Knysna is well known for its rich green forests and endless lakes. For the nature lover, Knysna is home to a myriad of fauna and flora, the elusive Knysna Turaco and the fabled Knysna Elephants. The central location of Knysna Hollow makes it the perfect base from which to explore the myriad of attractions and activities on the Garden Route. Within its idyllic natural setting the small picturesque town of Knysna emerges as a vibrant mini-metropolis, offering a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences.
From leisurely relaxation to high energy adventure, from sporting activities to shopping, from cappuccino to haute cuisine, from the famous Knysna oyster to the taste of locally-brewed beer, Knysna reflects the finer things in life, a synthesis of discerning sophistication and nature’s abundance. Alive and pulsing, the buzz of international trends in Knysna mixes with the beat of Africa to create an unmistakable sense of wonder. From upmarket waterfront shops to grassroots community living, Knysna offers the best of South Africa’s varied cultures.
Incorporating Knysna, Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay, Brenton, Belvidere, Noetzie, Rheenendal and Karatara, the Greater Knysna Area offers up arguably the biggest variation of culture, scenery and activity of any area in South Africa of comparable size.
Activities and Attractions in Knysna are plentiful. There is a yacht marina, and the area lends itself to outdoors activities, from yachting on the lagoon or out on the ocean through the famous Knysna Heads, to powerboating to many land-based activities in the Knysna area and along the Garden Route in the Plettenberg Bay (Bitou) area. The Knysna area is also renowned for some of South Africa’s finest Golf courses and Golf Estates, including Pezula Golf Course, Simola Golf Course and the well established Knysna Golf Course situated on the lagoon.
Knysna is a Festival Town, hosting the Pink Loerie Festival over the Easter Holidays and the famous Knysna Oyster Festival in July. Sporting events, such as mountain biking and trail running in this scenic area have become well-known and attract visitors to the area throughout the year.
Knysna is a vibrant little town, with fantastic restaurants, many very up-market, plenty to do, plenty to see, amazing year-round pleasant weather… this is a place you have to visit!
The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. Rainfall in the area is infrequent, and often doesn’t last more than a few hours. Knysna also has more than 280 sunny days per year!
Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday destination during the summer. Summer: Hot and humid with a temperatures up to 28°. Winter: Cool and wet, with numerous sunny days. Lowest temperatures in August, down to 13°. Rainfall: 715 mm per year. The rainfall increases over the plateau to as much as 1 400 mm on the high southern slopes and peaks of the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountains. .
Nature has blessed this area with a pleasant temperate climate and moderate rainfall throughout the year making the area a holiday haven year round. For an extended microclimatic weather report, click here. Live Weather Report for Knysna is always available at the hotel desk.