Knysna Accommodation

Knysna Activities

  • Knysna Paddle Boarding
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    Stand Up Paddle Boarding or SUP as its better known, is the fastest growing watersport in the world. Stand Up paddling is a refreshing, easy, and exciting way to get in shape. More Info
  • Ocean Odyssey Whale Watching
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    Knysna is one of South Africa’s best whale watching destinations and Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only permitted close encounter whale watching operation, skilfully showcases these sentient animals during their whale watching tours. More Info
  • Garden Route Fishing
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    Garden Route Fishing offers deep sea and lagoon fishing from Knysna for enjoyable family outings or for angling enthusiasts visiting the Garden Route. More Info
  • Knysna Forest Tours
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    Knysna Forest Tours offers a variety of hiking tours ranging from an easy 3 km through 7, 8, 9, 11, 15 to a 21 km hike to George Peak. More Info
  • Knysna Heads Cruise
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    The Knysna Heads Cruise offers exclusive sailing on the Knysna Lagoon, through the world-famous Heads and out into the Indian Ocean on our luxury catamaran yacht. A tranquil and relaxing sailing experience for the whole family. More Info
  • John Benn Lagoon Cruise
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    This unique vessel has carried many local and international travellers on the Lagoon over the last 25 years and offers daily cruises to the Knysna Heads. If you have not cruised on the John Benn you have not enjoyed all of Knysna. More Info
  • Knysna Three Legs Rivercat
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    The Knysna Three Legs Rivercat is a fun and adventurous 75 minute shorter cruise to and into the Knysna Heads between the cliffs (ocean conditions permitting), visiting Otter Cove, Island Rock and passing the beachcomber caves. More Info
  • Trip Out Surfing
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    Surfing has never been so fun and easy. Surfing in Knysna with Don will guarantee you standing on your first lesson and also experience the beauty of the Knynsa beaches. With years of experience and surfing in Knysna and Buffalo Bay's fantastic surf... More Info
  • Simola Golf Club
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    At Simola Golf Club Fairways merge seamlessly with lush indigenous vegetation and forests creating an evocative vista of undulating green hills and dales descending gently down to the Knysna River. More Info
  • Springtide Sailing Charters
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    Departing daily from the popular Knysna Waterfront, Springtide Charters offers a variety of different sailing charter options against a backdrop of exceptional beauty, sailing across Knysna’s expansive liquid landscape on Springtide... More Info
  • Knysna Kite Surfing
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    Knysna Kite Surfing provides comprehensive training for people new to kite surfing and kite surfing tours for the more experienced. More Info
  • Pezula Golf Club
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    Pezula Golf Club offers a breathtaking, award-winning 18-hole golf course, designed by David Dale and Ronald Fream of GolfPlan USA, offers visitors who wish to play the ultimate golf course in Knysna, an unsurpassed golf experience, and rates... More Info
  • Knysna Canoeing
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    Knysna Canoeing offers a variety of canoeing or walking and canoeing trips. More Info
  • Knysna Paddle Cruiser
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    For a unique cruise and dining experience the Knysna Paddle Cruiser offers both lunch time and evening cruises. More Info
  • Knysna MTB Tours
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    Knysna Mountain Bike Tours offers guided mountain bike tours on magnificent routes with various landscapes, beautiful indigenous forest, awesome single track, sea views and loads of downhill fun. More Info

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Knysna Information

Nature’s Playground

On the banks of an enormous estuary, alongside South Africa’s most famous indigenous forests, lies Knysna, a town of supreme beauty. Surrounded by a natural playground, it has become the hub for adventure sport.

It's all about enjoying a host of activities in a spectacular environment of natural beauty, from hiking, canoeing, sailing, surfing, bowls and golf to adrenalin-thumping extreme sport such as kite surfing, mountain and quad biking or abseiling from the Heads.

The word "Knysna" originated from the Khoi language, but the exact meaning is open to debate. The most popular theories are "place of the dark green ferns" or "steep place" which could refer to the Heads. Very little known about the people who inhabitated the Knysna area before 1760 when the first European explorers passed through.

The area was part of Outeniqualand (as the Garden Route was then known) that lay to the east of the area that is now George. "The Knysna" referred to the river which opens into the large tidal estuary before exchanging its waters with the sea through the narrow gap between two rocky promontories known as "The Heads".

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