Things to do in Knysna even on a rainy day

Things to do in Knysna

  • one of the many Lagoon Cruises into the mouth of the majestic Knysna Heads or to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Enjoy our sunset in the company of oysters and sparkling wine.
  • Take a journey to George and visit the Outeniqua Transport Museum.
  • Canoe up the Knysna River and Knysna Lagoon or alternatively go Sea Kayaking with the experts. Beware of the tides though when embarking on this exciting activity.
  • Board a Catamaran or a Yacht for a trip around the lagoon, and, weather permitting, a breathtaking journey through the Knysna Heads.
  • Diving and Snorkeling is the ultimate experience below the waves, you might just find our endangered Knysna sea horse. The Paquita wreck is another popular diving spot.
  • Leisure Isle is a wonderful place for a waterside picnic. You can also walk, jog or cycle and if you enjoy swimming in calmer waters then you found the right spot on Bollard Bay.
  • Take a drive out to Belvidere, Brenton on Lake and Brenton on Sea for breathtaking views & a walk on the beach and you might be lucky enough to see some whales and dolphins. Don’t forget to buy that special candle on your way back!
  • Relax over a leisurely meal at any of the Fine Restaurants at the Knysna Waterfront, Leisure Isle, The Eastern Head, Thesen Harbor Town and Knysna Main Road. Visit a Shebeen in the heart of Knysna`s main road.
  • Coney Glen with its delightful rocky nooks and coves is a perfect picnic spot with braai facilities.
  • Take a walk along the 6km beach to Buffalo Bay.  Beware of strong ocean currents, if you decide to swim. We advise that you start your journey at Brenton on Sea, make your way along the beach to have breakfast at Buffalo Bay and then make your way back to Brenton. What an amazing way to experience our coastline.
  • Visit the famous Noetzie Castles or enjoy a picnic on the very secluded beach. Please note that swimming is not allowed due to strong ocean currents and rocks.
  • Enjoy riding thermals the way the fish eagles do and go Paragliding. Even beginners will find this a truly unforgettable experience. Tandem flights available.
  • Knysna offers 3 stunning Golf Courses and 1 Mashie Golf Course that will test your ability as beginner or low handicapper.
  • Take time for a relaxing or not so relaxing game of pool (if the competition is tough) at any of the Sport Bars or Pubs Knysna has to offer. Live entertainment available over weekends.
  • Dress up in your whites for an afternoon of Bowls at either the Knysna or Leisure Isle Bowling Clubs.
  • The Knysna or Leisure Isle Tennis Club welcomes visitors to play Tennis with them or join the Knysna Marathon Club for a Run or Walk.  Running along the lagoon edge at sunset has to be the ultimate.
  • Fishing. Great estuary, river, rock & surf fishing on 30km`s of coastline. Don’t forget your fishing license!
  • Dolphin and Whale Watching are always a spectacular activity to keep the whole family entertained.
  • See the unique Knysna Sea Horse at 34`South, Featherbed Nature Reserve or at South African National Parks Board.
  • Take time out for some Bird Watching. You’ll find a host of wetland birds at the turn off to Leisure Isle or visit any of the following reserves: Pledge Nature Reserve, Featherbed Nature Reserve or Steenbok Nature Reserve. Look out for our famous Knysna Loerie.
  • Remember to visit the Knysna Elephant Park where the ellies welcome you with a slurp and a smile.
  • Lace up your Hiking boots for a hike in the famous Knysna forest with a choice of very easy to challenging walks.
  • Get on your bicycle and enjoy one of our Mountain Biking routes in the forest or cycle on George Rex Drive to the Knysna Heads (the two sandstone cliffs guarding the exit of the Knysna Lagoon into the sea)  or to Leisure Isle.
  • Make an appointment for the ultimate in relaxation – soothing reiki or aromatherapy Massages from the experts which will leave you feeling rejuvenated. Knysna have many fine Wellness Centers to pamper you on a rainy day.

 

 

