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What's on in and around Knysna



What to do in Knysna and the surrounding area: a list of activities by category, including website, distance and brief description.
Information is currently being updated to include any contact details, websites, Facebook pages, YouTube videos and TripAdvisor reviews.

Adventure Companies   (8)

Although many adventure activities are listed under their own categories, the following companies can provide various options for the adrenalin junkie.
Knysna Adventures
 
076 393 0197 WWW
Knysna Adventures is a collective grouping of some of the top adventure operators in the Knysna and Garden Route area. Collectively we have more than a 100 years of experience in adventure sport, event management, extreme events, adventure tourism and more.
Tony Cook Adventures
 
082 783 8392 WWW
Whether you're a fitness fanatic or just want to experience the beauty of these surroundings at a leisurely pace, we've got the activity for you! Tony's work is his passion and all activities are guided by either himself or his trusted guide - Ricky, a man with knowledge of every trail, tree, flower, insect and bird in our forests. We love to show the world and you our guests the beauty of out forests, the sea, our lagoon, and the surrounding mountains.
TripOut Adventures
 
083 306 3587 WWW
TripOut offers travellers a myriad of guided water and land based activities in the area. Don, a qualified lifeguard, medic and registered tour guide, strives to provide all his clients with a memorable and safe experience - not a difficult task in view of his personable nature, wide knowledge and extensive experience, plus the fact that the activities he offers are his passions in life.
Dune Adventures
 
072 474 0210 WWW
Dune Adventures offer a variety of activities in and around Knysna and the greater Garden Route Area. Looking for things to do? For unique adventure experiences in Knysna you will want to do again and again. We offer sandboarding, Kayaking and guided hikes in the Knysna Garden Route area.
WildX Adventures
Wilderness   (c. 36km)
074 646 9582 WWW 2017
GET READY FOR SOME SERIOUS FUN! Our Qualified Professional staff will offer you an "Adventure of a Lifetime". We tailor Adventure packages to suit your individual needs.
Eden Adventures
Wilderness   (c. 47km)
044 877 0179 WWW
Eden Adventures, now located at Fairy Knowe Hotel, specialises in outdoor adventure tours, as well as teambuilding activities and tailormade tours of the Garden Route. We have been running a professional tour operation since early 1997 and with over 10 years of experience we can show you the best that the area has to offer. Our main tours include canoeing, kloofing and abseiling, but for those who would like to explore the area in their own time, Eden Adventures has an affordable range of canoes for hire.
Fearless Adventures
Wilderness  
079 557 6511 WWW
Fearless Adventures is owned by extreme endurance adventurer, Roche Schoeman. Roche has been involved in the adventure industry for more than a decade and has worked internationally in places like Iceland and the USA. If you are looking for a valued experience, you can trust that Fearless Adventures has your best interest at heart, when it comes to a fun and safe adventure experience. All activities are run by highly experienced and industry qualified guides. You will also get lunch, refreshments and free Go Pro footage.
Untouched Adventures
Storms River Mouth  
079 557 6511 WWW 2016
Discover Untouched Adventures at the awesome Storms River Mouth along South Africa’s Garden Route in Tsitsikamma. Explore this untouched playground by kayak, lilo, scuba or snorkel.

Abseiling / Rock Climbing   (2)

GoVertical
www.govertical.co.za
Robberg Peninsula, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 41 km)
On the magnificent Robberg Peninsula, Plettenberg Bay we invite you to plunge over the edge on a thrill filled Abseil. The massive cliffs of the Robberg Nature Reserve offer you spectacular views of the wild ocean below you as you go vertical on this staggering adventure.
Climb on an ocean crag with fantastic views of the sea close to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay. GoVertical Mountaineering Adventures will teach you the basics of rope work, safety procedures, rock climbing techniques & how to belay a partner, it’s all you need to start climbing.
Eden Adventures
Fairy Knowle Hotel, Wilderness   (c. 48 km)
044 877 0179 WWW 2017
Abseiling is all about using a rope and other specialised equipment to descend a cliff. The serene Kaaimans Gorge holds one of the most beautiful abseil sights you will find. You have a chance to do two 45m abseils right next to a magnificent waterfall. The first abseil is an easy one to get you used to the idea of trusting the ropes and the second one is slightly more technical, however just as exhilarating. What also makes this sight special is that you land in a canoe at the bottom. You need not have abseiled before, however it is not for the faint-hearted!
Afri-Abseil
The Crags, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 53 km)
044 534 8055 WWW 2017
Afri-Abseil is the result of our passion for the area, climbing and being outdoors. With the benefits of 30+ years of climbing and adventuring, this exposed route has been created to share the challenge, build confidence, empower and inspire. The single pitch abseil gives you the chance to experience the spirit of exploration and adventure. The double system of clipping in and un-clipping provides safety and ease of access. All equipment is rated and your guide will assist and take you through the route as you make your way out to the abseil point. Take your time to look around and take in the panoramic views. Outdoor play! Explore your spirit of adventure, build confidence, challenge your comfort zone - Abseiling - Lets Go!

Animals / Birds / Reptiles   (17)

Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary
Harkerville   (c. 22 km)
074 303 0657 WWW
The diverse collection of wildlife and farmyard animals will fascinate both children and adults alike. Make eye-contact with a wolf and begin to understand the awesome nature of this magnificent animal. Marvel at the beautifully unique coat pattern of the African Wild Dog, a true palette of African earth. Appreciate the wily ways and incredible intelligence of the Black Backed jackal. Interact with the farmyard animals and discover animal affection.
Knysna Elephant Park
Harkerville   (c. 24 km)
044 532 7732 WWW 2015
Your elephant encounter begins starts in our Interpretation Centre where you are introduced to our elephants, through beautiful photographic and informative displays. Here you can also book an elephant-back ride, a sunrise walk with the elephants or special exclusive sundowner tour. ‘Be touched by an elephant’ guided tours leave on the half hour every hour daily starting from 08h30 until 16h00 and you can stay with the elephants for as long as you like. After viewing a short video, guests are transported to the elephants where they will have the opportunity to touch, feed and photograph our gentle giants.
Radical Raptors
Harkerville   (c. 25 km)
044 532 7537 WWW
RADICAL RAPTORS is a birds of prey rehabilitation and awareness centre that aims at community awareness, and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey. Flying displays: a variety of trained non-releasable birds of prey are free flown around and to you as an opportunity for you to spectate, participate and photograph these magnificent birds in natural surroundings. There is opportunity to hold some of the birds during the display.
Blue Hills Bird Farm
Harkerville   (c. 26 km)
044 533 0351 2014
Our special passion is breeding exotic birds, and we believe that these wonderful creatures deserve to be shown-off to passionate bird lovers and the general public alike. Though we dedicate much of our time to aviculture, we are also open to the public seven days a week. Part of our mission is also then to cultivate interest and passion in the world of birds, and to create awareness and inspire people to want to get to know more about our feathered co-inhabitants. Our more than 80 species of exotic birds from around the world is indeed a special treat.
Giraffe View Safari Camp
Wittedrift   (c. 38 km)
044 535 0085 WWW 2017
Come and stay at Giraffe View Safari Camp and be transported away from it all... Watch giraffe, zebra, impala, wildebeest,bontebok, springbok, waterbuck and bush buck from your self catering cattage or safiari tent. Visit us for the day for a Morning Champagne Guided Game Drive, Sundowner Guided Game Drive with complimentary wine and snack platter. 3 or 8km Guided Game Walks.
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Wittedrift   (c. 44 km)
044 535 0000 WWW
Activities at Plett Game Reserve include a 2 hour Game Drive, 2 hour Horseback Safari or a 1½ Hour Elephant Safari. View game on a wildlife safari in Plett from a vehicle or on horseback. Join our experienced and knowledgeable game rangers for a two-hour game drive in an open Land Rover so you can feel close to Nature and enjoy the sensory experience of Africa. Expect to see any of the Big Five species on the Reserve - buffalo, lion, elephant, rhino and leopard - as well as numerous species of antelope, giraffe, zebra, hippo and crocodiles.
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary
The Crags   (c. 45 km)
044 534 8409 WWW 2016
Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is home to big cats such as lions (white and tawny), cheetahs, tigers (Siberian, Bengal and white), leopard (spotted and black), jaguar, pumas, caracal, serval cats and other wildlife species such as zebra, wild dog, springbuck, zorilla, honey badger, raccoons and various snake species (which are housed separately). Visiting Jukani is not just about viewing predator cats - it is also an informative experience. Our experienced and trained guides will take you on an tour of the sanctuary and introduce you to all the sanctuary inhabitants.
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
The Crags   (c. 50 km)
044 534 8056 WWW 2010
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary offers hourly informative, interactive tours for any ages with over 100 snakes and other reptiles to see. Open daily 9am – 5pm. We cater for the snake phobic to the snake lover!!! Join us for a one hour guided tour consisting of an indigenous snake pit, various outdoor exhibits, a large dome housing South African and exotic snakes, following by enormous pythons, monitor lizards and crocodiles.
Elephant Sanctuary
The Crags   (c. 54 km)
044 534 8145 WWW 2016
Guests are guided on foot through The Elephant Sanctuary. Guides will provide in-depth information and insight into African elephants. You will be introduced to our elephants in the forest area, and here you will be able to touch and interact with the elephants. You will see the special relationship that the elephant handlers share with their elephants and become a part of it. Walk trunk-in-hand with the elephants. See the stables where the elephants sleep at night. Guests learn about elephant anatomy and are able to feed them. On some hot or rainy days you may see the elephants swimming.
Birds of Eden
The Crags   (c. 54 km)
044 534 8906 WWW 2013
Birds of Eden, is the Garden Route's very own world class free flight bird sanctuary. The unique two hectare dome (the World’s largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest. The sanctuary has its own mysterious ruin, which incorporates a walk-behind waterfall. Another feature is its amphitheatre, which has the ability to seat over 200 visitors. Like Monkeyland, the popular primate sanctuary next-door, Birds of Eden boasts its own canopy walk, while shorter than the 128m bridge at Monkeyland, it hangs above the clouds.
Monkeyland
The Crags   (c. 54 km)
044 534 8906 WWW 2016
Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 550 primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. You will also experience our 128-metre suspended canopy walk whilst on tour.
Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre
The Crags   (c. 55 km)
044 534 8170 WWW 2015
Tenikwa offers various, small group programs throughout the day, catering for all ages and fitness levels with a focus on providing a conservation-based, informative tour. Guests are charmed by the sincerity of Tenikwa, the friendliness of our staff and the way in which Tenikwa's passion for conservation shines through. A variety of indigenous birds, such as Blue Cranes, Marabou Storks and waterfowls frequent the gardens of Tenikwa, the extent of which covers some 8ha with the balance of the 46ha set aside for the wild animals occurring in the area.
Victoria Heights Animal & Reptile Park
Victoria Heights, George   (c. 53 km)
044 889 0028
Here you can eyeball some of the most fearsome & venemous snakes in SA, including the biggest snake of Africa. If you are brave enough you can interact & take a photo holding one of the non-venemous snakes.
Zorgfontein Eco & Wildlife Reserve
Great Brak River   (c. 93 km)
044 620 0206 WWW 2012
A once in a life time experience... Walk alongside Africa's most majestic predator. The "walking with lions" encounter is an opportunity to interact with young lions. The walks take approximately one hour to complete - depending on how fast the lions are prepared to amble. his activity is an opportunity to accompany them in their natural habitat on foot. These lions offer guests an unparalleled experience and insight into the behaviour of this species. The lions are unrestricted and roam free as you join them on a walk through riverine vegetation and African Bush.
Botlierskop Private Game Reserve
Mossel Bay   (c. 100 km)
044 696 6055 WWW 2012
Situated between the magnificent Outeniqua Mountains and unspoiled beaches of the Indian ocean, in the heart of the Garden Route, lies the 3500 ha Botlierskop Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape ensuring its visitors of a unique South African Safari experience. This malaria free, family owned and privately operated garden route game lodge is home to an abundance of animals including 4 of the Big 5, rare antelope species and unique bird life. Enjoy close encounters with Rhinoceros, Lions (100 ha enclosure), Buffalo, Giraffe, the rare Black Impala, Golden Wildebeest, Mountain Zebra, Eland, Elephants (trained) and so much more. Our Game Reserve is 3500 ha and comprises of over 26 different species of animals and more than 200 bird species.
Cango Wildlife Ranch
Oudtshoorn   (c. 123 km)
044 272 5593 WWW 2017
Explore an Ancient Temple - home to giant Flying Foxes, dazzling birdlife, diminutive antelope and thousands of sparkling Cichlids! Creep past designer hogs, malevolent vultures and playful Lemurs. Then crossover a swing-bridge precariously dangling inches above giant four meter crocodiles who leap for their dinner… Walk above the most magnificent of the world's big cats: white lions, African leopards, white snow tigers and of course our prized cheetah. You can then enter our Snake Park where you are met by a host of venomous creatures including the mighty King Cobra, the largest venomous snake in the world and the only one in Africa!
Highgate Ostrich Show Farm
Oudtshoorn   (c. 125 km)
044 272 7115 WWW 2016
Experience the world’s largest bird, the ostrich, which lays the largest egg, has the most beautiful feathers and eyes that make you want to fall in love and hug them. In the main yard, you will be shown different ostrich feathers, the incubators and how they work, gizzard stones, and you can feed the ostriches yourself! The farmlands are where you will be shown the anatomy of an ostrich, and , for the brave, you may even get the chance to ride one! The highlight of our tours is when we end off with a traditional ostrich race performed by our professional jockeys. You can take part in our ostrich derby as a spectator along the longest Ostrich race track in the world !

Beaches   (11)

Bollard Bay Beach
Leisure Isle   (c. 7 km)
2016
The main beach on Leisure Isle is at Bollard Bay, where there is a good stretch of sand and shallow water ideal for children. At low tide the Green Hole on the east of the Island, and Land's End and Kingfisher Creek at the north-western tip offer small sandy beaches. Swimming can best be enjoyed when the tide is in, and the best spots are the Hippo Pool and anywhere along Cearn Drive/Bayswater, the Green Hole, and Land's End.
Coney Glen Beach
The Heads   (c. 8 km)
2016
Knysna is better known for its estuary than its beaches, but it does boast this unique little spot near the Knysna heads. This beach is less about sand and more about the spectacular sandstone cliffs that rise up all around it. Tidal pools will delight at low tide and the dynamic aperture to the estuary is a breathtaking sight. Not advisable during rough seas.
Noetzie Beach
Noetzie   (c. 11 km)
Noetzie is a pristine, secluded beach which lies in a hidden bay bordered by the lush forest of the Sinclair Nature Reserve on one side and the fynbos landscapes of Pezula Resort Estate on the other. It owes its seclusion to the fact that it is accessed along a gravel road from Knysna’s N2 and a steep climb from the parking area down a narrow path and a flight of stairs hewn into the cliff.
Brenton-on-Sea Beach
Brenton-on-Sea   (c. 16 km)
2016
Locals claim that one of the most wonderful beaches on the globe lies right on the other side of the Knysna Western Heads, at Brenton-on-Sea. There are rocks to clamber on, little pools to cool off in and a long bay for beach walks and shell seeking.Walk to Buffels Bay from Brenton-on-Sea, have lunch or an ice-cream and stroll back.
Buffalo Bay Beach
Buffalo Bay   (c. 21 km)
2016
Buffalo Bay beach is about half way between Knysna and sedgefield. Offers unspoiled seaside scenery, safe swimming and conditions. Dolphins are frequently spotted and Southern Right whales visit this section of the Cape coast annually between November. Here you will see some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world. This is a stunning beach in a small bay. Safe for swimming and there are life guards in season.
Platbank Beach
Sedgefield   (c. 25 km)
2016
This is Sedgefield’s most secluded beach and it is characterised by rocky outcrops and lofty fossilised dunes of incredible beauty. It is easily accessible by foot from Myoli but can also be accessed by car if one takes the turn off towards Lake Pleasant Hotel off the N2, and follows the winding dirt road until it ends. Tides and currents can be very strong and it isn't advisable to swim here.
Goukamma Beach
Sedgefield   (c. 26 km)
2016
This beach is one long (14km) stretch of unadulterated beauty. It lies within the Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area and is frequented only by fishermen and a handful of hikers, making it the perfect beach to soothe the soul. Dolphins feed along the rocky reefs here almost daily. The entire length of the beach is inaccessible during a spring high tide, so make sure you check the tide tables if you plan to hike its stretch. Strong rip currents prevail here.
Myoli Beach
Sedgefield   (c. 26 km)
2016
This is one of Sedgefield’s most popular beaches, particularly in season, but even then it is not unpleasantly crowded. As with other similar stretches of our dynamic coastline, very strong rip currents are common here and caution needs to be taken at all times. The beach spills into the Afrovibe Backpackers and Pili Pili Beach Bar, making it by far the most vibey beach desination in the area.
Sedgefield Beach (Kingfisher Creek)
Sedgefield   (c. 26 km)
2016
This is where the Swartvlei River meets the Indian Ocean, and it is popular with locals and tourists, but the conditions here are dynamic and unpredictable, depending on both the tides and the nature of the channel. It provides a welcome shelter from the wind on some days when the other beaches are too blustery.
Cola Beach
Sedgefield   (c. 28 km)
Yet another quiet Sedgefield Beach but for the lone fisherman and beach stroller. The access to Cola Beach is from a parking lot off Claude Urban Drive and there is a long set of stairs down to the beach. It has a good viewpoint at the top where there is a bench to sit upon and gaze out towards the big blue.
Swartvlei Beach
Sedgefield   (c. 33 km)
This beach is situated on the western end of Sedgefield and is popular both in and out of season. The beach extends left towards the iconic Gericke’s Point landmark, which is an exceptionally beautiful place to visit at low tide. It boasts several sublime tidal pools rich in intertidal life, some of which are perfect for snorkelling. Please note the sea here is known for its strong rip currents, so swimmers must be cautious at all times and it is advisable not to swim alone.

Craft Beer / Breweries   (13)

Mitchells Brewerey
10 New Street, Knysna   (c. 2 km)
044 382 4685 WWW 2015
Description to be updated ... the beer is now brewed in Devil's Peak ... the Tap Room in Knysna is still open.
Mitchell’s Brewery is situated in the heart of the Garden Route. We are proud to be in Knysna where nature and people coincide in harmony and most of the inhabitants strive to protect ourselves and the environment. Therefore the prime motivation behind the craft that is Mitchell’s Beer is presented on our logo. Mitchell’s Beer Naturally. Our beers are brewed the natural way with no artificial additives. Water, hops, barley and yeast. That’s it. We have been at it since 1983 which not only places us as the oldest micro brewery in South Africa, but also as its largest. The company has grown in leaps and bounds, and is now South Africa’s second biggest brewery.
Red Bridge Brewing Co.
Knysna Industria   (c. 5 km)
083 671 9399 WWW
A return to the proud tradition of craft brewing. The newly-established Red Bridge Brewing Co. launched their first craft beer in Knysna on Saturday 7 December 2013 – their deliciously tropical, yet bitter No.17 Golden Ale. Here at the Red Bridge Brewery we believe the essence of being craft has everything to do with involving locals. Our hops is sourced from as near to Knysna as we could get: the exceptional growers at the top of the Outeniqua Pass near George. Our branding and label designs, also a collaboration from two local advertising agencies. Everything down to our handmade ad hand-printed crates and embroidery on our apparel are sourced from local suppliers.
Crowbar Breweries
Harkerville   (c. 21 km)
082 417 9019
 
Fisanthoek Brewing Company
Harkerville   (c. 22 km)
073 442 3464
Built and managed by Derek Saul, Fisanthoek Brewing is a small brewery based in the garden route. All the grain used are non gmo grains, ethically farmed and imported due to local grains being sprayed heavily. The beer made at Fisanthoek Brewing is made from rainwater and this imparts a beautiful softness to the range. The beer produced is called Cloud7 Rainwater beer and can be found at select outlets in Plettenburg Bay.
Sedgefield Craft Brewery
Scarab Village, Sedgefield   (c. 28 km)
082 901 4268 WWW
The Sedgefield Craft Brewery is a boutique style craft brewery in Sedgefield nestled in the heart of the Garden Route. A family owned and run establishment that specialises in high quality handcrafted beer. We produce a list of custom ales ranging from a simple refreshing summer-style blonde to a deep copper well-hopped complex IPA. We are in the process of setting up our "Hop Garden" where our beer will be served. Currently we offer beer tastings directly from the tasting room inside the brewery. We also have a collection of bottled beer to take away.
Bootlegger Brewery
Palms Garden Square, Wilderness   (c. 47 km)
082 336 8209
If you're ever in Wilderness, pull in for some of the very best craft beers South Africa has to offer! Brewery opening soon....
Robertson Brewery
George   (c. 60 km)
Although George has historically been the biggest grower of hops in Africa, no craft brewery has ever been established in the town, until now! Robertson Brewery brews “Hand Crafted Beer, Naturally” and is situated in the beautiful, picturesque town of George along the Garden Route surrounded by the imposing Outeniqua Mountains. Licensed on the 21st September 2013, our business is steadily growing. We now strive for excellence in each batch of beer, with attention to detail and using only the best ingredients to produce “Hand Crafted Beer, Naturally”.
Cape Mead
George Industria   (c. 62 km)
The home of fine Mead and honey beer. Cape Mead was started back in 2011, the process of making Mead good enough to sell has taken 2 years and many hours of experimenting and tasting the results, to get to where we are today. We are situated in the heart of the beautiful Garden Route town of George.
Misty Meadows Microbrewery
Sinksabrug, George   (c. 79 km)
 
Misty Meadows Country Estate is the perfect opportunity for any beer enthusiast to come and relax at the serene foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, catch a bit of fresh country air and enjoy participating in brewing our local country ale. Any beer lover, micro-brewer and would-like-to-be-brewer would greatly benefit from the experience of the Master Brewer.
Tsitsikamma Micro Brewery
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
The latest addition to the Tsitsikamma Village Inn is our micro-brewery, brewing up uniquely local brews available on tap. Our one of kind brewery tap room can be found between our Hotel and Marilyn’s 60’s Diner. We are constantly trying new recipes and methods to create unique Tsitsikamma craft beer flavours. From grain to glass, only the purest intentions go into making our beer. The beer is brewed according to the 1487 German Reinheitsgebot (Purity Law): using only barley, hops and water. The ingredients are carefully selected and the water is from our very own well – giving you that original Tsitsikamma brewery taste.
Harbour Shack Brewery
Mossel Bay   (c. 107 km)
Harbour Shack is a micro brewery located on the old Mossel Bay train station. We specialise in craft beers with the emphasis on quality and flavour.
South Cape Breweries
Mossel Bay   (c. 113 km)
Glenhoff is a natural beer brewed by South Cape Breweries according to the Reinheitsgebot method to ensure purity, clarity and excellence. The law originated in the city of Ingolstadt in the duchy of Bavaria on 23 April 1516, although first put forward in 1487, concerning standards for the sale and composition of beer.
Karusa Vineyard
Oudtshoorn   (c. 134 km)
Made by nature ~ nurtured by man. Karusa not only produces fine wine, but is also credited by pioneering the first full grain microbrewery in the Klein Karoo. With the seasonality of the winemaking process, it gave way for time and space to produce craft beer for the big volume of European tourists that flock to Oudtshoorn. The soft fresh and unpolluted water from the Swartberg catchment area proved to be perfect for clean, clinical, fruit driven and refreshing styles of Ale produced at Karusa.

