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The name Knysna is a Khoi word but its uncertain as to its exact meaning. It could mean 'place of wood', or it could mean 'fern leaves', but its most probable meaning is 'straight down' - an obvious reference to the Heads. Knysna Heads must be the most striking geological feature on the entire southern African coastline. They flank a deep but potentially treacherous channel through which the sea pours in to flood the wide and breathtakingly beautiful lagoon at the mouth of the Knysna River.

The area is the Garden of Eden: home to elephants, the Knysna seashore, the pansy shell, the brilliantly coloured Knysna loerie, a plethora of waterfowl and forest birds, cultivated and wild coastal oysters, dolphins and whales.

Knysna-ites love their festivals (including an annual oyster festival), their town and their beer. They also love the free Bohemian approach to life prevalent among those who have settled here. 'Quteniqua rust' is a slow, but highly contagious disease that affects virtually all inhabitants. The symptoms are always the same: 'What can't be done today might be done tomorrow.'

Knysna has a temperate climate making it the ideal all-year holiday destination. Summer temperatures reach highs of 38 deg.c while winter temperatures average 14 deg.c in the daytime.

Getting There
By Road: Knysna can easily be assessed by road as it lies almost midway on the N2 between Cape Town (500 Kms) and Port Elizabeth (260 Kms).

By Bus: Bus companies offer daily services to the Garden Route from both these cities and car hire services are readily available from any of the cities and towns in and around Knysna.

By Air: Access by air is via the airports at George (International status) and Plettenberg Bay, which offer a range of flight options daily.

Domestic Airline Links

By Rail: Rail access is provided by Union Rail and Rovos Rail which offer occasional rail trips to the Garden Route. Spoornet and the SA Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) control South Africa's rail network. Consult any of the local travel agents for more detailed information.

Domestic Rail Links
Car Hire
Cars can be hired at George or Capetown Airport upon arrival or in Knysna itself. You will need to have a Credit Card to hire a car in South Africa, as they need to swipe your card and have a guarantee of payment before they will release a car to you.

NOTE: You must have a South African or an International Driving License. This must be carried with you at all times as it is an offence to be stopped without it. You will be fined if you can not produce it if stopped.
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