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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Geologic Formations; Outdoors
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Ranked #2 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
Owner description: Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African... more » Owner description: Founded in 1994, The Knysna Elephant Park was the first facility in South Africa to house and care for orphaned African elephants. The first orphaned calves (from a culling operation in the Kruger National Park) named Harry and Sally, after the famous movie of the time, remain part of the KEP family today: Harry as the dominant bull and Sally as the matriarch of the herd. Since 1994, we have cared for and raised more than thirty elephants. These animals include relocated animals, orphaned calves, elephants rescued from culls and ex-circus animals. Some have become part of the KEP herd, others have moved onto other reserves and facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, taking in to cognizance their personalities, bonds with other animals and welfare needs. The present KEP herd numbers nine - the largest domesticated matriarchal herd in the country. Your elephant encounter begins starts in our Interpretation Centre where you are introduced to our elephants, through beautiful photographic and informative displays. Here you can also book an elephant-back ride, a sunrise walk with the elephants or special exclusive sundowner tour. A short video presentation gives you further insight into the Park and its elephant-orientated missions and goals, before you enter the Park to meet the elephants. Our facilities are world class and our style of management ensures that our elephants interact with guests on their own terms. Within this habitat, we call a "controlled, free-range" environment, our daily tours offer guests the opportunity to get up close and personal with our elephants; but still gives the elephants to some freedom and choice. Guests may remain with the elephants as long as they wish, before being transported back to the Restaurant and Curio Shop. A Photography Department is also available for guests to purchase personalized photos and DVD's of their Extraordinary Elephant Encounter - making your memories last a lifetime! Our newly refurbished night quarters consist of a large covered elephant boma, which leads into an outdoor fenced camp. For an animal that can eat for up to 18 hours a day, this arrangement allows our elephants to exhibit a large variety of behaviours during the night. They are able to choose where they want to sleep - indoors or outdoors; who they want to interact with, as well as where and what they want to eat. This again contributes to one of the highest quality captive elephant management styles in South Africa. Our elephant boma and night camp are viewed from above by our Elephant Lodge guests, another first for South Africa...nowhere else in the country can you 'sleep' with elephants The need for research was recognized by The Knysna Elephant Park who then created the African Elephant Research Unit (AERU, est. 2009), aimed at improving the management and welfare of captive elephants throughout South Africa. Visitors to the park are privileged to have a close-up and personal encounter with these gentle giants, and leave having gained a healthy respect for these wonderful animals, as well as a better understanding of the African elephant and their plight across the continent. EXTRAORDINARY ENCOUNTERS - BE TOUCHED BY AN ELEPHANT « less
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Ranked #3 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: National Parks; Outdoors
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Ranked #4 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #5 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and great surfing conditions. It is also ideal for walking (all the way to... more » Owner description: Buffalo Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and great surfing conditions. It is also ideal for walking (all the way to Brenton on Sea) and fishing. « less
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Ranked #6 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece... more » Owner description: Featherbed is a privately-owned, registered Nature Reserve and a South African Heritage Site, No.59. It is a pristine piece of paradise situated on the Western Head of Knysna and is accessible by ferry only.In order to protect the splendour of the natural beauty, access to the Reserve is controlled. Numbers are limited and visits are only permitted in the company of the Reserve's specialist guides. « less
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Ranked #7 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Owner description: Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a... more » Owner description: Brenton-on-Sea is great for walking and sunbathing and is popular with paragliders. A big rock formation, castle Rock, is a favourite fishing spot for locals. Swimming is dangerous because of rip currents. « less
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Ranked #8 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Lookouts; Landmarks
Owner description: On the road to Brenton on Sea, Margaret’s Viewpoint provides a majestic view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere... more » Owner description: On the road to Brenton on Sea, Margaret’s Viewpoint provides a majestic view of the Knysna Lagoon, Lake Brenton and Belvidere Estate. Named after well known Knysna conservationist, Margaret Addinal, who persistently campaigned for the view point installation. « less
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Ranked #9 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
