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Knysna Introduction

The jewel of the Garden Route, Knysna cascades down from the fynbos-clad highlands of the Outeniqua Mountains to the deep blue waters of the Cape. Hugging its very own warm water lagoon, the town is famed for its oysters and taste-bud-tingling seafood dishes. It's also an old woodworking centre, with whittlers and carvers still chipping away at the regional stinkwood to create figurines and art. And then there's its outdoorsy side, as paragliders and hikers make for the hills.

Hotels in Knysna

From glass-clad, whitewashed mansions that poke above the foothills of the Outeniqua ranges to homey bed and breakfasts, there are oodles of hotels in Knysna to choose from. Those looking for discount hotels can opt for one of the lagoon-side homestays or lakeside aparthotels, which offer beautiful views over the estuary, timber-clad interiors and the occasional outdoor pool. Meanwhile, the 4 and 5-star offerings boast infinity pools and panoramic terraces, spa hotels and romantic ecolodges with safari-themed rooms and framed window views of The Heads – Knysna's famous duo of peninsulas that jut into the sea.

Where to stay

Knysna's leafy middle, which unfolds along the courses of Main Road in the heart of the city, is one of the top places to bed down. Surrounded by oyster huts and craft shops, it's the place for eating and for shopping for those Garden Route souvenirs. For somewhere a little quieter, the area of Kanonkop, just to the west, offers a selection of eco lodges. Then there’s Leisure Island which has some very relaxing spots and is close to the beaches and the boat jetties.

Things to see

For the best introduction to the wild Western Cape that surrounds Knysna, be sure to wax up the walking boots and hike to the top of The Heads. This duo of peninsulas that jut into the Indian Ocean on both sides of the town has breathtaking views down over the city and the estuary. After that, it could be high time for a taste of traditional Knysna oysters. These are the local speciality, and come served up all over the buzzing waterfront district and on lively Thesen Island – perhaps you'll even catch the Knysna Oyster Festival in July. There are also oodles of excellent wood carving boutiques to shop in, not to mention the unforgettable wildernesses of the Garden Route. Check out the sparkling beaches of Brenton-on-Sea, meet great Asian beasts at the Knysna Elephant Park, or head for the bucket-list trails and waterfalls of the Tsitsikamma National Park.

How to get to Knysna

Knysna enjoys a prime location right at the heart of the Garden Route. That means most travellers who stop here will be coming by road, on the famous N2 highway that goes west to east from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. There are many major bus companies also running regular connections on the Garden Route. Cape Town has the nearest airport, with flight connections across Africa and further afield. There are currently no direct rail services to Knysna.