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Guide to Paradise

KNYSNA TOURISM INFORMATION OFFICE MAIN STREET I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 5510 / www.visitknysna.co.za

Knysna is one of the Garden Route´s best known travel destinations. The area is one of the most scenic in the world and offers beaches, lakes and lush forests to play in. After being South Africa's favorite town for many years, it has now received international recognition for the gem it is. With a rich history, gourmet restaurants and a variety of art & craft rambles to add, this is also the ideal base for exploring the rest of the Garden Route. Distance from Cape Town 490.0 km - Port Elizabeth 275.0 km - George Airport 65.0 km

CLIMATE

Summer is warm to hot during the day, wear light clothing, a hat and a wide-spectrum sun-block during the day whilst a light sweater may be required at night. Winter is generally warm during the day, cool to cold at night; wear layers of clothing which are easily removed during the day and a warm coat at night.

"Out Of Africa - Out Of This World"

  • "2007/8 South Africa's Favorite Town"
  • "Top 100 Destinations in the World" and "Top 25 in Africa" by Trip Advisor, 2008 Travelers' Choice Destinations Awards at: http://www.tripadvisor.com/TCDestinations
  • "2008 Top 10 Restaurants" in Dine, Wine magazine and Diners Club International annual guide to eating out.
  • "2006/2007 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa and the Middle East" by Global Trade Organisation for the Golf Tourism Industry.

Geography & Climate:

  • Elevation: 0 - 150 m
  • GPS position: -34.029999 Latitude / 23.059999 Longitude
  • Time Zone: GMT +2 hours
  • Distance from Cape Town 490.0 km
  • Distance from Port Elizabeth 275.0 km
  • Distance from George Airport 65.0 km

The Knysna region covers a total surface area of 1 059 km². The town is situated mainly along the northern shores of the Knysna Lagoon, while the region is bordered by the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean.

The region's flora includes Afro-montane, or temperate rainforest, which covers the hilly terrain. An abundance of unique Cape Fynbos ('fine or delicate bush') grows throughout the region.

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Dining in Knysna

FOOD

South Africa's cuisine is exceptionally difficult to define due to the country's great diversity of cultures. Knysna has a vast range of western, eastern and African-style restaurants capable of delivering for all tastes from contemporary to traditional to experimental ones. All offer meat, game, fish, seafood, vegetarian dishes and of-course Knysna oysters on their menus. They are generally receptive to any issue or suggestion you may have about your dining experience and easily engage in conversation.

The cultivated Knysna Oyster is famous for its fresh, nutty taste, unique to oysters in this area. Of course the wild coastal oyster, more salty in taste - is ever popular.


Wine

South Africa's wines have achieved world acclaim, with two main wine growing areas including the Northern Cape and Western Cape. Traditional vinifera grapes to the areas are cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, chenin blanc and riesling. Two varieties though originated in South Africa — Cape riesling and pinotage. Villa Afrikana Guest Suites is proudly associated with:

KAAPZICHT WINE ESTATE

Tel: 021906 1620 / www.kaapzicht.co.za

Kaapzicht Wine Estate is part of the Bottelary region in the Stellenbosch district. All their wines are available at Villa Afrikana: please consult your Light In Suite Menu for a wide selection.


Beer

beerSouth Africans are mostly beer drinkers and a number of beers are produced locally, including Castle, Hansa, Lion, Black Label and Windhoek Lager.



Mitchells Brewery

beer2Mitchell's Knysna Brewery was established in 1983 by Lex Mitchell in a small building in the Knysna town center. Their Ales are un-pasteurized, live ales, produced locally in Knysna using the finest available ingredients and a carefully selected amalgam of British mashing and German lagering techniques.

RECCOMMENDED FOR LUNCH

Ile de Pain

THESEN HARBOR TOWN I KNYSNA

Tel: 44 302 5707 / www.iledepain.co.za

lunch1Views: No views Décor: Cape Cod reinvented
Cuisine: Bistro - Bread and baked goods to complement an extensive breakfast and lunch menu.
Highs: Wood fire bread, local organic.
Lows: Closed on Mondays and Public Holidays – No views


EAST HEAD CAFÉ

THE HEADS I 5 KM I 15 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel +27 (0) 44 384 0933 / www.eastheadcafe.co.za

Views: The Heads
Décor: Beach House
Cuisine: Sandwiches and lunches like gourmet burgers, fish and chips or daily specials like buttered hake
Highs: Location, Friendly service
Lows: No Lows


BRAMON WINE ESTATE

THE CRAGS/PLETTENBERG BAY I 35 KM I 40 MINUETS DRIVE

Tel: 044 386 0005 / www.bramonwines.co.za

Bramon Wine Estate is situated in a mountainous area called the Crags. The first vines (Sauvignon Blanc) were planted in August 2000. What better way to spend an afternoon – tasting local wines and cheeses, fresh oysters, garden salads and homemade breads.



