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Knysna

Knysna named as one of top 100 destinations in the world and top 25 in South Africa. Knysna reflects the finer things of life. From the famous Knysna oyster or a taste of the locally brewed beer, the buzz of international trends mixed with the beat of Africa creates an unmistakable wonder not to be found anywhere else. Encircled by 80 000 ha of spectacular Forest Biome. South Africa’s smallest biome, by area, but an extremely unique one. Expect fern-fringed hiking, biking, scenic drives, picnic spots, viewpoints, abundant fauna and flora and a haven for the last of the famous Knysna Elephants

Attractions:

Knysna Elephant Park

Touch and sleep amongst the elephants

Knysna heads

Two huge sandstone cliffs, guarding the narrow inlet to the lagoon, from the sea, famous for their magnificent view

Knysna Lagoon

The lagoon is 13km/ squared and provides for excellent fishing, swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, canoeing and boating opportunities

Knysna Quays Waterfront

An attractive development with a good mixture of shops and restaurants

Mitchell’s brewery

A lovely local brewery where home made beers can be tasted. Daily tour.

Noetzie

A mystical beauty spot, with homes resembling castles, visible from the beac

Featherbed Nature Reserve

Situated on the western head of Knysna is the island paradise of the privately owned reserve. A trip to the island on the John Benn Ferry (with the ferry heading towards the treacherous water of the heads), a tour of the island, and an optional lunch takes a little over a pleasurable 4 hours.

The protected scrub forest has a two and a half kilometer long guided bushbuck Trail, and a powerful 4x4 tows a train of trailers up a steep and winding pathway from the coastline to the top of the ridge. Here tourists have the option of walking or driving back to the restaurant and ferry departure point. On the walk back which is well worth the effort, the guide takes you to stunning lookout points with alternating views of Knysna Lagoon, the Heads and the Indian Ocean. The island itself has thick wooded vegetation with snug little coves and caves.

Angling Museum

Old Gaol Complex Fly-Fishing displays, the history of the rod, reel and hooks and the Coelacanth constitute the only museum of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Millwood Goldfields

Gold was found here in 1885 in the mountains

The Matteroli Museum

An old graveyard and mine shafts give fascinating glimpses into the past.

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