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Knysna Oyster Festival 2023: Unleash your adventurous spirit!

In less than a month, the annual oyster-filled extravaganza, the 40th Knysna Oyster Festival, gets underway from 30 June to 9 July. Brace yourself for some adrenaline-pumping action and get ready for an exhilarating 10 days of sporting entertainment!

The Knysna Cycle Tour promises two epic days of mountain biking on 1 and 2 July which have been planned for adventure cyclists. This event is where the real MTB heroes come out to play! If you’re a rider looking for a challenge, get ready to conquer the 48 km Green Route or the mind-blowing 80 – 85 km Red Route on day one, and the 42 km route on day two, through the scenic Knysna indigenous forest – these are the favourite rides of the Knysna locals. The races start at the bottom of Simola, and from there, it’s a wild adventure through the breathtaking forest.

On Sunday, 2 July, the Knysna Toyota Fun Enduro will feature three or five timed stages of technical, downhill terrain to get your heart racing. Stages vary in length from 400 to 1200 and you’ll be cruising through the legendary Knysna Forest, enjoying the thrill of riding on jeep trails and contours.

With new routes and breathtaking scenery, the KnysnaX Trail Series Winter Run on 6 July promises an exhilarating experience for all participants. This year the event will introduce an exciting 25 km route, designed for serious trail blazers seeking an adrenaline-fueled challenge. Don’t miss your chance to conquer the trails like never before! A new 6 km fun run will appeal to the entire family. Children accompanied by adults are welcome on this scenic trail run that includes spectacular bridge crossings and mesmerising Knysna railway scenery.

The Oyster Better Ball Championship invites you to gather and indulge in a day of golf at the prestigious Knysna Golf Club, renowned as one of the finest facilities on the Garden Route. On Friday, 8 July, experience the thrill of a unique twist on the traditional better ball format. Prepare for a day filled with friendly competition and remarkable moments. Don’t miss out on this official Knysna Oyster Festival event!

The Houtkapper Trail Run calls trail running enthusiasts to immerse themselves in an extraordinary adventure through the enchanting forests that inspired the renowned works of the late author, Daleen Matthee. The run, taking place on 9 July, offers three routes of varying lengths and difficulty. Runners will have the privilege of exploring iconic locations, including Krisjan-se-nek, the Daleen Matthee memorial, and the legendary Daleen Matthee Big Tree—an awe-inspiring 880-year-old yellowwood tree.

Choose from the 15 km and 27 km routes, specially designed to challenge intermediate to experienced trail runners while unveiling the hidden gems within the heart of the Garden Route National Park. Prepare to be captivated by breathtaking single tracks and exhilarating terrain suitable for trail runners of all skill levels. Beginners are also welcome to join the fun with a more accessible 9 km route tailored to their enjoyment.

Anyone who’s ever run the legendary Knysna Forest Marathon knows that this isn’t your average run, but an extraordinary experience of immersing yourself in the depths of the mystical Knysna Forest, surrounded by awe-inspiring views of the estuary and the iconic Knysna Heads. As you push through those last few kilometres, the stunning scenery will be your motivation and reward. This trail run, planned for Saturday, 8 July, is like no other in the world, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that’ll leave you breathless and begging for more.

Experience the beauty, adventure, and camaraderie of the Knysna Oyster Festival. Whether swinging a golf club or conquering the trails, these events promise to create lasting memories in one of South Africa’s most stunning destinations.

So, mark your calendars, gather your adventurous spirit, and get ready to have a whale of a time at this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival.

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Get ready to shuck and roll: Knysna Oyster Festival is just around the corner!

Hold on to your shucking knives, because the Knysna Oyster Festival is back, and it’s ready to make waves like never before! Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this year’s festival promises to be a pearl of an event. From 30 June to 9 July, locals and oyster aficionados from around the country will descend upon the picturesque shores of Knysna for a feast of fun, food, and festivities.

Amidst the captivating beauty of Knysna, the 40th Knysna Oyster Festival is all set to deliver an epic experience. According to the Executive Mayor of Knysna, Cllr Aubrey Tsengwa, this year’s theme is “Have a whale of a time.” Says Cllr Tsengwa: “The theme was chosen because the festival coincides with the thrilling whale watching season in Knysna, which adds an extra layer of excitement and wonder to the event. Visitors can witness the majestic beauty of these magnificent creatures while immersing themselves in the festivities. But more than that, the ‘whale of a time’ theme signifies the abundance of activities available throughout the festival. From adventure sports to a wine festival, there’s an array of events that promise non-stop entertainment and an unforgettable experience for all attendees.”