34 DEGREES TAPAS

THESEN HARBOR TOWN I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 7196

Views: Thesen Harbour right by the water edge
Cuisine: Worldwide Tapas Restaurant & Bar
Highs: Family friendly
Lows: Pricey for a tapas bar


ENRICO BY THE BEACH

THE CRAGS/PLETTENBERG BAY I 35 KM I 40 MINUETS DRIVE

Tel: 044 535 9818 / www.enricorestaurant.co.za

"Any closer to the sea and you will get wet"! The terrace is a prime site for watching dolphins and whales. The atmosphere is friendly and homely. Enrico's signature dish is the Fish Enrico, the freshest line fish he can get, baked in olive oil, white wine, a touch of parsley and garlic and lots of imagination!


RECCOMMENDED FOR Dinner

CAFÉ Z AT CONRAD PEZULA

PEZULA I KNYSNA I 5 KM I 25 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 302 3333

cafeZ When to Go: For that romantic, un-intrusive, special event
Views: No views
Décor: Stylish and relaxed bistro with an eclectic décor.
Cuisine: menus are constantly evolving
Highs: According to its chef Café Z is all about delicious, freshly prepared, beautifully presented food
Lows: Out of town, uneven service delivery


CAFFE' MARIO'S

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I KNYSNA (Advanced Booking essential between 7:00-8:30pm)

Tel: 044 382 7250

mario's When to Go: For an unpretentious an relaxing evening out
Views: Overlooking the Waterfront Marina
Décor: Contemporary Italian
Cuisine: Pasta, Thin Crust Pizza – Veal Dishes
Highs: Stays open late - Great value for money
Lows: Hard to get in on season
They also do take-away BUT DO NOT DELIVER


FIREFLY

OLD CAPE ROAD I KNYSNA (Advanced Booking essential, Cash Only)

Tel: 044 382 1490 / www.fireflyeatinghouse.co.za

mario's When to Go: For an out of the ordinary dining experience
Views: Lagoon
Décor: Tiny, Very Quirky, Omnipresent Owner
Cuisine: Spice and curry-style dishes from around the world
Highs: An absolute delight, as long as you are not in a rush. Lows: Cash Only
(It may be closed Sun, Mon and Wed for most of the year)


OLIVE TREE RESTAURANT

MAIN ROAD | KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 5867

mario's When to Go: For a warm and inviting night out.
Views: No views
Décor: Cozy and Charming
Cuisine: Bistro style, a la carte, vegetarian dishes
Highs: Rated 3.5 stars in Le Gastronome 2009
Lows: Traffic Noise from the main road
(It may be closed Sun and Mon for most of the year)


JJ.S

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 3359 / www.jjsrestaurant.co.za

jjs When to Go: For that very good dinner without breaking your wallet.
Views: Overlooking the Waterfront Marina and Lagoon
Décor: romantic quayside location, welcoming ambience
Cuisine: seafood, tempting salads, Game and Beef
Highs: "Message in a Bottle" for posterity
Lows: There are no lows


34 DEGREES SOUTH

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 3827331 / www.34-south.com

34degrees2 When to Go: For that family get together or for a VERY casual evening out.
Views: Overlooking the Waterfront Marina
Décor: Marine Theme
Cuisine: Sushi, Fish, Seafood, Meat
Highs: Well stock wine cellar, menu choices to suit all tastes
Lows: Super busy


PEMBREY'S

BELVIDERE I KNYSNA I 3 KM I 20 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 3860005 / www.pembreys.co.za

pempleys The well-balanced menu is chalked up on a blackboard and changes according to the seasons and whims of the small kitchen brigade. The dishes are cooked with care and the simple presentation belies the often complex cooking of the sauces. (It may be closed Mon and Thu for most of the year)


SIROCCO

THESEN HARBOR TOWN I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 4874 / www.sirocco.co.za

sirroco When to Go: For a casual evening out.
Views: Right by the water edge
Décor: Vibrant lunch and dinner as well as bar venue
Cuisine: Shellfish, Poultry and tender char grilled beef
Highs: Vibrant and Cosmopolitan (in season)
Lows: There is a tendency to rush late diners


ANCHORAGE RESTAURANT

GREY STREET I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 2230 / www.anchoragerestaurant.co.za

anchorage The anchorage is a traditional seafood restaurant situated in the heart of Knysna. Not only known for Seafood … but also for superb matured beef. The Angus Beef fillet is as good as it gets!! The Anchorage offers a selection of fine fresh fish, Knysna Oysters, Shellfish, Seafood platters as well as sizzling beef and venison

