Welcome to Knysna
Positioned in the heart of the Garden Route, this town is primarily built on the northern shore of a large warm-water estuary, known as the Knysna Lagoon, which is fed by the Knysna River. The estuary opens to the ocean after passing between two large headlands. These are popularly known as “The Heads”, and have become infamous due to the loss of boats and fishermen passing through their treacherous and unpredictable waters. Knysna (pronounced ny-znah) is probably the most famous town on the Garden Route and hosts a variety of events annually, which draw local and international visitors alike. The lagoon is popular with sailing enthusiasts, and there are plenty of boat trips on offer.
With its serene setting, arty and gay-friendly vibe, Knysna has plenty going for it. But if you’re seeking a quiet, undeveloped experience, you might want to stay in Plettenberg Bay – particularly in high season.