Knysna: a jewel of the Western Cape

beach of Knysna, South AfricaThe Garden Route is a highlight many people are keen to include in their personalised South Africa holiday itinerary. Along the route, as you explore the wondrous Western Cape, you’ll find the charming town of Knysna. Knysna is a beautiful place, but it’s also packed with attractions and activities. If you’ve got a day or two to take a look around, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Here are some of the best ways to spend your time in the jewel of the Western Cape.

Activities in Knysna

Trot around Buffalo Bay

If you’re keen to organise a romantic trip or you simply want to see the sights in a slightly different way, nothing beats a horseback ride in Buffalo Bay. Your trip will take you through the verdant forests of the famous Garden Route and you can take in the stunning views, as your trusty steed guides you through winding pathways under lush tree canopies. You could hike or cycle, but there’s something a little bit special about travelling on horseback in an area as visually appealing as this.

Get your pulse racing on the water

Knysna is a brilliant place to try water sports and adrenaline-pumping activities, including hydro-foiling, surfing, wake-boarding and kite-surfing. The best locations are Buffalo Bay and the Knysna Lagoon.

Sampling the local produce

Knysna is famed for its natural beauty, but it’s also a renowned producer of fine ales. If you’re a beer drinker, take a tour of Mitchell’s Brewery and sample the local’s favourite tipples. You can learn all about the processes involved in making and bottling beer, as well as honing your tasting skills.

Catch some rays

Knysna is surrounded by golden beaches, and you won’t struggle to find somewhere to catch the rays and chill out. The best options include Bollard Bay Beach, Buffalo Bay Beach and Brenton Beach. These beaches are safe and secluded and they boast wild dunes and rock pools that are ripe for exploration.

Book a cruise

There’s a huge range of boat trips and tours available within the local area. Meander around the lagoon at a leisurely pace, hire a yacht for a special occasion or have some fun in an inflatable.

Keep an eye out for whales

The Garden Route is packed with locations that offer first-rate whale watching experiences and encounters. There’s a range of tours available in Knysna and you’re likely to see species including humpback whales and Southern right whales, which arrive close to the shore between June and November. You may also be able to see dolphins on your travels.