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Knysna Things to Do

  • Walking around the town

    This is a place that can be explored on foot. So don your boots and go walking! I walked from the River club to the Waterfront and it was a very nice way with good views of the birds near the lagoon and nice looking houses. It is a lovely way to start a day.

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  • The Waterfront

    You could take a boat ride from the Waterfront area. There is one at 11.00 a.m. and another at 5 p.m. (winter times, so please recheck the timings) By the time we reached it was fully booked and we could not do it. So it is better to pre book.You could also walk around the area. There are plenty of shops and the area is generally nice to look...

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  • Head to The Heads!

    The Heads is a lovely area to watch the sea from. There are rocks and plenty of birds and a lovely restaurant overlooking the sea. It is a great place to sit and watch the sea and stroll around. Wonderful views not to be missed.

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  • Knysna Fine Art Gallery

    Knysna Fine Art is one of South Africa’s finest galleries. We specialise in contemporary South African art in a variety of media, although a number of international fine artists are exhibited.The gallery also handles the work of the South African masters and works closely with vendors and collectors. Recent sales include major works by Gerard...

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  • Knysna Estuary Kayaking

    This was the highlight of our 4 day stay in Knysna, it was a superb way to escape the holiday frenzy in the town of Knysna itself during December. We did Go Vertical's Full Day Knysna Adventure Trail which is a combination of Canoeing and then a Beach walk.They provide all the life jackets, a waterproof bag for your car keys, camera etc. Our guide...

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  • Knysna Estuary Kayaking

    This was the highlight of our 4 day stay in Knysna, it was a superb way to escape the holiday frenzy in the town of Knysna itself during December. We did Go Vertical's Full Day Knysna Adventure Trail which is a combination of Canoeing and then a Beach walk.They provide all the life jackets, a waterproof bag for your car keys, camera etc. Our guide...

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Knysna Restaurants

  • Good View with Oysters

    Basically the restaurant/tavern consists of a bunch of picnic tables out on the water (the heads). Great for sunsets- but a little chilly the day we visited. The other feature is a shop selling t-shirts. Serving every type of oyster (wild and cultivated) imaginable. Too bad I don't like seafood. Other big attraction is Mitchell’s & Castle draught...

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  • De-Lush-ious

    After looking at all the run-of-the-mill tourist spots on Kynsna Quay, we were so excited to come across Lush on Thesen Island. We had to wait until 8pm for a reservation but it was well worth the wait. The decor of the place sets the tone for the meal. Little tables clustered together - some with candleabras- with velvet covered high back chairs....

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  • Lovely greek food, great service!

    A lovely restaurant with outside seating overlooking the quays. What made this visit special was our wonderful waiter, Benjamin, who told us about his past as a street child and his work setting up a soup kitchen for other street children in the area. Mousaka was fab, and the starter dishes (a tapas sort of affair!) were lovely!

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  • A little bit of Greece

    This place is in the Knysna Waterfront ( strange how suddenly every little town has a waterfront). Service was great and the food absolutely wonderful! Kleftico ( Stolen Lamb) Just try it - you'll see why!!!

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  • Drydock - Knysna Quays

    This lagoonside restauarnt in the Knysna Quays is the perfect place to sip a leisurely cocktail & watch the sunset. Our meal here was sensational with a variety of flavours bursting on the palate. The menu was varied & reasonably priced, giving something for everyoneWe were lucky enough to get a table outside in the covered area overlooking the...

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  • Crabs Creek Tavern

    Your standard pub grub with a nice outside are overlooking Knysna lagoonTypical food is spare ribs, burgers, steak egg & chips.Plenty of booze specials like a bucket of beerThe staff are young & full of energy We enjoyed a cocktail & a BIG burger & chipsAt the entrance the sign says Tapa's which can be misleading as this is not a spanish style...

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Knysna Nightlife

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    by jo104 Written Jan 10, 2006

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    Whilst making enquiries about where to go for live music we were recommended to visit Long Barn Tavern where they have live music on Wednesday, Friday & Saturday evenings.

    The menu is competively priced & food is served all day & night, there is a pool table + darts board

    Dress Code: casual

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Knysna Transportation

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    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is the last steam hauled scheduled passenger train operating in Southern Africa and runs daily (excepting Sunday) between George and Knysna. The route of the Choo-Tjoe is from George, via Victoria Bay, Wilderness, Sedgefield and Goukamma to Knysna and encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Africa in the heart of the Garden Route lake district. The section from Victoria Bay along the Cliffside and over the Kaaiman’s River viaduct to Wilderness is the highlight of the journey.

    The railway line between George and Knysna was opened to traffic in 1928 and when built was regarded as one of the most expensive sections of line in the world - today it is rated the most beautiful.

    Traon Over Lagoon
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Knysna Shopping

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  • Cotton in Knysna

    The most fantastic clothing. All made from natural fibre with interesting and exciting designs. Layers of cloth to make you feel feminine, yet look chick.

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  • From kitchen to cupboard

    In this shop you can buy all kinds of "new" antiques for your kitchen. They also sell some womans clothing

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  • Deli, knickknacks and dinner!

    A fish restaurant with a large deli/supermarket attached. Sells declicious bread, olives, sweets, cheese etc. as well as souvenirs of the area and kitsch household goods! Upstairs is a large selection of wine, and the restaurant offers a picturesque terrace for nighttime eating and drinking. Lovely cheese and bread! Pricey, not a substitute for a...

