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This section is still being developed but will cover the Knysna Art Scene. From artists and galleries to installations, supplies and the various arts.
The Featherbed Company specializes in Creating Unforgettable Experiences on the Knysna lagoon by exploring the natural beauty of the Knysna forests at the pristine Featherbed Nature Reserve whilst enjoying interactive guided nature walks and spectacular lunch buffets. We offer luxury cruising and four star dining on the Paddle Cruiser, the only paddle-driven vessel in South Africa. Enjoy exclusive yacht sailing to the Knysna Heads on-board The Heads Explorer and savour seasonal cuisine whilst sailing into the sunset. The MV John Benn is a fully enclosed legendary floating restaurant renowned for eating, drinking and having fun offering a wide dining selection from the a-la-carte menu.
What could be better than a cruise, wine and oysters all in the very beautiful Knysna lagoon? Have you ever tucked into a fresh Oyster? No?Intrigued to try? Or maybe you have but want to learn more? Well this is the ideal opportunity to do just that
Hop aboard and enjoy a relaxing cruise with magnificent views of the Knysna Heads and trip around the glorious lagoon and an insight into the bird species and marine life that grace the area. The boat trip is around 75 minutes and is bound to be one
Keen to learn more about the very famous Oyster and perhaps even try a few fresh ones? This ‘hands on’ Oyster experience will teach you all about this famous delicacy, allowing you to learn the shucking process and open your very own Oyster to taste
An important landmark of the Garden Route is the famous Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market located on the outskirts of Sedgefield at Swartvlei on the N2. This popular Saturday morning event brings together locals, tourists & food producers in a delightful outdoor country setting in the heart of the Garden Route.
An important landmark of the Garden Route is the famous Wild Oats Community Farmers’ Market located on the outskirts of Sedgefield at Swartvlei on the N2. This popular Saturday morning event brings together locals, tourists & food producers in a delightful outdoor country setting.
Blackwaters River Lodge is a magical hidden treasure, tucked away in a beautiful valley on the banks of the Goukamma River. Set on several hectares of gardens surrounded by indigenous forest that offers peace, quiet and relaxation. Situated just off the N2, opposite the Buffalo Bay turnoff.
Offering a unique holiday experience in the picturesque seaside town of Sedgefield, which is situated in the heart of the Garden Route.
Ke Nako is the ideal self-catering base for exploration and relaxation for those simply looking for a peaceful and beautiful place to stay. Near Rondevlei village at the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains, overlooking Langvlei lake, Ke Nako is private, yet set for easy access to the holiday towns of Wilderness and Sedgefield, as well as Knysna and George with its airport
Riverdeck Country Accommodation - offers guests a choice of en suite guest rooms , self catering: valley cottage or romantic riverside guest room as well as permanent tents.
These deep sea fishing trips are a must do for all fishing enthusiasts when visiting Knysna. All fishing equipment and bait is supplied, you just bring a snack lunch and refreshments and you get to keep your catch if you so choose!
Paradise Found overlooks the beautiful Knysna Lagoon. It offers comfortable 3 Star B&B or Self-catering accommodation. All units have private entrances, off street parking and have a truly magnificent view of Knysna, the lagoon and the famous Knysna Heads. Photographer's paradise.
A spacious fully equipped self-catering garden cottage, sleeps four and a separate self-catering unit consisting of a double room only or a family unit for five. Situated on the Island, Sedgefield.
The beautiful Rheenendal country district, ten kilometres west of Knysna is home to many prominent artists and crafters. Take time to explore the attractions along the Rheenendal Ramble, where you will come across ceramicists, painters, woodcarvers, bowl turners, screen printers, plant nurseries, tea gardens and restaurants.
Explore the wonders of the indigenous forests or hike the many historical trails in the area and visit the old goldmine at Millwood and learn about the excitement of the gold rush.
Forest Valley Cottages
Forest Edge Cottages
Peace of Eden
Homtini Guest Farm
The Red Barn
Mother Hollyˋs Tea Garden @ Millwood | 082 347 2540 | 082 409 2070
Bendigo Mine and Millwood Goldfields & Materolli Museum | 082 347 2540 | 082 409 2070
View mine shaft, derelict mining equipment, historic graves and interesting museum
Forest Horse Rides | 044 388 4764
Experience the area on horseback. For novice to experienced riders
Ideally located, Sedgefield is fast turning into a perfect family destination. "If it is outdoors, it's out here" goes the saying, but Sedgefield offers more than a wide range of outdoor activities. The natural beauty and peaceful pace of the area has attracted many talented artists over the years as well as inspired them to create great works. Their skills range from woodworking, metallic art and pottery to painting in all its forms and much much more.
