Knysna, once a sleepy west coast town on the edge of the Indian Ocean in South Africa is today the playground of both locals and international tourists who want to get out of Cape Town and experience some of the wonderful natural vistas offered by this attractive part of the country.
However, Knysna is more than just a chance to breeze through some of the best scenery on the coast – it’s also about having an adventure.
So what are the 5 best adventures you can have while visiting the Knysna neighbourhood?
#1 Oysters To Die For.
If you’re in Knysna and you miss the opportunity to have some fresh oysters which are harvested from the ocean in front of you then you’ve really missed out. Go down to The Oyster Company and order a dozen or so. They are an experience of the ocean in a natural casing. These are the best oysters in the world and the folk at The Oyster Company are only too happy to supply a glass or two of bubbly to make the experience that much more intense – lovely.
#2. Get Out On The Lagoon.
A scenic boat ride across the Knysna Lagoon is not to be missed. Track down the John Benn, a two deck floating restaurant that will take your lagoon experience to the next level. Are fresh oysters on the menu? What a silly question – of course, they are. A bar on each deck and a sun-downer cruise are also available.
#3 Play With The Nellies.
If you want a taste of the real Africa then a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park should be on the itinerary. How about an elephant back experience to take in some of the best scenery that South Africa has to offer. This is an experience that will never be forgotten. These gentle giants enjoy the company of human beings and they are only too happy to accompany you on your elephant back voyage of exploration.
#4 Take A Tree Top Tour.
The Tsitsikamma Forest is home to majestic 700-year-old Yellowwood Trees and the magnificent Knysna Loerie – a bird that lends its own special mystique to this one of a kind forest experience. The sites and smells of this little bit of paradise are elevated (literally) when experienced in the canopy of the forest. If you want to find out what life was like before human beings intruded into the peace and quiet this is the tour for you.
#5 Whale Watching.
Knysna sees the annual migration of the magnificent Southern Right Whales and if you’re in the area between November and January then take to the high seas to get up close and personal with these gentle giants of the ocean. Another unforgettable experience on the coastline of South Africa.
Knysna is rewarding on so many levels. It’s magical to play and learn – as well as being the perfect setting to just let go of the everyday stresses and worries. Make your plans and visit soon.