Area InformationKnysna has long been known as the jewel of the South Africa's Garden Route, and was chosen as Conde Nast Travel readers’ second favourite city in Africa at the end of 2012. The temperate climate, awe-inspiring natural beauty of the surrounding areas and the friendly people have crept into the hearts of travellers the world over, making Knysna the destination of choice for local and international visitors.
If you’re planning on exploring the rest of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo, Knysna proves to be the perfect base from which to do so as it is centrally located and within easy driving distance of all the main attractions of the region - as well as the lesser known, undiscovered gems off the beaten track. A daytrip could see you riding an ostrich, clambering through caves, staring a crocodile in the face, diving with great white sharks or jumping the world’s highest bungee.
A little closer to home you can meet our gentle giants, the Knysna elephants, walk with big cats, catch up with long lost family members and other primates and stand amazed at the colours of exotic, tropical birds.
That's if you find the time and inclination to leave our natural playground ... ancient indigenous forests, acres of Cape fynbos, miles of uninterrupted beaches and the azure waters of the Knysna estuary provide the perfect settings for a mind blowing array of family oriented, adventure and adrenalin activities to enjoy.
Explore South Africa’s first official goldfield at the Millwood mines while keeping a lookout for the elusive forest elephants. Tee off on one of a variety of world renowned golf courses or enjoy a day at an award winning spa. Shoot through the Knysna Heads on a whale watching trip, or watch the sunset with a glass of bubbly and a couple of oysters from the deck of a luxury yacht on the estuary. Shop a la provence at a number of farmers’ and craft markets or visit our world class shops. Discover the largest sub-Saharan Rastafari community at Judah’s Square or meet your crew at a coffee shop in town. Enjoy some local cooking during a community experience with a difference, or sample gourmet fare from our exclusive restaurants. Take advantage of the fishing or take a dive to a shipwreck. Hunt a sighting of the elusive Knysna Loerie or simply enjoy a sunrise stroll along an unspoilt beach.
Reach Knysna by flying into George and renting a car for the beautiful 50km drive from the airport to Knysna. The town is conveniently situated along the N2 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (approximately 500km east of Cape Town and approximately 270km west of Port Elizabeth) and is within easy self-drive distances from these and other major centres.
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