Knysna - Out & About

Elf Krans Fishing Spot

Elf Krans Fishing Spot on the Knysna Lagoon you'll find these edible fish species: Shad, Leervis, Musselcracker, Blacktail and inedible Spesies like Ragged tooth shark, Smooth hound, Spotted gully.
Use a steel trace with pilchard, choka, prawn, white mussel or live bait.

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The Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery

The Knysna Old Gaol Art Gallery was founded and is run by the Knysna Arts & Crafts Society - a non profit organization. The aim behind the gallery is to provide local artists an opportunity to display their work, a new exhibition shows every 2-4 weeks.

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RiverDeck Resort Buffalo bay

River Deck Resort

The RiverDeck group offers a full turn-key solution catering to all the needs around your specific requirements.

Mini Magic Horse Riding

Buffalo Bay Horse Rides offer Horse Trails and Rides for young and old and is situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai / Buffels Baai rd, halfway between Knysna and Sedgefield. The stables as less than 1 km from the N2, the yard lies on the bank of the Goukamma river, right next to River Deck Manor.

We facilitate horse rides for big and small, on horses ranging from Thoroughbred down to Miniature. We have selected our horses for temperament and dependability and they are all truly wonderful, each in his own way.

Buffalo Bay Horse Rides offer 1 Hour Forest Horse Trails and 2 Hour Forest Horse Trails. We plan to start beach rides soon!

For under 6′s we offer rides on some our mini horses. The aim is for an experience that is enjoyable, fulfilling, and encourages better insight. They are eternally fascinating creatures!

Horse Riding lessons - single private lessons group lessons

1 Hour Horse Trail through the beautiful forests situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai road, between Knysna and Sedgefield.

Trails cater for beginners as well as competent riders.

We can accommodate 4 riders at a time.

R 250 pp

2 Hour Horse Trail through the beautiful forests situated on the beautiful Buffelsbaai road, between Knysna and Sedgefield.

Trails cater for beginners as well as competent riders.

We can accommodate 4 riders at a time.

R 450 pp

Mini horse ridesBuffalo bay horse rides offer horse rides for big and small.
Mini horses selected for their lovely temperaments give a gentle introduction to under 6’s into the wonderful world of horses.
For bigger children & grownups we offer forest rides on a selection of cross breeds.

R 85 pp

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Mini Magic offer beach horse riding on Buffalo Bay Beach, Forest Rides Garden Ro
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Coney Beach

Coney Beach is situated at the bottom of The Heads and is one of only two beaches you'll find in Knysna. It is small but very scenic and is not safe for swimming, but a good place to go fishing. At the top there are braais and tables and a board walk that leads to the beach.

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Knysna Oyster Festival 2013

Knysna Oyster Festival 2013 - The Best 10 days of your Winter!

The annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is one of South Africa’s most popular festivals with huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!

More than 100 exciting events ranging from cycling, running and adventure races to wine and whisky tastings and gala evenings, are expected to draw about 65 000 people to the beautiful Garden Route town over the 10 days of the festival.

The festival’s two main sporting events, the Pick n Pay Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon and the Pick n Pay Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour, will give participants the unique opportunity to run and cycle through the ancient indigenous forests of Knysna and experience the scenic beauty of the area.

And if marathons are not your style, there’s a full programme of adventure and soft sports for the whole family to participate in, including paddling, golf, bowls, soccer, night biking and angling.

Oyster-related events include the annual oyster-shucking (opening) competition, the ever-popular oyster eating competition and the Pick n Pay Oyster & Wine Mardi Gras – a fabulous evening of oysters and wine tasting.

Oyster Hotspots will be selling oysters in a variety of tastes and flavours at give-away prices!

The South African Navy, which always plays a huge part in the success of the Festival, will once again be visiting Knysna, making a grand entrance through the Knysna Heads in their huge minesweepers. And the Navy’s internationally acclaimed band will entertain festival-goers during the street parade and live concert at the Waterfront.

There’s a great programme for kids too – the Pick n Pay Young Oyster Festival includes youth theatre, puppet shows, creative art workshops and cooking courses. The Knysna Sport School Sports Fair will give kids the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of sports, free of charge.

The Pick n Pay Oyster Festival Guide featuring the full programme and a list of all Hotspots, will be available soon from the Knysna and Sedgefield Tourism offices.
Watch the Press for details!