Blokart Sailing   (1)

Garden Route Blokart
Buffalo Bay   (c. 21 km)
082 900 6721 2014
On a windy day there is nothing like the freedom of blasting up and down the beach powered by mother nature. Now hiring on Buffelsbaai Beach in Knysna - conditions permitting.

Boats / Cruises / Sailing   (16)

See also Whale Watching
(Featherbed Co.) Paddle Cruiser
Featherbed Ferry Terminus   (c. 1 km)
044 382 1693 WWW 2009
The Paddle Cruiser is South Africa's only paddle-driven vessel, offering a unique and unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon.
(Featherbed Co.) John Benn
Knysna Quays   (c. 1 km)
044 382 1693 WWW 2009
The John Benn is a double-decker floating restaurant offering daily Lagoon cruises to the Knysna Heads. Cruise to the Knysna Heads, on a boat steeped in history, named after a legendary pilot of a bygone era.
(Featherbed Co.) Three Legs Rivercat
Knysna Quays   (c. 1 km)
044 382 1693 WWW 2009
If time is limited, join Three Legs for a 75-minute cruise with a difference! This is a fun and adventurous cruise to and INTO the Knysna Heads between the cliffs (ocean conditions permitting), visiting Otter Cove, Island Rock and passing the beachcomber caves.
(Featherbed Co.) Heads Explorer
Knysna Quays   (c. 1 km)
044 382 1693 WWW 2009
The catamaran yacht, 'Heads Explorer', is for the adventurous and romantic, creating another unforgettable experience, sailing on the Knysna Lagoon to The Heads and beyond (ocean conditions permitting).
Springtide Charters
The Waterfront   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0321 WWW 2015
Against a backdrop of exceptional beauty, sailing across Knysna’s expansive liquid landscape on Springtide Charter’s sleek 50ft mono hull yacht is a truly memorable experience. Departing daily from the popular Knysna Waterfront, Springtide Charters offers a variety of different sailing charter options. Our highly experienced crew will take to the helm so you can relax and take in the splendour of our rugged coastline; sailing, salt air and scenery all an exhilarating combination. Once back into the calmer waters of our lagoon, guests have the option to feast on platters of Mediterranean delicacies and sip on delicious South African bubbly.
Knysna Rib Adventures
The Waterfront   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0667 WWW 2015
Hold on tight for a safe ride on the unique Knysna RIB adventure power boat. Apart from the pristine estuary, an adventure through the infamous Knysna Heads will be the ultimate boating experience. Once out to sea the world is our oyster, where one can experience a vast array of bird and marine life as well as breath-taking scenery, for example: Buffalo Bay, Noetzie Castles and the beautiful surroundings. When the conditions of the Knysna Heads are unsafe the adventure will continue down the Knysna estuary which has its own variety of scenery and birdlife. Be sure that this is no ordinary lagoon cruise!!! Safety is our priority but out main focus is fun fun fun...
Southern Yachting Academy
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 3400 WWW 2017
We traverse the Knysna Lagoon and sail through the Knysna Heads to Buffalo Bay, Noetzie or Plettenberg Bay for day sailing adventures and offshore sailing to Mossel Bay, St Francis Bay or Port Elizabeth for logging coastal passages. Coaching by professional skippers we facilitate unforgettable outdoor sailing adventure experiences. Either just test the waters or become a qualified skipper through our SA Sailing accredited courses in Knysna. SAMSA accredited for Marine Radio Telephony Courses and Examinations (i.e. Short Range Certificate (SRC) for DSC/VHF Radio Licenses). Or purchase a Knysna 500 Catamaran from the Knysna Yacht Company and then get qualified through Southern Yachting Academy to set sail across the ocean and fulfil your dream of circumventing the planet
Knysna Charters
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
082 892 0469 WWW 2011
Choose your adventure with Knysna Charters and cruise one of the most famous lagoons and river mouths in southern Africa. The Knysna Lagoon, in the Garden Route of South Africa, is beautiful, pristine and home to much marine and bird life. We guarantee you a fun and relaxed time on the water.... Book the Knysna Lagoon Boat Cruise for a leisurely cruise to the Knysna Heads and back. Watch the sunset set on the Knysna Sunset Cruise and enjoy the view from our Oyster Boat, whilst taking in the beautiful surrounds of the picturesque town of Knysna. We also offer a honeymoon option on our Honeymoon Sunet Cruise Knysna.
Ocean Odyssey
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0321 WWW 2011
Permitted close encounter Whale Watching and Blue Flag accredited operators. Our area of operation stretches from Robberg Penninsula to Gericke’s Point which runs parallel with the migratory route of the Southern Right and Humpback Whales during their annual migration between the months of May/June to December.
In Summer Months, Ocean Odyssey offer our Marine Eco-Tour highlighting both the geological characteristics and the biodiversity of Knysna’s estuarine and marine environment. This spectacular cruise takes you across the Knysna Lagoon and out to sea through the Knysna Heads to explore the coves, caves and bays of our rugged and beautiful coastline.
The Knysna Heads Adventure is a fun & exciting boat trip across the Knysna Estuary to the iconic, sentinel cliffs known as the Knysna Heads, one of the most dynamic estuary openings in the world. This exhilarating 45 minute tour serves to showcase this environment, with interesting facts about the host of species that can be found here, notable geological features and cultural and historical anecdotes.
Knysna Houseboats
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 2802 WWW 2012
Let time float by whilst you spend your holiday gently cruising along... Our newly refurbished Houseboats, previously operated by Lightleys HolidayHouseboats, are your floating home away from home. We have outfitted them to a high specification, so it is truly a comfortable experience. Families, friends, couples, honeymooners, conference groups, team-buildings and incentive groups – step aboard a Knysna Houseboat and you immediately become Captain of Your Own Holiday. And you don’t even need a special skippers license!
Turbine Water Club
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 302 5751 WWW
Pontoon cruises / Sunset cruises. Motorised Pontoon Barges. For luxury cruises up to 10 people.
The Turbine Water Club now offers free Knysna Seahorse (Hippocampus Capensis) tours on Thesen Island.
Adrenaline Sailing
Swartvlei   (c. 32 km)
083 701 8473 WWW
Adrenaline sailing trips is extreme, exciting, wet and wild experience. We give you a short brief on how to sail and then we dress you up for your adrenaline sailing trip. Most of our adrenaline Hobie Cat trips are either on a Hobie 16 or Hobie 18 catamaran. This is not a booze cruise, this is adrenaline at its best. Harnesses are positioned on your body for a thrill called "flying the hull". Booking is essential and obviously we are bound by the weather conditions. We are the only Adrenaline Sailing experience company on the Garden Route. We launch off the shores of the Swarvlei Lake, the largest lake in the Garden Route area of South Africa.
Ocean Sailing Charters
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
082 881 2937 WWW
Ocean Rhythm, our luxury 44 foot sailing catamaran, built by local world leaders in boutique yacht building, Knysna Yacht Company, offers the ultimate platform to soak up the sun in style, while sipping on some bubbly and taking in the surrounding beauty. Whether you’re after some adventure; if your ultimate cruise includes fishing, snorkelling, and swimming; or if you want to simply relax while learning the ancient art of sailing, we offer it all and more. We can accommodate 12 guests on a cruise, 8 guests overnight or 30 for an event while anchored. We make it our mission to create a feeling of warmth and luxury with some fun and adventure if that’s what is called for, to ensure that each experience is unique and personal.
Keurbooms River Ferries
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 39 km)
083 254 3551 WWW
Experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be, titillated with majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense pristine forest lining your meandering journey. Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of our natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by our amp theatre of gorges. This is a reality for Keurbooms River Ferries and our guests who take this journey with us.
Keurbooms River Boat Trips
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 39 km)
044 535 9309 WWW
Experience the Keurbooms River Nature Reserve, sit back and relax with an ice cold beverage and let your eyes and mind be mesmorised by the majestic scenery as you slip along shimmering waters cascading with dense forest. Let your ears be alighted to the mighty sounds of our natural orchestra of bird calls amplified by our amphitheatre of gorges. The forest and gorge experience is only available via the pristine Keurbooms River estuary so join us on a memorable journey and come and feel a part of what is left of a once mighty Knysna Forests.
Wilderness River Safaris
Wilderness   (c. 45 km)
044 882 1207 WWW
Enjoy the natural beauty of Wilderness by cruising on the Touw River or Island Lake in a safari style aluminium boat. Encounter magnificent bird life and breath-taking scenery. A leisurely and magical experience for people of all ages. A great way to experience and explore the Wilderness Section of Garden Route National Park.

Botanical Gardens   (1)

Garden Route Botanical Garden
George   (c. 62 km)
044 874 1558 WWW
The Garden focuses on plants endemic to the Southern Cape region. It also houses the Southern Cape Herbarium, an Indigenous Nursery, the Getafix Garden Cafe, and the Garden Route Environmental Education Centre. With more than 18 hectares to explore, ensure you see the best of the exceptionally unique Garden Route Botanical Garden by joining a guided tour with one of our local tour-guides. If you are out for a gentle stroll or serious hike - the Garden Route Botanical Garden offers both scenic strolls around the dam (check out our Bird Hide) or a short nature trail (20 min) along a stream to the more serious full-day hiking trails that can be accessed from the Gardens.

Bungy Jump   (1)

Face Adrenalin
Bloukrans River Bridge   (c. 70 km)
042 281 1458 WWW 2015
WELCOME TO THE WORLD’S HIGHEST BUNGY BRIDGE. The view from Africa’s highest bridge captures all the majesty and tranquility of the Bloukrans River valley. But there is nothing tranquil about throwing yourself more than 200 metres down towards the river below. Recognised as the ‘highest bungee from a bridge’ in the world, Bloukrans Bungy uses pendulum bungee technology to ensure the smoothest, most comfortable bungee jump possible. Jumpers are secured in a full-body harness combined with an ankle connection.

Canoeing / Kayaking / Hire   (8)

Knysna Charters
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
082 892 0469 WWW
Hire a kayak and explore the Knysna Lagoon from a unique perspective.'Take your time, stop at the beach,and catch some sunshine along the way!' Hire a kayak in Knysna and head off to explore our pristine lagoon on your own schedule. Kayaking is great fun for the whole family, provided you can swim! Kayak rental rates are based on a per kayak, per hour basis. No previous kayaking experience is necessary. Life jackets and paddles are provided.
Turbine Water Club
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 302 5751 WWW
Kayak Hire - Enjoy the charm and uniqueness of the Knysna lagoon
Blackwaters River Lodge
Goukamma   (c. 12 km)
044 383 0105 WWW
The lodge has single and double canoes available. The Goukamma River flows all the way to Buffels Bay - some 11 kms, +\- two and a half hours paddling time. For the “super-fit” a row “there and back” and for the less energetic collection at a nominal fee from the Goukamma Nature Reserve can be arranged. So as to ensure energy levels are kept up, picnic baskets can be ordered.
RiverDeck Activities
Goukamma   (c. 12 km)
078 134 5873 WWW 2017
A large collection of one man, two man canoes, hydro-bikes and paddle boats for hire awaits you including life jackets for your safety. A total of 50 canoes available.
Dune Adventures
Brenton-on-Sea   (c. 16 km)
072 474 0210 WWW
Join us on a guided Kayak tour on modern sit on top plastic kayaks up the Knysna river. The first section is a tidal section of the estuary where make our way past high sandstone cliffs and large banks of river boulders. On our path we will cross a weir which pools the river into a large impressive dam area. This river above the wier is off the beaten path with very few visitors except the occasional, vervet monkeys, baboons, mongoose or a possible shy antelope. Experience a tranquil peaceful feeling whilst we edge further and further up the river into the forest.
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Goukamma   (c. 18 km)
Currently closed due to the Knysna Fires in June 2017
Take a relaxing tour of the reserve on a kayak or pedal boat. Visitors can slowly drift down the river or across the lake, taking in the scenery and keeping a sharp eye out for wildlife and birds. Kayaks and pedal boats can be reserved at the main office. Paddles and lifejackets are provided.
Eden Adventures
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness   (c. 48 km)
044 877 0179 WWW
Eden Adventures have single, double and triple canoes for hire. These come equipped with paddles, buoyancy aids and waterproof containers for picnics, cameras etc, and a map to assist you in your decision making. There are various waterways to explore in the area. The most popular are the Touw River and the Kaaimans River. For those wanting to paddle to the beach, the river mouth is about 30 to 40 mins paddle from Eden Adventures. The river gets wider towards the mouth and banks become more developed, however it is still a lovely alternative.
Kayak & Lilo Adventure
Storms River Mouth   (c. 98 km)
079 557 6511 WWW 2016
The 2-3 hour Storms River kayak & lilo adventure is our most popular adventure activity where you can experience the best that Tsitsikamma has to offer! If you are keen to explore deeper into the Storms River Gorge, and experience the long, deep, quiet pools with deep caves and ancient forests then the kayak and lilo trip is for you! Discover a new adventure activity in Storms River and experience nature and adventure at its best!

Canyoning / Kloofing   (5)

Knysna Forest Tours
Drupkelders  
A half day forest canyon/gorge trip for the adventurous. A beautiful walk through deep Knysna Forest, into a small gorge, where we then swim up the gorge, climb up a waterfall, swim through another gorge, and climp up another small waterfall. A fantastic forest trip with amazing swimming, forest pools and rock jumps!! Ideal for all ages. Kids welcome! Life jackets and wetsuits provided.
GoVertical
Knysna / Plettenberg Bay  
Take a plunge into clear coke coloured water, while white cliffs and thick forest tower above you. Kloofing or Canyoning on the Garden Route near Knysna is a hectic, adrenalin filled adventure suitable for the fit, adventurous & those who love to spend time in the water. The deep gorges near Knysna and Plettenberg Bay are the perfect spot for this adventure. A short sunny hike above the forest canopy before a sharp descent into the Gorge then you’ll be wading through fresh mountain pools, clambering over massive boulders, splashing through the river and hiking in the forest.
Trip Out Adventure
Knysna  
083 306 3587 WWW
This fun and adventurous tour takes you right into the heart of the Knysna forest with its majestic yellowwood trees, eery calls and fleeting glimpses of the Knysna Loerie and abundance of wild forest game. Our Hike swim Hike tour is a lovely adventure for the entire family and is roughly 3 to 4 hours long consisting of a 7km hike down the drupkelders hiking trail to a beautiful gorge where you will swim hike swim through a series of steep rocky passages. Snatch the chance to stand behind the scenic curtains of a waterfall and bathe in the tanin colored rock pools that are littered along the river in this beautiful unspoilt forest setting before returning home.
Eden Adventures
Fairy Knowe Hotel, Wilderness   (c. 48 km)
044 877 0179 WWW
Kloofing, also known canyoneering, is a popular summer activity. The fun starts as one negotiates one's body into a wetsuit. After kitting-up we go boulder hopping and swimming down narrow canyons with lush indigenous forest on either side. For the brave there are always the optional jumps off the cliffs into the cola coloured water below. The Half day Cappuccino Canyon (Kaaimans Kloof) is the most popular kloofing trip as it is a fantastic kloof for beginners, yet there are many jumping possibilities for the brave. The deep pools with towering cliffs offer spectacular scenery and an amazing introduction to kloofing.
Canyon Adventures
Widerness   (c. 47 km)
072 525 8171 WWW 2015
Canyoning is a refreshing and exhilirating adventure experience. It involves descending a river canyon on foot by means of scrambling, swimming, jumping, sliding and rope work. We are based in Wilderness, on South Africa's Garden Route. There are now two trip options available! Our new trip features rappelling a.k.a. abseiling and there is opportunity for jumps between 1m and 12m. The original trip features optional jumps and slides without the rappelling/abseilng. It's suitable for all abilities as the challenges are optional, ranging from 1,5 m to 12m in height.
AfriCanyon
The Mill, The Crags   (c. 53 km)
044 534 8055 WWW 2015
Explore the river with AfriCanyon, navigate through the river shallows, jump, zip-line, swim through fresh-water mountain pools, slide down natural water slides and abseil in and around waterfalls as you dip down into the river gorge. First timer, novice or seasoned at canyoning we've got your back. Under our professional guidance, using the high spec adventure equipment your qualified guide ensures a kloofing adventure you simply can’t get enough of.
Paradise Adventures
George   (c. 56 km)
082 764 3112 WWW 2012
Kloofing is the South African term for ‘Canyoning’ where one descends down a river within a canyon or ravine. This may entail scrambling/climbing over rocks/boulders,big jumps, abseiling down waterfalls and waiding/swimming! You are provided with a wetsuit, helmet and a life-jacket for this activity, and a harness when needed. All trips include refreshments on route! Various route options exist from an easy 3hour trip to more extreme options including multi day trips. Custom trips are done to other areas on request. All trips are a personal guided experience, guaranteed to be very different from anything else out there.

Casino   (1)

Garden Route Casino
Mossel Bay   (c. 111 km)
044 606 7777 WWW
Nestled within the splendorous beauty of Mossel Bay and the Garden Route, our Casino has become renowned for not only its picturesque backdrop, but also countless hours of gaming pleasure and the friendliest staff you'll ever meet. Come and enjoy our brand new SMART CASINO providing 412 slot machines and 16 gaming tables, including all new Texas Hold'em Poker, all for your gaming pleasure!

Cinema / Films   (4)

Dinner & Movie Nights
The Mount Knysna Boutique Hotel   (c. 8 km)
044 384 1217
Includes: complimentary beverage, popcorn, movie and light meal. Limited seating. Booking essential.
Conrad Pezula Movie Night
Conrad Pezula Hotel   (c. 8 km)
044 302 3333
Movies will be screened on the first and third Friday of each month. Please do remember to book early to avoid disappointment. Arrive at 6.30pm, enjoy a burger (Combo Promotion - Burger, Coke, Popcorn and Movie) at your leisure. The movie starts at 8pm. We offer a complimentary shuttle service from Waterfront to the hotel. Child minding for children over the age of 3 at no additional cost.
Fisanthoek Fabulous Films in the Forest
Harkerville   (c. 22 km)
073 202 8002
Reminiscing back to the days of movie drive-ins you can now enjoy some nostalgic nights at the Fisanthoek Fabulous Films in the Forest - just outside of Knysna. Set on the edge of the Harkerville forest just outside of Knysna, you will find great movies every starry Saturday night. The films are projected outdoors on grassy fields - a movie in the heart of nature. Enjoy this weekly sit-in (weather permitted) movie while you pack your own picnic and bottle of chilled wine. Delicious pizzas are made onsite and the Fisanthoek Fabulous Films in the Forest kitchen also offers something sweet.

Unfortunately both the Knysna Movie House (January 2012) and the Plett Movie House (October 2014) have closed. The nearest cinema is now in George.
Ster-Kinekor
Garden Route Mall, George   (c. 56 km)
086 166 8437 WWW
To most South Africans, the word 'movies' is synonymous with the name 'Ster-Kinekor'; the biggest movie exhibitor by far (more than double the size of it's nearest competitor), Ster-Kinekor owns some 60-65% of the market, boasting some 54 movie complexes in South Africa (more than 400 screens and 63 000 seats) with 58 state-of-the-art 3D cinemas, giving Ster-Kinekor the largest 3D footprint in this territory, as well as 4 complexes in neighbouring territories.

