Knysna, pearl of the scenic Garden Route (one of South Africa’s main tourist attractions), is situated between George and Plettenberg Bay. Perennially green thanks to a Mediterranean Maritime climate with rain falling throughout the year, Knysna is mantled by indigenous forests extending into the Tsitsikamma National Park area. As far as getting around in Knysna, walking is the best option or rent a bicycle for longer distances. Except the minibuses there is no public transport so you have to take a taxi if you want. Traffic can become extremely busy during the tourist high season and long queues in and out of Knysna are common.

There are plenty of things to see like The Knysna lagoon which is about 18 sq. km and home to at least 200 species of fish is connected with the Indian Ocean through a turbulent channel between “The Heads”, two sandstone cliffs. Tour around on one of several boats or just take a coffee at “the Heads”. You should also visit Pledge Nature Reserve that offers 3.5 km of pathways through scrub forest and hillside fynbos with fine views over the lagoon and is just 500 meters of the town center. It is very nice for a walk in the afternoon. And of course you shouldn’t miss Millwood Gold Fields which is a site of one of the first gold rushes in South Africa. It is a place that you definitely need to check out.

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