The Knysna Heads is one of the most scenic natural locations in South Africa. Yacht charters around the Knysna Lagoon and through the heads into the Indian Ocean offer explorers an opportunity to complete their experience of this Western Cape wonder in sheer style.

Yacht charters through the Knysna Heads have thrilled explorers from around the world for generations. The picturesque surroundings have been the subject of countless photographs and the memories of the experience the subject of many discussions.

The peaceful waters of the Knysna Lagoon, as well as the lush green surrounds, create a unique feeling of serenity. The Knysna Heads tower majestically on the horizon, while a variety of birds soar gracefully above.

Some of the world’s most beautiful sunsets can be experienced while sailing on Kynsna Lagoon, as the rays of light pierce the Heads and shimmer brilliantly on the surface of the water, while the reflection of other boats adds variety to the scenic composition.

Springtide Charters is one tour operator to consider for yacht charters through the Knysna Heads. Their 50ft yacht, The Outeniqua, offers three double cabins, one of which is en-suite. The vessel was built by Stephan Pepler, who is also the owner and skipper.

Stephan’s wife, Evelyn, who helps run the company, says she is very lucky to be in such a rewarding line of work. “Our crew is very passionate about sailing and very knowledgeable about the area, which is why our clients always come away smiling, knowing that having had a great, authentic sailing experience.”

Springtide Charters offer various packages, depending on whether you would prefer a dinner, breakfast or overnight cruise.

Couples can even tie the knot on board The Outeniqua, which is big enough for 12 people, and they will even arrange someone to officiate and a wedding photographer!

Knysna Charters, another tour operator in Knysna, offers sunset cruises, as well as packages for corporate functions, private parties and team-building expeditions.

Whether you are planning a corporate retreat or a romantic getaway, a yacht charter on Knysna Lagoon and an exciting sail through the heads is a fail-safe option.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Springtide Charters
Tel: +27 (0)82 470 6022/(0)82 829 2740

Knysna Charters
Tel: +27 (0)82 892 0469

How to get here

The closest airport to Knysna is George Airport, an hour's drive away. Knysna is a six-hour drive from Cape Town along the N2.

Best time to visit

Cruises take place throughout the year, but the evenings are slightly longer during the summer months between October and April.

Around the area

Knysna is home to some beautiful forests. Spend a night or two at a log cabin in the area to complete your relaxing time in the area. Go diving and see if you can spot the elusive Knysna seahorse.

Tours to do

There are numerous adventure and nature activities in the vicinity of this Garden Route town.

What will it cost

All prices are available on the company websites.

What to eat

Knysna is famous for its oysters.

What's happening

The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place in July.

Best buys

Knysna is known for its beautiful forests and handcrafted wooden items.

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