This must be paradise! Knysna is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. A shame we only booked for three nights. Will definitely go back there again. Plenty to do and see and also a good place just to chill.
02 April 2013
Knysna was a great break from my normal routine. Some restaurants are geared for international tourists and price themselves out the market for local South Africans.
26 March 2013
Always a pleasant picturesque town to visit, having been here numerous times before.
18 January 2013
My family really enjoyed Knynsa area .took John Benn to Knynsa heads and went out every day to other locations in the area.
06 January 2013
Republic of Ireland
Breathtaking view from the East Head, beautiful cosy town!
22 December 2012
Terrific view from The Heads, pleasant to walk in Lagoon area, safe, quite and other tourist attractions like Plett, Natures Valley, Buffey Baai etc are very close. We extended our stay from 2 to 3 days to relax. For Indians traveling to Knysna do not miss the only Indian restaurant on the main street. It is nice.
28 November 2012
Knysna has been a love of mine since childhood - it is the most beautiful town in all of South Africa. There is just something about the place - I can't quite put my finger on it. Going to Knysna is always a treat.
13 November 2012
One of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Definitely a must see for anyone visiting South Africa, one has to see it to believe it. If just driving past Knysna can be a beautiful experience, you can imagine how it would be to take time and have fun at what Kynsna offers. For us, we could manage just 2 days at Knysna and we relished it....
03 October 2012
The restaurants in Knysna serve delicious food, the Heads was my favourite destination, its beautiful there. The elephant park is a must visit.
01 October 2012
Knysna - what an experience! Probably one of the best Christmas holidays we as a family ever had. Fantastic town, excellent vibe, excellent restaurants, shops, amazing people etc etc. Also plenty to see and do in the surrounding areas as well. Unfortunate experience, however, with accommodation venue (your records will show correspondence in this regard). In the end, what impressed me most about our Knysna experience? The fact that SafariNow stuck to their reputation, as the specific venue is not displayed on its website anymore. Well done!
22 August 2012
I've never been on a holiday ever. My dad decided it's time to change that and I look for a place in Knysna(as I heard it's the most beautifullest place ever). There is so much to do,things t see. We didn't get round to everything because we only went for a few days,but it was the best days of my life. I surely will went to Knysna again soon. The people is very nice and the place himself. The waterfront and the Harkerville forest was 2 of the amazing places I saw and oh yes the Elephants @ the Elephant park.
21 August 2012
Knysna is paradise on earth...offering such a diversity in vegetation from the forests to the lagoon, open skies and village atmosphere. One of my all time favourite holiday destinations and somewhere everyone would want to retire! Watersports abound, loads of great restaurants, families and friends can only be happy in this gorgeous patch of Africa.
20 August 2012
Knaysna is an obsolute wonderous place for a newly wed couple to enjoy the start of their life together. We spent our honeymoon at Cliff Hanger cottages, located in a the Rheenendal cliffs before entering Knysna. The views from there were amazing and you also get the view of the waterfront area and the lagoon. There are many activities and places to visit while there to fit with every type of personality. From hikes, bird watching, shopping, wooden crafts, wild birds of prey and elephant santuaries to mention a few.
Most definately peaceful and restful destination that I would recommend to anybody. Even if it isn't a honeymoon and only a vacation. Most definatley a part of africa at its best!
20 August 2012
Knysna is a lovely place 2 stay and I would go there again it was very nice there was a lot 2 do the boat drive 2 knysna heads was lovely would recommend knysna 2 all my friends
20 August 2012
We had the chance to enjoy a beautiful sunset cruise with local beer. Family from overseas loved it.
20 August 2012
Knysna is perfectly situated for you to explore the Garden Route, also to take advantage of the many recreational features Knysna has to offer, notably golf, watersports, forest walks, boat trips on the Lagoon etc.
18 August 2012
The best of Everything! Knysna offers the best of everything. whether you want a laid back, chilled holiday or a fun filled break, Knysna can be whatever you want. Scenic drives amongst the mountains and forests around Rheenendal, Bibi's Hoek and the Phantom Pass. Hikes in the forest. the Daleen Matthee trail and from the Picnic Spot at Jubilee Creek are just something out of this world. The primordial indigenous forest, the haze rising from the river, the cool, quiet calm restores your soul.. Then there's the vibrant waterfront with snazzy boutiques and a large variety of restaurants. Take a drive to the Heads and walk to the look out points at sunset...it will take your breath away! Fun on the lagoon with day boat trips and fishing in the lakes around Sedgefield for the fishing enthusiast who wants to catch a really nice Grunter or Kob. The history of Knysna is interesting, to say the least. Visit Belvidere and the old Church and graveyard where lie the relatives of the legendary George Rex. the grave of George Rex himself is on the way to the Heads. the Old Gold Mine at Jubilee Creek is mysterious and the tea shoppe on the way makes the best scones this side of the equator! A walk along the beach at Brenton on Sea in the morning will invigorate you and the appetite you work up will be more than satisfied at one of the many eateries along the way. Knysna is undoubtedly my favourite place to visit either on the way up the coast or just to go there for a break from the hustle of the City.
