milkwood Trees with the elusive, majestic and brightly coloured Knysna Loeries? Walk amid fynbos and into the "Beachcomber" caves while imagining the days of yesteryear and learn about the secrets of Coffin Bay..
Knysna is the home to some of the best oysters in the country, ff you like this delicacy make sure that you visit the Oyster Factory where you can indulge into either wild or cultivated oysters which are harvested in the Knysna Lagoon.
Noetzie beach and castle's
Knysna Castles at Noetzie offers spectacular scenery, simple comfort and a variety of great activities such as hiking, fishing, whale watching, forest picnics, walking trails and swimming in fantastic surroundings. It is approx 20km from Knysna and you have to travel a dirt road, but it is in good condition. When you get to Noetzie, you have to climb dowm 150 steps to get to the beach and then it is a bit of a walk to view the castle's
Knysna - The Garden of Eden
Knysna’s uniqueness lies in its people, and this is reflected in the many arts and craft shops, and the vibrant cultural life of the town. A walk around town will reveal a treasure trove of interesting people and unusual places
There are galleries and flea markets, workshops and buskers to delight and entertain even the most world-weary visitor. Join in the fun on the streets, and you will leave revived in body and spirit. Pledge Nature Reserve is a haven of tranquility, and is only 200 meters from Main Street.
The Knysna Oyster Festival in July is a celebration of leisure, sport and outdoor adventure, and the Nederburg Arts Festival in September celebrates the artists and performers who make up Knysna’s rich and diverse cultures.The Town itself hosts many arts and crafts galleries and shops. Enjoy coffee under the oaks at a local coffee shop and you will catch snatches of the many languages of the world being spoken around you
Knysna is a town that grew as a result of its beauty. The lagoon, the amphitheater of mountains that surround the town, and the gentle weather, all attracted the earlier visitors, and continue to attract visitors today. From the quiet beauty of its evergreen forests to the soaring beauty of the Heads, Knysna is beauty in abundance.
Knysna is a unique birding destination because of its numerous habitats - water, marshes, fynbos, grasslands and forest species can all be seen within a relatively small area. More than 280 species are listed, and include Knysna Loerie, five species of kingfisher, numerous raptors and the elusive Narina Trogan.
The Knysna forests attract visitors for hiking, cycling, horse riding or simply exploring. The timber industry was once the life blood of the town. You can still see the artists and craftsmen who work with dedication to produce the finest furniture in the land