Apart from just swimming and sun bathing, Sedgefield offers the best attractions for the whole family. With four unspoiled beaches, Sedgefield presents a variety of water sports - from simply splashing around, to excellent fishing, boating, canoeing, windsurfing, waterskiing, and sailing.
Sedgefield is a veritable paragliding Mecca, with no shortage of spots perfect for this activity along the adjacent coast.
Indulge in an abundance of fascinating fauna & flora hidden in a network of fynbos, lakeside and forest. If you are a keen birder then you have just discovered paradise!
The highlight of your visit will undoubtedly be the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market on a Saturday morning. There is certainly a taste for every tempered palate, with a noticeably health-conscious emphasis on the wares. There is an air of "sophisticated country" - young at heart and vibrant with a solid connection to the communities in the area which supply all the necessary tasty treats for one's weekly shopping needs.
Sedgefield is indeed one of nature's best kept secrets, and visitors are invited to enjoy its extensive riches. While Sedgefield is as yet a rather reticent destination, it is only a matter of time before its name is on everyone's lips.
SEDGEFIELD TOURISM OFFICE
Main Road, Sedgefield
Tel: +27 (0)44 343 2658
Fax: +27 (0)44 343 2010
NEWSFLASH!!!! Sedgefield – host of the highest fossil sand dune in South Africa.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean and coastal lake system, Sedgefield is bordered by a series of parallel fossil sand dunes extending between Kaaimans River in the west and Brenton on Sea in the east.
These dunes were formed over 2 million years ago and over time have been eroded to steep cliffs showing distinct layers and patterns caused by water, wind and sand erosion. Creating a dramatic buttress to the temperamental Indian Ocean, these cliffs offer nesting platforms for two colonies of Cape and White Breasted Cormorants and to those who are patient enough to witness the transformation, at sunset they change from a spectacular golden yellow to a deep, rich ochre.
During their formation in the Pleistocene, pieces of mollusk shell became mixed into the quartz sand grains as they were deposited into dune shapes. The hard nature of the dunes formed when rainwater seeped through the dunes, dissolving the calcium carbonate of the shell fragments and percolating into the sand lower down. During phases of minimum disturbance to the dunes, the dissolved material cemented the sand into hard and easily distinguishable layers.
Looking at the cliffs flanking Myoli Beach and either side of Gerickes Point, the clear horizontal and diagonal layers seen on the exposed cliffs are testament to the different epochs of the dunes formation. The orientation of the dunes is also an indication that South westerly winds have been the prevailing winds in the region for more than 2 million years The dune system comprises a series of three fossil dune ridges, or cordons, running parallel to the coastline. The southern most dune is submerged two miles out to sea and is a popular reef for skiboat fisherman. The central dune runs along the coastline forming the cliffs along the beach and reaches a height of nearly 204m, making it the highest fossil dune in South Africa.
The third dune is easily seen as the cordon north of Groenvlei with a remnant section in the west forming the island in Island Lake. The dune system has been central to the development of the coastal lakes found around the outlying reaches of Sedgefield. During marine regressions, when coastlines retreated towards the continental shelf, erosion from flowing rivers cut through the softer and younger geological formations of the dunes.
With subsequent marine advances and regressions, there has been a combination of erosion in the soft geology and deposition of sediment which has built up platforms and left depressions which have been filled as lakes. Thus the formation of these localized lakes is the direct result that combined climatic changes have on soft geology. Interestingly enough, the only other area where this effect can be found in South Africa is in the northern parts of Kwazulu Natal (St Lucia to Ponta de Oura).
Walking either east below the Myoli Dunes or west towards Gerickes Point, you will see evidence of recent dune slips where sections of the dune have broken free as a result of ongoing erosion to the dunes. The steep slopes of these fossil dunes is caused by the continuous sea erosion that undercuts the base of the dunes, transforming them from gradual sloping sides to dramatic cliffs. Careful inspection will reveal a red/brown layer (about 1.5m thick) punctuating the sand of the dunes. This layer varies in height above sea level and indicates an era when sediment was deposited over the then-existing foundation of the dune. So why not make an effort to walk along the beach from Swartvlei, to Gerickes and around the corner for a bit or from Myoli to Platbank and take in a wonder that is right on our doorstep but has taken millennia to form.
Another great reason to visit our remarkable area!
