Things To Do In Knysna

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1. See the Knysna Heads

See the Knysna Heads

5 km
from city center
1 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Knysna Heads are a pair of sandstone cliffs that separate the Knysna Lagoon from the rest of the Indian Ocean. It is the most famous landmark along the Garden Route and is divided into the Eastern and Western Head. It is known for its breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean, Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua Mountains.

2. Cruise Along Knysna Lagoon

Cruise Along Knysna Lagoon

4 km
from city center
2 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna Lagoon is located between the Knysna Heads on the Golden Route. As it is sheltered from the rough seas by the Knysna Heads, it is a very popular location for boating and water sports such as canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing and water skiing.

3. Visit Knysna Waterfront

Visit Knysna Waterfront

1 km
from city center
3 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna Waterfront is located on the Garden Route and is popular for its stunning views and leisure activities. It has many restaurants serving fresh seafood and authentic African cuisine. There are also numerous stores selling designer clothing, jewellery and souvenirs.

4. Day Trip to Brenton on Sea

Day Trip to Brenton on Sea
4.5 /5

4 km
from city center
4 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

A serene resort town located a short drive west from Knysna, Brenton on Sea's blissful self-catering chalets are the ultimate place for relaxation. It is a 15-minute drive from Knysna and is known for its laidback vibes, endangered blue butterflies and breathtaking sunset.

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5. Swimming at Buffalo Bay

Swimming at Buffalo Bay
4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
5 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Buffelsbaai is the super chilled out town about 20 km from Knysna Town. It is a popular holiday destination in the region with plenty of activities. It has one of the most popular beaches in the Western Cape, highly reputed for its great surfing and swimming spots.

6. Walk Around Thesen Islands

Walk Around Thesen Islands
4.2 /5

2 km
from city center
6 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Thesen Islands in Knysna comprise 19 man-made islands linked by bridges arching over the clear blue water. The Islands are popular for the 500+ houses built in colonial maritime style and for the rare Knysna Seahorse. There are stunning beaches on every island where watersports like kiteboarding, boating, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and swimming are popular.

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7. Hiking at Garden of Eden

Hiking at Garden of Eden

14 km
from city center
7 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Garden of Eden is a hiking trail located next to the N2 in Knysna. The trails lead to a wooden walkway through the forest and over beautiful streams for over a kilometre. It is an easy trail, suitable even for beginners. It is also a good location for bird watching.

8. Take a Ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve

Take a Ferry to Featherbed Nature Reserve
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
8 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Located on the Western Head of the Knysna Lagoon, the Featherbed Nature Reserve is a stunning piece of paradise with a nature reserve, hiking trails, restaurants and boat tours. It is accessible only by a ferry.

9. Whale Watching

Whale Watching
4.0 /5

9 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna is surrounded by the stunning blue Indian Ocean and whale watching is one of the most popular activities here. The best time is July to December as Southern Right and Humpback whales migrate here during this season. You can watch whales from one of the viewpoints or opt for one of the many cruises for close encounters.

10. Victoria Bay Surfing

Victoria Bay Surfing

295 km
from city center
10 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Victoria Bay is a paradise for surfing lovers, just 3 kms away from George. This easily accessible surfing spot is enclosed by rocky cliffs on both sides and has a beach setting in the middle. A lush green lawn makes the bay more special for picnic goers. Victoria Bay offers large waves for surfers for a long ride in the waters.

11. Explore the Garden Route

Explore the Garden Route
4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
11 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Garden Route is 300 km of unadulterated beauty. Stretching from Mossel Bay to Plettenburg Bay, the coastal road is adorned with several beautiful lagoons, beaches, lakes and forest parks. It has some of the best beaches along the coast, hiking trails, and 12 top-class golf courses.

12. Visit Knysna Elephant Park

Visit Knysna Elephant Park
4.0 /5

20 km
from city center
12 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Knysna Elephant Park is the primary location to see African elephants closely and interact safely with them. It is located just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. There is a special elephant experience with informative displays and photographs followed by a hike that follows them as they journey through the park.

13. Watersports at Bollards Bay Beach

Watersports at Bollards Bay Beach

5 km
from city center
13 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Bollards Bay Beach is a family-friendly located on Leisure Island in Knysna. It is popular for watersports like kite-boarding, boating, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and swimming and beach activities like ball games. The water is warm and safe even during the winter season.

14. Stroll Around Steenbok Nature Reserve

Stroll Around Steenbok Nature Reserve

4 km
from city center
14 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Steenbok Nature Reserve is a natural paradise located on Leisure Island in Knysna. It is home to over 200 flowering plants and more than 100 tree species. It is an excellent location for nature walks, bird watching, picnics and viewing indigenous flora and fauna.

