Snorkelling with Seahorses on the Garden Route is wildlife viewing of a completely different variety and, even if you are not a water activity kind of person, an encounter with the endearing Knysna seahorse is not to be missed!
Knysna in the heart of the Garden Route is one of the only places in South Africa where snorkellers can take a glimpse into the fascinating world of this pocket-sized aquatic creature!
The breathtakingly scenic ‘Garden Route’, meandering along the coast between Mossel Bay and Storms River, is one of the most naturally beautiful coastal stretches in the world and offers a multitude of leisure activities such as whale watching, surfing and slackpacking. The pretty coastal town of Knysna, between George and Plettenberg Bay, is situated on the northern banks of beautiful Knysna Lagoon, a large warm-water estuary linking the Knysna River to the Indian Ocean.
A seahorse is a tiny marine fish with a head and long, thin snout resembling that of a horse. Unlike a fish, they swim upright and coil their prehensile tails around sea plants for stability in turbulent water. They are considered a fish as they manoeuvre using fins, hatch from eggs, control flotation with a swim bladder and breathe through gills. Some species can even alter their colour for camouflage and courtship displays!
The endangered Knysna or Cape seahorse is protected by law and Knysna Lagoon is one of a small number of places on the southern coast of South Africa where they can be found. Accompanied by an experienced diver, explore the underwater gardens of the Knysna seahorse and gain an insight into one of the world’s most captivating and susceptible species. Snorkelling trips coincide with high tides and expert guides know the best locations and, most importantly, how to be in the seahorses’ natural environment without disrupting it.
Contact Dirty Boots’ recommended operators, book a Snorkelling with Seahorses adventure, and discover the magic of the Knysna seahorse today!