Attractions in the area

There is no shortage of activities in Knysna and the surrounding area. So, when you are tired of lazing at the pool in Herons garden, chat to us about some of the many things you can do, From shopping and eating at one of the fabulous coffee shops or restaurants, to a township tour, a tour of our local Mitchell’s Brewer or a visit to the Elephant Park, Knysna has it all.

Local activities

Spend time at one of our beautiful local beaches, take a ferry ride across the lagoon, visit an animal sanctuary, go sand boarding or hiking or pack a picnic and head for Jubilee Creek. For the more adventurous, get the adrenalin flowing with a trip through the Heads on Knysna Rib Adventures, or a bungy jump off the Bloukrans Bridge at Tsitsikamma, or join ScooTours for a ride with a difference in the forest.


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Day trips

For guests who are spending a lengthy time with us, there are many wonderful places to explore and experience outside of Knysna. Take a day trip to Plettenberg Bay with it’s beautiful beaches, hikes on Robberg Nature Reserve, shops and restaurants. Or spread your wings even further and visit the famous Cango Caves and ride an ostrich in Oudtshoorn.

We are happy to advise you on any of these activities and help you make the necessary bookings and arrangements.


Knysna has three world-class golf courses: Simola, Pezula Championship Course and the Knysna Golf Club.

Wild Oats Market – Sedgefield

Every Saturday morning throughout the year this authentic producers market is brimming with the choicest locally-produced foods, both the take-home and breakfast variety.

Festivals in Knysna

Knysna Celtic Festival: Knysna Celtic Festival is an annual event established to promote Celtic & Bluegrass music and showcase local musicians including the Knysna Pipe Band.

Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival: One of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party, this year’s event is not to be missed!

Pink Loerie Mardi Gras & Arts Festival: An annual LGBTI festival and celebration with a street parade, dancing, fun and music with daily shows held at various locations throughout the town and club nights.

Jaguar Simola Hill Climb: One of the most popular events on the South African motorsport scene, celebrating car culture and motorsport.

Sedgefield Slow Festival: Annual festival which turns Sedgefield orange as it celebrates the return to family values, real experiences and a natural way of life…

Knysna Literary Festival: An annual festival for lovers of the written word, which hosts an exclusive group of hand-picked authors from South Africa.

Knysna Timber Festival: The creation of the Knysna Timber Initiative, a group of local Knysna businesses who see Knysna as the Woodworking Capital of South Africa – largely due the the deep and rich heritage and history of timber-related activities in the area.

Tourism offices

Tsitsikamma Tourism
Plettenberg Bay Tourism
Knysna Tourism
George / Wilderness Tourism
Mossel Bay Tourism
Oudtshoorn Tourism