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  • TRAVEL BASICS
    TRAVEL BASICS

    Even though Knysna is the most temperate place in Southern Africa one must always be prepared for a change in weather. It is not uncommon to have four seasons in a day. For your trip to the beach, make sure you have a hat and sun cream, but also a wind breaker and keep an umbrella in the boot of your car just in case of a sudden downpour.

  • Demographics
    Area
     • Total 1,109 km2 (428 sq mi)
    Population (2011)[3]
     • Total 68,659
     • Density 62/km2 (160/sq mi)


    Geography

    The town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as "The Heads", and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. The Paquita, a German vessel, sank on the eastern side of the Knysna Heads way back in 1903. Near them are geological formations, known locally as "The Map Stones." To the north of Knysna, Afro-Montane or temperate rainforest covers the hilly terrain for 20 km until changing to fynbos or macchia high in the Outeniqua Mountains.

     

    Climate

    Knysna has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Köppen climate classification). Summers are hot and winters mild to chilly. During the summer, the average maximum temperature reaches about 25 °C (77 °F) and rarely goes above 30 °C (86 °F). The average maximum temperature during the winter months ranges in the area of 16 °C (61 °F) to 17 °C (63 °F). Knysna has one of the richest rainfall percentages in South Africa with the wettest time of year being between June and August. Knysna stays green in all seasons, and its temperate climate makes it a tourist destination all year round.[10]

     

    Climate data for Knysna

    Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
    Average high °C (°F) 26
    (79)
    26
    (79)
    25
    (77)
    24
    (75)
    23
    (73)
    21
    (70)
    21
    (70)
    21
    (70)
    21
    (70)
    22
    (72)
    23
    (73)
    25
    (77)
    23.2
    (73.8)
    Average low °C (°F) 15
    (59)
    16
    (61)
    15
    (59)
    12
    (54)
    10
    (50)
    8
    (46)
    7
    (45)
    8
    (46)
    9
    (48)
    11
    (52)
    12
    (54)
    14
    (57)
    11.4
    (52.6)
    Average precipitation mm (inches) 62.4
    (2.457)
    55.2
    (2.173)
    81
    (3.19)
    60.2
    (2.37)
    38.5
    (1.516)
    31.7
    (1.248)
    35.9
    (1.413)
    67.5
    (2.657)
    44.2
    (1.74)
    86.5
    (3.406)
    93.7
    (3.689)
    62.5
    (2.461)
    719.3
    (28.32)
    Average rainy days 14 12 14 12 9 10 10 12 12 14 13 13 145
    Mean daily sunshine hours 10 10 9 8 7 7 8 8 9 9 9 9 8.6
    Source #1: World Weather Online [11]
    Source #2: Holiday Weather.com [12]

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