TAKE AWAYS

Debonairs Pizza

Tel: 044 382 0312 / 3

Weekdays & Sundays: 10:00-21:30 | Saturdays: 10:00-22:30


Real burgers

Tel: 044 382 2073

Weekdays & Sundays: 10:00-21:30 | Saturdays: 10:00-22:30

After Hours

TRYST DANCE CLUB & COCKTAIL LOUNGE

WATERFRONT DRIVE I LOWER QUEEN STREET I KNYSNA

The Only Club in Knysna with a license to party to 04:00 am
Out Of Season: Fri & Sat Times: 21:00pm - 4:00 am
During Season: Every Day of the week Except Sundays. Times: 20:00pm - 04.00am


ZANZIBAR COCKTAIL LOUNGE

MAIN STREET / KNYSNA

The local and long lasting hung-out in Knysna
Out Of Season: Fridays & Saturdays.
During Season: Every Day of the week Except Sundays.

WILD OATS COMMUNITY FARMER'S MARKET

SEDGEFIELD I 10 KM I 20 MINUTES DRIVE

The Only Club in Knysna with a license to party to 04:00 am Out Of Season: Fri & Sat Times: 21:00pm - 4:00 am During Season: Every Day of the week Except Sundays. Times: 20:00pm - 04.00am


KNYSNA FRIDAY NIGHT MARKET

WELDBEDADACHT I 2 KM I 10 MINUTES DRIVE

This Friday night market is predominantly a supper- market from 16:00 to 20:00 and concentrates on food and drinks. Expect live entertainment. (It may be closed during winter)


Outeniqua

OUTENIQUA FARMER'S MARKET

GEORGE I 60 KM I 50 MINUTES DRIVE

EVERY SATURDAY MORNING from 8:00AM TO 2:00PM. The Outeniqua Farmers' Market is located opposite the Garden Route Mall on the N2. The five-hectare site is the home to more than 130 food and craft stalls.

LE SPA TRANQUILLE

THESEN HARBOR TOWN I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 302 5727/8 / www.lespa.co.za

Le Spa Tranquille is situated on the edge of the scenic Knysna Lagoon. All therapy rooms have picturesque views of the lagoon which, combined with our therapists expert touch, guarantee a soothing experience leaving you feeling rejuvenated and de-stressed.



PEZULA SPA & GYM

PEZULA RESORT HOTEL I 5 KM I 25 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 302 5727/8 / www.lespa.co.za

Transport yourself to another world, a calm sanctuary that reflects the soul of Africa with its natural elements and textures at the opulent Pezula Spa at Conrad Pezula. Our philosophy is to amplify Nature's gifts while using the very latest technologies and treatments.



SIMOLA HOTEL & SPA

SIMOLA ESTATE I 2 KM I / 15 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 302 9660 / www.simolaestate.co.za

From its vantage point high above Knysna, the brand new Simola Spa and Gym boasts unparalleled views. This spellbinding panorama permeates almost every aspect of the Spa & Gym's light and airy interior. Even the sauna, with its glass panels, lets in the calming effects of nature. The indoor heated pool is enclosed by a curving glass wall and in our fully equipped state-of-the art gym you can gaze out through the Knysna Heads whilst walking or running on a treadmill!

simola

SIMOLA GOLF COURSE

SIMOLA ESTATE I 2 Km I 15 MINUTES DRIVE

www.simolaestate.co.za | Tel: 044 302 9677

Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-inspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations.

Designed by: Ron Fream
Hole: 18 | Par: 72
Green: Grass: Bent Grass
Length: 6281m


pezula

PEZULA GOLF COURSE

PEZULA ESTATE I KNYSNA I 5 KM I 25 MINUTES DRIVE

www.pezulagolf.com | Tel: 044 302 5300

Keeping your head down at Simola can be a challenge; simply because the views around the course are awe-inspiring, and with this, it is clear to see why Simola takes its place as one of South Africa's premier golfing destinations.

Designed by: Jack Nicklaus
Hole: 18 | Par: 72
Greens Grass: Bent Grass
Length: 5644m


goosevalley

GOOSE VALLEY GOLF COURSE

GOOSE VALLEY I PLETTENBERG I 30 KM I 40 MINUTES DRIVE

www.goosevalleygolfclub.com | Tel: 044 533 5082

The Goose Valley Golf Club is situated in pristine surroundings bordering on the Keurbooms Lagoon in Plettenberg Bay. Natural fynbos, indigenous trees and bird life add a special dimension to your golfing experience.

