About Knysna

About Knysna

Knysna is the crown jewel of the Garden Route. It nestles on the banks of the lagoon which is fed by the Knysna River and opens into the Indian Ocean at the Heads. The estuary harbors the famous Knysna sea horse and over 200 fish species.

The town is surrounded by indigenous forests, plantations and Cape Fynbos. The indigenous forest comprises the largest complex of closed-canopy forest in Southern-Africa. It is the home of the last surviving Knysna elephants and the hosting and breeding environment for the scarce Knysna Loerie.

The small town charm invites visitors to flea markets, curio/craft shops, signature coffee shops and restaurants. The surrounding environment lends itself to day trips, beach visits, picnics, hikes and mountain bike rides all with magnificent views.