The Lagoon

The Knysna lagoon offers a wide variety of activities to cater for everyone. The sports enthusiast is able to participate in fishing, sailing, yachting, water-skiing, kayaking or windsurfing. Ferries make frequent trips around the lagoon and as sunset turns the water into a shimmering masterpiece it is the perfect time to enjoy a relaxing sundowner.

For the more adventurous, various charter options are available for deep-sea fishing and/or whale-watching trips. Scuba divers can enjoy the scenic Knysna Heads as an unforgettable dive.


Knysna offers some remarkable hiking and horse-riding trails, with breathtaking views in all directions. Spoilt for choice, visitors can choose from forest, fynbos, coastal or mountain trails.

The Knysna Elephant Park offers an opportunity to experience these incredible animals from close range while the nearby Monkeyland gives the family a chance to walk amongst several species in their natural habitat.

Knysna’s famous indigenous forests are home to a remarkable 8000 plant species as well as a wide variety
of birds. Amongst these is the brilliantly coloured Knysna Loerie. Elsewhere, in the lagoon and the ocean, one can find the Knysna

Nightlife & Restaurants

For a relatively small town Knysna boasts a staggering number of great restaurants. With at least 50 to choose from, catering for a wide variety of tastes and budgets, visitors are guaranteed of finding somewhere suitable. Fresh oysters are what made Knysna the culinary capital of South Africa and visitors love to see if the hype is justified! On a hot summer evening people often head to the Waterfont to enjoy the oysters with a good glass of wine or an ice-cold beer in a bustling atmosphere. seahorse, dolphins and visiting whales clearly on view, along with oysters and pansy shells.


The Garden Route has rapidly become the golfing mecca of South Africa, with some of the country’s best courses all in close proximity to Beacon House. Courses nearby include:

  • Goose Valley (30 minute drive)
  • Plettenberg Bay Country Club (25 minute drive)
  • Fancourt. (1 hour, 15 minute drive) There are four courses to choose from.
  • Oubaai (1 hour, 20 minute drive)
  • George Golf Club (45 minute drive)
  • Mossel Bay Golf Club (1hour, 15minute drive)
  • Le Grand Resort (45 minute drive). Opening end of 2009.
  • Pinnacle Point (1 hour, 15 minute drive)
  • Lagoon Bay (45 minute drive)


Knysna itself offers three high-class golf courses, namely the traditional Knysna Golf Club, Pezula, a championship links-style course and the Jack Nicklaus-designed Simola.