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Garden Route Tours, Knysna and its history

Firstly! 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.

The 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.

Knysna 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.

Knysna 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.

The 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.

Knysna 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.

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