Classic Bikes / Cars   (1)

The Motorcycle Room
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
079 829 2216 WWW 2016
The Motorcycle Room is all about great memories about the bikes we had and rode growing up, bikes we've not seen in years and the bikes we miss. The largest bike museum in South Africa! With over 110+ motorcycles in the collection, which expands almost daily, the Motorcycle Room offers a truly unique and special experience. Everything from old classics to vintage enduro bikes, motocross to superbikes, and a wide variety of customs too, be sure to visit for a trip down memeory lane.

Cycling / Bicycle Hire / Electric Bikes   (4)

See also Mounting Biking
Knysna Cycle Works
Waterfront Park, Waterfront Drive   (c. 2 km)
044 382 5153 WWW
We do various types of hire bikes for a trip around town or going in search of an ellie! Town bikes from R200 per day and MTBs at R275 per day. Kids bikes from R100 per day. Let us accompany on one of our local routes - enquire as to rates. Retro rides for around town and Vintage bikes for events and photo shoots. All accessories such as helmets,pedals,spares and child seats. We have 12" bikes and push bikes for your little ones also. Now renting e-bikes.
Electric Bike Hire
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 1414
See Knysna in island style. Fun has never been this easy. Cruise to the heads and leisure isle or tour around the lagoon to Belvidere. Just like riding a bicycle but with extra va-voom.
GONOW Electric Bicycles
Ocean Odyssey, Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0321 WWW
These super cool bikes offer pedal assist (you can set how much assistance you want) with around 3-4 hours of battery life. Fun, fast and easy, hire these amazing bikes and cruise through Knysna. An awesome and cool way to see the sights and visit the viewpoints- and you can look really cool while you are doing it!. A perfect way for any visitor to experience Knysna, and the beauty is that it's so easy - yes even if you are not really that fit, kids, mom dad, gran and gramps can do it, kids over 10 (must fit bike height).
Sedgefield Mosaic Cycle Route
Cycleworx, Sedgefield   (c. 26 km)
2016
The planned route will include markers for some of the more prominent mosaic features. Eugene himself plans to sponsor a mosaic at a very picturesque vantage point on The Island. The plan is to have three different routes of varying distances and levels of difficulty, including a gentle 6km cycle around The Island; a route around The Island and skirting the estuary towards the river mouth, and a longer 17km route which will incorporate much of Sedgefield, along with a Township Tour. Those that do not have their own bike, will be able to rent bikes from Cycleworx Sedgefield.

Fishing   (5)

To legally go fishing one must be in possession of a valid recreational angling permit. This entitles you to catch fish for your own use only and does not allow you to sell or trade your catch. Should you wish to collect your own bait you will also need a bait collecting permit. It is illegal to sell your bait and as such it is also illegal to buy your bait from informal sellers. Furthermore, should you wish to fish from a boat the skipper must be in possession of a recreational fishing permit endorsed for recreational fishing from a vessel.
There are strict limits on sizes, quantities and species which apply to both fishing and bait-collecting.
Details can be found in the the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries document "Marine Recreational Activity Information Brochure 2014/2015"
Permits, annual (anglers must have a South African ID) and short term (4 weeks), can be purchased from the Knysna Post Office on Main Road.
Collecting Mud Prawns
Knysna Lagoon   (c. 1 km)
2013
A SANParks survey conducted on the Knysna fishery found that twenty seven different bait types (including artificial lures) were used by anglers with the most frequently collected bait organism being the mud prawn.
Tidal Loops
 
079 943 0291
Fly-Fishing Guiding Instruction Service. Book a day with your local fishing guide, fly or lure fishing local estuaries or freshwater lakes. Whether you're targeting esturay species or freshwater Black-Bass, Tidal Loops Guiding and Instruction will increase your chance of success. Spend a half or full day chasing Grunter, Garrick, Elf, Kabbeljou or Mullet on fly on one of the many estuaries on the Garden Route, or tackle Lake Pleasant's (Groenvlei) Black-Bass on fly or lure.
Garden Route Fishing Adventures
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 3600 WWW
Garden Route Fishing Adventures offers deep sea and lagoon fishing adventures from Knysna, South Africa. For the past 30 years, these activities remain highly recommended as fun family outings or for angling enthusiasts visiting the Garden Route in South Africa. The catch of the day could be yours; nothing beats fresh ocean fish on the braai! Our deep sea reef fishing trips are certainly a must do when visiting Knysna. We supply all fishing equipment and bait, you bring food and drinks and you also get to keep your catch!
JJ's Fishing Charters
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
084 560 7254 WWW
Enjoy some of the best light tackle saltwater fishing along this renowned stretch of coastline. The Knysna Lagoon continues to produce extraordinary large number of Garrick, Shad, Spotted Grunter, Cob, White Steenbras, Mussel Cracker, Stumpnose, Blacktail, Rock Cod, Rays and Sharks. We are big supporters of catch and release.
Enrico's Fishing Charters
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
For Plettenberg Bay Deep Sea Fishing, choose Enrico’s Fishing Safaris. A day out in the deep will long be remembered as it brings you into contact not only with tough fighting fish but also into a diverse ecosystem. Whales, dolphins, seals and marine birds are often sighted on our trips making it a worthwhile experience for the whole family.

Aerobatic Flights   (1)

Garden Route Gliding
Plettenberg Bay Airport   (c. 34 km)
083 454 3464 WWW
This is an experience you'll never forget. We invite you to take the ride of your life. Your fun meter will ping from the moment you leap into the air and will continue long after your flight. Push the limits in an action packed introductory training flight that will have you doing loops, barrel rolls, straight rolls and stall turns as you experience high 'G' manoeuvres. Be exhilarated to the extreme! All flights and aerobatic manoeuvres are tailored to your nerves, tolerance and comfort levels. View the world from a truly amazing perspective; your appetite for adventure will never be the same again.

Scenic Flights / Air Safaris   (1)

Plett Air Safaris
Plettenberg Bay Airport   (c. 34 km)
Plett Air Safaris offers you a reliable Flight Shuttle service from Plettenberg Bay Airport to the stunning Big 5 Shamwari Private Game Reserve and Kwandwe Private Game Reserve in the Easter Cape. Only 45 minutes away by air, why drive if you can fly? Plett Air Safaris has various aircraft available for private charters, anywhere you want to go, we can arrange! Plett Air Safaris are also the leaders in adrenalin filled scenic flights around the Plettenberg Bay area. For a thrilling experience in the air and breath taking views of the entire Plettenberg Bay coastline. Swoop low over the ocean and watch whales and dolphins frolic in the breakers below. Marvel at the exquisite natural beauty of the landscape from your unique vantage point in our open cockpit aircraft.

Craft Gin   (1)

Knysna Gin
Knysna Industria   (c. 4 km)
081 722 2715 WWW
Their desire to create a classic, world class gin is evident in their traditional approach to distilling: they use a copper pot still and a flame, which allows the heat to be dispersed evenly over the surface of the still. The result is a clean, smooth spirit. Knysna Gin is infused with nine natural botanicals and local spring water from the Witteberg Mountains. At centre stage is the Num Num berry, a favourite of the famous Knysna Loerie. Hand-picked and perfectly blended, these berries deliver a slightly tart element to the gin. Visit Knysna Gin distillery for daily informal tours, tastings and sales. Contact us if you’d like to arrange a private function.

Gliding   (1)

Garden Route Gliding
Plettenberg Bay Airport   (c. 34 km)
083 454 3464 WWW
Soar like a bird and experience the pure joy of flight in our motorised glider. Take to the skies above Plettenberg Bay to see things from a whole new perspective. For those wishing to treat themselves to the absolute highlights of Plett's magnificent coastline, this 30 minute introductory training flight is a must! the flight encompasses Plett's natural diversity from the oceans and waterways to dense forests and stunning hinterland. During whale season you might even get a rare glimpse of these giants of the deep.

Go Karts   (1)

Elevate Trampoline Park
George   (c. 62 km)
044 004 0017 WWW
Elevate is a 1700 m2 building housing a 600m2 Trampoline Park and an indoor Go-Kart Track. State of the art SODI Go-Karts. No booking is required and access to the Go-Kart Race Base is on a first come first served basis. The track can accommodate races of 5 drivers per race for normal races. The Le-Mans option gives you exclusive use of the track and you may swop the driver out as many times as you like. You book the track, you bring the drivers (MAX 10).

Golf / Mashie   (21)

Knysna Golf Course
Hunters Home   (c. 5 km)
044 384 1150 WWW
Nestled on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon on the Garden Route and close to The Heads, the Knysna Golf Club’s 18-hole course meanders through tidal pools and between magnificent indigenous trees. A testing links/parkland layout which has been enhanced over the past ten years, it has some of the best greens in the Southern Cape. Although flat and easy to walk, the course still provides players of all levels with a good challenge and is an affordable golfing experience not to be missed while touring the area.
Pezula Championship Golf Course
Pezula   (c. 8 km)
044 302 5320 WWW 2011
The 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 amongst the best and the most scenic golf courses in the world. In 2001, just a few months after it opened, the course was awarded Best New Golf Course in South Africa. Compleat Golfer has rated Pezula Championship Course a Five Star Golf Experience every year since February 2005.
Simola Golf & Country Estate
Simola   (c. 8 km)
044 302 9677 WWW 2011
Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-enspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations. It's also the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro's philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land. The course offers challenging and rewarding golf amidst spectacular scenery. Set below the high ridges, it’s free from the wind that so often plagues coastal courses. Fairways flow with the natural undulating contours of the terrain and the unusual configuration of five par 5's and five par 3's adds a new dimension to the game. It's par for the course that every hole boasts exceptional views; either out across the Knysna Lagoon all the way to The Heads or over the picturesque Knysna River as it twists and turns through the valley below.
Blackwaters River Lodge
Goukamma   (c. 12 km)
044 383 0105 WWW
The Golf Course is a very challenging 9-hole / 18 Tees par 3 Mashie (pitch & putt). The longest hole is 152m, and the shortest is 52m. The Course has been designed so as not to detract from the natural beauty of this most fertile valley. Equipment hire is available to players.
Sedge Links Golf Club
Swartvlei (c. 30 km)
044 349 2200 2016
The Sedgefield golf club is a relatively new Short course, and offers a good challenge to both lower and higher level handicap golfers. With 4 water hazards and numerous bunkers the course was designed to challenge all. The golf course is situated on the N2 directly outside Sedgefield. Enjoy a game of golf with the amazing mountain range and Swartlvlei Lake in the background.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
www.plettgolf.co.za
Plettenberg Bay (c. 34 km)
Plettenberg Bay Country Club has an 18 hole golf course set in a private nature reserve. The highly rated course is a very popular tourist destination. The course is easy to walk, and the 2 main inclines can be observed from the veranda. Visitors are welcome. Lush Kikuyu grass fairways and bayview greens recently over seeded to bent grass provides golfers with an excellent playing surface on this park like golf course. This is no 'little seaside golf course', all greens and bunkers are to USGA specifications. The Parkland Course has no intrusive houses or traffic noise and is populated mainly with indigenous flora and fauna. Monkeys, birdlife like the Knysna Loerie and woodpeckers as well as the occasional deer are more likely to put you off your game.
Goose Valley Golf Club
www.goosevalleygolfclub.com
Plettenberg Bay (c. 35 km)
This magnificent golf estate offers a splendid Gary Player designed 72 par, 18-hole signature golf course in the heart of the Garden Route. Golfers will experience breathtaking views of the Keurbooms Lagoon, the Indian Ocean, the spectacular Tsitsikamma Mountains and the famous Robberg Peninsula. The beauty of the natural fynbos, indigenous trees and an abundance of animal and bird life add a special dimension to your golfing experience. The golfing experience is further enhanced by a state-of-the-art driving range with practice chipping, putting and bunker play facilities.
Goose Valley Golf Club PAR 3
www.goosevalleygolfclub.com
Plettenberg Bay (c. 35 km)
The Goose Valley Golf Course is proud to announce the launch of their new ALL PAR 3 18-hole golf course layout opening on Thursday 3 August 2017. Come with your family, on your own, as a couple, with friends, with the kids, seniors, as a beginner or just to sharpen your short game. Squeeze in 9-holes after work, or 18-holes in approx. 2hrs! Choose either 9 or 18 holes. All holes have been altered to par 3’s and the longest hole is just 189m (167m women). The shortest hole is 75m. It’s affordable, quick, great fun, less daunting and everybody is welcome! The course is available every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2pm.
Glenwood Short Golf Course
 
George (c. 57 km)
At the entrance to George, this is also a very well maintained short Golf Course, situated right next to the driving range it is an opportunity for you to work on your short game after hitting a couple of long drives down the range. Prices are very reasonable. This short course has a great view of the Outeniqua mountains and if you can’t get a 4 ball on one of the 18 hole championship courses, second best might become your premier option.
George Golf Club
www.georgegolfclub.co.za
George (c. 62 km)
The George Golf course is a beautifully manicured, 72 par, 18 hole course, with bent greens, set in the heart of the Garden Route. The course rating for men is either 68 (forward – 5542m), 70 (club – 5862m) or 72 (championship – 6162m), while that for the ladies is 72 (5204m).
Kingswood Golf Estate
From its perfect blend of design and scenery, to its temperate weather, you're certain to find Kingswood's Championship Golf Course a unique challenge, and one you'll want to take up again and again. Cape Town-born Sally Little, international LPGA champion and South African legend for 35 years, signs off this golf course. Her collaboration with designer Danie Obermeyer resulted in a golf course that is not only female and family friendly, but also a challenging golf experience. It is a course that caters for higher handicaps and competitive players alike through the use of varying tee boxes.
Outeniqua (Fancourt)
Ranked number 16 in South Africa by Golf Digest, Fancourt’s Outeniqua golf course presents an 18-hole parkland layout that is tailored to provide a laid-back golfing experience. The course provides for easier game play than its counterpart, the Montagu while offering its fair share of challenges and water hazards on as many as 11 of its holes. Designed by Gary Player and named after the mountain range that forms its breath-taking backdrop, the course is pristinely conditioned to accommodate a large volume of players.
Montagu (Fancourt)
Originally designed by Gary Player, Fancourt’s Montagu course has developed into one of the finest 18-hole parkland layouts, earning it the number 6 position on Golf Digest SA’s list of top golf courses in the country. Exquisitely conditioned to provide a riveting golfing experience, this tree-lined course covers large tracts of varying terrain on rolling land.
The Links (Fancourt)
Sculpted into what Gary Player has described as his greatest feat as a course designer, The Links is the golfing hallmark of the Fancourt estate. Featuring an undulating, windswept terrain and dune-style landscape. The Links is currently voted number one in the country by Golf Digest South Africa, and as number 43 in Golf Digest US edition’s list of the world’s 100 greatest golf courses. The Links is a private Club, but limited tee times are available for guests staying at Fancourt Hotel or Manor House.
Three Chameleons Short Golf Course
Three Chameleons Short Golf Course is in the heart of the Garden Route and built underneath the splendid Outeniqua Mountains. Many believe it to be the best maintained and conditioned short golf course in South Africa. Each individually designed 9 holes, offers a variety of water features and hazards to make it an interesting and challenging layout. It has three par 4's and the total length of the course is 2400m. It is also an ideal starter course for youngsters and beginners who are often intimidated by a big course.
Oubaai Golf Club
www.oubaaigolf.co.za
George (c. 74 km)
Oubaai Golf Course is proud to be the first Ernie Els Signature course in South Africa. The course is a traditional Links layout ideally situated between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains.
Dolphin's Creek Golf Estate
"Great Brak River" information
Groot Brakrivier (c. 80 km)
It's a short course (you'll probably only need your driver on one 300 meter par 4 hole), but challenging. There are just 9 holes but 18 tee boxes, so yes, there is a bit of ducking and diving during peak season! That said, it's perfect for honing your short game followed by a well-deserved beer or snack in the clubhouse afterwards. Visitors are welcomed with open arms - and if you need them, they've got rental clubs, trolleys and carts.
Uniondale Golf Club
Uniondale Golf Club is a 9 Hole Karoo golf course. Open to all golfers and families.
Mossel Bay Golf Club
www.mosselbaygolfclub.co.za
Mossel Bay (c. 106 km)
Famed for having a view of the Indian Ocean from every tee, this 18-hole links-style course, with its large undulating greens, makes for an idyllic yet challenging round of golf. The course is an easy walk and very playable from tee to green for all golfers, even if you have just taken up the game. The beautiful views of the Indian Ocean or the Springbuck roaming on the course might distract you, but they will most definitely leave you with lasting memories.
Pinnacle Point Golf Course
Darren Clarke, who was also involved with many aspects of the Pinnacle Point course design, has said that Pinnacle Point is “... the best golf course on the planet.” This Clifftop Fynbos Golf Course inspires the golfer to play this challenging layout with a level of respect due to its dramatic views and breathtaking terrain. The 72 par layout is characterised by 7 majestic holes that line the Indian Ocean rock cliffs, four of which are played over ocean and cliff.
Oudtshoorn Golf Club
"Golfer's Guide" information
Oudtshoorn (c. 121 km)
Set in the heart of the Klein (small) Karoo this course is a paradise amongst the dry backdrop of the Karoo`s ostrich capital of the world. A splendid layout makes this course an enjoyable round of golf. It`s a well-established 18-hole layout that is surprisingly lush and in great condition. Although Oudtshoorn is only sixty-odd kilometers from George it is drier and warmer and makes an attractive and different stop for touring golfers - especially in a wet coastal winter!

Guided Tours   (9)

See also Township Tours and Vineyards / Tours / Tasting
Forest Guided Tours
 
073 363 6522 WWW
Forest Guided Tours offers unique and specially fashioned Guided Walks and Tours into Knysna's lush, emerald Forests - bringing to light the wonders of the Forest's Flora,Fauna,Legend and Lore. We offer a variety of routes to select from, according to your preferred pace (mild to moderate) and special interests, ranging from The Histories and Mysteries of the Forest (from Khoisan to Early Explorers to Woodcutters and Goldmines of Millwood, Rheenendal) and The Wonders of the Forests Flora and Fauna (Tree Orchids and Towering Yellowwoods, Ferns and Fungi, the Forest's elusive Elephants, spectacular bird life and the amazing interplay of Forest life).
Garden Route Trail
 
082 213 5931 WWW
A collection of unforgettable ecological experiences are offered to nature enthusiasts to show case the splendor of this region. Between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean in the heart of the Garden Route, we are blessed with landscapes of Afromontane Forest, river, wetland, dune and beach. Walking and paddling through this paradise, you will be revitalized by the natural beauty. Here you can savor remote solitude as you are informally accompanied along unfrequented routes between Wilderness and Knysna. For those with less time available Garden Route Trail also offers some wonderful accompanied Day walks and guided Birding outings in a variety of environments. Come for the experience and depart enriched with an appreciation of Nature.
Knysna Forest Tours
 
082 783 8392 WWW
Escorted walking in the Garden Route - Discover the best trails in the Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and George areas on foot. Routes are selected for the quality of walking, outstanding places of interest and the magnificent views. We will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the guided walk of your choice. All practicalities are taken care of and you are free to enjoy the area. We offer day tours, shorter walks and overnight walking tours can be arranged.
Knysna Hike & Bike
 
083 388 2424 WWW
Knysna Hike & Bike is the one-stop solution for Leisure & Pleasure seekers in the Garden Route. Our aim is to introduce visitors to a different side of Knysna and its surroundings through guided walking and cycling tours that take in stunning scenery, local cuisine and fine wines as well as places of historical and natural interest. These tours are ideal for self-drive travellers, families, couples and friends, who want to experience Knysna’s great outdoors with local knowledge. Whether you are strolling on beaches, walking through cool misty forests or pedalling towards a gourmet food and wine tasting experience, Knysna Hike & Bike will deliver your Leisure & Pleasure needs.
Knysna On Foot
 
076 111 7997
Helen Persello specialises in forest walking tours based on the novels by Dalene Matthee. She includes the Knysna Museum in her itineraries since it houses displays about gold mining in the forests, and about the history of the woodcutters.
Moonlight Meander / Starlight Stroll
 
072 390 6667 WWW 2016 2015
The Moonlight Meander (full moon), or Starlight Stroll (new moon), is an extremely popular guided walk. You go in the evening during the full or new moon when the tide is at its lowest and you explore the amazing creature nightlife on the beaches. The walk takes you along the beach from Swartvlei to Gerickes Point (Sedgefield) and along the way you will discover the rock pools by torch light. You will come across some fascinating and incredible creatures that the guide will tell you all about. This walk is exciting, informative and a lot of fun for the whole family.
The Secret Elephants Forest Experience
 
WWW 2016
Gareth Patterson,award-winning wildlife expert, and author of the acclaimed books My Lion's Heart and The Secret Elephants (which tells of Gareth's rediscovery of the Knysna elephants) will be hosting once again a unique experience in the Knysna forest. Each forest experience is limited to a maximum of 6 people, and explores the magical and mystical world of the Knysna elephants, the world's most southerly elephants. Limited availability.
Walk on the Wild Side with Howard Butcher
 
044 388 4671
Book an exhilarating nature walk with me today and experience the Garden Route with a knowledgeable and informative Nature Field Guide. A world of natural treasures awaits; the magnificent forests, expansive beaches, fynbos mountain trails and so much more. I am a passionate South African Tour Guide, FGASA registered Nature Site Guide and experienced Bush Pilot. I'm best known for my Garden Route Birding Experiences, Baviaanskloof Nature Adventures and Swartberg aerial photography missions. I have a comprehensive knowledge of our natural environment and how nature works within it. I live in the Rheenendal area of Knysna (Garden Route) and have spent many years researching the few remaining elephants of the forests here. I am one of few people to have encounters.
Tsitsikamma Woodcutters Journey
www.stormsriver.com
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
Join us on a journey down the old Storms River pass, and experience the indigenous forest from the comfort of a specially designed vehicle. Follow the elephant trail down to the water, passing tree ferns, stinkwoods, yellow woods and many other tree species, whilst hearing about the history of the area and the local flora and fauna. Watch out for a glimpse of the elusive Narina Trogan and the inquisitive Knysna Loeire who enjoys the tranquil shade of the leafy canopy. Stop and relax where wagons, since the last century, have and enjoy a light lunch or tea next to the Storms River.

