Holidays are a time to let loose and try new things – like cruising down shaded roads and singletrack in the Knysna forest on a Monster Mountain Scooter!

This Knysna activity is constantly ranked among the best local experiences on TripAdvisor and it’s easy to see why. Not only does this excursion offer you the chance to take in the Garden Route National Park from a totally unique perspective, but the Swiss-designed scooters are (in our opinion) pretty cool, too.

Luckily for guests of The Turbine Hotel & Spa, the office and starting point of this “scootour” is right down the road from us at Heads Up Coffee & Co. in Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island.

If you have a few hours to spare during your stay, consider this thrilling adventure activity – something the entire family can enjoy!

What to Expect

As far as Knysna activities go, this one blends all the best aspects of spending time on the Garden Route: Getting outdoors, admiring the forest, having a laugh and spending quality time with your loved ones. After booking your spot, a minibus will transport you and your group to the starting point of the experience – high in the hills of the Garden Route National Park.

After a quick briefing and securing your safety gear (to be provided), you’ll set off on a thrilling downhill ride, carving down winding trails and zooting down massive slopes. Your route will wind through beautiful forest single-track and fast-paced gravel roads. As the entire excursion is downhill, the thrill remains throughout!

Image Credit: Knysna Scootours

Fun fact: These scooter bikes are the same as those used in skiing towns in the Alps during summer. When the snow is gone, the slopes are the ideal terrain for mountain scooters! These scooters are not motorised, making the experience an eco-friendly tourist activity.

(Take a look at summer and winter departure times for your scooter tour here.)

Note that this is a guided tour led by an experienced guide.

What do I need?

  • Closed shoes
  • Pants (shorts or longs)
  • Hat
  • Lightweight jacket/ windbreaker
  • Suncream

Image Credit: Instagram | that_part_time_mom (below)

Know Before You Go

Solo riders must be 10 years or older and able to balance on a bicycle. Children between 3 and 9 years old are allowed to accompany an adult on their scooter. All scooters can handle one adult with a child passenger.

Starting Point: 23 Sawtooth Lane, Thesen Island, Knysna (Heads Up Coffee & Co.)

Duration: 2-hour guided experience; it is best to arrive 30 minutes before your tour starts to fill out paperwork, etc.

Cost: R600 per solo rider; R300 per child (3 – 9 years)

Booking Details
TEL: 079 148 3751

Image Credit: Knysna Scootours (below)


Knysna Scootours

Stay With Us

The Turbine Hotel & Spa is a unique, 5-star accommodation offering on the trendy canals of Thesen Island, Knysna.

Housed in a refurbished power station, we are among the most unique hotels in South Africa, blending industrial chic amenities with cosy modern comforts.

Our proximity to all of the Garden Route’s top attractions makes us an excellent choice for couples and families who’d like to explore the beauty of Knysna while still finding time to unplug, relax and unwind in our luxurious setting.

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We hope you’ll join us for your very own Knysna adventure soon!


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