Activities in the area

Hide Away Guest House - Knysna - Garden Route - South Africa

Knysna

The Heads – The Knysna Heads are a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the sea beyond; a famous landmark along the renowned Garden Route.

Brenton on Sea & Buffalo Bay Beaches – Buffalo Bay Beach, also called Buffelsbaai, is situated in the Goukamma Nature Reserve, an attractive holiday hideaway on the Garden Route. Extensive dune fields, coastal fynbos and coastal forest flank the long sandy beach. Bottle nosed and common dolphins are frequently seen surfing the waves and whales migrate here between July and October. 

Knysna Elephant Park: – Visitors to the park are privileged to have a personal encounter with the gentle giants, and leave having gained a new-found respect for the animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and its plight across the continent. Guests staying at Hide Away Guest House get a 10% discount when visiting the Park.

Whale and Dolphin Watching – Knysna is one of South Africa’s best whale watching destinations, and the ocean adjacent to its sweeping coastline is abounding with whale activity during winter and spring. Many other extraordinary marine species are seen here throughout the year. Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only permitted close encounter whale watching operation, skilfully showcases these sentient animals during their whale watching tours.

Ocean Sailing Charters – Ocean Rhythm and Larra Bella built by local world leaders in boutique yacht building, Knysna Yacht Company, offers the ultimate platform to soak up the sun in style, while sipping on some bubbly and taking in the surrounding beauty.  Departures from Thesen Island. 

Spring Tide Sailing Charters – Spring Tide Charters offers luxury chartered sailing trips aboard a private single hull yacht. Sail from your mooring at the Waterfront through the Knysna Heads into the Indian Ocean. The afternoon sunset cruise is highly recommended!

Hike & Bike: – Knysna Hike & Bike is the one-stop solution for Leisure & Pleasure seekers in the Garden Route. They aim to introduce visitors to a different side of Knysna and its surroundings through guided walking and cycling tours that take in stunning scenery, local cuisine and fine wines as well as places of historical and natural interest.

The Motorcycle Room – The Motorcycle Room is all about great memories and about bikes you’ve not seen in years and the bikes you miss. This is a great activity when the weather is poor. Spend a few hours browsing around followed by a great cup of coffee at Ile de Pain 

Knysna Sidecar Tours – Discover Knysna on a classic Sidecar motorcycle.

Knysna Cycle Works – for all things about bicycles.

Knysna Timber Village: – The sanctuary of Timber Village belies an inner energy which manifests in the proliferation of wooden masterpieces and woodcraft, hand-crafted with the tangible passion for wood. Are you perhaps looking for a beautiful piece of indigenous wood to take home with you – then a visit to the Village is a must.

Scootours – A unique and true forest experience. Enjoy an exhilarating downhill descent on the Monster Mountain Scooter, through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and single track. A scenic minibus ride takes you into the heart of the forest to the best hills to start your descent in the Garden Route National Park. 

Tony Cook Adventures – Tony Cook Adventures is owned and run by Tony. Knysna is a superb base for an awesome array of soft and hard adventures. Tony himself is a self proclaimed adventure addict, and competes in mountain bike races, walks and hikes every trail possible, climbs mountains, paddles a canoe, races surf-ski’s, runs, surfs, kiteboards, is fanatical about Stand Up Paddling, and has salt water in his veins!!

Knysna Rib Adventures: – For the more adventurous take a ride on a Ridged Inflatable Boat – enjoy an exhilarating trip through the Knysna Heads weather permitting!

Featherbed Company for boats and Nature Reserve: – A ferry ride across the Knysna Estuary (Lagoon) is a great way to see the Knysna Heads and visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve. The Reserve reopened on 1st December 2018 after the terrible fires experienced in June 2017 which had a major impact on the reserve.  The eco trip to the Nature Reserve is recommended.  You can purchase a pack of seed balls and sow as you travel around the Reserve thus contributing to the rejuvenation of the Reserve.  The Featherbed Company has many boating options from which to choose all departing from the Ferry Terminal (Cruise Café)

Tripout Adventures – TripOut offers surfing, stand up paddle-boarding, snorkelling and adventure kloofing instruction and lessons to locals and visitors of all ages. Being fanatical surfers ourselves means that our passion for surfing reaches all those that we teach and ensures that we put everything into getting you up, riding waves and discovering the joy of harnessing nature’s energy.

