Discover a kaleidoscope of unforgettable experiences in the Garden Route area. Meet the locals, explore our towns, and see some of the world’s most rare and beautiful animals and fabulous scenery.
A natural Eden, Knysna is a lush landscape of indigenous forests, fynbos, lakes, rivers, mountains and beautiful coastlines. Track the mysterious Knysna forest elephant or take your family to the Knysna Elephant Park for a guaranteed sighting. Birds of Eden, a free bird sanctuary is home to the world’s largest two hectare dome featuring 3500 exotic birds, ancient forests, and a stunning waterfall. Children and adults alike adore meeting the monkeys at Monkeyland, where the primates are able to roam free in the beautiful lush forest. The sanctuary also features the longest suspension bridge in Africa.
Culture and Heritage
The area is steeped in history, from the Khoisan art of the Cango Caves which dates back 10,000 years, to the splendid Ostrich Palaces of Oudtshoorn's feather boom and the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George, just an hour's drive from Knysna. A number of historic churches in the area are worth a visit. Just 10 minutes from Knysna, in the suburb of Belvidere is the Holy Trinity Church, a beautiful example of 12th Century Norman architecture.
The Old Fort on the hills above Knysna is the most southerly fort built during the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) and has breathtaking views of the lagoon and Heads. Built to house convicts, the Old Goal Complex is now home to the Knysna Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum.
The Millwood Goldmines deep in the heart of the forest have the original mine shafts and equipment from Knysna's short-lived gold rush. At Millwood House Museum unique old photographs of Millwood in bygone days and scenes of old Knysna bring history to life. Visit the grave of George Rex (1765-1839), considered to be the founder of Knysna. For a truly African Experience take a guided tour of Knysna's vibrant township. Discover real African hospitality, meet a sangoma, and experience local food and customs. The Dias Museum Complex in Mossel Bay houses three fascinating museums including a unique maritime museum with a life-size replica of the caravel of Bartholomew Dias, the Portuguese navigator who discovered the Cape of Good Hope in 1488.
Adrenaline seekers will not be disappointed with a trip to the Garden Route. Descend into the ocean in a steel cage for an afternoon of shark cage diving where you can get up close and personal with Great White Sharks at Mossel Bay, only 80km from the Resort. If you dare, take the jump from Bloukrans Bridge – the world’s highest commercial bungee jump, less than an hour’s drive from Knysna.
A tree top canopy tour in the magnificent Tsitsikamma Forest near Storms River, about 2 hours from Knysna, involves traversing from one platform to another along a steel cable suspended up to 30m above the forest floor, while admiring the spectacular scenery. For a unique experience, ride an ostrich on a farm in Oudtshoorn, just 2 hour's drive from Knysna, the heart of the ostrich industry in South Africa.
Experience the unique sensation of a balloon ride over the Klein Karoo area, 2 hour's drive inland from Knysna. Drift on a gentle breeze and enjoy the panoramic views of Oudtshoorn and the majestic Swartberg mountain range.
Guests looking for a slightly slower pace can relax on the secluded Noetzie beach, take a ferry trip, or a romantic sunset yacht cruise. With horse riding, canoeing, and hiking on site at the resort there is always something to keep everyone occupied.
The Cango Caves, just two hour's drive from Knysna and 28 km from Oudtshoorn, are an intricate maze of vast chambers and tunnels hewn from the limestone landscape. More than 20 million years old, this National Monument is one of the top 10 most visited South African Attractions.
The Garden Route provides many opportunities for visitors to see wildlife in their natural habitat as well as a number of animal sanctuaries and parks.
Monkeyland, Knysna Elephant Park and Birds of Eden, all within 20 km of Knysna, are unique sanctuaries where animals and birds are bred in captivity.
Two game lodges close to Pezula have rhino, leopard, giraffe, zebra, buffalo and kudu flourishing in their natural habitat.
The wildlife of the Indian Ocean including dolphins, whales, Cape fur seals and numerous sea birds can be observed up close on sea-kayaks, motors boats and yachts.
Walks, hikes and trails along the coast or in the indigenous forests provide endless opportunities to enjoy the fauna and flora of the region, including many rare and protected species.
The Knysna Lagoon is home to the endangered seahorse. A visit to Knysna would not be complete without tasting the delicious local oysters, or learning more about how they are farmed in the lagoon.