Now that the festive season crowds have died down, Knysna reveals itself in all its seaside village glory. All the wonderful attractions and activities, bar a festival or two, are still up for grabs – except now you have more room to enjoy them.
Out of season travel to Knysna has several benefits – the queues are a lot shorter, the traffic is much calmer and you don’t have to pay peak season rates for your Knysna accommodation. However, you can still rely on the following when visiting Knysna during the off-season:
- The Knysna Heads are still as dramatically beautiful, and can be enjoyed on boat-trips out to sea, or from the beach.
- The friendly locals are just as charming and welcoming as ever.
- Great fresh seafood dishes and five star cuisine never lose their flavour.
- The fun Friday Market is on the go every week, offering local treats, live music, arts and crafts, unique clothing and jovial fellowship.
- Knysna Forest beckons with tranquil, undisturbed walks, horse trails and bike rides, while no one else is around, and a chance to spot the fabled Knysna elephant or Knysna Turaco.
- The beaches are less packed and perfect for relaxing sunbathing, swimming and fun seaside activities without the crowds.
- Golfing at some of South Africa’s loveliest courses such as Pezula Championship Golf Course, Simola Golf Estate and Knysna Golf Club.
- Luxurious cruises, sailing and kayaking on the Knysna Lagoon.
- Superb fishing all along the coast.
- Access to peaceful nature reserves, such as Goukamma, Garden Route National Park, Featherbed and Pledge Nature Reserve, without having to fight for a picnic spot.
Expect more than just peace and tranquillity though, since you can still enjoy adrenalin-pumping abseiling, cycling, boating, shopping sprees and a vibrant nightlife year-round in Knysna.