Observing whales in their natural environment leaves an indelible, feel-good mark on the soul, and Knysna is one of the best places to do this. Ocean Odyssey, Knysna’s only official close encounter whale watching permit holder, is passionate about showcasing and creating awareness about these gentle giants of the deep.

Knysna is blessed with prolific wonders of nature and boasts an estuary which unites with an ocean spectacularly rich in life. A host of marine life is encountered here throughout the year, and every winter and well into summer Knysna’s waters teem with southern right and humpback whales as they skirt our coastline, following an ancient migratory route that covers thousands of miles.