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34 Best and Fun Things To Do In Knysna, South Africa

Famous for its natural beauty, this coastal town in South Africa features amazing beaches, tranquil forests, and stunning mountains. With its wide variety of attractions, it comes as no surprise that Knysna is one of the most popular tourist destinations in South Africa.

Some of the top attractions in Knysna include the Knysna Heads, where visitors can get gorgeous views of the Indian Ocean, and the Prince Alfred Pass that winds its way through the mountains.

For those who enjoy more urban activities, Knysna will not disappoint. Knysna is home to a great Gin Distillery, tucked away in the industrial area, where tourists can stop for some unique drinks. There is also the Wild Oats Community Farmers Market, where locals and travellers alike can buy fresh produce or souvenirs of their trip to this South African gem.

Here’s our list of the best and most fun things to do in Knysna, South Africa

The 34 Most Popular Things To Do In Knysna, South Africa

34. Buffalo Bay trail

3.5 ★★★★☆ (2 reviews)

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Location: Unnamed Rd. Buffels Bay

33. Knysna River

4.8 ★★★★★ (4 reviews)

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32. Outeniqua Hiking Trail – Diepwalle Hut

4.5 ★★★★★ (4 reviews)


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Location: Knysna

31. Dune Adventures -Knysna Sandboarding-Kayaking

4.8 ★★★★★ (5 reviews)

Location:  Streetate President C R Swart Road Brenton on Sea

Tel:  72-474-0210

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30. Jandreart Studio

5.0 ★★★★★ (7 reviews)

Location: TH2 Thesen Harbour Town Long Street Knysna

Tel:  78-610-5104

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29. Knysna Township Tours

4.8 ★★★★★ (10 reviews)

Location: 44 Main St Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  82-558-9104

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28. St. George’s Anglican Church

4.6 ★★★★★ (22 reviews)

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Location: 10 Main Road Knysna

Tel:  44-382-4889

27. Scootours Knysna

4.8 ★★★★★ (25 reviews)

Location: Shop 24B Thesen Island Cafe And Shop Thesen Harbour Town Thesen Island Knysna

Tel:  79-148-3751

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26. Terblans Nature Walk

4.7 ★★★★★ (36 reviews)


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Location: Gouna Road Knysna

25. Millwood House Museum

3.8 ★★★★☆ (41 reviews)

Location: Queen Street Knysna

Tel:  44-302-6320

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24. Le Spa Tranquille

4.7 ★★★★★ (42 reviews)

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Location: Unit 1A The Boatshed Thesen Harbour Town Long St Knysna

Tel:  44-302-5727

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23. Old Gaol

3.9 ★★★★☆ (51 reviews)

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Location: 7 Main Road Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  44-302-6320

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22. Knysna Fine Art

4.6 ★★★★★ (80 reviews)

Location: 6 Long Street Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  44-382-5107

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21. King Edward VII- Diepwalle Big Tree

4.4 ★★★★☆ (162 reviews)


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Location: Knysna

Tel:  44-382-2095

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20. The Knysna Gin Distillery & Brewery & Cocktailbar

4.9 ★★★★★ (164 reviews)


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Location: 5 Uil Street Knysna Industrial Knysna

Tel:  81-722-2715

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19. Brenton On Sea Beach

4.6 ★★★★★ (167 reviews)

18. Coney Glen Beach Knysna

4.7 ★★★★★ (175 reviews)


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Location: 2 View Point The Heads Knysna

17. Steenbok Nature Reserve

4.6 ★★★★★ (213 reviews)

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Location: 151 Links Dr Leisure Island Knysna

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16. The Friday Market

4.4 ★★★★☆ (237 reviews)

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Location: Welbedacht Ln Knysna

Tel:  44-382-5316

15. Bollards Bay Beach

4.6 ★★★★★ (268 reviews)

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Location: 97 Bayswater Road Leisure Island Knysna

14. Featherbed Co

4.4 ★★★★☆ (293 reviews)

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Location: Rememberance Drive off Waterfront Drive Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  44-382-1693

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13. SANP Garden Of Eden

4.4 ★★★★☆ (388 reviews)


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Location: Greater Plettenberg Bay

Tel:  44-532-7793

12. The Motorcycle Room

4.6 ★★★★★ (438 reviews)


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Location: Top Floor The Parking Shed Thesen Harbour Town Long Street Knysna

Tel:  79-497-4723

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11. East Head View Point

4.8 ★★★★★ (474 reviews)

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Location: 22 Glen View Road The Heads Knysna

10. Brenton Beach

4.7 ★★★★★ (600 reviews)

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9. Leisure Island

4.8 ★★★★★ (36 reviews)

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8. Knysna Tourism office

4.6 ★★★★★ (99 reviews)

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Location: 40 Main Road Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  44-382-5510

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7. Pledge Nature Reserve

4.3 ★★★★☆ (112 reviews)

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Location: Knysna 6570 Garden Route

Tel:  44-382-3712

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6. Margaret´s Viewpoint

4.6 ★★★★★ (137 reviews)

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Location: Knysna Central Knysna

5. Diepwalle Forest

4.6 ★★★★★ (274 reviews)

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Location: Knysna

Tel:  12-428-9111

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4. Knysna Waterfront

4.4 ★★★★☆ (1,427 reviews)

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Location: 21 Waterfront Dr Knysna Central Knysna

Tel:  44-382-0955

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3. Buffalo Bay Beach

4.6 ★★★★★ (1,941 reviews)


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2. Knysna Elephant Park

4.7 ★★★★★ (3,180 reviews)

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Location: Just off the N2 between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay

Tel:  44-532-7732

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1. Garden Route National Park

4.6 ★★★★★ (5,716 reviews)

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Location: South Africa

Tel:  44-877-0046

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Knysna, South Africa! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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