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About Knysna

Knysna is one of the Garden Route's best known travel destinations - situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful estuary. It offers many activities and attractions to a wide variety of people. "People. beauty and mystery" is what comes to mind when describing Knysna. The town nestles between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean, with the world-renowned forests encircling it like a protective mantle. The 21 ha estuary is protected from the sea by the monolithic sandstone "Heads" - silent sentinels down the centuries of the rich history of this unique part of "paradise of earth".

In and around Knysna one will find a selection of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops and eateries, to match your mood or budget. For the shopper, there are interesting shops tucked away around every corner, authentic African traders and for the person with a passion for history, well, Knysna will intrigue you...

Knysna is the ideal Garden Route base, offering visitors an unforgettable holiday, from the very adventurous holidaymakers, to those who prefer relaxing in the sun, strolling through the cool forests or taking scenic day drives.

Knysna in a nutshell

  • Voted "Town of the year" by Engen & Sunday Life
  • Largest estuary in South Africa for sailing, windsurfing & diving
  • Biggest "headlands" in the world from which to abseil into crashing waves, where lagoon and sea meet
  • The only breeding ground for the South African "hippocampus capensis" seahorse
  • Home of the legendary Knysna elephants
  • Charter a boat and cruise across to the magnificent Featherbed Nature Reserve and see the Knysna Loerie & Blue Dyker
  • Relax on the banks of the lagoon with home-grown oysters and our own famous Mitchells beer
  • Plettenberg Bay Airport is only 30 minutes away and George Airport is just 60 minutes from Protea Hotels by Marriott® Knysna Quays
  • Explore 40 km of forest trails on quad bike
  • Canoe from Phantom Forest past the oyster beds to the famous Knysna Heads
  • Play a round of golf at one of South Africa's top 5 golf courses.
  • Shop in hushed and exclusive boutiques or amble through colourful craft markets
  • Art and music to delight the serious collector
  • A range of conference facilities to choose from

Golf Courses
  • Pezula Championship Golf Course
  • Simola Golf Course
  • Knysna Golf Course

Knysna Attractions
  • Knysna Elephant Park
  • Monkeyland
  • Birds of Eden
  • Featherbed Nature Reserve
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Knysna Oyster Farm
  • Mitchell's Brewery
  • Knysna Heads
  • Noetzie
  • Knysna Forest

For any assistance contact Ilze Stadler at the Protea Hotels by Marriott® Knysna Quays 044 382 5005 or