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
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.
The annual Knysna Oyster Festival takes place in July.
Knysna is known for its beautiful forests and handcrafted wooden items.