Knysna National Lake Area
With the imposing Knysna Heads as its sentinels, the Knysna National Lake Area is a liquid maze of lagoons, salt marshes, reed beds and protected inlets, shielding the rare estuarine Knysna seahorse.
Its unpolluted waters nurture wild oyster nurseries - sample these delicacies at the Knysna Oyster Company. Catch the John Benn ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve, and go on the 2.5 km guided Bushbuck trail through its protected scrub forest, or ride the 4x4 trailer to the top for breathtaking sea views. Spend a day picnicking in Knysna’s indigenous coastal forest belt, beneath protected hardwood timbers,or at Diepwalle, the last refuge of the Knysna elephants, marvel at the huge King Edward VII yellowwood, 625 years old with a trunk height of 39 m.
Why not hike one of 2 trails - the circular, lushly forested, 18 km Elephant Walk, or the Outeniqua Hiking Trail, 150 km, over its scenic mountains to George? Visit Knysna Elephant Park and self-drive the twisting roads of Prince Alfred’s pass for the best forest views before stopping at Noetzie, for its secluded beach and whimsical castle residences.
Or stroll through the Garden of Eden with its luxuriant vegetation and rich birdlife.