Designed by: Gary Player
Hole: 18 - Par: 72
Green: Grass: Bent Grass
Length: 6001m

springtide

SPRINGTIDE CHARTERS

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I KNYSNA

www.springtide.co.za / TEL: 082 470 6022

The Outeniqua is a 50ft mono-hull, with a beam of 4m & interior clearance of 1.9m. She was hand built by owner/skipper, Stephan Pepler. The only mono-hull that sails through the majestic sandstone cliffs of the Knysna Heads. (Weather Permitting)

Sunset Cruise: Experience
the beauty of the Knysna Lagoon
Operational: All Year
Duration: 2.5 hours
Age Restriction: None
Tours & Times are subject to Springtide Terms & Conditions


GRBA

THESEN HARBOUR TOWN I KNYSNA

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I KNYSNA

www.boatingadventures.co.za / TEL: 382 3600

Enjoy a high speed power flip from Thesen Harbour Town, through the Heads; explore coastal caves and speed between rocks & swells. Our professional skippers rank your safety our highest concern and therefore the route, time of the activity and the cancellation thereof remains at their sole discretion.

"Quick Flip" Rib Adventure: Enjoy a high speed power flip through The Heads.
Duration: 40 minutes
Age Restriction: It is required that all children's feet can touch the deck from a seated position
Tours & Times are subject to Boating Adventure Terms & Conditions


oceanblue

OCEAN BLUE

PLETTENBERG BAY I 30 KM I 30 MINUTES DRIVE

www.oceanadventures.co.za / Tel: 044 533 5083

Ocean Blue is the only Whale Watching Company in the world to be accredited with the fair trade and tourism and TUV Rhineland (European and German stamp of approval). Money made from the Whale and dolphin watching tours get utilized to support community programs and the ORCA foundation.

Marine Encounters: Experience the many wonders of Plettenberg bay: Whales, dolphins, seals and sharks.
Operational: All Year
Duration: 1 ½ to 2 hours
Age Restriction: None
Tours & Times are subject to Ocean Blue Terms & Conditions


headsexplorer

HEADS EXPLORER

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I FEATHERBED TERMINAL

Tel: 044382 1693

The catamaran yacht, 'Heads Explorer', is for the adventurous and romantic, creating another unforgettable experience, sailing on the Knysna Lagoon to the Heads and beyond (ocean conditions permitting).

Daily Fun Sailing: Sailing with your experienced skipper is an exclusive way to enjoy the splendor of the Lagoon
Operational: All Year
Duration: 1 ¾ - hour
Age Restriction: None
Tours & Times are subject to Head Explorer Terms & Conditions

featherbedtours

FEATHERBED NATURE RESERVE / HIKING | LAGOON CRUISE

KNYSNA WATERFRONT I FEATHERBED TERMINAL

Tel: 044382 1693 / www.knysnafeatherbed.com

Featherbed is a privately-owned Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only. This spectacular 3 to four hours eco-experience includes a return ferry trip, nature drive and guided walk.

The Featherbed Nature Reserve: Experience the premier eco-experience on the Garden Route.
Operational: All Year
Duration Morning: 4.0 hours (lunch included)
Duration Afternoon: 3.0 hours (no lunch)
Age Restriction: None
Tours & Times are subject to Featherbed Terms & Conditions


plettnature

PLETTENBERG BAY GAME RESERVE

OFF THE R340 UPLANDS | 45 KM I 1.15 HOUR DRIVE

www.plettenbergbaygamereserve.co.za / Tel: 044 281 1051

Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve with its breathtaking views across the Bay of Beauty, its abundance of wildlife and superb facilities, it offers an exciting safari experience with an excellent chance of spotting four of Africa's Big Five - buffalo, lion, leopard and rhino.

Game Drives:
Join experienced game rangers for a game drive.
Operational: All Year
Duration: 2 hours
Age Restriction: None
Tours & Times are subject to Plettenberg Game Reserve Terms & Conditions


foresttours

KNYSNA FOREST TOURS

ESCORTED HIKING, WALKING AND CANOING TOURS

Tel: 082 783 8392 / www.tonycookadventures.co.za

Discover the best trails and waterways in the Knysna area. We will collect you from your accommodation and transfer you to the place of your choice.


biketours

KNYSNA MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS

ESCORTED MOUNTAIN BIKING TOURS

Tel: 082 783 8392 / www.tonycookadventures.co.za

Guided Half Day/Full Day mountain bike tours on magnificent routes with varies landscapes, beautiful indigenous forest, sea views and load of downhill fun! Transportation included. All levels of fitness are catered. Bikes are provided and included in rates.


southercomforthorses

SOUTHERN COMFORT

HORSEBACK RIDING I 4X4 – QUAD BIKING - HEKERVILLE I 17 KM I 20 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 532 7885 / www.schranch.co.za

Unforgettable forest horse ride or an off-road bike to experience the forest from another angle. Enter the natural and man-made obstacle course over the see-sow followed by waterholes, twisters and over 30 obstacles with an adrenaline rush you have never experienced.


