Summer is in full swing and over the next couple of months, Knysna & Partners will be highlighting many of the varied activities which can be enjoyed over the season throughout the Greater Knysna, from wild adrenaline-fuelling pursuits to milder, more relaxing options.
Mild Option – Paddling the Goukamma
The Goukamma River winds its way through farmlands, as well as a nature reserve and dotted along its fertile banks are sublime little spots to while away long summer days! Certainly one of the best ways to explore this tannin tinted riverscape is by hopping into an Indian style canoe, which can be hired from the Cape Nature office of the Goukamma Nature Reserve.
As you make your way up river you will pass through through farms with fields of green with grazing cows. The river supports a wonderful web of life, and a particularly rich and varied birdlife (220 species have been recorded) together with a host of diverse flora that edges the river's banks, including many stately indigenous tree specimens.
Along the way you will happen upon both The RiverDeck Restaurant and Black Waters River Lodge, both popular places to visit enjoy a perfect summer’s day.
Wild Option – Marine Eco Tour with Ocean Odyssey
Ocean Odyssey is passionate about showcasing the estuarine and marine environment of Knysna and the host of species which thrive here. They offer a fascinating and educational Marine Eco Tour which highlights the various geological wonders of our coastline and the year round marine life which can be found here. Weather permitting, they exit the breathtaking aperture of the Knysna Estuary, known as the Knysna Heads and head out to sea in search of marine life. The Indian Ocean is a dynamic environment and the sea conditions here are rarely calm, making it quite a thrilling adventure. Dolphins are prolific along our stretch of coastline all year round and three different species are regularly seen here: the bottlenose dolphin, the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and the common dolphin. On most days seals and a host of sea birds can also be seen.