17 August 2012
Travelling eastwards on the N2 you cruise downhill from Rheenendahl and cross the White Bridge straddling the Knysna River and hit the newly upgraded Lagoon Road, although, in geographical terms, Knysna has an estuary, not a lagoon. Everybody coming from the west travels along Lagoon Road. You wind gently between towering rockface on your left and fresh clean water on your right and soon reach the Red Bridge which takes you across the Salt River bringing into full uninterrupted view Knysna Heads. The rockface changed a little way back to rolling treed hills spotted with white houses on large properties, all enjoying the magnificent view of the Lagoon and Heads. On one of these hills back from the busy Lagoon Road is Paradise. The quiet spacious suburb is within walking distance of Knysna town and the Waterfront, with their variety of restaurants and shops, midway between Brenton and Noetzie beaches, and ten minutes from Leisure Isle’s children’s beach which is popular with adults. You can glimpse Pezula, with its hotel and golf course, the old Knysna Golf Course, and running alongside Salt River is the Old Cape Road which takes you to Nicklaus-designed Simola Golf Course and hotel. When the tide is out and between the many white-sailed yachts, there are green and brown islands in the lagoon and oyster farms are visible. An estate agent hammering in a guiding post was heard to exclaim: “I love Paradise.”
16 July 2012
16 July 2012
The fantastic atmosphere in Kynsna during the Oyster Festival needs to be experienced to be believed.
10 July 2012
I am in love with Knysna, the prettiest town in South Africa.
Knysna’s personality is the sum of many things but the most important is the warm heart of her citizens and her natural splendour.
None can deny the beauty of a low-tide walk from Brenton-On-Lake to the Western Head where, along the way, you delight in storks, cormorants, Egyptian geese and small beaches with their own identities offering a unique view of the Knysna Waterfront, Thesen Island and Leisure Island.
Summer sundowners at Bollard Bay, clambering the ragged rocks of Coney Glen, riding a boat on Knysna Estuary, sand in my toes at Gericke’s Point or Buffalo Bay, watching fish jump out of the river in Sedgefield, pastoral wonders on the 7 Passes Road, the Outeniqua Mountains peering like grandfather down on Karatara and fresh water lakes, buck at Featherbed and startlingly beautiful (yet shy) Loerie birds red-winging between the trees in search of yellow berries make Knysna almost fantasy, a setting for an Enid Blyton adventure or a playground for Harry Potter and his friends.
Knysna's made painters, musicians and retirees plant their roots here. She made me transform my holiday into a home. She is my lover, mother, friend and confidant. She is a child to be loved and nurtured. She's a joy to be shared.
03 July 2012
It was perfect for a weekend getaway with lots to see and do.
25 June 2012
Highly recommended as it has everything from activites, beaches, views, great restuarants and even a perfect place to have a serious detox holiday!
20 June 2012
Knysna, without doubt is South Africa’s best kept secret.
It is listed in ‘the top 100 places‘ in the world to visit....This quaint, bustling tourist town is home to a huge indigenous population of people of all ages, creeds & cultures. It lies nestled on the main N2 garden route, 500km from Cape Town between George & Plettenberg Bay.
Knysna is steeped in history, dating back to 1804. George Rex, a timber merchant bought a farm & started a thriving timber business, making use of the indigenous yellow-wood & stinkwood trees to be found in the forest. In 1876 gold was discovered in the forest, this in turn bought people flocking to the Millwood mines hoping to dig for their fortunes. Thereafter, Knysna set up it's own port & Arnt Thesen (of Thesen Island fame) set up the first trading store to accommodate the influx of people & consequently in 1881 it was declared a town.
Today, Knysna boasts an upbeat ‘Waterfront’ full of shops, bars & restaurants. Both the Waterfront & Thesen Island have the most stunning views of ‘the heads’ & either could well be voted 'the perfect place for a sundowner on the lagoon"... home to the famous Knysna oysters & seahorses.
'Town' has 3 shopping malls & a local art/craft market catering for your every need. Various coffee shops & cafes are scattered for your pleasure, so you can 'shop til you drop'!
