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Knysna Accommodation

Fish Eagle Lodge
Beautiful view of Knysna Lagoon; en-suite rooms with sat TV; B&B; pool; Jacuzzis; fireplaces. Tel ++27 (0)44 3825431. eMail

Badger's Lodge
African style rondavels close to lagoon; tranquil garden; pool; bar; dinner on request. Tel +27 (0)44 382 2840. eMail

The Elephant Hide
Breathtaking lagoon and mountain views; en-suite suites; aircon and TV; pool; tours. Tel +27 (0)44 3824767. eMail

The Knysna Belle
At Bollard Beach/Leisure Island; Beautiful views; en-suite rooms with sat TV; B&B; pool; bar. Tel ++27 (0)44 3840511. eMail

Headlands House
Breathtaking views; en-suite rooms with TV and large balconies; spa; pool. Tel +27 (0)44 3840949. eMail

Villa Mulligan
Lux. Rooms; spectacular views of the Knysna-Lagoon; big 300m2 deck; pool; near golf course. Tel 0027 (0) 44 382 0414. eMail

Under Milkwood Resort
Luxury timber log chalets on the lagoon; self-catering or B&B; TV; sundeck; private beach. Tel +27 (0)44 3840745. eMail

Old Drift Forest Lodges
Superb escape for a honeymoon or the nature loving family. Six superbly appointed self-catering lodges situated on 120 acres of bush and forest. A unique and secluded location overlooking the Knysna River, close to town, but off the beaten track. Pricing Details. Rates R150 to R275 per person per night sharing. Minimum stay two nights. Postal Address: PO Box 461, Knynsa 6570, South Africa, Tel/Fax +27 (0)44 3821994,

Belvidere Lodge
Belvidere Manor
Cottage accommodation with breathtaking views and the gracious ambience of a historic Belvidere house. 30 rooms with TV and tele
phone. Big garden and pool. Address: Duthie Drive, Belvidere Estate, Knysna, 6570, South Africa, Tel: +27 44 387 1055, Fax: +27 44 387 1059, Email:

Sedgefield Accommodation

Haus Seeblick
Cosy B&B with seaviews; en-suite rooms or self-catering units; lounge; bar; parking. Tel 0027 (0)44 3433183. eMail

Oyster Breeding
Attempts at breeding oysters in Knysna failed due to the at times low salt content of the water, to the soft underground - oysters need solid ground to lay their eggs - and too high water temperatures. An enormous amount of research, time-consuming trial and error and lots of money spending was done until a viable procedure could be established: So the KOC now imports oysters, Crassostrea gigas (the Pacific oyster), a hardy and fast growing species, when they are 3 to 4 mm big, from hatcheries in Chile and France. First they come to a nursery in the ideal waters at Algoa Bay off Port Elizabeth and only then arrive in the Knysna Lagoon, where they are kept in fine-mesh plastic bags attached to racks in the intertidal zone. This way they are dry at low and submerged in water at high tide, so that algae and the flatworm can't overgrow and destroy them. They must regularly be turned, thinned out and transferred into bigger bags so that water with nutrients can flow easily. In Knysna the oysters grow strong and tightly closed shells. Then they are transported back to Algoa Bay to grow sufficient meat. All this fully explains the eventual price of this healthy delicacy at shops and restaurants.

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Knysna Visitor Information

Knysna is a holiday paradise, with many attractions, good food, outdoor activities, accommodation offers and shopping opportunities. The Tourist Information office can be found in Main Street, right opposite of McDonalds. Tel (044) 3825510.

Attractions of Knysna

Knysna Heads
Drive to the Knysna Heads first, a pair of prominent sandstone cliffs that flank the channel through which the sea pours into Knysna's lagoon. A walkway leads to the end of the head, offering breathtaking views of the stormy sea channel and the opposite shore. Several caves lie along this path. A restaurant and coffee shop are conveniently situated to provide good food and refreshments to visitors. A viewsite on top of the eastern Head offers spectacular views over Knysna, the lagoon, the sea and the channel between the Heads.

The western Head is largely undeveloped and encompasses the 150 ha private Featherbed Nature Reserve. Ferry trips departing from Knysna Waterfront and guided trails to the reserve are available. Knysna Ferries also offer a round trip to the Heads and the waterfront, lasting 1,5 hours, as well as sundowner cruises from 17h30 - 19h00 (summer). A full bar, fresh Knysna oysters and a light meal are also available. Ferries depart from Thesen's Jetty. For reservations and enquiries tel. (044) 3825520.

Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe
The famous Outeniqua Choo-Tjoe steam train between Knysna and George is discontinued permanently, due to heavy damages to the railway line caused by floods. However, the train now operates between George and Mossel Bay, once a week on Fridays. Price 180 Rand per adult/return. Tel. (044) 8018202 or 8018289.

There's a lot of history entrenched in Knysna. The Old Goldmine at Millwood, tells of a time when the destruction of the Knysna forest started in earnest (Millwood Mine Walk, 5.6 km). Because the mine did not yield so much gold, the miners started killing elephants en masse. They sold the ivory and left the carcasses to rot in the forest. They also started felling indigenous trees to supplement their income.

Knysna Oyster Company
The Knysna Oyster Company has been cultivating high quality oysters in the beds of the estuary from as early as 1949, today on an area of 16 hectares. You can visit the oyster beds by boat. The company runs "The Oystercatcher", a surprisingly small tavern at Knysna Quays offering freshest seafood. The beds can be visited by boat and the produce tasted in many restaurants in Knysna. Tel +27 (0)44 3826941.

Knysna Oyster Festival
The Pick'n Pay (a big grocery chain store in South Africa) Knysna Oyster Festival at the beginning of July every year attracts tens of thousands of visitors from the entire country and the world. Besides the feasting of oysters, it offers a host of cultural and sporting events.

Knysna Forest Walks
A multitude of walks and hikes through the indigenous forests is available, guided or on one's own, ranging from 30 minutes to two hours. The tourist office has maps.

Knysna Elephant Park
If you want to see elephants in Knysna today, visit the Knysna Elephant Park. You will learn about the sad and mystical story of the Knysna Elephants - the world's southernmost elephants. The park offers an exciting opportunity to get close to these gentle giants, who live in a controlled, free range environment. Tel (044) 5327732.

Walk from Buffalo Bay to Brenton-on-Sea

An absolute treat is the long, but easy walk along the sandy beach from Buffalo Bay all the way down to Brenton on Sea (4.45 km).

One of the best restaurants in Knysna and surrounds is La Lourie, 57 Main Street. Tel (044) 3821616. The restaurant is small, cosy and very popular. Excellent seafood, paellas but many other options. Book well in advance! Or try The Oystercatcher, KOC's own at the Waterfront. Best for seafood. Tel +27 (0)44 382 9995. Innovative and very skillful with spices is the Firefly Eating House in 152a Old Cape Road.Tel: +27 (0)44 382 1490.

Knysna Accommodation

Candlewood Lodge
5-Star Lodge close to centre; spacious ensuite rooms with Lagoon view; TV; pool; jacuzzi. Tel 0027 (0)44 3825104. eMail

Hide Away Guest House
Cape Colonial paradise; close to centre; comfortable ensuite rooms with Lagoon view; TV; pool. Tel 0027 (0)44 3823317. eMail

Lake Pleasant Lux. Suites
At freshwater lake; exquisite suites; aircon; best cuisine; wellness centre; pool. Tel +27 (0)44 3492400. eMail

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