Knysna Travel Guide
Shopping Knysna's three shopping malls have a variety of shops, and there are numerous local art, craft and curio shops in and around the town centre.
Restaurants In and around Knysna one will find a selection of fine restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops and eateries. The waterfront has a variety of restaurants, serving food like oysters and seafood as well as traditional South African fare. There are fine dining options and international fare includes Mexican, Italian, Moroccan and Asian.
Nightlife As evidenced by its popular food and music festivals, Knysna is an entertainment hub on the Garden Route and boasts a vibrant nightlife. This picturesque small town is home to more than 50 restaurants and pubs. There are also a handful of vibey dance clubs and live music venues. December and January is peak season in Knysna, with crowds of night-time revellers descending from along the coast; in the winter off-season the town is significantly quieter.
Activities Knysna's location on the lagoon, near to forests, the sea and the mountains, means that there are a range of holiday activities on offer, from paddling to hiking, mountain biking and horseriding. The Heads Adventure Centre specialises in a variety of activities including abseiling and scuba diving. A really fun way to experience Knysna is to hire a house boat for a few days and sleep on the water.
Negatives In the peak summer holiday season, Knysna gets very crowded and accommodation is difficult to find. The national highway N2 passes through the centre of town and traffic jams are common.