Adventures in Knysna

Knysna, a natural paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and endless beaches, is an adventurers paradise in the heart of the Garden Route. The town nestles on the banks of the Knysna lagoon, a protected marine reserve that is home to 200 species of fish including the rare Knysna sea horse. 

The tranquil waters of the lagoon are protected from the open sea by a striking sandstone formation known as The Heads. The views from the eastern head are spectacular and provide you with…

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Adventures in Knysna
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Knysna, a natural paradise of indigenous forests, tranquil lakes and endless beaches, is an adventurers paradise in the heart of the Garden Route. The town nestles on the banks of the Knysna lagoon, a protected marine reserve that is home to 200 species of fish including the rare Knysna sea horse. 

The tranquil waters of the lagoon are protected from the open sea by a striking sandstone formation known as The Heads. The views from the eastern head are spectacular and provide you with a great vantage point from where to select your adventure activities in Knysna.

Take a ferry across the lagoon to Featherbed Nature Reserve and try abseiling or kloofing. Dip below the surface and dive with endangered seahorses, join a boat trip, a sunset cruise or spend a few nights on a houseboat.

A recommended adventure is the 9m high speed powerboat flip under 500hp for a fun, fast and safe adventure trip through the Knysna Heads to explore the coastline caves; upon return you can experience speeds of up to 98km/hr on the water.

The frequent breezes also make the lagoon an excellent place to learn to kitesurf or go blokart sailing and on windless days try the canoeing, kayaking or stand up paddleboarding (SUP). There are endless options for enjoying the waters of the lagoon. The sea is another option for adventures and Knysna is a great base for whale watching or deep sea fishing.

Knysna is an ideal place to exlore on two wheels. Take a bike tour along the lagoon, into the town or go further afield on a mountain bike into the surrounding indigenous forests.

Elephants once roamed the magnificent tangled forests near Knysna but they have almost completely died out now. Only almost, though. There are still a few lurking deep in the forest so it’s a great place to spend some time with elephants, walk with them, feed them, touch them, learn all about them and even ride one. Of course, the trained elephants at Knysna Elephant Park were not caught in the forest – they’re orphaned elephants brought in from elsewhere.

The mild climate makes Knysna a year around adventure destination. Hike through lush forests and Cape fynbos, zip from tree to tree, explore the forest on horseback, listen out for the cry of the elusive Knysna lourie (turaco) and spot its vivid green and scarlet wings as it flies through the forest.

Whatever blows your hair back, there is an adventure waiting for you in Knysna!

Knysna Adventures

Bicycle Tours

The town of Knysna prides itself on its culinary experiences. So, to earn that evening of oysters and fine wines, join a Bicycle Tour in the picturesque surroundings and work up an appetite while you explore one of the gems of the Garden Route on two wheels. A Bicycle Tour of Knysna will take in the...

Bike Tours

Knysna is a great place to exlore on a Bike Tour. The town is built on the northern shore of a large estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, that opens up to the Indian Ocean after passing two large headlands simply known as ‘The Heads’. Cycle along the lagoon and up the hill to the viewpoint of the...

Boat Trips

The town of Knysna on the Garden Route revolves around the beautiful lagoon, marina and yacht club so there are lots of different boat trips, ranging from fast and furious to mellow, and including a boat-based whale watching trip.

Canoeing

The best way to explore the town of Knysna is to experience the sights and sounds from a canoe on the estuary. This pretty town, nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, is built on the shore of the Knysna Lagoon. This calm body of water is ideal for a Canoeing Adventure. Paddle...

Cycle Tours

Book a cycle tour along the Knysna Lagoon and through the vibrant city of Knysna, situated on the Garden Route of Knysna.

Houseboats

Let time float by while you gently cruise along on a Houseboat Adventure in Knysna. On a houseboat holiday, your main activity consists of finding a secluded spot on the Knysna Lagoon, diving into the water, sunbathing, birdwatching or fishing for your own dinner. Your houseboat come equipped with cabins...

Kayaking

Knysna is nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Built on the northern shore of an estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, this town has a fantastic location for outdoor adventures. The calm Knysna Lagoon, home to 200 species of fish and connected with the Indian Ocean through a...

Kite Surfing

If your idea of fun is the freedom of cruising along the flat warm waters of the Knysna Lagoon with the sun in your face and the wind in your hair – then a Kitesurfing Adventure is for you. Kitesurfing or Kiteboarding is spreading like wildfire all around the world – and what better place to learn...

Kloofing

If you are ever in doubt whether or not Kloofing is an extreme adventure sport, you only need to know that you will encounter names like Kamikazi Canyon and Suicide Gorge! Luckily you are in good hands when you opt for a Kloofing Adventure in Knysna on the Garden Route. Our operators will take you on...

Mountain Biking

The natural paradise of Knysna is an ideal place to explore on a Mountain Biking Adventure. Head into the indigenous forests and choose from a variety of tracks suited for all levels of ability. Our operators will assist you with the best tracks in the Outeniqua or Tsitsikamma mountains or in the surrounding...

Power Boating

If you’re into speed you will love a high-speed rigid inflatable boat (RIB) tour of the Knysna Lagoon and the caves and cliffs of the Knysna Heads. It’s fast and furious, and probably not for the faint of heart.

Sailing Charters

Explore the Knysna Lagoon on a luxury single-hull or catamaran yacht. If conditions are right you can even sail out through the Knysna Heads, a manoeuvre that had hardened mariners trembling in their boots in the days of sail. And then you can explore the Garden Route coast, perhaps sailing as far as...

Sandboarding

Close your eyes and picture yourself like this: You are at the top of a dune facing a slope of white beach sand. Strap into your board and place it facing downhill. Bend your knees and keep a little weight on the back foot. Now slide forward and feel the sand move beneath you as you glide down the sanddune...

Scootours

Knysna is one of Knysna’s most popular getaway destinations – and with good reason. The gentle waters of the lagoon and the green canopy of some of the Garden Route’s well preserved indigenous forests just has that ability to melt all stress away. While visiting this paradise, why not explore...

Snorkelling with Sea Horses

Discover the fascinating world of the seahorse, a pint-sized aquatic creature that has captured the imagination of authors and countless children for a long time! Snorkelling with Seahorses on the Garden Route is a must-do activity. An encounter with the endearing Knysna seahorse is an experience like...

Stand up paddle Surfing (SUP)

Wherever you find a body of water you will find people enjoying this liquid playground. Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is an offshoot of surfing that is taking the world by storm. One of the reasons for this is that an SUP is so versatile. You can ride waves, cruise on lagoons and rivers, ride up canals...

Sunset Cruises

If you are reading this while at work in the office, close your eyes for a moment and picture this: The sun is setting on another glorious day in the Garden Route. It holds the comforting warmth of a sweet embrace and causes your beath to hold as the beauty leaves you feeling a true sense of joy. As...

Whale Watching

A V-shaped spray and the sound of a great breath being expelled fill the crisp morning air. It is the perfect start to the day in Knysna in the esteemed company of a southern right whale. An adult female can grow up to 15 meters long and weigh 47 tonnes. The southern right whale is easy to identify...