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What's on in and around Knysna

Clubs, Societies, Associations and other Organisations

Knysna Angling & Diving Association
KADA (Knysna Angling and Diving Association) has approximately 300 members and welcomes more people to become part of the association. The club is not just about fishing but also making friends and getting involved. The club's Fun Family Fishing competitions, that take place on the Jetty or Railway Bridge, are all part of the future plan to develop young fisherman. Membership includes free use slipway to launch your boat, as well as use of the wash bay and fish cleaning facilities. For the kids, there is a Childrens room with TV and an Outdoor Play park with on-site swimming pool. The club has an outside deck that overlooks the the lagoon and heads, the perfect place to enjoy a sundowner.
Knysna Outdoor Archery Circuit
KOAC is a bowhunting club based in Knysna, South Africa. We cater for traditional and compound bow. Archers dream advanced 3km 3D shooting range in natural habitat in Knysna. Option to become a club member and enjoy the advantages and reduced prices.
Garden Route Bassmasters
The Garden Route Bass Masters (GRBM) is a developing Bass Club consisting of anglers in the Southern Cape from Swellendam in the west to Plettenberg Bay in the east and inland to Oudtshoorn. It is a SABAA affiliated club with member options from Gold Card to Social.
Knysna Beekeepers Association
Eddie Hart - 082 573 1329
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Leisure Isle Boat Club
The Leisure Isle Boat Club is situated on the northern shore of Leisure Island. The picturesque little Peter Gordon Harbour provides a safe haven from the storm-force westerly winds that can wreak havoc particularly in the winter months. It has ample berthing and caters mainly for motor boats, although a few sailing vessels have their home here rather than at the Knysna Yacht Club at the Waterfront. There is secure trailer parking in the Club grounds, and the public slipway is very well used. LIBC is a private club but anyone with an interest in boating, yachting, canoeing or anything to do with boats should pay a visit, and is sure to receive friendly advice on all matters boating, fishing and bait-gathering from one of the managers.
Knysna Bowls Club
044 382 3619
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Leisure Isle Bowls Club
The Bowls section of the LICC has 2 bowling greens, which are in use 7 days a week. The greens are used for provincial and national events at regular intervals, as well as during the popular annual Knysna Oyster Festival and our own Spring Festival in September. Club days : Wednesday and Saturday at 13h30. Friendly games : All other days Visitors are always welcome, and coaching is provided. Potential new members are encouraged to contact us.
Garden Route Bridge Club
Linda Bircher - 044 382 5563
We meet every Monday and Friday morning at 8.45 am at the Angling Club, Waterfront Drive, Knysna. VISITORS WELCOME!
Leisure Isle Bridge Club
The Leisure Isle Bridge Club hosts duplicate bridge every Thursday morning at the Leisure Isle Country Club. Play starts at 09H00, and anyone wishing to play should be there at 08H45 punctually. There is only space for 10 tables. Visitors are welcome, although precedence is given to members. There is a charge of R20 per visitor. Everyone must bring a partner. Tea and coffee are provided.
Knysna Duplicate Bridge Club
Heidi Atkinson - 082 776 0238
We meet every Wednesday morning at 8.45 am at the Angling Club, Waterfront Drive, Knysna. VISITORS WELCOME!
Knysna Canoe Club
The Knysna Canoe Club section and other Garden Route clubs run a number of fun C grade races throughout the year and all are welcome to enter. The exciting Brak and Little Fish River races in the Eastern Cape are also well worth travelling to and are aimed at introducing new paddlers to the sport. Knysna Canoe Club holds a well-attended time trial every Tuesday evening come rain or shine. The course alternates between a four lap 11 km race down to the railway bridge and a five lap 9km course through the Quays. Most time trials include sponsored lucky draw prizes. Anyone is welcome to join in regardless of fitness level or expertise and it is not compulsory to complete the full distance.
Friends of the Choo-Tjoe
The Friends, a non-profit organisation, was formed in August 2010 with the main object being the promotion of the repair and rehabilitation of the railway line between George and Knysna and revival of the operation of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train on this railway line situated in the Garden Route of the Western Cape of the Republic of South Africa. The restoration of the line and return of the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe, while preserving one of the iconic railway lines in the world and steam locomotive activities for future generations, will attract international and local tourists with a direct benefit to business in the region and provide much needed downstream employment.
