Knysna, meaning ‘place of wood’ is a charming town situated on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon which is connected with the Indian Ocean between the two great sandstone cliffs known as the Knysna Heads. This beautiful lagoon with its kaleidoscope of changing colours, has five fresh water rivers streaming down into it from their source in the majestic Outeniqua Mountains flowing out at the end of their journeys, into the Indian Ocean.

The calm waters of the Knysna Lagoon is also one of only three habitats where the rare and endangered Knysna Seahorse lives.

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Suggested Activities En-Route

Wild Oats Community Farmers Market

The Wilderness Lagoon

The Elephant Sanctuary


Suggested Restaurants En-Route

Flava Café

Blue Olive

The Lookout Deck

Suggested Accommodation En-Route

Beach Villa Wilderness

Afrovibe Adventure Lodge

Hog Hollow Country Lodge

Elephant Country Guesthouse

Featherbed, a natural heritage site and situated on the western side of The Knysna Heads, is only accessible by boat. It is a privately owned reserve and well worth a visit. Whether walking through milkwood forests, along sandstone cliffs or exploring sea caves that were inhabited by the Khoi Khoi in the 5th century, Featherbed is full of surprises, the shy blue duiker, one of the smallest and most endangered of the antelope species, being one of them.

The Knysna Waterfront caters for all ages - from charming boutiques offering a plethora of exciting shops, to a choice of wide-ranging wining and dining experiences. There are a number of excellent restaurants to choose from, to suit every pocket, all of which can be enjoyed against the setting of the tranquil lagoon. Explore the lagoon’s gentle beauty by boat. There is a great selection of lagoon tours to choose from, whether it be a yacht or dingy, kayak, or anything in-between.