Knysna attractions

Park in Knysna

Knysna Lagoon

The Knysna Lagoon opens between two sandstone cliffs known as the Heads – once proclaimed by the British Royal Navy to be the most dangerous harbour entrance in the world. There are good views from the eastern head,…
Village in Knysna


Belvidere, 10km from Knysna, is so immaculate it’s positively creepy. But it’s worth a quick look for the beautiful Norman-style Belvidere church that was built in the 1850s by homesick English expats. Further on is…
Brewery in Knysna

Mitchell’s Brewery

South Africa’s oldest microbrewery occupies bright, new premises on the edge of the lagoon. You can join a tour or just taste its range of English-style brews in the beer garden. Pub meals (R65 to R110) are also ser…
Nature Reserve in Knysna

Featherbed Nature Reserve

The Featherbed Nature Reserve was completely devastated by wildfires in 2017. Tourism authorities were working to get the reserve up and running again when we last visited.
Forest in Knysna

Garden of Eden

There are lovely forest picnic spots, short walks through the forest and an 800m-long wheelchair-friendly path.
Museum in Knysna

Millwood House

Millwood House is a mini complex of museums detailing Knysna’s history. It’s a quaint set of buildings dating back to the town’s booming timber era. This is the main focus of the museum, though it also houses inform…
Beach in Knysna


Reached by a turn-off along the N2 10km east of Knysna, Noetzie is a quirky little place with holiday homes in mock-castle style. There’s a lovely surf beach (spacious but dangerous) and a sheltered lagoon running t…
Museum in Knysna

Old Gaol Museum

Since this region has plenty of wet weather, a rainy-day option is welcome. The main museum is a pleasant complex in a mid-19th century building that was once the jail. There’s a gallery showcasing local art, a disp…
Church in Knysna

Belvidere Church

A Norman-style church built in the 1850s by homesick English expats.