Knysna is situated on a wide lagoon which is perfectly suited to all sorts of water sport. The bay is surrounded by two impressive rocks called the Knysna Heads. You can reach one of these rocks by car to enjoy a stunning view of the lagoon.
The largest remaining forested area in South Africa, the Knysna Forest comprises 80,000 ha and lies just behind the town. Like everywhere else at the Garden Route, however, only parts of the original montane rainforests are preserved. The extremely slowly growing stinkwood and yellowwood trees, in high demand for furniture manufacture, have become scarce and largely gave way to pines and eucalypt plantations nowadays.
Drive to the Knysna Heads first, a pair of prominent sandstone cliffs that flank the channel through which the sea pours into Knysna’s lagoon. A walkway leads to the end of the head, offering breathtaking views of the stormy sea channel and the opposite shore. Several caves lie along this path. A restaurant and coffee shop are conveniently situated to provide good food and refreshments to visitors. A viewsite on top of the eastern Head offers spectacular views over Knysna, the lagoon, the sea and the channel between the Heads. The western Head is largely undeveloped and encompasses the 150 ha private Featherbed Nature Reserve. Ferry trips departing from Knysna Waterfront and guided trails to the reserve are available.
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