The heart of the Garden Route
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon – it offers many activities and attractions of a wide variety. The most well known attraction being the heads – two great sandstone cliffs guarding the mouth of the lagoon which connects the estuary with the sea. It is only 5 hours drive from Cape Town and two and a half hours from Port Elizabeth, the ideal spot from which to explore the splendors of the Garden Route.
A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, commanding spectacular views of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna. The Western Head is a privately owned nature Reserve – Featherbed Bay. The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports a oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world.
Knysna has many attractions in the surrounding area as well, one of the most spectacular being the Knysna Forest, which is still evident in many places within the town as well. Beside many outdoor activities and places of interest, Knysna also has its own Waterfront. The waterfront encompasses marinas, various interesting shops, residential complexes, etc. It’s a vibrant, buzzing complex that caters for frenetic shopping, exciting dining, or relaxed contemplation. Sitting on the edge of a pier eating an ice-cream is a lovely way to spend a little time. Sipping a glass of wine over a spaghetti lunch is also a great way to spend part of Sundays.
Knysna plays host to various annual festivals and sporting events. These include the Knysna Oyster festival, Nederburg Arts Festival, Sparrebosch Triathlon, Rotary Mountainbike Tour and 21 km Knysna Forest Marathon. Golfing enthusiasts have a choice of two 18-hole golf courses in Knysna or further afield in Plettenberg Bay and George.