Helicopter Flights   (2)

Rare Sky
"Plett Tourism" information
Plettenberg Bay Airport   (c. 34 km)
Rare Earth has extended it’s offering in the form of scenic helicopter rides around Plett. Including return flights and lunch to Kay and Monty Wine Estate in The Crags. Meet at The Plett Airport and have a scenic flight along the coast and then over the wine lands before landing at Kay and Monty and enjoy a locally sourced, delicious meal and sip on award winning wines from the Estate. Alternative scenic flights include the following: Robberg, Knysna Heads, Storms River.
Blue Sky Aviation
www.blueskyaviation.co.za
George Airport   (c. 70 km)
Blue Sky Aviation is the premier helicopter tour company in the Garden Route and pilots who are very experienced in their field. Our attention to detail will ensure you an experience of a lifetime! Based in the George, South Africa, heart of the Garden Route, Blue Sky Aviation offers luxury and affordable helicopter flights in and around South Africa. Packages include helicopter charter flights / helicopter tours to private game reserves as well as remote destinations at one of our affiliated estates.

Historical   (19)

Rooted in Time - Self Drive Tour
Knysna Forest  
WWW 2016 2016
On the 29th of June 2016, the Garden Route National Park launched an historical self-drive route, which takes you to 10 marked, historically significant locations in the Knysna forest. Scattered throughout the far reaches of the great Knysna forest are traces of Knysna's vast heritage - rich artefacts and anecdotes which give an insight into the exploration and exploitation of this once untamed wilderness. Reading accounts from the past and gazing upon the grainy black and white images from years ago, hints at the toil and hardship faced by both the indigenous people and the early settlers. Many places you will visit along this route will enchant you so much and will encourage you to linger, as this route also offers a window into the wonders of Knysna's complex forest kingdom.
Knysna Museums
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
044 302 6320 WWW
Gold and timber, elephants and war ... the greater Knysna area has a rich and colourful history. The Knysna Municipality overseas two museum complexes and incorporates unique historic buildings, all situated in Queen Street in mid-town Knysna.
Old Gaol
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
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Situated on the corner of Main Road and Queen Street, the Old Gaol was the first building erected by the Colonial Government in Knysna and was built in 1859 to house convicts en route to the construction camp of the Prince Alfred Pass. It was declared a National Monument in 1992. Today the complex houses displays of the town’s angling and maritime history as well as the Knysna Art Gallery, tea room and gift shop.
Millwood House Museum
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
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This house is typical of houses that were built during the 1880's in the little mining village of Millwood. Gold was discovered there in 1876 and when the gold yields dropped the house was dismantled and transported to Knysna. It was declared a National Monument in 1976. Many interesting relics adorn the walls and unique photographs and pictures depict Knysna's romantic history.
Parkes Shop
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
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This store was built for the benefit of Geo. Parkes and Sons workmen in the early 1900's and operated until 1972. The sign above the door reads "Geo. Parkes and Sons (Pty) Ltd., Timber and General Merchants". The shop houses an exhibition of the history of the Knysna timer industry, very kindly sponsored by the Knysna Woodcrafters Guild and These and Co.
Pitt Street House
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
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This building was one of three which stood in Pitt Street. They were built by George Parkes in 1904 to house laboureres working at the nearby Geo. Parkes' sawmill. In 1998 they were re-located in order to make way for a new development. This wood and corrugated iron cottage house an Anglo-Boer War display. It was donated to the museum by the Parkes family.
Parkes Cottage
Queen Street   (c. 1 km)
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This Victorian style cottage was originally erected on the Millwood Goldfield around 1890. It was bought into Knysna and re-erected on the square alongside Templeman's store and served as offices fro G.W. Brent-Steytler, Law Agent. Before the cottage was moved to Queen Street it was used as headquarters for the S.A. Legion in Knysna. It now houses a display of Millwood and George Rex.
Knysna Fort
Currently closed to visitors - awaiting a restoration plan.
 
Alex Blaikie Museum
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
2015
The Alex Blaikie is the most famous of all the craft that have serverd Knysna's NSRI Station 12. She was built in 1976 of wood at the old Thesen’s Boatyard and was decommissioned in 2008 after 32 years of service and put on permanent display in a small, purpose-built museum in Thesen Harbour Town. The Alex Blaikie Museum – which is also the information centre for the Thesen Islands Blue Flag Marina - is situated at the southern end of Long Street, Knysna. It’s open every day, entrance free, and it’s easily accessible for wheelchairs.
Turbine Boutique Hotel & Spa
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
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Wood waste from the timber mill was subsequently used to start a power station which generated electricity from turbines and this eventually supplied the towns of Knysna and Plettenburg Bay with electricity until the mid 1970’s. The current power station site, which now hosts the Turbine Hotel & Spa and Island Café, was built in 1939/1940. The last day of operation of the Power Station was 26 June 2001. The original wood boiler, four electricity generators and much of the equipment have been fully restored and blend in with the hotel’s décor themes.
Grave of George Rex Esq
Old Place   (c. 4 km)
2012
George Rex's resting place is well-marked by a marble headstone erected by his family in 1893, some 54 years after his death. The headstone stands within a 54 sq.ft. area surounded by an old stone wall, built in the early 1900s by the Municipality. The inscription on his headstone reads: "IN MEMORY OF GEORGE REX ESQUIRE PROPRIETOR AND FOUNDER OF KNYSNA DIED 3RD APRIL 1839". By his side lies his son George and wife Jessie.
Woodcutters Museum
Timber Village, Welbedacht Lane   (c. 4 km)
Currently closed due to the Knysna Fires in June 2017
 
Holy Trinity Church
Belvidere   (c. 9 km)
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The Church, a beautiful example in miniature of the Norman style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries, was built by Thomas Henry Duthie, owner of the Belvidere Estate from 1833 to 1857. Planned on the English pattern as a place of worship for his family, friends and their servants, the building, a National Monument since 1973, has retained much of the character of that period. The foundation stone was laid on 15 October 1851 and the church was consecrated by Bishop Gray of Cape Town on October 5th 1855.
San Ambroso Church / Museum
Gouna   (c. 13 km)
Visit the old San Ambroso Church on the 'Gouna Commonage' - it contains a very interesting display of the history of the Italian silk-grower families who were shipped out to Knysna in 1881. The church was built 10 years later, the building originally used as a school. The restoration of the church and collection of material for the museum is the work of Rayno Sciocatti, a direct descendant of the original Italian silk farmers. Their story is also used as the backdrop of one of Dalene Matthee's novels 'The Mulberry Bush'.
Forest Legends Museum
Diepwalle   (c. 23 km)
2017
The museum, now the home of the famous skeleton of the Knysna elephant (previously displayed at Knysna Tourism), houses historical artifacts and recorded history of the legends that co-existed in the Knysna Forest area during the pre- and post-colonial eras. The display of this empirical research, donated by generous stakeholders, includes clippings of information on the history of the wood cutters, in an attempt to provide a timeline on the history what roamed and still continue to co exist in these areas.
Dalene Matthee Memorial
Krisjan-se-Nek, Goudveld Forest   (c. 25 km)
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On 20 February 2005, Dalene Matthee died unexpectedly of heart failure in Mossel Bay. Her last resting place is Krisjan-se-Nek, one of her favourite spots in the Knysna Forest. Her ashes were also scattered here. After Dalene's death, Mr Kitto Erasmus, former regional director of Environmental Affairs, suggested to the Matthee family that they should erect a memorial for Dalene in her beloved Knysna Forest. Mr Erasmus assisted Dalene with her research for Kringe in 'n bos (Circles in a Forest), Fiela se kind (Fiela's Child) and Moerbeibos (The Mulberry Forest). On 23 February 2008 Dalene Matthee's memorial was unveiled at Krisjan-se-Nek.
Millwood Goldfields Museum
Millwood Goldfields, Goudveld Forest   (c. 31 km)
Currently closed to visitors.
2013
Millwood in South Africa was the site of a short-lived gold rush in the 1880s. Millwood Mining Village was located in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains near Knysna and had a population of a few hundred at the height of its small-scale mining activity which lasted only five years, largely due to the difficulty of following the vein in much-folded formations. A small museum, with a display of photographs, documents, maps and artefacts dating from the gold rush, is housed in the last original miner’s cottage, situated on the outskirts of the old town.
Bendigo Gold Mine
Millwood Goldfields, Goudveld Forest   (c. 33 km)
Millwood in South Africa was the site of a short-lived gold rush in the 1880s. Millwood Mining Village was located in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains near Knysna and had a population of a few hundred at the height of its small-scale mining activity which lasted only five years, largely due to the difficulty of following the vein in much-folded formations. The 'Bendigo Gold Mine' was one of a number which sprang up near the village.
Outeniqua Transport Museum
George   (c. 59 km)
044 801 8289 WWW
Inside the museum a variety of 13 steam locomotives, including a narrow gauge, the Emil Kessler- Johannesburg’s first steam locomotive, the impressive GL Garrett together with carriages from a bygone era, such as a coach from the Royal Train of 1947, Paul Kruger’s coach and private saloons, just to name a few, are on display. A photo gallery depicting some of the most breathtaking photos of South African steam can be seen, poetry relating to train travel, crockery and cutlery previously used on main line trains and in station restaurants are on display. Various models of steam locomotives, a brilliant collection of steam locomotive number plates, makers plates, a model train room, road motor vehicles and a private vintage car selection complete the exhibition.
Point of Human Origins
Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay   (c. 111 km)
079 640 0004 WWW
Visit the Pinnacle Point Caves in the company of the archaeologist who discovered them. Each tour includes a presentation on the significance of the site that’s revealed the earliest evidence for modern human behaviour. These exciting, stimulating, half-day excursions will change the way you think about our origins as modern, thinking people. The Point of Human Origins Experience is divided into two parts: an introductory lecture, and a field visit to the Pinnacle Point Caves.
Cango Caves
Oudtshoorn   (c. 148 km)
044 272 7410 WWW 2013
29km from Oudtshoorn, at the head of the picturesque Cango Valley, lie the spectacular underground wonder of the Klein Karoo - the Cango Caves. Situated in a limestone ridge parallel to the well known Swartberg Mountains, you will find the finest dripstone caverns, with their vast halls and towering formations. Cango Caves is the only show cave in Africa which offers a choice of Heritage (easy) or Adventure Tours. All tours are lead by experienced, knowledgeable and accredited Caves Guides.

Horse Riding   (8)

RhythmsRiding
www.rhythmsriding.co.za
Sedgefield   (c. 15 km)
RhythmsRiding is an established horse riding facility in Sedgefield, the Garden Route of South Africa. The instructors of RhythmsRiding are educated and qualified through SANEF/EQASA (South African National Equestrian Federation/Equestrian Qualifications Authority of Southern Africa) and have up to 16 years of experience in the equine field. Rhythms Riding offers a variety of horse activities such as Outrides, Riding lessons for all levels from 8 years of age to adults, as well as riding for the Disabled, Scheduled Pony Camps in school holidays and much more.
Southern Comfort Western Horse Ranch
www.schranch.co.za
Harkerville   (c. 21 km)
Southern Comfort Horse Farm near Knysna on the Garden Route is well known for horse rides in the Knysna Forest. Our guided horse rides are for the whole family, beginners or experienced riders. For children under ten years of age who do horse riding for the first time, we do a Kiddy Lead for 30 minutes. (a guide is leading the horse) Horse rides are only between 8H30 and 14H30 every day and we do a 1 Hour, 1 and half hour and a 2 hour ride. For your special occasion you can also have a picnic in the Knysna Forest. Get on horseback to the picnic spot where your picnic is set up according to your own menu and taste ready to be enjoyed. You can bring your own picnic basket or we can arrange a basket of one of our set menus.
Saddle Up Trails
www.saddleuphorsetrails.co.za
Timberlake Organic Village   (c. 37 km)
Conveniently based at Timberlake Organic Village on the N2 between Wilderness and Sedgefield, is Saddle Up Horse Trails. Keeping it simple, safe and fun, we offer a lovely one- hour horse ride over the pine scented hillocks overlooking the Wilderness lakes. Riding times: 9:30 & 11:00 & 2:30 & 4:00.
Black Horse Trails
www.blackhorsetrails.co.za
Hoekwil   (c. 40 km)
At the base of the majestic Outeniqua mountains in the Wilderness, lies our little charming horse ranch, Black Horse Trails. We are a relaxed and friendly bunch with whom you can enjoy a precious few hours of your holiday time, in a true animal crazy environment. he beautiful Friesian horse is our breed of choice for our trail riding due to their friendly, easy going temperaments and good manners. We have suitable steeds for any level of experience you may or may not have on a horses back, everyone is welcome!
Garden Route Horse Trails
www.gardenroutehorsetrails.co.za
Hoekwil   (c. 40 km)
Garden Route Horse Trails offer remarkable horse riding trails into the stunning indigenous forest of the Garden Route National Park where you can experience occasional sightings of local wildlife on horseback. Rides are suitable for all ages and riding experience is not necessary. Our horses are well trained, very safe, reliable and have between 2 and 6 years experience on the trails. All of our horses love the water and swimming, so we also offer the opportunity where our clients can swim with the horses after a ride., it is very easy and lots of fun!
Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve
Wittedrift   (c. 44 km)
044 535 0000 WWW
Experience the magic of the African bush with a two-hour horse safari on our 2,200 hectare reserve at the foothills of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. Our knowledgeable game rangers will enthrall you with interesting facts about the wildlife you will view on your safari.
Hog Hollow Horse Trails
www.horseridinggardenroute.com
The Crags   (c. 49 km)
Experience the Tsitsikamma on horseback... Choose between a one hour farm trail with views over the mountains and forest, a two hour forest trail amongst wildlife on a private nature reserve, or a three hour Cruise The Crags Trail, riding on horse back to some of the numerous attractions in the area. Our focus is to ensure that our rides are suitable for all levels of experience – the emphasis being on a safe and enjoyable ride. Experienced guides offer interesting facts and stories regarding local history, fauna and flora...
Perdepoort Horse Trails
Wilderness   (c. 51 km)
082 646 8290 WWW
Come and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the forest in Wilderness on horseback with Perdepoort Horse Trails.... We ride on a private farm in Wilderness, 6km from the village. Regular sightings of bushbuck and baboons make for an exciting experience. The indigenous forest is home to the Knysna Loerie, a beautifull bird, bushpigs, porcupines and even leopard. The horses are suitable for novice and experienced riders. All rides accompanied by the owner.

Kite Surfing   (1)

Kite Surfing Africa
082 783 8392 WWW 2015
Learn to kite surf on the Knysna lagoon. This is probably one of the best places in the world to learn. Shallow knee deep water for 1.5km in all directions allows your instructor to be with you the whole time, following you and talking you through each step. We have the right kites for you, and supply all equipment necessary, including wetsuits. We teach everyone. If you’re 9 or 65 we will get you up and riding in 6-8 hours.
We offer kite trips to the best beaches with the best wind and wave conditions for experienced kiters.

Maze   (1)

See also Puzzle Park
Redberry Farm Maze
George   (c. 75 km)
044 870 7123 WWW 2016
Nestled in the town of George in the Garden Route is one of the most remarkable attractions in South Africa. The Redberry Farm maze is the largest permanent hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere! The maze consists of seven strawberry stations, a 25m underground tunnel and a look-out point to be found within 10,000m of pathways. The hedges are grown from over 30,000 Syzygium Paniculatum plants. The objective of the maze is not to find the exit, like in a traditional maze, but rather to find all seven stations hidden inside. If you find all of the stations, there will be a reward at the end...

Miscellaneous / Other   (12)

Knysna Seahorse
SANParks Thesen Island Office   (c. 2 km)
044 382 2095 WWW 2017
This peculiar fish occurs only in the Knysna, Keurbooms and Swartvlei estuaries and nowhere else in the world. Because of its limited distribution the Knysna Seahorse is listed as endangered on the IUCN's Red List - the first seahorse in the world to be listed as endangered. Visit the SANParks Thesen Island Office in Knysna to view the Knysna Seahorse up close!
Honeychild
Rheenendal   (c. 25 km)
073 363 6522
Honeychild offers pure, natural and raw honey - freshly harvested from the Fynbos and Forests of Rheenendal and Knysna. One on one tuition in the art and adventure of Beekeeping. Twice yearly Beekeeping for Beginners Courses in April and November. Advanced Beekeeping Course once a year in March. School Outings and Educationals, Beekeeping Field Tour: a morning as a Beekeeper, opening hives in full safety gear. Discover the amazing world of the Cape Honeybee and the journey from flower to honey pot.
Hope for Honeybees' Info and Education Centre
Rheenendal   (c. 25 km)
078 724 6425
Hope for Honeybees' Info and Education centre is open to the public and they welcome school tours, tour groups and tourists to visit and learn the critical importance of bees and how precious they are, as well as learn about conservation of the Cape honeybee.
Nibbles Cafe & Bistro
Next to Scarab Village   (c. 28 km)
060 992 5829
 
Ericaville Tea Tours
Kranshoek   (c. 31 km)
074 918 8922
The only region in the world where Honeybush grows naturally the farm is ideally situated for the growing and harvesting of both Honeybush and Rooibos teas. The farm now offers this experience to tourists and citizens alike with a tea tour that will entail: a brief history, plant classification, medicinal properties and instruction on how to cultivate and harvest Honeybush and Rooibos tea, an opportunity to harvest by hand and the chop of the tea by hand. The aim is to give customers the full harvesting experience from growing to having a beautiful cup of tea, so patrons will gain the experience and have something to show for it. The tour will be supported by two tea gardens where the product can be tasted and purchased.
Mungo Mill
Old Nick Village, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
044 533 1395 WWW 2013
A large central, double-volume room houses our collection of 16 restored looms from different weaving eras, which can be seen from an elevated viewing deck that weaves from the walkway into the mill. The Mill is open to the public, 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm.
We have launched guided tours every Saturday and Sunday morning. You can wander between the looms with a knowledgeable guide and engage with the weaving process to experience the age-old art of weaving from pre-industrial revolution to present day. An insightful and interesting experience for all.
Timberlake Organic Village
Timberlake Organic Village   (c. 37 km)
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Timberlake is a village of small independent businesses: Thomas Boy chocolates, Josephine's clothing, Wine Shop, Mohair Shop, Faerie Gem, Down to Earth, Collaborations, and eating venues: Rustic Windmill coffee shop for award winning cheesecake, Zucchini restaurant for hearty country style meals, Country Snax for quick takeaways, and Oyster Shack for fresh wild coastal oysters. Timberlake supports Local and the Slow Food principles of Good, Clean and Fair. Extensive kids facilities: race track, jungle gym with giant slide, friendly goats, Fantasy Garden walk and much more...
Kaaiman's Grotto
Wilderness   (c. 49 km)
2015 2015
The Kaaimans Grotto is a natural cave situated between Wilderness and Victoria Bay that was transformed into a restaurant a few years ago by Fancourt. Since the demise of the George to Knysna railway, it fell into disuse for a while until an unusual man, 'Cliffie', took up residence there. Of late the grotto has become an unofficial tourist attraction, which backpackers and hikers find out by word of mouth. The cave can be reached on foot by hiking along the railway line.
Outeniqua Power Van
George   (c. 59 km)
Currently rerouted to Great Brak River due to the fires in November 2018.
044 801 8239
A unique experience awaits you when you travel on the Outeniqua Power Van’s railbus from George on the Oudtshoorn railway-pass. Panoramic views over the Outeniqua Mountain Nature Reserve can be enjoyed whilst listening to the commentary of an experienced tour guide. The stunning beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains unfolds as you travel one of South Africa’s most scenic routes. Experience the forest, four passes, water falls, seven tunnels, fynbos, proteas, bird, animal life and the panoramic picnic site. Take a picnic basket.
Redberry Farm
George   (c. 75 km)
044 870 7123 WWW
Redberry Farm is a commercial strawberry grower and popular family entertainment venue. We offer family friendly activities such as pick your own strawberries, the largest hedge maze in the Southern Hemisphere, a tea garden and farm stall, mini train rides, a large outdoor playground, bumper boats and bubble ball on the dam as well as pony rides.
Marilyn's 60's Diner
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
042 281 1711 Ext 267 2015
The Marilyn’s 60’s Diner is a cozy, relaxed Diner where husband and wife team, Jan and Ann du Rand created an eatery in retro-surroundings with its Cadillac’s and Chevy’s. With neon rimmed signage, 50 and 60’s décor and Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia, the place looks the part to create a quirky and nostalgic feel. The Diner itself forgoes no detail from the checked floors to the red & white color scheme, Juke Box and sugar shakers. Get a blast from the past as you wander through the Cadillac Shack to view our Classic Cars or check out the Rock 'n Roll store for memorabilia of your favourite icons.
The Shark Lab
Mossel Bay   (c. 108 km)
064 390 7407
A warm and intimate privately run quaint aquarium. We Offer the unique experience of swimming freely with our relaxed Smooth Hound Sharks. Come and view our tropical coral fish- from various coral reefs around the world. Our local cold water marine life may also be seen.

