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Neighbouring Areas

Why not visit some of Knysna's beautiful neighbouring towns and villages set in stunning locations along the coast or in the moutains, valleys or in the heart of indigenous forests.

Some Of Knysna's Neighbouring Areas

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Noetzie

(2km East Of Knysna - 5 Mins)

The golden beach surrounded by forested hills, the dark waters of the lagoon, the
rugged ochre rocks and the thundering breakers that roll in row upon row. Some seem a little disappointed to be told that the castles are no more than holiday
houses, and a few mischievous Noetzie residents, playing up to their curiosity, have
been known to spin them a yarn or two about the castles belonging to pirates,
smugglers and even to George Rex.

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Ladysmith

Buffalo Bay

(10km West Of Knysna- 10 Mins)

Buffalo Bay is situated midway between Sedgefield and Knysna. With fine, sandy beaches stretching all the way to Brenton on Sea, it offers beautiful views and breathtaking sunsets. Buffalu Bay is a family beach with safe swimming and excellent surfing conditions, including a "wild side". Perfect for long walks, beach fishing and whale & dolphin spotting. For the more adventurous, saddle up for an exhilirating horse ride through the surf.

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Buffalo Bay

Brenton on Sea

(15km West Of Knysna- 10 Mins)

Home of the famous "Brenton Blue" Butterfly, Brenton on Sea nestles between the Indian Ocean and the hills of Knysna`s Western Head. It`s golden sands are perfect for walking, sunbathing and fishing. From the cliff top paths, schools of dolphins and whales can be easily spotted. Paraglyding is a popular pasttime and there is quad biking on the ridge of the western head. Brenton on Lake offers jetty`s for boat or canoe launches. There are several restaurants within the Brenton and Belvidere area to suit every pocket.

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Brenton on Sea

Sedgefield

(23km West Of Knysna- 15 Mins)

I deally located on the Garden Route, Sedgefield sits on the costline between George and Knysna, providing easy access to all the popular tourist attractions in the area. The seaside town in the heart of the Lakes District, known for its beautiful golden beaches has somthing to offer everyone. Apart from swimming and sunbathing, there is a variety of watersports - wind surfing, yachting and watersking that Swartvlei is ideal for, with it good offshore winds and wide expanse of water.

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The Lofts

Rheenendal

(10 Km West OF Knysna - 10 Mins)

The pastoral Rheenendal country district, situated 10km west of Knysna, is notable for being home to many prominent artists and crafters. By exploring the Rheenendal Ramble, you`ll come across ceramicits, painters, woodcarvers, bowl turners and screen printers. You`ll also chance upon plant nurseries, tea gardens, restaurants and the historic Portland Manor.

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Knysna - Rheenendal

Plettenberg Bay

(32km East Of Knysna - 25 Mins)

You'll never forget your first sight of this beautiful Bay. With a backdrop of majestic mountains stretching from horizon to horizon, the town lies to one side under a sunny sky, and amongst a collage of green forests and fynbos, that are separated from the blue of the Indian Oceanby endless white and sandy beaches. truly the stuff picture postcards are made of.

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 Plettenberg Bay

Wilderness

(43 West Of Knysna- 30 Mins)

Free your spirit and experience the warm soul of Wilderness. Explore the stark, rugged Outeniqua Moutains to the north, hike through pristine forests along clear gushing streams, or take a canoe ride on the sparkling cool waters of our lagoon, rivers and lakes. Bathe in the warmth of the Indian Ocean or soak up the sun on glittering white sands, whilst dolphin and whales frolic in gentle ocean sweels and high iin the deep blue skies the brilliant colours of paragliders drift by.

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Wilderness

Victoria Bay

(58km West Of Knysna- 40 Mins)

Undoubtedly the Southern Cape's most charming and beautiful bay, Victory Bay has been discribed by tourists from all parts of the globe as 'The Gem Of The Garden Route'. Excellent winter weather yields world class surfing, superb whale- and dolphin watching. During the long, hot days of the summer you can bathe, fish, snorkel, and hike. So, do yourself a big favour and sample Victory Bay.

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Victory Bay

George

(61km West Of Knysna- 40 mins)

The City of George is the heart of the Southern Cape and its main business centre. With sophisticated road, air and rail links to all major centres, it is a convenient base from which to explore the charms and attractions of the Garden Route and Klein Karoo.