Forest Massage offers Aromatherapeutic Massage appointments in the comfort of your holiday accommodation with portable plinth and mobile massage unit. House calls to all accommodation establishments the Rheenendal/Knysna/Sedgefields and surrounding areas. A blissful hour of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Forest Guided Tours offers unique and specially fashioned Guided Walks and Tours into Knysna's lush, emerald Forests to suit your preferred pace and interests. Perfect for:Forest Enthusiasts. Visitors to Knysna. School Groups.Nature Lovers.Special Interest Groups.Hikers.Walkers.Amblers.Families.
Sirocco has without question the best location of any restaurants in Knysna. Situated right on the waters edge serving Sushi, Salads, Pizza's, Pastas, Seafood, Steaks and great cocktails you will be sure to find exactly what you are looking for. Try getting a table on the Waterside Deck.
The Old Gaol
The Old Gaol was constructed in 1859 by convicts assigned to the road engineer Thomas Bain for the construction of the Prince Alfred Pass. The building now houses an Angling Museum, the Maritime History of Knysna display, an Art Gallery, and a coffee shop.
Millwood House and Parkes Cottage
Millwood House and Parkes Cottage are quaint little wood-and-iron buildings typical of the dwellings constructed in the goldmining village of Millwood. Several of these houses were transported to Knysna in sections and re-erected. The walls are constructed of yellowwood planks. These buildings are National Monuments and house a museum of local history and displays on George Rex and the goldfields. Behind Parkes Cottage is the shop originally owned by the firm Geo. Parkes & Sons, which houses a timber display.
St. George’s Church
St. George’s Church was completed in 1855 on land set aside for this purpose by George Rex, the ‘Founder and Proprietor of Knysna’. It features exposed hammer trusses, a timbered ceiling and lovely wide yellowwood floorboards. In time, the little church became too small for the growing Knysna community, and a larger church was added on the same property in 1926.
George Rex’s Grave
George Rex (1765-1839) is described on his gravestone as the ‘Founder and Proprietor of Knysna’. He was a leading landowner, timber dealer and agriculturist in the district, and it was largely due to his persistent representations that the Knysna lagoon was opened as a harbour in 1817. His descendants erected the gravestone in April 1893.
The Holy Trinity Church in Belvidere
The Holy Trinity Church in Belvidere, built by Thomas Henry Duthie is a beautiful example in miniature of the Norman style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries. It was planned according to the English custom, as a place of worship for the Duthie family, their friends and their servants, and has retained much of the intimate character of that period. The entire pulpit, except for the parapet, was carved out of a single block, known as the ‘Monster Stone’. The bell was cast in England in 1854. The church is now a popular venue for weddings.
The Knysna Fort
The Knysna Fort caters for spectacular views over Knysna from “Thomsons Folly”, the most Southerly fortress of the Boer War – yet it never saw military action….
In 1876 gold was discovered near Knysna. Hundreds of aspirant fortune hunters flocked to Millwood. Millwood Mining Village was located in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains near Knysna and had a population of a few hundred at the height of its small-scale mining activity which lasted only five years, largely due to the difficulty of following the vein in much-folded formations..
There is a special magic on the “Platrand”, by far the best kept secret in the Knysna treasure chest. Driving up there must be one of the most scenic routes in the Knysna indigenous forest, especially when you continue your journey to Diepwalle in a westerly direction and stop to have some refreshments at the Diepwalle Community Tea Garden.
30th April - 04 May 2014
The glizty, gorgeous and glamorous will don their fairy wings and feather boas and flutter down to Knysna at the end of April for the Pink Loerie Mardi Gras, the premier event on Knysna’s gay and lesbian calendar..
16 - 18 May 2014
The Knysna Speed Festival is happy to announce that the Simola Hillclimb is back on track for 2014 and beyond. We have secured a super title sponsor and will soon announce who it is.
East Head Café is more than just a café or coffee shop, it is a local landmark where family and friends have a good time with good food and casual wine. Situated on the rocks of the Eastern Head, East Head Café has the most spectacular view - looking directly through the Knysna Heads.
Firefly Eating House & Chai Bar explores the chemistry of spice, the unique characteristics of each spice and the relationship between tongue and taste. From the delicate flavours of Vanilla to the bolder aspects of Star Anise. ...exploring barks, berries, seeds and leaves..
22 - 28 July 2014
Judah square is the administrative Rasta capital of the southern cape and once a year they arrange a festival that draws in Rastas from South Africa and abroad – The “Rasta Earth Festival”. Currently rated 300 out of the worlds best festivals The Rasta Earth Festival showcases the Rastafarian way of life, the music, the food and the philosophy behind this sometimes mis-understood faith.
