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 throughout the Greater Knysna area over the season, from wild adrenaline-fuelling pursuits to milder, more relaxing options.
Mild Option – Snorkelling in Paradise
Most of us enjoy staring out towards a vast blue oceanscape. The truth is though, that the real beauty of the sea lies beneath its restless surface and one of the best and simplest ways to observe the diverse life it holds, is by snorkelling. Our coastal waters are teeming with a colourful and magical array of marine life and there are two underwater worlds in our area which are just begging to be explored.
With just a mask, a snorkel and perhaps a pair of flippers, you can lose yourself in this underwater world that so few ever get the fortune to experience. If this appeals to you, why not give Trip Out Adventures in Paradise a call and they will introduce you to the famous Paquita shipwreck in this magical underwater world near the eastern headlands of the Knysna Estuary. This has for years proved a popular diving and snorkelling site and where a vast assortment of life can be seen. In the right conditions, they also snorkel in some of the tidal pools at Buffalo Bay.
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Another mind -blowing snorkelling destination is at Gericke’s Point, where during low tide, you can spend hours and hours viewing the myriad life forms in the various rock pools. Multi-coloured sea urchins and anemones, octopus, zebra fish, granular starfish, cape rock crabs, silver smelt and many more sea treasures can be seen here. This is without doubt one of the best ways to spend a summer’s day and one that will leave you with a new appreciation for the web of marine life found along our remarkable coastline.
Wild Option - Kitesurfing with Tony Cook Adventures
Windy days send most of us tame adventurers indoors. But for a growing number of adrenalin seekers, blustery conditions mean only one thing: playtime! Kitesurfing is currently all the rage across the country and our Greater Knysna coastline and inland lakes and estuaries present kitesurfers with the ideal playground where they can perfect their skills and fuel their addiction. All you need are the correct wind conditions, a large body of water and a heady desire for adventure. Kitesurfing really serves to test one’s limits of performance, strength, endurance and nerve against the unpredictable forces of nature.
If you are keen to learn this adrenaline-fueled sport, contact Tony Cook Adventures, who run Kitesurfing Africa, Knysna’s number one kite school. In the summer months, the Knysna Estuary and Brenton Lake are ideal locations for beginners and experts alike. Tthe relatively shallow, flat water conditions make it an ideal location for instruction.
For those with a lot of experience there are the wild waves to tackle at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield which is about 30 minute drive from Knysna and is legendary as one of the top wave riding spots in the country.