Canoe Polo, Knysna Waterfront

Saturday weekly entertainment

Saturdays are full of activity in Greater Knysna, South Africa’s top holiday destination. Here’s a suggestion of how to spend your day if you’re looking for things to do in Knysna and Sedgefield.


If you’re fit or working on your fitness levels, you could start your day with a parkrun, a fun community 5 km run or walk. It’s free to participate and the event is open to everybody. It starts at 8am from the open-air gym in George Rex Drive, which is just 150m north of the Loerie Park sports complex. The course is a completely flat, wheelchair-friendly out and back route along a paved walkway.

Sedgefield markets

When you’ve done your exercise for the day and worked up an appetite, head to the Saturday markets in Sedgefield for breakfast and to browse the stalls. There are three markets adjacent to each other, each offering different food and market goods.

The award-winning Wild Oats Community Farmer’s Market, open every Saturday morning until 12pm, from 7.30am in summer and 8am in winter, is a veritable feast for lovers of good food. It’s also a great place to have breakfast or brunch with a huge variety of delicious eats on offer from traditional English breakfasts to wraps, vegan bowls, vetkoek and even fresh oysters. If you are holidaying in self-catering (link to self catering stays) accommodation, you’ll also be able to stock up on lots of fresh produce, much of it organic, free range chicken and meat, baked goods, pre-cooked meals and homemade pickles and jams.

Saturday markets in Sedgefield

Next door, the Mosaic Market offers more delicious food as well as locally produced products such as clothing, jewellery, picture frames, wooden artefacts and leather accessories.

The third market, Scarab Art & Craft Village hosts a variety of stall holders who have crafted their own products including original art, ceramics, handmade clothing, metal work, hand carved wooden products and hand spun wool. The mosaic garden at Scarab Village sells original mosaicked items by local artists as part of the Sedgefield Community Mosaic Art Tourism project which raises funds for Masithandane, a local NPO. Look out for the Scarab Paper & Craft Centre which sells hand-produced paper made with elephant dung, and treat yourself to a handcrafted beer from the quaint Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery.

 Sedgefield Craft Beer brewery

Canoe polo at the Waterfront

Spend the afternoon watching an exciting game of canoe polo at the Knysna Waterfront Quays where it is played on a pitch in the small harbour in full view of the restaurants lining the quays. Similar to water polo but played in short, stable kayaks, the game consists of two halves of 10 minutes each in which two teams of five players attempt to score into a goal, which is suspended 2 metres above the water at each end of the pitch. It’s as much fun to play as it is to watch.

Afterwards, enjoy a cocktail, craft beer or glass of wine at one of the waterfront restaurants and stay to watch a spectacular sunset over the lagoon, a fitting end to a Saturday in Knysna!