4 – 13 July 2014
Celebrating sport and the good life, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has established itself as one of the most popular annual events in South Africa.It holds huge appeal for sports lovers, families and those in search of a great party!
Forest Valley Cottages is sited 7mins, by car, from the lagoon, on the Cape Town side, then a scenic drive around to Knysna central, craft shops/malls/waterfront/restaurants/events etc. Casual luxury cottages, built high up, overlooking deep forested valleys and the mountains surrounding Knysna close-by, serviced by experienced housekeepers daily, there are fireplaces for chilly nights
Quay West is a self-catering apartment situated adjacent to the bustling Knysna Waterfront, with direct access to the marina, restaurants and boutique shops. A wide range of activities is within easy reach, including whale watching, sailing cruises, golf, canopy tours, cycling and hiking.
Paradise Heads is situated on the hill in Paradise. We've magnificent views of the Knysna Heads and lagoon from all our self-catering accommodation and Jacuzzi. We have Braai facilities, and are within walking distance to the town and waterfront and close to Buffalo Bay a Blue Flag Beach.
The Russel Hotel is a luxurious hotel within the tranquil surrounding of Knysna. This three star property is located within walking distance of Knysna town centre and its many varied restaurants and shops. A short stroll will take you to the Knysna Waterfront and Quays with its unique attractions.
Spoil yourself in the peaceful surroundings of nature and design. Ar'deCo Bed & Breakfast Knysna offers affordable & luxurious accommodation. Ar'deCo is visible from the N2 and situated in a tranquil and scenic environment. Our guesthouse is nestled on the banks of the Knysna Lagoon, with breath-taking views of the Knysna Heads, Mountains & Forests surrounding.
044 382 1653
Hide-Away Guest House, a Bed and Breakfast located on them main road into Knysna offers excellent view of the Lagoon and Heads. 7 well-appointed ensuite rooms cater for most 4 star budgets.
At Armadillo Studios, pleasing is our pleasure. Here you’ll find a unique, sophisticated environment and hosts who welcome every guest as a friend.
From the moment you arrive at Brenton on Sea Cottages you will be treated to the unspoilt surroundings, Brenton hospitality and thoughtful amenities, situated a mere 2 minute walk from the beautiful Brenton beach. Go home enriched with unforgettable memories and great stories to tell.
Knysna is the home town of Margie's Place, where that natural 'home from home' feeling prevails. Two affordable, self-catering units with their own entrance, shower/bath ensuite, fully equipped kitchenettes and pool & braai area for guests. Enjoy the beauty of Knysna from your room with a view.
Situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops 3km from Knysna Town, the Lodge overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua mountains. The theme of the Lodge is one based on natural beauty with stone and wood architecture combining to give that comfortable earth feel.
Unique and environmentally friendly, creative tented tree house resort hidden in the indigenous forest between Knysna and Sedgefield.
This golf estate and country club is situated on the rolling hills between the Knysna Lagoon and the rocky cliffs of the Indian Ocean. The area know as the Eastern Heads has become the site of 18 spectacular holes of golf and 250 hectares of well planned residential properties and natural fynbos communities.
Sedgefield House is a self catering guest house consisting of 2 fully equipped units. A three bedroom House and 2 bedroom Cottage.
Self-catering accommodation on the Swartvlei lake with endless resort activities for the whole family. Accommodation types: cabanas, giraffes, chalets, wooden cabins & dog friendly units. The units offer an open plan lounge; kitchen; dining area leading onto patio with garden furniture & braai.
Only three minutes walk from Knysna's famous Heads, this resort offers you everything... True country ambience within a seven minute drive from all amenities of Knysna itself.
The unobstructed views of the world renown Knysna Heads and surrounding lagoon coupled with the architecture, décor, well appointed and spacious suites and the genuine hospitality of your Hosts, will make your stay at Villa Afrikana an unforgettable experience. Villa Afrikana will be the ideal base from which to experience all that Knysna and the Garden Route have to offer.
The Turbine Boutique Hotel&Spa is a 5 star hotel, situated on Thesen Islands, in Knysna. This is one of the most unique hotel concepts in the country, being created within a disused Power Station. It has 24 immaculate rooms, 2 restaurants, a Spa and Turbine Water Club offering a range of Activities.
This is an exclusive guesthouse situated on the shores of the Knysna lagoon. Each well appointed suite has satelite TV, mini bar, 2 bath robes, welcoming fruit basket, hair dryers, iron & ironing board, telephone, security safe, en suite bathroom and private lounge, the majority with wonderful lagoon views.
