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Knysna

TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City
The city nestled on the banks of the breathtaking Knysna Lagoon, is a natural paradise of lush indigenous forests, soaring sandstone cliffs, tranquil lakes and golden beaches. Knysna is an adventurer’s abode, providing excellent opportunities in cycling, surfing, canoeing, kayaking, and more. It also boasts of a world-class golfing course and an elephant park. It is home to a plethora of waterfowl and forest birds, dolphins and visiting whales. Head to the Featherbed Nature Reserve to revel in nature’s unspoilt beauty and view some exotic corals and marine life at Coney Glen. Go bungee-jumping at Bloukrans Bridge, from the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge for an adrenaline rush. Also a visit to the city is not complete without a visit to the Heads—a pair of headlands. With cosy cafés, craft shops and flea markets, Knysna offers you a sublime blend of adventure and relaxation. Explore and indulge in this quaint town famous for its Oyster Festival, spectacular sceneries and stunning adventure spots.
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

Situated in the heart of the charming tourist region, Garden Route, Tsitsikamma National Park is a part of the Garden Route National Park comprising of 80 km of rocky coastline with breathtaking views of the landscape and the sea. Tsitsikamma, meaning ‘place of much water’ boasts of lovely valleys that are covered in mountain flynbos that form a verdant green carpet towards the sea. Revel in the rich vegetation across the landscape full of a variety of beautiful flowers and trek through the canopy of trees at Tsitsikamma National Park. Spot the dolphins play joyfully and the southern white whale who visits to breed.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Garden of Eden Park

Garden of Eden Park

Aptly named the Garden of Eden, this short trail of only 45 minutes is the most spectacular that one can take. Walk through the lush, green foliage of thick trees and plants and admire the beauty of nature. Meander through the verdant forest or take the wooden board walks across bridges over streams and marvel at the forest itself which is a perfect example of Wet High forest. You can see the yellow wood trees, which is the main attraction here and simply bask in nature’s glory with birds twittering and streams gurgling.

Image Courtesy: Vaiz Ha via Flickr
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Knysna Elephant Park

Knysna Elephant Park

Visit the popular Knysna Elephant Park, located between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, which is home to a large herd of African elephants. Get up, close and personal with these gentle giants who have a free range of this 60 hectare park. See them eating, drinking water from the dam, strolling or relaxing. The elephants here include orphaned calves, relocated animals, those rescued from culls, and ex-circus ones as well. The park is indigenous with lush vegetation and you can click pictures with the elephants and even ride or walk with them. A must visit for animal lovers.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Bungee Jump - Bloukrans Bridge

Bungee Jump - Bloukrans Bridge

An adrenaline high, adventure fix, call it what you may, but a free fall from the highest commercial bungee bridge in the world is one hell of an experience! Plunge down over 200 m towards the river below from the world’s highest commercial bridge (216 m), the Bloukrans Bridge. Feel your heart thumping as you literally dive down; then, feel the air gush in your face and soak up the breathtaking views below and around you, high above the mountains. Feel the tranquility; hear the birds sing, the soft sound of the stream, and even your own breath.

Image Courtesy: salem elizabeth via Flickr
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Knysna Heads

Knysna Heads

If you wish to see the magic and magnitude of nature, head to Knysna Heads, a stunning geological feature. Two brightly-coloured sandstone cliffs at the entrance flank the lagoon’s mouth, quite a treacherous channel where the waters of the ocean flow into the lagoon. The Eastern Head offers a splendid view of the lagoon, Leisure Isle and Knysna; the Western Head on the other hand is a private nature reserve. The view is best experienced on a catamaran cruise. A trip to Knysna Heads cannot be missed at all.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Featherbed Nature Reserve

Featherbed Nature Reserve

This privately owned nature reserve, a South African Heritage site is situated on the Western Head of Knysna. This unspoilt headland offers unsurpassed views of the ocean, town and the lagoon. Take the four-hour excursion that includes a 20-minute boat ride to the reserve, a 4X4 unimog that takes you to the top, a 2.2 km guided walk through the breathtaking reserve and back to the lagoon. Trail through the milkwood forests and onto the lovely cliffs and into the sea caves (beachcomber caves). Spot the wonderful birds and animals including the blue duiker, one of the smallest and endangered antelope species.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Knysna Lagoon

Knysna Lagoon

Take a boat ride to this gem called the Knysna Lagoon and feel as tranquil as the calm waters. Spanning about 18 sq km, this charming lagoon is home to around 200 species of fish along with some spectacular views of the surroundings. A perfect getaway for families where the children can swim in the safe and shallow waters, while you unwind on the deck chairs. Go canoeing, fishing, kayaking, and boating here. Dig into some delicious fare at any of the eating joints on the harbour or indulge in shopping. We suggest you take a sunset cruise to complete the experience.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Buffalo Bay