Knysna Villagers
To provide cricket for those, who by their participation, would like to make a contribution to entrenching old-fashioned and traditional values of cricket.
Leisure Isle Country Club
Bowls, Tennis, Table Tennis and Bridge all fall under the auspices of the Club and share its clubhouse and facilities. The Club, which is situated in Links Drive on the north-western area of the Island, has a liquor licence and is a favourite gathering place. The LICC leases the ground occupied by the clubhouse, the bowling greens and the tennis courts from the Knysna municipality. A committee manages the Club, with representatives from all sections. The Cearn Hall in Hall Road also falls under the LICC.
Coaches Corner Cycling Club
Coaches Corner Cycling Club was founded in 2010 and is affiliated with the Southern Cape Cycling Association and thereby Cycling South Africa. Although the club limits formal committee meetings to a minimum, most committee members will be found at the Cruise Cafe every Wednesday (see Club Rides tab), from 17h00 until about 18h30 after the Pint Ride where club matters are freely discussed with other riders / members. By limiting the formal nature of proceedings in this way encourages dialogue between members and the committee. The success of CCC Club may be measured in terms of it becoming the largest club (and the only CSA affiliated club) in Knysna in only 2 years since inception.
Knysna Darts Association
Harry Erasmus - 082 657 1115
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Dendrological Society of South Africa - Outeniqua Branch
The Dendrological Society promotes the study, protection and propagation of trees and tree-dominated ecosystems as a contribution to effective environmental conservation and improvement in South Africa. Promotion of dendrological knowledge to its members as a contribution to personal enrichment through outings, lectures, courses, symposia, regional herbaria, collection and dissemination of relevant dendrological information, the web-page and publications. We have several regional branches in all the provinces, and members join the branch nearest to them. Branches organise outings where tree knowledge and identification is practised.
Scylla Dive Club
Scylla Dive Club in Knysna is one of South Africa's oldest dive clubs...est in 1976 and still has members out there.
Knysna Embroiderer's Guild
Our first meeting took place on the 4th March, 1998 and we have had a strong attendance ever since. Visitors and new members are very welcome.
Garden Route Floral Art Club
The Club was founded in 1998. We currently have 68 members with an average attendance of 40 to 45 members per monthly meeting. We meet at St George's Church Hall, Unity Street, Knysna every third Tuesday of the month at 09h30.
Knysna Local Football Association
Contact details to be confirmed
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Knysna Garden Club
Elinor Clegg - 044 387 1966
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Gardening at Leisure’ offers garden lovers of Knysna the opportunity to share their interest with like minded people. Our club has a range of activities and events designed to meet the needs of anyone wishing to add a social dimension to their interest in gardening. We are an informal and friendly group, and no matter what your gardening ability and gardening knowledge is, you can look forward to pleasant company, interesting guest speakers and a good tea at our meetings. The Club’s mission is to promote the love of gardening, to cultivate gardening interest in its broadest sense, and to promote environmental responsibility.
Knysna Golf Club
The clubhouse is now one of the most stylish, modern and well-equipped in the country and stands testament to the dedication, imagination and sheer hard work of the club’s committee, members and contractors. Membership currently stands at over 1,100 and, not surprisingly, is still growing. During holiday periods visitors from home and abroad enjoy full use of Knysna’s superb facilities. The number of playing members increases substantially during the summer when overseas visitors, commonly known as “Swallows”, return to their holiday homes in Knysna; their continued support and friendship is welcomed by all.
Pezula Golf Club
The Pezula Golf Club offers Clubhouse facilities that are in keeping with the overall five-star experience which includes a lounge, restaurant and bar leading onto a terrace with spectacular views, a proshop, short game practice area and putting green. A smaller private dining room and a separate function room with a bar & lounge are also available. Golf lessons are available from the Club's PGA Professionals.
