Loved for its lush natural beauty, waterways and seaside appeal, Knysna’s languid vibe keeps visitors coming back for more. From Thessen Island, the Garden Route’s own Venice, to the Knysna Waterfront Quays, with its up-market shopping, restaurants, gourmet delis and harbour cruises there’s endless sophisticated entertainment beside the water here.
A trip to the Oyster Tavern at the estuary to slurp down Knysna’s world-renowned gastronomic delicacies whilst quaffing champagne, is a quintessential Knysna experience. A trip to the Judah Square Rastafarian community on its outskirts to learn about their religious beliefs, allows you to discover Knysna’s quirkier side. Spend a mystical night with this ecologically-minded rasta family, which has its spiritual roots in Ethiopia.
And, for 4 days in May, Knysna turns pink with pride during its fabulous annual Pink Loerie Carnival. Take a trip to its indigenous forests, where you’ll not only meet remarkable trees, but communities too.
Former woodcutters and forestry labourers who fell on hard times, have responded by creating a vibrant community route where visitors can stay in their homes, purchase their crafts, go on guided forest walks, enjoy home-cooked meals and experience homely eco-friendly hospitality.