ACTIVITIES IN AND AROUND KNYSNA
The imposing sandstone cliffs of the Heads form the gateway to the sea from the Knysna lagoon. In the 1800s Knysna was a thriving port with many cargo ships braving the treacherous entry at the Heads for safe harbour entry in the lagoon. The lagoon today is still one of South Africa’s most utilised stretches of water, with a wide variety of activities on its shores and waters. The area was designated a National Park in 1985, in order to restrict damage to the sensitive estuary ecology. Some of the main attractions in the area include:
Brenton-on-Sea & Buffalo Bay - ideal for long beach walks and swimming. Noetsie - ‘Brave the steps’ and visit the Castles on the beach. Nearby Plettenberg Bay also has many beautiful beaches.
1. To Featherbed Nature Reserve - Tour is about 4 hours long & includes return ferry trip, 4x4 trailer ride and guided walk along scenic 2,2km Bushbuck Trail back to the tavern where meals are available. Ferry departs daily at 10h00 (Summer: also at 11h15 and 12h30). Bookings advised a day or so in advance, or depending on the weather, the same day.
2. John Benn Lagoon Cruise - Approx 1 ½ hour trip to the Knysna Heads and back. Fresh oysters, light meals & full bar available on board. Live entertainment. Daily at 12h30 and 18h00. (Sunset cruise recommended, weather permitting.) Booking essential.
Due to track damage, the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe is currently only running between George and Mossel Bay. Day trips can be arranged where a shuttle bus will collect you in Knysna, drive you to George where you will take the steam train to Mossel Bay. The shuttle bus will collect you in Mossel Bay and bring you back to Knysna. Please enquire in advance to check schedule times.
The surrounding area offers many walks and trails through the forests and nature reserves, including picnic sites, ‘Big Tree’ viewing, waterfalls & beach walks. These can all be done at your leisure and no booking is necessary. Visit the Knysna Elephant Park and get 'up close and personal' with some of nature's most amazing creatures. Feed, walk and love these gentle giants.
Extremely popular, either at your leisure in the garden or with an experienced local guide in the forests and river trails nearby. Alternately, visit Birds of Eden bird sanctuary - the largest free flight aviay in the world - situated next to Monkeyland at The Crags (approx. 40km from Knysna).
Cycle routes, water-skiing, snorkelling or wreck diving, catamaran or schooner sailing through the Knysna Heads, deep sea fishing, Township Tours
all available, booking is essential and at least a day’s notice is required...
For complete relaxation we can book you a treatment or two at Pezula Spa & Gym, Simola Spa or Le Spa Tranquil. Perfect for a grey day!
We would be happy to arrange any pre-bookings for any of the above.
We hope this whets your appetite for the area and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Distances from Point Lodge to: Knysna = 2 kms (5 mins)
Plettenberg Bay = 30kms (30 mins) George = 60kms (45 mins)
Port Elizabeth = 250kms (2 ½ hours)
Cape Town = 500kms (5 - 6 hours)