THE REX HOTEL – KNYSNA Located on the World Famous Garden Route, The Rex Hotel is a celebration of urban style and impeccable service. A warm welcome and timeless elegance ensures a very special experience when staying at The Rex Hotel, which promises superior service and exceptional comfort.
The Lofts Boutique Hotel is situated on the water’s edge of the Knysna Lagoon where you can enjoy the tranquility and relaxed environment of the hotel or jump into fun activities in and around Thesen Islands and the Garden Route.
Overlooking Knysna's lagoon, Belvidere Manor Hotel offers delightful cottage accommodation, delicious food at Caroline's bistro and pub meals at The Bell Tavern, all within the historic Belvidere estate.
Located high up in the hills above the Garden Route town of Knysna, this golf & country estate is a world apart. Fairways merge seamlessly with lush indigenous vegetation and forests creating an evocative vista of undulating green hills and dales descending gently down to the Knysna River
A beautiful self-catering cottage set in a large lush garden. A haven of peace and tranquillity, a luxurious home-from-home at reasonable rates.
This 3 Star Bed and Breakfast establishment with its tranquil, parkland setting is the ideal place for local and overseas visitors alike. It is situated between the quaint town of Knysna and the famous Knysna Heads and on the Cape Birding Route where nature and bird lovers can enjoy the abundant bird life supported by the beautiful gardens. Over 100 species have been identified to date.
One of the best hotel sites in South Africa, the Protea Hotel Knysna Quays enjoys a spectacular outlook of the renowned coastal town of Knysna. The hotel is nestled in the heart of the Garden Route and offers you a unique GUEST experience with premium accommodation accentuated with scenic beauty.
Our spacious, riverside Lodges offer high quality, top value self-catering accommodation with uninterrupted views of the Knysna River, Lagoon and Outeniqua Mountains.
Discover a haven of privacy and indulgence on the coastline of the Western Cape at Conrad Pezula Resort & Spa. World class amenities and personalized service create experiences never to be forgotten.
An exciting backpacker's lodge has found its way to Myoli Beach alongside the Swartvlei lagoon, Sedgefield where we welcomes you to a 14km treasure chest of unspoilt beach and the ultimate extreme adventure experience on the garden route!
Enjoy peace and tranquility at Owl’s Roost Apartments. Part of a private residence set on a steep slope on The Heads where the Knysna River enters the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by coastal bush vegetation with prolific bird life including the Knysna Turaco (Loerie). Exquisite views range from the Brenton Hills over the Lagoon to the Outeniqua Mountains and parts of Knysna.
Premier Hotel Knysna - The Moorings welcomes you to idyllic natural surroundings in the Western Cape, situated on the secluded banks of the Knysna Lagoon in the midst of enchanting woodland gardens.
All suites and rooms are individually decorated, have en-suite bathrooms and offer a choice of king-size or twin beds.
Awaken in laid-back luxury Classic Rooms & Petit Suites by the sound of soft lagoon waves lapping the shore and the myriad sounds of bird life.
The apartments share unparalleled views of the tranquil Knysna lagoon and the Indian Ocean. With the imposing Outeniqua mountains and thick indigenous forests as a natural backdrop, these apartments boasts one of the most commanding positions found anywhere in South Africa.
082 584 5474
Experience Tranquility, Romance and Privacy... ... at these Multi-Award-winning self-catering cottages. Nature-lovers' retreat: birds, game, secluded rock pools, forest walks & biking trails. Sundowners with fireflies and cozy log-fires. Discover the Magic of the Forest....
Cliffhanger self-catering accommodation boasts two luxury timber chalets close to Knysna along the beautiful Garden Route. The perfect hideaway for a honeymoon or a relaxing stay with that special someone. Spectacular views, very private, close to nature, and custom built finishes mark these cottages as something special.
This family holiday haven specialises in providing prime tourist caravan and camping sites right on the beach with the best view of the Indian Ocean at your doorstep.
These are upmarket, fully equipped holiday apartments on the bank of the Knysna Lagoon.
Self Catering Holiday House with 4 bedrooms and sleeps 8. This comfortable home in its secure central position allows for a relaxed, carefree holiday for the whole family.
If you are seeking relaxed yet refined bed and breakfast accommodation in Knysna, Brenton Beach House can offer just that. A magnificent 4 star guest house in Knysna with a Cape Cod style accommodation overlooking the Indian Ocean with its long sandy beaches just 5 minutes’ walk away.
Panorama Lodge is situated on a hilltop between Knysna Town and the Heads and enjoys superb views of the Lagoon and Heads and in the distance the silhouette of the Outeniqua Mountains.