Knysna, Pearl of the garden route

Knysna is known as the “pearl” of the Garden Route. The attractiveness of the town is mainly due to its geographic location. Indeed, Knysna is situated on the banks of a 13 square kilometers lagoon, which opens to the ocean passing between two large rocky headlands, popularly known as “The Heads”.

Start your day by visiting one of the many theme parks in the Crags area, less than thirty minutes by car. Do not miss Monkeyland: a free roaming primate sanctuary, Birds of Eden: a unique 2 hectares dome home to over 3500 birds, or even experience a unique interaction with Elephants at the “Knysna Elephant Park”.

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Time to go back to Knysna for a nice lunch. How about a relaxed lunch on the water’s edge of the trendy Thesen Island? Sirocco is the right place for you then. Otherwise, if you have more of a seafood appetite, we recommend JJ’s in the Knysna Waterfront.

Start the afternoon with a digestive stroll, on the banks of the busy harbor among its numerous shops and restaurants. If you are looking for more peaceful environment, drive just a few minutes out of town, take some height walk in surrounding forests and discover some hidden treasures like the Belvidere area and its small church.

Alternatively, the area is also well known for its oysters. Join the Oyster Tour for a 2-hours’ cruise on the lagoon where you’ll learn everything you need to know about the local Oysters. Learn how to open them and get to taste the difference between both wild and farmed oysters.

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The area surrounding the lagoon is covered with pine forests and some indigenous forests. This scenery helps to create a tranquil setting for the picturesque town. In terms of beaches, Knysna will spoil you with its large choice like Brenton-on-Sea, Bollard or Noetzie just to name a few.

How better could you end the afternoon than with a sunset cruise on the peaceful lagoon. Watch the sun going down through the heads enjoying a glass of bubbly.

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