riverdeck

RIVERDECK ACTIVITIES & DECK RESTAURANT

CANOING | FISHING | BUFFELS BAY TURN OFF | 10 KM | 15 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 073 488 6341. / www.riverdeckrestaurant.co.za/activities.html

Welcome to RiverDeck Activities where there is an abundant variety of good, natural fun for everyone. The calm refreshing, rich dark copper coloured waters of the Goukamma River offer great canoeing up or down river while embracing a warm sun under the blue skies. Take the day to meander and explore the river bends and lush surrounding green valley. Try our special Catch and Release Fishing spots. A large collection of one man, two man canoes, hydro-bikes and paddle boats for hire awaits you including life jackets for your safety. A total of 50 canoes available.


emzini

EMZINI TOWNSHIP TOURS

ESCORTED DAILY TOWNSHIP TOURS I KNYSNA

Tel: 082 338 6289 / www.emzinitours.co.za

On the face of it, townships seem merely to be sprawling, chaotic zones. This is to some extent true, but make a point to delve deeper and you will recognize that they are also places of great strength, courage, song and dance, survival and love. Here, there are no high walls dividing neighbors, and people gather in the streets to live a life in communion. We at Emzini Tours will provide you with a glimpse of this reality, offering insight into the areas that people often shy away from.


buffalobayhorserides

MINIMAGIC (BY RIVERDECK ACTIVITIES)

FOREST HORSEBACK RIDING – BUFFELS BAY TURN OFF I 10 KM I 15 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 073 251 3122 / www.buffalobayhorserides.co.za

Buffalo Bay Horse Rides offer 1 Hour Forest Horse Trails and 2 Hour Forest Horse Trails. They also plan to start beach rides soon! They facilitate horse rides on horses ranging from Thoroughbred down to Miniature. Horses are selected for temperament and dependability.


bennies

BENNIE'S TOURS & TAXI

DAILY TOURS & TRANSPORT IN AND AROUND THE GARDEN ROUTE AND KNYSNA

Tel: 083 728 5181 / www.benniestours.co.za

From day tour trips around the garden route to fetching you from and back to the airport to shuttle you to your favorite restaurant in Knysna, Bennie helps you getting where you want while in the area.


tstsikamaforesttours

TSITSIKAMMA CANOPY TOUR

STORMS RIVER VILLAGE I 70 KM I 1.1/2 HOUR DRIVE

Tel: 042 281 1836 / www.tsitsikammacanopytour.co.za

The Canopy Tour takes place in the magnificent Tsitsikamma rainforest. Many of the platforms are built around giant Yellowwood trees that are up to 700 years old! Standing within the crown of these giants and looking down at the lush forest floor below is an experience of a lifetime.

faceadrenalin

FACE ANDRENALIN | WORLD'S HIGHIEST COMMERCIAL BUNGY JUMP

Tel: 042 2811458 / www.faceadrenalin.com

Bloukrans is the World's Highest Commercial Bungy Jump at a whooping 216 m high! A proud record for South Africa. On offer is also a Bridge-walking tour and a "200m Flying Fox" out onto the arch of Africa's largest bridge.


skydiving

SKY DIVING PLETT | PLETTENBERG BAY AIRPORT

35 KM I 45 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 082 905 7440 / www.skydiveplett.com

Live life to the full! Experience free-fall over one of the most scenic drop zones in the world. Enjoy a 20 minute plane flight to 10,000 feet, over the Knysna forests and Plettenberg Bay coastline. The adrenaline starts to pump as you exit the plane with your Tandem Master and experience the rush of a 35 second free fall at 200KPH!


borntofly

BORN TO FLY I PARAGLADING

GEORGE | 60 KM | 1HR DRIVE

Tel: 072 199 0622/ www.dolphinparagliding.co.za

Based in the heart of the Garden Route, South Africa,Dolphin Paragliding is, in a nut shell, the bee's knees in paragliding. Deon Borrett has been flying for 17 years and boasts a 100% safety record. Dolphin Paragliding also offers gear sales, tours, as well as guiding and equipment rental to ensure only the best flights.

elephantpark

KNYSNA ELEPHANT PARK

WORLD'S MOST SOUTHERN ELEPHANTS | HAKERVILLE | 25 KM | 30 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 44 532 7732 / www.knysnaelephantpark.co.za

Get up-close and personal with nature at Knysna Elephant Park. You will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants. The park offers a rare and exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment.