Events

Food and Drink

Woodmill Beer Classic
Whisky and Oysters
Wine Festival
Oyster Eating Competition
Flavours of knysna
Master Chef
Oyster Sucking Competition
Brandy and Oysters

Aartappelland Fishing Spot

Aartappelland Fishing Spot at Knysna lagoon you'll find Steenbras, Kabeljou, Belman, Elf
Bait: Pilchards, Choka, Prawn, Red bait

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Castle Rock Fishing Spot

Castle Rock Fishing Spot on Knysna lagoon you'll find Kabeljou, Steenbras, Elf, Belman, Blacktail, Musselcracker, Galjoen, Cape Stumpnase
Bait: Pilchards, White mussel, Prawn, Red bait, Live bait

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Harkerville - cycling trail

Harkerville has four(4) colour-coded Harkerville routes offer a range of routes to suit all ... Please be aware that all the trails except the Yellow Route may be closed if heavy rain has fallen. ...

Situated between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay, Harkerville forest is the ideal location for recreational mountain-biking to suit all levels or riders.
The relatively easy gradients and diversity of the rides offer some of the finest cycling in the Southern Cape. All four start and finish at the Garden of Eden, on the N2, where permits must be obtained. Alternative access roads are available, starting from the Forestry Office, Kranshoek Road Gate, or the Kranshoek Picnic Site. Permits may also be obtained at the Kranshoek Road Gate

Yellow Route (14km) : An easy ride along reasonably level gravel service roads – perfect for the not-so-fit. This may be the only ride permissible when the other forest trails are closed due to wet conditions.

Blue Route (12km) : An easy option, with sections of singletrack, the route meanders through the forest before looping back through a glade of giant redwood trees planted in 1927.

Green Route (15km) : An intermediate, circular route passing a shady swimming hole making this a great ride for a hot day. A southern loop bangs onto a breathtaking view of the rugged coastline before returning through a , a delightful section of off-road track which passes through some tall, coastal forest with a number of the finest examples of hard pear.

Red Route (24km) : this tougher ride must be rated as one of the most scenically diverse MTB trails in SA. Get ready for wicked stretches of singletrack and a vertigo-inducing coastal cruise along towering fynbos cliffs. Two steep downhill sections require due caution while the climbs will get your blood pumping. This route will take anything from 2-4hours, depending on your fitness. An overnight hut allows riders to opt for a two-day forest ride, that must be booked in advance. Keep in mind that heavy rain might cause the routes (except the Yellow option) to be closed.

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Sharks Point Fishing Spot

Sharks Point Fishing Spot on the Knysna lagoon you'll find the following edible fish: Leervis, Steenbras, Bronze bream and Galjoen.
inedible fish like Bronze wailer, Ragged tooth shark, Hound shark, Hammerheads, Soupfin shark.
Use bait like Pilchard, White mussel, Prawn, Live bait, Choka, Red bait

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Elephant Walk Knysna

Elephant Walk Knysna is a quick 600m walk just to stretch the legs. Here you'll find a 600 yr old "Real Yellow Wood" tree. Self issued permits at the start.

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PETRUS-SE-BRAND CYCLE ROUTE - Diepwalle Knysna

This route has been planned for mountain bikers of average fitness and covers a distance of just over 24km or 48km return.

The ride begins at the Diepwalle Forest Station office (where you obtain your permit) to Garden of Eden.If you are cycling fit, the route can be ridden in 2 hours.
The route starts at Diepwalle descends a few kms down the Uniondale road. It breaks away to the left at 2.8km. Keep a sharp look out for the marker on the left. The track now follows the contoured bed of the old narrow-gauge forest railway which used to run from Ysterhoutrug to Knysna. (Features in Dalene Matthee’s “Toorbos’)

The route turns left into the petrusbrandpad and begins to descend to the Petrusbrand River. One climbs from the stream, winding toward Petrusbrand eiland.On this section one rides through some beautiful medium- moist to dry type forest. Many of the old yellowwoods (Podocarpus latifolius) are crowned with “old mans beard” (Usnea spp.)

Passing through more moist and medium-moist high forest, one breaks out into fynbos of Kleineiland (“small island”) – a island of Cape Fynbos surrounded by indigenous forest. The contrast is amazing. This is a good resting point and on a clear day the view over the Tsitsikamma mountains.

The route descends to the Kleineiland River valley. The surface is very cobbled- take care! This is the lowest point of the route and the start of a fairly severe climb over 4km.

The last section of route, through the forest on an old timber slip-path, is the most exciting. It winds it’s way down to Garden of Eden, offering some fast single-track. The alternative route follows the Fisanthoek road to the N2.

For your information:
1. Carry your permit on you.

2. The route is open from dawn to dusk. Do not, however, start your ride after 14:00 in winter or 15:00 in summer.

3. Please do not leave marked trail!

4. Tel: Regional office 044-3825466. Maps available at Diepwalle Forest Station and Garden of Eden kiosk

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Woodville Big Tree Knysna

This 31-m-high Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) is one of several yellowwoods in the Knysna and Tsitsikamma forests that qualifies for the title of Big Tree. With a circumference of 9 m, it is estimated to be more than 800 years old. Self issued permits at gate, braai area and toilets.

