We take a spy at why Knysna is a world favorite destination, titled as one of the Top 100 Destinations in the world and one of the Top 25 in Africa in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Destinations Awards.

Knysna has immaculate weather all year round. Spring is mild and luxurious, Autumn tingles on the skin like champagne, Winter is crisp as an apple and the African summer bronzes the soul with its pure sunlight. Whatever the season, Knysna stays green.

A Pure Heaven. Nestled amidst the prime Outeniqua Mountans and the Indian Ocean, with the world-renowned forests encircling it like a protecting mantle. The estuary is sheltered from the sea by the monolithic sandstone “Heads” – quiet sentinels down the centuries of the fine history. Adding to the abundance of the noteworthy region is the fabulous Fynbos vegetation, contributing 8 000 plant species to the Cape floral kingdom, creation quite literally knocks on your front door.

Animal Kingdom. Knysna boast an array of exceptional and some threatened species including the unique Knysna seahorse, the delicate Pansy shell of the lagoon, endangered dwarf chameleon and Brenton Blue Butterfly. The Humpback and Southern Right whales call on the coastline during the months of May and September to breed and present a grand theatre of as they loll here and there. The area is homeland to a wealth of bird life and many near-endemic avian wonders and the beaches provide a breeding ground for the threatened African Black Oyster Catcher.

Adventure and Sport. Play in the forests and dive into natural adventures like horse riding, hiking, yachting, fishing and canoeing. For an absolute adrenalin rush get into the more extravagant sports of abseiling, paragliding, scuba diving or water skiing and some of the first-rate mountain bike routes in the country.

Destination for the gourmand. Wine and dine your way through a staggering multitude of admirable restaurants, seafood taverns, pubs, coffee shops, delicatessens and other delightful eateries

Last, but certainly not least, beer and oysters! “Local is lekker” is a famous South African saying exhibiting the application of local products first and foremost. In Knysna this is totally accessible to aim towards with two clear contenders. Mitchell’s Brewery opened 25 years ago in Knysna and arguably the premium micro brewery in South Africa. Oysters and Knysna are synonymous. The cultivated oysters are applauded for its fresh, nutty taste while the wild coastal oyster is more salty in taste and easily accessible at local eateries. A dozen or so Knysna oysters with either a Mitchell’s beer or a glass of Cap Classique are absolutely one of the reasons to initiate a listing as a leading goal!

So there you have it, six sensational reasons to visit Knysna on the famous Garden Route. Start your exploration to this delectable town and experience what has made it a Top 100 destination worldwide. Just show up, the rest comes naturally!

I believe this little feature I have drafted inspired you to go and swing by this pristine part of South Africa within your travels. I travel an exceptional amount personally and always like to give notice of a singular aspect of my travel that made it all worth while. Undoubtably Knysna Accommodation is top-notch, with the most interesting being Knysna Hollow Country Estate, be sure to check it out when next in the area.

For the ultimate in Knysna Accommodation, one setting stood out among the pack, Knysna Hollow Country Estate. The tranquil surrounding of the estate and the first-rate meals at the world class restaurant volunteered a welcome respite from the day’s many activities.

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