The town’s focus is the beautiful Knysna Lagoon, ringed by forested hills dotted with vacation homes. However, there are several walking and mountain bike trails too, many offering tremendous views back over the ocean.

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.

Highlights

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Visit the waterfront to experience Knysna’s best restaurants and shops selling everything from clothes to souvenirs.
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Take a cruise on the gorgeous Knysna Lagoon.
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Embark on a trail walk up the Knysna Heads for some breathtaking views—don’t forget your camera!
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Wander through the Garden of Eden, a wonderful place to get lost in the sublime Tsitsikamma forests.
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Go swimming in Buffels Bay, located in the Goukamma Nature Reserve.

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Best time to go to Knysna

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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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