Knysna, known as the heart of the Garden Route, offers an wide range of attractions and activities – something for everyone!
Diverse in its mix of people and its surroundings, this diversity is reflected in a range of choices of eco-tourism, cultural-tourism and heritage-tourism. Knysna is situated on South Africa’s only National Lake, which is also the country’s largest permanent estuary. The waters of the Indian Ocean channel through two large sandstone cliffs, The Heads, forming the gateway to the old harbour (Thesens Jetty) from where ships carried timber to the far corners of the globe, into the wide lagoon basin. The enchanting town of Knysna is surrounded by the Outeniqua Mountain range, engulfed by indigenous indigenous forests and the protected 21 square kilometre marine reserve, locally better known as the ‘Lagoon’.
The Knysna Lagoon is best known for its oyster farming. To the oyster lovers this could only mean sheer self-indulgence.
Knysna is also well known as the mecca of indigenous wood furniture, and the beauty of the area serves as an inspiration to artists, working with only the finest indigenous timber, carefully selected with pattern, grain and texture in mind, making every piece of furniture a masterpiece. Over the years, Knysna has embraced many well-known creative people – writers, sculptors, potters, painters, jewellers, etc., and the art-lover will find delight in browsing through the many arts and crafts studios and galleries and shops. Knysna will not fail to capture your imagination and sensitise you to this beautiful and fragile area, whose destiny hangs delicately between the very sensitive issues of development and conservation.