Monkeyland

MONKEYLAND

WORLD'S FIRST FREE ROAMING PRIMARY SANCTUARY | THE CRAGS I 40 KM I 50 MINUTES DRIVE I NEXT BIRDS OF EDEN

Tel: 44 534 8906 / www.monkeyland.co.za

Visitors are taken on foot on monkey safaris in indigenous forest by game rangers. On these safaris you can expect to see many species of monkeys ranging from the Gibbons of Asia and the Lemurs of Madagascar. All our primates behave, feed and live in a natural environment.


birdsofeden

BIRDS OF EDEN

WORLD'S BIGGEST SINGLE FREE FLIGHT AVIARY | THE CRAGS | 40 KM | 50 MINUTES DRIVE | NEXT TO MONKEYLAND

Tel: 044 534 8906 / www.birdsofeden.co.za

The unique two hectare dome (the World's largest) spans over a gorge of indigenous forest.


wildcats

TENIKWA WILDLIFE AWARENESS CENTRE

THE CRAGS | 40 KM | 50 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 44 5348170 / www.tenikwa.co.za

Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre offers a truly unique Wildcat Experience. Guests are taken on a guided tour to meet captive-bred furry felines, living in a semi-natural environment. So close, you can hear them purr ... During the 90 minute guided tours you are able to see the charismatic Cheetah, ZweLakhe the Leopard and enjoy observing lesser indigenous cats, such as the African Wild Cat, Servals and Caracal. A unique and personal experience with these amazing animals, the Cheetah Walk will stay with you for life.


raptors

RADICAL RAPTORS

BIRD OF PREY REHABILITATION & AWARENESS CENTRE | HEKERVILLE I 17 KM I 20 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 532 7537 / www.radicalraptors.co.za

RADICAL RAPTORS is a birds of prey rehabilitation and awareness centre that aims at community awareness, and the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey. Flying displays: a variety of trained non-releasable birds of prey are free flown around and to you as an opportunity for you to watch, participate and photograph these magnificent birds in natural surroundings.


funguys

FUNGUYS MUSHROOMS FARMING

RHEENENDAL | 15 KM | 20 MINUTES DRIVE

Tel: 044 388 4731 / www.funguys.co.za

Funguys Laboratory have been producing top quality cultures and grain spawn. Oyster mushrooms and Shiitake are grown in bags as well as medicinal mushroom species, for those fungal enthusiasts out there. All cultures are developed in house at Abundance Farm.

woodmill

WOODMILL WALK – LONG STREET | KNYSNA

KNYSA MALL - MAIN STREET | KNYSNA

KNYSNA QUAYS - KNYSNA WATERFRONT

Food & Drinks, Specialty, Fashion, Outdoor Living, Furniture & Home-ware, Health & Beauty and Banking & Financial facilities.


leatherbags

LOCAL HANDCRAFTED HIGH END LEATHER GOODS

REX HOTEL I GREY STREET I KNYSNA

Tel: 044 3820437 / leatherrose.moonfruit.com

Leather Rose is an exclusive range of leather products. Using only the finest and exotic leather each item is meticulously hand crafted locally. The collection ranges from handbags, belts, bracelets & cuffs, wallets & purses to smaller leather accessories.


tribalcraft

LOCAL INFORMAL MARKET \ TRIBAL HANDCRAFTED SOUVENIRS

GEORGE REX DRIVE I KNYSNA

One of the largest informal market of African handcraft souvenirs in the Garden Route. Cash is king here and bargaining a rule.


fineart

KNYSNA FINE ART | LEADERS IN CONTEMPORARY SOUTH AFRICAN ART

THESEN HOUSE | LONG STREET | KNYSNA

Tel: 044 382 5107 / www.finearts.co.za

One of South Africa's finest galleries. It specialises in contemporary South African art in a variety of media. The owner is Trent Read, he fifth generation of his family to be a dealer. Trent is considered an expert in contemporary South African art.


africanattitude

AFRICAN ATTITUDE | ETHNIC ARTS & CRAFTS

KNYSNA QUAYS - KNYSNA WATERFRONT

Tel: 044 523679

A unique collection of ethnic arts and crafts objects. Small enough to be taken home.


knysnaartgallery

OLD GAOL GALLERY AND MARITIME MUSEUM | HOME TO THE KNYSNA ART SOCIETY

GEORGE STREET (CORNER OF Main Street) | KNYSNA

Tel 044 302 6320 / www.knysnaartgallery.co.za

The gallery at the Old Gaol is home to the Knysna Art Society while the rest of the space is the Knysna Maritime Museum, a few walls dedicated to the town's seafaring history, jailed life, local elephants, and (inexplicably) the sinking of the Titanic.

knysnaartgallery

BRENTON ON SEA | EXCELLENT FOR SWIMMING & BEACH WALKS

BRENTON ON SEA | 16 KM | 30 MINUTES DRIVE

Home of the famous "Brenton Blue" Butterfly, Brenton on Sea nestles between the Indian Ocean and the hills of Knysna`s Western Head. It`s golden sands are perfect for walking, sunbathing and fishing. From the cliff top paths, schools of dolphins and whales can be easily spotted.

