Top things to do in Knysna

Top Choice Cafe in Knysna

Ile de Pain

Ile de Pain is a wildly popular bakery and cafe that's as much a hit with locals as it is with tourists. There's an excellent breakfast menu, lots of fresh salads, some inventive lunch specials and quite a bit for v…
LGBT in Knysna

Pink Loerie Festival

Knysna celebrates its gay-friendliness with a flamboyant Mardi Gras around the end of May.
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…
Seafood in Knysna

Freshline Fisheries

It can work out to be quite pricey since sides are ordered separately, but the seafood here really is worth it. It's a simple spot with tables on a sandy terrace. It has so much character you quickly forget you're b…
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…
International in Knysna

East Head Café

There’s an outdoor deck overlooking the lagoon and ocean, lots of fish and seafood, plus a few vegetarian dishes. It's a very popular spot so expect to wait for a table in high season. Reservations not accepted.
International in Knysna


Inside, it’s a stylish place to dine on sushi, steak and seafood; outside, it’s a laid-back bar with wood-fired pizzas and a range of Mitchell’s beers. The cocktail menu is also worth a look.
Pizza in Knysna

Chatters Bistro

Restaurants seem to come and go in Knysna, but this pizza joint has been around a while. You'll also find burgers, pasta and some salads, plus a pleasant garden to enjoy them in.
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.