The town of Knysna is popular with local and international tourists alike due to its warm climate all year round, and is one of the best known destinations along the Garden Route. Knysna is a friendly town and offers a wide range of attractions and activities to suit people across a broad variety of ages and interests.
Knysna is located to the east of Cape Town along the Garden Route, between the Indian Ocean and the Outeniqua Mountains on the shores of a lagoon. The Knysna area is made up of beautiful coastlines, indigenous forests, rivers, lakes, fynbos, and mountains with a moderate climate throughout the year.
Knysna is also well-known for a striking geological feature known as “The Heads,” which are a pair of massive sandstone cliffs towering over the treacherous channel of water that flows into the Knysna lagoon, linking the sea with the estuary.
The areas that surround Knysna also offer visitors a number of interesting attractions to choose from, including the spectacular Knysna forest. The Knysna forest is made up of ancient tree species that include Yellowwood, Ironwood, Stinkwood, Cape Chestnut, Blackwood and White Alders, while the rest of the forest is made up of a variety of creepers, ferns, and wild flowers.
The forest is also the largest indigenous forest in the country and is so dense in places that it is completely impenetrable. The fauna in the forest consists mainly of a number of diverse bird species, a couple of small antelope and was once home to the Knysna elephants.
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