Simola Golf Club
It goes without saying that a course as great as Simola should have a club house to match. The Simola Golf Clubhouse forms part of the recently opened Simola Hotel. Guests and members have access to hotel facilities like our gourmet restaurant, indoor pool and Wellness Centre. The Simola Golf Clubhouse also offers spacious changing rooms, and the beautifully appointed lounge will comfort the needs of each of our prestigious members. Of course there's a Proshop too – with state-of-the-art golfing equipment, stylish apparel and a whole host of items to make your golf experience more enjoyable.
Knysna Historical Society
The Knysna Historical Society has its roots in the Friends of Millwood House, an association founded in the early 1970’s to preserve and protect historical records and artefacts of old Knysna. The Society was formally established in 2002, some years after the Millwood House Museum was handed over into the care of the Knysna Municipality. Whilst retaining its close association with the Museums of Knysna, the aims of the Society have been widened to include the protection of the heritage buildings and historic sites of Knysna. The society also hosts historical presentations by experts on matters of historical interest and member group outings to places of historical and heritage interest, (typically 6 events per annum), and also encourages and assists local historical research amongst its over 150 members.
Knysna Lions Club
The Knysna Lions Club was chartered in 1974. Meetings take place every 3rd Tuesday @ 19:00 at the Lions Den in Trotter Street.
Old Oaks Knysna Hockey Club
Contact details to be confirmed
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Knysna Marathon Club
The club was formed in 1984 (the inaugural meeting was held on 4 Jan 1984) by among others, Malcolm Spence, the South African and World Record Holder on 400m in the late ‘50s- early 60’s. One of the main objectives of forming the Club was to be able to stage the Forest Marathon which was also part of the first ever Knysna Oyster festival, or as it was called in those early days the Knysna Winter Festival. The Club has always encouraged participation in the Two Oceans and the Comrades and on some occasions as many as 51 of the members have taken part in these prestigious events. Numerous silver medals have been achieved, however, as far as known a Gold medal is still outstanding for these world-renown races
MG Car Club South Cape
The MG Car Club was established in 1930 in Abingdon, England, on the site of the original MG factory. The South Cape Centre based in Knysna on the Garden Route was established in February 2007. The Club currently has more than 90 fully paid up members at present, owning more than 118 MGs. Several more exist in Knysna and efforts continue to try to bring those MGs into the Club. Many members have more than one MG and there are a number of cars currently being repaired, refurbished or rebuilt.
Knysna Society of Model Engineers
For two hours, high up on Paradise hill, children can thoroughly enjoy a steam train ride - on a miniature train - on the first and third Sunday morning of every month. The Knysna Society of Model Engineers, whose members are retired mechanical engineers, run the train rides from 10.00 to 12.00 at 42 Ridge Drive, Paradise. Donations for the ride go towards the Society's costs incurred.
Currently closed due to the Knysna Fires in June 2017
Garden Route Motoring Club
The Garden Route Motor Club is a multi marque car club whose members reside in the beautiful Garden Route and share a passion for sports cars, principally form the golden, pre-plastic age of motoring. We have approximately 91 members encompassing all aspects of historic motoring. The club is very active, with monthly outings, breakfast runs and annual multiday excursions.
Knysna Music Society
Penny Smythe-Rathbone - 083 600 0229
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Knysna Photographic Society
The Knysna Photographic Society is a camera club, based in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa. It is a regional club affiliated to the Photographic Society of Southern Africa (PSSA) (www.pssa.co.za). Meetings take place monthly, usually on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, at the conference centre, Belvidere Manor, Belvidere at 18.30. In addition to the monthly club meetings we arrange lectures by guest speakers, publish a monthly newsletter, and organise workshops and outings for club members throughout the year. There is a good balance of members ranging from novices to top photographers, and senior members are always willing to assist new members to improve their photographic skills
Knysna & Districts Pipe Band
The Knysna Pipe Band was established to promote piping and drumming in the Garden Route. We have a Piping & Drumming School and anyone interested in learning to play the bagpipes, side, bass or tenor drum is most welcome to join.
