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“This is the soul of Knysna”
Review of Knysna Lagoon

Knysna Lagoon
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Knysna Lagoon 1.5-hour Sightseeing Boat Cruise
Ranked #6 of 76 things to do in Knysna
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“This is the soul of Knysna”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

I just love Knysna and I can see why the lagoon attracted the early inhabitants who settled here.
There is so much on offer in this vast amount of sheltered water and the first time tourist should take a trip on one of the many pleasure boats that go round the lagoon, pausing at the Heads so you can appreciate the strong currents and then resume the gentle journey back to the quay.
The mv "John Benn" has always been our first choice of travel round the lagoon as it is possible to do lunch while on the water. There are other faster options, which envolve kitting up in a life jacket and bouncing across the entrance to the lagoon and then out to do a spot of whale watching.
The waterfront area has a charm of its own and has been carefully developed with a variety of shops and restaurants.
The oyster farms are also part and parcel of Knysna's charm - and of course, there would be no crowd-pulling Oyster Festival without a good supply of these tasty treats. So whether you are down at the lagoon edge, or up high on one of the numerous vantage points above the lagoon, you are always aware of the attraction of this beautiful lagoon.

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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30 reviews
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“Beautiful”
Reviewed August 8, 2014

We stayed by the Knysna Lagoon. It is fresh water and it has some areas that are salt water. It is a beautiful area.

Visited August 2014
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Knysna Waterfront”
Reviewed July 8, 2014

I went on the mv John Ben for a 1.5 hour cruise and it was very rough but very nice
I recommend Cafe Mario on the Waterfront (very nice)

Visited July 2014
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Hartbeespoort, South Africa
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“Breathtaking .........”
Reviewed July 3, 2014

Knysna is one of the most beautiful places to visit in The Cape .... unspoiled views , crafts , ...... heaven on earth....

Visited July 2014
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Sycamore, Illinois
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91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Great Spot for Birdwatching”
Reviewed June 30, 2014

If birdwatching is an important hobby for you, this spot can provide several bird species of shorebirds or marsh birds that you might not see otherwise. Although there are many locations to see things like the Sacred Ibid, this is a very good place to find them.

Visited May 2014
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