While Knysna is a fascinating attraction in and of itself, should you feel the need to hop in the car and head out for an adventurous day outing, there are a host of enchanting destinations nearby the cosy town. For this installment of Knysna Day Trips we highlight the charming towns: George, Oudtshoorn, and Jeffrey’s Bay.
George – 60 km – 50 minutes
Located mid-way between Knysna and Mossel Bay, George is a popular local holiday destination, as well as the commercial and administrative hub of South Africa’s Garden Route. As the sixth oldest town in the country, George is rich in both history and tradition, boasting a variety of historical landmarks and areas of interest.
Wonderfully situated between the Outeniqua Mountain and the Indian Ocean, surrounded by lakes and forests, there are also a diverse array of enticing outdoor activities to tackle in George.The town is renowned as the Western Cape’s golf capital, featuring several world-class golf courses. The Ernie Else-designed Oubaai Golf Club course boasts by far the most spectacular scenery, while The Links, Montague and Outeniqua courses were all designed by the legendary Gary Player.
Utilising the area’s natural beauty, other outdoor pursuits include hiking trails through the Groene Weide forest, mountain biking, birdwatching and horse riding.
Oudtshoorn – 120 km – 90 minutes
Nestled in the heart of the Klein Karoo, Oudtshoorn proudly boasts the unofficial title of ‘ostrich capital of the world’. The high demand for ostrich feathers during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s led to the establishment of the town, which has since become a popular tourist centre.
Much like George, Oudtshoorn also features an assortment of outdoor activities to take on, including mountain bike trails, camel rides, and hiking trails, as well as more adrenalin-inducing activities such as zip-lining, quad bike trails and treetop canopy tours.While you’re in the area, feel free to take advantage of the nearby scenic drives, such as the awe-inspiring Swartberg Pass, with its dramatic twists and turns, and the Meiringspoort, which weaves its way through the incredible Cape Folded Mountains.
Jeffreys Bay – 190 km – 2 hours
Rated as one of the top 10 surfing spots in the world, along the gorgeous Sunshine Coast, Jeffreys Bay has much by way of things to do and places to see.Considering the fact that J-Bay hosts the annual Billabong Pro ASP World Tour, and the renowned J-Bay Open, it is arguably the most famous surfing destinations in South Africa. Whether you’re an expert of a novice, there are wide range of surf spots, surf schools to suit your every need.
While a visit to the stunning, Blue Flag, Dolphin Beach is a must, there are also a number of land-based Jeffreys Bay activities to take on. The Kabeljous Nature Reserve offers the opportunity to embark upon nature walks, mountain bike trails and leisurely hikes with breath-taking views. Indoor, make sure to dine out at one of many local restaurants, which are renowned for offering an abundance of delicious seafood.Whether you’re up to visit Oudtshoorn, Jeffreys Bay or George, there are always a number of Knysna day trips to keep you occupied and satisfied. All it takes is a trusty car, a bit of cash and an adventurous spirit.
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