Sandboarding, Paddle Tubing and Kayaking with Dune Adventures: – The Knysna dunes are medium sized with plenty of interesting features. Well known among expert sandboarders as one of the best dunes in South Africa for sand quality, ease of riding and fun! Experience an adventurous Kayak tour up the winding Knysna river and discover the secluded source of the Knysna estuary.

GoNow – Electric bicycle hire – GO NOW and discover Knysna by means of our new and exciting electric bikes. These awesome self-powered bikes make exploring simple and stress-free by avoiding traffic and searching for parking. The electric bikes are easy to use and no particular level of fitness is required.

Turbine Water Club – The Turbine Water Club offers a variety of water sports and activities both on land and on the Knysna lagoon. The Turbine Water Club have partnered with prominent Knysna adventure companies to offer you the best adventure activities and water sport in Knysna at competitive prices.

Emzini Tours – A Township Tour of Knysna – we have sent many guests on tour with Penny & Ella and they have all come back having had a super trip, with loads of information and possibly a different outlook on what township life is about here in South Africa.

Garden Route Trail Park: – The Garden Route Trail Park is nestled at the very foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, midway between George and Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. Bring the whole family to experience the magic. The carefully designed routes have been laid out to provide riders of all levels with an over-supply of adrenalin, excitement, scenery and amazing views. Over 20km of hand built singletrack in the infamous farmer tradition, with flowing turns, burms, rollers and river crossings.

Knysna, Pezula and Simola Golf Courses – Enjoy a golfing feast – Knysna has three magnificent courses: Simola, Pezula Championship Course (formerly Sparrebosch) and the Knysna Golf Club. Hide Away Guest House is within easy driving distance of Goose Valley in Plettenberg Bay and the well-known courses of Fancourt in George or Pinnacle Point in Mossel Bay. We will be pleased to assist with reservations at the various courses.

Zensense Day Spa – Zen-Sense Day Spa is a day spa in Knysna offering relaxing spa treatments, a familiar atmosphere and welcoming staff who await your arrival. Whether you live in Knysna, or if you are simply visiting the region, Zen-Sense Day Spa is an affordable, high-quality option for your skincare and body treatments, manicures, pedicure, facials and bridal packages.

Plettenberg Bay

Robberg Peninsula for hiking – The three trails on offer range in time from a 30-minute stroll to a four-hour hike. All offer fantastic views, brisk sea air and sightings of the birds of the peninsula. You may be lucky enough to spot some whales passing by in the whaling season.

Plett Wine Tours – These tours offer an educational tour for the enthusiast with an interest in viticulture and the step-by-step process of creating wine, to the lover of wine who enjoys wine tastings, good friends and unparalleled scenic beauty. The Plett Winelands are a must-visit as another alternative to the tried and tested routes of Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

Offshore Adventures – Swim with the seals – no experience required. Get up close and personal with South African Fur Seals

Plettenberg Bay Sea Kayaking with Dolphin Adventures – Dolphin Adventures Sea kayaking offers guided trips and kayak rentals on Central Beach Plettenberg Bay. We are very aware of our environment and are proud of the fact that we are an ecologically friendly operator that strives to have as little impact on the environment in which we operate our tours as possible. Online booking available.

Southern Comfort Quad Biking – Between Knysna and Plettenberg, take the Fisanthoek turnoff for Southern Comfort Quad Biking. Quad bike rides are on a guided trail and can be quite challenging with ups and downs, as well as sharp turns although there are some nice straights as well. Although Quad rides are done any time of the day it is better to make a booking.

