Visit world renowned Monkeyland, the Tenikwa Cat Sanctuary, Birds of Eden and the giant relatives of the Knysna elephants at the Knysna Elephant Park or the Elephant Sanctuary. In season (between June and November), see the whales frolic in the bay, watch a polo game or sample the local wines (and bubbly!) at the most eastern winery in South Africa.
Tsitsikamma National Park is a destination in itself, with several hikes through the indigenous forest – the one to the suspension bridge being the most popular. Spectacular views into the Storms River mouth can also be enjoyed on one of the boat trips along the coast line, where the marine reserve forms part of the National Park as well. En-route you may swing high up in the trees on the ‘foefie slides’ (or zip lines) on the spectacular Treetop Canopy Tour or – for the real dare devils – do the bungy jump. At 216(!) meters, the highest in the world….!
Across the dramatic Outeniqua Mountains lies a totally different landscape, vegetation and way of life altogether. The harsh environment of the Klein Karoo with its many succulents, wide horizons and – not to forget! – ostriches offers a steep contrast with the lush and green surrounds of the Garden Route.
The secrets of the Cango Caves, hidden away in the deep inners of the Swartberg Mountains are partially open to the general public and will have you marvel at the stalagmites, stalagtites, drop- and flowstone formations that were discovered by early farmers of that area. And while you’re there, visit one of the working ostrich farms to learn about this peculiar flightless bird, including the possible option of riding one?
You don’t have to travel all the way to the Kruger Parks of this country to see the Big Five. Lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard can be spotted right here on the Garden Route as well. Several game reserves in the area offer guided game drives on open safari vehicles, but the more adventurous can also go out on horse back or by mountain bike or on foot!
By now you may have realized there is more to see and do in the greater Knysna area than you imagined. Of course we are biased, but we REALLY recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights, at any time of the year! You’ll be happy for having followed our advice!
P.S. Check out our long stay special HERE….:)
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