Mountain Biking - MTB   (17)

Mountain Biking Africa
Mountain biking legend Tony Cook (Two time finisher of the Absa Cape Epic and 11 time finisher of the Cape Argus), has years of experience on the best mountain biking trails in this stunning region. If you love cycling and have always wanted to come to South Africa - we'll take you for a ride on the wild side!
Cairnbrogie MTB & Trail Park
www.cairnbrogie.co.za/mtbpark/
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 25 km)
Cairnbrogie is blessed with a large area in which to develop MTB trails. Our aim is to provide intermediate skill riding for young riders. The learning of basic bike control skills will be a focus of the trails. Older more experienced riders can enjoy remarkable scenery on their way to the well know SANPARKS and Cape Pine MTB trails.
Pili Pili Pump-Topia
"Knysna Tourism" information
Sedgefield   (c. 26 km)
Pump tracks are currently all the rage with two-wheeler junkies both young and old, and this latest one serves as yet another positive component to the ever-expanding culture of cycling in our region. Pili Pili's Pumptopia aims not only to entice cycling enthusiasts and families to Sedgefield, but also to promote the cycling industry of the Greater Knysna as a whole.
Blue Hills MTB
www.bluehillsmtb.co.za
Harkerville   (c. 26 km)
Mountain biking is not only a fantastic pastime that can be enjoyed by many people, but it can be enjoyed anywhere from single forest tracks, coastal paths, open jeep tracks to hills and mountainous terrain. In our personal endeavours to improve our own fitness as well as being very family orientated we found one flaw in the general approach to MTB courses and tracks:- They do not cater for the extreme beginner nor do they cater for younger children wishing to learn the trade while having the holistic experience of riding in the "bush". In this we saw an opportunity in which we can provide for this vacancy, in an area already well know throughout the country for its highly rated courses and tracks.
Garden Route Trail Park
www.gardenroutetrailpark.com
Barrington   (c. 40 km)
The Garden Route Trail Park is nestled at the very foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, midway between George and Knysna, in the heart of the Garden Route. Bring the whole family to experience the magic. Our carefully designed routes have been laid out to provide riders of all levels with an over supply of adrenalin, excitement, scenery and amazing views. Over 20km of hand built singletrack in the infamous farmer tradition, with flowing turns, burms, rollers and river crossings.
Cross Cape Cycling Route
"Knysna-Plett Herald" article
Plettenberg Bay to Cape Town
The Cross Cape Cycling Route will offer local and international visitors the best of the Western Cape's mountains, sea views, food and wines along the Garden Route, Klein Karoo, Cape Overberg, Cape Winelands and Cape Town. The new Cross Cape Cycling Route will stretch from Cape Town to Plettenberg bay and will include some of the most scenic parts of the Western Cape. The route will include road track, mountain trails, jeep and forest tracks. The route caters to all levels of riders and covers a variety of terrain including; single track, gravel roads, district lines and more. The plan with the Cross Cape Cycling Route is to position the Western Cape as the Trail Capital of the World.
Garden Route National Park MTB Routes
On the southernmost reaches of the African continent lies a region of exceptional beauty. It is a land of imposing mountain ranges, shimmering lakes and a rugged coastline alternated with golden beaches. This is the setting of the largest complex of indigenous forest in southern Africa, a relic of the tropical forests that once carpeted the eastern parts of the continent from Central AFrica to the Cape peninsula. There is probably no better way to experience these forests than on a mountain bike. Some of the most excitng cycle routes are situated in the forests and the routes can cater for every need, from family fun to testing the most experienced riders.
Harkerville Black Route (Graspad)
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
The new Graspad Trail is just 12 km in length and boasts a backdrop of, not only species-rich indigenous Knysna Forest, but sweeping views of the ocean as well – literally eye candy all around! The new route is suitable for the whole family and is an easy ride through jeep tracks. If you are keen to ride longer distances this trail joins other popular Harkerville routes, several of which offer some seriously challenging single track riding.
Harkerville Yellow Route
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
Difficulty: 2 / 10   -   Distance: 13 km   -   Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Easy basic ride through jeep track and plantation roads. Smooth to rough gravel with some dirt and tree roots. Indigenous forest and beautiful views.
Harkerville Blue Route
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
Difficulty: 4 / 10   -   Distance: 11 km   -   Duration: 1 - 1.5 hours
Easy to moderate ride through jeep track, single track and forest roads. Smooth to rough gravel with some dirt and tree roots. Indigenous forest and beautiful views.
Harkerville Green Route
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
Difficulty: 6 / 10   -   Distance: 14 km   -   Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Moderate (high when wet) ride through jeep track, single track and forest roads. Smooth to rough gravel with some dirt and tree roots. Indigenous forest and beautiful views.
Harkerville Red Route
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
Difficulty: 8 / 10   -   Distance: 22 km   -   Duration: 3 - 5 hours
Tough technical ride includes long stretches of exhilerating single track, obstacles and fairly steep inclines and declines. Spectacular forest and views of the Harkerville coastline.
Petrus se Brand Route
Diepwalle   (c. 23 km)
Difficulty: 7 / 10   -   Distance: 22.4 km   -   Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Beautiful long ride through deep pristine indigenous forest. Low water bridge crossings and moderate to challenging single track. Bumpy surfaces.
Gold Nugget Route
Goudveld   (c. 22 km)
Launch date: Sunday 11th September 2016
Route details to follow
Homtini Route
Rheenendal   (c. 25 km)
Difficulty: 2 / 10   -   Distance: 19 km   -   Duration: 1.5 - 2.5 hours
This is the ideal route for intermediate riders who without avanced technical skills who want the challenge of distance and some physical exertion. A quality ride with spectacular forests and views.
Farleigh Green route
Farleigh   (c. 40 km)
Difficulty: 2 / 10   -   Distance: 7.5 km   -   Duration: 1.5 - 2 hours
This is the ideal route for beginners or families who want a taste of the MTB experience.
Farleigh Yellow route
Farleigh   (c. 40 km)
Difficulty: 6 / 10   -   Distance: 20.1 km   -   Duration: 2 - 3 hours
A superb route offering some moderate climbs and awesome views for those improving their mileage and technical ability.
Farleigh Blue route
Farleigh   (c. 40 km)
Difficulty: 7 / 10   -   Distance: 25.3 km   -   Duration: 3.5 - 5 hours
A challenging route for intermediate riders wanting to test their endurance abilities and/or training for longer endurance events.

Mountain Passes   (32)

Mountain Passes South Africa
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Phantom Pass   (Seven Passes)
Knysna River   (c. 7 km)
Gravel & Tar : 7.4 km
WWW 2015
The mysteriously named Phantom Pass is the final pass on the Garden Route's string of "Seven Passes" between George and Knysna. 7.4km of narrow, gravel road descends to the famously picturesque Knysna River Lagoon, and finds its end-point at the N2.
Homtini Pass   (Seven Passes)
Rheenendal  
Gravel : 5.0 km
WWW 2014
Lying 6th in the string of 'Seven Passes' between George and Knysna, the narrow, gravel Homtini Pass covers 5km of wonderfully scenic driving, descending to the river from which it takes its name, and ends at the Rheenendal Timber Mill. The name is apparently of Khoi origin and means either "mountain honey" or "difficult passage". This pass is also known as the Goukamma River Pass.
Karatara Pass   (Seven Passes)
Karatara  
Gravel : 2.62 km
WWW 2014
Karatara Pass is found on the 'Seven Passes Road' immediately after the forestry village of the same name. Like all gravel road passes in rainy regions, the usual cautionary of 'slippery when wet' applies. This roads is usually corrugated, which can cause loss of traction and control, particularly on corners with non 4x4 vehicles.
Hoogerkraal Pass   (Seven Passes)
Karatara  
Gravel : 2.98 km
WWW 2014
The Thomas Bain-built "Seven Passes" route between George and Knysna features the Hoogekraal Pass, covering 2,98 kms of breathtakingly beautiful views along its narrow gravel road. It descends to and from the Hoogekraal River, and ends just before the Geelhoutsvlei Timber Mill - another Garden Route location, rooted in the history of the Knysna woodcutters. This pass ends west of the forestry village of Karatara.
Touw River Pass   (Seven Passes)
Hoekwil  
Gravel : 2.98 km
WWW 2014
The Touw River Pass forms part of the well-known 7 Passes Road in the Garden Route. The road was built circa 1883 by Adam de Smidt, the brother in law, of Thomas Bain - pass builder extraordinaire. This is a gravel road and remains virtually unchanged from it's original route, with the one exception that the original timber bridge was washed away. This was replaced with a steel bridge in the 1900's.
Silver River Pass   (Seven Passes)
Wilderness Heights  
Tar : 2.68 km
WWW 2014
The Silver River Pass, is one of the Garden Route's 'Seven Passes', and covers 2,68 km of narrow, tar-road driving, descending to and from the Silver River starting where the Kaaimansgat Pass ends and finding its end at picturesque Wilderness Heights. (Circa 1882.)
Kaaimansgat Pass   (Seven Passes)
Wilderness Heights  
Tar : 2.8 km
WWW 2014
The historic "Seven Passes" route between George and Knysna includes 'Kaaimansgat' - a twisting, turning tarred road, close to the town of George, which passes down through heavy, lushly indigenous forest to this area's famous 'black water' rivers. The road is old, narrow and the tarring is in sub-standard condition, but the beautiful indigenous forests through which it passes more than makes for this minor inconvenience. The pass has an old bridge (a national monument) worth stopping at. The pass ends at the start if the Silver River Pass. It was built in the 1800's by Thomas Bain's brother in law - Adam De Smidt.
Black River Pass   (Seven Passes)
George   (c. 60 km)
Tar : 3.72 km
WWW 2014
The historic "Seven Passes" route between George and Knysna includes the Black River Pass or 'Swartrivier Pass' or in it's original format "Zwartrivierhoogte Pass"- a modern, tar road with smooth, sweeping bends making this pass seem almost effortless as it runs from the main road in George past the imposing Garden Route Dam wall to cross over the Swart River and quickly rise up to the neck at Saasveld via a big S-bend. The pass was first used circa 1853.
Old Cape Road
Knysna   (c. 2 km)
Tar & Gravel: 6.5 km
WWW 2014
The Old Cape Road is located just to the north of Knysna and traverses the line of hills above the town through indigenous as well as pine and bluegum plantations. The 6.5 km long road is generally on a level gradient, with the exception of the western ascent, which is very steep. Although the average gradients are a comfortable 1:21, the climb up past Simola Golf Estate is as steep as 1:5.
Gouna Pass
Simola   (c. 7 km)
Gravel: 4.18 km
WWW 2015
The Gouna Pass is a gravel road branching off the Old Cape Road close to the Simola Golf Estate. It is a spectacular drive through dense indigenous forests and amber, tumbling rivers. It is also known as Kom se pad pass. Despite the easy numbers of the average gradient at 1;30, many parts of this pass range between 1:5 and 1:8. The Gouna Pass leads to the Gouna Forestry Station and also joins Kom se Pad traverse at that point, allowing a complete circular drive starting and ending in Knysna.
Kom se Pad
Gouna   (c. 15 km)
Gravel: 11.9 km
WWW 2015
This beautiful drive through the lush indigenous forests of the mountains north of Knysna, takes about an hour, as it winds its way between Gouna in the west and Diepwalle in the east. This is one of the best publicly accessible roads in deep indigenous forests where one doesn't require to be in a 4WD vehicle. The summit is reached a few kilometres after the western start which provides open views of the forest draped mountains.
Prince Alfreds Pass
Concordia   (c. 6 km)
Gravel: 67.4 km
WWW 2015
The Prince Alfreds Pass on the R339 gravel road between Knysna and Uniondale is probably Thomas Bain's greatest work. Not only was this an extremely long pass, but it also presented almost every possible technical obstacle to the pass-builders. At 68 km it is the longest mountain pass in South Africa by a considerable margin, as well as being the second oldest unaltered pass still in use. The video footage focuses on the northern section starting at Avontuur and ending at the Buffelsnek Forestry Station, but the full pass starts at Avontuur and ends at the junction with the N2 just east of Knysna.
Paardekop Pass
Wittedrift   (c. 41 km)
Gravel: 16.0 km
WWW 2015
The Paardekop Pass delves a long way back into history and is recorded as far back as 1772 by the explorer, Thunberg in his journal. The original route was an elephant path which was later to become a bridle path, followed by the inevitable need for an ox-wagon route. It was considered to be one of the most dangerous passes in the colony in its day.
Brenton Pass
Knysna River   (c. 7 km)
Tar: 8.9 km
WWW 2015
This 9 km tarred road connects the seaside village of Brenton-on-Sea with the N2 at the main bridge over the Knysna Lagoon. The road is in good condition and offers a varienty of enchanting Garden Route views which include the eastern perspective of the lagoon from high above Belvidere Estate and a summit view westwards over Buffalo Bay (Buffelsbaai) with its 7 km long beach sweeping back away from Brenton on Sea towards Walker Point.
Keytersnek Pass
Knysna River   (c. 7 km)
Tar: 8.9 km
WWW 2015
This pass is short, steep and dangerous. It forms a fabulous section on the N2 in the Garden Route between Sedgefield and Knysna and brings the N2 lower in altitude by 166 vertical metres to end at the crossing of the Knysna River at 1m ASL. The views are of thickly forested hillsides with excellent views of the Knysna Lagoon once on the road bridge. The pass is named after the railway station of the same name, hidden amongst the trees just to the south of the summit.
Goukamma Pass
N2   (c. 16 km)
Tar: 4.9 km
WWW 2015
The Goukamma Pass traverses the lovely green valley fed by the perennial Goukamma River with the Ganzvlei farm taking centre stage in this fertile valley. The railway line overpasses the road at the river and this is followed by a long, steep ascent up the eastern side of the valley with gradients up to 1:11. The scenery is fabulous as this is in the very heart of the Garden Route with forest and heather clad green hills topped off with tall pine forests and onyx coloured rivers.
Ganzvlei Pass
Goukamma River   (c. 12 km)
Gravel: 1.55 km
WWW 2015
This short, rough gravel road winds its way up the slopes of the Goukamma River Valley just to the north of the N2 between Knysna and Sedgefield. The pass offers great views over the Ganzvlei farm, after which it is named, where it nestles on the green banks of the Goukamma River.
Platbank Pass
Groenvlei   (c. 25 km)
Gravel: 0.67 km
WWW 2015
At 670m this is one of the shortest passes on our database, but this little pass has plenty to offer the traveller. In that short distance are dense coastal forests, steep descents, a gravel surface, some water diversons, nine corners of which two are very sharp as well as fabulous views over the Indian Ocean at the Goukamma Nature Reserve's Platbank Beach.
Barrington Pass
Groenvlei   (c. 20 km)
Tar: 5.67 km
WWW 2014
This is a good quality, well engineered tarred road that starts in the north at the T-Junction with the 7 Passes Road close to the tiny hamlet of Barrington. It traverses an upper coastal plateau which is covered in forests and green pastures - perfectly suited to dairy farming. The road descends rapidly though a series of bends and one 180 degree horseshoe bend, to end just over 5 km later, at the intersection at Ruigtevlei.
Ruigtevlei Pass
Groenvlei   (c. 20 km)
Gravel: 3.36 km
WWW 2015
This short pass makes up for its lack of length in providing magnificent scenery of lakes, rivers, gorges and ravines amongst dense indigenous forests and pine plantations on the higher mountain slopes. It is one of several access roads between the N2 highway and the ever popular Old Cape Road or 7 Passes Road. This one is a gem and not used by many vehicles, so it's usually peaceful and quiet as its a sort of "road to nowhere". With two good tarred roads duplicating the purpose of this gravel pass, the majority of heavy traffic opts (as usual) for the tar. This leaves the Ruigtevlei Pass in peace and quiet.
Sedgefield Mountain Road
Sedgefield   (c. 24 km)
Gravel: 7.44 km
WWW 2015
This lovely gravel road traverses the mountain ridge immediately to the north of Sedgefield in the heart of the Garden Route. The 7,55 km long drive offers a wide variety of scenery including lakes, estuaries, indigenous forests and mountains, plus a birds eye view of Sedgefield itself. The careful observer might spot one of the resident fish eagles soaring the ridges.
Swartvleihoogte Pass
Sedgefield   (c. 30 km)
Tar: 5.3 km
WWW 2015
An easy tarred pass on the N2 between Wilderness in the west and Sedgefield in the east, offering sweeping views over Swartvlei - a large semi-saline lake forming one of the many lakes in this region with the typical transparent onyx colour. The pass is 5,4 km long and descends 115m to cross the estuary via a low level bridge at sea level.
Rondevlei Pass
Rondevlei   (c. 36 km)
Gravel: 1.75 km
WWW 2015
A short and very steep gravel pass that connects the tiny settlement of Rondevlei on the shores of the Bo-Langvlei in the Garden Route's Lake District with the upper coastal plateau dairy farming region and the 7 Passes Road near Bergplaas and Beervlei forestry sectors. The pass is almost always corrugated and suffers damage quickly from heavy rain due its steep gradient. It provides attractive views of the lakes in the Garden Route National Park.
Hoekwil Pass
Wilderness   (c. 46 km)
Tar: 2.61 km
WWW 2014
The Hoekwil Pass is a short, steep pass connecting the mountain-top village of Hoekwil with the coastal village of Wilderness. The well designed, tarred road carries a fair amount of traffic and services both the village of Hoekwil, as well as local forestry areas and farms. Views from the pass are quite magical, revealing first the blue waters of the Indian Ocean at Wilderness with its surf-washed white beach, then the valley filled with rivers and lakes.
White's Road
Wilderness   (c. 47 km)
Tar & Gravel: 5.61 km
WWW 2013
"White's Road" meanders gently up Wilderness Heights - a quiet, country road where Welsh ponies on the local stud farm add to the almost English charm. This lovely drive is also popular with cyclists and walkers.
Heights Road
Wilderness   (c. 47 km)
Tar : 5.61 km
WWW 2014
Heights Road (also known as Hoogte Road) is a short and very steep, narrow tarred road connecting the holiday village of Wilderness with the farms and residences on top of the hill known as Wilderness Heights. It is the preferred, quicker route for locals over the much longer, gravel surfaced Whites Road.
Kaaiman's River Pass
Wilderness   (c. 48 km)
Tar : 5.92 km
WWW 2015
The Kaaiman's River Pass boasts several records. Although a fairly short pass in terms of distance, the curves are extremely sharp and the gradient is steep. The pass connects George in the west with Wilderness in the east and traverses magnificent scenery with steep mountainsides, where the amber coloured waters of the Kaaimans River are crossed via the first curved bridge built in South Africa in 1952. The pass provides perfect views of the famous rail bridge at the mouth of the estuary and plays host to Dolphin Point - a perennial favourite with tourists offering 270 degree views including one of the best panoramas of Widerness beach.
Montagu Pass
George   (c. 64 km)
Gravel : 7.65 km
WWW 2017
This was the first road between George and Oudtshoorn. The Montagu Pass was opened in 1848, having taken 3 years to build by some 250 convicts at a cost of 36,000 Pounds Sterling. It lays claim to being the oldest, unaltered pass still in use in South Africa and covers 7,4 kms of magnificently scenic narrow, gravel road driving, ascending to the tiny hamlet of Herold, on the northern side of the Outeniqua Mountains.
Outeniqua Pass
George   (c. 64 km)
Tar : 12.5 km
WWW 2017
The Outeniqua Pass is a relatively modern pass connecting the coastal town of George with Oudtshoorn and the Little Karoo. It was first built in 1951 to provide an alternative to the Montagu Pass. It has been widened and modernized several times since then and today carries the bulk of the traffic flow between the two towns and the Langkloof. Rockfalls and trucking accidents close the pass from time to time. The higher reaches of the pass are subject to heavy rainfall and dense mountain mists which can reduce visibility to a few metres.
Grootrivier Pass
Nature's Valley   (c. 58 km)
Tar: 7.4 km
WWW 2015
The Grootrivier Pass - (on route R102) played a significant role in the economic developement of the Cape Colony and was originally built by Thomas Bain between 1822 and 1823. Together with it's sister pass, the Bloukrans Pass, they presented some highly technical problems to Bain, who had to contend with rockslides, mud, high rainfall, shale, unstable slopes and the omnipresent baboons. This pass is a perennial favourite and a joy to drive with its tortuous corners and stunning scenery amongst veryold forests of the Tsitsikamma.
Bloukrans Pass
Bloukransrivier   (c. 69 km)
Tar: 6.57 km
WWW 2015
Master pass-builder, Thomas Bain, relished the challenge of planning a route through both of the formidable obstacles of the Grootrivier and Bloukrans gorges within the Tsitsikamma Forests, when the government first started considering a coastal road between Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay in the 1880's. The Bloukrans Pass is one of the most revered and respected passes in South Africa. It is a sad indictment that this road has been allowed to degenerate into such a state of disrepair that it has now been declared closed to traffic.
Storms River Pass
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
Gravel: 6.28 km
WWW 2013
This was the first of the series of classic Garden Route/Tsitsikamma passes to be built by Thomas Bain in the late 1800's. The pass bears all of Bain's hallmark features, with sweeping curves and high retaining walls, whilst still retaining a reasonable gradient for wagon traffic - in this case 1:15. Today the pass falls wholly under the jurisdiction of the National parks Board and no vehicles are allowed to drive the pass. the good news is that you can walk it or cycle it.

