Activities within 50km of Knysna


The holiday hub of Knysna is surrounded by interesting sites and loads of different activities. When planning your next trip, try out some of the following nearby things to do:

Water- based activities
With the lagoon and ocean as your playground, fishing, boating, kayaking, diving, swimming, waterskiing dolphin watching, whale tours, oyster trips, deep-sea fishing and surfing are right on your doorstep in Knysna.


Glorious beaches

Knysna’s beaches are pristine with great picnic spots and sandy shores for romantic strolls from Brenton-on-sea right up to Buffalo Bay.  Bollard Bay Beach, Noetzie Beach and Goukamma are great for beach games, sunbathing, photography and quiet reflection.


Children’s amusement
Youngsters will love marching through the fynbos at Featherbed Nature Reserve, picnicking next to the river at Jubilee Creek or exploring the magic of the Knysna forest.  Rides on the miniature train or the full size OuteniqueTjoeTjoe are also ‘top of the charts’ for children.

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Day Trips
Another great day out for the kiddies is Monkeyland and Birds of Eden which has the largest free-flight aviary in the world, and the Elephant Sanctuary with its gentle giants and unusual activities.  Visit the Robberg Nature Reserve at Plettenberg Bay for ocean views;fynbos walks, stunning beaches and some climbing.  Wilderness, with is peaceful aura and tranquil seas, is also close by.

Shop till you drop

Arts and crafts abound at shops and markets alike, with wooden ornaments, pottery, and jewellery up for grabs.  Flea markets are a regular occurrence, where you can enjoy an evening out eating, drinking and shopping with the locals.  Woodmill Lane and Thesen Island are also popular spots for shopping and fine dining.

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Live on the Edge
Those who like adrenaline inducing action, can abseil off the Knysna Heads, take a 4×4 trail through the forest, paraglide, or embark on a micro light flip.

Back to nature
Hiking, quad biking and mountain biking can be enjoyed in the forest, or you could spend some time trying to spot the Knysna Elephant.

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This list is by no means exhaustive; consult Knysna tourism for a full list of activities and for information on bookings.


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