15. Tour the Knysna Gin Distillery

Tour the Knysna Gin Distillery

6 km
from city center
15 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna Gin Distillery is located on Uil Street, serving traditionally distilled Knysna Gin. This distillery is famous for practising the traditional method of using copper pot and flame for its distillation process. Tourists flock for a detailed distillery tour to taste the award-winning Knysna gin made with nine natural botanicals.

16. Drive Along Prince Alfred Pass

Drive Along Prince Alfred Pass
3.8 /5

25 km
from city center
16 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Prince Alfred Pass is a 68 km long mountain pass, the longest in South Africa. This weaving road through the mountains is one of the most scenic routes connecting Kynsna to Avontuur. Along the way, there are several picnic spots, and from Skitskop, you get spectacular views as far as the Garden Route.

17. Camping at Diepwalle Forest

Camping at Diepwalle Forest

14 km
from city center
17 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Diepwalle Forest is South Africa’s largest indigenous forest located on the Garden Route in Knysna. The forest is largely populated with yellowood, stinkwood and cape pear trees. It is most popular for camping trips with a dedicated camping deck and for hiking.

18. Margaret's Viewpoint

Margaret's Viewpoint

6 km
from city center
18 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Margaret’s Viewpoint, located on the road to Brenton On Sea, is known for its stunning view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton, Outeniqua mountains and Belvidere Estate. It is a great location to watch the sunrise.

19. Knysna Fine Art Gallery

Knysna Fine Art Gallery

1 km
from city center
19 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna Fine Art Gallery is one of South Africa’s finest art galleries focusing on contemporary South African art in various mediums. It is located in Knysna Central and is housed in the distinctive Thesen House on Long Street. There are over 2000 art pieces on display, with the Hilton Nel ceramics, particularly popular.

20. The Motorcycle Room

The Motorcycle Room

5 km
from city center
20 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

The Motorcycle Room is a museum dedicated to vintage motorcycles. It is located on the top floor of the Parking Shed on Long Street in Thesen Island. Their extensive collection of over 100 bikes includes old classics, motocross, vintage enduro bikes, superbikes and a wide variety of custom bikes.

21. Wild Oats Community Farmers Market

Wild Oats Community Farmers Market
3.7 /5

25 km
from city center
21 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Located near Sedgefield, this famous Farmers' Market is a huge attraction for tourists and locals alike.

22. Boat Tours

Boat Tours
3.7 /5

1 km
from city center
22 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

One of the best things to do to explore amazing views of the ocean and the lagoons!

23. Hiking to Knysna Forest

Hiking to Knysna Forest

3 km
from city center
23 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna indigenous forest offers over ten walks and trails ranging from between 2 to 10km. Explore Knysna’s diverse wildlife, including birds, fern trees, frogs, and more, through the scenic hiking routes filled with picnic spots and drinkable water streams. Tourists can visit the Forest Legends museum located in the heart of the forest dedicated to Woodcutters, Timber merchants, Botanists, Settlers, and the Knysna Elephant. The adjacent tea room is a popular eatery.

24. Knysna Houseboats

Knysna Houseboats

1 km
from city center
24 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Knysna houseboats are fully equipped self-drive houseboats on which tourists can cruise along the historic Knysna lagoon and the surrounding bays, mountains, and forests. Enjoy sunbathing on the deck, diving in the clear lagoon waters, kayaking, and bird watching. There are many great fishing spots across the waters with hermit crabs and seagulls.

25. Monkeyland

Monkeyland

1 km
from city center
25 out of 25
things to do in Knysna

Monkeyland is one of its kind sanctuary where previously captivated primates such as monkeys and apes can roam freely in their natural habitats. The sanctuary is built on a 12-hectare indigenous forest land located near Plettenberg Bay in South Africa. It is home to over 500 monkeys and 11 primate species. Tourists can explore the forest and take one-hour tours or monkey safaris. The 128-metre suspension bridge is the adventurous highlight of the sanctuary, where small apes called Gibbons can be seen swinging along.

FAQs on Knysna

What are the top hotels in Knysna?

There are 484 Hotels in Knysna which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Knysna are Beacon House, Guinea Fowl Loft, Collection Luxury Accomodation Simola House, Alkira Lodge, Blue Ocean Villa, At Leisure Apartment. You can see all the hotels in Knysna here

What are the top sightseeing places in Knysna?

The top sightseeing places in Knysna are Brenton on Sea, Garden Route, Buffalo Bay (Buffelsbai), Featherbed Nature Reserve, Prince Alfred Pass, Wild Oats Community Farmers Market.

How can I commute within Knysna?

Within Knysna, the best way to get around is either on foot or by renting a bicycle. To explore the Garden Route you can take the public minibus or rent a cab. However the best way to explore the entire region is renting your own car. Do remember that if you're going during peak season (December to early February), traffic can get fairly annoying.
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