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!