Knysna, Garden Route, South Africa
Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast's best known holiday destinations, and is known as Nature's Playground as it is situated between lush forests and the shores of the peaceful lagoon, which are perfect for outdoor activities. The most well known attraction is the Heads, two giant sandstone cliffs found at the mouth of the lagoon, which links the estuary with the sea. A lookout has been erected on the Eastern Head, offering outstanding views of the lagoon and Knysna. The Western Head is part of a privately owned nature Reserve called Featherbed Bay.The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places in the world that houses an oyster hatchery. And the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the most delicious in the world.
Knysna has many attractions in the surrounding area as well, one of the most spectacular being the Knysna Forest . It is the largest indigenous forest in South Africa comprising of soaring and ancient trees of local and exotic variety, stinkwood, yellowwood, blackwood, white alders and Cape chestnut are all found within the forest. The forest is immense and very dense in places making it impassable. Animal life is limited to a few small antelope and a large variety of birds, such as the famous Knysna Loerie. Home to the once great herds of Knysna Elephants, it is believed that only one lonely cow remains today.
Millwood House Museum in Queen Street houses material relating to the history of the town, and includes artifacts once owned by George Rex. It was built from yellowwood at the end of the previous century. From Millwood, it was later moved to Knysna. Another historical attraction is the Millwood Gold Mines. Alluvial gold was discovered here in 1885, which caused a rush to the area. The spot where gold was first found is at Jubilee Creek, and is now a quiet picnic spot. Buffalo Bay is the closest beach to Knysna, and is one of the safest swimming beaches along the coast.
During your stay in Knysna why not visit the Knysna Elephant Park . Well informed guides will tell you the story of the mystical Knysna Elephants and take you around the park and give you a chance to feed, touch and interact with the elephants - the world's Southern most elephants. Daily tours leave on the half hour every day from 8.30 to 16.30