WELCOME TO KNYSNA

Knysna Tourism is the official tourism body in Knysna and is mandated by the Knysna Municipality to market Greater Knysna as a holiday destination.

The office, together with its satellite office in Sedgefield, can help you plan your getaway to the heart of the Garden Route.

  • The Knysna Tourism is a one-stop stop shop for information about things to do in Knysna and surrounding areas.
  • They provide a booking service for activities, restaurants, and accommodation establishments in the area.
  • The office can also assist you with timetables for shuttle services and Intercape busses.
  • Visitors can buy local art & crafts which are on display in our office
  • They provide information about upcoming festivals & events.
  • Their knowledgeable visitor centre staff have loads of general travel information for tourists.

Top 10 things to do in Greater Knysna

  1. Cruise the lagoon on a ferry, inflatable boat, yacht or kayak.
  2. Explore the indigenous forests by foot, mountain bike, non-motorised scooter or jeep.
  3. Enjoy the rush of adventure activities including whale watching, surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping.
  4. Indulge in local food and craft beer at numerous restaurants and markets.
  5. Play golf on three world-class courses.
  6. Participate in exciting annual festivals and events.
  7. Get up close to elephants and other animals at numerous wildlife sanctuaries.
  8. Soak up the sun on a pristine beach in Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay or Brenton-on-Sea.
  9. Learn about the rich culture and history of the area on a guided walk or tour.
  10. Book a community tourism experience for a home-stay or township tour.

Intimate Affair with Andrew Young

Award winning, UK Saxophonist, Andrew Young, invites you and your Valentine to share a special evening of music and romance. 
Accompanied by René Piet on piano they will perform a collection of love songs and popular classics. 

Click here to buy tickets

  • Starting date: Thu 14 February 2019
  • Ending date: Thu 14 February 2019
  • Entry Fee: R180
  • Venue: Knysna Yacht Club
  • Contact Number:044 382 5724
  • Contact Email:secretary@knysnayachtclub.com

Family foundation Training

Please RSVP

FAMSA is planning an event on Personal Growth, active listening and various other courses for the whole family.

The training is starting on 11 February 2019 until 13 June 2019 and is held at 21 Spring Street, Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.

Sessions start at 8h30am.

Should you be interested in attending the training, please RSVP on the FAMSA Facebook Page.

Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festival -High Schools

There is great excitement building as water polo players from a wide range of schools across South Africa prepare to visit Knysna at the 9th annual Oakhill Waterfront Chukka Festivals.

Both the College and Prep offerings continue to have a wide appeal and attract hundreds of visitors to Knysna. The continued support from Knysna Waterfront and local businesses is overwhelming and together we are able to give festival participants and spectators a truly magnificent ‘Knysna’ experience.

Click here for more information

14-17 February 2019

  • 15 boys teams
  • 15 girls teams
  • 22 schools participation from Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown, Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London and George.
    1. Camps Bay High
    2. Clarendon High
    3. Collegiate Girls High
    4. DSG
    5. Fishhoek High
    6. Graeme College
    7. Grey High
    8. Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
    9. Kingswood
    10. Oakhill
    11. Parklands College
    12. Paul Roos
    13. Pinelands
    14. Rhenish Girls High
    15. Somerset College
    16. St Alban’s College
    17. St Andrew’s College
    18. St Cyprians
    19. St Dominic’s Priory
    20. WGHS
    21. Woodridge
    22. York High
  • Starting date:Thu 14 February 2019
  • Ending date:Sun 17 February 2019
  • Venue:Knysna Waterfront
  • Contact Person:Oakhill School
  • Contact Number:044 382 6506
  • Contact Email:k.trollip@oakhill.co.za

121 Gladiolus Street

R850 000

OFFER PENDING

Land Area: 1043 m²
Rates: R900

Treat yourself to the best of two worlds Lovely Ocean and North Facing Views in an established and quiet part of Brenton On Sea.

Burnt property. Build your house on the existing footprint.

Not to be missed !

