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Knysna, beyond the beach

Run, climb, hike, meander, kayak, zipline and replenish your soul in the wide-open spaces that the greater Knysna area has to offer.

“Although there have been concerns from visitors following the President’s announcement of the beach closures in the Garden Route area, there are waterways that can still be enjoyed. We urge holiday makers to keep their bookings and re-imagine their holiday itineraries by selecting from a plethora of activities on offer in the greater Knysna area,” commented Wesgro CEO, Tim Harris.

Offering a breadth and depth of wide-open spaces, set against the backdrop of the expansive Indian Ocean, enjoy a SUP, kayak, boat trip and other water activities on offer from the experienced and reputable operators in the area, operating along the Knysna estuary and Sedgefield lagoons or the many rivers. Dry off with a walk, trail run or mountain bike in the magnificent indigenous forests and nature reserves surrounding the area.

For the adrenalin junkies there’s the Knysna Ziplines, gyrocopter flights, and paragliding to be enjoyed – all within a stone’s throw of the buzzing town centre.

Golfing enthusiasts can look forward to a round of golf at one of South Africa’s top courses, Simola Country Club, or opt for one of the family-friendly mashie courses.

Immerse yourself in untouched nature in the Knysna Elephant Park, or get lost in the forest with renowned author, Gareth Paterson, to learn interesting facts about the rare Knysna elephants. Bird watchers and photography enthusiasts can select from a variety of bird watching tours, and stand the opportunity to spot the lesser sited Knysna Warbler.

With the area celebrated as the creative heart of the Garden Route, visitors can peruse the many art galleries and exhibitions, and even explore their own artistic talents through enjoying a class.  This season also sees many pop-up offerings to discover.

Most importantly, say goodbye to the stresses of 2020 and treat yourself and your loved ones to a spa day or pamper package from a wide selection of wellbeing treatments and experiences.

“From picnicking and enjoying a refreshing dip in the waterfall at Jubilee Creek in the Millwood Forest, to local gin and craft beer tasting at the various outlets, there are so many world-class and affordable experiences on offer in the area,” comments Colleen Durant, Managing Director of Visit Knysna.

“We look forward to welcoming back our loyal visitors and entice you to try new experiences this holiday that you may not have had the opportunity to try before,” added Durant.

Executive Mayor Cllr Elrick van Aswegen commented: “The President’s address might have dampened the spirit of holiday makers however, the Garden Route in its entirety is so much more than its beaches. We have so many hidden treasures and this, in as much as it can be perceived as a negative, is now affording us an opportunity to unveil some of these unique experiences.“

“Take a township tour, explore the largest Rastafarian Community in the in Khayalethu settlement, eat a perfectly made roosterkoek, or participate in a drumming session. Meet member of our community from the wood cutters in Karatara, to Italians in Gouna, our Khoi, and San Tribes. Local is lekker – Knysna is open and we invite you to come and enjoy all our town and the greater Garden Route has to offer,” concluded van Aswegen.

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