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Things To Do Between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay

Posted on March 2, 2023

With the school holidays coming up, families and holiday makers are going to be heading to the Garden Route to enjoy a short break before the summer is over.

The short 30km drive between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay is a treasure trove of activities for those seeking adventure.

Take a look at our top recommendations to add to your to-do list below.

Nature Experiences between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay


For those interested in spending some much needed time outdoors (and prying little eyes away from screens) there is so much to see and do between Knysna and Plett. Besides beach days aplenty, you won’t want to miss a visit to Robberg Nature Reserve – one of the most popular stops along the route. This World Heritage Site is famous for its awe-inspiring landscapes, towering sand dunes and dolphin and whale sightings.

The Knysna Heads are another unmissable must-see while in the area. The Heads are two sandstone cliffs which tower over the entrance where the Indian Ocean washes into the Knysna Lagoon. The view point at the top of the Eastern Head offers unbeatable views of Knysna and if you have time on your hands, you can book a cruise to the western head departing from the Knysna Waterfront daily.

Wildlife Experiences between Knysna & Plettenberg Bay


For sightseers intrigued by all things wild, the Garden Route is home to a host of sanctuaries and rehabilitation centres taking care of birds, primates and more.

One of the most popular stops along the route from Knysna to Plett is Monkeyland – South Africa’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary. On a tour you can see over 550 primates of various species – Gibbons, Capuchins, Lemurs to name a few. Monkeyland has a 128-metre bridge which runs through the forest canopy – a big hit with children who get a chance to see these primates from a unique perspective.

Birds of Eden is another wonderful wildlife experience to discover. Take a walk through the indigenous forest to see more than 220 bird species – with the main focus being on African birds. Visits are self-guided however walks are offered on request.

For visitors in and around Knysna, Knysna Elephant Park established in 1994 offers encounters with orphaned African elephants. These include relocated animals, orphaned calves and elephants rescued from captivity. Tours include a walk through the park at elephant pace and panoramic views of the Knysna Forest and Outeniqua Mountains in the distance.


Robberg Nature Reserve

Knysna Heads


Birds of Eden

Knysna Elephant Park

Book your trip to the Garden Route

Based just outside of Knysna central, Knysna Hollow offers an ideal base from which to explore all there is to see between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Use our website to book your accommodation and take a road trip up the Garden Route. We have a selection of regularly updated specials and packages to make your stay the best it can be. Alternatively get in touch with our friendly reservations team via email at or give us a call at +27 (0) 44 382 5401.

We look forward to welcoming you to Knysna Hollow.


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