Slideshow: 121 Gladiolus (SP58)

Brenton

Brenton on Sea is a suburb about 15km’s from Knysna; travel along the N2 towards George and take a right after the White Bridge. The settlement cascades down sloping hills which eventually ends in a “far as the eye can see” white sanded beach. The settlement was named after Sir Jahleel Brenton, who declared Knysna a harbour in 1818. If you are lucky enough you may even be able to spot the endangered Brenton Blue Butterfly. With street names such as Agapanthus, Watsonia, Protea and Stinkhout the whole suburb is a testimony to the variety of both fauna and flora.

Adventure activities are countless at Brenton on Sea. Paraglide in safely off the top of a high hill (reachable only on foot) over the Indian Ocean or climb rocks that juts off the shore to fish for White Mussel Cracker, Garrick (Leerie), Kob and Grunter.

Brenton’s beach is not an ideal one for swimming and surfing because of the strong rip tides and rocks close to shore, but it is perfect for lazing on the beach or having a picnic. The kids will love looking for shells and might even catch a glimpse of jellyfish or blue bottles that have been washed up to shore.

If you’re feeling peckish after a fun-filled day, head up to Brenton’s choice of restaurants for a sundowner and snacks or a delicious pizza for something more substantial.

Are you travelling alone? Pack a picnic basket with cheese, biscuits and wine and sit on a wooden bench over-looking the Indian Ocean from one of the many spectacular viewpoints.

Knysna Bull

Head out into the forest on your solo mission! For the Pros, the Bull provides a unique opportunity to test form over a multiday stage race, without being affected by riding in a team.

Dates: Evening Lagoon Prologue 3 Forest Trail Stages 20-23 February 2019 (Wed to Sat)
Venue: Starts at the Knysna Waterfront
Times: Wednesday, 20 February, 16h00 – 21h00 Registration
Races start at 08:00
Enquiries: ride@knysnabull.bike

Only here for the Beer

Beer would not be beer were it not for the hop plant. While you can make a beer without hops (the word ‘ale’ is thought originally to have meant exactly that), it is the hops that give to beer the distinctive flavour that most drinkers would probably consider to be the essence of the brew. These are the soft green cones of the plant Humulus lupulus. Only the female plant produces cones, and the magic ingredients that the brewer seeks are found only in tiny glands at the base of each leaf-like bract within the cone.

The hops contribute to the making of beer in several ways, notably the addition of taste and smell. Bittering hops give the brew its characteristic bitter taste, while aroma hops give it its beery scent. Hops also act as a natural preservative, help to clarify the beer and to form and fix the frothy head.

Until the early decades of this century all the hops used in South Africa’s brewing industry had to be imported, but in the 1920s the brewers began to wonder if it would not be possible to grow their hops at home. The conditions for the plant’s growth, however, were stringent: a minimum number of daylight hours in summer, a six- to eight-week dormant period in winter when it needs to be chilled, and a plentiful water supply throughout the growing season. Only one small part of the country met these conditions: the rich farmlands around George, and one or two well-watered valleys in the Outeniqua Mountains. Today 480 ha are cultivated, enough for half of South Africa’s needs. A visitor cannot miss the hop fields in summer. The plant is a fast-growing climber that shoots up in spring, the specially erected trellises towering as much as 4 meters above the ground so that the fields look like giant vineyards. The rate of growth is so remarkable – up to 20 centimetres a day – that some farmers (the older ones, who have had time to sit down and study such things) insist that the patient visitor will actually see a plant growing taller before his eyes.

Jaguar Simola Hillclimb wins the Environmental award

The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb continues to be known as one of the top sports events in the country having been awarded MSA’s Environmental Award at the annual MSA Gala Awards Evening. 

MSA seeks to recognise and show its gratitude to the circuit, organiser, club or individual, who is assessed to have made a significant contribution towards or have done something important to enhance environmental awareness and protection in the field of motorsport during the calendar year.

The Eden Regeneration Festival initiative supported by the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, namely the Festival of Action, focused its efforts on multi-stakeholder engagement including local communities, local government, NGOs and academia to support and collaborate on existing initiatives by bringing their time, logistics and human resources.

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