Knysna Lagoon

Knysna Lagoon: Our most recommended tours and activities

Knysna: Catamaran Cruise with Swimming and Snacks

1. Knysna: Catamaran Cruise with Swimming and Snacks

Cruise out from the vibrant port of Knysna on the deck of a spacious catamaran. Sail over the turquoise waters of the Knysna Lagoon and between the towering cliffs at the Heads into the Indian Ocean. Enjoy snacks on board, anchor for a swim, and look out for dolphins and seals swimming alongside. Meet your skipper on the jetty in Knysna and board the catamaran to begin the cruise. Glide over the calm waters of the lagoon and keep an eye out for some of the area’s unique bird species, including the Knysna woodpecker. Anchor at the Featherbed reserve and cool off with a swim. Leave the natural harbor through the Knysna Heads, two dramatic cliffs that mark the entrance to the Indian Ocean, and watch for the seals and dolphins playing in the water. Finish the cruise back at the jetty in town.

From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

2. From Cape Town: 5-Day Best of Garden Route & Addo Safari

Go on an exciting and unique African safari for 5 days. See elephants, ostriches, dolphins and more. Enjoy free time on the beach to surf and explore, and learn from your expert guides about wildlife conservation. Day 1: Route 62Travel about 400 km Start with a morning pickup from Cape Town and Stellenbosch. Ride along Route 62 — the longest wine route in the world, with a wine tasting stop (a non-alcoholic tasting is available too) before reaching Oudtshoorn in the semi-desert Klein Karoo in the late afternoon. For a close encounter with Mother Nature, you'll have the option to join rangers on an Elephant Educational Bush Walk (at extra cost) as they follow 3 lovable rescued elephants along the waterhole to learn about these gentle giants' background, behavior, and character. You can choose to overnight at (Saver package) Uthando Backpackers, (3*Comfort package) 88 van Rheede or (4*Deluxe package) Buffelsdrift lodge. Day 2: OudtshoornTravel about 250 km Wake up in the ostrich capital of the world, visiting a working ostrich farm to get to know more about the largest, flightless bird in the world. Head to the mountains to wander deep underground in the illuminated wonderworld of the Cango Caves. Explore the narrow passages and vast halls filled with ancient stalactites before traveling onward to the Addo region. Overnight at Avaco Cabins, 3* Gerald's Gift or 4* Addo Wildlife lodge Day 3: Addo, Jeffreys BayTravel about 250 km Start the morning early to spot wildlife as the bush awakes in Addo Elephant National Park — the 3rd largest national park in South Africa. You can join an optional 4x4 game drive (with extra cost) and also go on the included 2-hour safari with your guide navigating the park in the tour van in search of some of the Big Five animals in this sanctuary to over 550 elephants, buffalo, lion, black rhino, zebra, and more. Spend your afternoon relaxing at Jeffreys Bay's beach or choose between with surf lessons, beach horseback riding, or sand boarding (optionals at extra cost). Overnight at Island Vibe, 3* Sea Whisper or 4* On The Beach lodge Day 4: Tsitsikamma, Sedgefield Travel about 250 km Adrenalin junkies can experience the highest Bungy Bridge Jump in the world or Waterfall Zipline over waterfalls in the nearby Tsitsikamma forest (optionals at extra cost). Venture into the Tsitsikamma National Park for a forest fix and short walk to the suspension bridges, before a photo stop at Knysna's lagoon viewpoint en route to Sedgefield. Overnight at Pili Pili Beach Cabanas, 3*Fairy Knowe or 4* Dolphin Dunes lodge Day 5: Wilderness Travel about 450 km Take to the water for a leisurely canoeing session to a secret waterfall along the rivers of the Wilderness region. On the journey back to Cape Town you'll get another chance to spot wildlife on a 4x4 Botlierskop game drive (at extra cost) or relax at Mossel Bay's Diaz Beach after a leisurely walk to the Cape St Blaize lighthouse. End with an evening drop-off at your Cape Town or Stellenbosch accommodation between 8 pm to 10 pm.

