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Knysna is one of the Southern Cape coast’s best known holiday destinations, the town is nestled between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Western Head is a privately owned nature Reserve – Featherbed Bay. The Knysna Lagoon is one of the few places along the coast and in the world that supports an oyster hatchery – the Knysna oysters are reputedly among the tastiest in the world. Knysna has many attractions in the surrounding area as well, one of the most spectacular being the Knysna Forest, the largest indigenous forest in South Africa. Home to the famous Knysna Lourie and once great herds of Knysna Elephants. Knysna appeals especially to outdoor people. Meandering trails are followed by hikers and mountain bikers, the forests invite long, leisurely drives, and the lakes and rivers lend themselves to swimming, boating and fishing.

The Garden Route has a Mediterranean Maritime climate, with moderately hot summers, and mild to chilly winters. It is one of the richest rainfall areas, most of which occurs in the winter months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian ocean. Any time of the year is good for visiting the area, depending if you enjoy a peaceful retreat during the winter months, or a bustling holiday destination during the summer.

We have selected a few accommodation options which will make your stay in the Garden Route unforgettable. From luxury, up-market accommodation in the hub of the town to self catering accommodation in the forest, just outside Knysna. We highly recommend the new “in” place to stay – Thesen Island, a short stroll from the famous Ile de Pain bakery (Island of Bread) and within walking distance to the famous Knysna Waterfront. Knysna is well-known for exceptional restaurants. Please have a look at our recommended list which I have personally visited and enjoyed.

En route to Knysna from Cape Town I can suggest a few delightful stopovers:

Peregrine Farm Stall
On the right hand side of the N2 just after the Grabouw turnoff (the turnoff will be to your left).
Specialities are delicious Grabouw apples and freshly baked muffins, bread and tarts.

On the right hand side, 11 km’s after the Hermanus turnoff.
Specialities are farm bread, home cooked meals, cheese deli, antiques and leather goodsTel. 028 214 1475

La Belle Alliance
The perfect lunch stop, it is a quaint tea garden next to a stream in Swellendam. youngberry milkshakes are fantastic!
Tel. 028 514 2252

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