Knysna, also known as "The Pearl of the Garden Route" is the region best known travel destination, it is situated mainly along the northern shores of the Knysna Lagoon, 490 km from Cape Town
and 275.0 km from
Knysna, also known as "The Pearl of the Garden Route" is the region best known travel destination, it is situated mainly along the northern shores of the Knysna Lagoon, 490 km from Cape Town and 275.0 km from Port Elizabeth and George Airport with flights to and from major South African Cities is only 65.0 km away. The region is bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean and enjoys a temperate climate all year around.
There is evidence that the area was inhabited from the Stone Age and European settlers arrived as early as the 17th Century. Hottentots named a local river in the area by a word that sounded like "Knysna" to the early Europeans and the name stuck. The town's streets and quaint, old buildings show its commercial past, while the rocky coast and deep, silent forests reflect the history of men with bows and arrows, ancient hunters, gatherers and nomads.
Knysna is the ideal Garden Route destination, offering a selection of some of the finest accommodations, restaurants, activities, natural encounters and cultural & heritage experiences in the country. Knysna, "The Town that works for all" as it is known to locals, makes for an unforgettable holiday to match your lifestyle, mood, age, physique or budget, whether it is relaxing in the sun, strolling through the cool forests, taking scenic day drives or experiencing closeness with nature and wild life unlike anything you've ever felt before. Its proximity also makes for an excellent base to explore the surrounding areas such as the Klein Karoo with its Cango Caves and Mountain Passes, the Tsisikamma with its pristine shores and indigenous forests or The Crags with its unusual geology and wild life sanctuaries to name just a few.
Experience the soothing feeling of being touched by an elephant or the thrill of a walk with a cheetah. Ride a high-speed mountain bike through indigenous forests or dive in the depths of the lagoon. Take a cruise across the lagoon or out to sea on a stylish yacht or hire a kayak to tour the winding Knysna river. Play golf at three premier golf courses on offer for the best in golf with views to match. Raise the heartbeat with an abseil above the ocean's crashing waves. Ride a horse along the water's edge. Try rock and surf angling or deep-sea fishing, or, for the daring, kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon or paraglide over the hills and lakes. Shop at the many interesting shops tucked away around every corner.
Enjoy the many local festivals Knysna is also famous for:
"Pink Loerie Mardi Gras" in April/May a Gay Pride celebration
"Knysna Oyster Festival" in July to celebrate Food, Wine and Fun.
"Knysna Woodworkers Festival" in September to celebrate an ancient tradition
"African Experience Golf Festival" in October to enjoy the many golf courses
"Knysna Speed Festival" to celebrate speed and its many car enthusiasts in the area
"Slow Festival" to celebrate slow food and quality of life
"Rastafarian Earth Festival" to celebrate the largest Rastafarian community outside of Ethiopia
"Knysna Literary Festival" to celebrate learning and the many writers and poets the area inspires
Thanks to Villa Afrikana for supplying this information on Knysna.
Our Portfolio of Knysna Accommodation
Portfolio offers a wealth of luxury Knysna accommodation options – guest houses, B&Bs, Boutique Hotels, Villas and self-catering apartments and on Leisure Isle there are luxury lodges and guest houses. While all the natural beauty of the region can really be enjoyed year round, the winter months are when most of the big Knysna events take place so be sure to book ahead year round or you may find yourself without a place to spend the night of you chance a last minute booking.