Knysna's #1 Private Sunset Cruise, optional Oysters & Bubbly

3. Knysna's #1 Private Sunset Cruise, optional Oysters & Bubbly

Explore the Knysna Lagoon at sunset and watch as the bay turns pink. A wonderful way to end off a hot summer’s day in the Garden Route. This exclusive sunset boat cruise is the perfect escape for families, friends or couples. We depart from Thesen Harbour Town. Sit back and relax aboard our stylish lagoon cruiser Bella Vita and enjoy your surroundings and exquisite views of the lagoon and bays. Book per person or enjoy private use of Bella Vita privately for the ultimate platform with friends and family. We can arrange Drinks, Oysters, snacks, or even a DJ on private cruises. Experience Bella Vita, the beautiful life, with us aboard Bella Vita

From Thesen Island: Knysna Lagoon Luxury Cruise

4. From Thesen Island: Knysna Lagoon Luxury Cruise

Take in the sunshine aboard the BellaVita luxury lounge cruiser. Marvel at the two tall cliffs which stand above the lake. Appreciate the beauty of the Outeniqua mountains. Decide how long you want to spend cruising. Play your own music aboard the cruiser. Choose how long you want to spend on your cruise. Come to the departure point at Sirocco Restaurant on Thesen Island. Board your luxury lounge cruiser. Sail around and explore the amazing Knysna Lagoon. Admire the peaks of the Outeniqua mountains as you relax in the company of your friends. Take advantage of the opportunity to pre-order champagne and oysters. Jump into the clear water for a swim. Keep an eye out for herons, African fish eagles, kingfishers, and other birds. Bring your own music aboard to entertain yourself. Finish your lagoon cruise and disembark at the starting point.

Knysna: #1 Private Scenic Cruise Aboard a Luxury Catamaran

5. Knysna: #1 Private Scenic Cruise Aboard a Luxury Catamaran

Nature’s playground awaits – Sail in beautiful Knysna on a luxury catamaran. We invite you to a magical escape on the Knysna lagoon with the Ocean Sailing Charters Family, an unrivaled experience in nature. Step aboard what feels like your own private yacht and enjoy time to reconnect with your family and friends. All of this delivered in a luxury setting with a team of passionate people at your service. Our charter experience is intimate and personalized, arrive as visitors and leave as friends. Our luxury catamarans navigate the iconic Knysna Heads and sail into the Indian Ocean. The Knysna lagoon and coastline have an abundance of interesting bird and marine life, breathtaking views, and exhilarating adventure. The experience of being joined by a pod of dolphins, or a friendly seal is something which you’ll remember long after the journey has ended. For those that prefer to stay in the calmer waters of the Knysna Lagoon, Bella Vita provides the perfect platform to enjoy your surroundings in lounge-like style and comfort. Our private cruises allow for tailor-made experiences, including live music, and a braai on board, or you can even hire your very own private chef. Our spacious Catamarans will offer the perfect venue for corporate functions, birthday parties, year-end functions, photoshoots, marriage proposals, or any other special occasion you may have. Speak to our crew to customize a cruise to your liking. Our vessels take a maximum of 12 guests each, offering a feeling of your very own private yacht. LaraBella, our flagship vessel is equipped with spacious trampolines, an outdoor shower, a braai, a wine cooler, a coffee machine, a big lounge saloon area, 4 beautiful ensuite cabins, a cash bar, and several fridges.

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What people are saying about Knysna Lagoon

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 48 reviews

Great experience! Guide was awesome, van was comfortable. Did the reverse order starting with the wine tasting and finishing with the kayaking and 4-wheel safari. The wine tasting was lovely, we saw so many elephants in Addo, I loved the kayaking and the short hike to the suspension bridge. Lots of driving which is to be expected in order to cover part of the Garden Route but our guide arranged for comforts stops which made it a great experience. I went solo but had such a great time and our group was wonderful. Would definitely recommend!

The trip was amazing. Everyone was so freindly and kind. The accomodations were so well picked - we were not expecting such beautiful, spacious and clean venues as a backpacker. It was a real treat! Denver our guide was the best guide in the world. He is an amazing person. He made sure to give us the trip we would never forget. Without him the experience would not have been the same! As he would say: "This is Africa..;)"

I had a wonderful week and our guide Maudi from Hotspot2c was just lovely and fun! We saw so many elephants in addo and I always felt welcomed by our hosts. If you are in cape town and want to see more of the Garden Route - it's the thing to book!

The trip was incredibly beautiful and gave me many unforgettable moments! The Garden Route is beautiful and the stops were well chosen. But the best was our tour guide :)

Gerhard was an awesome guide, the group was amazing and the trip was a lot of fun!! Would highly recommend to anyone looking to explore the garden route.