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Homtini Cycling Trail Knysna

The Homtini is an awesome 19km circular route through the tranquil Homtini Forest along gravel road and singletrack.
The Trail starts near the Goudveld Forest station, about 25km from Knysna. Most of the trail follows fairly easy contours in the indigenous forest and plantation. It is enhanced by winding single-track slip-paths, shady plantation roads and a bird’s eye view of the surrounding area. It is a moderate ride with the exception of a steep 4km climb.
Distance: Circular route of 19km
Permits are purchased at the Goudveld boom.

The trail starts and ends at the Krisjan-se-nek picnic site. From here you follow the Millwood Road until you turn right about 400m from the start. Scenes from “Kringe in ‘n bos” flash through the mind as you ride along the forest slip-paths and descend to the forest edge. In the open the route follows a plantation road…and then there’s the climb! From here the going is easy, finishing in some exhilarating single-track on Boer-se-pad. Maps available at Goudveld Forest StationGetting there: Heading from Knysna towards George on the N2 take the Rheenendal turn-off to the right after about 8km. Follow this road for about 13km and turn right at the Homtini/Millwood signs. At the Goudveld boom you pay for your permit and reach the Krisjan-se-nek picnic site.

Ultimate Cycling is a leading Bike shop in Knysna, providing you all your cycling needs, from Bike accessories, spares, a wide range of bikes and a highly qualified bike mechanic in our workshop

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Long Barn Tavern Knysna

Long Barn Tavern in Knysna is a locals pub - BIG SCREEN TVs, a sunny BEER GARDEN, great specials including LADIES NIGHT, POOL TABLES etc. We open at 9am TILL LATE and offer great music, food and a sociable atmosphere any time of the day. We also have a BACKPACKERS LODGE - cheapest rates in Town!! Strictly no under 18's.

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Jubilee Creek Picnic Spot

Jubilee Creek is a beautiful picnic spot in the Knysna forest.Named after Queen Victoria in 1887,this was the site of much activity during the Millwood gold rush and the evidence can still be seen.Situated alongside a stream, this site is very popular for all, with braai facilities and toilets.The stream is perfect for the children to splash about and there are walks along the river.Hidden in the forest,you might even sight a rare Knysna elephant-one of them was seen here in March 2007!

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Green Hole Picnic Area

A Family friendly picnic spot situated in one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route. Dogs allowed, braai areas available and very safe for swimming. Toilet facilities available and close to one of the best fishing spots around.

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Terblans Hiking Trail

TheTerblans Hiking Trail is a stunning and easy 6,5 km walk in the middle of the Knysna Forest. Very nice picnic spots with toilets, braai areas and tables. Here you find bush pig, bush buck, leopard, baboons, a variety of birdlife and many spesies of mushroom. Entrance to the hiking trail is with self-issued permits at the start of the trail.

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Jaap Se Baai Fishing Spot

Jaap Se Baai Fishing Spot at the Knysna lagoon you'll find Kabeljou, Steenbras, Musselcracker, Blacktail, Galjoen and Cape stumpnose
Bait: Pilchard, White mussel, Prawn, Red bait, Choka

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Buffalo Bay Beach

Buffalo Bay Beach is about half way between Knysna & Sedgefield. Offers unspoiled seaside scenery, safe swimming and superb surfing conditions. Dolphins are frequently spotted and Southern Right whales visit this section of the Cape coast annually between May & November. Here you'll see some of the highest vegetated sand dunes in the world.
This is a stunning beach in a small bay. Safe for swimming and there are life gaurds in season. Very popular for fishing off the rocks,surfing, paddle skiing, kite surfing and has a jetty.

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Blokke Fishing Spot

Blokke Fishing Spot at Knysna lagoon you'll find the following edible fish: Kabeljou, Galjoen, Musselcracker, Steenbras
Inedible fish: Bronze whaler, Hammerhead sharks, Ragged tooth sharks, Duckbull, Houndshark
Bait: Pilchards, Choka, Prawns, White mussle, Red bait

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Garden Route Art Galleries and Artists

Art Gallery, Local Artists, Art Exhibitions, art society's, Art lessons & Classes, Artwork, art supplies and Art shops.

Variety of Art Galleries, artists, art shops and tutors giving lessons & classes in the Garden Route - Mossel Bay, Great Brak, Hartenbos, George, Wilderness, Sedgefield, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay

The Heads Lookout Point

The Heads lookout point are situated on the eastern side of The Heads. It has 3 decks over looking this beautifull estuary and magistic cliffs with it's caves.

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