Route Tours, Knysna and its history
Let's start with the pronunciation of the town's name! The 'K'
is silent and the rest of the word is pronounced 'nice-na'. Knysna
is the so-called heart of The Garden Route. It
is situated half way between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth and
a very popular overnight stop on many of our Garden Route
Tours. Here one can enjoy a boat ride on the lagoon,
forest and ocean hiking trails, have close encounters with elephants
and also see the wildlife of South Africa.
Knysna Lagoon is a huge trademark of the town
and is a massive estuary, protected by two massive cliffs named
the Knysna heads.The town was voted best town
in South Africa for two years in a row. It's beauty, friendly
citizens and fair weather helped in these votes. Even if you sleep
here or not during any of our Garden Route tours,
you will be able to have a beautiful view of the town and Knysna
heads as we drive through the town.
and The Garden Route, as a tourist destination,
offers a variety of attractions and things to do - truly something
for everyone of any age. It is located on South Africa's only
National Lake, also the country's biggest estuary. The water masses
of the Indian Ocean flow through the two large Knysna
Heads, acting as the gateway to the harbour where ships brought
wood and materials from all over the world.
is circled by the majestic Outeniqua Mountain range, of which
The Outeniqua Mounatin Pass connects The Garden Route
and The Klein Karoo. Many of our Garden Route tours
take this road on our way to Oudtshoorn. The area is filled with
indigenous vegetation and a protected marine reserve, better known
as 'The 'Lagoon'. The Knysna Lagoon is popular
for a very specific industry namely oyster farming, which could
only mean total self-indulgence for the seafood lovers.
activities in Knysna and around the lagoon include
fishing, boat rides, hiking and various watersports activities
of which all of these are controlled by the National Parks Board,
which looks after the preservation of the threatened marine life
forms such as seahorses and pansy shells. The forests in and around
Knysna is also very much protected and stretches
all along the Garden Route on our tours along
the N2 Motorway. Added activities in Knysna and
The Garden Route include diving and snorkelling,
Canoes, ferry tours on the lagoon along with adrenaline boat rides.
With over 200 species of birds, bird watchers will have a royal
time in Knysna and The Garden Route.
offers a very big variety of accommodation options. It has a selection
of backpackers, guesthouses and luxury hotels meaning the town
can cater for all types of travelers. We can shape our Garden
Route tours and Knysna stopover for
honeymoon couples, families and budget travelers.