top 21 knysna activities

  1. Size does matter at the Knysna Elephant Park. Be welcomed with a slurp and a smile and ride into the sunset with a trunk in your hand.
  2. Knysna has lots of unsoiled fresh air. What better way to enjoy it than to visit one of our many al fresco Markets. Choose between the Harvest Time Farmers Market, Scarab Village, Wild Oats Community Farmers Market, Thesen Harbour Sunday Market and the famous Friday Market.
  3. Cruise the Lagoon. Catamarans, yachts, speed boats or canoes - take your pick!
  4. Oysters, Sparkling Wine & Spectacular Sunsets!
  5. Soak up the sun. Choose between spectacular beaches to enjoy the best views: Bollard Bay, Coney Glen, Buffalo Bay, Noetzie or Brenton on Sea.
  6. Hiking - lace up those boots and go hunting with your binocular for those illusive Knysna elephants. Choose between forest and coastal walks and tailor make your hike to your level of fitness. View some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world or explore the mystical indigenous forests.
  7. Explore the Knysna Heads up close and personal. Enjoy spectacular views from the Eastern Head viewpoint or take a half day excursion to the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the Western Head. If you choose to be transported in true Thai Tuk Tuk style, look no further. You will find these alternative means of transport parked at the waterfront.
  8. Art Galleries. Knysna have an impressive collection of renowned artists and their work is on display all over town. You will definitely find something to suit your style and budget.
  9. You are in the Cuisine capital of the country! With 80 restaurants, deli`s and coffee spots to choose from.
  10. Call in on the Millwood Goldmine and relive the days of newly discovered gold. No wonder Dalene Matthee chose this site as the background for her novel "Circles in the Forest".

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  11. Knysna is all about rich History and Culture. Be sure to walk back on the steps of the great names in the history of Knysna. Visit the Old Goal & Millwood Museums in Queen Street, the San Ambrosio Church in Gouna, Belvidere, Portland Manor and George Rex`s grave.
  12. Visit the Judah`s Square Rastafarian Community. Their community tour will provide you with an insight into this astonishing lifestyle and you will take home with you spiritual souvenirs that will last you a lifetime.
  13. Crafts. Bushpig Fabrics, Armitage Crafts, Birds of Africa, Hot Art, House of Kelims, the Cornerstone Curio Shop and Leathers & Feathers will leave you spoiled for choice.
  14. Lay your hand on an Aqua Bike at Crabs Creek. These hydro bikes are great fun and excellent exercise.
  15. Experience the thrill of a high speed mountain bike ride through indigenous forests. With some of the most spectacular cycle routes in the country you will have to have a rubber arm to resist the saddle twitch.
  16. Mitchells Brewery - Beer, more beer and then there is Mitchells. The only natural brewed beer in the region will have you begging for more. With no added preservatives you will have to go a long way to find fresher beverages.
  17. Canoes, hire a kayak to tour the winding Knysna river and explore the magical surroundings while gliding with the tide. For a rougher approach take on the incoming tide at The Heads and release all that smoldering city stress.
  18. Diving & Snorkeling. Dive the depths of the estuary to the wreck of the Paquita or experience the Knysna seahorse in its natural habitat.

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  19. Paraglide over spectacular hills and lakes. The area is a veritable paragliding mecca, with no shortage of spots perfect for this activity along the adjacent coast.
  20. Wakeboarding & kite surfing for the adrenalin junkies. Get the blood pumping while you take to the water. Buffalo Bay will provide you with the perfect wave, so bring your surf board.
  21. With three magnificent Golf courses you can never go wrong. Or enjoy the Mashie Golf course for a different experience.
Courtesy of Knysna Tourism

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