Natural Eden

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.

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 Belvedere is the Holy Trinity Church, a beautiful example of 12th Century Norman architecture.

Old Fort

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.