Welcome to Knysna


With its serene setting, arty and gay-friendly vibe, excellent places to stay, eat and drink, and wide range of activities, Knysna has plenty going for it. But if you’re after something quiet and undeveloped, you might like to look elsewhere – particularly in high season.

In June 2017, a massive wildfire ravaged the area, destroying more than 1000 homes and devastating the landscape. It will take decades for the forests to recover, though the town was welcoming tourists back within a couple of weeks.


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Knysna activities

$496.07 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Garden Route and Addo Adventure from Cape Town

The 6-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure from Cape Town is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Start your trip by visiting a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay and enjoy lunch in Hermanus, a location where many Southern Right Whales are spotted. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of the African continent, and savor a traditional South African stew for supper.Day 2: Continue your journey by crossing the mountains towards the Little Karoo and sample local wine before heading on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn and sample ostrich kebabs for supper.Day 3: Explore the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River in a canoe. Visit the famous seaside town of Knysna and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Day 4: Travel to the beautifully located Tsitsikamma National Park and enjoy some leisure time. Explore the Eastern Cape and spend the night in a working citrus farm. Day 5: Continue your journey the next day by spending the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park and spend the night in the beautiful seaside town of Wilderness or Mossel Bay.Day 6: On the last day of your tour, continue on to the Garden Route town of Mossel Bay to witness all the beauty the region has to offer. Conclude your journey back in Cape Town.

$474.50 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Garden Route, Addo 5-Day Tour from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth

The 5-Day Garden Route and Addo South African Adventure is a fast-paced, adventure-packed tour showcasing the best of what the African continent has to offer.Day 1: Visit a colony of endangered African Penguins in Betties Bay, followed by lunch in Hermanus. Hermanus is known for being a location where you can see Southern Right Whales who are usually spotted from July to November. Continue your journey on to Cape Agulhas, the furthest Southern point of the African continent. Spend the night in Cape Agulhas and enjoy a traditional potjie (South African stew) for supper. Day 2: Cross the mountains towards the Little Karoo, a semi-desert area with a very different landscape from the coastline. Sample local wine in the area and continue on to explore the Cango Caves. Spend the night in Oudtshoorn, known as the Ostrich Capital of the World, and sample ostrich kebabs for supper. Day 3: Venture back to the coastline and experience a canoe ride through the Wilderness National Park on the Touw River. Explore the park and it's native forest, waterfall and rock pools. In the afternoon, visit the famous seaside town of Knysna, enjoy lunch or shopping at the Knysna Waterfront. Enjoy a typical African barbeque for dinner and spend the night in Myoli Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.Day 4: Travel to the Tsitsikamma National Park, known for its beautiful coastline by the Indian Ocean and native forest. Feel free to take some leisure time for hiking, crossing a suspension bridge, swimming or simply enjoying a drink overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon, explore the Eastern Cape, and spend the night in a working citrus farm in the Addo area. Day 5: Spend the morning on a game drive in the Addo Elephant National Park, home to amazing wildlife such as lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and more than 600 elephants. After an exciting morning of game viewing, clients will be dropped off at the location of their choice in Port Elizabeth, where the tour ends between approximately 1pm and 2pm on Friday

