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PO Box 314
Knysna 6570

Tel: 044 382 2095
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Map of Knysna Lagoon in Adobe Acrobat Reader format:

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The Knysna Lagoon is one of the Garden Route's greatest assets. But it is a fragile and threatened asset - largely because of the human impact on the land surrounding it.

Ultimately, the Lagoon receives all the run-off from the land in its catchment area and the quality of water which flows into the Lagoon - and the type and quantity of foreign materials such as silt and debris which thewater brings with it - have a powerful effect on the health of the Estuary.

As a builder, developer or home-owner, you can influence the future positively by ensuring that your property is developed in accordance with the Regulations and, with modern 'best-practice' in mind, you can help to achieve sustainability for our precious natural resources.

Copy Writing by Martin Hatchuel tel: 082 448 2140.

The Knysna Lagoon Wildlife and Activities

The Knysna Sea Horse »»
Like Knysna itself, the sea horse's greatest asset - its unusual beauty - is, sadly, its greatest weakness. [read more]
The Knysna River »»
Tiny as rivers go - measured from its source in the Outeniqua Mountains to the Knysna Heads it's just 64 km long [read more]
The Knysna Forest »»
South Africa is blessed with many things, but it has always been short of both water and natural woodlands [read more]
Land Mammals of the Knysna Area »»
Nearly seventy species of mammals occur naturally in the Garden Route, but many of them are shy and very difficult to see [read more]
Birds of the Knysna Lagoon »»
The Knysna Lagoon is the largest estuary of its kind in the Southern Cape,and is a rich source of food for a great number of different species. [read more]
Salt Marshes of the Knysna Lagoon »»
Although they might not look particularly attractive to you and I, salt marshes are the foundation upon which much of the estuarine food chain is built. [read more]
Boating on the Knysna Lagoon »»
The Knvsna Lagoon is managed on behalf of the state as a National Lake Area by Smith African National Parks. The regulations concerning boating on the Lagoon are laid out in the Lake Areas Development Act (Act 39 of 1975) and in the Merchant Shipping Act (Act 57of 1951) as well as in other, related legislation. [read more]
Oyster Farming on the Knysna Lagoon »»
Oysters have been the favourite of gourmets and romantics for thousands of years. The ancient Chinese are thought to have been the first to cultivate them, the Greeks were doing it 6 000 years ago and the Red Indians of North America invented the oyster stew. [read more]


The Knysna Lagoon (or the Knysna Estuary) is home to more than 200 species of fish which can be categorised according to how much they depend on estuaries during their life cycles [read more]


This is a guide to the bag limits and types of fishes which recreational anglers may catch and keep in the Knysna area (the Knysna Lagoon and the seashore from Harkerville to Buffalo Bay). [read more]


As a builder, developer or home-owner, you can influence the future positively by ensuring that your property is developed in accordance with the Regulations and, with modern 'best-practice' in mind, you can help to achieve sustainability for our precious natural resources. [read more]

Garden Route

Secrets of the Forests »»
These indigenous forests consist of about 100 different types of trees and many smaller plants, fungi, ferns as well as the mammals, birds and insects that make the forest their home [read more]
People and Plants »»
Today, the once sparsely inhabited South Africa, is facing the inevitable challenges of a vast population growth. Due to a changed society, fewer and fewer people still have the traditional knowledge about indgenous plants. [read more]
Inter-Tidal Zone »»
The magic of the Garden Route coastline, lies in the fact that it falls within a region of overlapping winter and summer rainfall, and cold and warm currents. [read more]
Marine Mammals »»
Humpbacked Whales, Bottlenosed Dolphins, Cape Fur Seals to name just a few of the marine mammals found in South African waters [read more]
Wetlands »»
We all benefit from healthy wetlands directly or indirectly. By understanding and appreciating the functioning of system one is able to, through sensible and simple practices, help protect our remaining wetlands. [read more]

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