Activities in Knysna
One of many reasons that Knysna is South Africa’s favourite holiday destination, is the easy and inexpensive availability of many leisure and adventure activities.
We will gladly provide detailed information on any of the activities and suggest trusted, experienced activity providers.
Play Knysna’s spectacular Pezula Championship Course, the awe-inspiring Simola Golf Course, the course at the friendly Knysna Golf Club, or the fun mashie golf course at Blackwaters River Lodge.
The rest of the Garden Route offers many challenging, yet enjoyable courses to play within easy driving distance. Please enquire about these when making your booking.
Pezula Championship Course
Simola Golf Course
Blackwaters River Lodge
Knysna boasts a variety of quaint shops, flea markets and coffee shops at Woodmill Lane, the Knysna Quays Waterfront, Thesen Island Harbour Town and the Knysna Mall. The town boasts colourful craft markets and locally made gems hidden in the town’s quaint stores.
Knysna has several excellent restaurants for wining and dining. Probably the most reliable and up to date guide to the local restaurants is our unique ‘Where-did-you-dine-last-night’ guest restaurant rating list. Expect the freshest seafood, from the catch-of-the-day and fresh seafood platters to perfect prawns and the famous Knysna oysters. Knysna also offers authentic Thai, Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and Italian cuisine, along with succulent steakhouse fare. Whether it’s fine cuisine or relaxed fun food, Knysna’s got your order.
Health & Beauty
Spoil yourself to a pampering spa or beauty treatment at one of the many health and wellness facilities in Knysna. Ask us for our recommendations.
On The Lagoon
Enjoy one of many daily ferry cruises on the estuary, some of which visit the Featherbed Nature Reserve, take a yacht trip to or through the Knysna Heads, or relax on a champagne fuelled sunset cruise. The lagoon is also ideal for many water sports including angling (remember your license), skiing, wakeboarding, canoeing, snorkelling and stand up paddling (SUP).
Tennis & Bowls
The Tennis and Bowls Clubs on Leisure Island welcome visitors. Experience the friendliness of the local 'islanders' while enjoying some light exercise.
Hiking & Walking
There are numerous hiking and walking trails within the Knysna forests and surrounding areas, with experienced adventure operators offering guided excursions. We are happy to assist with booking your hiking adventure.
Bowls Club on Leisure Island
Steenbok Nature Reserve
Tennis Club on Leisure Island
Nature Reserve and Gardens
One of the Leisure Island's highlights (of which the residents are very proud), is the indigenous plant garden at the Steenbok Nature Reserve. Stroll through the gardens to enjoy this natural wonder - it's only 300m from the Knysna Belle.
Tony Cook Adventures
Tony Cook Adventures offers Knysna mountain bike tours, Knysna forest tours, kite surfing (and coaching), stand up paddle (SUP) surfing, sea kayaking and more.
Stand Up Paddling on the Lagoon
Hiking in the Knysna Forest
Knysna has six of South Africa’s very best, well-marked MTB routes and hosts several MTB races throughout the year. Please click here for more information.
There’s even more to see and do ...
Animal encounters with elephants, monkeys, big cats and birds. | Arts and crafts | Art galleries | Bird watching | Boat cruises | Bungee at the world’s highest jump | Cycle a scenic, guided route through nearby winelands and enjoy a light gourmet lunch | Cycling | Diving and snorkelling | Eco adventures | Featherbed Nature Reserve and boat trips | Fishing (fly, deep sea, lagoon or coastal) | Forest walks, hikes, MTB rides and excursions| Helicopter flips | Hiking and jogging | Horse riding in forest | Kayaking & canoeing | Kite surfing | Lazing at the pool or beach | Mountain biking (easy or challenging) | Museums, historic churches and sites | Off-road adventures | Paragliding | Sailing | Scenic drives | Shopping | Skydiving | Spa treatments | | Spectacular, continuously changing views | Surfing | Tree top tours | 4 X 4 drives | Whale and dolphin watching | Yacht sailing or charters