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Vibrant Knysna activities, attractions and festivals

The many Knysna activities and attractions that are there for everyone to enjoy, together with the stunning scenery, makes the Knysna National Lake Area a place full of great surprises.


If you are a nature lover, there are challenging walks, birdwatching and camping next to the Lagoon.

For the sports lovers, there is boardsailing, canoeing, cycling, diving, swimming, surfing, tennis, horse riding and angling.

If you like showing off, or just floating on the water and enjoy the South African sunshine, there is yachting, power boating, dingy sailing and boat trips to keep you busy.

For the more leisurely inclined, three premier golf courses offer the best in golf with views to match. Alternatively, take a cruise across the lagoon or out to sea on a stylish yacht.

Yachting in the lagoon with the heads showing up in the far distance - Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa
Yachting in the lagoon with the heads showing up in the far distance
Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa

Adventures and Attractions

Experience the thrill of high-speed mountain biking through indigenous forests or dive the depths of the lagoon and explore its under water scenery.

Hire a kayak to tour the winding Knysna river or let your adrenaline go abseiling above the ocean’s crashing waves.

Quad bike along a dusty path on top of the Heads enjoying magnificent views, or ride a horse along the water's edge.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery around Knysna from a quad bike - Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa
Enjoy the beautiful scenery from a quad bike
Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa

Try fly fishing, rock and surf angling or deep-sea fishing. Or, for the daring, kite-surf on the waters of the lagoon or paraglide over the hills and lakes.

Hire a bicycle and tour the town, or visit the Elephant Park and experience closeness with nature unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

Sun, sea and golf, a perfect combination on the Pezula golf course at Knysna - Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa
Sun, sea and golf, a perfect combination on the Pezula golf course at Knysna
Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa

The Garden Route, sometimes called South Africa’s capital of golf, boasts more than 20 great golf courses. All within comfortable driving distance from Knysna, set against spectacular forest and ocean views.

These world-renowned courses, have attracted a keen following amongst players at every level. With three premier courses, great year-round weather, luxurious club houses and affordable green fees, Knysna sets a high standard in South African golf.

Festivals and Events

Knysna loves to party and every year the vibrant town, buzzing with creativity and energy, plays host to a series of events and festivals.

Paragliding around the Knysna lagoon - Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa
Paragliding around the Knysna lagoon
Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa

In April it is the Cape Epic, the world’s second biggest staged mountain bike race. 1200 mountain bikers from around the world set off from Knysna to tackle 900 kms of unspoiled nature of the Western cape, climbing over some of the most magnificent passes of South Africa.

In July it is the hugely popular Knysna Oyster Festival in celebration of the famous local mollusc. A 10 day feast for oyster lovers and a sport and leisure adventure for the whole family.

The famous and deliciously fresh oysters straight from the Knysna River estuary - Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa
Who doesn’t know the Famous Knysna Oyster Festival and its deliciously fresh oysters straight from the Knysna River estuary
Knysna Activities, Attractions and Festivals in South Africa

September sees a celebration of fine food with the Gastronomica Festival featuring top international chefs and a profusion of flavours. A feast for the mind, body and soul.

In addition to the yearly festivals, Knysna also offers 5 weekly markets that are very popular amongst locals and visitors alike.

Art and Culture

Knysna’s natural beauty and its cosmopolitan community inspire a unique creativity in artists, both local and international, making it the art capital of the region. Numerous galleries highlight local talent in its many unique expressions, such as painting, ceramics, mosaic, sculpture and metal forgery, naming just a few.






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