$654.24 Multi-day & Extended Tours

7-Day Garden Route, Winelands and Addo Safari from Cape Town

5-day Garden Route Tour sectionDay 1: Depart from Cape TownStart the scenic journey and reach Wilderness National Park for a canoe ride in pure nature by afternoon. Paddle on a calm river that winds through lush forests and mountains. Overnight in Sedgefield. Day 2: Awake early to visit Knysna to walk to The Heads - two sandstone cliffs that flank the mouth of the lagoon. Explore Tsitsikamma National Park with a guided walk along shady forest paths or partake in an optional waterfall zip-line (own expense) across waterfalls. Bungee jump from a 216-meter bridge above the Bloukrans River (own expense) or enjoy more leisure time to explore Tsitsikamma's forests. Spend the next two nights in Jefferys Bay. Day 3: Get an early morning start for a game drive trip in the tour van at Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. Home to over 550 wild elephants, lions, buffalo, black rhino and a variety of antelope species. Hop aboard an additional 4x4 Addo Safari (own expense) for further game spotting. In the afternoon return to Jeffreys Bay to try optional surfing or sandboarding (own expense) in one of the world's most famous surf spots. Day 4:  Travel on the infamous Route 62 to overnight at Oudtshoorn.Visit a working ostrich farm to learn about these fascinating birds. Walk through this subterranean wonderland during a tour of the Cango Caves' vast halls and towering stalactites and stalagmites. Return to the wild for an optional late afternoon game drive in a 4x4 vehicle at a private game reserve (own expense). Day 5:  The following morning, take part in an optional 'walking with elephants' experience at the game reserve (own expense) to learn about and walk with orphaned elephants. In the afternoon you'll return along scenic Route 62, the longest wine route in the world, to sample some of the local wine. Reach Stellenbosch in the evening to spend your night at leisure. 2-day Winelands & Whale Coast Tour sectionDay 6:  Your guide will meet you in the morning to set off to Stellenbosch. It's time for sparkling wine MCC and wine tasting, pairing some of the best with locally produced chocolate or optional biltong. Continue back down to the coast via Franschhoek to reach Cape Agulhas at the southernmost tip of Africa. Day 7: Venture down to Hemanus to kayak (own expense) or hop aboard an Whale watching cruise (own expense) for a chance to spot some of the Marine Big Five during whale season. Hike the famous cliff path of Hermanus and then Betty's Bay penguin reserve to get up close and personal with a large colony of penguins in their natural habitat, before one final last stop at Clarence Drive viewpoint. The tour ends in Cape Town late afternoon.

$898.68 Luxury & Special Occasions

5-Day Small Group Luxury Garden Route Tour from Cape Town with Safari

Day 1: Cape Town - Wilderness National Park - Sedgefield Visit Wilderness National Park for a canoe ride. Paddle on a calm river that winds through lush forests and mountains. Have the evening at your leisure. Overnight in Sedgefield area at 4-star Dover on Sea Guest house or Wilderness Beach Villas or similar. Day 2: Knysna - Tsitsikamma National Park - Jeffreys Bay (B) Awake early to visit the lively town of Knysna and take an easy walk to the Knysna Heads, two eye-catching sandstone cliffs that flank the mouth of the lagoon. Standing 709 feet (216 meters) above the Bloukrans River, the world’s highest commercial bridge bungy jump awaits you if you are daring enough. If you're not in for the plunge, watch the seemingly crazy bungee jumpers from land and traverse the forests of the Tsitsikamma area. Then explore Tsitsikamma National Park, home to shady forest paths set against a dramatic coastal landscape. Overnight the next 2 nights in Jefferys Bay at 4-star On The Beach Guest house or similar. Day 3: Addo National Park - Jeffreys Bay (B) Start the morning with a game drive in the tour bus around Addo Elephant National Park, the third largest national park in South Africa. It's home to over 550 wild elephants and most of the Big Five animals. You can choose an additional 4x4 Addo safari (own expense) for a further chance to game spot. In the afternoon, you’ll return to Jeffrey's Bay for relaxing beach time or to try optional surfing or sandboarding (own expense). Overnight the next 2 nights in Jefferys Bay at 4-star On The Beach Guest house or similar.  Day 4: Route 62 - Tsitsikamma - Oudtshoorn (B) Travel on the famous Route 62 to Oudtshoorn. Take part in an optional waterfall zip-line (own expense) across the nearby Kruis River waterfalls.   Visit an ostrich farm to learn about these fascinating flightless birds. Return to the wild for an optional 4x4 game drive - led by a game ranger, at a private game reserve (own expense). Overnight in Oudtshoorn at 4-star Buffelsdrift Lodge, 4-star Surval Boutique Olive Estate or similar. Day 5: Cango Caves - Route 62 - Cape Town Take part in an optional ‘meet the elephants’ experience at a nearby reserve (own expense) to learn about these gentle giants. Walk through a subterranean wonderland on a guided tour of the Cango Caves. In the afternoon, return via Route 62, the world longest wine route for a wine tasting stop. Reach Cape Town in the evening. Throughout your journey, your guide provides commentary and suggests top restaurants for dinner.  This package is part of a group tour and other customers may sleep at 4-star, 3-star or budget backpacker accommodation.

