There are loads of things to do in Knysna, but the main attraction has got to be the gorgeous beaches. Miles of white sand, caressed by a sparkling ocean and backed by natural scenery of varying hues, are what you can expect when visiting this laid-back seaside village. Some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world can be found here and the Knysna Heads are a dramatic visual attraction all on their own.


The sea and beach are the basis for many tourist activities in any seaside destination, and Knysnahas a superior offering in this regard with hiking, fishing, whale watching, forest picnics and walking trails available. Safe swimming in fantastic surroundings is possible at beaches such as Bollard Bay, lovely picnic spots abound and romantic strolls can be savoured from Brenton-on-sea right up to Buffalo Bay.

There are several wonderful beaches within ten kilometres of Knysna:

  • Bollard Bay Beach – This family friendly beach is safe for the younger set with small waves and lots of shallows for your little one to splash in. This beach also offers fishing, canoeing and sailing and you can walk across the sand as far as The Heads during low tide.
  • Noetzie Beach lies just to the East of Knysna and is surrounded by castles, built as luxury homes during the 1930s. It is a great spot for fishing or spending some quiet time. Bird lovers may spot the rare African Black Oystercatcher which is resident in this tranquil place.
  • Goukamma located between Sedgefield and Buffalo Bay, is a photographers dream with its imposing sand dunes, gushing river mouths and lush coastal forests.
  • Buffalo Bay is the place to go for surfing, sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling, fishing, canoeing or just watching the dolphins playing in the surf.
  • Brenton-on-Sea is divine for rock clambering, looking for shells or just chilling in a rock pool with the kind of ice-cream beaches are famous for.

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Whichever kind of beach activity you prefer, always heed any advice or warning signs posted by life-guards. The currents in this area are unpredictable

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