This is the med of South africa. All youngsters come here to celebrate their freedom after finishing school and students carry on the tradition. If you own a beach house in Plettenberg Bay you are made. Plettenberg Bay is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. It is a nice daytrip from Knysna. Visit the Castles at Nutzi and from there drive to Plett. Beacon Isle hotel is the most well known in Plett.
Featherbed boat trip
Take a trip to the heads with your choice of one of five different boat tipes.
There is the Featherbed which is an 4 hour trip and includes a buffet lunch and leaves daily at 10h00, 11h15 and 12h30. Tickets cost more or less US$35 for adults.
With the Paddle cruiser a choice of a lunch cruise (leaves at 12h15 and tickets cost US$20 per adult) or the dinner cruise (leaves at 18h15 and adult tickets cost US$40).
Then there is the John Benn which is a 90 minute trip to the heads and it is a floating restaurant with full bar facilities. The boat leaves at 12h30 and 18h00 and during peak season there is an additional two trips.
Then there is the quick and fun ferry trip (which we did), this one actually goes INTO the heads and lasts about 75 minutes and there are 6 trips during the day, starting at 9h30 and the last trip at 17h00. Tickets cost US$10 per adult.
Then there is also Catamaran Yachting, with conditions permitting these boats can go beyond the heads and for a 90 minute fun sail tickets cost US$20 and for a 2 and a half hour sunset cruise tickets are priced at US$55.
George, nestling below the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains is the sixth oldest town in South Africa. The area consists of a remarkable blending of mountains, rivers, indigenous and cultivated forests, colourful shrubs and wild flowers, glorious beaches and rich farmlands. It is also home to the nostalgic Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam strain, a crocodile park and a host of scenic walks, birdwatching spots and picnic and braai facilities.
Knysna: Oysters in the Pearl
"Half the Fun is Getting There..."
Situated about 6 hours drive from Cape Town along the famous Garden Route is the town of Knysna. This town was voted (again!) best town in S. Africa and it is easy to see why -- scenery, good food, lots to do and see. But perhaps the best part is the drive. Driving out of Cape Town through the dramatic Sir. Lowry Pass one soon comes to the Garden Route which goes along the sea with dramatic mountains to the other side and farmland and aloes throughout. You pass near many lovely towns on the way that are worth a stop. Here's Mossel Bay where the Garden Route first moves along the coast!
"Knysna "Nice, Na?""
The town of Knysna boasts a lagoon, a developed harbor with shops and restaurants, a main drag with more shops and restaurants, an excellent art gallery!, and the famous Knysna Heads -- two high promontories very close together that seem to guard the entrance to the ocean. One has houses on it and the other is a nature preserve that is worth touring.
Oysters are what Knysna is really known for! And in mid July the town fills for the week-long Oyster Festival. There are lots of places to get fresh Oysters but the most famous is the Knysna Oyster Company. By the way, all of the seafood is spectacular in Knysna!