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Knysna - Outdoor Activities

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Ranked #1 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Parasailing & paragliding
Owner description: FlyTime Paragliding offer tandem flights, introduction and full license courses, tours, equipment sales and hire. Based in... more » Owner description: FlyTime Paragliding offer tandem flights, introduction and full license courses, tours, equipment sales and hire. Based in Sedgefield, the heart of the Garden Route, between Wilderness and Knysna. Come fly with us! « less
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Ranked #2 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Golf Courses; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #3 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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 #4 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Golf Courses; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #5 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Hiking Trails
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Ranked #6 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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 #7 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches
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 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Hiking Trails
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 #9 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: Relatively short walk, only 3.6km. The hills and descents are very steep. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when... more » Owner description: Relatively short walk, only 3.6km. The hills and descents are very steep. Be sure to take your camera and eats because when you reach the Homtini River the rewards are satisfying and you will want to spend some time there. The waters of the river are very refreshing and is a great idea to take your swim wear for a dip in the summer. « less
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Ranked #10 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Hiking Trails
Owner description: The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle Forest Station, the "Mecca" of the Knysna forests.... more » Owner description: The well-known Elephant Walk at Diepwalle starts and ends at the Diepwalle Forest Station, the "Mecca" of the Knysna forests. The walk offers a number of route options (7km, 8km & 9km). The area is regularly visited by the Knysna elephants but the chance of sighting of these animals is very slight. Currently there are only one elephant left in the forest. The trails are open between 6h00 and 18h00 « less
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Ranked #11 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Our aim is to introduce visitors and locals to a different side of Knysna and its surroundings through guided walking and... more » Owner description: Our aim is to introduce visitors and locals to a different side of Knysna and its surroundings through guided walking and cycling tours at a leisurely pace. « less
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Ranked #12 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Golf Courses; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #13 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Beaches
Bollard Bay is a model family beach with safe swimming in shallow waters.
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Ranked #14 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Gear rentals; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Bike & Saddle is Africa’s leading eco-active travel company that runs tailor-made, fully supported & guided, cycle, walking &... more » Owner description: Bike & Saddle is Africa’s leading eco-active travel company that runs tailor-made, fully supported & guided, cycle, walking & hiking and kayaking trips across Southern Africa. « less
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Ranked #15 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: Tandem Skydive in the heart of the garden Route. Rated as the prettiest drop zone, fly over the world famous Knysna Heads,... more » Owner description: Tandem Skydive in the heart of the garden Route. Rated as the prettiest drop zone, fly over the world famous Knysna Heads, lagoon and the river, with a backdrop of mountains and green forests. Altitude is at 10 000ft, when you step in the sky. Free falling can get you up to speeds of around 220km/h. Enjoy a further 4 - 7 minutes of flight under canopy and a gentle landing back at the airfield. « less
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Ranked #16 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
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Dune Adventures (Brenton-on-Sea)
Ranked #17 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Ranked #18 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Scenic Drives
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 #19 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
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Ranked #20 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Water sports
Owner description: Situated in Sedgefield, the centre of the Lakes District on the picturesque Garden Route. We offer a wide range of adrenalin... more » Owner description: Situated in Sedgefield, the centre of the Lakes District on the picturesque Garden Route. We offer a wide range of adrenalin filled adventure tours, holidays and activities along the Garden Route including the Addo Elephant National Park. Customised tours for groups of 6 or more ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: - Wakeboarding- Waterskiing- Surfing- Tubing- Abseiling- Canoeing- Bungee Jumping- Game Drives- Hiking « less
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Ranked #21 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Other outdoor activities; Outdoor Activities
Owner description: PADI accredited dive centre offering discover scuba experiences, shore entry dives and boat scuba adventures on various... more » Owner description: PADI accredited dive centre offering discover scuba experiences, shore entry dives and boat scuba adventures on various beautiful ocean reefs on the Garden Route; known to local scuba diving enthusiasts and shared with appreciating visitors! « less
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Ranked #22 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Scenic Drives
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Ranked #23 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Biking Trails
Owner description: The Homtini Cycle Route is a circular route starting from Krisjan-se-Nek picnic site. Distance: 19km, circular... more » Owner description: The Homtini Cycle Route is a circular route starting from Krisjan-se-Nek picnic site. Distance: 19km, circular (anti-clockwise). « less
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Ranked #24 of 29 Outdoor Activities in Knysna
Category: Biking Trails
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Category: Hiking Trails
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Category: Water sports
Owner description: The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities... more » Owner description: The Turbine Water Club offers al fresco dining from our deli, oysters from our champagne bar and a wide variety of activities on both land and the Knysna lagoon. All activities start and finish at the Turbine Water Club and Deli on Thesen Islands. PONTOON CRUISES: Motorised Pontoon Barges. For luxury cruises up to 10 people. BICYCLE HIRE: The area's pristine forests, mountains and coastal routes make it an unforgettable biking destination. KAYAK HIRE: Enjoy the charm and uniqueness of the Knysna lagoon. KNYSNA RIB ADVENTURES: Hold on tight for a safe ride on the adventure power boat. The boat goes through the Heads, weather permitting. JJ’S FISHING CHARTERS: Enjoy some of the best light tackle saltwater fishing along this renowned stretch of coastline. The Knysna Lagoon continues to produce extraordinary large number of Garriek, Shade, White Steenbras, Mussel Cracker, Stumpnose, Blacktail, Rock Cod, Rays and Sharks. OCEAN ODYSSEY – KNYSNA WHALE WATCHING: Travel through the tranquil waters of this picturesque lagoon and out onto the Indian Ocean in search for whales and dolphins, seals, sharks and bird life. As the official whale watching permit holders, we are allowed to approach whales to within 50m, all other vessels to remain 300 m away. TONY COOK ADVENTURES Kite Surfing Stand Up Paddle Boarding Mountain Biking Knysna Forest Tours Guided Canoe Trips. SPRINGTIDE SAILING CHARTERS: The ultimate Indian Ocean sailing experience. Sail aboard the 50ft sailing yacht - Outeniqua. Venture past the Knysna Heads to explore the picturesque Indian Ocean coastline, rich with birdlife, whales, dolphins and other marine life. Get the full Knysna experience at The Turbine Water Club - Deli, Oyster Bar & Activities. « less
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Category: Fishing charters & tours
Owner description: Qualified skipper; includes all gear and bait; 6-7 hours; keep your catch; 11 seats; 28 ft Budcat with semi weather cabin;... more » Owner description: Qualified skipper; includes all gear and bait; 6-7 hours; keep your catch; 11 seats; 28 ft Budcat with semi weather cabin; full SAMSA (South African Maritime Safety Authority) safety certificates « less
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Category: Eco tours
Owner description: Awesome experience into the darkness and mystique of the Knysna Indigenous Forest by spotlight. We have come across spotted... more » Owner description: Awesome experience into the darkness and mystique of the Knysna Indigenous Forest by spotlight. We have come across spotted gennet, sleeping birds, bush baby, blue duiker, bush pig, night jar, cape spotted owl, fresh elephant tracks, fresh leopard foot prints, baboon hunting spider, bush buck and lots more. With your professional accredited guide and spotlight you will be amazed. « less
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