Knysna is pronounced as "Nice Na" and this actually sums up our experience of staying at Knysna Log-Inn.
We drove down from Cape Town to Knsyna via the Garden Route. This was a long journey (nearly 500 kms) but we did not feel any stress of travelling. There is hardly any traffic on the roads and the entire landscape provides a soothing experience. We had couple of halts on the way to refresh and stretch our legs before we reached the hotel. We were pleasantly surprised to see the wooden structure and the hotel has an old world charm. The hotel is located very close to the waterfront (10 mins) and it has a spacious restaurant that serves decent food. The lobby has nice stained glass painting on either side and there were some wonderful paintings on display. There is enough space for parking and the hotel also has a very small pool on the backside. The rooms are spacious and there was nice jar full of fresh biscuits and cookies which we immediately devoured alongwith a cup of tea. The only down side which I can think of is that the rooms do not have internet facility. You need to go down to reception and access via a dedicated PC (speed of the internet is an issue). In a way this was good as I was on a holiday and in no mood to work.
On the day we arrived at the hotel, we walked down to the waterfront to take a boat ride on the Knysna lagoon in the evening. The boat had a nice bar and watched the sun go down on the Knysna Estuary.
On the second day, we went to Oudtshoorn to see the Cango Caves. These caves are natural and full of stalactites and stalagmites. They stretch over 4 kms and I realized the meaning of pitch dark when they switched off the lights inside the cave for a moment. It was a great experience. Thereafter we visited Cango Wildlife Ranch to see animals at close quarters. Besides the standard species found in Africa (Lion, Cheetah etc), we also saw our famous Bengal tiger. We were able to get upclose and also touch the tiger. The day was concluded with a visit to an Ostrich Farm. This was one experience the kids were eagerly awaiting as they had heard so many stories before we left India. The guide at the Ostrich farm explained in detail about how Ostrich are bred. We also got an opportunity to stand on an Ostrich egg. This does not break even if the person weighs more than 80 kgs. The kids also managed to sit atop an Ostrich. Believe me, this is a weird feeling if you have not sat on one before. There was also a race between two riders and it was a fascinating site. After shopping for curios, we headed back home to our hotel.
Although the Knysna Hotel has a wonderful restaurant, we were dying to taste some Indian food and we were lucky to find an Indian restaurant (Rasoi) just a few minutes away from the hotel. At Knysna, there are a whole lot of other adventure sports activities that people undertake (Abseiling, bunji jumping, forest excursions etc). However we had to move on to Joburg and we took a flight from George which is about an hours drive from Knysna.
Our short and brief stay at Knysna was memorable one and we felt time stood still at this place. If you are visiting South Africa, would definitely recommend a visit to Knysna.
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