Wind: 6.44 km/h
Absolutely not to be missed is the viewpoint at the Heads. The Heads of Knysna are a geographic marvel. From the viewpoint you may be lucky enough to spot a southern right whale – this gigantic creature finds both food and refuge just after the mating season when her calf is born. A set of binoculars may help you to spot them. From the northern side of the viewpoint, you will see Featherbed Nature Reserve, Leisure Isle and the expansive Knysna Lagoon.
The iconic John Benn is ideal way to enjoy a perfect sunset upon the Knysna lagoon. The double-decker floating restaurant is made of wood and has that classic and old-worldly feel about it. Trips to the Heads are made available daily and special orders for oysters and sparkling wine can be arranged. This is really an activity for the whole family; kids will love getting close to majestic Heads, while parents clink their glasses and enjoy spectacular views.
Take a trip to the Millwood Goldmine. An integral part of Knysna’s history, the Goldmine was established in 1858 when a gold nugget was found in Jubilee Creek (originally called the KarataraRiver). There are tours available on request and Mother Holly’s Tearoom will be sure to keep your hunger at bay with some delicious treats.
The Woodville Big Tree is an impressive 800 years old and 33 m tall. This massive yellowwood stands proud and silent in the Hoekwil Forest. One can make a day of the trip as there is a picnic area- why not pack some sandwiches or take something to braai? There are also several streams which children can splash in and a 2km circular trail which leads you to the Big Tree and back.
The Featherbed Nature Reserve is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.