Owner description: The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for... more » Owner description: The walk follows over 1km of wooden board walks and bridges across streams and is entirely wheelchair friendly and ideal for the elderly wanting to visit the forest. There is a number of wooden benches and tables along the trail to sit, snack, picnic or enjoy your 'padkos'. Water and ablution facilities. « less
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Ranked #10 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Owner description: Western Cape Government Transport & Public Works Flood damage repairs to Prince Alfred Pass (R339)from May 2014 to November... more » Owner description: Western Cape Government Transport & Public Works Flood damage repairs to Prince Alfred Pass (R339)from May 2014 to November 2014. Baseline Civil Contractors « less
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Gerickes Point (Sedgefield)
Ranked #11 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #12 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Goukamma is situated between Buffalo Bay and Sedgefield, and offers wonderful beaches, epic sand dunes, flowing river mouths... more » Owner description: Goukamma is situated between Buffalo Bay and Sedgefield, and offers wonderful beaches, epic sand dunes, flowing river mouths and unspoiled coastal forests. « less
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Ranked #13 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Lookouts; Landmarks
Owner description: Spitzkop is the highest point accessible by vehicle in the Knysna area. From here you can see the top of the Prince Alfred... more » Owner description: Spitzkop is the highest point accessible by vehicle in the Knysna area. From here you can see the top of the Prince Alfred Pass, George, Natures Valley, the Knysna Heads, Sedgefield, and tons of beautiful Fynbos. Stunning views of the Outeniqua Mountains. « less
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Ranked #14 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
Bollard Bay is a model family beach with safe swimming in shallow waters.
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Ranked #15 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
Owner description: Visit Pledge Nature Reserve in the heart of Knysna to view indigenous plants to the area and some history. Before Knysna was... more » Owner description: Visit Pledge Nature Reserve in the heart of Knysna to view indigenous plants to the area and some history. Before Knysna was officially named a town, it was made up of small settlements, one of which was Newhaven, just east of today’s Long Street – the lo g straight roadthat bisects the town and runs down to Thesen Island. « less
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Cloud 9 Lookout (Sedgefield)
Ranked #16 of 24 attractions in Knysna
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Ranked #17 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Scenic Drives; Landmarks
Owner description: This 75 km historic road was completed in 1883. Rivers generally flow in deep gorges on their way from the mountains to the... more » Owner description: This 75 km historic road was completed in 1883. Rivers generally flow in deep gorges on their way from the mountains to the sea, therefore there are seven passes along the way, hence the name of the route. These are the passes crossing the Swart-, Kaaimans- and Silver-, Touw-, Hoogekraal- and Karatara rivers, the Homtini gorge and the Phantom pass. Knysna Phantom Pass to Saasveld George | 75 km | +/- 1 Hour, 30 min driving time « less
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Ranked #18 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Monuments/ Statues; Landmarks
Owner description: Dalene Matthee, author of 13 books, is best known for her four "Forest books" on the Knysna Forest: Circles in a Forest,... more » Owner description: Dalene Matthee, author of 13 books, is best known for her four "Forest books" on the Knysna Forest: Circles in a Forest, Fiela's Child, The Mulberry Forest and Dreamforest. « less
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Ranked #19 of 24 attractions in Knysna
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Groenvlei Lake (Sedgefield)
Ranked #20 of 24 attractions in Knysna
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Ranked #21 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Mines; Cultural
Owner description: South Africa's first ever goldmine - drive through our beautiful forests & enjoy a mine tour, a delicious light lunch &... more » Owner description: South Africa's first ever goldmine - drive through our beautiful forests & enjoy a mine tour, a delicious light lunch & freshly baked scones & tea, also visit our interesting museum. Experience a piece of history the fun way. « less
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Ranked #22 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Ranked #23 of 24 attractions in Knysna
Category: Farms; Outdoors
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Owner description: At the studio & gallery at 66 Main Street you can hear the stories behind my paintings and get a glimpse of my own life and... more » Owner description: At the studio & gallery at 66 Main Street you can hear the stories behind my paintings and get a glimpse of my own life and work as an African artist. Visiting me is of course free but as an accredited Tour Guide I also offer township tours: Expect a fascinating experience of African culture, food, lifestyle and empowerment far beyond the usual Garden Route "routine". Optional: visit local artists. « less
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