Knysna Adventures

Blokart Sailing
Boat Charters
Boat Trips
Cycle Tours
Houseboats
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Power Boating
Sailing Charters
Sandboarding

Knysna Adventures and Things To Do.

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…

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Adventures in Knysna
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Knysna Adventures and Things To Do.

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!

Activity List

Knysna Adventures

Blokart Sailing

Blokart sailing in Knysna, South Africa. Knysna is the sailing hub of the Garden Route and huge range of related activities can be found in this lagoon side town including Blokart sailing. A light and nifty three wheeled buggy with sails, the Blokart offers land-based sailing at its best. Whizz across...

Boat Trips

Boat Trips in Knysna - private charters, sunset cruises and power boating on the Knysna Lagoon. Knysna’s bewitching lagoon reflects the changing light throughout the day in a kaleidoscope of aquatic colours- from soft early morning silver, to strident blues of the mid-day sun to rosy greys...

Cycle Tours

Cycle Tours in Knysna - Guided bicycle tours and mountain biking tours. Knysna is the Khoisan word which roughly means place of ferns evoking the richly forested hills that these indigenous Southern African people inhabited. Tracks and pockets of these ancient forests still survive. If you cycle in...

Houseboats

Houseboat Charters in Knysna, Garden Route. A dreamy holiday in Knysna on a chartered houseboat is one of the Garden Route’s more unusual offerings. This is the independent traveller’s trip of choice; a self-drive private boat where you can cruise around at your own pace, hang out in secluded...

Kayaking

Kayaking in Knysna, Garden Route. Knysna is a holiday destination that offers activities for every preference. The town is developed enough to boast stunning shops, yummy eateries and luxurious accommodation, while right on its fringes pristine environments push in, providing broad scope for outdoor...

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

Power Boating in Knysna - RIB Trips. One of the most famous landmarks on the Garden Route is the Knysna Heads; two towering rock sentries that guard the only entrance that the Knysna Estuary has to the open ocean. This channel is feared by inexperienced sailors because at certain times the rips,...

Sailing Charters

Sailing Charters in Knysna - Boat Trips. Sailing, being a very pure way of interacting with nature, is a perfect match for the pristine beauty of this jewel of the Garden Route - the Knysna Lagoon. Explore the estuary, its coves, bays and beaches, on a luxury single-hull or catamaran yacht. If...

Sandboarding

Sandboarding in Knysna, Garden Route. Sandboarding is an exhilarating activity available for holiday makers in Knysna. Many born and bred South African’s who’ve been around for a while will remember the sun-and-sea holidays of their youth in Knysna. One of the mandatory experiences of a...