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BUFFEL'S BAY | THE PERFECT DAY OUT | EXCELLENT FOR SWIMMING & BEACH WALKS

BUFFEL'S BAY I 20 KM I 35 MINUTES DRIVE

With fine, sandy beaches stretching all the way to Brenton on Sea, it offers beautiful views and breathtaking sunsets. Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and excellent surfing conditions, including a "wild side". Perfect for long walks, beach fishing and whale & dolphin spotting.

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NOETZIE BEACH NATURE RESERVE | EXCELLENT FOR BEACH WALKS

NOETZIE I 11 KM I 30 MINUTES DRIVE ON GRAVEL ROAD | (100 steps down to beach from parking lot)

Noetzie is one of those places that people remember. For many it is because of the "castles", which have intrigued visitors over the years, and the first question nearly every visitor asks is: "Who built them?" But what really makes Noetzie so special are not the castles, but its natural beauty, much of which is still pristine.

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GARDEN OF EDEN | INTRODUCTORY EASY WALK TO THE KNYSNA FOREST

HAKERVILLE AREA I 10 KM I 15 MINUTES DRIVE

This area of indigenous forest forms part of the larger Knysna Indigenous Forest complex. Forest mammals are usually hidden but tracks of bushbuck, blue duiker, porcupine, caracal, honey badger, porcupine, baboon and vervet monkey may be seen. There are some 40 species of forest birds, including the Knysna loerie. The trail is level and crosses a number of rustic bridges. There is an 800 m "Wheelchair Route" for the physically handicapped. This site was first opened in 1926.


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KING EDWARD VII BIG TREE | STARTING POINT TO THE KNYSNA ELEPHANT WALKS

DIEPWALLE FOREST I 24 KM I 45 MINUTES ON GRAVEL

Knysna`s history is interwoven with its rich indigenous forests. For many years the forests were mercilessly robbed of its rich resources. Extensive destruction of the forests occurred due to indiscriminate harvesting of timber. Fortunately, measures were put into place to preserve and maintain the forests: the indigenous state-owned southern Cape forests were closed from 1939 to 1967 to allow regeneration. Today the forests are managed according to strict conservation principles and harvesting is done in a responsible and ecological sensitive manner.


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VALLEY OF THE FERNS | FURTHER UP ALONG THE ROAD FROM THE BIG TREE, GENTLE WALK AMONG THE FERNS

DIEPWALLE FOREST I 35 KM I 1 HOUR DRIVE ON GRAVEL

The Valley of Ferns is situated on the road between Knysna and Uniondale, approximately 10 km after the Diepwalle forest station. It offers a pleasant, tranquil picnic site and a short walk through the grove of ferns. Stinkwood trees, Ironwood, Red Alder and the Forest Elder may also be seen here.


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7 PASSES ROAD

KNYSNA TO GEORGE | 75 KM | 2 HOURS DRIVE ON MIXED TAR & GRAVEL

This 75 km historic road was completed in 1883. Rivers generally flow in deep gorges on their way from the mountains to the sea, therefore there are seven passes along the way, hence the name of the route. Before the Passes Road were constructed, there was no good overland route between George and Knysna. It was the main road between George and Knysna for almost 70 years, until the National Road (N2) was completed in 1952.


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PLETTENBERG BAY I BAIA FORMOSA

PLETTENBERG I 30 KM I 40 MINUTES DRIVE

Plettenberg Bay is the jewel of The Garden Route. It's more than a village, less than a town and is tranquil and charming, hospitable and rather special. Plett (as locals call it) is characterized by sweeping uns-poilt golden beaches, a dramatic rocky peninsula and intriguing lagoons.


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ROBBERG PENINSULA NATURE RESERVE | STARTING POINT TO THE FAMOUS ROBBERG WALKS

PLETTENBERG AIRPORT ROAD I 30 KM I 40 MTNS DRIVE

The Robberg Peninsula is a nature reserve and national monument that lies about 8km south of Plettenberg Bay. The ecology of the Robberg Peninsula is similar to that of other rocky headlands on this coastline. It presents a fine example of how plants and animals adapt to the interacting influences of land and sea. Robberg offers a choice of three walking trails and the famous Nelson's Bay Caves.


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THE CRAGS | MOST ADVENTUROUS PLACE IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE

THE CRAGS | 40 KM | 50 MINUTES DRIVE

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The Crags is such a "happening" place, a destination with a difference! 22 activities packed into a 30km radius! Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, The Bramon Wineyard, Enrico Restaurant, Nature Valley ...


