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Knysna’s lineup of events and natural offerings make it the ultimate destination for a fun filled festive holiday season

Knysna’s lineup of events and its spectacular natural offerings has this holiday season all wrapped up with art, sport activities, live music concerts, festive markets, spectacular festive shows and amazing dining experiences.

To keep the whole family entertained this summer, Knysna has a great lineup of events, such as the Summer Splash Festival, which promises 12 days of non-stop fun for the whole family and the opportunity to max out your holiday time. Taking place from 16-28 December in locations across the greater Knysna area, this festival will have visitors spoiled for choice – from sports activities to art, live music, cultural and Christmas holiday themed events.

Better Live has another spectacular line up of events that people can look forward to when they visit Knysna this summer. The organisers promise 13 incredible shows lined up between 9 December 2021 and 4 January 2022, including a few first-time performances in Knysna by the likes of Majozi, Francois Van Coke and the full Bam Bam Brown outfit. Browse all upcoming events here.

Covid-19 protocols apply at all events and this includes restrictions on numbers – booking in advance is strongly recommended. To find out more about these events and to make a booking, click here.

In addition, with its fusion of diverse natural habitats, Knysna is a proverbial gem of a destination renowned for many things, including:

Situated along one of the world’s most beautiful coastlines, Knysna is home to an array of ruggedly beautiful shores and pristine beaches, from the remote and mysterious Noetzie, Bollard Bay with its calm lagoon waters to Brenton-on-Sea and Buffalo Bay who received their Blue Flag Beach status earlier this month, and the stretch of five sandy beaches and sandstone cliffs alongside each other in Sedgefield. For places to see, ways to wander, and signature experiences in Knysna, click here.

Rivers, lagoon/estuaries, lakes:
Waterways offer a myriad of adventurous activities for holidaymakers and the opportunity to swim, fish, boat, sail, snorkel and ski, paddle and SUP, kite and wind surf. Explore lots of unique spots to cool off after a busy summer’s day here.

Bestrewn with forest walks and hiking trails that allow visitors to explore its perimeters – enjoy numerous day trails in the Garden Route National Park, picnic on the grassy banks of a gently flowing, cola-coloured forest stream as well as hikes with waterfalls and swimming spots. Explore attractions in the Knysna forests here.

Knysna is famous for offering lavish delights for all of the senses. The Garden Route gem offers some excellent restaurants that are particularly unique, as many of them overlook either the Knysna Waterfront, Lagoon or famous Heads. You can find fish & chips parcels and designer sushi at restaurants on the same road. An alternative outing option is to braai at one of many public braaing spots found in the area.

Knysna Executive Mayor, Lavael Davis, commented: “We look forward to welcoming the holiday makers back to Knysna this summer – the town is ready and has a great lineup of events and offerings for the whole family to enjoy.”

“After the past 2 years of challenging times, there is no doubt that everyone is keen to relax, sit back and enjoy some sunshine and summer. The greater Knysna area is centrally located within the Garden Route area that offers something for everyone. Locally, there is such a variety of offerings: from a full moon swim to guided Knysna Seahorse experiences and meandering along the shorelines – even at moonlight; some of South Africa’s top musicians will be performing live, or enjoy a tranquil stroll in our peaceful forests. Stay, play and recharge,” said Visit Knysna’s General Manager, Colleen Durant.

“There is no doubt that after exploring what this beautiful destination has on offer this holiday season, many people will be inspired to visit Knysna again in the future. Guests can look forward to memorable world-class events, an extraordinary set of experiences and the best accommodation options,” concluded Wesgro CEO, Wrenelle Stander.

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