Featherbed Nature Reserve, Western Head

Your 3 day itinerary in Knysna

The best things come in threes – like three days in Knysna! We’ve put together some ideas on how to make the most of your time and, if you like them, you can add them to your personal itinerary planner.

Day one

Explore Featherbed Nature Reserve

Book a three hour eco-experience on the Featherbed Nature Reserve, a privately-owned, registered nature reserve and a South African Heritage Site. A pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna, it is accessible by ferry only. The experience includes a trailer ride up the Western head with spectacular views over the ocean and the Knysna lagoon, an optional guided walk and their world renowned buffet lunch at the outdoor restaurant setting under a canopy of Milkwood trees.

Top Tip: This is a fantastic family outing!

Back in Knysna you can visit Knysna’s quaint Waterfront and small craft harbour for some retail therapy and dinner at one of the many restaurants on the water’s edge. Choose from fun food for the kids to easy family meals and delicious dinners for discerning diners.

Knysna Waterfront

Day two

Discover Sedgefield’s impressive outdoor mosaic installations. The route can be cycled easily but, if you’re pressed for time, rather take your car. Then make sure that you drive up to Cloud Nine in Sedgefield for a panoramic view of the village, Swartvlei estuary and the ocean beyond.

Top Tip: Click here for other viewpoints worth visiting.

If your day two happens to be a Saturday, make your way to the award winning Sedgefield Wild Oats Farmers’ Market for breakfast and locally produced treats and produce. If not, explore one of the many other markets in the area.

Head out to the countryside and enjoy a farm-style lunch  in Rheenendal at Totties Country Market on your way to explore the Millwood museum and the abandoned goldmines.  From there you can explore the trails at Jubilee Creek.

After a long day of adventuring, have dinner at any of the fantastic restaurants in the greater Knysna area.

Day three

Discover one of South Africa’s colourful cultures during a tour of Judah Square . This is one of the largest Rastafarian communities in Southern Africa and its people welcome visitors to learn about their unique way of life.

Judah Square

Lunch time should include one of Knysna delicacies, the famous Knysna oyster. Learn more about this mollusc and have a few fresh ones for lunch?

Top Tip: The locals prefer theirs au naturel: with a squeeze of lemon and a drop or two of Tabasco.

And, as you already have the taste of the ocean in your mouth, end off your Knysna holiday with a boat trip through the Knysna Heads. There are a wide variety of options, whether its a fast adrenaline rush you are looking for, dolphin or whale watching (in season), or to spend the last few hours of your adventure in Knysna with a glass of champagne on a sunset dinner cruise.

And after that? Book your next holiday in Knysna and this time, make it longer!