The Great Outdoors
Knysna offers a vast array of outdoor activities for the nature lover in addition to and endless selection of the finest eateries on offer for those keen on cuisine. Not a day will go by without something different to do in this diverse and beautiful coastal village town where you're surrounded by nature and friendly locals 24/7.
Water Based Activities
Canoeing with GO VERTICAL
Contact GO VERTICAL and spend a sublime day out on the water paddling and canoeing on the Goukamma River or the Knysna Lagoon with one of GO VERTICAL'S experienced guides.
Tel: 082 731 4696
Surf Lessons with Liquid Grace
How about trying your hand at surfing. Liquid Grace will do all of this for you for lessons starting @ R350.00 which includes your board and equipment!
Tel: 044 343 3245
Wakeboarding, Waterskiing and Tubing With Liquid Grace
Approximately 30km outside Knysna this one's for the adrenalin junkies. Cost from around R400.00 including equipment hire.
Tel: 083 299 6913
Pontoon Cruises, Kayaks, Bike Hire - Turbine Water Club
Motorised Pontoon Barges offer luxury cruises for up to 10 people.
Tel: 044 302 5750
Prodive Plettenberg Bay
Prodive offers dives from the Beacon Isle Hotel's exclusive beach. You'll be accompanied by trained instructors and taken to some of the most incredible dive sites.
Tel: 044 533 1158
Mossel Bay Deep Sea Adventures
Offshore fishing at its best.
Quay 4, Commercial Slipway,
next to Mossel Bay Yacht Club.
(+- 100km out of Knysna)
Tel: 072 454 2988
Walks & Hiking Trails
There are several walking and hiking trails in the Garden Route offering the keen outdoors enthusiast easy to more advanced options in hikes but in all an exceptional experience incomparable to any other coastal region of South Africa.
Garden Route Trail
A trail offering the diversity of the Garden Route in one - Fynbos, estuary, riverine, montane and coastal experiences will delight the keen hiker.
Day Hikes and Forest Tours by GO VERTICAL
GO VERTICAL have chosen firm favourites from all of the natural attractions along the Garden Route.
The Garden Route Adventure Guide
The garden route adventure guide is a comprehensive guide to adventure and outdoor activities in the Garden Route area. The Garden Route, situated along the southern coast of South Africa, is a dream playground to anyone who loves the outdoors and with a passion for adventure.
Pledge Nature Reserves
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.
Steenbok Nature Park
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.
Goukamma Nature Reserve
Goukamma Nature Reserve and Marine Protected Area are situated along the scenic Garden Route on the Cape south coast. It lies approximately 40km east of George and 20km west of Knysna – the turn off to Buffel’s Bay is between Knysna and Sedgefield.
The nature reserve comprises an area of about 2 500ha, with a coastline of 14km, and the adjacent marine protected area extends seawards for 1,8km. The nature reserve includes a long beach, an extensive dune field with some of the highest vegetated dunes in South Africa, the Goukamma River and estuary, and the unique Groenvlei lake which has no in-flowing river and no link to the sea.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
The Featherbed Nature Reserve, situated on the Western Head in Knysna, is the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route.
Return ferry trip on the Knysna Lagoon to the Western Head.
- 4x4 vehicle & trailer drive up the headland onto the Reserve, stopping at spectacular viewpoints.
- Specialist guide giving information on history, fauna & flora.
- Optional guided 2.2km walk through coastal forest and fynbos into ancient sea caves.
- World renowned buffet lunch at an outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.
- Wonderful family outing, suitable for all ages and fitness levels.
Daily Departures: 10H00 - lunch included
14H30 - excludes lunch
Dep Point: Featherbed Ferry Terminus, off Waterfront Drive
Garden Route National Park
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.
Markets in Knysna
Knysna offers a plethora of markets to locals and visitors which are extremely well supported by visitors who come from far and wide to support these well organised events. From slow food to crafts, clothing and kiddies fun - there's something for the entire family.
Wild Oats Community Farmers Market
Held every Saturday morning - an authentic producers market with choice local produce.
Summer: 07H30 to 11H30
Winter: 08H30 to 11H30
Tel: 082 376 5020
The Friday Market
Known as a "supper market" the Friday Night Market offers food stalls with exciting cuisine from all corners of the world. Family entertainment will keep from Dads to kids happy and in all a wonderful, relaxed ambience will keep you coming back here over and over again.
Tel: 082 277 8939
Harkerville Saturday Market
In the direction of Plettenberg Bay, travel about 18km to experience this very "different" Saturday market. In existence for more than 10 years!!
Tel: 044 533 9094
Knysna African Arts and Craft Market
Locally made goods including wire art, sculptures and kitchen items. The popular market supports local community development projects of the Knysna Municipality.
C/O George Rex and Vigilance Drive
Templeman Square Craft Market
Colourful crafters who exhibit jewellery, wooden crafts, fabric items and more - if you're looking for unique gifts, this is your answer.
Eating Out in Knysna
Whether simply looking for a snack, delicious succulent oysters, silver service cuisine or just a laid back breakfast after a heavy night out - Knysna offer you all and more. Refer to our list of recommended restaurants and eateries in and around Knysna for more information.