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Knysna Tourist Traps

  • Welbedacht Friday Night Market

    We visited the night market thinking there would be lots of craft stalls,Unfortunately this is not the case it is a variety of stalls selling food & places to sit & eat around a big bonfire Follow the scarecrows from N2 & go hungry Wait till saturday & visit the Sedgefield farmers market

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  • Avoid Mike´s House!

    Mike´s house is one of the cheapest B&Bs in Knysna. The reasons were obvious when we got in the room: Black hair on the fresh sheets, mold in the bath room and a drunk landlady. BUT: she let us go without charging anything although I already took a shower. right across the street is "Village" B&B. The describtion can be found at the Hotel Tips.

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  • Kynsna steam train: choo choo ... ...

    Steam train between Knysna and George. Cool old train and carriages. Some nice scenery initially near Knysna, and at Wilderness, otherwise fairly banale ... Take something to read Watch the train leave from the station and take the bus - it leaves opposite ;o)

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Knysna What to Pack

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    by Jenniflower Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Luggage with wheels is always a good idea, wherever you are travelling.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Some ideas:

    Light coloured clothing that doesnt absorb the sun as much as dark clothing. If you're going on safari, pack comfortable walking shoes and khaki, brown or beige casual clothes.

    Long-sleeved shirts and trousers will help protect you against the sun and insect bites.

    A cap/hat that covers your head and neck.

    Long socks if you are going hiking (extra protection against snakes if you come across one).

    Sunglasses.

    Comfortable sandals and tackies/trainers/sneakers.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen (Factor 35), headache tablets (from being in the car during the sun all day, may bring on a headache), and usual little things like some plasters for blisters, Tabard for the mossies (mosquitos), cotton wool, germolene etc.

    Photo Equipment: Your camera, with charger, and a SOUTH AFRICAN plug extension.

    Bring along the best lens you can - a zoom lens will be needed as the animals are often in the distance and may only look like tiny specks in your photos when they are developed.

    Miscellaneous: Have a map of the area handy, plus a local bird, flower and tree book. For this you also need a pair of good quality binoculars

    This is so that you don’t get lost, plus can appreciate all that’s around you that much more.

    It is not just a place to sight-see, but a place to learn from too.

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    • Birdwatching
    • Photography
    • Eco-Tourism

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Knysna Off The Beaten Path

  • Big Tree

    The big tree is an outiniqua yellowwood tree that is older than 800 years. It is 33 meters high, and its base is 12 meters wide. You really feel very small when standing close to it.

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  • Map of Africa

    Something I saw for the first time as a young adult, but it left quite an impression on my mind. The river forms the outline of the Southern Part of Africa as it flows through the mountainous forest area's. From Wildernis, you just follow the road signs and you will not be dissapointed.

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  • Birds of Eden Bird Sanctuary

    I loved visiting the Birds of Eden even though I had a bit of a scary visit with one of the birds coming to sit on my shoulder without any warning! The world’s largest single span aviary, just a few kilometres east of Plettenberg Bay in the Garden Route, where birds are free to fly free provides an incredible experience for those who visit, and a...

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Knysna Sports & Outdoors

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    by TRimer Updated Apr 4, 2011

    While looking for a place to eat dinner, we came across the Pezula Resort. My husband the golf pro took one look at the course and announced that he "must play this course". So in exchange for him stop complaining about not going shark diving, I agreed to let him play (with me riding along) the next morning. We played with two locals. The scenery was breathtaking.

    Equipment: The breathtaking, award-winning 18-hole course which was designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, rates amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world. In 2001, just a few months after it opened, the Course was awarded Best New Golf Course in South Africa. In February 2005 Compleat Golfer rated it a Five Star Golf Experience.

    Rentals are available at the clubhouse.

    Joe  @ Pezula Scenic hole beautiful view from the cart Great place to tee off more beautiful views
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Knysna Favorites

  • Knysna squatter camp

    A lovely place for someone keen in photography, but do take care and rather go with a tourguide than on your own.

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  • Peacocks galore

    At the Elephant Sanctuary we saw peacocks by the dozens. The were shouting at each other and just taking over, giving us an excellent display of their lovely plumage.

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  • Visit Knysna Quays

    Knysna Quays is their waterfront full of shops & eating places overlooking the knysna lagoon - a good place for sundowners

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Sundowners at the Oystercatcher
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George
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Outeniqua Tjoe-Choo Train
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The Wilderness
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Birdwatching
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Walks
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Noetzie beach and castle's
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elegant romantic dining
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Big Tree
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tsitsikamma canopy tour
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Monkey land
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Birds of Eden
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Thole Township Tour- amazing
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The Knysna Heads
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A very good little seafood restaurant
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Oasis in Dining Desert
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Meet an Elephant
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Canoe or Kayak on Knysna River
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Featherbed boat trip
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Take a train ride
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Tourist Destination
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Place to Watch a Sunset
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Noetzie: A relaxing day on the beach
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Can't help returning over and over!
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"Tie the knot"
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Dine in the middle of the forest with lagoon view
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Fishing
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Take a trip to Plett
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Knysna Heads
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Knysna Waterfront
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Swartberg Moutain Pass
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Outeniqua Pass
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De Oude Fabriek:
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The Drydock Food Co
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Portuguese chicken at its best
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Information office
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