Wondering what to do in Knysna? Both Knysna and the Garden Route offer an amazing array of exciting activities and excursions and Knysna Hollow will gladly assist in making the arrangements for your memorable holiday moments. Knysna itself is situated in the heart of the Garden Route National Park, which stretches from Mossel Bay in the West to Tsitsikamma in the East, all easily accessible in a day’s outing in either direction. Beautiful salt-water estuaries and sandy Indian Ocean beaches frame one side of Knysna and the Garden Route while the other side consists of wild, indigenous forests and beautiful, rugged mountains known as the Outeniqua Mountain Range.
Knysna is steeped in early Timber merchant history and no visit to Knysna is complete without a visit to the Millwood Gold Fields and the forest hikes of the Gouna area. Knysna Town is home to the Knysna Waterfront, a marina-style development with local shops and eateries, while Thesen Islands offers contemporary dining and shopping. The Knysna Heads are an iconic attraction looming large over the notoriously-dangerous channel between the Indian Ocean and the Knysna Estuary – breathtakingly beautiful and with amazing vistas towards the ocean and Knysna itself from the various viewpoints at The Heads.
Plettenberg Bay is located 30km from Knysna and is a quaint beachside town that offers an eclectic mix of design shops, restaurants and local art & craft. Plettenberg Bay is also famous for Robberg Nature Reserve, a spectacular cliffside hiking trail and numerous wine farms located in The Crags, near Nature’s Valley just outside town.
Oudtshoorn is a desert town located 1,5 hour’s drive from Knysna in the Little Karoo and is an excellent option for a fun-filled day trip that includes visiting an Ostrich Farm, the world-famous Cango Caves and some truly awe-inspiring mountain passes (Meiringspoort Pass, Price Alfred Pass etc.) that link up to charming villages such as De Rust and Prins Albert.
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