The theme also pays homage to the region’s rich natural heritage and serves as a reminder of the breathtaking beauty that surrounds Knysna and enhances the overall festival experience. “It extends beyond the festival itself, highlighting the fact that there’s more to explore and enjoy in the greater Knysna area,” explains the mayor. “Visitors are encouraged to make the most of their time in Knysna by exploring its captivating surroundings, indulging in outdoor adventures, and discovering the local culture and attractions. The theme encourages attendees to embrace all that Knysna has to offer, ensuring a truly fulfilling experience beyond the festival grounds.”

Prepare to be spoiled for choice with an exceptional line-up of headline events that will have you savouring every moment. Whether you’re a foodie, sports enthusiast, or someone who simply wants to immerse themselves in the vibrant spirit of Knysna, there’s something for everyone.

Indulge in the briny delights of an oyster or a dozen! There will be two varieties on offer – the cultivated Pacific Oyster, and the wild oyster, also known as the Knysna Oyster. Cultivated oysters are grown in Gqeberha and Saldanha Bay in submerged cages or intertidal racks, while the wild Knysna Oyster occurs naturally along the Knysna coastline. With an abundance of these delectable gems on offer, you can slurp, savour, and sample to your heart’s content.

Immerse yourself in the adventurous side of Knysna with thrilling outdoor activities. From hiking and cycling through stunning landscapes to kayaking along pristine waters, there’s no shortage of heart-pounding fun for adrenaline junkies.

Embrace your competitive spirit and take part in an array of sporting events. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a weekend warrior, there are challenges and competitions to test your mettle.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! The greater Knysna area offers an abundance of delights for visitors to explore, from awe-inspiring forests and pristine beaches to charming markets and art galleries. So, if you’re planning to attend the festival, make sure to extend your stay and experience the wonders that Knysna has to offer.

The 40th Knysna Oyster Festival is a celebration of four decades of joy, laughter, and unforgettable memories. So, mark your calendars, rally your friends, and get ready for an extravaganza like no other!

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Knysna Oyster Festival 2023: A great time to visit Knysna

The Knysna Oyster Festival is back for its 40th year! From 30 June to 9 July, locals and oyster aficionados from around the country will descend on the picturesque shores of Knysna for a feast of fun, food, and festivities.

This year’s festival is themed “Have a whale of a time” and it promises to be an epic experience. There will be something for everyone, from oyster tastings and live music to adventure sports and a wine festival.

While the festival’s official programme promises an array of thrilling events, visitors will also have the opportunity to explore the breathtaking wonders and experiences that the beautiful towns of Knysna and Sedgefield have to offer. From captivating natural landscapes to exhilarating outdoor activities and delectable culinary delights, there is something for everyone during this ten-day extravaganza.

Knysna boasts an abundance of attractions and adventures that complement the festival’s festivities. Here are some highlights you can expect to enjoy beyond the scheduled events:

Majestic landscapes: Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of the region’s natural landscapes. Take a leisurely hike through the indigenous forests of Knysna, breathe in the fresh air while exploring the Knysna Heads, or embark on a scenic cruise along the iconic Knysna Lagoon. Marvel at the stunning views and capture Instagram-worthy moments that will leave a lasting impression.

Outdoor thrills: For adrenaline junkies seeking a dose of excitement, Knysna offers a range of thrilling outdoor activities. From zip-lining through the treetops and to kayaking in the rivers and lagoons, and mountain biking through scenic trails, adventure enthusiasts will find their heart’s desire in Knysna’s natural playground.

Wildlife encounters: Discover the rich biodiversity that inhabits the region. Explore the Knysna Elephant Park and get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, visit the other wildlife sanctuaries and pop in to the SANParks office on Thesen Harbour Town to see the Knysna Seahorse. For bird lovers, a visit to the Knysna Estuary and the Featherbed Nature Reserve is a must to witness an array of colourful avian species.

Gastronomic delights: Indulge in a culinary journey that will tantalise your taste buds. Savour fresh oysters, and a variety of gourmet delights at the town’s renowned restaurants, cafés, and markets. Don’t forget to pair your meal with a glass of fine wine or local craft beer.

Cultural immersion: Immerse yourself in the rich heritage and vibrant culture of Knysna. Explore the Knysna Museum to learn about the town’s history, browse local art galleries showcasing the works of talented South African artists, or visit the vibrant markets for a taste of the community’s artistic and culinary creations.

“While the Knysna Oyster Festival offers an incredible lineup of events, we want visitors to know that the magic of Knysna extends far beyond the festival grounds,” said Lungiswa Goya, spokesperson for the Knysna Oyster Festival. “We encourage all attendees to take advantage of their time in our town and explore the countless adventures and experiences that await them. From scenic wonders to adrenaline-pumping activities, culinary delights, and cultural treasures, Knysna is a destination that will leave an indelible mark on your heart.”

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