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Viewed from overhead, the small suburb of Paradise in Knysna appears a beautiful green with homes sparsely interspersed. Only the main road into Knysna separates Paradise from the Knysna River to the south and the suburb is bounded by the old Cape road to the west where tidal waters flow under the bridge to form a lake.
Paradise is on the Garden Route, one of South Africa’s premier tourist destinations. The suburb is aptly named, it’s a small piece of paradise with majestic views of the river and the Knysna Heads at the estuary entrance, and surrounded by evergreen forests.
You can enjoy blissful living at this Eden, a short distance from the lively town of Knysna, with relaxing beaches and forests walks.
Top 8 reasons to visit Paradise
1. Knysna is surrounded by water, visit the swimming beaches at Bollard Bay or Brenton on Sea, take a cruise along the Knysna lagoon or try the surf at Buffeslbaai (Buffalo Bay).
2. You can hire a rod in Knysna and walk down to the estuary for excellent fishing. Expect to catch a variety of fish including South Africa’s national fish, the Galjoen. Note that the Galjoen is on the threatened list, if you do catch one, kindly return it to the water.
3. Hike to the 800-year old Big Tree at the Diepwalle Forest Station. Nearby is the Forest Legends Museum that holds stories of the Knysna woodcutters and other of the forest's secrets.
4. Golfing on the Jack Nicklaus designed course at Simola Country Estate has to be one of the most rewarding rounds of golf you will ever experience, purely for the plush greens and fairways cleverly constructed amongst the surrounding natural beauty.
5. You’re likely to find fab and unusual handcrafted gems at the Scarab Village in Sedgefield, a short distance from Paradise.
6. Visit Knysna town to enjoy... Show more
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.