The coastal town of Knysna is located on South Africa’s Garden Route. Founded back in the 18th century, the town developed around a large lagoon that’s fed by the Knysya River and empties out into the ocean. The town’s lagoon beaches are the only sheltered ones in the area, so are ideal for those with young children.
Knsyna boasts many small guesthouses and expensive lodges and resorts, typically located either in the historic town, or on a lagoon beach. It serves as a good central base for exploring the beaches and attractions of the Garden Route from Wilderness to Pletenberg Bay. Activities include catamaran tours to the Heads, exploring islands in the Knysna River delta by barge and seasonal whale watching. The Pledge Nature Reserve offers several kilometres of scenic pathways and picturesque views of the lagoon, while local wildlife attractions at Knysna Elephant Park, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (nr Plettenberg Bay), Birds of Eden (nr Plettenberg Bay) and Monkeyland (nr Plettenberg Bay) are well worth the visit if you want to get up close to wildlife on your trip.
Knysna is very much a year-round destination, with temperatures fairly pleasant and not too high throughout the whole year. The warmest time of year is from December to March, while its wettest months are usually October and November.