  • Distinctive Arts and Crafts can be found all over town with selections of quality souvenirs, exquisitely crafted gold and silver jewelry, bronze expressions or visit the many Art Galleries or your favorite artist’ creations.
  • Don’t forget to buy your copy of the Knysna Souvenir Coffee Table Book at the Knysna Tourism office for only R30.00 each.
  • Food and Craft Markets makes life so much easier with only the freshest ingredients, fast and easy food.  At these gatherings you’ll find not only the widest choice, but very often the best value as well.
  • Visit the Belvidere (Holy Trinity Church), St. George Church or the San Ambroso Church built with stone and timber and has lovely stained glass windows.
  • Sleep on a Luxury Houseboat and be the captain of your own holiday.
  • Museums. Visit either the Old Goal Museum or the Millwood House Museum on Queen Street or the Materolli Museum in Millwood.
  • Visit the Millwood Gold Mine (the little ghost town north of Rheenendal) where gold was discovered in the 1880’s. You can see the museum, grave sites, mine shafts and mining equipment used. Make sure that you have enough time to enjoy Mike’s scones after a action packed mine tour.
  • The Big Trees. A choice between the King Edward VII Yellowwood Tree on the Uniondale Road at Diepwalle or the Knysna Big Tree in the Rheenendal area.
  • If you have been deprived of Shopping then take to the streets! Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre, Knysna Waterfront, Woodmill Walk, Pledge Square, Thesen Harbor Town or the new Knysna Mall.
  • A tour to Knysna would not be complete without a visit to The Knysna Oyster Company on Thesen Isle which offers oyster tasting tours and the rare opportunity to see how oysters are cultivated.
  • Mitchell’s Brewery. Yes, Knysna produces its own beer. You will definitely not taste this any where else in the world. Brewery tours daily except on Sundays.
  • Explore a Cultural or Heritage Tour of Knysna with a choice of many professional tour operators. Tours include visiting sangomas, schools, crèches, orphanages and the Rastafarian Community etc. Pick up a copy of Living Local and explore the diverse cultures of Knysna.
  • Visit Knysna`s Historic Buildings. Varying from quaint thatched cottages to imposing Georgian buildings.  You can do the tour yourself (with a book on historical buildings in Knysna available at Knysna Tourism office) or join Eco Africa Tours on a walking historical tour of Knysna.
  • Knysna is filled with Music. A variety of sounds like jazz, reggae, guitar and other beats can be heard all over town.
  • The scenic drive up to the Eastern Head rewards you with a breathtaking view of the lagoon and the majestic Heads especially if you follow the path to the Viewpoint.
  • The Seven Passes road (original road) linking Knysna and George takes you into the quiet beauty of the original forest and across Thomas Bain bridges.
  • For those who love ‘material things’ with a distinctive design style and original ideas embark on the Rheenendal Ramble for an art experience you’ll never forget.
  • For those in love with bikes, whether it’s a Quad Bike or a Motor Bike.  S.E.A.L Adventures offers quad bike tours at Featherbed Nature Reserve or jump on a motor cycle with SA Roadrunners or Schroeder Biking for the ride of your life.
  • Fly fish in the Outeniqua mountain streams.
  • Abseil or Rap Jump from the Knysna heads if you feel in need of some adrenalin to spice up your life.
  • Horse Riding. Choose from forest, coastal, fynbos and mountain trails catering for both the novice and experienced riders.
  • Treat the kids or corporate teams to a game of Paintball or jungle warfarehunt or be hunted.
  • Explore the Timber Route where you can woodworkers, timber yards and crafters bearing witness to the importance of the timber industry to Knysna`s economy and giving you an insight into the beauty of this precious raw material.
  • Take to the air and marvel in the aerial view of Knysna and its surrounding areas. Scenic Flights are available in a helicopter, light or a vintage aircraft.
  • Learn to Sail a Yacht in a day. Obtain your license while enjoying the treasures of the waves.

 

What to do in Knysna on a drizzly day….

  • Browse around our many Book Stores. They welcome browsers with open arms and you will spend many hours lost amongst famous titles.
  • Enjoy the day at Portland Manor and lose yourself in the historic surroundings and log fires. Why not stroll along all of the Historical Pubs – The Bell @ Belvidere Manor, The Old Watermill in Pledge Square and Harry B`s in Main Street. Then add a touch of adventure at the Shebeen for a cultivating experience.
  • Walking through the historical Old Goal complex & the Millwood House Museum. You will find truly astonishing facts about Knysna and the pictures of a lost era will touch your heart.
  • Spend the morning in the “Die Oude Fabriek” complex. You can enjoy some art & craft lessons, have lunch or buy curios. Be sure to pick up your own hand made teddy bear.
  • Enjoy a day at the many excellent Health & Wellness centers in and around Knysna.
  • A tour of the Knysna Oyster Company. Learn the secrets of cultivated oysters while you indulge in sparkling wine and this famous aphrodisiac.
  • Park off for an Early Brunch and keep on going until you reach Late Lunch in the many fine Restaurants in Knysna. You will find something to tickle every taste bud and the whole family will discover a bit of the world’s cuisine in Knysna. A good starting point is the Eastern Head then continue along to Thesen Harbor Town, The Knysna Waterfront and then on a high note along Main Street until you reach Pledge Square.
  • Mitchell’s Brewery. If all else fails grab a beer. Brewery tours are available daily except Sundays and you will find the atmosphere relaxing and the beer out of this world.

 

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For more information on the above contact Knysna Tourism on  (044) 382 5510