The road over Knysna’s Eastern Head and down to the other side is extremely steep in places, but it’s the only way to get to a beautiful sheltered cove called Coney Glen. There’s a shady, grassed picnic site where you can enjoy a self-packed picnic or braai, rock pools to splash in, and a sandy beach to sit with your camera to try to get that ultimate wave photo when the tide’s coming in.
How to get there: Follow George Rex Drive towards the Heads and take the fork exit to your left and over the Eastern Head. Continue on Coney Glen Road until you reach the parking area that leads towards the coved beach.
THE RED BRIDGE
This iconic bridge in Knysna crosses the Knysna River and is known by locals as the Red Bridge. It is well known for great picnic, swimming and fishing. It is an out of use iron bridge and gets its name from its from its obvious red colour. Go and take a look for yourself.
How to get there: Traveling from Sedgefield side on the N2 into Knysna you will pass the Brenton-on-Sea turn-off and cross the White Bridge over the Knysna River. Just as you cross the bridge you will note a short turn to your left leading onto a gravel road. Follow the road towards the Red Bridge.
THE RAILWAY TRACK
The old railway station is adjacent to the Knysna Waterfront and up until 2006 the Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe ran from Knysna to George. However, heavy rainfall and severe flooding in 2006 and again in 2007 caused major damage to the railway route resulting in this train service being suspended. The train was the last-remaining scheduled steam-hauled train service in South Africa, and a not-to-be-missed experience. The train line itself now provides opportunities for viewing and photography as it crosses the Knysna Estuary.
How to get there: Park your vehicle at the Knysna Waterfront or The Featherbed Co. and enjoy a leisurely stroll down Waterfront Drive towards Main Road where you can follow the railway track across the estuary.
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