Knysna - Garden Route - South Africa
Fun on the water
South Africa's golfing mecca
The perfect coastal destination
Plenty of wildlife options
Introduction to Knysna
The enchanting town of Knysna nestles on the shores of an estuary fed by rivers originating in the Outeniqua Mountains. It is surrounded by lush indigenous forests and is cooled by a sea breeze from the Indian Ocean. This idyllic Western Cape town is not only renowned for its rich natural heritage, but is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts.
It boasts the largest canopy forest in Southern Africa, fine beaches and lakes, is the only home to forest elephants in South Africa and its fynbos vegetation contributes 8 000 plant species to the Cape floral kingdom. It also provides the perfect base to explore the impressive Garden Route. Whether you're an adventure and sports lover or prefer to chill in the sun, Knysna has it all.
Two hiking trails in the Knysna forest, also part of the Garden Route National Park, have been awarded Green Flag status. The GRNP is an open access Park spanning over 155,000 hectares from Wilderness to Tsitsikamma in the Western Cape and its Perdekop Nature Walk as well as its Diepwalle's Olifants Hiking Trail have now both been accredited by the Hiking Organisation of Southern Africa.
For enthusiastic mountain bike cyclists there are a host of trails to be ridden and enjoyed. They include the Garden Route Trail Park, Homtini MTB Trail and Harkerville Forest MTB Trail to mention a few. A number of MTB races start and end in Knysna - so bring along your bicycle or you can hire bikes from our local stockists.
A temperate climate makes Knysna an excellent all-year destination. Summer temperatures average 27°C (80.6°F) while the winter average is 14°C (57.2°F) in the daytime.
Getting to Knysna
By road: Knysna lies on the N2 between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth (see Map/Directions
) for distances to Knysna from various destinations along the Garden Route.
Numerous car rental companies are available in South Africa.
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Although there are numerous bus companies that operate to and from Knysna, it is suggested that you hire a car in order to best enjoy the town and environment. Hiring taxis and/or tour operators can work out more expensive than the cost to hire a car.
By air: The airport in George offers a range of daily flight options with airlines offering services from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban
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Knysna has a sophisticated and efficient infrastructure to ensure that your stay is enjoyable. We have a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, so you will be spoilt for choice - (click here for Restaurant information.)