Awesome activities you can DEFINITELY still do in Knysna
The recent fires in Knysna, and along the Garden Route and Klein Karoo, left a path of devastation in their wake, but the town is still very much open for business and the best thing you can do to help is to visit. Here are just a few of the awesome things you can still do in Knysna.
Located on the Knysna clifftops, with views of both the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Lagoon, Pezula makes the most of its surroundings. The Estate also has something for everyone. For the golfers in the family, there is a challenging, and ultimately rewarding course, which will provide golfers of all levels with the complete experience. The award-winning course boasts world-class facilities, including one of the best clubhouse set-ups in the province. Then for those looking to be pampered, Pezula’s luxury spa has a range of treatments to ensure you leave a new person, lighter on your feet and with shoulders unburdened. For the little ones, meanwhile, Pezula is kid heaven. The Young Travellers Club is perfect for the youngsters with an indoor entertainment area for children from three years of age, while the resort's well-schooled Cape Riding Horses are suitable for all levels of experience and supervised circle rides are available for the younger children.
Garden Route Trail Park
The Garden Route Trail Park is nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, about halfway between Knysna and George. The park’s carefully designed trails have been designed with the all experience levels in mind, meaning it is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. With over 20km of hand-built singletrack, riders will be in heaven, while for the trail runners there is flowing forest trail, and epic scenery for both. There are also some fantastic accommodation options if you’re looking to spend the night and hit the trails first thing the next morning.
Featherbed Nature Reserve
The Featherbed Company gives visitors to the Garden Route ‘an unforgettable experience on the Knysna Lagoon’. The Lagoon, more accurately defined as an estuary, has five fresh water rivers flowing in from the surrounding Outeniqua Mountains, meeting with the surge of sea water from the Indian Ocean through the mighty headlands known as the ‘Knysna Heads’ - the grand sandstone cliffs towering above the entrance to the lagoon. The Featherbed Eco Experience is currently not open to visitors, but the paddle cruiser, cruises on the lagoon and those out to sea are still in operation.
The Waterfront Knysna Quays
A trip to Knsyna is not complete without a visit to the famous Knysna Waterfront, which is arguably one of the most popular leisure and shopping destinations in the region. Boasting a superior marina and a base for luxury yachts, the quays is Knysna's gateway for cruises and luxury charters voyaging into the town’s pristine lagoon. This shopper's paradise has the perfect gift for everybody from books to boutiques, clothing to curios and is home to a number of fantastic restaurants.
Scootours in Knysna
A unique and true forest experience, enjoy an exhilarating downhill ride on the Monster Mountain Scooter descent through indigenous forest, sweepy bends and epic single track. A scenic minibus ride takes you into the heart of the forest, and up to the best hills to begin your descent into the Garden Route National Park. All of this while on the lookout for the tour local wild life, the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck and wild boar.
Sunset Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
There is no better way to end your day than with the Knysna Charters Sunset Cruise. Enjoy wine and oysters on a relaxing boat cruise as the sun dips over the lagoon. Sit back, relax and take in the splendour as the boat slowly cruises the tranquil lagoon, taking in the magnificent Knysna Heads. Cruises last about 90 minutes, leaving plenty of time for a relaxed dinner in town.
Knysna Oyster Festival
Yes, the festival is still very much a GO! Running for over a week in July, the Knysna Oyster Festival is jam-packed with activities sure to appeal to just about everybody. From oysters and wine to live entertainment and sports, the festival is one of the most popular events in the country and a staple for locals. What makes it so special is the incredible diversity of events on offer – from the annual bicycle race and Forest Marathon to whisky pairings and live music – everybody is catered for at the festival. Race in the morning and relax in the evening, then repeat!
With over 20km of hand-built singletrack, riders will be in heaven, while for the trail runners there is flowing forest trail, and epic scenery for both.