Live Music   (11)

The following venues are known to have live music on more than just the odd occassion.
It is not practible for us to keep track of who is performing when, so please check with the venues for latest information.
Vinyl On Main
Main Road, Knysna   (c. 1 km)
081 544 4004 WWW
Bloo Bistro
Memorial Square   (c. 1 km)
082 923 1185
Woodmill Lane
Woodmill Lane   (c. 1 km)
WWW
The Drydock Food Company
Waterfront   (c. 2 km)
044 382 7310
Mitchell's Brewery
10 New Street, Knysna   (c. 2 km)
044 382 4685
Sirocco
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 4874
Tapas & Oysters
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 7196
Red Bridge Brewing Co
5 Noble Street, Industria   (c. 4 km)
083 671 9399
Friday Supper and Craft Market
Montessori School, Welbedacht   (c. 4 km)
Blend Country Restaurant and Pub
George Rex Drive, Knysna   (c. 5 km)
044 384 0493
Tottie's Farm Kitchen
Rheenendal   (c. 21 km)
044 389 0092

National Parks   (1)

Garden Route National Park
WWW 2012
Along the South Coast of South Africa lies one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world, home to the Garden Route National Park. A mosaic of ecosystems, it encompasses the world renowned Tsitsikamma and Wilderness sections, the Knysna Lake section, a variety of mountain catchment, Southern Cape indigenous forest and associated Fynbos areas. These areas resemble a montage of landscapes and seascapes, from ocean to mountain areas, and are renowned for its diverse natural and cultural heritage resources. Managed by South African National Parks, it hosts a variety of accommodation options, activities and places of interest. A jewel in South Africa’s crown, the Park is a prime example of the country’s unique fauna and flora and will offer unforgettable views and life-long memories.
Knysna Lakes
044 302 5600 WWW
The Knysna Forest is world famous for its magical beauty, dark and mystical recesses and giant Outeniqua Yellowwoods, some of which are almost a thousand years old. It has achieved a mythical and permanent place in South African literature through the works of writer Dalene Matthee who has found inspiration for numerous novels in the heart of the forest.
Wilderness
044 877 0046 WWW
In the heart of South Africa's famous Garden Route, a captivating world of lakes, rivers, estuaries and beaches gently unfolds against a backdrop of lush forest and lofty mountains – all elements that characterise the Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park. The Wilderness Section of the Garden Route National Park stretches from the Touw River mouth to the Swartvlei estuary and beyond, where it links with the Goukamma Nature Reserve, giving welcome protection to five lakes and the Serpentine, which is the winding strip of water joining Island Lake to the Touw River at the Ebb & Flow Rest Camp.
Natures Valley
044 531 6700 WWW
The Nature's Valley Rest Camp in the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park is situated in the De Vasselot on the banks of the Groot River, about 30km from the town of Plettenberg Bay and about 40km from Storms River Rest Camp (Tsitsikamma Section). This camp is a bird watchers' and hikers' paradise with a variety of trails to choose from.
Tsitsikamma
042 281 1607 WWW
Where the booming breakers of the Indian Ocean relentlessly pound rocky shores, where temperate high forest and fynbos roll down to the sea in an unspoilt verdant carpet, where ancient rivers carve their paths to the ocean down rocky ravines. This, "the place of much water", is the Tsitsikamma Section of the Garden Route National Park. The heartland of the park stretches some 5km to sea, protecting a wonderland of inter-tidal life, reef and deep-sea fish. Dolphins frolic in the breakers, surfing and playing for the sheer joy of life, and the gentle giant of the ocean, the southern right whale visits here, coming inshore to breed.

Nature Reserves   (8)

Pledge™ Nature Reserve
Upper Central   (c. 1 km)
044 382 3712 WWW
Pledge Nature Reserve was declared in terms of a Provincial Government Gazette Notice of 11 October 1991 a Local Nature Reserve and covers approximately 10ha and is administered by the Pledge Nature Reserve Trust. Without doubt for those who can, it is well worth following the meandering trails along the streams to the Reserve’s highest point, where the view over the town and across the water to the distant Knysna Heads is the ultimate reward. Our very popular full-moon walks to this viewpoint, adds an unusual dimension to this experience.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
Featherbed Ferry Terminus   (c. 1 km)
044 382 1693 WWW
Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides. This 4hour excursion departs daily and reservations are essential. It is a wonderful outing for all ages and fitness levels.
Steenbok Nature Reserve
Leisure Island   (c. 7 km)
083 754 5390 WWW
Steenbok Nature Park and Kingfisher Creek lie on the northern shores of Leisure Isle in the beautiful town of Knysna. These small but precious areas of water-edged nature have a wealth of flora and fauna, and an abundance of tranquility. In a joint initiative by the Leisure Island Residents Association and the Knysna Municipality, these two areas have been combined to form one stretch of natural parkland, called Steenbok Nature Reserve. Whilst SNR is correctly described as a nature reserve (i.e. land managed so as to preserve its flora, fauna, physical features, etc) it is not solely representative of local historical indigenous flora.
Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve
Brenton-on-Sea   (c. 15 km)
WWW 2017
The Brenton Blue Butterfly Reserve is home to one of the rarest butterfiles in the world. The Reserve effectively came into being in early 1998, and was proclaimed as South Africa's only Special Nature Reserve on 4th July 2003. The site extends over approximately 2ha and contains a mixture of coastal fynbos and coastal forest. The Brenton Blue shares its home with a wide variety of other insects, as well as mammal and bird species.
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Currently closed due to the Knysna Fires in June 2017
"CapeNature" information
Buffalo Bay   (c. 18 km)
Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area is situated on the Cape south coast’s scenic Garden Route, lying approximately 40km east of George and 25km west of Knysna. The Reserve covers an area of about 2500ha, while the Marine Protected Area extends along approximately 18km of coastline from Buffalo Bay towards Sedgefield, and one nautical mile (1,85 km) out to sea. Goukamma highlights include an extensive dune field with some of the highest vegetated dunes in South Africa and the unique Groenvlei lake which has no inflowing rivers and only an underground link to the sea.
Robberg Nature Reserve
"CapeNature" information
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 37 km)
Robberg, situated 8km south of Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route, is not only a nature reserve, but also a national monument. Rocks from this region date back 120 million years to the break-up of Gondwanaland and evidence of middle and later Stone Age inhabitation has been found in a few of the caves along the peninsula. The reserve also extends 1.8km offshore, providing protection to a range of vulnerable fish species. Visitors can expect inspiring landscapes, exciting dolphin and whale sightings in season, and to be accompanied on their walks or hikes by a variety of bird species and the occasional seal.
Keurbooms River Nature Reserve
"CapeNature" information
Keurboomstrand   (c. 38 km)
Keurbooms River Nature Reserve is an exquisite, small reserve of just 740 hectares located in the lush Garden Route region just outside Plettenberg Bay. The Keurbooms River passes through the reserve bringing an abundance of water from further up in the Tsitsikamma Mountains to enter the ocean through the stunning estuary. Promising an undiluted nature experience of indigenous forests, unspoilt river gorge, and protected kloofs, this reserve is a favourite destination for both local and international travellers.
Outeniqua Nature Reserve
"CapeNature" information
George   (c. 66 km)
Spanning 38 000 hectares, the reserve encompasses the mountain ranges that fall between the coast and the semi-arid Klein Karoo. The primary attraction here is the opportunity to traverse the five mountain passes that fall within the reserve and explore the area’s rich diversity on the walking and hiking trails. The name Outeniqua is believed to mean “those who bear honey” and is ascribed to the San and Khoi people who once inhabited the mountains. Their rock paintings are found throughout the reserve, depicting animals, hunters and honeycombs.

Oyster Tours / Experiences   (1)

Knysna Charters
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
082 892 0469 WWW 2011
Learn all there is to know about one of the world's most loved delicacy, taste the difference between wild and cultivated oysters, all whilst cruising the lagoon to the Heads and surrounds. Cruise includes an oyster educational experience, a glass of white wine, and half a dozen fresh oysters per person.
For those slightly less adventurous and not keen on a boat cruise, (or those just simply too tight for time) but would still love to learn and ... deep breath ... taste an oyster, then the Oyster Experience is just for you!This is a hands on, indoor (and so all-weather), oyster demonstration, where you learn all about this famous delicacy, have a go at "shucking" or opening an oyster and tasting the difference between the wild and cultivated varieties.

Paragliding   (3)

FlyTime Paragliding
www.flytimeparagliding.com
Sedgefield   (c. 31 km)
FlyTime offers tandem flights, introduction and full license courses, motorized trike flights, tours, accommodation, equipment sales and rentals. Based in the coastal town Sedgefield, located between Wilderness and Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route, at one of the top spots in the World for Paragliding. FlyTime has the most experienced instructors and pilots in South Africa available. With our passionate team of 4 professional full time instructors, we are able to cater for single individuals, families and big groups. Find out why birds sing!
Dolphin Paragliding
www.dolphinparagliding.co.za
Wilderness   (c. 41 km)
Looking for Quality paragliding in South Africa including courses and breath-taking tandem flights ? Join us for limitless adventure in the skies of South Africa’s Garden Route and experience the majestic views from our sites in Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg bay, Mossel bay and George. Based in the heart of the Garden Route South Africa , Dolphin Paragliding is, in a nut shell, the bee's knees in paragliding, with an excellent safety record we offer tandem flights, courses, gear sales, tours, accommodation, as well as guiding and equipment rental to ensure only the best flights.
Cloudbase Paragliding
www.cloudbase.co.za
Wilderness   (c. 41 km)
Cloudbase Paragliding offers tandem flights, paragliding tuition, license courses, powered paragliding tuition, accommodation, tours, and equipment sales and rental. There are 24 flying sites within an hour’s drive. These range from easy coastal soaring to cross country thermals. Jan Minnaar and Khobi Bowden apply their extensive local and international knowledge to enable you to fulfill your dreams in this on-going skill development sport.

Photography Tours / Courses   (3)

Fleming Photographic
Grey Street   (c. 1 km)
083 260 2537 WWW
Ian Fleming has 50 years of experience in the professional photographic industry, courses have been running in Knysna since 2008. So whether you want to tell a story, sell a product or just capture the beauty around you, photography is essential for fulfilling your creative vision. You will be taken on outings where you will learn how to take photos in different settings and with different subjects.
Local View Photography Tours
Thesen Island Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
076 840 7730 WWW
Local View photography tours was born from a love of our area's beauty, and the intent to share this with as many people as possible. We would love to take you on a journey to some of the most picturesque spots, often slightly off the beaten path, and hidden away. During this journey you can learn more about the area's history, and charming personalities - both past and present.
Knysna Photo Tours
 
082 452 2795 WWW
Capture priceless memories of one of the most incredible towns along the Garden Route and in fact, in all of South Africa. With a great variety of options to choose from, step out and see Knysna and surrounds through a lens. This all with the expert guidance of qualified Tour Guides, Knysna Tourism Ambassador and Registered Photographic Professional. We cater for all levels of photographers.

Picnic Spots   (9)

Cathy Park
 
George Rex Drive   (c. 3 km)
 
Green Hole
"Leisure Isle" information
Leisure Isle   (c. 7 km)
This is the only public park on Leisure Island, with proper facilities in place. Swimming in the river and sea. No camping, alcohol or loud music allowed. Fires only in designated areas. Hours : 08H00 - 21H00. Public toilets and 2 outside showers. 10 built braai facilities, with shelters.
Coney Glen
 
The Heads   (c. 8 km)
 
Ysterhoutrug
 
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 21 km)
 
King Edward VII
 
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 22 km)
 
Velbroeksdraai
 
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 25 km)
 
Krisjen-se-Nek
 
Goudveld Forest   (c. 25 km)
 
Jubilee Creek
 
Goudveld Forest   (c. 28 km)
 
Valley of Ferns
 
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 31 km)
 

Puzzle Parks   (1)

Plett Puzzle Park
The Crags   (c. 45 km)
044 534 8853 WWW
Plettenberg Bay now has a fabulous new and unique attraction, the Plett Puzzle Park. It features the first amazing life size 3-D Maze in South Africa, as well as an exciting Forest Puzzle Walk which meanders through the natural forest, and a fun Rope Maze for the kids. This is a place for visitors of all ages to exercise their bodies and minds in an entertaining, educational and affordable way – no more boring days when not on the beach! Light refreshments are available in a lovely garden setting, and the Puzzle Gift Shop has games and puzzles for all ages.

Quad Bikes   (4)

WildX Adventures
www.wildxplett.co.za
Harkerville   (c. 20 km)
Get ready for Adventure, Fun and Adrenaline pumping rides with WildX Quad Bike Rides. Our unique guided nature ride twists and winds through sand and bush and travel up and down hills. The Bikes are easy to ride and fully automatic so even if it’s your first time on a Quad it will not be a problem as our friendly and efficient staff will show you how it’s done in only a few minutes. Kiddies are very welcome and may ride pillon with Adults. The older kids ride their own Bikes under the watchful supervision of our trained guides.
Southern Comfort Western Horse Ranch
www.schranch.co.za
Harkerville   (c. 21 km)
Quads bike rides are on a guided trail and can be quite challenging with ups and downs, as well as sharp turns although there are some nice straights as well. The quads supplied by us are 250cc quads. Although Quad rides are done any time of the day it is better to make a booking. Beginners, as well as experienced riders are welcome. No under 15 years are allowed to drive quads on their own (exception made if the child have its own motorbike or quadbike).
WildX Adventures
www.wildxwilderness.co.za
Wilderness   (c. 46 km)
Our unique Guided Quad Bike Bush ride twists and winds through sand and bush and travel up and down hills. Quad Bikes are fully automatic and easy to ride, so even if it’s your first time it will not be a problem as our friendly and efficient staff will show you how it’s done in inly a few minutes. Kiddies are very welcome and may ride pillon with adults. The older kids can ride their own Bikes under the watchful supervision of our trained Guides. Rides are available every hour on the hour. It does not matter whether you are young or old, a novice or an expert driver, we’ve got the ideal tour for you.
Tsitsikamma Adventure Land
Tsitsikamma   (c. 105 km)
079 532 3383 2017
Tsitsikamma Adventure Land offers what we believe are the most exciting adventurous activities and the only quadbike tours in Tsitsikamma, we give our guests an experience well worth coming back for, we do this by treating our guests as friends, making them feel safe and at home while enjoying the best views of the Tsitsikamma on quad bike guided by our amazing guides. We guarantee a true Adventure that will never be forgotten.

Sandboarding   (2)

Dune Adventures
Brenton-on-Sea   (c. 16 km)
072 474 0210 WWW
Sandboard down the Knysna sand dunes for fun filled day for the whole family. Experience a day of adventure at the beach sliding down dunes on sand boards. Get expert instruction by our guides to coach you from beginner to thrill seeker in no time at all. An activity to generate a thrill for a lifetime. The dunes are are a medium size which is perfect for a three hour trip with plenty of features to make things interesting. Well known among expert sandboarders as the one of the best dunes in SA for sand quality, ease of riding and fun.
Dragon Dune
Mossel Bay   (c. 101 km)
082 971 1405 WWW 2015
Welcome to the world-famous 'Dragon Dune' - the biggest and longest sandboard ride in South Africa. Situated on private land, this 'beast' provides the ultimate ride on sand, similar to snowboarding. We cater for everyone, corporates, oil sheikhs, beach-bums, school groups, skiers, teambuilding, tour operators and everyone in between. Although it’s the biggest dune in South Africa, the focus is on having FUN! We cater for all age groups, beginners and Pro’s. If you don’t feel confident enough to stand up on your board, you can also sit down or enjoy a belly board ride.

Mountain Scooters   (1)

Scootours Knysna
Knysna  
079 148 3751 WWW 2015
A unique and true forest experience. Enjoy an exhilarating downhill on the Monster Mountain Scooter, descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and single track. A scenic minibus ride takes you into the heart of the forest to the best hills to start your descent in the Garden Route National Park. All of this while on the lookout for the our local wild life, the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck and wild boar. Scooters are non motorized making this eco friendly. These Swiss designed scooters are used in the Alps during the summer season on the ski slopes when the snow is gone. All trips are guided by professional qualified guides. All scooters can handle one adult with a child passenger.

Scuba Diving   (2)

Pro Dive
www.prodive.co.za
Beacon Isle, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
Pro Dive is a 5 Star National Geographic Dive Centre offering shore dives right from the Hotel’s exclusive beach, boat dives to some spectacular sites and effortless scuba introductions and training on site.
Untouched Adventures
"Untouched Adventures" website
Storms River Mouth   (c. 98 km)
The Tsitsikamma National Park is a marine protected area filled with an abundance of marine life. No matter what your scuba experience level, newbie or pro – you can choose between taking a guided dive, by shore-entry or boat, rent all the gear you need or take a half day Discover Scuba Course and learn to dive in one day! Scuba diving in Storms River is a real treat! The shore entries are max depth of 12m, and you will see lots of colourful soft corals, sea anemone’s, nudibranch’s as well as a variety of fish species from Red Romans to Blacktails, Stingrays and Sandsharks, and for the lucky divers, our shy raggies.

Swimming / Diving with Seals   (2)

Offshore Adventures
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34km)
082 829 0809 WWW 2013
We depart from central beach, where you step aboard “Robberg Express” for an exciting beach launch. From there we make our way towards Robberg Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area, home to approximately 6000 Cape Fur Seals. Here you hop into the water, accompanied by a qualified divemaster, to enjoy 30 minutes of amazing animal interaction among bundles of playful inquisitive fur seals. The ultimate wild animal encounter in their natural environment, without having to alter their behaviour.
Pro Dive
Beacon Isle, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34km)
044 533 1158 WWW 2013
This is bound to be one of your most exciting interactions with marine animals ever! The Seal Colony is found on the Robberg Peninsula and is only a 10 minute boat ride from the dive centre. It is a shallow dive (4-6m) and is suitable for all divers. Not qualified? Join us for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving course, which includes a lecture, pool session & seal dive (only takes one day) !

Segway Tours   (4)

Knysna Segway Tours
Mitchell's Tap Room   (c. 2 km)
084 358 5577 WWW
Enjoy a quirky guided tour of Knysna's beautiful scenery while you excercise & use your body to move a Segway Personal Transporter. We offer 1 Hour Guided Lake-Side Segway Tours of over 1,2km on paved paths ways with stunning views of the Greater Knysna area. The tour follows the winding paved pathways to George Rex Drive with views on the Estuary and indigenous bird-life, a fun and easy way to really experience the beauty of Knysna.
Segway Sedgfield
Mosaic Market, Sedgefield   (c. 28 km)
084 358 5577 2018
The 2 km course leaves from the Mosaic Market, outside the Slow Roasted Coffee Shop and Roastery and heads first to Sedgefield Island, a conservatory for the local tortoises, where the tortoise sets the pace, and then to the banks of the Sedgefield Estuary at Kingfisher Park. Personal Transporter - it’s fun and easy to ride as well as being a good way to exercise your upper body.
Wilderness Segway Tours
Wilderness   (c. 45 km)
081 796 9946 WWW 2016
The Wilderness Segway tours operates within the Ebb and Flow National Park which forms part of the Gardenroute National Park - Wilderness section of SANParks. Stunning views of local indigenous Fynbos and also of the Touws River that flows through the Park. Included in the 1 hour Segway tour is a 15-20 minute training session on our training course as part of your 1 hour Segway experience. After the training we take a journey through on the Kingfisher Trail where you will marvel at the fynbos and Wetlands surrounding you. A small access fee is applicable to enter the park, so spend the day here by bringing a picnic lunch and enjoy time swimming in the river next to our office at the day visitors area of the park.
Tsitsikamma Segway Tours
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
081 320 3977 WWW 2013
Included in the 1 hour Segway tour is a 15-20 minute training session on our training course as part of your 1 hour Segway experience. After the training we take a journey through the quaint Stormsriver Village and follow one of a selection of routes among cool pine forest, indigenous forest, or even explore the historical Witteklip bridge or the local township. If you are up for more, join us on the 2 hour tour we take a journey through the quaint Stormsriver Village, and into the cool pine forests. We enter the ancient indigenous Tsitsikamma Forests along the paths to the famous and majestic 1000 year old Tsitsikamma BIG Tree and back to the village.

