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Knysna

Welcome to Knysna, the place of huge trees, forests and artists at the heart of the Garden Route.

Situated between the impressive Outeniqua Mountains and the sea, Knysna is surrounded by both indigenous forests and plantations.  

The 21 ha lagoon opens into the sea between the well-known Knysna Heads, which protect it from the sea. This tranquil water is home to many fish species, including the Knysna Sea Horse and the famous Knysna Oysters.

The heads at  the mouth of the Knysna Lagoon. This entrance is deceivingly dangerous and has let to the sinking of many ships in the past.
The Heads 

A view into the Knysna lagoon from the heads.
View of the Lagoon from the Heads

Many hiking trails lead from Knysna into the forests. By following these trails, one can experience nature at its fullest. You will see the majestic, huge Yellow wood trees and who knows, possibly come across a well-known Knysna Loerie or even some of the Knysna Elephants. These elephants represent the most southerly distribution of the African Elephant population.

Many artists have made Knysna their home. Here you can find painters, sculptors and a magnitude of different arts and craft stores. You also don�t need to search far for them. Most of them are conveniently situated in the main street of the town. You should however be prepared to spend a lot of time in Knysna. You are not going to browse through all the interesting little shops in only a couple of minutes. Be thus prepared to stay over.

You will find some of the nicest place to stay in Knysna. Not only do the many places of accommodation offer you  warm hospitality, they also allow you to experience some of the best views in the country. This includes bed and breakfast establishments, guest houses, hotels, private homes, backpacker�s lodgings and even rooms afloat in a houseboat. 

Some of them are:

36 Long Street  Knysna Heads 
Holiday Flats
Woodbourne Caboose
Ashmead Resort  Lake Brenton Laguna Grove Apartments  Hunters 
Country House
Hunters Rest Gallery Guest House Mike�s Guest House Portland Manor
Stannards 
Guest House
Yellowwood Lodge Leasure Isle Lodge Point Lodge 
Brenton-on-Sea Hotel Knysna Protea Hotel  Stromboli�s Inn   Wayside Inn
Rest-a-while 
bed and breakfast 
 Thesen Hill    Albatross
Guest House
 Blackwaters
River Lodge
Essendale Farm Cranmere Stables Breakway 
Vacation Rentals
Lyn Scott
 Bridgewater 
Bed and Breakfast
Island Lodge 
Bed and Breakfast
Larenhill Holiday Estate Tuscany
Acornhill Bliss Blue Lagoon Birdsong Lagoon View
Cape Explorers Lodge Ganzvlei Farm Guadeloupe Little Mazot
Log Cabin Mount Jay Cottages Mountain Rose Guest House Protea House
Protea Wilds Eco Reserve Sun Valey Place Villa Del Lago Woodcutters Forest Cottages
Knysne River Club Under Milk Wood Al Due Camini Bradach House
       

Knoetzie, with its old world atmosphere is a must see for anyone visiting the area.
Some of the Noetzie Castles

You can visit Noetzie, about 10km east of Knysna. Be prepared to decent about 100 steps to this paradise-like small bay with a couple of unique castles overlooking the wonderful beach.

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