Knysna plays host to a number of international festivals each year.... In July hoards of people are drawn to indulge in the annual Oyster festival & Knysna forest marathon. South Africa's largest Rastafarian community, also host the July ‘Earth festival’, drawing Haile Sellasie followers from all over the world September sees the town attract young & old aspiring artists to the Arts Exhibitions & for the more energetic & extreme adrenalin junkies, then May is the time to be in town, as the Knysna Speed festival kicks into gear. Knysna turns pink during the colourful & effervescent Pink Loerie/Mardi Gras festival, which is also held in May.
Bringing out the adventurous spirit in you Knysna has a host of activites to keep you out of mischief!
There are plenty of hiking/cycling trails through the beautiful forest & nature reserves introducing you to many species of flora & fauna. You may even descend upon one of knysna's resident elephants that live in the forest. Take to the water for a leisurely boat cruise, some gentle kayaking or a fast & furious RIB trip. Be sure to pack you golf clubs as Knysna also boasts 2 world famous golf courses – Pezula & Simola.
Not to be missed is the colourful & vibrant local ‘township’ tour that helps to create the mixture of people of different cultures that make the town so special. or simply hire a bicycle & explore Knysna & it's history at your own pace.
Apart from all the fun & excitement that Knysna has to offer. It is also the perfect spot to base yourself & visit all of the surrounding areas of activity packed destinations.
Within a short distance from town there is Knysna Elephant Park, The Birds of Eden & Monkeyland, a wolf sanctuary & for hiking & bird-watching visit the Garden of Eden.
For the more adventurous there is surfing, diving, whale/dolphin watching, para-gliding all at Plettenberg Bay.
Take tree-top walks, zip slides & abseiling in the Tsitsikama forest. try 'tubing' down Storms's River or dare to jump the world’s highest bungee-jump at Bloukrans Bridge.
For those who prefer to 'chill out' on the beach then there is safe swimming on Knysna's Leisure Isle or for the ideal family day out, take a trip to nearby Buffalo Bay, Noetzie or Plettenberg Bay. Or incorporate a spot of surfing at the world famous J.Bay
For a more relaxing & breathtakingly spectacular scenery, take a drive through the stunning Outeniqua mountain range - it is a 'must', en-route to Oudtshoorn, where you can tackle Ostrich riding. Visit the crocodile farm, get close & personal with the big cats at the wildlife cheetah ranch. Or try your pot-holing skills in the famous Cango caves.
Knysna is a very special place - it is safe, friendly, colourful, it can be sleepy & it can be thumping - most of all it wishes to welcome you... so drop by, say hi & come check it out!
06 June 2012
The time spent in Knysna was very good. We loved leisure Island, and we enjoyed the walk to the Heads. Town has all the shop you need.
05 June 2012
The name Knysna is a Khoi word but it’s uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean place of wood, or it could mean fern leaves, but its most probable meaning is straight down - an obvious reference to the Heads. Knysna Heads must be the most striking geological features along the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly pretty lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River.
Knysna’s history began in the year 1804, the year that saw the arrival of George Rex, rumoured to be the illegitimate son of King George lll. He purchased the estate known as Melkhoutkraal on the shores of the lagoon and moved his entire family and considerable entourage down to Knysna to settle.
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coasts best known holiday destinations, situated between lush forests.
01 June 2012
Worth stopping for a couple of days - relaxation and trips into the forest.
09 March 2012
Beautiful scenery and an attractive waterfront with restaurants.
02 March 2012
There are a lot of nice places to visit: Go for a cruise on the lake. Visit Noetzi. Go for a walk on Tessin Island and leisure Island.
15 January 2012
It's beautiful. A lot of everything to do in the area for families and travelers. Great beaches and natural wonders. Shopping and great restaurants.
14 January 2012
What a loveley destination! Wonderfull views and sights!
05 January 2012
I saw Knysna for the first time and I love it.
27 December 2011
Knysna is overrated, too 'yuppy' and
27 December 2011
Just driving around in this beautiful area was an absolute delight and completely relaxing. The atmosphere is laid back and easy going and we totally fell in love with Knysna!
02 December 2011
Belinda Van Aswegen
The main road was very busy but the shops are good. We played golf at Simola, where we received 10 Star service. It is the best golf course we have been to in South Africa.
09 October 2011
The Garden Route is an incredible place, and Knysna is in the centre of all the beauty. Everything you need is there! Amazing forests, white sandy beaches, stunning food and an estuary steeped in history!
02 August 2011
Apart from the unpredictable weather Knysna is a beautiful place. Has no beach but you don't mind because there's a lot of things to do and places to see, especially the nature reserves.
05 May 2011