Situated between George and Plettenberg Bay, Knysna – also known as ‘the Pearl of the Garden Route’ – is one of South Africa’s most popular holiday destinations.
Breath-taking natural scenery, a wide array of activities, and a temperate climate make Knysna a popular holiday destination for both nature-lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, while a good selection of top-class restaurants, delightful accommodation options, art galleries and craft shops will delight those in pursuit of culinary excellence and creative expression.
Have you ever visited this beautiful part of the country? If not, are you wondering how to get there?
Situated in the middle of the famous Garden Route, Knysna is easily accessible from Cape Town (500km) and Port Elizabeth (280km) via the N2 National Road. Knysna’s neighbouring towns are George (60km) and Plettenberg Bay (35km), which are also accessible via the N2 National Road. There are a number of speed cameras on the N2 between Cape Town, George and Knysna, so make sure you stick to the speed limit! Check out some of the awesome spots to stop along the way.
All major bus companies serve Knysna on the major routes between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, including Translux (www.translux.co.za), Intercape (www.intercape.co.za), Springbok Atlas (www.springbokatlas.com) and Greyhound (www.greyhound.co.za).
The nearest airport to Knysna is in George, which is 60km away. Located just 10km from George’s town centre, the airport only serves domestic flights in South Africa. For international flights to/from George Airport, flights will need to be booked via Johannesburg or Cape Town.
The following airlines operate scheduled, direct flights to George:
Flights from Cape Town to George take approximately 55 minutes and are available every day of the week, while flights from Johannesburg to George are available daily and take just under 2 hours.
There is no passenger train service to Knysna.
Famous for its miles of pristine beaches, networks of sparkling lakes, acres of unique fynbos and ancient indigenous forests, the Garden Route is very popular with tourists and, as Knysna is centrally located within this natural paradise, it is the perfect base from which to explore the rest of this breath-taking region. Day trips can be taken to spectacular Tsitsikama National Park, Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness, George, Mossel Bay, and Oudtshoorn.