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Locals' Guide to KNYSNA

Top 3 must-do's or must-see's in Knysna 

A trip to the Featherbed Nature Reserve.

Catch the Ferry from the Cruise Terminal at 10.00 or 14.30 and enjoy a short trip on the lagoon to the Nature Reserve. The morning trip includes a buffet lunch. The views from the Western Head are amazing and the walk is not too strenuous, i.e. approx.. 2 kms.

Visit Brenton-on-Sea and walk along the pristine beach from Brenton to Buffalo Bay (walk the whole distance in approx.. 3 hours). 

Top 3 places to eat

Pembreys – on the Brenton-on-Sea Road is one of the best restaurants in the area. Caters for the more mature market. Menus changes at least once a month!

JJs – at the Knysna Waterfront. Enjoy an evening of good food and singing by the staff – have a taste of the local Xhosa music!

34ºS – for excellent variety of seafood.  Super atmosphere but not for a quiet romantic evening.

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Top 3 unique / unusual / wacky attractions or activities in the area

Wild Oats market – Held every Saturday morning (07.30 – 12.00) in Sedgefield (20 kms from Knysna). Enjoy the food market or the arts and crafts on display. Loads of atmosphere.

Pick & Pay Knysna Oyster Festival – Held during the first 2 weeks in July every year. Mainly a sporting festival but loads of oysters to enjoy.

Speed Festival – Held in May. Join all the motor enthusiasts and experience the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.

Top 3 shopping opportunities 

Knysna is well known for its numerous art galleries

A visit to the Knysna Pottery House is also an experience not to be missed.

The African Arts & Craft Centre on George Rex Drive is the ideal place to hunt for those souvenirs to take back home

Porcupine Gallery – located in The Craggs (40 kms) from Knysna. Some amazing pieces of pottery can be found.

Top nature & adventure activities in Knysna  

Mountain bike riding in the forests around Knysna.

Knysna boasts its own Kite Surfing School

Bungy Jump – Bloukrans Bridge – approx.70 kms from Knysna, is the highest bridge bunjy jump in the world - great for the adrenalin junkies!

Cecil and Colleen's Top ‘Locals’ Secret Hangouts’ in and near Knysna 

Bramon Winery located in The Craggs is an excellent venue for a lunch. Sit in the vineyards and have a lovely alfresco meal!

Zinzi’s located at Tsala Treetops (half way between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay is an excellent restaurant in a garden setting.  Excellent food and ambiance.

Sit and watch the whales in the whaling season.


Top image of Knysna harbour by David Siyu on flickr. CC Licence

Stay in Knysna 

Hide Away Guest House offers 4 star accommodation in Knysna. Set in lush gardens on the main road into Knysna, Hide Away Guest House is a beautiful Cape Colonial residence offers stunning views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads and is within walking distance of town or the Waterfront. Two spacious ground floor rooms and three rooms on the first floor have splendid views of the Knysna Lagoon and Heads.