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Knysna - George

Calitzdorp

(166km West Of Knysna - 2hrs)

With five well-known wine cellars - Boplaas, Die, Krans, Calitzdorp Wine Celler, Withoek and Axe Hill - and a Port Festival, it's natural that Calitzdorp should be known as South Africa's 'Port Wine Capital' And important cantre for the production of superb fresh and dried fruits, benady and that greatest of Soth African dessert wines - Muscadel - the charming vilage, with its broad streets lined with gracious old homes, lies at the foot of the craggy Huis River Pass overlooking the panoramic Gamka River Valley.

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Calitzdorp

Nature's Valley

(76km East Of Knysna - 50 Mins)

A place of peace and serenity. Situated in the heart of the Tsitsikamma Nature Reserve. Within walking distance of pristine beaches, tranquil lagoons and enchanting indigenous forests. A place where the Otters play and the bushbuck and bushpigs roam between the houses.

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Pezula

Witsand

(280km West Of Knysna- 3hrs)

Witsand/Port Beaufort, a quaint fishing village, is situated at the mouth of the mighty Breede River, home to the Big Cob. An easy 3 hour drive from Cape Town, and an ideal halway overnight stop en route to Knysna. During July to November every year, San Sebastian Bay comes alive with the activities of the largest concentration of Southern Right whales on the South African coast. The official annual whale survey, done every year in October, revealed the highest count ever during 2005. An impressive 56 cow/calf pairs and 19 adults, a total 131 whales in the nursery. The tranquil boat-free zone, offers tourists some of the world's best, land based whale watching opportunities.

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Witsand

De Rust

(151km West Of Knysna - 1hr 40 Mins)

The quaint Victorian village of De Rust, sitated on the N12 might only be a dot on the map but it has one great advantage. It is just the right place for an overnight stop en route to one of many destinations. Nestled between the Swartbery and Kammanassie Moutains, the village is the gateway to the Great and Klein Karoos - the Eastern-, Western-, Nothern- and Southern Cape, Free State, Gauteng and Natal. For many years de Rust was just a small village on the way from Beaufort West to the beautifull Garden Route. Apart from stopping for essentails we offer you a variety of restaurants, accommodation, hiking trials, cycling on safe roads, bird watching, gift shops, 4x4 routes, excelent wines and freshwater fishing, sunset cruises and water sport on the Stompdrift Dam. Donkey cart trips for everyone to enjoy.

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De Rust

Stilbaai

(216 km West of Knysna - 2hr 25min)

just of the N2, Stilbaai is so much more than expected with friendly people, a stress - and crime free way of life, safe swimming and white snady beaches. Lappiesbaai beach has recently been awarded the international eco label, Blue Flag, ensuring unsoiled swimming water, a clean ablution block and well-trained lifeguards from November to February. The area rich in indigenous flora - and bird species, offers whale watching, a mild climate and a wide range of accommodation - a perfect all-year round destination.

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Stilbaai

Prince Albert

(186km West Of Knysna -2hours 15 mins)

Prince Albert's many attractions are so varied there's something for absolutely everybody, from hikers and bikers, bird watchers and botanists. It's an ideal environment for artists and writers and even the dedicated couch potato, and offers peace for stressed city-dwelers and visitors from the densely popualted urban environment of Europe. The changing colours of the moutains, the mystery and magic of tiny veld plants and flowers, the rustle of small creatures, birds, butterflies, sun and stars, the clear air, Karoo sunshine and brilliant night skies make Prince Albert a place to restore the soul.

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Prince Albert
 Oudtshoorn

Tsitsikamma

(100km East Of Knysna - 1 Hour)

The Garden of the Garden Route welcomes you to the are the ancient San people called 'place of sparkling waters'. The land lies between the sea and Tsitsikamma Moutains and streches from the Bloukrans River in the west to Clarkson in the east. Here in the high moutains, deep gorges and rugged costline are covered with tall indigenous foests and vast, unspoilt stands of the Cape's unique fynbos.

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Tsitsikamma

Storms River

(100 km East Of Knysna - 1 Hour)

Storms River is a tiny scattered hamlet with shady lanes situated just outside the Tsitsikamma National Park. Close by is one of the best preserved forests in South Africa containing enormous trees including a 36metre tall Yellowwood. If only passing through make sure you take a moment to stop at the bridge over the Storms River for magnificent views up and down the gorge.

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Stormsriver
Knysna - Storms River

Oudtshoorn

(116km West Of Knysna - 2 hours)

Oudtshoorn is the ostrich capital of the world. Here ostriches are found in great numbers and the region produces the best feathers, leather products and ostich meat worldwide. But the world's biggest bird is just one of the many attractions in this area of interesting contrasts.

