Knysna - Garden Route - South Africa
Fun on the water
South Africa's golfing mecca
The perfect coastal destination
Plenty of wildlife options
Activities in the area
Your holiday at Hide Away Guest House in Knysna can be as relaxing or active as you want it to be - it's your choice! Here are a few of the activities to whet your appetite:
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!
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.
Are you brave enough to do the highest bridge bunjy in the world? Advisable to book online prior to arrival.
Canopy Tree Tour - Tsitsikamma:
Just over an hours drive from Knysna to Tsitsikamma where 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..
Kayak & Lilo Adventure:
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.
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!
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.
Trip Out offers travellers a myriad of guided water and land based activities in the area. Activities include surfing, kloofing, snorkling and stand-up paddling (SUP).
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.
Great White Sharks - Mossel Bay:
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 ...
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.
Plett 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. Look out for the turning to Jukani.
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.
Knysna Forest and River Tours:
Do you enjoy mountain bike riding or canoeing? Knysna Forest and River Tours are the people to contact. For those who don't know, SUP means Stand Up Paddle. This fast growing sport is becoming increasingly popular and it is awesome, easy, fun, safe, learn in 5 minutes and Tony Cook is the chap to contact.
Birds of Eden:
A TRUE FREE FLIGHT BIRD SANCTUARY - a Must See!
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!
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.
Highgate Ostrich Farm - Oudtshoorn:
Experience the world's largest bird, the ostrich, which lays the largest egg, has the most beautiful feathers and eyes that make you want to fall in love & hug them. A 90 minute drive from Knysna. A suggested itinerary - Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Mossel Bay will keep you occupied for a full day.
Safari Ostrich Farm - Oudtshoorn:
Safari Ostrich Farm is a working ostrich farm in Oudtshoorn, Garden Route, South Africa. Established in 1956 as a tourist activity you can see our ostriches up close on one of our tours! Oudsthoorn is approx. a 90 minute drive from Knysna. A suggested itinerary - Cango Caves, Ostrich Farm and Mossel Bay will keep you occupied for a full day.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary - The Crags:
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.
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary - The Crags:
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
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.
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.
MaWande is a well-known character in Knysna and his restaurant in the township is an interesting experience. He has developed his small subsidised government home into a three-bedroom house with the restaurant on the first floor.
Peggy's Art & Tours:
Peggy Dlephu is a true African Artist! She is passionate about painting which can be seen in her colourful and vibrant paintings that tell the many tales of Africa through its people, experiences and landscapes. Join her on a township tour!
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.