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In the heart of the Garden Route this popular tourist attraction has sea, mountain, lakes and forests – what more could you desire. Experience the mystery of the forests atop a horse or relax at the beach. There are many things to do to keep you occupied and loving it all the way.

Brackenhill Waterfall – Surrounded by forest, this waterfall flowing from the Noetzie River is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Buffalo Valley Game Farm – On the way to Buffalo Bay, this farm is not to be missed.

Knysna Forest – This forest offers hiking, biking and viewpoints but scenic drives, picnics and the last of Knysna elephants. Contact the forestry department, Tel 044 382 5466

Knysna Heads – Massive sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the lagoon, offering amazing views.

Knysna Lagoon – This lagoon is perfect for fishing, scuba diving, canoeing, swimming, snorkelling and boating.

Knysna Lagoon Cruises – Daily cruises take place; the cruises go further out to sea for scuba diving and deep sea fishing for the young and young at heart.

Knysna Quays Waterfront – A haven of shops and restaurants.

Mitchell’s Brewery – Daily tours are taken around the brewery.


  • Angling Museum – This is the only museum of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, with display of fly-fishing, hooks and reels. Old Goal, Knysna
  • Belvidere and St George’s Churches – This beautiful picturesque church, is built from stone and wood, and has lovely stained glass windows.
  • George Rex’s Grave – The founder, George Rex, remains are found down a stone walled enclosure.
  • Indigenous Wood Furniture – Tours are taken around a furniture factory every Friday.
  • Knysna Museum – Explore the town’s rich culture and history.
  • Millwood Goldfields – Get a glimpse of the past gold rush in 1885 by looking at the museum, graveyard and old mine shafts.
  • Noetzie – An area within Knysna that resembles castles and is visible from the beach.

Restaurants, Bars & Clubs

  • Cruise Café – Upmarket and contemporary this café offers seafood, African and Asian cuisine. The Featherbed Co, Remembrance Ave, Knysna. Tel 044 382 1963
  • Die Oude Fabriek – Specialising in game, seafood and many other South African dishes, this restaurant is a must for those experiencing the country for the first time. Corner of Grey and Main Road, Knysna. Tel 044 382 5723
  • Knysna Oyster Company (Tavern) – Tasting of oysters as well as much more available from the tavern. Website: Thesen Island, Knysna. Tel 044 382 6941
  • O’Pescador Restaurant – Portuguese cuisine in its finest. Brenton Road, Belvidere, Knysna. Tel 044 386 0036
  • Paquitas – Within the bustling atmosphere there are meals to be treasured. With the variety being grills, seafood, pizza, light meals, steakhouse and pasta, it will definitely cater for everyone’s tastes. George Rex Drive, The Heads, Knysna. Tel 044 384 0408
  • Pembreys – Vegetables and Breakfast served in Mediterranean style. Brenton Road, Belvidere, Knysna. Tel 044 386 0005
  • Piccola Italia – From Italian to game, this restaurant can provide all you need. 152 Old Cape Road, Knysna. Tel 044 382 1291
  • River Club Café – As with most café’s it offers a wide range of food, from counry to pasta. Sun Valley Drive, Costa Sarde, Knysna. Tel 044 382 1751
  • Tapas Crabs Creek, Waterfront (Restaurant) – Enjoy your lunch or dinner in the relaxed family atmosphere. Brenton Road, Belvedere, Knysna. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Website: Tel 044 386 0011
  • The Oystercatcher Oyster Bar – Relaxed atmosphere with all the seafood that you can imagine. Knysna Quays, Knysna. Tel 044 382 9995
  • The Paddle Cruiser – A trendy atmosphere is what this restaurant is all about. It has many styles of food and will cater to all your needs. The Featherbed Co, Remembrance Ave. Tel 044 382 1693
  • Zest – With an interesting blend of cooking styles (fusion, Thai, seafood, fine dining and Moroccan), this relaxed atmosphere will help you to enjoy them all to the full. Pledge Square, Main Road, Knysna. Tel 044 382 0456

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