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Knysna

Serene forest- and lagoon-side town serving adventure, champagne, and oysters

The quaint town of Knysna with its shimmering lagoon, quirky shops, and delicious oysters might not be a secret anymore, but it remains one of the most picturesque highlights along South Africa’s Garden Route. Neatly tucked away about 5 hours outside of Cape Town, most visitors simply rush through rather quickly, while en route to the likes of Plett, Storms River Mouth, and the Addo National Park. However, it’s worth spending a couple of days here to really get acquainted with all this beautiful town has on offer.

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Knysna is a year-round travel destination, it rarely gets cold, temperatures are seldom lower than 16 degrees Celsius (not even in the “depth” of winter, in August). Whale watching season is from July to October; odd sightings are possible as early as April/May. If you visit during the summer time from December to February, book accommodation well in advance, it’s a busy time for this little town.

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