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NATURE VALLEY

THE CRAGS | 50 KM | 1 HOUR DRIVE

Nature's Valley is a small village situated next to a beautiful lagoon, enfolded with mountainous forest with rich fauna flora and a bird watchers paradise. Bottle nosed dolphins can be seen in the waves with whales visiting here in early summer.


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OUDTSHOORN I 120 KM I 1 HOUR 50 MINUTES

Oudtshoorn is situated on the edge of the Garden Route, between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountain Passes. Its fertile valleys are encompassed by the Swartberg Mountains to the north and the Outeniqua Mountains to the south.


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TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK | SEE DAY TRIPS AT END OF DOCUMENT

TSITSIKAMMA I 70 KM I 1.1/2 HOUR DRIVE

The Tsitsikamma National Park is Africa's oldest, largest and most beautiful Marine Reserve. This makes the Tsitsikamma the country's prime Eco Tourism destination. Adventure seekers will revel in the diverse range of activities. Alternatively, visitors may simply relax and unwind for a day or two in a supremely tranquil and pristine wonderland of forest, mountain and sea.

KLEIN KAROO | OUDTSHOORN | FULL DAY TRIP

Itinerary: Knysna | George | Outeniqua Pass | Ostrich Farm | Cango Caves | Summit of the Swartberg Pass (Die Top) | Oudtshoorn | George | Knysna

Distance: Approximately 344 kilometers I 9 Hours and 30 Minutes (5 hours of driving and 4 hours and 30 minutes of amazing attractions. (Distances and Drive Times are approximate)

kleinkaroo1The Klein Karoo or Little Karoo is a long valley bordered by the Swartberg Mountains to the north and the Langeberg / Outeniqua Mountains to the south. This is the land of succulents - their thick, fleshy diversity unparalleled anywhere else in the world. Visitors testify of the regions distinctive geology, the friendliness of its people and the mystique of the landscape. Today the Ostrich Farms, together with the Cango Caves - a series of subterranean chambers - are the main draws to the region, but it is the Swartberg Pass - rated one of the most spectacular drives in Africa - the unique sandstone architecture and the Afrikaans ambience of the Towns that makes no Garden Route itinerary complete without a visit to the Klein Karoo.

kleinkaroo2Enjoy the relaxed, and hospitable atmosphere offered in the area. Some of the attractions In the Klein Karoo and around Oudtshoorn are: The Cango Caves: One of the worlds great natural wonders, sculptured by nature through the ages. It is situated close to Town of Oudtshoorn. Mysterious and breathtaking limestone formations in a wide variety of natural colours, a subterranean wonderland. Regular guided tours daily. The Ostriches: Amidst the 400 ostrich farms surrounding the town, there are several distinguished "show farms". Become exposed to this exotic bird species, the largest in the world. Guided tours available.

Crocodiles: Gaze with the awe at the slithering reptiles' species from all over the world. Imagine... more than 400 crocodiles and alligators in their prehistoric unattractiveness. They're being bred here and they're awfully nice, as long as you don't get too close! Cheetahs: A highly successful breeding station of this threatened species, one of the only two in the southern hemisphere. You can get yourself photographed cuddling a cheetah cub, the fastest animal on land.

TSITSIKAMMA NATIONAL PARK & SURROUINDINGS | FULL DAY TRIP

Itinerary: Knysna | Garden of Eden | Knysna Elephant Park | Plettenberg Bay | The Crags | Nature Valley | Bloukrans Bridge | Tsitsikamma National Park | Knysna

Distance: Approximately 200 kilometers I 6 Hours (2 hours and 30 minutes driving and 3 hours and 30 minutes of amazing attractions. (Distances and Drive Times are approximate)

The Tsitsikamma National Park is situated at the heart of the picturesque tourist region known as the Garden Route, found in the Southern Cape of South Africa. Tsitsikamma is a Khoisan word meaning, "place of much water". The Park incorporates 80 km of rocky coastline with spectacular sea and landscapes, a remote mountainous region with secluded valleys covered in mountain Fynbos and temperate high forests with deep river gorges leading down to the sea.

The Tsitsikamma's spectacular scenery includes the Indian Ocean breakers, pounding rocky shores beneath 180 m high cliffs, ever-green forests and fynbos (proteas and heath) rolling down to the sea in a lush carpet where ancient rivers have carved their path to the ocean through rocky ravines. All this conspires to attract large numbers of international and local tourist to the Park.

Tsitsikamma National Park protects a wonderland of inter-tidal and marine life. This is one of the largest single unit 'no take' (including fishing) Marine Protected Areas in the world, conserving 11% of South Africa's Temperate South Coast rocky shoreline and provides a 'laboratory' for fisheries baseline research on endangered fish species. In 1964 when it was proclaimed, it became the first Marine National Park to be proclaimed in Africa.

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