It’s about that time of year. Heritage weekend has come and gone, and the next public holiday is months away. If you’re not on the lookout already, soon you’ll be hunting for the ideal spot for a relaxing weekend getaway.
Boasting an idyllic location and a delightful selection of laid-back activities on offer, Knysna is the perfect place to recharge your batteries. Here, we detail some of the best leisure activities in Knysna, providing you with more than enough incentive to book that trip!
Sunset Cruise to the Heads
Undeniably the best way to watch the sun go down in Knysna, a boat cruise across the lagoon is an absolute must when visit Knysna. In fact, one of the most popular offerings at the Turbine Water Club is the sunset cruise, which takes place on one of two small motorised pontoon barges. Once out of the harbour, the boat will drift slowly along the edge of the Featherbed Nature Reserve, all the way to the Heads themselves. Along the way, your knowledgeable tour guide will explain the rich history of Knysna, and highlight points of interest. If you’re lucky enough, you might even catch a glimpse of an inquisitive seal or two, dancing in the waves.
Relax on the Beach
The perfect spot for a lazy summer’s day, the greater Knysna area features some incredibly beautiful beaches. Situated in the Goukamma Nature Reserve, Buffalo Bay Beach is the closest to Knysna town and is quickly becoming one of the most-loved beaches along the Garden Route. Part of a 14km stretch of sand, it is flanked by towering sand dunes and lush coastal fynbos. If you’re in the area between July and October, you might even spy bottle nosed or common dolphins surfing the waves.
Treatment at the Turbine Spa
The ultimate way to unwind from the stress of day-to-day life is to treat yourself to a morning or afternoon of pampering. The extensive treatment menu at The Turbine Spa has something for everyone: massages, facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures, and much more. If you looking for an ultra-indulgent day, choose one of the Pamper Journey which combine some of the very best treatments, and include a complimentary health smoothie.
Explore the Knysna Forest
The iconic Knysna Forest is home to some of the most picturesque walking trails on the Garden Route, allowing you to explore this luscious area at your own pace. Some of these include the Jubilee Forest Walk, the Circles in a Forest hike, the Terreblans Forest Walk and the Millwood Gold Mine Trail. What are you waiting for? Slip on your hiking boots, grab a bottle of water, and prepare to be amazed!
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