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Knysna
Knysna stands out on South Africa's famed Garden Route thanks to the sandstone cliffs that dramatically separate its tranquil lagoon from the pounding surf of the Indian Ocean. It's also home to the country's largest indigenous forest. Hop aboard a ferry for a ride through the scenic highlights. The Millwood Mines at Jubilee Creek, site of a major gold rush in 1885, provide a picturesque spot for a picnic. Be sure to try some local oysters during the renowned annual festival.

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Knysna Heads
Knysna Heads
Attraction type: Geologic Formations
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Knysna Elephant Park
Knysna Elephant Park
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... 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
Attraction type: Nature & Wildlife Tours; Nature & Wildlife Areas; Zoos
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Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park
Garden Route (Tsitsikamma, Knysna, Wilderness) National Park
Attraction type: National Parks
Circles in the Forest
Circles in the Forest
Attraction type: Hiking Trails
Brenton on Sea
Brenton on Sea
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... 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
Attraction type: Beaches
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East Head Cafe
East Head Cafe
Ranked #1 of 123 Restaurants in Knysna
Price: $3 - $12
Cuisines: International
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
KKB – Cook & Look Evenings
KKB – Cook & Look Evenings
Ranked #2 of 123 Restaurants in Knysna
Cuisines: Contemporary
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
The Olive Tree
The Olive Tree
Ranked #3 of 123 Restaurants in Knysna
Cuisines: Bistro
Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Ile de Pain
Ile de Pain
Ranked #4 of 123 Restaurants in Knysna
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Polvo
Polvo
Ranked #5 of 123 Restaurants in Knysna

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Paradise House
3.0 of 5
Paradise House
$37 - $82
Ranked #28 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Afrovibe Adventure Lodge
4.0 of 5
Afrovibe Adventure Lodge
$18 - $46
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HomeBase Knysna
HomeBase Knysna
$19 - $31 (ZAR 230 - 375)
Ranked #14 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat
3.0 of 5
Forest Edge Nature-lovers' Retreat
$65 - $116 (EUR 58 - 104)
Ranked #1 of 83 Specialty Lodging in Knysna
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South Villa Guest House
4.0 of 5
South Villa Guest House
$72 - $106
Ranked #4 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Panorama Lodge
3.0 of 5
Panorama Lodge
$44 - $64 (EUR 39 - 57)
Ranked #6 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
5.0 of 5
Villa Afrikana Guest Suites
$165 - $205
Ranked #1 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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Double Dutch B & B
4.0 of 5
Double Dutch B & B
$90 - $126
Ranked #1 of 109 Knysna B&B and Inns
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Kanonkop Guest House
5.0 of 5
Kanonkop Guest House
$155 - $614
Ranked #2 of 30 Hotels in Knysna
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