Diving with Sharks / Shark Cage Diving   (2)

Offshore Adventures
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
082 829 0809 WWW
Come free-dive with the amazing Blue and Mako sharks near Robberg Island outside Plettenbergbay. Our experienced dive masters will take you on a guided tour where you get to safely interact with Blue and Mako sharks. Naturally curious they are amazing creatures and not all dangerous to humans. Offshore Adventures will provide all the necessary equipment and a qualified dive master will be present at all times to ensure maximum enjoyment in a safe environment.
White Shark Africa
Mossel Bay   (c. 107 km)
044 691 3796 WWW 2015
Great White Sharks have always fascinated humans for various reasons. If you are one of those ... who would like to come just that little bit closer, to experience the Great White Shark in its natural environment above or under water or perhaps just learn a bit more about them and us. You have come to the right place. White Shark Africa staff have a proud history in white shark research, conservation and education so you can be sure that we have a passion and love for these animals and their environment. Our Diving and Viewing trips are wonderfully educational, enriching both mind and soul. Mossel Bay is without a doubt one of the best White Shark sites in the World, albeit one of the lesser known.

Skydiving   (2)

Skydive Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay Airport   (c. 34 km)
082 905 7440 WWW 2013
Live life to the full! Experience free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. Start the experience with a short briefing. Then enjoy a 20 minute plane flight to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. Now the leisurely, scenic plane flight stops and the adrenaline starts to pump as you exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH! Once the canopy opens, your instructor will glide you down for a safe landing.
Skydive Mossel Bay
Mossel Bay Aerodrome   (c. 107 km)
044 695 1771 WWW 2016
A Tandem Skydive at Skydive Mossel Bay is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime! Not only will you enjoy all of the thrill and excitement of freefalling on your very first jump, but you’ll also be taking an exhilarating scenic flight over the Mossel Bay area with an eagles view of the Indian Ocean, Outeniqua mountains and beautiful beaches!

Snorkelling   (2)

Trip Out Adventures
The protected reserves along the Garden Route are havens for aquatic life and depending on the season many juvenile tropical fish follow the warm Mozambique current all the way down to our little piece of paradise. Our beautiful snorkeling tour is a memorable way to explore this fishy playground with breathtaking views of the Knysna Heads as you drift peacefully over the sunken frame of the Paquita, a German vessel that sank on the East side of the Knysna Heads in 1903. When conditions allow we are also able to explore the beautiful tidal pools at Buffalo Bay. Both are ideal snorkeling locations for both beginner and experienced divers.
Untouched Adventures
"Untouched Adventures" website
Storms River Mouth   (c. 98 km)
Snorkel tidal pools or the Tsitsikamma National Park’s underwater trails. Imagine moving across the ocean’s surface, marvelling at the spectacular underwater world from above. Chase fish over the reefs, spot rays on the bed of the ocean and get away from the rush of the world by experiencing a day under the sea. Exploring this kind of splendour is truly possible and an ideal adventure for the whole family. Guided snorkel trips are available for groups, children and first time snorkelers.

Spas   (6)

Zen-Sense Day Spa
www.zensense.co.za
Westhill, Knysna   (c. 1 km)
Whether you live in Knysna, or if you are simply visiting the region, Zen-Sense Day Spa is an affordable, high-quality option for your skincare and body treatments, manicures, pedicure, facials and bridal packages. The owner of Zen-Sense Day Spa, trained at the International Academy of Health and Skincare, has over 18 years of experience in the beauty industry. We believe in providing the most professional yet friendly service possible, and pride ourselves on using the highest quality products while striving to deliver the best service possible. We go to just about any lengths to earn and keep your trust.
Le Spa Tranqille
www.lespa.co.za
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
Restore your well being by indulging in treatments on offer from vichy shower scrubs, massage, hot stone therapy, reflexology, body wraps, specialised Clarins and Guinot facials and bridal treats to OPI manicures and pedicures or surrender yourself to one of our Half day or Full day Packages on offer that will pamper you from head to toe. Relax on a lounger on the pool deck and soak up the view before and after a pampering treatment or unwind in a soothing Hydrotherapy Jet Bath or even an eucalyptus infused Sauna cabin before beginning treatments.
Amani Spa
www.amanispas.co.za
Thesen Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
Our spa at The Turbine Boutique Hotel and Spa offers a wide variety of body, facial and beauty treatments, an exotic mosaic-tiled rasul (spa room decorated in the style of a Turkish hammam), and a unique Massage Pedi Chair that will take traditional pedicures to a new level of pampering.
Tonquani Spa
www.tonquani.co.za
Tonquani Lodge & Spa, Knysna   (c. 4 km)
Treat yourself to an exclusive & intimate spa experience, ideal for couples & friends wanting to spend quality time together while being pampered. Our facilities include a dual treatment area, relaxation room, sauna, and a change room with a rain shower.
Simola Spa
www.simola.co.za
Simola Hotel, Country Club and Spa, Knysna   (c. 7 km)
Incorporated into the Hotel is the Simola Spa, where guests can indulge in specilaised body therapies and beauty treatments. Swim in our curved, glass-enclosed heated pool or work out in the gym whilst gazing out at the view. Our holistic focus is on balancing body, mind and spirit. We understand that by relieving stress, through the use of massage, one is able to focus - leaving you relaxed and energised to enjoy life and all the gifts it has to offer.
Pezula Spa & Gym
www.pezulaspa.com
Sparrebosch, Knysna   (c. 8 km)
Transport yourself to another world ... Pezula Spa & Gym is a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa in the natural elements and textures of its exquisite décor. Allow yourself to be taken up by the magic with each sublime treatment, orchestrated to take you through a sensory experience that creates a feeling of total relaxation and serenity. Our superb facilities include a gym, 12m heated indoor pool, sauna, steam room, rain forest shower, juice bar, nail bar, hair salon, nine therapy rooms and post-treatment room. Our aim is to create an atmosphere of peace and tranquility in a relaxed environment.

Stand Up Paddling   (3)

Tony Cook Adventures
082 783 8392 WWW 2015
We offer a SUP (Stand Up Paddle) school right on the Knysna Lagoon, on Leisure isle. Beginners can learn the art of Stand-up paddle Boarding in a protected shallow environment with Tony as your instructor, always on hand. As you progress we will take you for a lagoon tour, and weather permitting even venture right into the famous Knysna Heads. We also do SUP tours up the Knysna River into the old drift , where the paddler can experience true flat water river touring. The views, birdlife, and conditions in general are awesome for the whole family.
TripOut Adventures
083 306 3587 WWW
Knysna’s coastline is littered with adventure and extreme beauty and there is no better way to explore the scenic corners of the Knysna aquatic surrounds than from the deck of an SUP. Our excursions are packed full of adventure and sensory reward all while affording clients one of the most comprehensive low impact body workout around. We offer a number of guided tours ranging from a scenic paddle within and around Knysna’s famous Heads, tranquil flat water tours along either the Knysna or Goukamma Rivers or for the more adventurous an open ocean paddle in the surf at the beautiful seaside village of Buffalo Bay.
Ocean Odyssey
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0321 WWW
Explore the waterways of Thesen Island and the Knysna Estuary with the world’s fastest growing watersport, Stand-Up Paddling. Stand-Up Paddling, or SUP for short, is easy, fun and guaranteed to keep you fit whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery of our waterways & lagoon. The calm waters of Thesen Island are ideal for beginners and the many inlets and coves are perfect for the more adventurous or experience paddlers. Eight top quality boards and paddles are available for rent by the hour.

Surfing   (4)

Tony Cook Adventures
082 783 8392 WWW
If you want to learn to surf then look no further. We provide surf lessons at Buffalo Bay, only 20 minutes from Knysna. Tony will meet you at the beach with all the equipment for you to enjoy your first time in the water. We provide soft-top boards for the kids, and larger boards with more stability and volume for the adults. Tony will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable introduction into the world of surfing. We charge by the hour and recommend everyone has at least a two hour session to start with. Kids are welcome and we find that the kids are great at getting up and riding after only one lesson. From there on it’s up to you and all about time in the water!!
TripOut Adventures
083 306 3587 WWW
Buffalo Bay is a picturesque seaside village that is home to a variety of user-friendly surf breaks, ranging from gentle beach breaks and rolling reef breaks to easily accessible point breaks which offer the perfect platform for beginner to advance surfing lessons. Our experienced instructors will teach you the art of safely riding waves and lessons can be tailor made to suit your level. We aim to give students a solid surfing foundation through descriptive safety briefs, condition analysis, introduction to surf etiquette, equipment overview, ocean awareness and surf techniques based on level of experience all while ensuring plenty of fun is had by all. Our instructors are very experienced, passionate and ISA and SSA accredited.
Buffs Surf School
Buffalo Bay   (c. 21 km)
065 872 8979 WWW
Surfing Lessons at the Blue Flag beach in Buffalo Bay. This is the best place to learn to surf in South Africa as it has safe, consistent gentle waves. Our experienced instructors will fit you out with all the gear you need, wetsuits, boards etc. Bring your swim-suit, hat and sun lotion. You will be guided from the most basic steps to being able to stand up and surf. You will spend the day having surfing lessons, relaxing on the beach and practicing your newly learned skills, all under the guidance of our friendly instructors. We provide you with a surfboard, wetsuit, beach umbrella and a deck chair at NO EXTRA COST.
Surf in Plett
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
082 436 6410 WWW
Plettenberg Bay is one of the most beautiful surfing destinations on the Garden Route, with pristine beaches, clean, warm water and moderate swells providing some of the best beach breaks when travelling on the Garden Route We’ve got the surf gear you need! Surf in Plett offers wetsuit and surf rentals on a per day basis on Central Beach Plettenberg Bay.We can accommodate just about anyone. Come down on to Central Beach and we will fit you into a wetsuit that will keep you warm and comfortable, and pick out the proper surfboard or body board for your skill level and preferences. A knowledgeable guide is also available surf sessions.

10 Pin Bowling   (1)

1 on York
Mount View Resort & Lifestyle Village, George   (c. 64 km)
044 873 2232 WWW
Welcome to Let’s Go Bowling George, where our mission is “to create an environment which is conducive to fun and entertainment for the whole family at an affordable price”. We boast eight synthetic lanes, featuring Qubicaamf automatic scoring. Four of our lanes are equipped with “bumpers” ensuring that kidz get the maximum enjoyment. Moms and dads also have the option to drop the toddlers off at Kidz where our friendly staff will take care of them in a secure play environment with strict security arrangements.

Township Tours   (5)

Emzini Tours
082 338 6289 WWW 2011
A township tour with a personal touch! We welcome people from all countries of the world, and will give you an interesting, informative, personal, safe, township tour in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa. On the face of it, townships seem merely to be sprawling, chaotic zones overflowing with South Africa’s most disadvantaged citizens. This is to some extent true, but make a point to delve deeper and you will recognise that they are also places of great strength, courage, song and dance, survival, love and yes, happiness. Here, there are no high walls dividing neighbours, and people gather in the streets to live a life in communion. We at Emzini Tours will provide you with a glimpse of this reality, offering insight into the areas that people often shy away from.
Peggy's Township Tours
083 394 9026 WWW 2016
Peggy Dlephu is a proud African artist and accredited Tour Guide. In the true spirit of Ubuntu (human kindness) she is actively involved in community projects that enrich disadvantaged children with art. Visit the Knysna township meet and speak to the people. Have a chance to meet the arts and craft producers in the township and meet some inspiring creches and schools. Lovely time with the shop owners in the township. Refreshments provided after a tour.
Thole Tours
082 767 2401 WWW 2011
Hop on tour guide. Gerald Sigcu joins you in your vehicle from town center and takes you on a tour of Knysna's townships. He is a qualified tour guide and is registered with THETA (WC 6554) and the Knysna Tourism board. He has been offering township tours for the last 5 years and is fluent in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa, and can also speak some Zulu and Dutch. The tour helps to build up a relationship with tourists and the people of the community.
Wandu Tours and Stays
082 294 9063 WWW
Your tour guide, Mawande Kondlo (Reg No. WC 4852) was born and grew up in the township. He has created Wandu, a collection of experiences through which he will share intimate knowledge of township life. Wandu Tours put your convenience first, and will pick you up on your doorstep. Highlights include: a look into Township life; meet local residents & entrepreneurs; Township ‘Big 5' (not what you think!); local stories and legends; South African history; a visit to the kids at a ‘kasi school; great photographic opportunities; meet a traditional Xhosa Healer; optional lunch at Wandu; and much, much more..!
Rastafarian Cultural Tour
Judah Square   (c. 8 km)
076 649 1034 WWW
Experience the Rastafarian vibe, and learn more about there unique life philosophy. This community hosts the annual Rastafarian Earth Festival in July. The Judah Squae Rastafarian village was founded in 1993, and is the latgest Rastafarian community in South Africa. You can do a walking tour of the community and overnight in the Rastafarian community. The Rastafarian Cultural Tour celebrates the life of South Africa's largest Rasta community. Situated in a township just outside Knysna, there are more than 30 families of all nationalities living together quite happily and practising the traditions.

Trails / Walks   (20)

Sparrebosch Trail (Fisherman's Path)
Sparrebosch   (c. 8 km)
Distance: 5km, there-and-back - Difficulty: Moderate to hard
This is a beautiful short walk mere minutes from town, ideal for a afternoon stroll through the forest and fynbos down to the beach. This is a wonderful scenic route to walk. However, there are steep hills and descents and it is not recommended for the elderly. The path leads to a secluded bay with sea pebbles in the most beautiful hues. Two fresh water streams empty their contents into the sea here. Lookout for the 'boiling point' of the first one under a huge rock during low tide. Fishing and picnics are not permitted. Although the waterfall can be dry, it is spectacular in the rainy season. If you don't make too much noise you are bound to see bushbuck and numerous birds. The trail is well established and sign posted.
Terblanche Trail
Gouna   (c. 14 km)
Distance: 6.5km; circular (Moderate: 3-4 hours)
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The Terblans Walk in the Gouna Forest is a relatively short walk which was heavily exploited by woodcutters in the past. It starts and ends at the Grootdraai picnic site, ideal for a picnic before or after the hike. From the Grootdraai picnic site the trail heads into the forest sharing the path with the Outeniqua overnight trail - be sure to keep right at the fork and follow the bush pig signs. The picnic site at the end of the trail has beautiful picnic tables under the trees and there are toilets as well. On departing, hikers can drive back the same way, or continue with Kom-se-pad which joins the R339 between Uniondale and Knysna - a beautiful round trip of about 60km from Knysna. Excellent route for bird watching and has a beautiful rock pool to swim in.
Fisherman's Walk
Brenton-on-Sea   (c. 15 km)
2017
Fisherman's Walk is a romantic and scenic cliff top path where schools of dolphins and whales are often spotted. Whilst the majority of the pathway is fairly open with views of the sea, there are several sections that are cloaked in beautiful coastal thicket. A total of 18 benches have been strategically placed along the trail, which give an excuse to stop, sit, and soak in the scenery. There are also larger viewing decks, which serve as popular whale viewing platforms.
Garden of Eden
Harkerville   (c. 16 km)
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The Garden of Eden is situated right on the N2 between Knysna and Plett and serves as a great place to stretch your legs and freshen up in the cool, green forest. This is one of the most lush and beautiful parts of the Knysna forest and definitely a must-see when visiting the Garden Route. The major attraction is the forest itself; absolutely beautiful yellowwood trees, thick green foliage and fresh, trickling streams. A short walk follows over 1km of wooden boardwalks and bridges and is entirely wheelchair friendly. There are a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail, great for a picnic.
Perdekop Trail
Harkerville   (c. 17 km)
Distance: 9.5km; circular (Easy - moderate: 3-4 hours)
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This 9.5km circular walk starts and ends at the SANParks Harkerville Forest Office. The walk is relatively easy and can be completed at a leisurely pace in 3-4 hours. A majestic stand of Hard Pear trees (Olinia ventosa) can be found between the 2 and 3 km markers. These trees are known to be one of the fastest-growing trees under forest conditions, characterized by their reddish brown flaky bark and the strong smell of almonds in newly cut wood or crushed leaves. A wonderful natural swimming pool, below a waterfall and surrounded by a lush growth of ferns is situated along the route between the 5 and 6 km markers. This is a great place to stop, rest, and snack.
Buffalo Bay Trail
Buffalo Bay   (c. 20 km)
Trail distance: 4.2km - Estimated time: 2 hours
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This is a circular or open-ended trail that passes through the holiday town of Buffalo Bay, into the indigenous forest and along the coastline. With great sea views all along the trail, this is a popular route for whale watching from June to November each year.
Elephant Trails
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 23 km)
Distance: Black Route: 9km; circular (Easy: 3-4 hours)
Distance: White Route: 8km; circular (Moderate: 3-4 hours)
Distance: Red Route: 7km; circular (Moderate – difficult: 3-4 hours)
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The three trails are a scenic delight with clear streams and mysterious green beauty. They follow old woodcutter trails in some parts, taking the hiker past some stately old Outeniqua yellowwood trees. The White Elephant Trail has the most enticing rock pool where hikers can stop for a picnic or have a dip in summer. The Black Elephant Trail passes through both the Ysterhoutrug and King Edward VII picnic sites and the Red Elephant Trail crosses a little stream exactly halfway ideal for a lunch stop. Hikers can link the routes into one route of 18.2km which takes approximately 6 - 7 hours.
Drupkelders Trail
Rheenendal   (c. 24 km)
Distance: 3.6km, there-and-back - Difficulty: Moderate to hard
This is certainly one of Knysna's hidden gems. Although it is a relatively short walk, only 3.6km, the hills and descents are very steep. It is advised that you wear proper shoes, keep your flip-flops for the beach. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when you reach the Homtini River the rewards are satisfying and you will want to spend some time there. The waters of the river are very refreshing and is a great idea to take your swim wear for a dip in the summer. The depth of the big pool hasn't been established and diving is not recommended. Don't be so engrossed with the river and entertaining rock pools that you miss seeing the stalactites and stalagmites in the 'cellar'. Take your time to check out all the different shapes and colours of fungi on dead trees and listen to the birds.
Forest Flora Trail
Harkerville   (c. 25 km)
Distance: 1km; circular (Very easy: 20 - 30min)
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This very easy 1km walk is situated in the Harkerville Indigenous Forest between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, easily accessible from the N2 and starts and ends at the Kranshoek Picnic Site. This walk is ideal for young and old so take the kids and introduce them to the wonderful forest environment.
Kranshoek Fynbos Trail
Harkerville   (c. 25 km)
Distance: 1km; one way (Very Easy: 20 - 30 min)
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This walk is ideal for young and old so take the kids and introduce them to this wonderful fynbos environment. A breath taking fynbos trail which runs along the very edge of the deep valley.
Kranshoek Day Walk
Harkerville   (c. 25 km)
Distance: 9km; circular (Moderate – difficult: 4-5 hours)
WWW 2016
The trail starts at the Kranshoek picnic site at the top of a tall waterfall and winds its way through the lush forest down into the gorge through which the waterfall's stream flows. It follows this stream towards the coast and then heads along the coast before veering up the slopes toward the Kranshoek View Point. From the viewpoint hikers can either walk back to the picnic site via the 1km fynbos trail or along the dirt road which links the viewpoint and picnic site. The full walk is fairly tough and demands a descent and ascent of 200 metres. Good walking shoes are essential. Highlights include natural rock pools, pebble beaches and a coastal cave.
Circles In A Forest (Woodcutter Trail)
Goudveld Forest   (c. 25 km)
Distance: 9km; circular (Easy - Moderate: 3 hours)
Distance: 3km; circular (Easy - Moderate: 1.5 hours)
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A nine kilometre (three hour) walk starting and ending at the Krisjan-se-Nek Picnic Site. A section of this track follows an old mining path along the bank of Forest Creek. Some delightful swimming holes make the walk perfect for a summer's day.
Jubilee Creek Walk
Goudveld Forest   (c. 28 km)
Distance: 3.6km out and back (Easy)
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A short section of the Outeniqua Hiking Trail doubles as an interesting walk along a path that the miners used over one hundred years ago. The path follows the creek for approximately one kilometre passing numerous reminders of the mining activities of the 1880's .
Millwood Mining Walk
Goudveld Forest   (c. 30 km)
Distance: 5.6km circular (Moderate: 2 hours)
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Starting and ending at the Millwood Picnic Site, the route-marked walk covers a distance of 5.6 kilometres and can be comfortably walked within two hours. Wonderful views of the Millwood Nature Reserue can be had and the trail passes by a number of abandoned mining tunnels and shafts. Regrettably, virtually nothing remains of the village itself.
Gap Circuit
Robberg Nature Reserve   (c. 37 km)
Trail distance: 2.1km - Estimated time: 30 minutes
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The shortest and easiest route that heads straight into a mudstone cleft, which has evidence of the prehistoric break-up of Gondwanaland 120 million years ago. Do not stand near cliffs, particularly if the wind is very strong.
Witsand Circuit
Robberg Nature Reserve   (c. 37 km)
Trail distance: 5.5km - Estimated time: 2 hours
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The trail leads along the northern ridge of the peninsula and onto the wind-shadow of the climbing-falling dune, before heading down to the tombolo and boardwalk. Hikers will pass above the resident seal colony along the way and encounter a colony of kelp gulls at the end of the trail. Do not stand near cliffs, particularly if the wind is very strong.
Point Circuit
Robberg Nature Reserve   (c. 37 km)
Trail distance: 9.2km - Estimated time: 4 hours
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This is a fairly strenuous walk and not recommended for young children. The trail heads up the north ridge to the Point and then back along the southern rocky shoreline. A highlight is encountering the hundreds of gannets, cormorants and terns at the Point. Do not stand near cliffs, particularly if the wind is very strong.

