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 no other, and Knysna is one of the few places in South Africa where this is possible.
The picturesque coastal town of Knysna on the world-renowned Garden Route is situated on the banks of beautiful Knysna Lagoon, a sizeable warm-water estuary. Knysna is a favourite amongst holiday-makers, adventure seekers and festival-goers. In addition to snorkelling, a vast array of other fun activities are available including stand up paddle surfing (SUP), horse riding and kloofing.
A seahorse is a tiny marine fish with an equine-like head and long, thin snout. They swim upright, wrap their prehensile corkscrew tails around seaweeds to combat strong currents, and bony ridges on their bodies protect them from many predators. Seahorses, closely related to pipefish, are classified as fish as they propel themselves using fins, control buoyancy with a swim bladder, breathe through gills and hatch from eggs. They can even change colour to blend in with their surroundings! Similar to frogs and other amphibians, the seahorse is an important indicator species providing insight into the state of health of their environment.
The Knysna or Cape seahorse, endangered and protected by law, is one of the world’s 50 or so seahorse species. It is only found in a few estuary habitats on the southern coast of South Africa, including the picturesque Knysna Lagoon. Accompanied by an experienced diver, explore the underwater territories of the exquisite Knysna seahorse and learn about one of the world’s most captivating and vulnerable species. Snorkelling trips coincide with high tides and guides know all of the best spots and, most importantly, how to observe seahorses without disrupting their habitat.
Contact Dirty Boots’ recommended operators and book a Snorkelling with Seahorses adventure today!