Travelling to Knysna
How to get to Knysna, including information for international visitors. Links to related websites (in bold) are provided for further information.
Ports of Entry
For international visitors South Africa has many Ports of Entry, whether by air, sea or land.
South Africa has 4 international airports:- Cape Town (CPT), O.R. Tambo - Johannesburg (JNB), King Shaka - Durban (DUR) and Kruger Mpumanlanga (MQP).
The nearest to Knysna is Cape Town International Airport (c. 472 km).
Knynsa does not have it's own airport.
The nearest airports to Knysna are in Plettenberg Bay (c. 34 km), George (c. 70 km), and Port Elizabeth (c. 274 km).
Plettenberg Bay Airport (PBZ) is the smallest with CemAir providing a limited number of scheduled flights to/from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Margate.
George Airport (GRJ) has more flights daily and is served by Kulula.com, Mango and SA Express (flights to/from Johannesburg), Airlink (Cape Town and Durban), Fly Safair (Johannesburg and Cape Town) and CemAir (Bloemfontein). Flights to George from Johannesburg and Durban take just under 2 hours, and just under 1 hour from Cape Town.
Port Elizabeth Airport (PLZ) is the largest and is served by British Airways/Comair and SA Express (flights to/from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban), Fly Safair and Mango (Johannesburg and Cape Town), and South African Airways (Johannesburg).
Knynsa was first declared a port in 1817, and de-proclaimed in 1827. The harbour was closed in 1954.
Knysna Municipality 2013 ... "From information available, the entrance into the harbour via The Heads is a dangerous passing and as such deemed not a serious commercial viability to develop to a greater extent"
There are no passenger rail services in the Knysna area.
Passenger services to Knysna were withdrawn in 1964, and the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe stopped running in August 2006.
Bus / Coach
Knysna is served by a number of bus / coach services, mainly en-route between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and including a stop at George ...
There are no public bus services in Knysna.
Minibus / Taxi
Local minibuses operate a hop on / hop off service, the main taxi rank being in Nelson Street in the town centre.
Minicab / Taxi
Tortoise Car Hire is a local car rental company based in Sedgefield.
Priding themselves on their quality service and timely delivery, they can arrange for a car to be delivered to you anywhere in the Garden Route including Mossel Bay, Knysna, George, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness.
They also operate AutoHireSA based in George.
George, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town airports are all served by the major car rental companies ...
- Avis office in Knynsa
- Budget office in Knynsa
- Europcar office in Knynsa
Knysna is situated on the N2 which runs from Cape Town via George to the West through Plettenberg Bay to Port Elizabeth and beyond to the East.
When driving from the West there are a number of alternatives to the N2, for example the Cape Route R62 from Cape Town, or the 7 Passes Road from George. These will add extra time to the journey.
From the East the R102 from Port Elizabeth can be used for some of the journey, until rejoining the N2 before Storms River.
Note that when driving along the N2 between Storms River and The Crags the N2 becomes a Toll Road. The booth is at Tsistikamma Plaza.
The alternative route, the R102, cannot be used to bypass this as both the Storms River Pass and Bloukrans River Pass are closed.
- Waterfront, Knysna Quays - c. 1 km
- Thesen Harbour Town - c. 2 km
- Leisure Island - c. 7 km
- Simola - c. 7 km
- The Heads (Coney Glen) - c. 8 km
- Pezula - c. 8 km
- Belvidere - c. 9 km
- Noetzie - c. 11 km
- Lake Brenton - c. 15 km
- Brenton-on-Sea - c. 16 km
- Gouna - c. 17 km
- Buffallo Bay - c. 21 km
- Rheenendal - c. 23 km
- Diepwalle - c. 23 km
- Krisjan-se-Nek - c. 25 km
- Sedgefield - c. 25 km
- Karatara - c. 38 km
- Harkerville - c. 20 km
- Kranshoek - c. 31 km
- Plettenberg Bay - c. 33 km
- Wittedrift - c. 33 km
- Keurboomstrand - c. 40 km
- The Crags - c. 50 km
- Kurland - c. 53 km
- Nature's Valley - c. 63 km
- Storms River Village - c. 93 km
- Storms River Mouth - c. 96 km
- Wilderness - c. 47 km
- Hoekwil - c. 49 km
- George - c. 63 km
- Groot Brakrivier - c. 89 km
- Mossel Bay - c. 109 km
- Uniondale - c. 87 km
- Oudtshoorn - c. 119 km
- Plettenberg Bay - c. 34 km
- George - c. 70 km
- Port Elizabeth - c. 274 km
- Cape Town - c. 472 km
- O.R. Tambo (Johannesburg) - c. 1,165 km
- King Shaka (Durban) - c. 1,200 km
- Kruger Mpumalanga) - c. 1,511 km
- Port Elizabeth - c. 261 km
- Cape Town - c. 491 km
- East London - c. 547 km
- Durban - c. 1,169 km
- Richards Bay - c. 1,337 km
- Van Rooyen's Gate (Lesotho) - c. 794 km
- Vioolsdrift (Namibia) - c. 1,054 km
- Ramatlabama (Botswana) - c. 1,160 km
- Oshoek (Swaziland) - c. 1,484 km
- Lebombo (Mozambique) - c. 1,593 km
- Beit Bridge (Zimbabwe) - c. 1,676 km