Trampoline Park   (1)

Elevate Trampoline Park
George   (c. 62 km)
044 004 0017 WWW
Elevate is a 1700 m2 building housing a 600m2 Trampoline Park and an indoor Go-Kart Track. With more than 60 Trampolines and SODI Go-Karts, the fun never stops! Facilities include: good music, a foam pit, mini wall mountain climb, pay area for small kids (trampolines will only be for four years and older -this is NOT a kiddies' play park - the whole family should join in on the fun.), slam dunk hoops to show off your sleek trampoline basket ball routines, gladiator beam (beam fight over the foam pit).

Big Trees   (4)

King Edward VII Big Tree
Diepwalle Forest   (c. 23 km)
 
The Big Tree is a famous landmark and visitor attraction near the Diepwalle Forest Station. It was named after King Edward VII after a delegation of the British Parliamentary was treated to a traditional South African lunch at this location back in 1924. This giant Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) tree is more than 800 years old and is one of the few giant trees left after the unsustainable method of tree harvesting was stopped in 1939. It stands more than 40m tall with a bole circumference of 7m.
Dalene Mathee Big Tree
Goudveld Forest   (c. 25 km)
"Like a mighty king it stood towering above the white alder and mountain saffron, stinkwood, assegai and hard pear. As if god had planted it long before the others. Its giant root anchored it to the ground like giant arms." Dalene Matthee - Circles in a Forest - 1984.
The giant Outeniqua Yellowwood Tree at Krisjan-se-Nek was named after Dalene Matthee at the unveiling of the memorial. This tree is some 880 years old and 40 meters tall.
Woodville Big Tree
Woodville   (c. 47 km)
2015
Situated within the Wilderness National Park, this 31 m tall Outeniqua Yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) is one of several Yellowwoods in the Knysna and Tsitsikamma forests that qualifies for the title of 'Big Tree'. It is thought to be more than 800 years old and has a circumference of 9 m, providing a nice shady picnic spot.
Tsitsikamma Big Tree
N2 (Storms River Village)   (c. 92 km)
2016
Age: 1000 years
Height: 36.6 metres
Crown spread: 33 metres
Circumference: 8.5 metres

Tubing   (2)

Dune Adventures Paddle Tubing
Charlesford Farm, Phantom Pass   (c. 11 km)
072 474 0210 WWW
Experience South Africa's first ever Paddle Tubing adventure! Paddle tubing is a mini rafting expedition up the Knysna river, where few people have had the opportunity to explore. Unleash your inner adventurer,as you hike, paddle, navigate, swim and rock jump(optional). A great way to take in the south African sunshine!
Tsitsikamma Blackwater Tubing
N2 (Storms River Village)   (c. 93 km)
042 281 1757 WWW 2017
Tsitsikamma Black water Tubing, A.K.A. “Storms river Tubing” is a unique, five hour fun filled adventure, including tubi paddling nad balancing,swimming, tube tipping, nature walking, birding, rock jumping, Although similar to 'kloofing' it is dis-similar in that stormsriver tubing caters for the wild and the mild adventurer as all rock jumps are optioanl as are rapids on high water.. Blackwater Tubing is a unique adventure into an untouched presine rocky gorge in the heart of the Garden Route - The indigenous forest section of Tsitsikamma National Park.

Viewpoints   (8)

The Heads Viewpoint
Coney Glen Road   (c. 8 km)
The eastern head is easily accessible by car and has many spectacular viewpoints overlooking the channel, Indian Ocean, the Knysna Lagoon and estuary, and the Outeniqua Mountains. In fact, it was because of its excellent lookout that the National Sea Rescue Institute (Station 12, Knysna) chose to build its observation room here.
Margaret's Viewpoint
Brenton Road   (c. 10 km)
On the road to Brenton on Sea, Margaret's Viewpoint provides a majestic view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere Estate. Named after well known Knysna conservationist, Margaret Addinal, who persistently campaigned for the view point installation.
Brenton on Sea Viewpoint
Brenton Road   (c. 11 km)
Views from Brenton on Sea to Buffalo Bay, and maybe even some whales.
Kranshoek Viewpoint
Currently closed due to the Knysna Fires in June 2017
Harkerville   (c. 26 km)
One of the most beautiful spots on the southern Cape coast. Kranshoek offers the visitor dramatic cliff-top views of the coast at the edge of this majestic forest. From the Kranshoek viewpoint, numerous lovely rocky bays along the coastline can be seen. Enjoy the picnic area which has braai facilities plus a little stream where the kids can get their feet wet while searching for frogs and other interesting creatures. Enjoy the peaceful sound of the waterfall just a stone’s throw away and take a short refreshing walk in the forest close by.
Sedge View
Sedgefield   (c. 27 km)
Pack a picnic basket and head for Sedge View (also known as Cloud 9) near Sedgefield. The high vantage point offers spectacular views from Myoli Beach in the east all the way to Gericke's Point in the west. From here there is a lovely circular drive that follows the shoreline of Swartvlei.
Gericke's Point
Sedgefield   (c. 33 km)
At Gericke’s Point you can also see some of the highest fossil dunes in South Africa and there is a great 4km hike to the point and back. The point itself offers an amazing vantage point to gaze out at the endless horizon; find out when the whales have their new born calves, as this is a playground for new calves. The point is home to a resident school of Humpback dolphins so best keep your eyes open for this treat! During low tide the ocean sinks back to reveal the oceans creature hidden in the tidal pools and it is a great adventure for all to see what sea creatures are revealed when this blanket of water is removed. You will also find a number of larger pools which provide a bit of depth and are perfect for taking a dip or snorkelling, so don’t forget your goggles.
Spitskop
R339 (towards Uniondale)   (c. 38 km)
At 918 metres (3,011 ft.), Spitskop is the highest accessible peak in the district. An amazing vista in an awesome setting, this view point is a wonderful place to gain some perspective on things. On a sunny day, the three marvels of the Garden Route: Mossel Bay, The Knysna Heads and the Robberg Peninsula in Plett can be seen from the view point, an experience you will never forget. A very steep climb on gravel road leads up to the viewpoint bay so driving can be technical. Not for the faint of heart!
Map of Africa Viewpoint
Wilderness Heights   (c. 52 km)
The famous "Map of Africa" viewpoint at Wilderness Heights gives a breath-taking vista of the Kaaimans River valley. As the river winds and wends its way through the countryside, it makes the unmistakable outline of the African continent around the foot of the hill. One can only really appreciate this quirky feature when one views the river from above. The Map of Africa viewpoint allows visitors to get a bird’s eye perspective of this natural wonder.

Vineyards / Wine Tasting / Tours   (16)

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The Plett Wine & Bubbly Route took a huge step forward in late November 2013 when wine estate owners endorsed a Plett Tourism plan to develop a unique, wine and bubbly centred experience stretching from Harkerville to the Crags. The Plett Winelands already includes 18 wine estates. Bramon Estates produces some 80 000 bottles per annum and assists other estates with producing 100 000 bottles per annum. Most are producing Sauvignon Blanc and Bubbly. You can book to taste wine at most of the estates.
Plett Wine Tours

 
Plett Wine Tours provides experiences tailored to meet the needs of both wine connoisseurs and the occasional plonker. We offer an educational tour for the enthusiast with an interest in viticulture and the step-by-step process of creating wine to the lover of wine who enjoys a lase affair of wine tastings, good friends and un-paralleled scenic beauty. Whatever your passion, we have an experience for you. Our knowledgeable guides, combined with our luxurious, highest quality vehicles allow Plett Wine Tours to provide a selection of luxury wine tour packages.
Only You Wine Estates Tour
044 382 4718
 
Chauffeur-driven Mercedes S500 to and from your Hotel. Daily 4 Hour Coastal Wine Estate Tour escorted by our Sommelier for Tastings & Cellar visits. Have you ever drank IN THE CELLAR from the wine cask or had Lunch or light bites sitting in the vines overlooking the Outeniqua Mountains? Flexible Anytime Departures-maximum 4 pax. Why risk driving drunk?
Hog Hollow Carriage Trail
"Plett Tourism" information
The Crags   (c. 56 km)
Enjoy magnificent views over mountains, forest and farmland, whilst sipping local wine in the company of your fellow carriage riders. Our vintage 10-seater carriage is drawn by two beautiful Percherons and our guides will entertain you with interesting facts and information regarding the history of the area, its people and the local wine industry. Based at Redford Lane Wine Estate, check in for your carriage ride through the Crags Winelands to enjoy two wine tastings and a delectable lunch at a combination of Loadstone, Kay & Monty and Redford Lane Wine Estates.
Luka Wines
Harkerville   (c. 23 km)
083 767 6218 WWW
Wedged between the warm Indian Ocean & dramatic mountain ranges, you will find Luka Wine Farm, a 7 hectare boutique wine farm of which 1.5 hectares is under Sauvignon Blanc grape. 3000 Sauvignon Blanc vines were planted in September 2008. Their 2013 Sauvignon Blanc won a Double Gold Award, their first harvest '2011' won a Veritas Bronze Award, and their second harvest '2012' won a Michelangelo International Silver Award. The Tasting room is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10h30 until 15h30.
Packwood Vineyard & Country Estate
Harkerville   (c. 24 km)
044 532 7614 WWW
Packwood is an award winning vineyard & country estate on the Garden Route between Plettenberg Bay & Knysna surrounded by indigenous forests, amazing views and nature in abundance. Enjoy wines and bubbly from the vineyard and homemade cheese platters using produce from the estate dairy and gardens. With a keen interest in fine wine, owners Peter and Vicky Gent introduced cool climate cultivars in 2006 - Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay all growing in harmony and cared for with a passion. Their handcrafted, award-winning MCC bubbly and wines are available to sip, savour and purchase from their tasting room.
Plettenvale Boutique Vineyard & Winery
Roodefontein, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 32 km)
044 533 9146 WWW
Our hand-crafted wines are produced with great care and precision. The Brut Rose MCC is fashioned in the French tradition from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes and we were thrilled to receive the award of best Brut Rose MCC in South Africa 2015 for the Rose Rocks competition. The Dry Rose is produced from the same grapes that are used for the MCC, with the blending in of wine made from some riper fruit. rom the nurturing of the vines to the hand picking of the grapes and the vinification of the wine, it is a true labour of love. Wine tasting and sales every Saturday from 10:00am to 13:00pm. All other times by appointment. Cheese and wine pairing as well as chocolate and wine pairing also available by appointment.
Andersons Wine
Keurboomstrand   (c. 45 km)
083 453 3624
Overlooking Keurboomstrand and Robberg Peninsula, the vineyard is delicately layered with a gradual flow between fynbos and forest and enjoys a mild cool sea breeze from the Indian Ocean. The farm is blessed with astounding ocean and mountain views and is home to indigenous creatures. It was a great passion for wine and viticulture that started the vineyards in 2007. This flavoursome Sauvignon Blanc has nuances of grapefruit and lime fruit with tones of green melon and passion fruit on the nose. The wine is processed and bottled at Bramon Cellar by local winemaker Anton Smal. Sorry no wine tasting on farm.. Redford lane have our wine in stock for tasting. Also available at other outlets in Plett and selected restaurants...
Bramon Wine Estate
The Crags   (c. 50 km)
044 534 8007 WWW
Family-owned and run, Bramon, the first wine estate this far east of the Western Cape has broken new ground by pioneering vineyards in the Plett area. The success of their award winning Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines and still wines has bought a plethora of new vineyards to the area, paving the way for the new Plett Winelands! Bramon's exciting range of wines can be tasted and purchased at the Estate's ever-popular restaurant or tasting centre on the N2. Langorous lunches set in the vineyard make an afternoon a pleasure and treat!
Newstead - Lund Family Vineyards
The Crags   (c. 53 km)
076 300 9740 WWW
The Plettenberg Bay Wine of Origin region geography and climate is especially favourable to the varieties we grow - Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We believe that small is special. We know and nurture each vine. We use organic fertilisers and recycled grey water. We pay meticulous attention to detail. And because we prioritise quality over quantity, we don’t cut costs, even taking the unusual step of using netting over our vines, which results in unusually good grapes: they’re some of the most unblemished any farmer is ever likely to see. We don’t have restaurant-like formalities, but our foods are guided by the season, inspired by the moment, and made from scratch using ingredients that are locally-sourced (often as local as our own vegetable, herb and flower garden) and always fresh, simple and delicious.
Redford Lane Wines
The Crags   (c. 56 km)
083 708 0735
Redford Lane Wines is a small, boutique producer with one hectare currently under young Sauvignon Blanc vines. Our philosophy is a simple and passionate one – creating easy drinking, refreshing white wine soft on the palate and light in colour carrying notes of ripe melon, a hint of pineapple, floral tones, and with a light lime undertone finish – perfect for those lazy beach days and lingering summer lunches. We have a tasting room and a farm style restaurant where we serve our famous farmhouse ploughmans platters. Most of the produce is either grown or made in our kitchen.
Kay + Monty Vineyards
The Crags   (c. 56 km)
044 534 8387 WWW
Kay and Monty Vineyards is a boutique wine farm with just 5 hectares of land under grape. Boutique is something the estate certainly would like to put special emphasis on. At Kay and Monty Vineyards the intention is to keep the production small in order to deliver unique, hand crafted and appealing new flavours. The vineyards currently produce three varieties namely Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Join us in this beautiful setting for a languid lunch or pop in for coffee and something sweet. We offer delicious platters of cheeses and meats paired with locally sourced artisanal breads and our wines of course!
Lodestone Wine & Olives
The Crags   (c. 56 km)
044 534 8015 WWW
Lodestone’s product range includes a sauvignon blanc, a chardonnay, a dry rosé and a red blend to which have been added a brut rosé MCC bubbly and a white Bordeaux blend made from sauvignon blanc and semillon. Good news from Lodestone is that our tasting facility is now officially open and ready to welcome visitors to taste our range of wines and our acclaimed olive oil.
Houtbosch
Redberry Farm, George   (c. 75 km)
066 218 6321 WWW
Houtbosch is located in the heart of the Garden Route, at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. An enthralling tasting room showcasing our visionary range of wine and craft beer. We aim to stimulate your senses by constantly experimenting with new and interesting food and drink combinations. The majority of our wines are grown at vineyards, situated on the foot heels and peaks of the breathtaking Outeniqua Mountains overlooking George. These vineyards are approximately 9 km from the ocean, with a variety of sand stone soils and a cold climate.
Herold Wines
Montagu Pass, George   (c. 99 km)
072 833 8223 WWW
Bounded on three sides by nature reserve, it is a remote and idyllic setting, the vineyards embraced by lofty mountains covered with dramatic stands of fynbos. Wine tasting is in an unpretentious tasting area set among tanks and barrels in the working cellar, with winemaking in view at harvest and the farm ladies hand labelling bottles during the quiet times. It is an experience of homely hospitality and sharing of folk, farm and wine lore with the owners who are usually on hand to join visitors around the cosy cellar fireplace or at the vine shaded tables. Light lunches and teas are available and picnic facilities. Wheelchair friendly.
ReedValley
Mossel Bay   (c. 112 km)
044 698 1022 WWW
Steeped in history, ReedValley was established on one of the oldest farms in the Mossel Bay district, not too far from Africa’s southernmost tip. Similar to the way that the Portuguese seafarers brought the best that the world had to offer to the most southern tip of Africa, ReedValley also source only the best vine fruit from the most suitable terroirs, and it’s this fine product that we offer to you exclusively at our venue. ReedValley offers a unique wine tasting experience in the heart of the world-famous Garden Route. At our venue, you can sample exclusive export wines that we expertly pair with traditional Portuguese cuisine. Cosy up in front of our oversized fireplace on cold days or soak up the sun on our expansive lawn during the summer months.
The Goose Wines
Sheepwalk (R62)   (c. 118 km)
082 610 2276 WWW
Goose Wines is owned by Retief Goosen, who is not only a world-renowned professional golfer, but also a passionate wine lover. The Goose wine estate is situated in the Upper-Langkloof appellation, arguably the coldest wine growing region in South Africa. These extreme climatic conditions ensure unique grapes with a complexity of fruit that are handcrafted into world-class wines.​On the farm you’ll also find the “Altitude T-Box”. With its panoramic views over the farm, mountains and the valley, visitors to the farm can practice their golf swing while sipping on some Goose Wines produces from the surrounding vineyards.​

Water Parks   (3)

Plettenberg Bay Adventure Land
Harkerville   (c. 20 km)
044 532 7869 WWW 2009
At Adventure Land we offer good clean fun in the sun. The daring can enjoy really exciting slides, while gentler folk can elect to move a little slower. From mild to wild, the water park offers a 75m Super-tube, a 25m Mini-tube, the Raging Rapid tube ride, an aptly named Kamakaze slide and a 12m Free Fall slide and a 2 lane racer. For youngsters, there is a mini version of the Free Fall slide and Kamakaze slides, which for added safety lead into a separate baby pool. For those who prefer to stay dry, there are trampolines, jungle gyms and swings. A single entrance fee gives you access to the water park for the entire day.
Wild Waters Plett
Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
044 533 1847 WWW
Fun for the whole family, water slides, mini golf, kiddie play area, swimming pool, grass for tanning, trampolines
Diaz Water Park
Mossel Bay   (c. 102 km)
044 692 8429 WWW
Diaz Water Park is a fantastic family attraction located at the Diaz Hotel. The water park has various super tubes as well as a heated pool, offering fun for all ages. Bring the whole family along for a day of fun in the sun. There are braai and picnic areas available for leisurely lunches.

Whale Watching   (3)

Ocean Odyssey
Thesen Islands Harbour Town   (c. 2 km)
044 382 0321 WWW 2014
Knysna is one of South Africa’s best whale watching destinations, and the ocean adjacent to its sweeping coastline is abounding with whale activity during winter and spring. Many other extraordinary marine species are seen here throughout the year. Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only permitted close encounter whale watching operation, skilfully showcases these sentient animals during their whale watching tours. Their highly competent skippers possess in-depth knowledge of this dynamic marine environment, ensuring an enlightening and memorable experience for all!
Ocean Blue
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
044 533 5083 WWW
Situated in the coastal town of Plettenberg Bay (20 minutes from Knysna), Ocean Blue Adventure offers a rare and powerful experience through permitted boat based whale watching & dolphin encounters. Ocean Blue is a licensed SABBWWA permit holder, which enables us to approach whales from 50 metres instead of 300 metres. Should the whales approach our vessel we do not have to move away. The guests therefore get an up close experience with these majestic mammals in the bay.
Ocean Safaris
Central Beach, Plettenberg Bay   (c. 34 km)
082 784 5729 WWW 2009
We provide a unique opportunity to see some of the ocean’s largest and most mysterious inhabitants in their natural environment. Ocean Safaris offers a variety of whale watching, dolphin watching and other various marine activities in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route of South Africa. We are a legally permitted boat based whale, dolphin and seal watching company in Plettenberg Bay. Close encounter marine tours and a variety of Dolphin discovery tours are on offer. Private charters, specialised tours, group tours & school groups also available on request.

Zipline / Adventure Park   (4)

SA Forest Adventures
Kranshoek   (c. ?? km)
2017
Coming soon. Planned opening November 2018.
Acrobranch Wildwoods Tree Adventures
Timberlake Organic Village   (c. 45 km)
086 999 0369 WWW
Active outdoor fun on the Garden Route. The WildWoods Tree Adventure Park consists of 2 Kids courses and 3 Adult courses with 74 aerial platforms connected by zip lines, bridges, tarzan swings and obstacles. A new giant zipline of 220m is now also in action and can be added to the courses or experienced on its own. The Tree Adventure courses are a first for the Garden Route with over 4km of cabling used to create this unique outdoor adventure park. The different courses and a perfect balance between activity and fun make it suitable for families, school outings, team building, corporate eventing as well as the adrenaline enthusiast.
Tsitsikamma Canopy Tour®
Storms River Village   (c. 93 km)
042 281 1836 WWW 2014
The first of its kind in Africa, the canopy tour involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30 meters above the forest floor. Many of the platforms are built around giant Outeniqua Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! Standing within the crown of these giants and looking down at the lush forest floor thirty metres below is an experience of a lifetime. The scenery and birdlife is spectacular and professional guides ensure your safety while keeping you informed about interesting features of the forest ecology. If you are fortunate enough, you will spot a pair of Knysna Loeries or the brilliant red plumage of the elusive Narina Trogon. Whatever happens, we’re quite sure you’ll be back again!
Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures
Kruisrivier, Tsitsikamma   (c. 104 km)
082 383 9744 WWW 2013
Situated 8km east of the Storms River Bridge on the N2, Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Park offers spectacular Zipline adventure slides across the Kruis River. The eight slides, of which the longest is 211m, zigzag along cables across the river gorge, as high as 50m above the water in some places. Each section presents its own surprises, adventure, wonders and beautiful views over indigenous Tsitsikamma fauna and flora. Users can control the speed of their descent, allowing them to stop mid cable to take in some of the awesome views over the waterfalls. The guides provide interesting commentary about the area as patrons traverse the gorge and waterfalls.
Cango Caves Zipline
Cango Valley, Oudtshoorn   (c. 149 km)
042 281 1836 WWW
A Zipline with a difference – a double line Zip over two stages (two people slide side by side.) Starting at the parking area of the Caves - the teaser Zip is some 155 meters over a deep Karoo ravine! And then the 465 meters down to the Cango Caves estate venue over a Game enclosure!
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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