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 – Stand up Paddling
The Greater Knysna region is characterised by many diverse and beautiful bodies of water. We have an estuary, two lagoons, several lakes, meandering rivers and, of course, an extensive coastline. One of the most popular and rewarding ways in which to explore these liquid landscapes is on a Stand Up Paddling (SUP) board.
Stand up Paddling is one of the fastest growing watersports in the world and is an ideal recreational activity for those seeking to soak up the splendour of our region. It is relatively easy to learn on calm waters and is thus ideal for beginners. This traditional Hawaiian sport is a lot of fun and provides a full body workout that promotes balance and strengthens the body's core muscle groups.
There are several service providers in the area which offer SUP lessons, excursions or rentals for those keen on navigating our diverse liquid realms.
Tony Cook Adventures: www.tonycookadventures.co.za
Ocean Odyssey: www.oceanodyssey.co.za
Afrovibe Backpackers: www.afrovibe.co.za
Wild Option – Paragliding
Have you ever dreamt of soaring on coastal thermals? Well the Greater Knysna area is a genuine Mecca for paragliding, because our warmer months deliver the ultimate thermal conditions necessary for this fast growing, adrenalin-fuelled adventure sport. If you travel through our area along the N2 during this time, you may be witness to the regular spectacle of summer skies peppered with the colourful ‘wings’ of high-flying adrenalin seekers.
The allure of paragliding is not merely the ultimate sense of freedom that hanging around high up in the sky gives you. Another plus is that, at such elevation, you are able to quietly grasp the absolute loveliness of this part of the world; a never ending coastline fringed by forested dunes, mountains, lakes and estuaries.
There are several different launch sites used by the various operators in the area, and the site for each flight is chosen according to whether the essential thermal conditions are present.
Dolphin Paragliding: www.dolphinparagliding.co.za
Altitude Paragliding: www.altitudeparagliding.com
Cloudbase Paragliding: www.cloudbase.co.za
Flytime Paragliding: www.flytimeparagliding.com