Skydive Plettenberg Bay – Experience free fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world, accompanied by a tandem master and reaching a velocity of 200 km/h from 10,000 feet up! What an adrenalin rush!

The Crags

Tenikwa: – Tenikwa grew from humble beginnings in 2002 when the owners started rehabilitating injured birds in a wooded shed behind their house. Today it is one of the largest active wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Western Cape, attending to a diverse variety of animals accepting both terrestrial and marine species.

Birds of Eden: – Birds of Eden’s unique two hectare dome (the world’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. Currently it is home to over 3,500 birds from over 220 species, with the main focus being African birds. See the local Knysna Loerie (Turaco) in all its glory!

Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary – Monkeyland is the worlds first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. Eco-tourism child friendly activity, educating visitors on wildlife conservation.

Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary – At Jukani the main focus is on conservation education and specifically the plight of large predators in captivity in SA and all over the world. Siberian and Bengal tigers are some of the big cats you will see as you walk around the Sanctuary.

Africanyon – Explore the river with AfriCanyon, navigate through the river shallows, jump, zip-line, swim through fresh-water mountain pools, slide down natural water slides and abseil in and around waterfalls as you dip down into the river gorge.

Puzzle Park – Interactive fun for the whole family! The two main activities are the first life size 3D Maze in South Africa as well as an exciting and unique Forest Puzzle Walk. Activities are designed for visitors of all ages not only to exercise bodies but also minds in an entertaining, educational and affordable way.

Hog Hollow Horse Trails – Experience the Tsitsikamma on horseback. Choose between a one hour farm trail with views over the mountains and forest, a two hour forest trail with wildlife, or a three hour Cruise The Crags Trail, riding on horse- back to attractions in the area.

Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary – Experience a one hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, various outdoor exhibits, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, followed by enormous pythons, monitor lizards and crocodiles.

Tsitsikamma

Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River – Where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines.

Kayak & Lilo Adventures – This award winning adventure combines the best of Tsitsikamma in one activity: Kayak under the suspension bridge and up the glorious Storms River Gorge. End off exploring deeper into the gorge with the unique designed lilo’s as you marvel at the wonders of nature from a new perspective. Can be booked online.

Tsitsikamma Blackwater Tubing: – The unique aqua adventure delivers whole heaps of fund and is the ultimate way to explore the exquisite scenes of the Tsitsikamma and Storms River.

Canopy Tree Tours – Just over an hour’s drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma, you can enjoy swinging through the trees. Enjoy a walk through the village of Tsitsikamma and stop off at Marilyn’s 60’s Diner for a great hamburger and milkshake or visit the Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery..

Segway Tours – At Tsitsikamma Segway Tours, we are focused on providing a safe and fun Guided Segway Tour with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.

Bloukrans Bridge Bungy – Are you brave enough to do the highest bridge bunjy in the world? Advisable to book online prior to arrival.


Sedgefield

Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market: – A visit to this market is a must on a Saturday morning. Sample the local fresh produce as well as checking out the arts and crafts from the local crafters. Wonderful atmosphere with local residents and visitors to the Greater Knysna area.

Mozaic Village & Outdoor Market – Mosaic Market offers a wide variety of Food, Craft, Art, Books, Music as well as a play area for the Kids. There is ample parking and space to relax in the food court and catch up with friends.

Goukamma Nature Reserve – Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, situated on the Garden Route between Sedgefield and Knysna, has a diverse array of fascinating habitats and an abundance of smaller wildlife, birds and fish. It is also a World Heritage Site.

Gericke’s Point – At Gericke’s Point you can also see some of the highest fossil dunes in South Africa and there is a great 4km hike to the point and back. The point itself offers an amazing vantage point to gaze out at the endless horizon; find out when the whales have their new born calves, as this is a playground for new calves. The point is home to a resident school of Humpback dolphins so best keep your eyes open for this treat!

