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Knysna Heights is a suburb in Knysna, on the northern banks of the Knysna River in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
The suburb’s sylvan setting has majestic views over the Knysna River and lagoon, stretching all the way to the Heads, the large natural bastions on either side of the river mouth.
Knysna is known as the Jewel of the Garden Route, the perfect platform from which to explore this scenic stretch of South Africa’s coastline. Knysna is one of those places that when you arrive, you dream about staying permanently.
Things to do
Hike through the Knysna forest, starting at Diepwalle forestry station, passing giant yellowwood trees, rare birdlife and a possible glimpse of the elusive Knysna elephant.
Visit the town of Knysna to experience a wide range of activities including shopping, water sports and a vibrant restaurant scene.
West of Knysna Heights lies the Millwood gold rush town. In 1876, gold diggers rushed to the area after a nugget was discovered in a river nearby. Tours of the 200m Bendingo Mine can be undertaken. Excavated shafts, rusting mining machinery, house foundations, the old Monk’s store, a graveyard and rail tracks are spread throughout the area.
Take a tour of the Featherbed Nature Reserve on the western Head. This diverse and interesting 4 hour tour includes a ferry boat ride, lunch, a hike and a tractor ride.
Travel the old Seven Passes road between Knysna and George for glorious scenery, crossing narrow historic stone bridges and negotiating daunting bends. Baboon troops and various buck species are regularly seen along the route.
Where to Eat
The Firefly Eating House in Knysna has a Zen-like interior where patrons are offered exotic tapas dishes.
The Cruise Café at the Featherbed Company, with wooden deck over the lagoon, offers perfectly prepared cuisine ranging from select curries to fresh seafood dishes.
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