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City Knysna

Knysna, situated on the beautiful Garden Route is a tourist place in the Western Cape Province. The Knysna River flows here into the lagoon. Knysna has a beautiful view over the lagoon and the two heads that form the passage to the Indian Ocean. And on the other side of the village there is the protection of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Nature is very diverse here; Lakes, Fynbos, lagoon, kilometres long beaches, evergreen forests and rainforests, where there is said to still be one Knysna elephant. "National Lake Area" is a national park in Knysna and definitely worth a visit. The Fynbos is part of the Cape Floral Kingdom and here you can find 8,000 different species of plants and it is a paradise for the botanists among you.

It is the capital of the Garden Route with a wonderful climate, a cosy place with lots of shops, galleries and restaurants. If you like this you should definitely go to the Knysna Waterfront and a visit to Leisure Island is a fun activity if you like small specialty shops!

If you like it, it "is this the place to be" concerning oysters! Every year in the South African winter, when the temperature is around 19 degrees, it is the Knysna Oyster Festival. Then thousands of oysters are eaten and gallons local "Mitchell's" beer is drunk! The oysters are grown here in the lagoon. Go visit the nursery if you want to learn more about oysters. If you do not like oysters, there are plenty of other delicacies and restaurants serving different foods.

In the Knysna area there are also very famous beautiful golf courses. Pezula, Simola and Knysna golf course are wonderful places to play 18 holes. Pezula- and Simola Golf Course both have wonderful accommodations that you can book through us. In addition to great golf, you can relax here in a spa, enjoy fine dining and of course amazing views.

If you are interested in an hour-long walk on the beach then Brenton on Sea located on one of the Heads is a good idea as you can walk "all the way" to Buffalo Bay. Knysna and the surrounding area also offer numerous opportunities for the angler. Visit the local tackle shop for a tide chart, diver and little hooks and get a fishing license and then you go out by boat. In the water is the unique Knysna seahorse and on the lagoon beach you can find the very fragile, special Pansy shell.

In the months between May and September, it is a hive of activity on the coastline of Knysna, the humpback and southern right whales visit to give birth here in the calm warm waters of the Indian Ocean. A wonderful spectacle when you see them play here with their young and you can see them jump for hours.

The history of Knysna revolves around the illegitimate son of King George the Third; George Rex that settled in Knysna with family in 1804 and you get that name often in the picturesque village. The Millwood House Museum on Queen Street has materials that refer back to the history of the village. Furthermore, in the mountains just outside Knysna gold was found in 1885, which led to the construction of the Millwood Gold Mines and there were many workers. Now there is a nice picnic area at that spot, and from there you can take beautiful hiking trips.

Knysna Forest is the biggest attraction of this place, as the largest native forest you can find ancient trees that have always occurred here as well as exotic species from long ago, which were brought from overseas. You will find Stinkwood, Blackwood, Ironwood and the Cape hazelnut but also many wild flowers, ferns and creepers which give the woods many different colours.

And in such exceptional green environment there are also animals like small antelopes and many different birds, the most unusual perhaps the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie, but that's not the only strange bird here! Very different and endangered creatures are the dwarf chameleon and Brenton Blue Butterfly. Special animals that you will not encounter easily, but they do occur here.

Activities you can undertake in and around Knysna are; fishing, diving, canoeing, abseiling, water-skiing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking and para-gliding. You see, there is something for everyone!

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