Buffalo Bay

Affectionately called Buffelsbaai and situated in Goukamma Nature Reserve, lies an idyllic beach, the Buffalo Bay. Surrounding the long sandy beach are coastal flynbos, forests and extensive dune fields. Spot the bottle-nosed and common dolphins frolicking on the waves and even Southern Right Whales that head here between May to November. The lovely, unspoilt coastline offers various activities such as surfing, snorkelling, fishing, canoeing, swimming, sunbathing, and more. Relaxing on the golden sands of the beach and take a stroll on the shoreline to Brenton on Sea on the East.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Coney Glen

Coney Glen

Head to Coney Glen for a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean, the Western Head, the Knysna Lagoon, and the quaint town of Knysna. Situated on top of the Eastern Head, this spot is perfect to click some superb pictures. Go rock climbing, rather bouldering here without any equipment; good enough also for non-climbers. Marvel at the lovely corals, starfish, and crabs in the tidal rock pools. Indulge in fishing, snorkelling, swimming, or take a picnic with you; there are even braai facilities available. See the sun with its beautiful shades of orange, pink and yellow sink into the horizon at Coney Glen.

Image Courtesy: Damien du Toit via Flickr
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Knysna Quays

Knysna Quays

The most popular shopping and leisure destination of Knysna, Knysna Quays or Knysna Waterfront is a must visit for its sheer experience. Luxury charters, yachts, cruises all line up the marina. Shop for clothes, curios, rare jewels, and that perfect gift for your loved ones. Eat at any of the many restaurants dotting the sea and sample the local brew or the finest wine. Take a leisurely walk on the Waterfront and soak up the scenic beauty of the place.

Image Courtesy: TravelingOtter via Flickr
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Drupkelders Rock Pools

Drupkelders Rock Pools

Take the 3.5 km indigenous forest trail that lasts for about 40 minutes and enjoy the rocks, pools, fountains and streams and click away happy pictures. Swim in the deep, cola-coloured waters of the rock pools or clamber up the waterfall to another series of pools. Take a picnic along to enjoy with your family in the serenity of this secluded spot. Get playful (if you can) with the small animals and birds darting around while you laze on the rocks. The Drupkelders Rock Pools is a perfect retreat for the outdoorsy types. Do carry your swimwear and wear good walking shoes.

Image Courtesy: South Africa Tourism
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Millwood Mines

Millwood Mines

Take this incredibly interesting trail amidst mountain fynbos and lush forest to the site where gold was discovered. Enjoy this ancient forest while strolling through to reach the main spot. The road is muddy, yet worth it as towards the end of the simple walk you can see the shed that houses the recovered mining equipment. There’s also an original cottage and mining house to explore. Take a snacking break at the waterfall. Go deep down into the tunnels of Millwood Mines and see if you can strike gold there. You can even check out the small Millwood Museum here before starting your trail.

Image Courtesy: Helen via Flikr
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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Simola Golf Course

Simola Golf Course

Treat your eyes to the ridiculously beautiful leafy greens while you tee off at the Simola Golf Course. A designer-course by Jack Nicklaus, the views around are simply awe-inspiring. This 18-hole golf course is also regarded as a premium golfing destinations in the country. Sheltered by the wind as it is set below the high ridges, the immaculately manicured lawns of the course offer an amazing golfing experience. The difficulty of the sport here is eased out by the stunning views you will encounter at every turn. So go on and test your ‘teeing’ skills.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Knysna Oyster Festival

Knysna Oyster Festival

Food lovers, seafood lovers more specifically and also sports lovers, you should head to this 10-day extravaganza held every year during the months of June-July. Over the years, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has gone on to become Knysna’s biggest event. Apart from savouring delicious oysters engage yourself in any of the sporting activities such as bowling, squash, cycling, golf, and even marathons. There are also music concerts, craft workshops, cooking demonstrations, theatre shows, and many other activities to indulge in.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg Nature Reserve

Head to Robberg Nature Reserve, which is blessed with natural beauty of a rocky and rugged shoreline. This is not just a nature reserve, but also a national monument and a highly protected marine region. You can spot dolphins, whales, a collection of ocean seabirds such as Broad-billed Prion, Albatross, and many more interesting creatures. The peninsula is also home to the Cape Fur Seals and a breeding ground for Kelp gulls. Explore the Nelson Bay Cave, hike the circular routes or go kayaking to explore the amazing shoreline. Revel in this nature’s paradise on earth and savour the memorable moments.

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TraveLibro South Africa Knysna Featured City Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Portuguese explorers called it the ‘Beautiful Bay’ and it was also known as ‘Bahia Formosa’ previously. Today, an internationally recognised Natural Heritage region in the country, this ‘Jewel of the Garden Route’ is abound with mountains, beaches, coastline, and abundant natural beauty. Go yachting at the Keurbooms River’s mouth and marina; swim in the warm, clear, and gentle waters or play polo at Kurland. At the entrance of the town you are greeted with a bronze statue of the dolphins that frolic in the Bay’s waters. Go cycling through the wine-lands and view the whales and marine life here.

Image Courtesy: Diriye Amey via Flickr
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