‘A best holiday town of South Africa’ is offering exceptional and unforgettable tourism. “Knysna is a veritable Garden Of Eden” with its unique outdoor lifestyle and African flavor inspires the feeling of mystery and awe. The buzz of international trends mixes with the beat of Africa to create an unmistakable sense of real world wonder.
It’s a true home to Knysna Elephants; the Knysna Seahorse; African Black Oystercatchers; Dwarf chameleons; The Brenton Blue butterfly; the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie, Knysna Warblers, Malachite Kingfishers and other rare forest birds; magnificent birds of prey such as the fish eagle; dolphins, whales and rich marine resources such as cultivated and wild coastal oysters and pansy shells.
Knysna is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as “The Heads”, and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. Near them are geological formations, known locally as “The Map Stones.” To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high up in the Outeniqua Mountains.
The town is a popular destination for both tourists and senior citizens entering retirement, especially among the British and former expatriates due to the year-round warm climate. Recently the town has also become a preferred destination among golfers, as the town boasts several world class golf courses including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon. Knysna too is a favourite haunt of artists, restaurateurs and hippies. The nearest beach is located at Brenton-on-sea which lies directly west of the heads and is continuous with Buffalo Bay, a popular surf spot.
Knysna is also home to Knysna Yacht Club. This exceptional natural playground offers visitors an unforgettable vacation, no wonder its South Africa’s favourite holiday town.