Noetzie Beach

Why is Knysna so special for special occasions

Surrounded by the ocean, lagoons, rivers, mountains, and forests, greater Knysna is incomparably beautiful. So it’s not surprising that the area is popular with couples from all over the world who come here to celebrate, or get married.

The scenic beauty is just one of the reasons why Knysna, South Africa’s favourite holiday destination, is the perfect place for a destination wedding and the ideal venue to celebrate any special occasion.


Knysna is easy to access from all over South Africa with daily flights into George Airport, which is 70 km away. Cape Town International Airport is about a five hour drive and Port Elizabeth Airport is just three hours away.


With its endless stretches of sandy beach, dramatic sunsets and mystique-filled forests, Knysna exudes romance. Nature offers many for private picnics, sundowners, a sunrise hike or a swim in a deep forest pool, and plenty of opportunities to record your memories.


Its all-year-round temperate climate means that any time of the year is a good time to get married or host an event in Knysna. February is the hottest month and the coldest is June, with the most sunshine hours in December. Even the winter brings mild and sunny, mostly wind-free days.


The area offers a large variety of accommodation to suit your budget – camping sites and backpackers, luxury lodges or guesthouses to 5-star hotels – another reason to choose Knysna. And because Knysna is a small town, most of these accommodation establishments are not more than 25km apart so your party guests can stay in close vicinity to each other.


There’s an abundance of venue options available for your celebration, depending on the size of your wedding or event and your budget, so you can let your imagination run wild. Choose the barefoot, casual elegance of a beach wedding, or a venue with panoramic vistas of the lagoon or ocean. Revel in the drama of a ceremony deep in the forest or host your celebration in the lapa of the Knysna Elephant Park with its adjoining chapel. You could take your vows on Featherbed Co.’s paddle cruiser, or at the restaurant on Featherbed Nature Reserve under the canopy of milkwood trees. You could even get married in a castle on Noetzie Beach!

Featherbed Nature Reserve

If a more conventional wedding is your style, there are dozens of chic hotels, guest houses and stylish restaurants to choose from.


Knysna has every conceivable supplier available to interpret your dreams and make them a reality. The many top-class wedding and event service providers include co-ordinators, photographers, stationery designers, cake and dressmakers, wedding outfitters, floral artists and chefs.

Villa Castollini


Knysna is a great place for you and your guests to enjoy an active outdoor holiday before or after your wedding or special event. Local activity companies cater for every kind of excursion and adventure activity imaginable, designed for the fit as well as the not-so-active guests in your party. You will be entertained with ferry and yacht trips across the Knysna Lagoon and through The Heads, all manner of water sports, tours around town and in the forest, biking and Scootours excursions and even paragliding. Or try out Knysna’s latest and most exciting adventure activity, Knysna Ziplines!