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Oudtshoorn

Montagu

(428km West Of Knysna - 4hr)

Montagu is a charming, historic village nestled between two moutain ranges, halfway between Cape Town and the Garden Route, and lies in the heart of the legendary Route 62. With crystal clean air, beautiful moutains, a superb climate and plenty to do, it is the ideal breakaway spot from the city living.

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Montagu

Mossel Bay

(115km West Of Knysna - 2hr 40 Mins)

The seaside town of Mossel Bay on the Gaden Route basks on a sunwashed peninsula, of the N2 highway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, overloking the warm waters of the Indian Ocean with miles of unspoilt beaches including two north-facing beaches.

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Mossel Bay

The Crags

(76km East Of Knysna - 40 mins)

The Crags gets its name from the sheer rock faces of the Tsitsikamma Mountains. The area is lush, with streams, rivers and small pockets of forest. Visit nearby animal attractions or take a drive along the scenic Nature’s Valley Road.

Knysna - The Crags

Langkloof

(85km from Knysna - 1hr 40 Mins)

Known as the valley of a Thousand Vistas the Langkloof lies in the Tsitskamma Moutains and is literally the Big Apple of South Africa's agricultural industry.

Knysna - Langkloof

Uniondale

(186km North Of Knysna -2hours 15 mins)

Uniondale, a small town in the Little Karoo, South Africa, came about by the joining of two towns (Hopedale & Lyon) in 1856. Initially known for its wagon building and ostrich feather industries, which later waned and left a quaint farming town. Uniondale lies next to the Langkloof and is predominantly a sheep, goat, seed and apple farming community.

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Knysna - Uniondale

Meiringspoort

(241km West Of Knysna -2hours 45 mins)

Soaring cliff walls with spectacular rock formations line the 25km tarred road which winds along to the floor of the gorge, crossing the Groot River 25 times. Entry to the poort is via Klaarstroom, 55km east of Prince Albert en route to Oudtshoorn and the coast. Among the most scenic spots is the waterfall tumling into a dark pool, shich, legend has it, is bottomless.

 

Knysna - Meiringspoort

Ladismith

(190km West Of Knysna - 2hrs 25 Mins)

Ladismith is situated on Route at the Klein Swarthberg, and known for its fine wines, fruit and cheese. A landmark in the town is Towerkop - 'Bewitched Peak' - (2 189m) with its spilt peak. According to legend, an angry witch flew overhead and struck the mountain with her wand, causing the spilt and giving it the name 'bewitched peak'.

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Knysna - Neighbouring Areas - Ladysmith

Great Brak River

(90km West Of Knysna - 1 Hour 10 Mins)

Great Brak River nestles in a perfect Garden Route setting situated midway between George (30 km) and Mossel Bay (27 km). Sweeping panoramic views complement the outstanding characteristics of this jewel of the Southern Cape. If you need total relaxation, discover the unspoilt beaches from Glentana to Little Brak River. Sport activities in Great Brak include tennis, squash, bowls and cycling. You may practice your golf at Dolphins Creek Golf Estate and at De Kaap Driving Range.

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Knysna - Great Brak River

Little Brak River

(100km West Of Knysna - 1hr 20 Mins)

Little Brak River is a resort area of sea, lagoon and river located along the Garden Route coast. The village is set among hills bright with winter-flowering aloes. The river is navigable for twenty kilometres and teeming with fish, which means there is excellent boating, fishing and canoeing to be done. Birdlife is rich and varied, and bird-watching is therefore rewarding. The local Little Brak beach is safe, uncrowded and offers surf and rock fishing as well as the chance for whale watching in winter.

Knysna - Little Brak River

Herolds Bay

(76km West Of Knysna - 50 Mins)

15 km West of George, nestled in a magnificent and sheltered rocky cove where the golden beach sands meet the frothy, turquoise waters of the ocean. Herold's Bay has coastal walks and trails ideal for spotting dolphins and whales. The unspoilt coastal fynbos makes it a popular spot for birders and nature-lovers.

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Knysna - Herolds Bay

Glentana

(78km West Of Knysna- 55 Mins)

The coastal resort of Glentana has lovely beaches, good for swimming and sun-bathing. It is situated approximately halfway between George and Mossel Bay. At one of the beaches you can see the wreck of a floating dock that stranded there in 1902. The dock was being towed from Cape Town to Durban when the accident occurred. Glentana bay is situated in an ancient riverbed. It has steep cliffs on the side and therefore is sheltered from the wind. The caravan park is only about 100m away from the sea, so you can walk there quite easily and during the migration months you can watch the whales swimming by.

Knysna - Glentana
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