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Top 5 Outdoor Activities in Knysna

Posted on May 15, 2019

Figuring our what to do while in Knysna can be overwhelming. Knysna, and the Garden Route as a whole, boasts an incredible array of activities and attractions suitable for people of all ages. To assit you in this endevour, we’ve put together a list of the top 5 outdoor activities in the region. What are you waiting for? Get outside and start exploring!

Tee Off

The Garden Route is home to some of the most beautiful and highly-rated golf courses in South Africa. Just in Knysna, golfers are spoiled for choice with the Pezula Golf Club, the Knysna Golf Course and the Simola Golf Course to choose from. Goose Valley in Plettenberg Bay is also very close by, allowing for ample opportunity to enjoy a round of golf or two while on holiday.

Get in Touch with Your Wild Side

Wildlife enthusiasts will be thrilled by the amount of animal interactions available in and around Knysna. First off, there are two incredible elephant parks in the immediate vicinity: the Knysna Elephant Park and The Elephant Sanctuary in Plettenberg Bay. The Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary is also situated in Plett, and is the world’s first free roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. For as little as R260 per person, you can see more than 700 primates including howler monkeys, lemurs, capuchin monkeys, gibbons, and squirrel monkeys. A real treat for Twitchers – situated nextdoor to Monkeyland is Birds of Eden, a world-class free flight aviary featuring over 200 species of birds. Last but not least is the delightfully-unique Garden Route Wolf Sanctuary found between Knysna and Plett. A haven for 15 wolves from 4 different packs, a number of wolf dogs and huskies, and various farm animals, this is the perfect outing for the whole family.

Explore the Lagoon

A sunset cruise on the lagoon is an absolute must when visiting Knysna, and easily one of the most popular activities on offer. Whether you’re looking for a atmospheric cruise aboard the famous John Benn floating restaurant, or a more intimate experience on the ‘Heads Explorer‘ catamaran yacht, there is something for everyone. Need more persuading? Take a look at these beautiful photos of the Knysna Lagoon at the most romantic time of day.

Hit the Beach

Before the onset of winter in Knysna, make sure to pencil in a beach day at one of many idyllic spots along the coast. A few of our favourites are Bollard Bay on Leisure Isle, Coney Glen on the Eastern Head, Buffalo Bay, Noetzi, and Brenton-on-Sea.

Visit a Market

While you’re staying in Knysna, we highly recommend making your way to the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market in Sedgefield on a Saturday morning. Open from 07h30 – 12h00, you will find everything from locally-grown veges, free-range meats, and indigenous plants, to homemade jam, mouth-watering biltong and flower bouquets. Treat your tastebuds to a delicious breakfast from one of the many food stalls and top that off with a slice of cake or milktart.

For further information on anyone of these Knysna activities, or to book an experience, simply chat to the friendly concierge at Knysna Hollow during your stay. Alternatively, visit the Attractions and Activities pages on our website to find out more.

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