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Knysna: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Captain's Barbeque Option

1. Knysna: Luxury Sunset Cruise with Captain's Barbeque Option

Depart from Sirocco Restaurant Jetty on Thesen Island in Knysna.   Our experienced crew will welcome you with a glass of bubbly on board our luxury 55-foot catamaran. We then set sail and follow the picturesque channel past Leisure Isle, Featherbed Nature Reserve and through the world famous Knysna Heads (weather permitting) before setting sail into the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a sumptuous Captain's barbeque while you admire the coastline's abundant array of marine life, such as birds, seals, dolphins, sharks, whales, and much more. You may even get the chance to catch fish.  Enjoy panoramic views of the sunset over the port as you head back to the jetty.

Knysna Sunset Sailing Cruise with Light Dinner and Wine

2. Knysna Sunset Sailing Cruise with Light Dinner and Wine

Have the ultimate sailing experience while soaking up the golden hues of the Knynsa sunset. Depart from the waterfront and cruise through the Knysna Estuary and rugged headlands, a region known for its lush and diverse flora and fauna. Pass by the iconic Knysna Heads, a formation of impressive sandstone cliffs. If weather permits, exit the estuary out onto the vast Indian Ocean for beautiful evening views. Let the natural beauty of Knysna enchant you, from the breathtaking coastline to the diverse marine life. Onboard, savor an appetizing sunset array of savory snacks, cheeses, and fruits, and a complimentary glass of chilled bubbly while you watch the sun sink into the horizon.

Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

3. Knysna: Close Encounter Whale Watching Tour by Boat

Come get up close and personal with the gentle giants of the ocean on this 2-hour whale watching tour! Your trip begins as your captain navigates you through the Knysna Estuary and then you'll head out towards the vast and beautiful Indian Ocean. Every year, both the southern right and humpback whales leave their icy feeding grounds off Antarctica and migrate to mate and calve in the warmer waters of the Southern African coastline - this makes Knysna one of the best whale-watching destinations in the country. The tour will be narrated by an experienced skipper and guide who will share with you fascinating information about the lives of these whales. Your adventure will also be assisted by an experienced whale spotter who is in radio contact with all skippers, so you can be directed to any sightings. Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life as well - you may even spot a dolphin or a penguin or two!

Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

4. Knysna: Downhill Forest Scootour Adventure

Experience the stunning, tropical beauty that is Garden Route National Park on a mountain scooter-bike. Used in the Alps during the summer season on the snowless ski slopes, the thick tires and solid design of your scooter-bike allows you to carve Garden Route’s trails with ease. Each scooter can fit one adult and a child passenger. After meeting your expert guides, you’ll board a scenic minibus ride to start your descent into the national park. After a safety briefing, you’ll head out onto the sweeping bends, criss-crossing down long hills within the lush forest. Keep on the lookout for local wildlife, like the majestic Knysna loerie, the shy bushbuck, and plentiful wild boar. After 2 hours going downhill on the trails, you’ll head back to the meeting point via minibus, never needing to worry about the uphill climb.

Knysna Stand Up Paddle Board Hire

5. Knysna Stand Up Paddle Board Hire

Explore the ten kilometers of waterways on the newly developed Thesen Island and the diverse Knysna Estuary with the world’s fastest growing watersport, Stand-Up Paddling. Stand up paddling, or SUP for short, is easy, fun, and guaranteed to keep you fit whilst enjoying the spectacular scenery of our waterways & lagoon. Encounter the vast amount of birdlife that we experience all year round and the beauty of your surroundings. The calm waters of Thesen Island are ideal for beginners and the many inlets and coves are perfect for the more adventurous or experienced paddlers. Eight top quality boards and paddles are available for rent by the hour from our offices on Thesen Island. Great fun for the whole family or groups. Bring along your swimming gear and jump on your board for a fun interactive experience.

Knysna: 2.5-Hour Day Sail & Lunch Charter

6. Knysna: 2.5-Hour Day Sail & Lunch Charter

Join the ultimate sailing experience whilst soaking up the warm sun aboard the beautiful Outeniqua. This 2.5-hour experience departs from the Knysna waterfront and cruises through the Knysna estuary and through the rugged headlands, the beautiful passage to the extensive Indian Ocean. Let the natural beauty of Knysna entertain you, from the breathtaking coastline to the diverse marine life, as the sails to steer us. Guests are treated to an appetizing picnic on deck composed of cheeses, fruits, savory snacks, and a complimentary glass of chilled bubbles, while you take in picturesque surroundings. All the trips are ocean-going trips and are weather and sea conditions dependent.  Only the skipper of the vessel can make a judgement call on these conditions which are determined on the day of the charter.  Conditions are influenced by tide, wind direction and speed, and sea swell, therefore going out through the Knysna Heads is never guaranteed.  

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What people are saying about Knysna

Very knowledgable guide and driver. The activity was on 3 separate parts of the forrest each providing a different experience and scenery. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2hrs and would recommend it

Excellent experience, one of a kind. Hosts are gracious and accommodating. The gin tasting and braai was a bonus. We’ll definitely be back.

Wonderful experience. Very expensive though, so hard to say it's value for money... Would do it again in a heartbeat!

It was amazing! Great weather,great views, great crew and great food! A must for anyone visiting Knysna.

One of the best activity once in lifetime Unforgettable