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WWhen you go snorkelling in Knysna, you'll be privileged to meet the endangered Knysna seahorse. Endemic to South Africa, they are only found in certain estuaries along South Africa's southern coastline.
An experienced diver will take you at high tide to the places where you can safely encounter these little creatures. As they are endangered and protected by law, great care is taken not to disturb their natural habitat on the sandy floor, where they congregate round clumps of plants.
Be prepared to fall in love. These greenish-brown little creatures, only about 12cm long, are the stuff of fairy tales. With the head of a horse, the prehensile tail of a monkey and eyes that swivel like a chameleon's, you'll be hard put to resist their charms.
It's the male seahorse that gives birth. He has a kangaroo-like pouch where the female lays her eggs. When the babies are ready to hatch, they pop out of the pouch and into the water. If you're lucky, you may witness a courtship dance, or even see Dad give birth.
Knysna, where the seahorses are located, is South Africa's most popular coastal town and a gem along the famous Garden Route. There's other abundant marine life in the waters of Knysna. The southern right whale comes to breed in these waters between August and December, and you'll get great views all along the Garden Route. If you visit the nearby Robberg peninsula in Plettenberg Bay, home to a colony of fur seals, you may well see dolphins leaping the waves in pods of up to a 100 strong.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Seablue Scuba Safaris
Tel: 082 462 4916
How to get there
Knysna is on the Garden Route. Take the N2 east from Cape Town (500km), or west from Port Elizabeth (280km). The nearest airport is in George, 65km west
Best time to visit
August to December is when the southern right whales are breeding. The seahorses can be seen all year round but in winter the water is very cold.
Things to do
What to pack
All snorkelling and diving equipment is supplied by the dive operators. Never forget to bring plenty of sunscreen and a hat!
Where to stay
Choose between a forest lodge, a houseboat, a log cabin, a welcoming B&B or a hotel - there's lots of varied accommodation on offer in Knysna and surrounding areas.
What to eat