Knysna Rose Society
The Knysna Rose Society was formed on 18 February 2006 by the 25 people attending the inaugural meeting. It was convened by Mr Alan Tew who explained the opportunity,as he saw it,for a local rose society affiliated to The Federation of Rose Societies of South Africa (ROSA) to be formed from among the numbers of people of the greater Knysna region who he felt were interested in or simply were lovers of the rose in its many forms. The territory of operation was defined as an area within comfortable traveling distance of the town of Knysna.
The Rotary Club of Knysna
Welcome to the Rotary Club of Knysna! The club is in Rotary District 9350 and was chartered in 1962. Its membership fluctuates between 50 and 55 permanent members. In addition we have a number of "swallow" members - Rotarians who spend part of the year in Knysna and part of the year in their home country. The club is a vibrant and active club, committed to working tirelessly along the Rotary principle of Service above Self. The club has raised millions of rands through the annual Momentum Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, which is a major event of the Knysna Oyster Festival, as well as through our annual Golf Weekend. The funds raised from these events support our many community programmes and projects in the Knysna district.
Titans Womens Rugby Club
Titans WRC objective is to support, promote and develop rugby at all levels in order to nurture a strong rugby culture in Knysna. Titans WRC runs two senior rugby sides and introduced u/13, u/16 & u/18 rugby teams as part of the Development Program to complement its objective of being the principle rugby club in this part of South Africa.
Knysna Squash Club
Knysna Squash Club was started in 1974 with only 1 court. Today there are 4 courts and the club is a member of the SWD Squash Association and also affiliated to Squash SA.
Friends of Steenbok Nature Reserve
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Knysna Swimming Academy
Our Academy consists of a Learn-to-Swim School (Baby Dragons), a Junior & Senior Squad, a mixed Masters Group and a competitive Swim Club.
Knysna Dragons Swim Club
Knysna Dragons Swim Club was officially started in June 2011 and has since grown from strength to strength. With over 30 dedicated swimmers and their parents we have become a club to be reckoned with in the Garden Route and we travel all over the country to participate in galas. Some of our swimmers have achieved tremendously at both regional and national level and with our combined love for the sport, we will continue to grow – as swimmers and as individuals.
Leisure Isle Table Tennis Club
Table Tennis falls under the auspices of the Leisure Isle Country Club, but is played at Cearn Hall in Hall Road. The Club meets on Mondays and Fridays from 14H00 - 18H00. All levels of players are welcome, including beginners.
Knysna Tennis Club
Contact details to be confirmed
Brief summary to be confirmed.
Leisure Isle Tennis Club
The Leisure Isle Tennis Club, a section of the LICC, has 3 all-weather courts. There are 3 categories of membership - full, limited and junior. Club days for full members are Wednesday afternoon, Saturday afternoon and Public Holidays. Any local players interested in applying for membership should contact the Committee. Visitors and potential members are welcome to participate in our tennis sessions or use the court facilities outside Club days. On Saturdays visitors may only use the courts at the invitation of a Club member.
University of the Third Age - Knysna
U3A – University of the Third (post retirement) Age - is a learning co-operative for people from all walks of life. No qualifications are needed and none are given but it exists for those who haven’t forgotten that learning is fun! U3A Knysna General Meetings are held on the last Thursday of each month at the Brenton Community Hall. Tea and coffee is served from 09:00 and the meetings start promptly at 10:00. The usual agenda for the General Meetings is a short update of Club information followed by a presentation given by a guest speaker.
Knysna Tournament Waterski Club
Knysna Tournament Waterski Club surrounded by the magical, indigenous Knysna forest in the southern cape of South Africa dedicated to slalom waterskiing.
Knysna Yacht Club
KYC boasts an active dinghy and catamaran following with club sailing taking place most Saturday afternoons during the sailing season. Inshore sailing is managed by a Sailing Committee steered by the Sailing Secretary. Our sailing season follows our weather and generally kicks off with the Opening Cruise in September (the beginning of summer) running through to the Closing Cruise at the end of April the following year. KYC is an accredited SA Sailing (ISAF - International Sailing Federation) training establishment. The training offered is open to all and largely driven by demand, with the majority of coaching being directed to junior sailors.
Knysna and the Knysna Estuary, through The Heads to the Indian Ocean. View from Westhill Luxury Guest House.
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