Myoli Beach – This is a perfect beach for a sports-filled day as there is access to activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddling, kite surfing and wake boarding. If you’re not up for much activity, sun bathe, relax and soak up the sounds around you.

Sedgefield Craft Brewery – The Sedgefield Craft Brewery is a boutique style craft brewery in Sedgefield nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. A family owned and run establishment that specialises in high quality handcrafted beer.

Dolphin Paragliding – Paragliding tours run all year round. With over 20 years’ experience, we can guarantee amazing paragliding trips from our sites in Sedgefield, Knysna and Wilderness.

Wilderness

Map of Africa – The Map of Africa is a spectacular scene of mountains and forests. The Wilderness area is known for it’s vast number of rivers, lagoons and natural lakes, and here you get a clear view of the Kaaimans River Valley. It is amazing how the course of the Kaaimans River has the shape of the African continent.

Wilderness Beach – Unspoilt, expansive, beautiful … just a few words used to describe the gorgeous beach in the Wilderness. And you won’t have to fight for space here – Wilderness offers kilometres of white sandy beach ideal for long walks and for playing with your dogs or letting them run free, if leaving your pets behind when you go on holiday is not an option.

Wilderness National Park – Set in the heart of the spectacular Garden Route, Wilderness National Park is a tapestry of stunning landscapes and diverse habitats for wonderful birdlife.

Wild2Fly – Johan Anderson is a National A-grade Instructor with Instructor ratings for Hang gliding, Paragliding and Microlight WCM aircraft (The only pilot to hold Instructor ratings in all three disciplines!). Operational areas: 3 main flying sites – Map of Africa, Wilderness Coastal cliffs and Cloud 9 Sedgefield.

Mossel Bay

Great White Shark Diving: – Great white sharks have always fascinated humans for various reasons. Perhaps it is their imposing size, their graceful beauty perfectly adapted to their environment, patrolling our oceans since the beginning of time… Their powerful predatory behaviour instilling pure fear in our hearts … or perhaps it is the mysteries surrounding this spectacular shark that beckons us to come closer and closer …

These are just some of the activities on offer in and around Knysna which you can enjoy whilst on your vacation in the area. Cecil & Colleen will be more than happy to make any reservations you might need.

Festivals

  • Knysna Oyster Festival: Running, cycling, culinary delights, and family fun. The 2020 Knysna Oyster Festival was cancelled due to COVID-19 but was replaced by the Virtual Knysna Oyster Festival which took place between 27th June and 4th July 2020.  Tentative dates for the actual event in 2021 are 2nd – 11th July.

  • CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge: Due to have taken place on 20th September 2020 but has been cancelled due to COVID-19. 25th September 2021 is the date set for South Africa’s favourite single day mountain bike event. Heading into the 23rd edition the Karoo to Coast promises to be as challenging, rewarding and fun as ever – when 4 500 riders take on the route from Uniondale to Knysna.

  • Knysna Literary Festival: It is the Garden Route’s only annual festival that hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa and is fast becoming a must-attend with bookworms and lovers of all things literary.
  • The Knysna Speed Festival: The Hillclimb, held in Knysna over the past decade, has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with approximately 17 000 people from around the globe attending, and over 250 000 livestream views over the weekend.
  • Garden Route International Film Festival: 21st September – 11th October 2020. The festival aims to give filmmakers an opportunity to engage intimate audiences about their films. The organizers believe in diversity, not only of people but of films. Online Virtual and Drive-in Cinemas across the Garden Route District. Full details to follow.
  • RECM Knysna 200: The three day stage race is an excellent opportunity to unwind in a town you love, participating in a sport you adore as you recharge their batteries. The intimate nature of the race, with only 350 riders means that by Stage 2 you’ll recognise all your fellow riders. For RECM this means they have the chance to answer rider’s questions on the complex world of investments personally.
  • Knysna Timber Festival: The festival is a showcase of local excellence across the value chain in the town where South Africa’s timber industry first took root.