Travel Destinations on Africa's
West Cape: Knysna By: Marcela Devivo
Knysna is a lovely area located
on Africa's 'Garden Route.' The garden route is one of Africa's main locations
for travelers and stretches along South Africa's Coast. Knysna is located
between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. Knysna's name is
thought to derive from the Khio word for 'straight down.'
This name reflects Knysna
lagoon's steep monoliths, appropriately called 'The Heads.' Knysna has
a mild Mediterranean Maritime climate that ensures year-round greenness
and impressive flora and fauna. It is a great vacation location for travelers
looking for vacations out of the ordinary.
Traveling in Knysna
There are myriad activities
to enjoy in Knysna, from exploring its blue lagoon to hiking in its Tsitsikamma
National Park area. Travel is easy; you can rent a car, take a taxi, walk
around, or rent bikes. Keep in mind, however, that during high tourist
seasons, traffic can be bad, so you're better off going with any of the
Knysna has multiple golf
courses, shops and cafes, all near the amazingly blue lagoon at the center
of Knysna. One of the most fun activities if you're traveling in Knysna
is visiting the elephant park. Here you can visit and interact with the
elephants by feeding and touching them. It is an amazing experience and
one that should be explored if you're traveling through or to Knysna.
to locations near Knysna
From Knysna, other locations
are accessible by minibus, taxi, or rental car; travel is thus fairly easy.
It is about five hundred kilometers to Cape Town and around two hundred
and fifty kilometers to Port Elizabeth.
To and from Knysna, there
is also an old, historical steam train that travels between Knysna and
George (the local airport) and is a great way to take in some excellent
scenery. Another small village on the sea near Knysna is Brenton-on-the-Sea,
and it is here that you will find even more secluded beaches.
Eating in Knysna
There are a number of restaurants
that line the lagoon's waterfront. You don't need to travel far to enjoy
excellent sea food and other dishes. There is a local brewery in town that
also offers tastings and tours.
Travel Lodging in Knysna
There are a number of excellent
hotels, guesthouses, and Bed & Breakfasts for travelers to choose from
in Knysna, though price and availability tends to be limited in the high
tourist seasons. If you have your own transportation, you can also check
out nearby Buffalo Bay or Brenton-on-the-Sea.