$1082.73 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3 Days 2 Nights Garden Route Tour in 3 Star Hotel

The following itinerary is what guests can expect on this 3 days/2 nights Garden route tour 3-star:Day1Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house by a qualified tour guide/driver in a luxury air-conditioned vehicle. We travel on the N2 through Elgin and pass through small towns like Caledon, Riviersonderend and Riversdale. We stop in Albertinia at the Aloe Vera factory (20 minutes) for coffee and a bit of shopping. From there we proceed to Zorgfontein to Walk with the lions (1 hour). This will be followed by a stop in Mossel Bay. At approximately 15:00 we travel to Botlierskop Game Farm for a 3-hour game drive in an open 4×4 truck. This is a unique occasion to fully experience the Big 5. After the game drive we set off for Knysna, passing through the scenic towns of George, Wilderness and Sedgefield. After check-in at accommodation and freshening up, guests will be taken for dinner. Thereafter, guests will be dropped off at their hotel/guest house. Day 2Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house after check-out and breakfast. We explore the Knysna Heads, drive to the top of one of the heads and down to the beach. We stop at Garden of Eden for a guided walking tour for approximately 15 minutes. Thereafter we dedicate an hour to admire the largest bird sanctuary in southern hemisphere, Birds of Eden and also visit Monkey land sanctuary. From there, guests will have an opportunity to interact with the elephants. Our next stop is at the Storms River mouth where lunch will be served. After lunch we embark on a guided walking tour of about 900 meters to the Hanging bridge. We depart from there at approximately 15:00 and travel back to Oudtshoorn, the Ostrich capital. We overnight at De Poort Country lodge at the foot of the Swartberg mountain where dinner will be served. Estimated time of arrival at accommodation – approximately 18:30/19:00. Day 3Collection from Guest's hotel/guest house after check-out and breakfast. Our first stop is at the Safari Ostrich farm to interact with the Ostriches. Our next attraction will be the Cango wildlife Ranch for a wildlife encounter. Thereafter we visit the Cango caves for a standard tour. After the tour, lunch will be served at one of the Restaurants as per our itinerary. From there we depart for Cape town via route 62 with optional stops. Guests will be dropped off at their accommodation in Cape town. Should guests prefer to be dropped off in Port Elizabeth instead, this can be arranged.Vehicles include free cold bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi and snacks.Drinks and Gratuities are excluded in the cost unless otherwise informed. The Garden Route private tour departs from Cape Town with a minimum of two guests. A departure at 07:00am is recommended.

$1122.70 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Classic Garden Route 4-Day Tour from Cape Town

Travel in an air-conditioned mini bus with an experienced driver-guide, and stay in comfortable accommodation with breakfast and dinner included. The tour gives you the opportunity to view the magnificent Cape Winelands, lush Route 62 and the Knysna region. You'll travel from Cape Town through the Huguenot Tunnel and on to Route 62, stopping at Barrydale before you continue to Oudtshoorn. Depart for Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, and spend time at Featherbed Nature Reserve before heading through the beautiful Tsitsikamma National Park en route to Port Elizabeth. Expect to see Ostriches, a myriad of Birds and, if you have time, whales and dolphins along the way. A full rundown of the itinerary is below.