There is no shortage of reasons why holiday accommodation in Knysna is highly desirable and why you should consider choosing this destination for your next vacation.
Knysna – an eclectic town situated on the banks of the Knysna lagoon in the heart of the Garden Route – is a favourite spot for tourists all year long.
Circles in a forest
Revel in the natural beauty surrounding the town and be fascinated by Knysna’s timber industry history, dating back to 1880. Today still, visitors will find stunning solid wooden furniture for sale as a reminder of the botanical gifts of the area.
Trace the paths of woodcutters through the Knysna Forest and marvel at the Big Tree – a yellowwood tree estimated to be 850 years old, in Hoekwil. Many of the trees that hikers on the circular trail of about 2km will come across are labelled for easy identification and there is a designated picnic area where children can play in the streams.
The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. Visitors get a chance for responsible and educational interaction with elephants in this environment, where these magnificent creatures lived freely in years gone by.
The Knysna lagoon is a large warm water estuary, which is fed by the Knysna River and opens to the ocean after passing between “The Heads” – two large portions of land on either side, which are infamous for the treacherous and unpredictable waters they flank. Visitors can enjoy cruising and fishing on the safe waters of the lagoon.
Although Knysna doesn’t have its own beach, sandy beaches just made for lazy days in the sun are within easy reach at Brenton-on-Sea and nearby Plettenberg Bay.
Golfers are also spoilt for choice in and around Knysna. Choose between the 18-hole Knysna Golf Club, on the shores of the Knysna Lagoon close to The Heads, which offers tidal pools and magnificent indigenous trees.
Simola Golf and Country Estate is home to the first Jack Nicklaus Signature course on the Garden Route, reflecting the maestro’s philosophy of attuning the layout and design to the natural lie of the land.
The Pezula Golf Club and Championship Course is an award-winning 18-hole golf course and one of the most scenic in the world. In 2001, just a few months after it opened, the course was awarded Best New Golf Course in South Africa.
Now that you know why this eclectic town is a favourite spot for tourists all year long, start searching for holiday accommodation or anywhere along South Africa’s popular Garden Route.