Knysna (pronounced Nize-na) is a gorgeous village in the heart of the Garden Route. This hub is where you can base yourself for a couple of nights, or a week should your itinerary allow. It is the gastronomic capital of the Garden Route, home to the very elusive Knysna Elephant, protected by the magnificent “Knysna Heads”, the base for a wealth of adrenaline pumping activities and, laid back and relaxed.

The town is set along the Knysna Lagoon with the Tsitsikama Mountains in the background. The main road is a hub of brick-a-brak shops, restaurants, cafes, boutiques and crafts. The Waterfront has some great activities, stunning delis, easy shopping and waterfront apartments. Thesen Island, in the middle of the lagoon, is crisp and white, contemporary and modern, and home to the Knysna Oyster Company! If you are enjoying a romantic getaway or on honeymoon, or looking to keep the kids active and knowledgeable, there is something around every corner.

Indigenous forest gives treetops and wildlife. The Lagoon is a hub of water activities and excitement. The Elephant Park provides personal, amazing educational encounters with one of Africa’s Big 5. The impressive Knysna Heads offers panoramic views and luxury houses. Oysters and champagne or crisp, white, award winning South African wine set the romantic tone.

Knysna accommodation has something to suite every taste and many budgets. In town you will find small luxury boutique hotels and guest houses. There are those located right on the lagoon, with deck chairs facing the water, lapping up that cool breeze. Or those in the centre of town, where everything is within easy walking distance. Up on the cliffs or hills surrounding Knysna you have some stunning views and luxury resorts that cater for your every whim, including award winning golf courses! Families can enjoy the country retreats with magnificent gardens and creche services, allowing the kids to run free and soak up Africa!



Camille Rowe

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About "Knysna"


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This tranquil retreat on the edge of the Knysna Lagoon embodies the spirit of the Garden Route - natural, beautiful and unpretentious, with a rustic elegance and warm hospitality that will appeal to the discerning traveller. Set in exquisitely lush gardens, Knysna River Club has won a string of awards for its superb service, facilities and aesthetic. Read More


A luxury boutique guesthouse in the heart of the Cape's beautiful Garden Route, the five-star Kanonkop House offers relaxed comfort, magnificent views and superb service. Gloriously situated on the top of Kanonkop Hill above Knysna - South Africa's favourite coastal resort town - Kanonkop House has spectacular views across the Knysna Lagoon and all the way the Heads, where the lagoon meets the Indian Ocean. Read More