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On The Lagoon

You don't have to travel far to enjoy the water based activities of Knysna Lagoon.

The links published here have all been tried and tested by the Knysna-Holidays team and have been rated as top local activities on and in the water of the lagoon ...

Lagoon Map

We can offer you a map showing all the channels for safe boating in and around the Knysna Lagoon.

Due to the size needed to show all the detail, this is available as an Adobe Reader® PDF file which you can download and view at your leisure.

Please be aware that this map was correct at the time of printing but you should always check for the latest map at the Tourist Centre or National Parks Office before setting off.

Download the map here (right click and save to disk)

Beaches
The coast around Knysna offers visitors endless opportunites to explore its natural beauty. Visit Brenton-on-Sea, Buffalo Bay, Bollard Bay on Leisure Isle, and the beach and estuary at Noetzie and enjoy walking, swimming, fishing, surfing, boardsailing, beach games or lazy sunbathing . . .

The warm currents of the Indian Ocean make for pleasant sea temperatures in the summer months. Tides can be strong though, and bathers need take care with strong currents at specific beaches.

Fishing
Knysna provides a wealth of opportunities for the keen fisherman: fly-fishing, rock and surf fishing, deepsea fishing, bass and trout fishing. The most common fish caught in the area are steenbras, grunter and leervis.

A permit is required for any fishing or bait-collecting in the estuary or along the coast. This is obtainable from any Post Office.

An invertebrate reserve has been proclaimed in the area between Thesen Island and Leisure Island : no bait may be collected from this area.

Detailed fishing regulations are available from

National Parks Board Tel. 044 3822095

International +27 44 3822095.

Kajiki Charters - deep sea fishing charters
083 2287372

Rogue Eco Safaris - fly fishing
073 1915420
Diving
Diving along the Knysna coastline is a unique and wonderful experience, offering a kaleidoscope of colours and spectacular coral reefs. Nudibranchs, sea spiders, Toothed decorator crabs, colourful corals, fish and sharks are but a few of the wonders to be seen.

The famous Knysna seahorse can be found in the Knysna lagoon, which has the highest diversity of organisms of any estuary in South Africa.

Reef dives, shore dives and wreck dives are offered by local dive companies. Due to the nature of these waters, diving can be dangerous.

Contact a local dive shop for information before going diving.

Scuba Diving:
The Heads Adventure Centre 044 384 0831
The only dive centre in Knysna and Plettenberg Bay offering boat dives, shore entry dives and all dive courses.

Emergency Numbers
NSRI (Sea Rescue)
044 384 0211 or 082 828 2321

South African National Parks
044 382 2095

South African Police
044 302 6600

Ambulance Services
Emergencies 10177
Non Emergencies 044 382 5610

Knysna Yacht Club
Knysna Yacht Club is situated in the center of the Garden Route which in turn is situated midway between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The Knysna Yacht Club is renowned world-wide for its hospitality and facilities. The visiting Yachtsman has, after he has passed through the infamous Knysna Heads, a safe navigable lagoon where he may moor his yacht whilst visiting Knysna and surrounding district.

Visit the web site: www.knysnayachtclub.com

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