The greater Knysna area has something for everyone when it comes to keeping the body fit and the mind at peace.
For the walker there are many options. You can take a sunrise walk along the lagoon road, looking out to the Heads. Or venture into the forest instead. The Circles in the Forest walk in the Goudveld Forest has a 3km loop, an ideal length when your time is limited. It also has a longer 9km option. This trail immerses you in the heart of the pristine and ancient indigenous forest. Another option is the Elephant Walk at Diepwalle which takes you through typical Knysna High Forest; choose from the 7km, 8km or 9km route. This is just scratching the surface and there are many more to explore.
These walks are also ideal for the trail runner. The footpaths wind their way through fern valleys and alongside streams, beneath the forest canopy. Hills surround the area so you are either going up or down, and you can find a challenge if you are looking for one. There is jeep-track, sand roads and contour paths, and beach runs for an exhilarating run in nature.
The Greater Knysna area is paradise for the mountain biker. There are several well marked and easily accessible bike tracks across SanParks and MTO land. Many include some technical riding as an option for the experienced rider. The friendly staff at the local bike shops will give good advice on the best ride for you. You can hire a bike there and even join them for a “ride with a local” to see the best kept secrets.
You are spoiled for choice when it comes to water activities. Surfing is a popular activity at Buffalo Bay. If you have never tried before, sign up for a few surfing lessons to get you going. It is also an ideal spot for some Kite Surfing. The Knysna Estuary offers many options. Stand Up Paddling, kayaking, and sailing are but a few. You can watch the local canoe polo club practicing in the harbour at the Knysna Waterfront, or join in the game for a thrilling experience.
There is obviously much adventure to be had in the Greater Knysna area. If you are looking for something calmer and quieter, you will not be disappointed. There are many studios in the area teaching a range of disciplines like yoga, pilates, natural movement and dance. You can sign up for a lesson or schedule a personal session.
Golf is a very popular activity and the area boasts some of the best courses in the country. Simola Golf Course is the signature creation of Jack Nicklaus. The Pezula Championship Course has sweeping views of the ocean and the estuary, and it offers something for every skill level. Both have PGA Professionals on hand to assist you and, in the words of Jack Niklaus “Don’t be too proud to take a lesson. I’m not.” The Knysna Golf Club is one of the oldest clubs in the country. It is known for its friendliness and casual atmosphere. It is a flat course but is not to be underestimated.
There is so much to do in this area you will not be disappointed. The biggest problem you are likely to encounter is how to fit all of it into your visit.