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Monday, 11 December 2017 15:52 Written by

Knysna Tourism is the official tourism body in Knysna and is mandated by the Knysna Municipality to market Greater Knysna as a holiday destination. The office, together with its satellite office in Sedgefield, can help you plan your getaway to the heart of the Garden Route.

  • We are a one stop shop for information about things to do in Knysna and surrounding areas
  • We provide a booking service for activities, restaurants, and accommodation establishments in the area
  • Our office can also assist you with timetables for shuttle services and Intercape busses
  • Visitors can buy local art & crafts which are on display in our office
  • We provide information about upcoming festivals & events
  • Our knowledgeable visitor centre staff have loads of general travel information for tourists

Top 10 things to do in Greater Knysna

  1. Cruise the lagoon on a ferry, inflatable boat, yacht or kayak
  2. Explore the indigenous forests by foot, mountain bike, non-motorised scooter or jeep
  3. Enjoy the rush of adventure activities including whale watching, surfing, paragliding and bungee jumping
  4. Indulge in local food and craft beer at numerous restaurants and markets
  5. Play golf on three world-class courses
  6. Participate in exciting annual festivals and events
  7. Get up close to elephants and other animals at numerous wildlife sanctuaries
  8. Soak up the sun on a pristine beach in Sedgefield, Buffalo Bay or Brenton-on-Sea
  9. Learn about the rich culture and history of the area on a guided walk or tour
  10. Book a community tourism experience for a home-stay or township tour

Wake up to nothing else but bird-song and hot coffee in total privacy. Absolutely new with thoughtful accents to make your stay truly memorable.

Acrobranch is an awesome tree top experience that offers kids and adults a unique adventure navigating from tree to tree through various aerial obstacles!

Knysna Woodworkers for the expert manufacture of custom made furniture and other woodcraft.

Monday, 04 December 2017 12:22

FISHING AND BOATING REGULATIONS

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As a user of the Knysna estuary – play a part in its conservation. Please see some
suggestions below of how to be an environmentally conscientious estuary user.

Fishing Flyer 5 in x 7 in Final 1

Fishing Flyer 5 in x 7 in Final 2

Monday, 04 December 2017 08:16

Knysna SPLASH: 28 December 2017

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Knysna SPLASH, the annual festival presented by the Rotary Club of Knysna, will be back on 28 December 2017 with three fun-filled events for the whole family. Join us at the Waterfront for a day of water sports and fun!

SPLASH is the Garden Route’s most entertaining family water-based festival:
• Watch your yellow duck race in the SPLASH QUACK ATTACK
• Brave the waters and swim the SPLASH KNYSNA LAGOON MILE
• Pit your paddling skills against other teams in the SPLASH CANOE POLO

Have a great time while supporting some of Knysna’s community projects.

Now in its sixth year, Knysna SPLASH is an important fundraiser for Rotary, which donates all proceeds from the entry fees to local charities.
Rotary is looking forward to seeing both locals and visitors participating in the SPLASH festival. It promises to be lots of fun for the whole family, competitors and spectators, and it’s for a great cause!

Ducks for the Quack Attack races can be purchased form 10:00 on the day at the Knysna Yacht Club, where registration for the swim will take place.

Date: Thursday, 28 December 2018
Entry Fees:
• Lagoon Mile Swim: Under 10 - R150, Over 10 - R200, caps R60
• Quack Attack Duck Race – R25 per duck
Venue: Knysna Waterfront
Contact person: Mick Furman
Contact number: 082 788 6044
Contact email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.knysnasplash.co.za

Friday, 01 December 2017 14:41

Getaway in Knysna

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Knysna and Sedgefield, the towns at the heart of the Garden Route, recently played host to Getaway magazine for four days. Journalist Welcome Lishivha and photographer Gareth van Nelson arrived on Saturday 25 November to explore the area for a six-page feature in the April 2018 issue.

The pair enjoyed a packed itinerary coordinated by Knysna Tourism which ensured that they experienced some of the many activities on offer in the area, from a hike down to the rock pools at Drupkelders with Mark Dixon of Garden Route Trail and a Judah Square homestay experience, to an outing with Knysna Segway Tours and a night spent on the lagoon in a houseboat.

Jeannine Orzechowski, PR Manager for Knysna Tourism said that, with a readership of over 500,000, Getaway was the perfect vehicle to promote Knysna to South Africans who love travel and adventure.

Friday, 01 December 2017 12:36

Eat, shop, play in Knysna

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"Somewhere about a one hour and 40-minute flight from Johannesburg and a five-hour drive from Cape Town is a place said to be one of the most beautiful parts of the world. A place that makes you feel lucky to be South African or to even just get a taste of this diverse country, its vast landscapes and feel its rich soil beneath your feet,” writes Jessica Tennant for Bizcommunity.com.

Read the full story here: http://www.bizcommunity.com/Article/196/444/170595.html

Friday, 01 December 2017 10:49

Knysna promoted at international shows

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Knysna Tourism chairperson Elmay Bouwer has been on a nonstop campaign to promote Greater Knysna at various trade and road shows in Europe and the UK for the past few weeks.

The campaign kicked off in October with a five-day SA Tourism (SAT) Nordics roadshow to Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland with Nicole Tunmer (the Featherbed Co) and Lyle Katzen, (Afrovibe and Afroventures Tours & Safaris). Madison Manor and Knysna Hollow were also represented.-

Says Tunmer: “The Nordics show was groundbreaking for Knysna as a destination. This market has above average disposable income and does long-haul travel twice a year. The fact that Knysna and Sedgefield were both represented definitely put the focus on our region. South Africa as a destination is competing with Thailand, but I believe with all the effort put into these shows and with the SAT Megafam of 100 agents planned for March next year, we will channel interest and buying power to South Africa and ultimately the Garden Route as this market has expressed a need for a new sunny destination.”-

Bouwer then flew to the Netherlands for the SAT Netherlands roadshow where she was joined by Evelyn Pepler from Ocean Odyssey. The show ended on 3 November and the next flight was to London for World Travel Market (WTM) from 6 to 8 November, the leading global event for the travel industry, where they were joined again by Tunmer, Sue Mills (Belvidere Manor), and representatives of Rex hotel (aha group), Lakeside lodge and spa, Protea hotel Knysna Quays, and Conrad Pezula, as well as Knysna Tourism’s newly appointed international representative Robert Schaerer.-

Bouwer and the other Knysna reps have seen literally hundreds of agents and answered dozens of questions about the Garden Route and Greater Knysna area. They have also had the opportunity to meet with local SA embassies, and SAT representatives in these key markets.-

The final part of the campaign was a four-day UK roadshow from 13 to 16 November to visit travel agents in their own cities.

Says Bouwer: “It was very important for Knysna Tourism to do this trip. The Wesgro business index report for 2016 shows that 63% of visitors to Knysna are international. In one month we reached 490 tour operators and travel agents in five different countries. This will ensure business from these markets from 2019 onwards.
“It was the first time in nine years that we’ve attended any international trade or road shows and it was fantastic to hear that Knysna and the Garden Route are bucket list destinations for international travellers.”

Friday, 01 December 2017 10:21

Avopomme exhibition opening

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Don’t miss the exhibition, Beauty in Destruction, opening at Avopomme creative hub in Knysna on Thursday 7 December and featuring artists Jo Davis, Brett Harvey Baker, Jannie Uitlander, Neale Perring and Ricardo van Lingen. Share a drink and a moment to reflect on the Knysna fires of 7 June, six months ago.It will be an evening of art, music and poetry and Avopomme owners will launch the extension to their art gallery.

Avopomme exhibition opening 1217