What to do in Knysna, South Africa
Knysna, a cosmopolitan town, is surrounded by majestic forests and clear lagoons on the Garden Route of South Africa. It is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Africa!
Synonymous with houseboats, Knysna (pronounced “Nice-Naa”) is renowned for the annual Oyster Festival in July (earning Knysna the title of “The Oyster Capital” of South Africa) and the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival in April.
Visit Knysna – whether for these festivals or for a getaway – and you will soon realise you need to create a new bucket list!
ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND KNYSNA
- Tour Featherbed Island by means of a guided tour into ancient sea caves.
- Feeling picky? Redberry Farm in George offers strawberry picking! They also have the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere.
- For the adrenalin junkies, take a leap of faith from the Bloukrans Bridge! It is the highest commercial bungee jumping bridge, and at 216m tall, it is not for the faint-hearted!
- Feel like a tree topping adventure? Tsitsikamma Canopy tours offers a high speed, adrenalin rush of zip-lining courses through the Tsitsikamma indigenous rainforest.
CIRCLES IN A FOREST
The term, “Circles in a Forest” is widely known in Knysna; it is a term that represents the trials forest itself. During your visit, be sure to check out SANPARKS for various 3* camps deep in the forest. Their specialty is offering timber decks for camping, picnics and trails. Here you will feel the power and history of the forest.
Daily tours can also be taken into old mine shafts at nearby Millwood, a mining town deep within the forest. There, visitors get a snapshot of how miners dug for gold nuggets during the 19th century gold rush.
For foodies who like a variety of dining options, including a large wine selection, deli and gift shop, head over to 34 South on the Knysna Quays. The endangered Knysna Seahorse can also be seen here.
For dinner with a twist, check out The Turbine Hotel located on Thesen Island. The hotel and restaurant originates from a converted power station; the old machinery of the power station has been restored, thus allowing visitors to dine between huge turbines in a classy setting.
KING/QUEEN OF THE CASTLE
Conrad Pezula Resort and Spa, situated on the Eastern Head of Knysna, is one of the most exclusive destinations in the world. The estate is home to 3 private castles, which guests can stay in or even book the entire compound for added luxury and privacy. Each castle comes with a private chef, room attendant and butler 24/7 during your stay.
Described as some of the most exclusive properties in the world, these castles are the epitome of luxury and romance, overlooking the pristine hidden beach of Noetzie.
Explore the Pezula Estate by means of horse-riding, canoeing, archery or pamper yourself at the award-winning Pezula Spa.
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